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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,908 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 80
Gots: 119 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow color, nice carbonation, small head for a wheat beer and some nice lacing afterwards. Scents of citrus, sweetness, grassy. Very nice taste for a wheat beer, sweet with a nice mellow after taste. Light-medium body. Very drinkable, would recommend. Another excellent brew from Unibroue.

Wasatch, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of InDreams
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weizen glass with a pale, cloudy golden color. Half-inch thick, white head, and minimal lacing. Has the constant stream of bubbles that I've come to love in wheat beers.

Smells a bit sweet and tangy, coriander and citrus. Perhaps some orange. Taste is great, very refreshing. Light, crisp with the lively carbonation. Mirrors my observations with the smell. Orange, coriander, yeast, wheat. Reminds me of a hefe-weizen. Mouthfeel is pretty light, carbonation like a pop drink. Goes down very smooth, no real aggressive bite but a smooth aftertaste. I'd say this is very, very drinkable. Taste is very pleasant, and I'm a fan of wheats. I'd gladly take a six of these for myself, if I weren't concerned about price.

InDreams, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blanche De Chambly. Another nice solid beer from the Unibroue range.

A= Poured a pale yellow with a thin foam head.

S = Cloves and citrus.

T = Light cloves and a faint hint of banana.

M = Overcarbonated. Slightly aggressive on the tongue.

D = Good but the price hurts it a little. Nice Witbier.

BeerNutta, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice slightly cloudy orange/yellow with a big white head.

Smell was a light citrus and sweet yeast odor.

Taste was full of strong citrus and wheat flavors with a touch of sweet yeastyness and a bit of coriander. Good, but maybe a touch to sweet.

Mouthfeel was crisp and light.

Drinkability is good on this solid represention of witbier.

bashiba, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looked pale straw yellow and refreshing as hell. I had this with a nice wurst plate at the beer bistro in Toronto. Fantastic place, by the way.

The mouthfeel is light; the taste is orange and coriander and wheat and alcohol. They blend perfectly and make this a flavorful. crisp choice. The only distraction is th edrinkability, it has a sweetness that is not readily apparent, but you wouldn't want to kill too many of these, use moderation.

andjusticeforale, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of tesguino
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A great cloudy beer; on of the five beers sell by unibroue in my country; smell fruity like tangerines, malt, broiled hops; taste much to wheat like franziskaner hefe weisse, but with the greatness of its aroma; good for salads, mexican food and cheese, appetizer, special parties; drink from the bottle or if it prefers on a goblet; 85% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

The appearance is light gold with a large head. Cloudy [of course].
The smell is sweet, yeast. Light citrus overtones. The taste is nice and light througout. Yeast and citrus flavors continue. Strangely, it reminded me of bubblegum.
In the mouth, there was a nice carbonation feel. Very clean and light.
Overall, a non-threatening witbier that is perfect for the right conditions [a hot summer day with some fish]. There are better beers in this style, and this is certainly not Unibroue's best, but certainly worth a try. I'll have it again.

atigerlife, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent pour! A muted yellow shining down to white. Creamcorn. This is why they calle them witbiers. Okay. It makes sense now.

Soft smell of white pepper and clove wheatmalt with sunshine fruit. Complex, but faint.

Fizzy on the tongue. Lots and lots of wheatmalt fizzed by seltzer. Belgian tasting. Fizz kills much of the complexity. Nice but faint.

A good witbier. Very crisp and drinkable.

mynie, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of loren01
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow color with good white head and carbonation. No lacing observed. Smell is very spicy, citrusy with a hint of cloves. Tastes very spicy also, peppery. Also some citrus and corriander taste. Beer got cloudier as it got closer to the end of the bottle. Also got a better taste and smell as the bottle got to its end. Mouthfeel was very good, not too heavy, not too light. Overall this is a very good witbier, however I paid like 7 bucks for the bottle, not worth that much. I could find less expensive beer that I like just as well. I could see myself drinking this again

loren01, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a huge fluffy head and very good lace. Aroma a slight wheat malt and yeasty. Slight citrus and hop presence. Taste of a light wheat malt, citrus and banana flavors. Yeasty with high carbonation. Sour - but a good wit sour. Very crisp and refreshing. A quality brew.

sabrills70, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purs out pearish apricot colour very cloudy. Not a lot of head, just a white ring. I like the colour though. The smell is quite wheaty, as expected for a whit.

Flavour is light yet enjoyable. Some malts, a touch of spice, just a hint of hops. Finishes very crisp with a slightly sweet kiss. This is a solid summerish brew, refreshing and crisp, but lacks the dimension I look for in beers.

Mouth is light and carbonated, which isn't a problem for a Wit. Drinkability is very good, this is a perfect example of what a summer brew should be like.

Overall, I thought Blanche was decent, but it's the most singularly bland offering that I've had from Unibroue. I think I was expecting a bit too much given their name...

CortexBomb, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of veggiemafia
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner, this had a gigantic fluffy head that I thought was fantastic. Due to some fairly heavy carbonation, a 1/2-1 cm head hung around the entire time I was drinking this. Props to Unibroue on that, it was perfect. The color was a little more brown than I had imagined it would be, kind of a dark gold, very hazy. I personally didn't like the color, but it was definitely within the range of the style.

Smell: Great smell, citrus up front along with a delicate, but definitely apparent hop presence. In the back of the nose there was almost a sourdough bread kind of smell that was also in the finish, especially when the beer warmed from fridge temp.

Taste: Great tasting, refreshing Witbier. Citrus and perfumey presence, and the gentle sting of carbonation as soon as you take the first sip. Very delicately and precisely hopped. As the beer warmed, like I said, there was a definite lingering hint of yeast, almost like sourdough that gave a great contrast to the citrus and aromatic taste at the front. Finishes really, really well.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation all around, in terms of feeling bubbly and refreshing on your tongue, and also retaining the eye-candy 1/2 cm of head. Otherwise, thin feeling, but substantial, I like this a lot.

Drinkability: I could stand to have 2 or 3 more of these. Especially great for after a post-run or work out shower, or after work once you've settled in at home. Will definitely get these again at D's, especially if it stays warm.

veggiemafia, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice just for shits and giggles. carbonation loaded and supported white head. No retention or lacing...a small island of froth in the middle looks like a lost kid in wal mart. pilsener type straw color.

Super light candied butterscotch, bananna, high carbonation sizzles with each drink. grainy finish.

I really enjoy this brewery as hard as it is to admit being from quebec but hey I have to be objective and this is another nice brew from the establishment.

DogFood11, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of Beersignal
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of our more popular and better homegrown witbiers, I have been long overdue to review this one as I have been drinking this since it hit the market back in the beginning of the nineties.

Gleaming apricot straw coloured and cloudy beer under a voluptuous cap of white foam that unfortunately carries no hold or lacing. Pity.

Aromas are seductive, soft and redolent of sweet citrus fruit, bananas, pears and pineapples. An underpinning of freshly ground coriander seeds supports the fruit flavours and allows a mild tartness to permeate.

Flavours are light and fruity, reminescent of pineapples and oranges. Notes of malted wheat surface mid taste and lend a firmness of body that still allows the brew to conclude on a dry note without being watery. Slight alkalinity in the end allows the brew to be admirably thirst quenching.

This is certainly a crowd pleaser during those sweltering summer afternoons around the pool. Pairs perfectly with summer salads of greens and cantaloupe chunks under a lemony olive oil dressing.

Santé

Beersignal, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow. The head is white. It fades quickly leaving next to no laces. It has an aroma of bubblegum. It has a citrus aroma as well. Behind that, I detect a slight clovey aroma, and to a lesser extent some banana. It tastes like bananas. I taste slight malt flavors, but not much. It aslo has a citrusy taste. I can not taste any hop bitterness at all. It has a slightly yeasty taste also. This beer was a little over carbonated, but not so bad that it detracted from the flavor. It goes down smooth leaving a clovey aftertaste. This beer might not make a bad session beer. Although I didnt care for it too much, it has a very mild, non agressive flavor, and the alcohol is low. I will probably not drink this one again.

OStrungT, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color, slightly hazy, but a very wit looking wit beer. Head is small and fast fading, leaving only a small film of white foam. Strong citrus and clove in the smell, orange peel also around. Taste is full and tart, very citrusy and malty, a very interesting witbier. Fairly good carbonation, but not the strongest. Nice witbier, fairly well represented of the style, but very refined.

TastyTaste, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a super pale golden color (almost white) with a huge white head. Even with a gentle pour, I got mostly head.

The smell is of wheat, yeast and spice.

The flavor is dominated by yeast and wheat and is a nice match to its aroma. There is also a clove presence in this brew.

Mouth feel is light and highly carbonated. Nice and refreshing, it goes down quite easy. I think this is a nice version of a witbier.

Naes, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of klewis
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle


A: Poured with a big, light head that very quickly subdued to a thin ring. A massive flow of bubbles steadily arose from the bottom through the course of the drink. Pale yellow and slighty hazy in color.

S: This one had a pretty weak smell that was dominated by yeast and strong phenols.

T: Like the smell, the taste was initially weak. As the beer warmed, there were flavors of banana, spices, and hints of lemon.

M: This beer was light bodied and overly-carbonated. The mouthfeel was quite prickly.

D: This one went down fairly easily, yet the aggressive carbonation is somewhat tiring on the mouth, and IMO, definitely annoying. Save the money on this one, and buy yourself some Hoegaarden.

klewis, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a pale tan with a little head. Visibly highly carbonated. Stir the teast and pour it in. Beer turns a cloudy green/gold with a small head and no lacing. Maybe I am being picky, but I don't like my beers green.

Edit: I had this without the yeast. It improves the look, but hurts the flavor.

S - Wheaty malt character with a slight corn syrup on the nose. Curious.

T - Slight wheat and sweet corn flavor. No bitterness.

M - Thin and a little frothy. Very refreshing though.

D - Great summer beer. Its moderate flavor would let it pair well with a lot of foods. This is one witbier I think can do without the yeast though, not due to flavor, but the appearance.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light straw with a big foamy white head and quite good retention. Smell is a subdued but fairly yeasty with a faint lemon note. Taste starts out a rather with a rather tart lemon giving way to a very doughy wheat body with a slight floral hop finish. Perfectly fine taste---however the spices in this beer seem to be almost entirely lacking---certainly less assertive than any other wit I've had recently. I can't call this a bad beer, but I was mildly disappointed considering the other great beers I've had from Unibroue.

cubedbee, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of finepaws
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale lemon yellow, with lots of creamy, foamy white head, that lasted longer than the beer. Smells yeasty, and wheaty, like a good bread roll. Slightly citrus on the palate, and less spices than most wits. Tasted somewhat tart, but refreshingly crisp. This is a really good summer beer if you like wheats/wits.

finepaws, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of trevorwideman
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my least favorite Unibroues. That said, it's still head and shoulders above so many other brewers offerings. Nonetheless, I don't feel that the beer develops like I always feel it should.

Nice appearance, Pale and cloudy, I'm a sucker for a cloudy beer. Beautiful head and nice lace retention. Smell is of Spice. Coriander, Wheat, not overly complex though. Taste is the same, but I always feel like it fails to develop the complexity that I've grown to love in other witbiers. It's almost a watery and flat taste if I dare say. That said, the mouthfeel ends up the same way, after a initial tangyness.

Goes down very smooth, but I wish it gave me more to linger over.

trevorwideman, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of cracgor
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw pale and very cloudy. Has a white foamy/rocky head. Has pretty average retention and lace on the glass.

Smell: Very wheat beer like. Tons of yeast smell and a bit of the citrusy note.

Taste: Full in your mouth flavor. The wheat has a strong yeasty/earthy flavor. The citrus orange zest like flavor kicks you in the mouth right at the beginning, becomes subdued as you swallow and the bitter overtakes, then returns in a refreshing aftertaste. Not a lot of spicy flavor to it--but enough to let that I don't miss it. Great taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to just full bodied. Has a great twang and crispness.

Drinkability: This is a very good and drinkable beer. An awesome job on all aspects. It could be just a little more balanced and playful in taste. The smell could be bolder. But this is a good beer.

cracgor, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy lemon yellow brew. Typical citrus aroma... especially lemon. Orange peel, lemon, and a kind of indescipt herbal note in the flavor. Shorter on the palate than Hoegaarden. I think the increased herbal overtones made for a slightly unbalanced product, but this is is still a very tasty and refreshing beer.

fisherman34, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of karst
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours grapefruit juice with smaller white head for a witbier offering some soft lace. Mild aromas of white wine grape. Little orange peels or coriander but lots of lemon tart wheat. The citris astringency provides some bitterness. Light bodied a nice summer beer. Not your usual whit ( especially from Unibroues) but would compliment a dinner with poultry, fish, or shellfish.

karst, Jul 28, 2005
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,908 ratings.