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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,864 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,864
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 78
Gots: 109 | 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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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in an Ommegang Witte glass. There is a best before date on the back label for 04-20-06. Glassware instructions are on the back label as well.

This beer pours a hazy yellow with a bone white head. The head turns into a thin white lace rather quickly.

Whiffs of cloves, citrus fruits (oranges, limes, and lemons) and spices.

Very light body with a clean and refreshing mouthfeel. This is a great interpretation of this Belgian wheat style. Dead on. Black pepper, coriander and cloves with a puckering lemon citrus twang. Clean and fruity yeast quality all over this beer.

Solid Belgian White. I have not had to many other interpretations of this style outside of Belgium that can reproduce this beer, but Unibroue comes mighty close. I could drink this all day long on a hot day. There is a great thirst quenching quality to this beer.

03-19-2005 22:26:32 | More by Hibernator
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WTexas

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Served in a 12oz bottle with a best by date of 04-20-06. Poured a foggy, golden color with a thin, if effervescent, head. Had a crisp scent that was pleasing without being pungent. Tasted of citrus with hints of other fruitiness. Sharp flavor on the tip of the tongue, but smooth as it made its way to the back of my throat. Will try this Unibroue offering again, as I think I will appreciate its refreshing characteristics more as the weather warms up.

03-17-2005 03:06:26 | More by WTexas
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 750ml brown corked bottle. As per date code: bottled Oct. 4, 2004. Color is a cloudy gold, with a big white head, but soon dissipated to small collar. Yeasty aroma, coriander, orange peel (very similar to Hoegaarden). Flavour is light and fruity, with more yeast and coriander.

03-05-2005 01:17:33 | More by BigBry
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HogHill

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8%

Blanche de Chambly came in a 12oz. bottle with a silver foil over the cap. The lable shows a sunset with a castle overlooking a harbor. It poured a yellow golden haze topped with a pillowy 3 finger head of white. Aroma is yeast and banana. This "White Beer on Lees" tastes of citric, primarily of lemons, it's very refreshing. It is quite fizzy as a wit should be, a good palette cleaner. Talk about a BA's lawn mower beer! Is it grass cuttin' season yet?
Enjoyed with gouda and wheat crackers after a walk in the woods with Beulah, my dane.

02-20-2005 19:30:19 | More by HogHill
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

5L Keg. And thank God I got one. Pours a nice, hazy yellow (from the keg conditioning) with a decent white head. The smell makes it seem like it's going to be really flat. But it's not. The fruit notes are so gorgeous tasting. Dead-on for the style. Unibroue never ceases to amaze me. I can't wait to drink more of this. Hope I can finish the keg soon.

Note: One thing I noticed (I guess I should put it in here) is my keg leaked for about 20 seconds after everytime I closed. Maybe just a bad keg. But the beer was beautiful.

01-30-2005 17:09:41 | More by santoslhalper
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Part 2 of the "My Roommates went to the EBF and left me home alone, Teaching the girlfriend about beer" AAA (Artisanal, Americas, Abbey Trappist) Witbier Cross-section Test.

Soft yellow and more translucent (but still cloudy) than many other witbiers and brighter in color than Troublette, with a very thin white head.

With wheat and yeast prominent in the aroma, this is a much drier brew than the first in this test, with much more vegetable/farmhouse elements throughout. Hearty, dry, and crisp, with almost none of the slick sweetness of Troublette.

Quite good. Light and drinkable, but fairly unadventurous. So far, it's a close second in this horizontal test.

01-29-2005 22:53:50 | More by RockyTopHeel
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%

12 oz. bottle poured into authentic glass. Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a frothy white head that lasts. Pale and wheat malt nose with some coriander and mild tropical citrus. Tasty witbier, it has a more tropical feel to it than other witbiers. It has a slight mineral background and is a little thin but the flavor is wonderful. A good example of a witbier brewed outside of Belgium.

01-29-2005 07:40:57 | More by crookedhalo
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Zraly

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -1%

Pours a cloudy, straw-yellow with a beutiful white fluffy head. Minimal lacing. Clean smells of fresh fruit, with a slight emphasis on melon and lemon.

A light, fizzy texture of a drink, the main flavors are subtle fruits (most notable is orange) with a hint of honey. Minor wheat and malt notes give this ale an overall backbone to lay its delicateness on. It has a lemony zip to it, in addition to a spicey coriander finish. Drinks quite a bit like a sparkling wine, especially an Italian Spumante, with its sweet and light nature.

Refreshing and easy drinking. Stock some at a party and offer it to your usual white wine drinkers.

01-22-2005 00:11:55 | More by Zraly
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a light apricot color, cloudy from the yeast added for bottle fermentation, with a HUGE, fluffy, almost creamy, white head that leaves no lace but retains a film all the way to the bottom of the glass.
Smell is spicy (pepper & clove), fruity, malty, with light hops in the background.
Taste is fruit (lemon mostly), malt, spice, hops later. A decent balance and complexity.
Mouthfeel is quite effervescent on the tip of the tongue (mostly), with a light/medium body and relatively clean finish.
Drinkability is good, could down this most days but it would be especially good in the summer.

01-21-2005 23:40:04 | More by PorterLambic
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Troyone

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Had a twist off cap, poured a hazy (yeast in the bottle) straw blond color with a three inch head and lots of centro-carbonation action in my Duvel glass.
Smell has a light/ moderate sweet cookie caramel malt with light herbal resin orange/ lemon hops.
Taste has a light sweet/acidic toasted caramel wheat malt, also a light sweet herbal grapefruit/lemon hops, with a light sweet/acidic finish that has hints of banana and lemon.
Mouthfeel has light to medium body, dry slightly watery texture, soft carbonation, annd a dry smooth finish.
Drinkability is excellent for me definitely a session beer.

01-03-2005 06:35:37 | More by Troyone
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aquatonex

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1%

Pours cloudy light amber, a lemon-juice color. Super head, again, Unibroue, I forgot to be extra careful in the pour. Copious, foamy, thick head with forever retention. Smell is mainly yeasts with a bit of citrus, banana notes, a little wheat at the base. The taste concurs, being lighter than most Witbiers but with a good base of wheats with a rather heavy yeastiness as well as a lot of lemon. Mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth. A very good beer, although not the best of Unibroue.

01-01-2005 03:02:11 | More by aquatonex
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%

--came in a large 12oz brown botle.
--poured a cloudy, lemony in color. nice frothy head that lasted and had some good lacing.
--sweet smell, almost fruit like

This was my first foray into Unibroue and will not be my last. Although I liked this beer I think that their is better to come from this brewer. Nothin bad to say but I am excited to try some of the others as I have had better in this style.
Thx

12-24-2004 23:09:35 | More by canadianbarman
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Andreji

Colombia

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Whilst i'm very attracted to Weizens, witbiers aren't all-in-all one of my favourites. Despite Unibroue's constant marvels, Chambly didn't break this trend for me.

The appearance is very nice, i poured it onto a hoegaarden glass that lights up when you pour one of these golden, opaque brews with a clean and bright head that lasts and leaves a considerable layer atop the beer for the whole time it's drunk.

The smell was nice and wheaty, although too weak IMO, which, alongside the flavour (with nice wheaty notes, a bit of yeast), is what makes me downput this beer: The flavour is too weak, and were it stronger, it would be quite an amazing brew. Now it just seems like watered down and sadly wasn't much company for a meal (because anything could overcome its properties).

The style does hold a nice mild mouthfeel and its lightweight-ness certainly credits its drinkability.

12-18-2004 20:26:28 | More by Andreji
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chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

I had a few pints of this at the Renaissance Cafe here in Toronto.

It's certainly a beautiful looking beer - a lovely cloudy yellow. Lots of carbonation, yet not much head to speak of.

Not much smell to speak of. What is there is slightly fruity.

It has a fairly thick mouthfeel and a light fruity, floral taste.

I'll definitely be having more of these in the future.

12-07-2004 16:08:25 | More by chunkylover53
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dgallina

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a highly-carbonated and slightly cloudy pale yellow with a huge creamy white head and light lacing. Lemon and orange-peel aromas with some underlying yeasty spice. Flavor is initially citrus fruitiness, develops into a yeasty and slightly tart middle, and finishes with dry orange spices. Good carbonation and medium-light body. A tasty and very drinkable Belgian-style wheat beer.

11-24-2004 20:37:19 | More by dgallina
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

I am drinking a room temp 750 bottle in a snifter. Appearance is similar to champagne. The beer pours a clear bright gold color and exhibits a fluffy bleached white head that has a spongy appearance. The head fades slowy to a sturdy surface layer.
The aroma is light and citrus with lemon and orange dominant, but also some cloves and a bit of peppery scents as well.
First sip reveals a light bodied brew with small tingly carbonation. The beer is very citrusy from start to finish with orange and lemon hitting my palate immediately and then some light spiciness mixing with a crisp bitey finish. Very clean and refreshing. I think I would prefer to have sampled this beer slightly chilled on a hot summer day while reading a book at the beach, or while eating burgers on the grill. OVerall it is tasty and refreshing but not very exciting.

11-24-2004 03:17:11 | More by sulldaddy
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SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

My first unibroue - this is good shit. I just had a couple Paulaner Hefe's so I am kind of comparing it to those - very similar. Nice cloudy yellow gold appearance. Pleasant spicy banana aroma but not real strong. Great tasting beer, real smooth with the banana flavours most predominant and a little maltiness. Definetly a great quaffing beer.

11-19-2004 03:19:44 | More by SaunaKing
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Apppearance: The extreme amount of sediment in this beer caused it to be a murky, dull, amber-orange color. No washed out, yellow-white hue that many wits have. The stark white head rose up easily and settled down slowly. A thin layer of bubbles remained for the entire drink, but there was no lacing.

Smell: Strong lemon and citrus combined with grains and green grass were the dominant aromas. Coriander and ginger were very subdued and combined well with the spiciness of the yeast. It reminded me more of a regular hefe than a spiced wit.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and sometimes watery. Very little carbonation was present.

Taste: Very sublte flavors all the way around. Tart lemon and grains led the way into a light spiciness and some banana flavor. The spices were so tame that it was hard to distinguish exactly what they were, though there was definitely some clove in there. A little yeast arose on the finish, but it ended with pretty much the same flavors that it started with.

A good wit, but very delicate and subtle. I think my taste buds are used to the brutish versions of this style that other breweries put out.

11-10-2004 23:51:13 | More by Quaffer
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Naerhu

Japan

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Pure white, tight low head with awesome legs.
Aroma is very soft, and softly fruity, no bananas here.
Flavor is very mild, no bitterness. Very fresh tasting. Restrained citrus flavor, light maltiness.
Light body, even for the style. Extra smooth. A refined delicate beer.
The is a great beer that replaces Hoegaarden as the wit on my to buy list.

10-24-2004 14:26:46 | More by Naerhu
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HiroProtagonist

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Blanche de Chamble was served from a 12 oz botle. In a tulip glass, the beer was a pale straw color, and was topped by a voluminous fine white head. The nose offered rich powdery-musky malts with ample coriander and bitter citric zesty accents. A fresh cutting acidic lemony-orange aroma completes the package. On the palate, coriander citric zest-spiced nectarine-tinged pale malts hit with good crispness. Spiced malts please ‘till a cleaner though musty spicy hop finish kicks in...leaving lingering spicy malt. The medium body was appropriate, as was the zippy carbonation. This was a very good, satisfying, and somewhat refreshing white ale that I would buy again and again, if it were available in the PNW.

10-19-2004 04:13:50 | More by HiroProtagonist
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GuinnessSmurf

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

It pours a strange dijon mustard color with hovering foggy head on top.

The smell is strong in alcohol with a sweet flower and honey compliment.

The taste begins sort of sparky - like champange. It is fresh, virbrant but then it mellows into a clean watery aftertaste. Flavor is really nice, but seems sort of short lived- not a lot of aftertaste.

The body is really nice - feels heavy when it enters the mouth, but then quickly dissolves in the mouth like cotton candy.

10-10-2004 03:07:03 | More by GuinnessSmurf
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a crisp, crystal pale straw color and sits a lightly hazy gold in the glass with a fizzing white head that fades fairly fast.

Smells of wheat malt, orange, light lemony zest and apple/grape overtone. Some dates in the background and a whimsy splashing of some spicy hops. Very attractive nose.

Taste is muddled malty sweetness up front, picking up some golden raisins and dried apples along the way. Pretty dissapointing after that. Goes through a bland array of bittering hops and malts, very few other flavors. Very subdued hints of orange. Finish is well bittered.

Light-medium body, creamy and full, piercing carbonation. Sparkling would be the term for this, still refreshing.

Not a bad choice by any means; makes for a good appetizer.

10-05-2004 03:31:17 | More by Skidz
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sardonic

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Note: My first review of this style.

Pours a champagne color with not much head. Blanche de Chambly is too pretensious a name for this beer, I'm sorry...not that the name should mean too much, the beer is fantastic. This has the best drinkability of the three Unibroue beers I've tried this weekend, since the abv isn't high enough to knock you on your ass after a few. Not that being drunk is the point of spending the extra money for Unibroue.

10-04-2004 03:22:26 | More by sardonic
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Pours a murky straw, with greenish yellow tinges. The head is ridoculously large and billowy with excellent retention and masses of lace. The aroma is very aromatic; citrus sherbert and some tartness are the most prominent parts. The taste is very citrusy with a tart acidic edge. A sweet malt flavor shows up in the middle. Theres a chalky yeast character and some spicyness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a little viscous with a soapy feel, though still pleasant. This is a very delicious witbier, and definitely more tart that other examples Ive tried.

10-03-2004 23:09:03 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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flaminghomer

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

from reading the label i thought that this beer would be a bit more cloudy. very transparent. the white head goes away soon and doesn't really leave anything in the way of lacing. smell is citrus and clean. taste is citrus, clean, and very little in the way of malt. hops blend in with the citrus for a crisp bite. a good beer.

10-01-2004 04:51:05 | More by flaminghomer
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,864 ratings.