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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,990 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,990
Reviews: 972
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 85
Gots: 135 | 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 logansboat15
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unibroue's version of a white pours pale amber with a cloudy yeast sediment. The powerful, vertical jet stream of tiny carbonation bubbles shooting dead center from the bottom of the glass is impressive. The aroma is crisp and tart with a sour citrus bite. The taste is light and refreshing, like a sparkling wine. Afficionados with a more sophisticated palate toward fine wines than mine will undoubtedly enjoy the delicate nature of this beer. Mouthfeel is light - similar to that of a mass produced pilsner. This beer however is clearly light years more complex than a Miller or Budweiser. It is difficult for me to judge this style as it is not one that I'm familiar with, but I can imagine that it rates well with devotees of witbiers. Blanche De Chambly pairs well with the slice of Veggie Pizza that I'm having for lunch. Very drinkable. Give it a try! My low scores reflect my unfamiliarity with the style, rather than an aversion to it.

logansboat15, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of albern
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that is just too light and almost isn't there. It pours a slightly cloudy, yellow, with a pure white head. You can tell that it has plenty of natural carbonation just from the smell and the head. It seems as though they were using some champagne yeast with this one. The head is okay, not much lacing. The smell is sweet, lemony, maybe some coriander. The taste is light, light, light. It's a refreshing beer, a bit watered down, no hop taste at all, plenty of citrus and lemony overtones, maybe some oranges. It's on the dry side, and it just reminds me too much of sunflowers in summer. There is no after taste, and what taste there is is purely in the middle and dissipates towards the end. This is an interesting beer, well made, refreshing, clean, but just too transparent for my tastes. I can see this being enjoyed too easily by those who don't appreciate beer (the wine cooler crowd), as much as it being appreciated by those who do. Not for me, but I can empathize with those who like this one.

albern, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of jameaterblues
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden and hazy, big bubbly white head that sticks around for a few minutes.
S-Light, clean, wheaty, with light fruit(orange, tangerine, among others).
T/m/d- Light and clean on the pallet...Light clove and bananna, orange and lemon flavors....very gentle, and mild....Very easy to drink and friendly to most pallets I presume. This beer very nice, buy for the price you can get one that is equally as good or better in a six pack for just 2 or 3 dollars more. I really enjoyed it, but for the price($5.99 or $6.99 it is just a little too much when south hampton and victory are around.)

jameaterblues, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of gonzo138
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy gold with a gigantic head that retained pretty well and laced nicely

S- very fruity unibroue yeast aroma, citrusy fruity smell is present

T- somewhat dry, a little bit of that citric fruity sweetness, with a very light hoppy finish at the end

M- dry mouthfeel, light body, with high carbonation

D- could have quite a few of these, goes down easy enough, very clean tasting, a good summer beer

gonzo138, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light golden color with a susbstantial white bubbly head.

I can really smell the yeast and a bit of ripe fruit.

Taste is very yeasty with a dry fruity finish

The feel is bubbly and slightly dry, yet refreshing.

This is definitely a refreshing brew. I could have a few of these without any problem. Nothing terribly complex or overly exciting about this one, but it definitely holds it's own. A solid good buy.

penguinjive7, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale peach color with a big frothy white head that has nice retention.

Smell: Has a light fruity flavor (peaches, etc.) and a bit of sweet spices. Very light.

Taste: Has a light, crisp, and refreshing flavor. Generally fruity, but with some coriander and pepper in the mix too.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a good tingly carbonation. Quite smooth as well.

Drinkability: Goes down great! Glass after glass...

Though one of my least favorite Unibroue beers, this is still enjoyable -- as both a beer and a witbier. A bit light on the flavor and smell side, but that probably adds to the drinkability. I'll probably get this again in the summer.

mithrascruor, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

next to last bottle from the variety pack I found. ( the maudite is in storage).

Good looking beer..cloudy with a pale peach color. Lots of carbobation which I have come to expect from Unibroue. I found it to have great head retention and good lacing.

Aroma was faint, but pleasant combination of spiciness and fruit( i think, pear)

taste is light bodied, crisp with some sweet malt followed by clove spiciness and the aforementioned fruit.

light, maybe a tad too carbonated for my liking.

a refreshing beer with interesting, if muted taste...could become another summer staple.

Shadman, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of snarf4
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer out of a pint glass. It began with a thick frothy head. The color was yellow and cloudy. The fruity undertones were strongly evident. I appreciated the complex flavors that this beer offered. It was a nice change compared to the other, more widely distrubed wheat beers. The only draw back was the higher cost.

snarf4, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of muddyriverduck
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle courtesy of Frazbri. Thanks Frazbri!!!

Poured into a Pilsner glass a cloudy, orangish color, with a large white head that dissappeared before the Ohio State b-ball game came back from commercial break.

Smells of clove and corriander. Not bad.

Fruity and wheaty on the palate with ALOT of carbonation. Very pleasant aftertaste with no alcohol noted. Refreshing brew that would make a great summer session beer.

Overall, a very balanced witbier that I rather enjoyed. This could become a favorite of mine this summer.

muddyriverduck, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always been a fan of Unibroue beers, but, not a big fan of Sleeman, and it breaks my heart that Unibroue is owned by Sleeman because Unibroue brews some of the hands down best beer in the world.

Ever since my mother in law brought me back a bunch of beers from Gasbe Quebec (some of which included; trois pistoles, fin du monde, eau benite,) it really changed my perspective of beer.

Reviewing this one for the first time, also the first time ive tried this one :)

Served from brown 341ml bottle

A- comes out of the gate with an explosive head that diasappears in mear seconds, the beer attempts to lace so hard but nothing doing here, lots of bubbles rising to the surface but no real head.

S- very nice. Lots of fruit, including lots of banana, hints of clove, spicy, lots of citrus

T- outstanding! fruity, floral, spicy banana flavor?, lots of wheat, comes together very nicely.

M- Light body, nice carbonation, could not stop taking sip after sip.

D- i have yet to really drink more than one or two, but based on my first experience with the magnificent brew, i'd have to say thats this is a beer that i will certainly be seeking out in in the scorching hot days of summer.

Overall im amazed with Unibroue, this brewery never lets me down, is it possible that Unibroue might be one of the top 5 breweries in the world???

drinkininthewood, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a weizen glass.
Best before: 09.20.2007.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw-white; active carbonation. Fizzy, bright-white head that evaporates after a moment to a dancing sheet due to the carbonation. Little to no lasting lacing.

Semi-sweet, toasted oats and malted wheat. Musty and fragrantly phenolic; the diacetyl is watery and slightly off-balance. Notes of not-so-tart curacoa and orange peel.

Orange peel, curacoa with a waxy, lemon solvent. Hints of phenols with a musty, astringent wheat flavor. Pepper and clove throughout the sip cut the tartness rather well. The intense carbonation provides an airiness prior to a slick finish with waxy, citrus notes in the aftertaste.

Light in body; airy, yet slick in spots. A little too carbonated for a witbier.

Light and drinkable, but the flavors and texture don't match a crisp wit true to the style. An interesting take on the style, but not my favorite.

NEhophead, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy straw color with a decent head – light lacing. The smell is fruity and floral. The taste is mild and slightly fruity – not overpowering. This is a delicate beer that is nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. I’d consider this a highly drinkable beer – the smoothness and lightness of it would make it a delight for an entire afternoon. (Quenching)

barefootbrewer, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a very airy two finger, snow white head. Full aromas of soft fruits, pear, yellow apple, yeasty tartness, wheat, vanilla, and lemon zest. Soft flavor profile with pale wheat, green tea, fruity herbals leading the way. The hops are subtle with slight bitter and spice character that fades quickly and florals that linger to throughout. Citrus notes start with a soft lemon and develops into some orange and faint lime tones and ranges from pithy bitter to juicy pulp. Light coriander rounds out this delicate beer. The finish is herbal with some dryness and something a little minerally. High carbonation at the beginning but actually settles down in the mouth to give it creamy mouthfeel. A very delicate beer that is more appreciative once you’ve realized its subtleties.

cabsandking, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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 +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.