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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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1,954 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,954
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 84
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 Grundle20
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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.

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 24, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Beertroop
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz Bottle

A- This beer is well presented with the bottle to begin with. Once poured it was just as nice. A sunny orange with a cloudiness to it. A good head that eventually disappeared as you drank. Great looking beer.

S- This is one of the weakest of the categories of this beer. It did not have a deep smell, but the little that did was of a citrus sort. Im not quite sure what but it sure was good.

T- This beer has great balance which is key. The sweetness start amps you up for that great smooth finish leaving a great taste in your mouth.

M- The smooth taste then turns into a good after taste. This is what I really liked about this brew, its like as refreshing on you mouth as having one of your favorite fruit. It doesn't bloat you.

D- If your a fan of white belgium style then this is your beer. Try one and I promise you wont be disappointed.

Beertroop, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of guinnessfan
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint

A: Slightly cloudy, golden in color with an underlying orange-ish hue. Large frothy head that quickly dissipates into an abyss of nothingness. No real lacing to mention. The beer kept bubbling tiny bubbles up from the bottom the entire time I drank it.

S: Very mild citrus, not much else detected. Unimpressive smell.

T: Much better than expected. Very complexyet not too strong. Citrus, spice, wheat? There's a lot going on here. This is the most complex beer style I think I have ever tried.

M: Clean and crisp, not much of an aftertaste. Thin to medium body with a significant amount of carbonation.

D: A very refreshing late spring to summer brew, but a little expensive for heavy comsumption.

I really like this beer due to its complexity and flavor. I will seek it out in the future, just not by the case, though. I don't make that kind of scratch!

guinnessfan, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had many of these guys before but failed to ever get this down on paper, so here we go. It poured into a snifter, light golden body, with a thick white foamy head. It had plenty of carbonation, but was slightly cloudy. I had evidently chilled it a bit too much, because the smell wasn't very interesting or intense at first. I have to admit, it didn't exactly 'pop' after it warmed, but it definitely got better. It had an aroma of spices, citrus, alcohol, banana, honey and cloves. Lots going on here, but not overpowering.
I have to say the same about the taste. It was very well-crafted, with none of that typical American microwbrew wits that are really sweet and saccharine. I got mild sugars with some yeasty and vanilla tones. Honey and mild citrus round out the palate. Very pleasant. I was somewhat disappointed with the mouthfeel, which to me seemed a bit watery for a Wit. But it finished rather dry and was overall a very enjoyable brew. Not one of my favs from Unibroue, but still a very good beer.

sinistrsam, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of ghostmech007
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz with a nice foil top. Poured into a pilsner.

Pale yellow and cloudy. A fluffy off-white head. Very true to the style. Looks like heaven to the eyes.

Citrus and spices. The standard Witbier style.

Right off you get hops and wheats. Followed closely by the citrus you get from the yeast. The finish is dry and you get some citrus aftertaste as well. The carbonation is what keeps this one together. Feels good on the tongue.

Canada take on the Witbier style was a good one.

ghostmech007, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 mL corked, caged bottle.

A- Pours a pale cloudy yellow/orange color with a huge fizzy head that consumes more than 1/2 of the glass. It begins breaking down to a rocky, fluffy layer of big bubbles.

S- Definate wheat smell, being the most noticible. Also smells of citrus skin, spices, and yeast.

T- Starts out very mildly and opens up a bit in your mouth. Undertones of lemon/orange peels come out along with a peppery yeast flavor. Finishes crisp and clean, but a bit dull.

M- I enjoy the mouthfeel of most unibroue beer as it is usually very similar. Fizzy bubbles that are more soft than sharp, clean and crisp after each sip.

D- Not too strong, but, then again, not to lively. This is a good witbier but as witbiers tend to be pretty low-profile, this isn't a beer that I would drink a lot.

Rudgers73, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with a white foamy head that stuck around. Big head when poured and not much lacing.
Smell: Mild sweet aroma with yeast aromas and lime. Some lemon and orange rind and little bit of spices.
Taste: Mild and dry wheat malts with a sweet zest of citrus and an abundance of lime taste mixed with some coriander.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp with nice carbonation
Drinkability: A little pricey, but would be a great summer beer that I will try again.

Schwarzbart, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every once in a while I come across a beer that I drink all of the time but have never reviewed. Blanche De Chambly is one of those, and I guess the reason I've never gotten around to reviewing it is that I've just come to take it for granted - but what a foolish mistake that is!

This beautiful, cloudy, pale yellow wit rivals the best from Europe. It has a short, frothy head of bright-white that holds fairly well; and a delicate scent of light fruit, soft yeast, and mild spice. It's crisp and light bodied, accentuating its spice with a bit of zest; and the wheaty, grainy malt balances perfectly. Subtle, yeasty dried fruit (orange, lemon rind, apricot?) accent it, and it finishes dry with a flourish of pepper spice that's followed by lingering yeasty/chalky orange rind and a waft of coriander.

It's flavorful, but delicate; and it makes a great apertif, or companion to some of the milder Thai dishes. If you've never had it, it's well worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of bcollar
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance --> This beer poured cloudy (from the bottle conditioned yeast) with a light amber colour and foamy white head. There was good head retention and reasonable lacing.

Smell --> The smell is rather complex; there is a slight earthiness with definite fruity aroma paired nicely with some yeast in the nose.

Taste --> Wow, there is a lot going on in this beer! There is real complexity here. Fruitiness is evident with wonderful yeast characteristics that combine to form a great balance between the two contrasting flavours. The beer ends with a pleasant dry and slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel --> This beer has a medium to full body, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability --> This beer goes down very nice. There is a lot of complexity in the taste and I'm sure I didn't fully capture it all in this review. I will definitely pick up another one of these in the future. Unibroue has done it again!

bcollar, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a Unibroue glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish pale color with a big two and a half finger pillow like head.
S: Banana and yeasty esters with a good body of spices.
T/M: Silky soft on the palate. Lemon, orange peel, spices, and banana notes tickle the tastebuds. Yeastyness hangs on the palate for a good while after the finish. Refreshing and smooth, but not as coating as I would have liked Spicyness is very apparent initially, but fades a bit too fast. Light to medium body that could have more legs to it.
D: Quite a good tasting Wit from Unibroue. Excellent session beer and perfect for a summers day. Compatible with almost any food as it's not overpowering, but just very refreshing.

bjohnson, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The head on this one reminds me more of a soda's head. Just fizzy & dies away fast, leaving no trace. Smells like it should - yeasty & citrus. Tastes how it should as well. Accurate & true to the style, but just completely lacks any "oomph." It doesnt seem to reveal any special traits or any style of its own. I really dont like the mouthfeel. Too similar to soda - fizzy, and almost gives you the "burning" sensation in your mouth, like a cheap light beer. I must say I was disappointed, and I wouldnt be too interested in trying it again.

chOAKbarrell, Sep 26, 2006
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light yellowish body is almost clear. Hosts a very large fuzzy head that is as white as foam gets. Carries a crisp wheaty nose with noticeable tones of citrus and soft mellon. Very crisp as it hits the tongue. Raw wheat feel is soft and accompinied by zesty citrus notes that are sharp. Very even and drinkable overall a nice summer style. Deffinitly best very cold.

SPLITGRIN, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of lpayette
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz foil top bottle. 5% ABV, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pale, hazy straw color. Clumps of sediment sink to the bottom.

Smell- Hints of nutmeg. Orange peels, wheat and gingerbread.

Taste- A mixture of various spices- hard for me to discern exactly what they are. Again, hints of nutmeg and gingerbread.

Mouthfeel- Crisp. Lots of carbonation. Couldn't be much better.

Drinkability and conclusions- a decent brew that goes down alright. Not my favorite from Unibroue, but it's hard to please me with this style.

lpayette, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color, almost no head. Smells yeasty with some fruitiness. Taste is citrusy with some spices and tartness. Mouthfeel is dominated by carbonation. This is ok for a session beer, especially in the summer but the cost is somewhat prohibitive.

Dizzy, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear golden color, a nice creamy white head dissapears quickly. I get yeast and citrus in the nose, but also some floral notes, rose? There is some effervesent bite to the beer, but it drinks fairly heavy, finishing with a cloying and clingy mouthfeel. The taste gives me some very light malt, and a tiny bit of sour apple. Not much here.

dherling, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Vancer
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This Unibro offering disappointed and surprised me. The start was great, hazy lemon yellow with a thick, foamy head. A sliding sheet of lace, too. Lots o’ sediment in the bottom to stir up.

But the aroma and taste? Dull and flat white pepper and spices, just weak notes of any wheat backbone. A very wimpy brew, foamy in the mouth, with a twinge of a soapy taste. A bummer, this was not a very impressive brew

Vancer, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

In the glass is a hazed pale golden colored brew with an actively carbonated white foam head. The head soon falls to a wispy cap and a halo of fine bubbles around the glass.

The smell is a mix of yeast, sharp grains, a bit of sweet fruit, sweeter spices and a dash of coriander. I find this to be a bit unusual for the style, but I also detect hints of bubblegum in there.

The taste is a bit tart, citrus, lemon, spicy coriander. The crisp effervescence in this light bodied brew gives it a clean and refreshing mouthfeel.

Like most of the style, this one is crisp, refreshing, and dangerously drinkable.

EvilKeith, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a hefe glass, it poured a slightly hazy pale yellow with a large, soapy white head that lingered for awhile. Lots of little bubbles of carbonation continued to rise to refortify the head throughout. Some floaty chunks.

S: Lemon, citrus in general (orange peel perhaps?) and yeasty.

T: Citrusy lemon flavor dominates, slight cloves are there as well. A clean, crisp finish with a small amount of bitterness fighting the wheat for the aftertaste.

M: Very well-carbonated, which also helps with the clean, crisp finish. Light in body.

D: Very much so. A great beer for a summer's day.

All in all a very good version of this style. Clean, crisp and with the right flavors. It's not necessarily my favorite style, but this is well-done.

Kendo, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a cloudy light gold color with a foamy off-white head. Settles to a thin rim of bubbles along the glass.

Light fruity aromas emerge when the glass is swirled.

Dry finish along with mild flat fruity flavors. Fruit flavors become more apparent as the beer warms. Comes with "orange compliments".

Light carbonation in a light bodied beer. Crisp mouthfeel from the wheat, slightly dry finish.

A decent witbier from Unibroue, a good example of the style.

BeerSox, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz., bottle conditioned, best by 2/14/08. This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow with very active carbonation and a 3 finger, off-white head. It smells lemony with spicy yeast, orange peel, and light wheat and clove. There is a big wheat flavor that is almost nutty, a substantial coriander/white pepper quality, faint clove, mild hop bitterness but almost no hop flavor, and a spiciness that isn't as pronounced as I'd like. It has a medium body that is a bit prickly at first, but it calms down and leaves a light to medium finish. Not a bad witbier, but there are better ones out there to try.

mmmbeer, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blanche De Chambly pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. It has a very nice aroma, I can detect the yeast, but also tropical fruit, particularly pineapple is present. Mouthfeel is light with a sparkly carbonation. Tastes nice, you can taste a bit of fruit, the coriander really doesn't jump out at me though (which is a good thing in my opinion). Recommended, one of the more enjoyable witbiers I've tried.

Drew966, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a dinner bottle (750 ml) at world market in lansing michigan. ($5.99)
pours a cloudy straw with a pillowy whiye head.
the aroma is wheaty, citrus, spicy.
the flavor is light and wheaty, with a pleasent citrus and spice.
what a great beer to drink on a hot day.

plaztikjezuz, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a small pilsner glass.

Pours a light/white tinted golden color. Bubbly! Very champagne like...which is what they were going for I'm sure. 2" pure white head dissipated to a lacy thin covering on top.

Smells: wheat, yeast, citrus>banana peel, vanilla.

Taste is of wheat and yeast to start. Slight citrus flavors that include banana, then a smooth vanilla-ish flavor to finish.

Feels crisp, acive, not thin but very light.Smooth going down with a decent bite.

Drinkability is better than most Unibroue's I've reviewed due to it's modest 5% ABV. I reviewed this one just before having some Alaskan Wild salmon and this beer is the perfect companion.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. Some floaties in the beer made this look a bit unpleasant, but didn't detract too much from the overall effect. Smells of coriander and lemon strongly married with the effects from the yeast along with a slightly grainy and twangy wheat presence. Taste is tart and sweet with a solid wheat backbone and strong accents of yeast and spices. Mouthfeel is light on the tongue while maintaining sufficient body. This is nearly perfect for a session.

One of the better witbiers I've had with, surprisingly no off flavors, which I tend to get from those of the style.

goochpunch, Aug 22, 2006
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,954 ratings.