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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 79
Gots: 116 | 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 EPseja
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Served in a weiss glass at just above fridge temperature.

A: Huge, thick, off-white head. Fluffy, pillowy and marshmallowy. Tiny, uniform bubbles. Slight weiss haze; translucent banana/light straw coloring.

S: Citrusy, sweet and sour nose with a smattering of coriander and allspice. Slightly "soapy" smell... light and clean. [Smell edited to a 4.0 from a 3.5 on 07-06-2005: As this beer warms, the smells become much more enticing, still without being overpowering.]

T: Much more subdued than I was anticipating - to its credit. Crisp, clean and summery-drinkable. Super light on the tip of the tongue, with a tinge of spiciness appearing in the middle. Finish is medium dry and slightly yeasty. Fantastically balanced.

M: Lively mouthfeel without being explosive; a trademark of most Unibroue beers. I personally think that a more suppressed carbonation would benefit the entire Unibroue line. [Mouthfeel edited to a 4.0 from a 3.5 on 07-06-2005: As this beer warms, the mouthfeel and carbonation definitely mellow out to a point that makes this even more enjoyable.]

D: Easygoing and super drinkable. Unlike beefy pale ales that use an obscene amount of hops to try and make the hoppiest beer ever, the challenge of a good Witbier (IMHO) is to try and tame the spices that can make an otherwise delicate flavor into an undrinkable mess. Unibroue achieves this delicate balance with flying colors. By far one of the best Witbiers on the market.

EPseja, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
4.55/5  rDev +17%

Whilst hazy pale yellow may not be the most attractive color, the body of this beer is intriguing due to the cloudiness. The perfect head on top does not hurt either. The aroma is bright, alive, and spicy, and include the laundry list of wonderful wit aromas: bananas, pear, cloves, lemon, orange, and iron. The flavor is again bright, with hints of white grape, and melded just right to be tart, dry, and thirst-quenching with the ultimate smoothness and drinkability.

With my love for this beer and Celis, I guess I am just a sucker for this style.

waughbrew, May 30, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured out to a cloudy yellow color, with higher carbonation and a decent white foamy head. Best before date - 06/07/06. Aromas of grapes and citrus, with a floral character mixed in there too. Flavor was crisp, direct and consistant, with overtones of smooth malt, fruits and spices with a kind of salty like quality. Finished rather dry, with not much aftertaste. I think this beer would be better if it was aged longer. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, May 30, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance: A hazy golden straw colour. A one finger white head develops off the pour. Vigorous and high velocity carbonation streams to the surface to support the head as it makes a lazy retreat.

Smell: Spice and grapes with alot of air in between. This is not a very odorous sample I have at hand.

Taste: The taste is light and fruity. There is not a whole heap of flavour to talk about here. Spice and juice. Somewhat like white wine only not nearly as flavourful. Not much here to analyze.

Mouthfeel: Super light. Effortless to swallow. Crisp finish with no aftertaste. Barely much before taste.

Drinkability: With not much to overpower the senses, this beer is easy to polish off. I cannot think of a reason to pick this up over some of the more intricate and delightful Unibroue offerings though.

SupaCelt, May 16, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Best before 10-27-06. poors in without too much of a head and is not that stable. Beercolor is gold and as should be clowdy. Nose is more german then belgium styled giving youmostly banana and greens of 4 vinylguiacol. Nest to that maltyness and litle sourness. Citrussy in the back also.
Taste is fully flavoured and gives you a nice sourness and fresh malty brew. Further quiet bitter for a wheatbeer. Bitternes is litle hanging and litle yeasty though. Mouthfeel is full and complex and enjoyable; especially on niceand warm days.

paterlodie, May 14, 2005
Photo of OatherS
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Bottle from a four pack, 12 oz bottle with silver raper.

Appearance: 1.5 finger head. NIce lemony/cloudy appearance:

Smell: Citrousy and lemony.

Taste: The coriander, citrous, and lemon are present but subtle, not overpowering like some other wits I have tasted.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very good wit. The subtleness of the flavor is great.

OatherS, May 10, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Pale whitish yellow. Decent head that disperces quickly.

Smells of light fruits and strong yeasts. Tastes of very light fruits and yeasts, but lacks the flavor suggested by smell, still very nice. It is crisp with medium body and champagne like carbination.

Nice very drinkable beer. Not as tastey as others, but nice.

NiceGuyMike, May 07, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
4.28/5  rDev +10%

Wow.... pours a very hazy yellow color, with a fluffy head. Streams of tiny bubbles cascade upwards through this beer. Aroma of yeasty banana-clove, balance towards cloves in my opinion. Taste is refreshing, light on the tongue. Lively carbonation leaves little aftertaste. A very refreshing beer from Unibroue.

deejaydan, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

Light-yellow color with a light, tall head. Slightly lemony aroma and a little bit spicy. The taste was the same way. A little bit spicy, but nothing too remarkable. Decent mouthfeel, though a little on the dry side. Despite that it's fairly drinkable.

I wasn't too impressed with this beer, but it's also probably one of my least favorite styles of beer. It is indeed better than other witbiers I've had in the past, but just not my cup of tea.

Jacobob10, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.8%

3/25/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 24oz bottle with a drink by Oct-2005 date imprinted on the back label. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Dull yellow coloring with a nice creamy white head and adequate lacing.

Smell- A tad spicy, and maybe a bit of pepper. A touch of citrus rounds this one out.

Taste- A nice amount of orange and lemon flavors combined with lots of corriander and other spices. Seems a bit salty? Maybe creeping into the sour area.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, a bit bitter on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability- Hmmm, not bad. Still not a Hoegaarden, but not a bad effort by Unibroue. I would get this one again.

GClarkage, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of hefevice
3.93/5  rDev +1%

From a 341ml bottle into a tumbler. Hazy light yellow in colour with small white head with almost no retention (glassware may be suspect in this respect). Citrus and spice in the aroma with mild cloves This extends through to the taste which is very similar to the Hoegaarden. Mouthfeel is OK, not watery, but not particularly big either. Quite an enjoyable quaff on a summer evening.

hefevice, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
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.

Hibernator, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of WTexas
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.

WTexas, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of BigBry
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.

BigBry, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of HogHill
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.

HogHill, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
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.

santoslhalper, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
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.

RockyTopHeel, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
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.

crookedhalo, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of Zraly
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.

Zraly, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of PorterLambic
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.

PorterLambic, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Troyone
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.

Troyone, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
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.

aquatonex, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of canadianbarman
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.

canadianbarman, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of Andreji
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.

Andreji, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of chunkylover53
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.

chunkylover53, Dec 07, 2004
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.