Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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Ratings: 2,024
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 88
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001)
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Photo of udubdawg
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours straw yellow, as hazy as expected and with a big fizzy white head that retains poorly and leaves a little lace. The aroma is both fruity sweet and tart and while sort of spicy, isn't the kind of spicy I've come to expect from this style. Hmm.
Decent flavor, but I'm underwhelmed. The annoyingly high carbonation doesn't help. I'm intrigued by the bitter orangey flavor in the dry finish, but otherwise it is a sort of strange sweet malt/tart fruit and the spices are unremarkable - I'm not even sure I get ANY cardamon here. Pretty light and drinkable with a decent body, but with better wit offerings available, it'll be while before I have it again.

easily my least favorite Unibroue brew, but worth a shot if you like the style or the brewer.

Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale golden with a 1 finger white head that mostly recedes.

Smells quite yeasty with a touch of spice.

Taste is pretty good. Yeasty, somewhat spicy. Some coriander spicing. Overall, a pretty tasty white.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated.

Drinkability is fine on this.

Overall, a good but semi-forgettable white. Recommended, still.

Photo of Jmamay22
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Careful decanting pours a very clear yellow beer with a foamy head that falls to a thin collar that leaves no lacing. Smells of lemon, grass, and slight mustiness. The smell reminds me more of a saison than a witbier. Taste reveals a very refreshing lemon and grapefruit/orange peel flavors with hints of pepper and coriander. The mouthfeel is extremely light and thin, which is often the case with such a beer, although this borders on being too thin. Very crisp and refreshing finishing dry. Highly drinkable and enjoyable summer brew. I tried half the beer without the yeast and half with. I often enjoy the yeast and found this improved the beer.

Photo of dmamiano
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a find at a small beer store in South Carolina.
Very cloudy pour that was light pale with no head to speal of and of course fell short on lacing as well.
Very highly carbonated, or at least left a champagne like feel on the palate.
Smell of wheat malts with no real hops noted.
Tastes very similar to champagne with a wheat malt base..if that makes any sense.

Photo of gunnerman
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this fine offering into my newly acquired sam adams specialty glass, pours a star yellow with little bubbles of carbonation and also a very serious fluffy head that hangs around for a while. Smell is tart and tangy lemon lime with hints of earth tones and a bit of lemon pepper grass. Taste is a bit biter tartness that is not over bearing but does go down nice and smooth, with a hint of peppery finish, this I enjoyed after i finished cutting my lawn and boy was it very refreshing. This to me has to be my favorite white beer to date and a damn fine offering, I will have this again soon.

Photo of choyhosoi
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one and noticed the head fizzled away very quickly to almost nothing. The color is a murky gold and the smell is very inviting ( hints of citrus ). The taste was very smooth no aftertaste no bitterness. This could easily be a session brew for many. I look forward to having another.

Photo of bort11
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Grinder's

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Mild white head with some lacing. Very hazy yellow color.
Smell is a mixture of cloves, a bit of spicy yeast, and a mild bananna and apples. Taste is mildy sour and yeasty.
Even with all the yeast, it still came off as pretty refreshing. I still would not want to do a whole lot, the Unibroue yeast sometimes gives me heartburn

Photo of irishkyle21
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the definition of a refreshing thirst quenching beer. Right up there with the best of em. Pours with a nice frothy white head that settles but is still a good 1/2 cm thick the whole way down. This witbier is pretty clear, until I pour the sediment in. I think most beers taste better with the sediment in them (IMO) but especially this one. Now it is a cloudy yellow, nice on the eyes. Smells of delicate citrus, fruits, and the spicy Unibroue yeast is just noticeable. The taste is a clean citrusy followed by a slightly spicy yeasty finish. Very refreshing and smooth.

Photo of rec
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The egg-white head explodes with excitement, and then settles to leave some minor lacing. The body is a cloudy golden yellow.

The taste is sweet, but not too sweet. Yeast and light fruits such as pear come through clear, with bannana and some spice such as coriander in the finish.

The carbonation is high but fitting and results in a pleasant although very full mouthfeel.

It's almost something I'd consider a summer-desert drink - definately not something I could drink a lot of due to the carbonation.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal-clear light-golden color, then muddied by the yeast pour. Fizzy one and a half finger head is short lived and leaves no lacing to speak of. Pale malt, candy sugar, and peach shnapps aromas, mabye some spices in the background. Two-row sweetness and strong steel-cut oats flavor upfront, followed by snappy Wit yeast phenols, mild coriander, and a dash of clove. Dry aftertaste, only the spices and some mellow peach esters hang around - briefly. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, a very crisp beer with the spices completing a good balance in the absence of any hop character. The flash of fruit and spice mingle with the sweet malt and ester before quickly vanishing, and this sensation remains consistent to the finish with no residual or lingering flavors. A light and effervscent ale with many intracacies but modest in girth; a nice session beer or summertime quaffer.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Hey if they are going to put this stuff in twist-off bottles I can pour it into anything I want. The bottle was purchased 7/2/07 and consumed 7/5/07. Best by date on the sampler pack is February/08. Kept the bottle at room temp and refrigerated about an hour before drinking.

Cloudy gold and very carbonated. I got a huge white head and serious bubbles pouring up from the bottom.

Very pleasant smell of wheat malt and light citrus/spice. Some banana undertones. Taste is about the same, some noticeable malt up front with light citrus and spice and then some banana in the finish. Really no hop presence to speak of.

A bit thin in the mouth, and highly carbonated. Mouthfeel is not terribly impressive. Seems to be a bit filling probably due to the high level of carbonation.

Photo of Glazed144
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite. Cloudy, caramel color, bubbly due to carbonation. nice mouthfeel, mildly sweet taste. slightly overcarbonated. Wouldn't reccomend this one too highly, many better alternatives. However, unibroue is still a great brewery, this just isnt one of their best unfortunately.

Photo of Commandogeraldo
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a hefeweizen glass. Appearance is slightly hazy, no rich color though. Smell is not very potent, bit of sweetness in the nose, but that's about all. Taste is decent, but not the best I've experienced from a wheat beer. Mouthfeel is okay; carbonation is a bit much in my opinion. Drinks easily, but not really hitting me with enough to get too excited. I am not usually bowled over by wheat beers, but I as a purveyor of beer, I will still steer people toward this one before one such as Blue Moon.

Photo of katan
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- I just can't stand the foiled lid bottle. It gets a knock for that - hate to see some of that foil land in my beer. Otherwise, poured a nice clear gold.

S- Nice citrusy smell - little spicy.

T - Has a light initial taste of orange peel - it follows up with a fairly bitter hops aftertaste.

M: Not bad - maybe a little overcarbonated.

D - A decent witbier for a few, but I could focus my attention elsewhere.

Photo of khiasmus
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light goldish-yellow. Head was a finger of white mousse a minute ago... but now it's gone. Head retention is supposed to be good on a witbier, strike off a couple on that... color, though, and cloudiness, are right to style.

S- Yeast, a tinge of sourness(lemon?), some sweet maltiness and some white bread, then some fruit... apple, maybe, some golden raisin, rose, pepper, orange, and a bit of wheat. Bouquet is enjoyable.

T- Yeasty, with the malt and the fruity, citric flavor balancing into a sweet/tart overall impression. A hint of (lactic?) sourness, and maybe just a dash of coriander. A bit of pepper, but It's missing a lot of the spice that I expect in a witbier. The flavor is good but the intangibles are lacking.

M- Carbonation is extremely high. Makes it difficult both to quaff and to review, as tyou have to strain through the mouthfeel to get to the flavor. Not refreshing, as it should be, but instead more bubbly than coca-cola. better let this one sit a few minutes and flatten a bit. It gets much better. then you can detect the body, a medium-light body with a bit of dryness in the finish.

D- It's decent. Unibroue seems to brew many beers that fit the styles well, but lack the intangibles to make them world-class. This is one of those beers.

Photo of wanker
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So light and delicate that mere words can't describe it - B de C is amazing. The mouthfeel is lighter than water. It is the lightest liquid I've ever tastest. I'm surprised the bottle doesn't float into the air.

But fear not, there is still flavor! There is just a hint or coriander - although this is my first witbier, it intuitively seems like the right amount. The effect is like drinking dry champagne, but much better. The drinkability, of course, is off the charts.

You could serve this at a wedding in lieu of champagne - it is that luxurious.

What a great hot climate beer. I'll be drinking it all summer long.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a golden yellow hazy body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles racing through the body. There is a super thick head of snow white that rises above the glass and keeps its shape.

S- This beer has a smell of soft wheat and soap with notes of lemon-lime soda. There is a light musty tart note that comes through stronger as it warms.

T- The taste starts with a light sour note with a hint of lemon finishing with a slight dry bitter finish that is more from spice that from hops.

M-This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture in the finish.

D- The light tartness is the most interesting flavor and the rest of the beer is very clean and light with not much complexity.

Photo of mdagnew
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from Beers of Europe..

Poured a hazy golden straw colour... White head poured pretty loose and foamy then faded quickly to very light edging... Decent amount of carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... no lacing..

Aroma - Spicy citrusy fruits with some tropical hints (pineapples, apricots, lemons & limes, apples), good strong wheatiness, peppery, light floral honey, grassy hops, salty traces, some vanilla, very light cloves, cream soda notes...

Taste – Good spicy / peppery notes, juicy fruits (apples, pineapples, pears, light lemons), definite cream soda / lemonade notes, very light cloves and coriander, grassy / hay hints, light wheaty notes, floral traces...

Feel - Initially quite sharp and dry then mellows out... light bodied... Very refreshing and drinkable... excellent on a hot day with a BBQ..

Overall - A very good example of a witbier... not quite up with the best of the Belgians but not far off.... recommended...

Photo of BMoney575
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 6-13-07
Best before 4-13-08

Pours a hazy cloudy yellow, with tons of big yeast chunks (my fault).

Smell is very Belgian, with a light fruitiness and a little bit of spice.

Taste is surprisingly light and wheaty, with not much else.

Mouthfeel is way too carbonated and effervescent.

Drinkability is not good, even if I hadn't poured out the yeast, it would still be quite bland.

Overall, I was disappointed with this beer. The flavors are very light and hard to pinpoint, and the carbonation makes it even worse. I'll have to try it again some other time.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this 750ml bottle with my fiance while sitting out on our new patio furniture....celebrating our purchase basically.

A - Bright and hazy dandelion yellow brew topped with a two finger white head that settles to a collar after a few minutes. This color is really almost highlighter bright in the sunlight....a really pretty beer.

S - Yeasty citrusy scent hits the nose initially, followed by fresh baked bread and butterscotch as it warms. Sugary pineapple juice notes, floral dandelion and tulip notes, and some buttery diacetyls come out later. Lemon rind hints keep it fresh. My only complaint is that it's a little weak and hard to smell. Vigorous swirling and warmth help bring out the subtle nuances.

T - Sweet pineapple and citrus with butterscotch and buttered bread malt flavors. Reminds me of butterscotch candies. Pretty good, but like the nose it could stand to be a bit more assertive. This is a very delicate, but pretty damn complex brew.

M - Light bodied with some crisp carbonation and dusty yeast feel. Too watery IMHO, and it finishes extremely clean. Nothing is left in my mouth to let me know that I just took a sip of beer. This is too delicate and gentle for me. (note: rolling the bottle around to get the sediment in your glass hefeweizen-style realy ads both body and complexity).

D - I was sort of disappointed by this one. It could have been so much better if it were more powerful and had stronger flavors. The flavors that exist are complex, but too fragile and delicate to be really tasty. I could drink this again, but for something so watered down it's pretty expensive. They need to pump up the volume on this one and it would be outstanding.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: yellow/gold color, slightly hazy, medium head that all but disappears without lacing and some carbonation spirals
s: yeast with citrus aroma
t: soft, yeast, with a cleansing citrus on the finish
m: a light to medium body (almost creamy) with lots of carbonation
d: a very light belgian style. not bad, just lacking for my taste. i'll stick to the heavier, more flavorful unibroues.

Photo of BBM
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light yellow into a chalice, with two fingers of a sudsy white head. Aroma was of spices, banana, cloves, and some sweetness. Overall pleasant.

Taste was somewhat citrusy, with an orange-lemon flavor coming through, followed by Belgian spices, coriander, and a grassy hop note. Well balanced and interesting. Mouthfeel was light and crisp. Overall this was probably my favorite "blanche" beer in Montreal, and one I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of whynot44
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale straw yellow with a nice foamy white head that subsides pretty quickly but manages a bit of lace.

The aroma is citrus, spice, and a sour wheat background.

The taste begins with apples, pears and mild orange/lemon citrus, then a bit of slightly sour wheat, yeast, and coriander. Finishes fairly clean and crisp, with just a bit of lingering citrus aftertaste.

Light bodied, creamy, very drinkable and refreshing. Well worth a try as a summer refresher.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a good looking beer. Transparent golden straw colored body with a thin bubbly pure white head. Good amount of visible carbonation.

Aroma comprised primarily of light Belgian spices.

Very refreshing, very crisp. Sweet malt flavor with subtle orange hints. Dry finish.

Drinkability is excellent, as is the norm for the style.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light yellow | nice carbonation | moderate head

Sour wheat edge | creamy | floral hop

Tart and creamy wheat | spicy coriander and no more than a hint of zest | light creamy malt overall | slight metallic ting | great carbonation and smoothness | finishes clean kind of dry

Very good. Creamy, tart, and delicious.

Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,024 ratings.