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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,083 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,083
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 92
Gots: 186 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy, bright yellow, some floaties, fizzy head.

S: Lots of coriander spice, mild orange.

T: Has a balanced mix of spice and orange. Light lemon zest and pepper as well.

M: Medium carbonation, light-bodied, too fizzy at times, but all around pretty good.

D: The first witbier that I ever remember having. Definitely in the upper echelon of the style. Easy to drink and refreshing.

Photo of gpogo
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Slightly hazy pale straw yellow with small white head.

A- Coriander, fruity, with a light yeasty aroma.

T- Somewhat bland flavor compared to other witbiers. Coriander and muted citrus notes.

M- Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Creamy smoothness that finishes dry. Quite refreshing.

D- Yeah, it's refreshing, it's drinkable. Though it's kindof bland.

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

Blanche De Chambly pours out a golden, slightly cloudy, quite bubbly brew. The beer in appearence is more reminiscent of a Belgian Golden Ale, more so than the Witbier styles. Nose is quite light, bits of oranges, peaches, lemons coming through the light yeastiness. Nose is somewhat lacking. Flavor is a bit light as well. The citrus flavors of a good Wit are there, just not quite pronounced enough. Once again, the lemon tartness,orange,yeast flavors are there. The mouthfeel is quite light, not as creamy as I prefer my Wits to be. The beer simply is too carbonated for my preference. I like the lighter mouthfeel, but just not what Im looking for in a good Wit. My least favorite from Unibroue-an otherwise outstanding brewery. I'll stick to Fin du monde.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured at Victoria Gastro Pub (MD)

A - Moundy white froth head. Very transparent golden pour.

S - Fruity, peachy (light) aroma.

T - A more mild witbier, not so fruity as the mass-produced wits, but decently crafted it missing something. Didn't quite work itself out even after warming for a while.

M/D - Rapid carbonation throughout, a bit much for a witbier.

Photo of BDIMike
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color. There is a fluffy head of white foam with nice retention.
Smell is very muted. Not much at all to it, really.
Even the taste on this beer is somewhat bland. I can taste yeast and a little malt, but no real spice or anything.
Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It has a solid, full thickness and a very smooth feel on the way down.
One could drink a good amount of this beer because of the smooth feel, but it is too boring to want to. Not a bad session Belgian in the summer.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked bottle.

Poured into a tall Weissbier glass. I opted for the sediment, giving the beer a cloudy gold colour. Big cloud-like head. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Lemon scent with a hint of coriander.

Citrus up front, sweet lemon. Some bitterness in the form of orange zest. A slight powdery character, but not as much as Belgian examples. Subdued coriander in the finish.

Fantastic mouthfeel. Very refreshing, but with a slightly creamy feel, quite nice.

An approachable witbier, quite tasty.

Photo of Portertime
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue has some very fine beers. The high alcohol content make them a decent buy. I enjoyed this one in my Duvel bubbler. It had loads of sediment in the bottom soI stopped the pour with just a littlebit of beer left. The appearance was very hazy summer squash color. Smelled of orange peel, coriander, some clove, and a little floral. Taste of upfront citrus with a touch of lemon zest and other mild spices. A fine witbier.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Whoops, I think I should have left the yeast in the bottle! Lots of small moving chunks of sediment. Poured two and a half fingers of white head that quickly reduced to a thin layer over a cloudy golden orange body.

Smell - 4.0
Not a strong aroma, but the typical witbier aromas are there; orange, nutmeg, clove, toasted seeds of some description.

Taste - 4.0
Pretty much spot-on for the style. Good balance of sweet, sour and bitter flavours. I can taste orange peel, clove, sweet bready malt, perhaps a little pear. More alcohol presence than average for style.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Lovely fine carbonation is moderate to light. Thickish feel over the tongue with lots of body.

Drinkability - 4.0
A small cut above the majority of witbiers, so worth coming back to. Highly refreshing too, but I'd drink this in any weather.

OVERALL - 3.9
I'd say this is probably the best regular strength witbier I've tried. The biggest downfall is the price, which is the only thing that would stop this from becoming a regular drink for me.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange body with a one-finger head and some good lacings were left. A good fruit smell, like apples and pears along with the usual spices. Medium-bodied, this beer has a prevelant orange flavor combined with the yeast to make a tastey and very smooth beverage. There is also a good amount of pepper, clove and maybe coriander (I'm slightly guessing) that keep it balanced and gives this beer a nice little bump on the backend. Another great beer by Unibroue that is sessionable and a must try for any beer drinker.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Very much belgiumesque. Head retains very well, leaving a 1/8 inch head that isn't going anywhere.

S. Sweet yeast and strange fruit. Hard to put a finger on it but I taste spices hard to define.

T. Initial taste of apple with some light hops. Warms up to exotic fruits.

M. Very carbonated and leaves a sweet aftertaste.

D. Worth it. Would have it again.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one in a hoogarden glass, fresh outa the fridge.

Pours hazy yellow, big white head and a little lacing. Aroma of spice, yeast and citrus. Flavor is dominated by malted wheat, somewhat aquaous and very refreshing.

A fairly delicious belgian wit.

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of coriander, orange peel, and lemon zest. The taste has more orange peel, and lemon than coriander. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a very good witbier. I could happily drink this again.

Photo of KeefD
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured slowly from a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. Very little head but steady carbonation. Virtually no lacing. Color is a light golden with with a steady rotating haze of unfiltered wheat and yeast.

Ripe tropical fruit immediately hits the nose. Orange notes are subtle and light for this style.

Pinapple, mango, and slight orange, but very light. Flavors not bold or overwhelming.

Very light in feel, almost like a wine-cooler. Heavy on the carbonation, but no body or texture. Absence of a nice head took away a lot from this beer.

All in all, not bad. The appearance of this beer led me to presumptively believe it was a winner. I was wrong. I would actually drink Blue Moon or Bell's Oberon Ale over this stuff any day, but if someone offered it to me, I would gladly accept.

Is actually very tasty with some bitter dark chocolate.

Photo of robbyc1
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Where is the flavor, my wife said to me as we tried this together?

Now I love Unibroue beers generally, the styles and bottling conditioning is great. All well done, including this one, but where is the Coriander and orange peel normally with this type?

It has a beautiful fluffy head of foam. Slight cloudy, yellow nice.

Smell is clean, too clean, nothing from the yeast like I was expecting.

Taste is the same, little there.

Mouth feel is nice and solid, full, best part about this one.

A decent session beer, when you can't find a better ale of this type.

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very cloudy straw yellow with orange highlights. The decent, white head fizzled away quickly with little to no lacing. Lots of floaties.

S- Spices, yeasty wheat, cirtus peel, and white grapes /wine.

T- I initially tasted this one right out of the fridge.... but it was just too carbonated and crisp. I let it sit for about 10 minutes or so. That definitely helped. Immediately you taste spices, wheat, and some citrus. The finish is similar to white wine... leaves the mouth dry and warm. This is the second unibroue I've had that shared characteristics with wine (trois pistoles).

M- Crisp. Light body.

D- This is pretty different for a wit... although it's tasty I won't be jumping to grab another.

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

750mL bottle corked and caged. 5.00% abv. No freshness date. Fridge temp. Poured into a wine glass for nosing and then my Hoegaarden glass.

Golden body under a white head. A bit hazy.

Nose is salty and spicy with a lot of sourness. Classic Unibroue yeast. Orange peel. A bit closed for my taste.

Palate is light and airy, citrus again with sweet maltiness.This is nice, but not especially complex. Apricot, a bit chalky. Finish is nicely dry, lightly sour. Yum.

As far as wits go a star choice. Thirst quenching.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served at 40 degrees in a standard pint glass.

This beer has what I believe is the quintessential aroma for the Belgian whit style - a pleasant balance of spice from the yeast and herbs.

This was my third time drinking this Unibroue offering. They quickly developed tremendous credibility in my book based on this beer. So after the second taste I'm going on record as saying this is the second best Belgian Wit after Watou's Wit.

There are a number of other very good offerings for this style (Avery and Choc come to mind as recent standouts), but I feel Unibroue has nailed the style on the head with the perfect balance of spice, bitter orange, and herbs with the malt. The inferior attempts at this style tend to finish too sweet. Blanche de Chambly has a tremendous drinkability factor because of the dry clean finish.

My compliments to the brewer - see you in Quebec is now only our list of brewing cities to visit in the next three years.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

hmmm....

beer was undercarbonated and with little head retention...

I liked the dry, tart flavor, but it was hard to appreciate such a flat, lifeless beer in a style that is known for its bursting effervescent brightness

not that I'm the type to complain about style guidelines LOL

but seriously, the flat beer lacking head retention robbed this beer of proper mouthfeel, texture and taste

all, of course, IMHO

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up in a smaller bottle, not one of the two pinters.

Poured out a foggy light yellow. About an inch of head, which stayed.

Smelled sweet, fruity, malty, alot of citrus tones.

Taste showed the citrus roots, also a bit sweet, dry, mellow.

Mouthfeel was heavy and smooth, moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is average. I was impressed by the taste but I'm not sure if I could cirtus all the time, and the aftertaste was a tad funky, might just have been my bottle.

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a beautiful pale yellow hue and a cloudy texture to it. There was a half inch head and a fair amount of lacing.

The smell was very fruity, with lots of lemon, orange and some hops coming through.

The taste was also very well done. Orange, hops and some other fruits evident.

The carbonation level was high, but not too high. Very smooth finish. Nice mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It goes down easy and has a light, fruity personality.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had quite a lot of anticipation for this drop as I feel one can only have the utmost respect for anything Unibroue produce.

Looks quite good, golden-wheat coloured brew pours a moderate foamy head. Very pleasant lacing. Very thin stream of carbonation. Nice-looking witbier.

Nose is standard witbier smell, but at the same time is an EXEMPLARY witbier aroma. Sweet light malts dominate with a great hit of tropical gruits, mingled as well with a large but not overpowering hit of floral hops. A very complex nose blended to perfection, and as good as a witbier nose will get.

Taste is not as great as I expected. The palate is short and a bit simplistic. Large hints of banana, pawpaw and mango (in short; tropical fruit) with a slight hoppy mid palate, but virtually no aftertaste of which to speak. The flavours are alright for the style and hey, it's very drinkable but after that explosively blossoming sweet nose this taste is very disappointing. I just wanted more, to be honest. Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth but overall, there is a lack of character once I pour this into my mouth.

Photo of illidurit
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Pale yellow, lots of haze, volatile white head that rises and falls with similar haste. Light on lacing.

Aroma is a bit understated, with some fresh lemon, non-specific spiciness, and some obvious wheat character.

Flavor is similarly light. Unripe fleshy fruit, lemon, and vinous grape provide tartness and refreshment, while phenolic banana and some dry grain provide the sweetness. Coriander is prevalent. Unfortunately, while these flavors on paper sound like classic witbier, they don't really come together and balance the same way that they would in the upper echelon of the style.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated, which helps the refreshment factor, but bulldozes through the flavor. A bit on the insipid side, this beer is pretty easy to drink.

Photo of RobH
4.95/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gosh this is a great beer!

It has just enough touch of sweetness on the nose and on the palate that your non-beer drinking girlfriend will like this one.

Yet, this is no feminine beer. Served in a tulip style glass, this beer evoked class and quality throughout the sensory inputs (appearance, aroma, taste, et al).

I think this beer has broad appeal and is a great beer to have handy for when guests come over (if you can't keep from drinking it all yourself!).

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pale cloudy yellow body, with a beautiful crest of white meringuey foam. Fed by masses of fine-bubbled carbonation. It's steady, solid and beautiful. Excellent lacing. A truly excellent-looking beer.

Perfect Belgian yeast nose. Vegetative grassy characters, toffee-sugar sweetness and a deep herby tomato-like character. Not much of some of the other wit characters, like citrus, although the herbiness is pronounced. Very nice though.

Quite light on the palate, although that very pleasant spicy herb-character comes through. There's an initial sweetness, and a rather short, subdued finish, tempered by hints of fragrant Belgian yeast, and a nice lifting coriander-seed character. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and creamy, with a lift of carbonation.

A really refreshing, beautiful drink. Absolutely smooth and drinkable, this may be the perfect session beer. A wonderful drop, and a superlative example of a witbier.

Photo of Bergenboy1981
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is by far my favorite so far. I'm a fan of the style..until I had this one Blue Moon and Hoegaarden were my favorites but by far this one exceedes both.
This beer is amazingly creamy with a nice complex flavor with hints of citrus and maybe clove?
My only complaint is it could be better carbonated.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,083 ratings.