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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,085 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 93
Gots: 190 | 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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Ratings: 2,085 | Reviews: 990
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice, large, fluffy white head. Little retention as it quickly fades to a small cap.

Interesting aroma of fruitiness - peach, cloves and something almost like fresh corn on the cob. Nice, though.

Taste is fruity, with light malt and a lot of yeasty, clove flavors.

Medium bodied and quite smooth.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 and 75 cl), tasted 2000.
Appearance: white, trouble, sparkling
Smell: citrus nose
Taste and mouthfeel: round in the mouth, with a bitter orange peel
Drinkability: good white beer in the Belgian style

Review added 10-30-2007, translated from french 1-26-2008.

Photo of skeetermoses
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my second time drinking this beer, I was much more pleased with this beer the second time around than I was the first time drinking it. It reminded me of a blend of a Belgian, mixed with a wheat flavor to it. While this beer is brewed in Quebec it was rather a plesant drink. Nothing against Quebec, I just have not had total pleasure drinking La fin du monde, so I was a little skeptical drinking this one.

Photo of shamus
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a really great Quebec wheat style beer. It's bottle fermented and has that yeasty richness that you find in this type. It's very highly carbonated but that works for it is spicy and is a special treat for the tongue. they have this on tap in some locales in Ottawa which is good in a city of bland beer choices but too often it is served flatter than it should be.

Photo of lowbrau68
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden white, hazy beer with a giant, fluffy head.

A: Sharp, citrusy-orange with subtle whiffs of malt and spice. Aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast character, even more strongly than Hoegaarden.

T: Tangy! This is a tart, tangy beer w/a dry middle and puckering finish which seems to include some mineral or metallic notes which surprisingly enhance the flavor of the beer and contribute to its persistence. I was still tasting this beer 5+ minutes after I finished it -- definitely a good thing in this case. There is not much hop character in this beer, the yeast, spices and citrus dominate.

Overall I find this to be a more flavorful, complex beer than Hoegaarden that is equally drinkable but more pricey.

Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden colour poured into a tulip glass. Few centimetres of white head thats falls away quite quickly.
S - Smell is banana & some light spice. A touch of belgian yeastiness.
T - Along similar lines to the smell but with a bready, malt flavour as well.
M - Quite light bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - Tasty beer but pretty pricey when there are comparable wheat beers with just as much to offer.

Photo of drew37
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional witbier. Although I am into darker beers, as a huge fan of Unibroue (also very pleased with Maudite) Ive been itching to try this one and was definitley pleased. Accompanied this with a warm jacuzzi and a bowl of strawberries and grapes--an amazing experience.

Drank out of the corked bottle as I did not have any glassware to accompany it. Tasted bananas and oranges with many other hints of fruit which is probably why it complemented the strawberries and grapes so well.

Somewhat reminiscent of a Hoegaarden, however this was more complex and better drinkability. Unibroue makes excellent ales. Very pleased with this and will look to purchase more in the future.

Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden orange color with a decent white head that dissipated into a white ring around the glass. The smell is quite good: Belgian yeast funk, candi sugar, orange peel and coriander. It has more of the Belgian yeast aroma than most wit brews. The taste is of orange peel, coriander, apple juice and light candi sugar. Not as heavy on the orange peel and coriander as most wits; which I find to be a good thing. The feel is light and way over-carbonated. The carbonation takes away much of the flavor. It kind of paralyzes the tongue. Not as strong in the witbier taste as others, probably due to the carbonation but it is still a good brew.

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

Big C & C bottle that opened with a satisfying pop like a botlle of champagne. It poured a light and cloudy yellow with a huge fat white head that left moderate lacing. Slightly fruity nose with some bananas. Light mouthfeel. Flavor is of fruits. Very good to drink.

Photo of Quej
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out of a 750ml bottle complete with wire hood into a nice thin Weizen glass, this beer has turbulent bubbles amidst a cloudy gold background. Has a massive fluffy head. Great looking beer.

S - Smells of banana and cloves with of citrus smells particularly grapefruit and lemon.

T - First comes the warm malty taste of fresh bread with lots of zingy citrus and tastes of lemon. It is even a little sour and sweet, making this beer reminiscent of a fizzy lemon meringue pie.

M - Light and refreshing with a nice cleansing zing of citrus.

D - Fair bit of moreishness, but I can't drink many white beers at a time. All the foam and yeast fills me up and soon enough makes me feel a little nauseas.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a light head that dissapears. There appears to be very little carbonation. There is no lacing stickiness. Smell reveals a clovey sweet witbier smell. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and leaves it hard to taste. What I got was a very light, highly carbonated witbier. The best flavor of witbier I have had in a while. Mouthfeel was overpoweringly carbonated, but nothing a quick swirl can't overcome a little bit of. Wow, still very carbonated like a fresh lemon-lime soda. Overall I did enjoy this very much, once you get past the soda pop mouthfeel it's pretty darn good. I will have more of this.

Photo of udubdawg
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours straw yellow, as hazy as expected and with a big fizzy white head that retains poorly and leaves a little lace. The aroma is both fruity sweet and tart and while sort of spicy, isn't the kind of spicy I've come to expect from this style. Hmm.
Decent flavor, but I'm underwhelmed. The annoyingly high carbonation doesn't help. I'm intrigued by the bitter orangey flavor in the dry finish, but otherwise it is a sort of strange sweet malt/tart fruit and the spices are unremarkable - I'm not even sure I get ANY cardamon here. Pretty light and drinkable with a decent body, but with better wit offerings available, it'll be while before I have it again.

easily my least favorite Unibroue brew, but worth a shot if you like the style or the brewer.

Photo of rallison
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale golden with a 1 finger white head that mostly recedes.

Smells quite yeasty with a touch of spice.

Taste is pretty good. Yeasty, somewhat spicy. Some coriander spicing. Overall, a pretty tasty white.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated.

Drinkability is fine on this.

Overall, a good but semi-forgettable white. Recommended, still.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Careful decanting pours a very clear yellow beer with a foamy head that falls to a thin collar that leaves no lacing. Smells of lemon, grass, and slight mustiness. The smell reminds me more of a saison than a witbier. Taste reveals a very refreshing lemon and grapefruit/orange peel flavors with hints of pepper and coriander. The mouthfeel is extremely light and thin, which is often the case with such a beer, although this borders on being too thin. Very crisp and refreshing finishing dry. Highly drinkable and enjoyable summer brew. I tried half the beer without the yeast and half with. I often enjoy the yeast and found this improved the beer.

Photo of dmamiano
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a find at a small beer store in South Carolina.
Very cloudy pour that was light pale with no head to speal of and of course fell short on lacing as well.
Very highly carbonated, or at least left a champagne like feel on the palate.
Smell of wheat malts with no real hops noted.
Tastes very similar to champagne with a wheat malt base..if that makes any sense.

Photo of gunnerman
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this fine offering into my newly acquired sam adams specialty glass, pours a star yellow with little bubbles of carbonation and also a very serious fluffy head that hangs around for a while. Smell is tart and tangy lemon lime with hints of earth tones and a bit of lemon pepper grass. Taste is a bit biter tartness that is not over bearing but does go down nice and smooth, with a hint of peppery finish, this I enjoyed after i finished cutting my lawn and boy was it very refreshing. This to me has to be my favorite white beer to date and a damn fine offering, I will have this again soon.

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

I poured this one and noticed the head fizzled away very quickly to almost nothing. The color is a murky gold and the smell is very inviting ( hints of citrus ). The taste was very smooth no aftertaste no bitterness. This could easily be a session brew for many. I look forward to having another.

Photo of bort11
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Grinder's

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Mild white head with some lacing. Very hazy yellow color.
Smell is a mixture of cloves, a bit of spicy yeast, and a mild bananna and apples. Taste is mildy sour and yeasty.
Even with all the yeast, it still came off as pretty refreshing. I still would not want to do a whole lot, the Unibroue yeast sometimes gives me heartburn

Photo of irishkyle21
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the definition of a refreshing thirst quenching beer. Right up there with the best of em. Pours with a nice frothy white head that settles but is still a good 1/2 cm thick the whole way down. This witbier is pretty clear, until I pour the sediment in. I think most beers taste better with the sediment in them (IMO) but especially this one. Now it is a cloudy yellow, nice on the eyes. Smells of delicate citrus, fruits, and the spicy Unibroue yeast is just noticeable. The taste is a clean citrusy followed by a slightly spicy yeasty finish. Very refreshing and smooth.

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.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.