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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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1,957 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,957
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 83
Gots: 127 | 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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Photo of pjwilson
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: very hazy dark yellow, with huge head at first. after about 10 mins the head stops holding.

smell: wheat. you can really smell the wheat, with a mild yeast backup. pleasant, but subdued.

taste: a fantastic taste, reminds me of what got me into to craft beer in the first place(it was witbiers.) a sweet wheat taste hit's upfront, a tangy orange/yeast taste in the middle, and blast of refreshing bitter hops/spice at the end. complex enough, but also just plain good

mouthfeel: this beer is very carbinated, the high carbination adds alot to to the flavor, makes the bitterness stand out more. I felt like something lite after a huge meal, and this fit the bill, except that carbination was a bit filling.

drinkability: beer pretty much flies by. obviously a great summer beer, but hey it's freezing right now and this hits the spot too. top notch wit.

pjwilson, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer at Twain's in Decatur, GA. I poured this beer from a bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass.

A - Pours a fizzy pale yellow-off white with a big foamy white head atop it. The head lasted for about 1/2 the beer and left good lacing.

S - A bit of a fruity and spicy smell, ranging from lemon to orange with cloves and cinnamon.

T - A nice creamy, spicy and wheat flavor. This is a very nice witbier. It has a good finish and a bold and pleasant flavor.

M - Highly carbonated, medium mouthfeel with creaminess to it.

D - One of the best witbiers I've had. I finally have another to add to my list of favorites for this style. The others are: Hoegaarden, Blue Moon, and Wittekerke.

TheEclecticGent, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. The ale is chilled.

Appearance: The ale pours a hazy goldenrod color. There is a significant amount of sediment in the ale, as well as in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: The ale has a very wonderful scent of orange peel and wheat. Also present is a salt aroma, not overpowering, but definitely there.

Taste: The ale has a great fruity flavor. The fruits and spices that make themselves known include oranges and coriander. The wheat is light and soft, allowing the spices to take control of the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale is smooth and soft on the tongue, making for a very pleasant sipping beer.

Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable with a low abv. Don't bother garnishing this ale with a lemon or orange wedge, it is too good to mix.

akorsak, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tall pint glass.

Good head, about 2 fingers depth. It had a yellowish-brown color from top to bottom. The smell was outstanding with hints of citrus. The citrus taste was very apparent throughout the entire beer. The mouthfeel was excellent as well. The carbonation really came through. Overall, it is another outstanding brew from Unibroue.

zeff80, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Battle of Wits. Back-to-back-to-back with Celis White (VanSteenberge) and Hoegaarden (Interbrew, Brussels).

This one came in the mix pack. Bottle stamped with K05051513Q.

A: Darker than the other two, not quite as much head or lace as the Hoe.

S: Subtle aroma, but a little maltier than the others. (not nearly as many esters as the tap version).

T: Bready malt, citrous, spice & a little earth. This one's got it all. (though it doesn't have the fruity flavours of the draft).

M: Fuller body with more carbonation. Seems like a bigger beer.

D: Awesome!

Derek, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tall pilsener glass.

A - Pours a strikingly fizzy white with a big foamy white head atop. TONS bubbles rush to the top of the beer. A great look for a wit.

S - A bit of a fruity smell, ranging from citrus to a green apple smell. A yeast smell, but a little more subdued than most unibroue beeers.

T - A lot of peppery spiciness throughtout the beer especially in the finish. Other than that a bit of a citrusy taste but overall a little bland.

M - Champagne like, A ton of bubbles. very crisp.

Not the best wit I've had but drinkable. Definitely a nice one when you want a crisp quencher to sip on.

EStreet20, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of jlh8643
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass. Another cloudy straw yellow body. A good, tight, white foam crowns the glass and follows down the side of the glass nicely. A snappy citrusy aroma up front. A light to medium body with that lemon zest citrus bitterness with a hint of white pepper at the end. The finish is crisp and refreshing. Very nice!

jlh8643, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver foiled 12oz dated best before 10/27/06 poured into a pint glass.

Clear light staw with a fat head of white that enjoys good retention from the carbonation. Light wisps of lace as it goes down.

The nose is sharp citrus and spice with some fruity yeast. Nice.

The citrus flavors are not as sharp as they smell but the spices are there. Almost a coriander flavor, and the yeast tastes a bit chalky. Refreshing with a little zest in the finish.

The mouth is medium to light with some tartness and tingle from the carbonation. On the first pour I kept the yeast out and saved an ounce or so in the bottle. After a few sips I gave the bottle a twirl and poured the rest in. It took some of the zest out and replaced it with more chalk and mellower fruit.

ypsifly, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of skillerified
2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale yellow. Large fizzy head that faded to nothing really fast. Lot's of big carbonation bubbles. Interesting looking, but not particularly appealing.

Smell is citrus. Almost reminds me of a lemon-lime soda. There's a hoppy spicy scent too.

Taste is kinda flat honestly. It's a wheat grain sort of taste. Closest thing I can describe it as is a hot dog bun, possibly a stale one too. Unique and not necessarily bad, but not really what I was hoping for. A little apple flavor comes as it warms.

As expected, it's close to soda. There's a strong carbonation bite that sort of hinders the rest of the mouthfeel. I'd call it light bodied. Fairly dry too.

Not really impressed with this one. I'll pass on them in the future.

skillerified, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of chugamugofsud
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I would not have pegged Unibroue for making a good white beer but here we are. This beer pours light, without a head, as one would expect. It's smell is very citrusy, mostly lemon with other fruity tones coming through. As it hits the tounge, it is crisp and begins with citrus before turning first to hops and finally to a spice that I can't place.

I would recommend grabbing one of these.

chugamugofsud, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of shirfan
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent straw-yellow. Blink and you miss the head.

Aroma of sourdough, lemon, salt.

Mildly dry taste for the style, sour lemon zest, medium wheat body with hints of banana. Gets slightly jucier towards the finish, a slightly peppery note. Not bad, but a little boring for Unibroue.

shirfan, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is hazy lemon yellow. The head is a huge foamy mass that dissipates to a thin ring with slight lacing.

Smell is very crisp and citrusy. Wheat, bannana, and slight spice aroma.

Taste is tart and lemony, hearty wheat, yeast, and understated corriander and pepper notes. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

I found this to be a decent brew and well worth a try. I would enjoy it more is the flavor was a little stronger.

Blakaeris, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A better than average witbier with a tasty but not all that assertive spice profile: a nice citrus acidity, some clove, coriander, orange peel, etc. A somewhat grassy finish with lemon and grainy wheat malt. A light mouthfeel with fairly subtle carbonation.

Not a bad witbier, light and refreshing though it’s a bit watery. But it’s still pretty tasty and I had no problem going through a 4-pack of this one. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz capped bottle pours a cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice-orange flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing and tasty.

maxpower, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of bruachan
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

my first stop on my winking lizard world tour, and a dissappointing one. reminded my alot of the ephemere, which just sucked

watered down in flavor, character and appearance. super dry with minimal malt character and none of the requisite coriander. i am suspicious of the glass but the head totally fizzled (any wheat in there?)

lame aroma. bland bland bland. i think this and the ephemere are made from the same tasteless base brew and then flavored (minimally). alcoholic tonic water

bruachan, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a thick 3" white head that sported some large bubbles. Spotty lacing develops through the drink. Load of carbonation bubbles streaming at break neck speed to the surface.

Smell: strong citrus, pepper, and hint of banana.

Taste: the tart lemon tones are predominant with this one, as spices like coriander and pepper are noticable, while soft banana and wheat tones are in the background. Very mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: I tought this was a little too crisp on the tongue. Has a short spicy lemon finish. Lightly refreshing, but a bit tart overall.

Drinkability: down a bit versus other witbiers since the tartness is a little too up front.

Gavage, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer had a very cloudy murky yellow coloration. The head was finger high with no staying power. There was particles floating in the beer. No lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: There was a very nice fruityness to the beer. Lemon zest and citrus juices play nicely with a spicy peppery base.

Taste: The fruityness comes immediatley to the foreground. Then this gives way to a nice yeasty spicyness.

Mouthfeel: The beer seems a bit thin. The thinness may be due to 5% alcohol. Very clean taste over all.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. A good stab at the style; however, for the price I will probably buy something else.

nlmartin, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Illinick
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Foil topped bottle with classic Unibroue artful label.
A: Honey yellow, pale in color. White head shrinks to ring and island formation fairly quickly. Little to no lacing.
S: Banana, vanilla, tart citrus, has a "creamy/lush" smell of vanilla citrus. Some coriander and pepper. Rounded smell.
T: Tart citrus, some pepper and vanilla. Bland in flavor. I was expecting a "flavor burst" (esp. after the smell), but it wasn't there. The flavors were unconcentrated.
MF: Light and watery, but fills mouth with effervescent carbonation. Ends dry.
Overall: I was expecting better. A solid stab; however, there are much better wits out there at a better price. I may pick it up again and give another shot.

Illinick, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of murphysbleachers
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle from a 4 pack I bought this summer. Still well before the "Best Before" date. Into a pint glass and here we go:

A: A little cloudy, Pale straw, nice white head which vanishes quickly.
S: Yeasty and citrusy, gets me excited for a good witbier.
T: Does not hold up to what the smell promises. Bland is the best way to describe it. The aftertaste lingers in a not altogether pleasant way between sips.
M: Fizzier than I would have thought, in a refreshing way.
D: This goes down real easy. The guy at Sam's promised this would be the best wit I've had, and I keep looking for him to ask for my money back. I keep trying to like it, but am left thinking "Why not just have a Hoegaarden instead?" Worth trying though, and I'd probably drink it again. Unibroue does better than this.

murphysbleachers, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of SteveO1231
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light golden yellow, with a nice bubble white head. Fizzy little white bubbles of lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Very yeast aroma, light and crisp with hints of citrus.

Light crisp flavor, a little spicy and very yeasty. Nice flavors of citrus.

This beer had a very airy texture to it. It made me burp wuite a bit and I think the high yeast character in the beer gave me some hellasious heartburn.

Might try it again.


SteveO1231, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of funkengruven
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: drinking it as i write..

Appearance is cloudy, pours gently with a quick forming, nice puffy cloud like head. Smell is very delicate, with notes of citrus and spice. The taste is refreshing and clean, with a slight spicy undertone that does not ruin the experience in the least. Mouthfeel is not too bad, however it is a little heavy on the carbonation. This is a very drinkable offering from Unibroue, and really the only thing that negatively affects the drinkability is the slightly excessive carbonation.

I would buy this again, it makes for an excellent local alternative to imported Witbier offerings that are available here.

funkengruven, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a tall flute ...

A - Dark yellow with high carbonation and good white head. Appears highly carbonated. Very lively.

S - Citrus and a bit grassy. A very "organic" scent, albeit not very intense. Wheaty character not as strong as one might expect.

T - Mmm ... witbier. Very efervescent citrus and wheat taste. Refreshing and fruity in all the right ways. Not a lot of spicy or banana-y characteristics, but a good example of this style.

M - Sure enough ... highly carbonated bite. Smooth and light mouthfeel and clean finish.

D - A very drinkable offering from Unibroue ... and at 5% ABV, you can easily rid yourself of a 750ml in no time. This is a good "introductory" beer for those who haven't tried any of Unibroue's brews ... this, or maybe the Ephemere. Can these guys make an average beer? Definitely the best thing about Canada! I'd recommend ...

beerphilosopher, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from AJ's in mid August for $6.99.

This brew pours a golden straw color, with a nice head and decent head retention. Am detecting a sour apple smell as it warms with sweet fruits as well. Taste is more of the same, it has a nice fruity wheatyness that primarily leaves an apple flavor behind. Mouthfeel is nice and full for the style and in nicely carbonated. Overall drinkability is outstanding as this is another well crafted brew from Unibroue!

arizcards, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found it strange that this is is wrapped with a silver jacket, but it's a twist-off... Light in color with a gentle haze. Depending on the pour there is a substantial head that dies rather quicky. Taste is great for a white, with a sweet start and a light lemony finish. There is a slight hint of bubblegum too. Also a perfect amount of carbonation, where it effervesces off your tongue but stays substantial. A great treat!

Toddv29424, Nov 20, 2005
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
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
86 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.