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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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1,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 79
Gots: 116 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001)
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Photo of LittleCreature
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance - 3.5
Whoops, I think I should have left the yeast in the bottle! Lots of small moving chunks of sediment. Poured two and a half fingers of white head that quickly reduced to a thin layer over a cloudy golden orange body.

Smell - 4.0
Not a strong aroma, but the typical witbier aromas are there; orange, nutmeg, clove, toasted seeds of some description.

Taste - 4.0
Pretty much spot-on for the style. Good balance of sweet, sour and bitter flavours. I can taste orange peel, clove, sweet bready malt, perhaps a little pear. More alcohol presence than average for style.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Lovely fine carbonation is moderate to light. Thickish feel over the tongue with lots of body.

Drinkability - 4.0
A small cut above the majority of witbiers, so worth coming back to. Highly refreshing too, but I'd drink this in any weather.

I'd say this is probably the best regular strength witbier I've tried. The biggest downfall is the price, which is the only thing that would stop this from becoming a regular drink for me.

LittleCreature, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a hazy orange body with a one-finger head and some good lacings were left. A good fruit smell, like apples and pears along with the usual spices. Medium-bodied, this beer has a prevelant orange flavor combined with the yeast to make a tastey and very smooth beverage. There is also a good amount of pepper, clove and maybe coriander (I'm slightly guessing) that keep it balanced and gives this beer a nice little bump on the backend. Another great beer by Unibroue that is sessionable and a must try for any beer drinker.

clayrock81, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

A. Very much belgiumesque. Head retains very well, leaving a 1/8 inch head that isn't going anywhere.

S. Sweet yeast and strange fruit. Hard to put a finger on it but I taste spices hard to define.

T. Initial taste of apple with some light hops. Warms up to exotic fruits.

M. Very carbonated and leaves a sweet aftertaste.

D. Worth it. Would have it again.

Stinkypuss, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Had this one in a hoogarden glass, fresh outa the fridge.

Pours hazy yellow, big white head and a little lacing. Aroma of spice, yeast and citrus. Flavor is dominated by malted wheat, somewhat aquaous and very refreshing.

A fairly delicious belgian wit.

bloberglawp, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +2.8%

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of coriander, orange peel, and lemon zest. The taste has more orange peel, and lemon than coriander. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good witbier. I could happily drink this again.

KarlHungus, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%

Poured slowly from a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. Very little head but steady carbonation. Virtually no lacing. Color is a light golden with with a steady rotating haze of unfiltered wheat and yeast.

Ripe tropical fruit immediately hits the nose. Orange notes are subtle and light for this style.

Pinapple, mango, and slight orange, but very light. Flavors not bold or overwhelming.

Very light in feel, almost like a wine-cooler. Heavy on the carbonation, but no body or texture. Absence of a nice head took away a lot from this beer.

All in all, not bad. The appearance of this beer led me to presumptively believe it was a winner. I was wrong. I would actually drink Blue Moon or Bell's Oberon Ale over this stuff any day, but if someone offered it to me, I would gladly accept.

Is actually very tasty with some bitter dark chocolate.

KeefD, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of robbyc1
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

Where is the flavor, my wife said to me as we tried this together?

Now I love Unibroue beers generally, the styles and bottling conditioning is great. All well done, including this one, but where is the Coriander and orange peel normally with this type?

It has a beautiful fluffy head of foam. Slight cloudy, yellow nice.

Smell is clean, too clean, nothing from the yeast like I was expecting.

Taste is the same, little there.

Mouth feel is nice and solid, full, best part about this one.

A decent session beer, when you can't find a better ale of this type.

robbyc1, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of ScottUCF84
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very cloudy straw yellow with orange highlights. The decent, white head fizzled away quickly with little to no lacing. Lots of floaties.

S- Spices, yeasty wheat, cirtus peel, and white grapes /wine.

T- I initially tasted this one right out of the fridge.... but it was just too carbonated and crisp. I let it sit for about 10 minutes or so. That definitely helped. Immediately you taste spices, wheat, and some citrus. The finish is similar to white wine... leaves the mouth dry and warm. This is the second unibroue I've had that shared characteristics with wine (trois pistoles).

M- Crisp. Light body.

D- This is pretty different for a wit... although it's tasty I won't be jumping to grab another.

ScottUCF84, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

750mL bottle corked and caged. 5.00% abv. No freshness date. Fridge temp. Poured into a wine glass for nosing and then my Hoegaarden glass.

Golden body under a white head. A bit hazy.

Nose is salty and spicy with a lot of sourness. Classic Unibroue yeast. Orange peel. A bit closed for my taste.

Palate is light and airy, citrus again with sweet maltiness.This is nice, but not especially complex. Apricot, a bit chalky. Finish is nicely dry, lightly sour. Yum.

As far as wits go a star choice. Thirst quenching.

Antilochus, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Yetiman420
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%

Served at 40 degrees in a standard pint glass.

This beer has what I believe is the quintessential aroma for the Belgian whit style - a pleasant balance of spice from the yeast and herbs.

This was my third time drinking this Unibroue offering. They quickly developed tremendous credibility in my book based on this beer. So after the second taste I'm going on record as saying this is the second best Belgian Wit after Watou's Wit.

There are a number of other very good offerings for this style (Avery and Choc come to mind as recent standouts), but I feel Unibroue has nailed the style on the head with the perfect balance of spice, bitter orange, and herbs with the malt. The inferior attempts at this style tend to finish too sweet. Blanche de Chambly has a tremendous drinkability factor because of the dry clean finish.

My compliments to the brewer - see you in Quebec is now only our list of brewing cities to visit in the next three years.

Yetiman420, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Sixpoint
3.15/5  rDev -19%


beer was undercarbonated and with little head retention...

I liked the dry, tart flavor, but it was hard to appreciate such a flat, lifeless beer in a style that is known for its bursting effervescent brightness

not that I'm the type to complain about style guidelines LOL

but seriously, the flat beer lacking head retention robbed this beer of proper mouthfeel, texture and taste

all, of course, IMHO

Sixpoint, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Picked this up in a smaller bottle, not one of the two pinters.

Poured out a foggy light yellow. About an inch of head, which stayed.

Smelled sweet, fruity, malty, alot of citrus tones.

Taste showed the citrus roots, also a bit sweet, dry, mellow.

Mouthfeel was heavy and smooth, moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is average. I was impressed by the taste but I'm not sure if I could cirtus all the time, and the aftertaste was a tad funky, might just have been my bottle.

LumpyGuitar, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a beautiful pale yellow hue and a cloudy texture to it. There was a half inch head and a fair amount of lacing.

The smell was very fruity, with lots of lemon, orange and some hops coming through.

The taste was also very well done. Orange, hops and some other fruits evident.

The carbonation level was high, but not too high. Very smooth finish. Nice mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It goes down easy and has a light, fruity personality.

avalon07, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of laituegonflable
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

I had quite a lot of anticipation for this drop as I feel one can only have the utmost respect for anything Unibroue produce.

Looks quite good, golden-wheat coloured brew pours a moderate foamy head. Very pleasant lacing. Very thin stream of carbonation. Nice-looking witbier.

Nose is standard witbier smell, but at the same time is an EXEMPLARY witbier aroma. Sweet light malts dominate with a great hit of tropical gruits, mingled as well with a large but not overpowering hit of floral hops. A very complex nose blended to perfection, and as good as a witbier nose will get.

Taste is not as great as I expected. The palate is short and a bit simplistic. Large hints of banana, pawpaw and mango (in short; tropical fruit) with a slight hoppy mid palate, but virtually no aftertaste of which to speak. The flavours are alright for the style and hey, it's very drinkable but after that explosively blossoming sweet nose this taste is very disappointing. I just wanted more, to be honest. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth but overall, there is a lack of character once I pour this into my mouth.

laituegonflable, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pale yellow, lots of haze, volatile white head that rises and falls with similar haste. Light on lacing.

Aroma is a bit understated, with some fresh lemon, non-specific spiciness, and some obvious wheat character.

Flavor is similarly light. Unripe fleshy fruit, lemon, and vinous grape provide tartness and refreshment, while phenolic banana and some dry grain provide the sweetness. Coriander is prevalent. Unfortunately, while these flavors on paper sound like classic witbier, they don't really come together and balance the same way that they would in the upper echelon of the style.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated, which helps the refreshment factor, but bulldozes through the flavor. A bit on the insipid side, this beer is pretty easy to drink.

illidurit, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of RobH
4.95/5  rDev +27.2%

Gosh this is a great beer!

It has just enough touch of sweetness on the nose and on the palate that your non-beer drinking girlfriend will like this one.

Yet, this is no feminine beer. Served in a tulip style glass, this beer evoked class and quality throughout the sensory inputs (appearance, aroma, taste, et al).

I think this beer has broad appeal and is a great beer to have handy for when guests come over (if you can't keep from drinking it all yourself!).

RobH, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Pale cloudy yellow body, with a beautiful crest of white meringuey foam. Fed by masses of fine-bubbled carbonation. It's steady, solid and beautiful. Excellent lacing. A truly excellent-looking beer.

Perfect Belgian yeast nose. Vegetative grassy characters, toffee-sugar sweetness and a deep herby tomato-like character. Not much of some of the other wit characters, like citrus, although the herbiness is pronounced. Very nice though.

Quite light on the palate, although that very pleasant spicy herb-character comes through. There's an initial sweetness, and a rather short, subdued finish, tempered by hints of fragrant Belgian yeast, and a nice lifting coriander-seed character. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and creamy, with a lift of carbonation.

A really refreshing, beautiful drink. Absolutely smooth and drinkable, this may be the perfect session beer. A wonderful drop, and a superlative example of a witbier.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

This beer is by far my favorite so far. I'm a fan of the style..until I had this one Blue Moon and Hoegaarden were my favorites but by far this one exceedes both.
This beer is amazingly creamy with a nice complex flavor with hints of citrus and maybe clove?
My only complaint is it could be better carbonated.

Bergenboy1981, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of haz77
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

A - Pours a bright, slightly cloudy golden with a frothy, fizzy inch of white head. This diminishes quickly. Plenty of carbonation (for a couple of minutes, anyway), but head remains a thin ring.

S - Banana, clove, medicinal quality in the background, peach, star anise. Very inviting.

T - Initially watery and lacking in flavour, but after a couple of seconds ripe light fruits emerge. Cloves comes through and the finish in clean/dry. Somewhat disappointing.

M - Light, crisp body. Carbonation is too soft for this type of beer.

D - Goes down very easily. Smells very welcoming, but lacking in other areas.

haz77, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle poured into a tall tulip glass.

A- It poured with a 1 finger fluffy white head that turns to a full lace that left some nice sticky rings on the glass. The body was a hazy golden-orange with bubbles of carbonation struggling to rise to the top.

S- It had a very fruity scent, perhaps orange. There were also spicy and yeasty characteristics.

T- There was more fruit and spice in the flavor. It had an oddly bitter/sour finish.

M- Light feel with moments of coarse touches.

D- A really easy drinker.

Overall- A good representation of the style. After the pour and aroma, I was expecting a little more out of the taste.

GRPunk, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

is a spritzy summer beer 4 sure, this beer doesn't seem to fit the 5 degree weather right now but is quite delicious and surprisinly uplifting! i feel like going and blowing up my beach ball.. Pours a light hazy golden yella! .. some nice lacing .. lite summer floral hints with honey, a very pleasing smell for a witbier .. a surprise not for the brand or style, but for the amount of floties i had in the bottom of the bottle.. witbiers are winning me back, this helps!

Onslow, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz brown bottle.

Cloudly Yellow with lots of frothy white head. Good retention.

Smells of citrus, banana and coriander.

Fruity, with taste of wheat and hops. Coriander taste finishes.

Could be a little thicker as a belgian white.

A pretty good Belgian white, easy to drink.

Hojaminbag, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of dogger6253
3.85/5  rDev -1%

I pop the cap and steam oozes from the bottle's opening, bleeding out a light yellow, champagne color. The head on top is gigantic, easily 2 inches thick, sticking around for a while. There is a lot strength to this head, wonderful retention.

The smell is very pleasant with lots of banana and coriander up front. There are bits of vanilla, honey and cherry coming through. Notes of grain and yeast are very apparent too. Wonderful bouquet...

My first thought is that this is surprisingly tart, almost like cherries. After spending some more time with it, the cherries start to taste like lemons, but not overtly sour, still tart. The taste is biting, cloves and coriander power their way into the mix. There is a very crisp, dry hop flavor in here as well. I appreciate the depth of the flavor, but I don't know if it's exactly pleasant.

Highly carbonated, light-to-medium body, very dry, very crisp, but still refreshing. I think I would substitute this for the occasions where I'd normally drink champagne. Other than that, I can't see myself drinking this again. It's not that I don't like it necessarily, it's just hard to picture casually drinking.

dogger6253, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Welcome everyone to the Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational! This contest will include five of the brewery's "other" beers (no La Fin du Monde or Maudite here). We're going to start this off in alphabetical order, so Blanche de Chambly, will you do the honor of being the first? Let's kick it off:

One thing I just noticed with their 12 ounce bottle is they have twist-off caps. This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color, and appears a faded yellow when it lands in the glass. The smell on this one is a little more potent than other witbiers. Pleasant sweet lemons and oranges in the aroma. In just a little bit, this beer will be in my mouth.

There's a bit more body in this beer, or is it just the carbonation? There's some suspended tart yeast in the flavor that goes nicely with the overall flavor. There's a hint of bubblegum too. Similar lemon and orange fruity flavors in the taste as well as the aroma. Mmmm, yum. There's a little malted wheat left on the palate when the beer is chased down the thorat. Coriander is light and pleasant.

I'm almost done wiht my sample as I type this. This one gets a thumbs up. As good as it scored, I suspect it will fall before the Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational comes to a close. Chambly Noire comes up later tonight.

DoubleJ, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

The beer poured a light golden color into my pint glass. It was hazy of course but its a wheat beer. The foam was a nice bright white color and actually had a bit of retention for a belgian beer. It smelled of spices, citrus fruits, and belgian yeast. Very nice overall. The flavor was good and of wheat and belgian yeast. Naturally, there was some orange and some other spices in there. The beer did have a bit of bite to it probably because of the wheat and maybe because of the carbonation. Definetely drinkable but just beware of the slight sourness.

t0rin0, Jan 16, 2008
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.