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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,951 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 83
Gots: 126 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle conditioned and courtesy of the LCBO. Cloudy golden body is topped by a medium white head. Fruity, spicy signature Unibroue aroma is mixed in with grain. Not surprisingly, this beer has a wheaty taste, but also undertones of fruit, and again that spicing. You can really feel the Unibroue yeast lines in their beer. Refreshing, and great for summer.

bobsy, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of mfreire212
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tasted this beer before, but it was during a sampling party, so I didn't really focus on it at the time. With that being said, I decided to try it again and give it an honest effort, free of distractions.

A: Nice golden color, a bit hazy with a stark white head. I was careful with the pour and used a standard pint glass. The head was a finger high and it slowly faded to an interesting "o" shape on the perimeter of the glass.

S: The first thing I noticed was a banana like scent, followed by yeast. Not overpowering, at all. Pleasant, actually.

T: OK, who put the Hoegaarden in this bottle? Kidding aside, this offering reminds me of one of my favorite beers, i.e. Hoegaarden. The taste of this Unibroue offering is more muted then the aforementioned "legend", but it is very nice. A very nice "white".

M: A touch bitey at first, with the carbonation the likely culprit. However, it fades into a smooth, lasting flavor that I very much enjoyed.

D: As another taster stated, this beer is one that I could enjoy all evening long. Very pleased...the best Unibroue I have had to date (and they do a fine job).

mfreire212, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Corriander, citrus, banana, bready.

Looks: Fast rising big white head. Bright yellow in colour. Good head retention. Some lace.

Taste: Citrus, wheat, some corriander, vanilla. None of the banana that I picked up in the aroma though.

Mouthfeel: Lots of CO2, but it's soft. Lots of tiny, little bubbles.

It's the most sessionable Beer that I've had from Unibroue.

BrewSomerville, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very bright, golden yellow and is non transparent. Minimal white head after a conservative pour. Little to no lacing.

S- Lemons, oranges, and limes. Also, there are some peppery spices that are present Sweet candy sugar smell that is almost cotton candy like.

T- Citrus just like the smells (lemons, orange peel, and lime) with a sweet candy sugar taste. The same corriander-like spice is present too. No alcohol taste at all, just sweet nectar and honey.

M- Carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is nice and thin.

D- Very high. It is smooth as silk and refreshing all the way.

Overall- One of the best witbiers I have ever had. I am on a Unibroue kick for the moment, and I can see exactly why. Solid and very true to sytle. Great!!

MMAJYK, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit too clear for me (for a witbier). But hey, looks aren’t everything. Right? Decent head. Nose is like old grass. Like it has a level of smoky quality to it. It might be like old, dead lemongrass. Not that I really know what that smells like. Flavor is good. Just a smooth witbier ride. Vibrant profile. Citric character abounds. Feel is smooth and thick. Another very drinkable Unibroue brew. Damn Tasty.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of MillRat
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellw with a bountiful white head that becomes meringue-like in appearance, and slowly settles down into a thin layer that leaves a little lacing behind. A strong citrusy and spicy aroma that mixes hop and belgian yeast notes. Crisp flavor of an american wheat ale multiplied by a complexity that only a belgian yeast strains seem to produce. Overall a refreshing beer with plenty of complexity to keep your interest but not so heavy as to wear out its welcome. It would be a perfect complement to an outdoor concert environment and a platter of fresh fruits and artisanal cheeses.

MillRat, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Overlord
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better witbiers I've had, but not my favorite unibroue offering.

Pours a hazy gold, with a two-three inch white foam head. Taste is wheat/yeast, almost hefe-weizenish in character, with some citrus overtones, a bit of spiciness, and a crisp lemon-y aftertaste. Good, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is appropriate, smell is more citrus-y than the beer itself.

Overlord, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of BeerLover729
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an opaque pale liquid with suspended yeast particles and a small head, which quickly fades to an outer rim laceing. The smell is faintly grapeish with corriander and phenols in the background. The taste is dry, wheat bitterness is mildly detectable. Otherwise the taste is pretty neutral with some corriander and light fruity esters coming through. The beer has a very light body with cloyingness less than but reminiscent of the macro pilsners I grew up disliking. This beer is low on flavor but still goes down better then the generic macro beers of the world.

BeerLover729, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale blonde, lively beading, rocky white head that dissapates quickly due to the lively carbonation

S Some cloves, vanilla, slightly bready, some honey, metallic

T Sweeter than expected, i get oranges, melons, sweet grapefruit, peaches. Some breadiness in the aftertaste, very refreshing

M LIght and spritzy, but not abrasively carbonated. Very refreshing

D Very drinkable and refreshing, not overly artificially sweet like some wits(hoegaarden), but also not overly carbonated. Some nice fruitfull unique flavours make this wit very drinkable

seanyfo, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pint glass. It was a hazy golden straw color. It had a small bubbly head that quickly dissipated. Some carb and barely any lacing. The aroma was excellent as most wits are for me. It was heavy on coriander and citrus. In top tier of wit aromas for me. The taste was also excellent and in my wheelhouse for wits. Very crisp with a nice bite at the end. Overall, this is an awesome beer and highly recommend. Only issue I've had with it is the quality here in Texas. This batch was awesome but last 2-3 had been off which is most likely a distributor issue and not a production issue. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Lukie
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am going to say it right now, that was just the best pour I have ever done of a Wit style beer. Poured beautifully pale orange cloudy with a great two finger head which has slowly fallen into a nice lacing over the top. This beer is one of the best to observe, just amazing.

Coriander is the first of the qualities that hit my nose, with some citrus, possibly bitter orange (as would be expected), some slight lemon tang. The spice on the nose is actually quite significant.

Coriander, cloves, a nice citrus wheat finish. So incredibly refreshing. There is actually quite a bit of lemon citrus in the aftertaste, with the spice character in the front of the pallet.
Moderate carbonation tingles the tastebuds, with this being a slightly heavier wheat to the more mainstream Hoegaarden.

I could knock this back all day. I believe it is drinking a lot better then Hoegaarden at the moment, and is much worth the slightly higher price tag on it then the more mainstream wits. Great job!

Lukie, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite beer from Unibroue, which also happens to be my favorite style of beer.

This is one of the top witbiers in my book, the beer pours perfectly cloudy as it should, smells of sweet citrus and has the taste to match. A good balance as well, that way if you plan on enjoying more than one you won't be overwhelmed with too much sweetness.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Graham5161986
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy pale, tan, yellow with 2 finger rocky head. Decent head retention - reduces to a 1/2 cm foam. Lots of rising carbonation and leaves a slight lace.

S: banana, clove, spice, coriander (typical, but nice!)

T: beautiful floral hops, banana and spice. Quite yeast as well.

M: light, bubbly and smooth - goes down nicely

D: Highly drinkable and refreshing. Well crafted and pronounced flavours. Another great Belgian from Unibroue!

Graham5161986, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.9/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After searching high and low for this one, finally found a good store that had 2 four-packs left of this one... Glad I was able to find this because it is without a doubt one of the best witbier's I've ever tried... Presented with a foil wrapping covering the head of the bottle, which was an elegant introduction to this outstanding beer... The appearance was top-notch, with a true witbier cloudy / hazy color revealing a superb aroma of citrus, yeast, wheat, and coriander that was really exquisite. Taste is out-of-this world with a strong presence of the flavors listed in the aroma... goes down smooth and refreshing... mouthfeel is great - I could drink this brew all night without minding the $6.99 I paid for a four-pack... too bad this beer isn't easier to find, as I really enjoyed this one and hope to be able to locate it again... Definitely a winner and certainly recommended!

dsa7783, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Saison Dupont tumbler.

A: Very pale yellow and hazy. Rather active carbonation. Excellent meringue-like two-finger head. Pure creaminess! This one got to a 4.0 on head appearance alone.

S: Very enjoyable aromas of yeast, orange, lemon, some faint spices, banana (?) and a touch of toasted malt.

T: Tastes pretty much as it smells. Also noted was a faint green apple flavor in there as well. Very nice layering of spices and toasted malt at the finish.

M: full and smooth at first but becomes thinner and spicier towards the finish.

D: Impossibly easy to drink. This is one of the most rewarding "summer beers" I've ever tried. An excellent array of aromas and flavors.

GbVDave, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of goatherder
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale and cloudy, as expected. Head disappeared quickly. Spicy nose with a nice malt background. Great ester profile. Soft, sweet maltiness in the mouth with some zesty lime in the finish. The bitterness is low, enhanced by the (a little too) prickly carbonation and the finish is dry. This is a first rate witbier, one of the best I've tasted.

goatherder, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice, large, fluffy white head. Little retention as it quickly fades to a small cap.

Interesting aroma of fruitiness - peach, cloves and something almost like fresh corn on the cob. Nice, though.

Taste is fruity, with light malt and a lot of yeasty, clove flavors.

Medium bodied and quite smooth.

AaronHomoya, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 and 75 cl), tasted 2000.
Appearance: white, trouble, sparkling
Smell: citrus nose
Taste and mouthfeel: round in the mouth, with a bitter orange peel
Drinkability: good white beer in the Belgian style

Review added 10-30-2007, translated from french 1-26-2008.

thierrynantes, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of skeetermoses
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my second time drinking this beer, I was much more pleased with this beer the second time around than I was the first time drinking it. It reminded me of a blend of a Belgian, mixed with a wheat flavor to it. While this beer is brewed in Quebec it was rather a plesant drink. Nothing against Quebec, I just have not had total pleasure drinking La fin du monde, so I was a little skeptical drinking this one.

skeetermoses, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of shamus
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a really great Quebec wheat style beer. It's bottle fermented and has that yeasty richness that you find in this type. It's very highly carbonated but that works for it is spicy and is a special treat for the tongue. they have this on tap in some locales in Ottawa which is good in a city of bland beer choices but too often it is served flatter than it should be.

shamus, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of lowbrau68
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden white, hazy beer with a giant, fluffy head.

A: Sharp, citrusy-orange with subtle whiffs of malt and spice. Aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast character, even more strongly than Hoegaarden.

T: Tangy! This is a tart, tangy beer w/a dry middle and puckering finish which seems to include some mineral or metallic notes which surprisingly enhance the flavor of the beer and contribute to its persistence. I was still tasting this beer 5+ minutes after I finished it -- definitely a good thing in this case. There is not much hop character in this beer, the yeast, spices and citrus dominate.

Overall I find this to be a more flavorful, complex beer than Hoegaarden that is equally drinkable but more pricey.

lowbrau68, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden colour poured into a tulip glass. Few centimetres of white head thats falls away quite quickly.
S - Smell is banana & some light spice. A touch of belgian yeastiness.
T - Along similar lines to the smell but with a bready, malt flavour as well.
M - Quite light bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - Tasty beer but pretty pricey when there are comparable wheat beers with just as much to offer.

brendan13, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of drew37
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional witbier. Although I am into darker beers, as a huge fan of Unibroue (also very pleased with Maudite) Ive been itching to try this one and was definitley pleased. Accompanied this with a warm jacuzzi and a bowl of strawberries and grapes--an amazing experience.

Drank out of the corked bottle as I did not have any glassware to accompany it. Tasted bananas and oranges with many other hints of fruit which is probably why it complemented the strawberries and grapes so well.

Somewhat reminiscent of a Hoegaarden, however this was more complex and better drinkability. Unibroue makes excellent ales. Very pleased with this and will look to purchase more in the future.

drew37, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden orange color with a decent white head that dissipated into a white ring around the glass. The smell is quite good: Belgian yeast funk, candi sugar, orange peel and coriander. It has more of the Belgian yeast aroma than most wit brews. The taste is of orange peel, coriander, apple juice and light candi sugar. Not as heavy on the orange peel and coriander as most wits; which I find to be a good thing. The feel is light and way over-carbonated. The carbonation takes away much of the flavor. It kind of paralyzes the tongue. Not as strong in the witbier taste as others, probably due to the carbonation but it is still a good brew.

Gmann, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big C & C bottle that opened with a satisfying pop like a botlle of champagne. It poured a light and cloudy yellow with a huge fat white head that left moderate lacing. Slightly fruity nose with some bananas. Light mouthfeel. Flavor is of fruits. Very good to drink.

rkuhnel, Sep 28, 2007
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.