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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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2,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,066
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 91
Gots: 176 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of rec
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
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
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of beakerboy
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours golden yellow with a whispy layer of foam on top. The aroma is exactly what I want from a witbier, orangy and spicy. The flavor is good and matches the nose with a slight bitterness. The body is light, making it a great hot-summer-day beer.

Photo of markaberrant
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy yellow/orange. Big fluffy white head forms, then quickly drops to a thin ring. No lacing.

Smell - is citrus, orange, lime, wheat, spice. Great aroma.

Taste - smooth subtle orange, then a bit of tart spice. An abrupt dry finish cleanses the palette.

Mouthfeel - light and refreshing, almost spritzy. Lively carbonation.

Drinkability - It is extremely easy to drink, and refreshing as can be.

Overall - I think this is a great beer for someone who is just starting to explore the world of Belgian beer. I know I loved it the first time I had it, but I find it a little lacking nowadays. I definitely recommend drinking with the yeast added, it gives it more spice and a better overall flavour. I've tried it without adding the yeast, as well as on tap, and it is lifeless.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a with a huge white, fluffy head atop a glossy light gold body. Carbonation just doesn't stop! Constant until the last drop, bubbles rising to the top adding to the head.
Smell of citrus, lemongrass, lemon zest, some sweet malt and rich yeast. Not heavy, just a bit refreshing.
Taste is crisp, a bit light. Corriander, yeast and slight apple/citrus. Just when I think a sourness is about to hit, it finishes off. Clean and refreshing. A good Witbier, will have another for sure.

Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Using a special glass just for this beer. Pours a hazy, straw yellow color with a head that fades not too long after. Aroma is fruity with some hints of apple mainly and spices. Taste is spicy, crisp and goes down very smooth. Very delicious for a witbier and so very drinkable. Great for that hot day where nothing seems to quench your thirst. I would have to give this high marks for a witbier.

Photo of billybob
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy golden straw color large white head fades quickly to just beer with almost no lace. aroma of pears and friut. taste apple, pears, peach, ending with a lemon tartness all mixing with wheat malt. mouthfeel very light, dry, crisp with lots of carbonation. great tasting summer wheat, light and refreshing and a good match up with summer foods.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- great appearance for a witbier. Two finger white head with great retention. Uniformly cloudy body with bubbles rising to the top.

S- light smells of yeast and citrus.

T- light yeast taste with citrus and spice accents. The yeast is the main character of this beer. Finishes very clean with some yeast lingering.

M- medium/high carbonation and yeasty body.

D- this is a great session ale. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I will probably have this again but not with great frequency because I can purchase comparable witbiers for better prices.

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

This one was served with a nice fine white head that soon faded to a light covering. Decent lace. Hazy golden straw yellow. Typical Belgian style aromatic white ale aromas: spicy, citrusy, pale wheat, and yeast. Flavor's more intense with emphasis on yeast, bitterness on tongue, with underlying sweetness. Fine balance carbonation. Clean, fresh, and balanced. Good brew. Easy finish.

Photo of Fugazme
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy... light straw in color...

1/2" bright, white head dissipates disappointingly quite quickly.

Aroma is ok... bit of an orange peel here, bit of lemon there... only a hint of wheat... slight "ginger-like" overtone... some spice...

slightly creamy mouthfeel... but mostly thinish...

malt and wheat upfront on the taste... some fruit and spice, but lots of yeast lingering.

Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,066 ratings.