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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,902 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,902
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 Onibubba
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Not too hazy gold pour with a decent white frothy head that does have some lacing potential. Yummy bready, yeasty odor with very very subtle spice and fruit. Taste is sweeter than other Witbiers I have tried, but not overly so. The high carbonation leads to a bit thinner almost sparkling mouthfeel, but this drinks fine once it calms down a bit. A very enjoyable beer that I will drink again and again.

Onibubba, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

750 ml bottle, best before 11/11/06. Sampled 2/15/07. Hazy golden, with a thin white head.

Aroma is lemon, apple, and toast. slight yeast notes as well.

Delicate flavors of lemon, apple, coriander, with a light peppery bite. Crisp clean finish.

Not overly complex, but it works.

Padron4KM, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of dfried
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Light pale straw yellow in color, medium size foamy white head. Belgian yeast in the aroma, coriander and plenty of other peppery spices, wheat and other grains, with a touch of citrus. Fresh wheaty flavor right upfront. Plenty of spices too, but not over done, coriander and pepper again as well as some fresh herbs. They add to the tangy and tinglely mouthfeel. The spices are gentil, not too sharp and over the top like some American wits are plagued by. A lot of fresh wheaty malt, some yeasty flaovrs though not as much as the nose led on. Fruity flavors show up as it warms, ripe oranges, nectarines, banana, and melons.

Verdict: I was impressd with the many layers of this beer. I like many wits, but this one stood out with its complexity. Delicious and very drinkable.

dfried, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.93/5  rDev +1%

Funny how a few months and a change weather can change your opinion of a beer.

Pale, cloudy golden body; resembles fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice. About one finger of head which yields fine lacing fed by the steady stream of bubbles from the glass' bottom.

LOTS of yeasy aroma with delicate lemon and grass laced with the faintest spiciness.

Not as yeast-driven as the nose would have led me to guess with a good balance between that and the grassy qualitites. Exceptionally clean finish.

Almost violently carbonated making it difficult to discern flavors initially. Still, there is a refreshing crispness which would make this a must-buy in the thick of summer.

Envigorating and not too heavy, this beer is a great intro to craft beer for a novice and a solid choice for the afficianado in hot weather.

malcontent, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of mcerka
4.93/5  rDev +26.7%

A great brew. One of my personal favorites due to the great taste and feel. I've had it in the actual place it is brewed at, Chambly and not only is the beer good, the restaurant is exceptional. A great beer to sit down and relax with. Highly recommended!

mcerka, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4/5  rDev +2.8%

A- Pretty clear golden body with a pretty white head.
S- Yeast comes through first followed by light fruit like bananas. Light amount of hops balanced out with a bit of malt also. The fruits and yeast come through most.
T- Light fruits with a bit of a nut hint in there. Light bitterness to help balance out the spice and tiny bit of malt found in there. Kind of a bread flavor too.
M- Thin body and high in carbonation.
D- Really nice. Since this was a bit of a older bottle bananas and light amount of cloves started to show through making it more like a weak triple.

BlindPig, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of SaucyA
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

A beautiful take on the belgian witbier, Blanche de Chambly is a great thirst quencher. Came in a 750ml bomber, corked.

It's the usual cloudy, straw, hazy-gold appearance with an enormous frothy white head. Tons of carbonation in one of these pups. No lacing :(

Smell's great, but nothing overwhelming... yeasty overtones with very mild orange undertones. Not as spicy as I'd like it to smell, but not off-putting at all.

Taste is a little lighter and weaker than most average witbiers, not terribly complex. Mostly coriander and orange, as you'd expect. No hoppy finish, just a great thirst quencher.

It feels more like a champagne than a beer, it's super sparkly and easy to drink. It loses the majority of its sparkle by the end of a glass, but not so much that it's flat. It's pretty light.

I think this is THE beer to pound back. There's not too much to it, so it's easy to kill these without even noticing. This isn't my favorite witbier, but nothing to scoff at either. I'd happily drink it again... preferably on a ridiculously hot day on the lake :)

SaucyA, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.58/5  rDev -8%

Pours out a light straw color but very milky looking. Not a lot of suds but lots of carbonation. A very odd looking beer.
smell is clove and cinnamon with a slight grapefruit aroma. banana is here too.
Taste is lemony and floral. The clove comes through really well and stays on the tounge for quite a while.
Mouthfeel is very strange. Tingly bubbles like a champagne with just the slighteset hop bitterness.
This might not be a session beer but it would be great with red meat or red sauced pasta cause it cleanses the palate so well.

peabody, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

Unibroue Blanche De Chambly
12 oz bottle
Best before 09/07, bleached 01/07
Medium pour in a tulip glass

Poured a murky straw yellow with a fizzy white somewhat diminishing head. Nice floaties.

Smelt of strong unleavened bread with light flower, citrus and coriander notes.

Taste was upfront strong bitter orange and moderate wheat and coriander followed by a sweaty yeast taste and sour orange on a long finish where the coriander shines through. Palate was light bodied, watery to a dry finish, overly fizzy and moderately puckering.

Overall, this beer would have easily been enjoyed more thoroughly in the summer due to it's strong orange sourness. Right now, it seems light and blander than I remember. Still tasty and good overall though.

xav33, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Cresant
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass (it took two pours because of the large head). Dated best by: 1-25-08. Cloudy white/yellow body had flakes of yeast floating around.

Smell was fruity--banana skins and citrus. Corriander (not overwhelming), spicy.

Taste was refreshing and light (in a good way). Fruity. Belgian yeast flavor. Creamy but not heavy.

Mouthfeel was quite zesty with a medium body. Nice.

Cresant, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

This is an easy light refreshing beer. It is not a beer that shocked me in anyway. It is in fact, just what I expected; and that is good.

Poured into a Pilsener glass carefully with the yeast out.

Appearance: Clear yellow gold, practically no lacing.

Smell: hints of cinnamon and yeast and a light wood note.

Taste: It has a light pepper spiced yeast flavor a ouch of grape and then tartness and a hop attribute. Everything about this beer is mellow, from start to finish. I found it a bit of a bore to contemplate but God went down the hatch quick and easy =).

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and light. Spicy and dry - especially in the finish and aftertaste.

Drinkability: The feature of this beer is how easy it is to consume.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of elricorico
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Hazy yellow with a monster white head. Head recedes, but doesn't go away entirely. Lots of visible carbonation happening in the glass.

Most notable in the aroma is citrus zest and Unibroue's signature yeast. Coriander also takes a strong part. A little too zesty to sit and smell over and over, but still nice.

An abundance of wheat malt in the flavour, sweet fruitiness first followed by a tangy hop finish. Peppery spice in the lasting flavour. I find it finishes a bit on the wet side for a wheat beer, but that doesn't take away from this one.

The body is light and smooth, and it started with an abundance of carbonation. I've found that at about halfway through the glass, the beer is starting to feel a little flat, as if the carbonation burned out too fast.

A nice easy drinker from Unibroue, certainly a good example of the style.

elricorico, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a bright and cloudy straw color with an impressive looking head.

Beer smells like banana, bubblegum, and a bit of spice.

Tastes are very bright and carbonation is noted. A bit of spice, coriander, but not overdone. Beer finishes a bit creamy, dry and sweet.

Mouthfeel is pretty good for such a light beer style. Very full bodied.

I was pretty impressed with this one, quite drinkable. This is my second beer from Unibroue, and I think I need to seek out more of their products, good stuff.

flexabull, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%

I was really surprised by this beer, it was far better than i was expecting it to be(not that Unibroue has ever ever made a bad ale).It comes out of the bottle a light ,cloudy yellowish color with a nice thick head thats lasts just a few minutes and then disappears into a thin white lace.It has a very crisp, very refreshing taste(slighty tart flavor) and has an absolutely wonderful feel to it.

vickersspitfire, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev +2.8%

I got this beer in Utah. It was very good. I thought it was kind of a mix between a hefewiezen and a lamic. The color was a light golden color, but very cloudy. It smelled kind of fruity. It tasted malty. It went down smooth. Good brew. Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Light golden color. Not much of a head or lacing but I probably poured it a little too cold. The first sense I had of the smell was apricot or other light citrus. The mild spicing comes through as a secondary but very welcome smell. Taste is what you expect from Witbier. Spicing is at what I would consider a perfect level, not overpowering but very effective in adding depth to the beer. Very high carbonation level as expected. Very dry finish, giving it an almost winelike feel. Another good beer from Unibroue. It wouldn't be my first choice of beers of theirs to drink but it's a nice one for a change of pace.

beermanbrian, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of jhollick
3.58/5  rDev -8%

My pour produced a massive head. I think I'll take it easier next time. Very good head retention. Hazy straw gold in color. Nice looking beer, especially with the impressive head billowing high above the beer.

Smell is sweet with a strong phenolic character. Spicy clove, banana, grapfruit, and orange peel are also apparent. The Unibroue mouthfeel is present; thick and gently tingly.

The spice and phenols hit the tongue right off, followed by a punch of wheat and muted fruit flavors that linger into the aftertaste. This wasn't as fruity as I would have guessed. The wheat character is pretty strong, but I should expect that it would be. The spice flavors are enough that I wouldn't drink more than one or two 12oz. bottles.

This certainly isn't Unibroue's best offering, and it is not as complex as some of the other whites out ther. Despite that, it still has an authentic Belgian feel to it, and I would never turn one down.

jhollick, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

I didn't know what style of beer this was when I ordered it. I've never heard of it. I just saw the unibroue logo and immediately wanted one.

This ia great witbier. The smell is awesome without being overwheling, it really adds to the taste. It has nice spicing to it. It was incredible. Another great beer from unibroue. I have a love affair with this brewery now and will aim to try all of their beers.

jasonjlewis, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

Thanks to bjohnson for this unexpected drop off...
Hazy, straw yellow with a full finger of dense, bright white head...most of which remains for minutes and leaves some thin lacing.
Inviting in the scent...sweet spice, banana, clove, and a vinous finish with a lingering nose...not heavily weighed down by the wheat.
Taste is much less flavor than the aroma was giving off. Definitely has a wine character to it, but much drier with a clean finish. Some gentle spice, floral, a touch of citrus. No sweet at all...carbonation as high, as expected and the finish is clean and crisp.
A nice beer to consume on a warm day...could be a nice gateway beer for some.

warriorsoul, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of clabaugh
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: Pours a resplendent flax, adorned with a wispy white head. Retention is modest. Lacing is slight.

Smell: Yeast and earth predominate, with floral undertones. Hints of pear and wheatgrass.

Taste: Richly malty, imbued with a characteristic yeast flavor. Doughy, and possessing a subtly sweet note of pear, or apple. Quite earthy and natural.

Mouthfeel: Rather light of body, with a slick smoothness. Rewarding on the tongue, and very satisfying all around.

Drinkability: Exceedingly drinkable. Crisp, fulfilling flavor with excellent properties. Well-crafted beer, with few shortcomings.

clabaugh, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours an uneven whipped egg-white head. Lot's of snap/crackle/pop noise going on... head sinks.

Wheat aromas, subtle dry ginger spice character.

Wheat malt flavours, subtle spice & citrus notes. Very light, crisp, refreshing.

I can see what this beer wants to be.... but it's only 66% there. Compared to other Witbiers, it needs more oomph, in all departments.

I would like more body, and perhaps stronger dimensions in the flavour.

vancurly, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of JOaikido
4.55/5  rDev +17%

Just had this on tap at a restaurant this weekend, and it was different enough to warrant a new review. This was such a pleasant find for me as there were only three beers on tap.

Appearance cloudier than in bottle. Almost as opaque as a pulpy fruit juice. Didn't like this quite as much, but the colour was still a nice orangy yellow. The 20 oz glass kept a nice little foam thoughout my meal.

Taste and smell was fruitier than I remember from bottle, with notes of mago and passion fruit (tropical fruit cocktail) in with the usual yeasty Unibroue flavour.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were also better than I remember from the bottle. All in all a great experience with an old favourite. Especially since I had done 4 hours of aikido previous and was very thirsty.

JOaikido, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of bdjacoby
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured out of a standard brown bottle into my regular pint glass. Bottle has a nice little farm scene on it with a coat of arms. Pouring instructions are on the back

A - Cloudy, like a Hoegaarden. Not quite opaque. Has a beautiful white head that dissipates into a thin layer at the top. Leave little lacing.

S - Orange peel, spice...Do I smell butter?

T - Grape, a bit like a weak white wine. Some pepper towards the finish. Starts off a bit weak, but the flavours sort of burst out.

M - Not a lot of carbonation. A bit dry on the tongue at the end. Watery.

D - A nice, light beer that goes down smooth. To me tastes a bit like 'La Fin Du Monde', but nowhere near as strong. A nice alternative to Hoegaarden for witbier fans.

bdjacoby, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Grundle20
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance:
Pours champagne in color with a head much like champagne as well. There isn't much retention or lacing in the head.

Smell:
There's a strong yeasty nose with hints of orange peel. It's rather pleasant and typical of witbiers.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
This beer blasts your tongue like mineral water. It's extremely dry and carbonated, again reminding me of champagne only less sweet. This isn't a very flavorful beer, there's minor notes of yeasty banana and even less of the orange peel. Finishes super clean.

Drinkability:
I don't pick up any hints of alcohol and the general clean drinking nature of this beer ranks it highly drinkable to me.

Bottom Line:
It's like really good alcoholic mineral water. I was really pleasantly surprised with how different this beer is from other witbiers.

Grundle20, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%

12 oz brown bottle with twist-off cap and silver foil. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a dull peach hue, with just a few fleck of sediment, into a tulip. The frothy white head never grows too stiff, recdeding quickly into a thin small-bubbled doily resting upon the surface.

The nose is fruity and yeasty along with some cloven spice. The flavor follows these lines, with white grape, pear, peach, some clove--not has much spice as expected, and some champagne like characteristics, but seems rather flat--not meaning a lack of carbonation, perhaps a bit compared to a corked bottle, but just deviod of the kind of flavor I was expecting.

The mouth is light and doesn't do much upon the palate. It's drinkable, but a bit disappointing.

Osiris9588, Oct 23, 2006
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,902 ratings.