Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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2,023 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 88
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001)
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Photo of Rudgers73
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 mL corked, caged bottle.

A- Pours a pale cloudy yellow/orange color with a huge fizzy head that consumes more than 1/2 of the glass. It begins breaking down to a rocky, fluffy layer of big bubbles.

S- Definate wheat smell, being the most noticible. Also smells of citrus skin, spices, and yeast.

T- Starts out very mildly and opens up a bit in your mouth. Undertones of lemon/orange peels come out along with a peppery yeast flavor. Finishes crisp and clean, but a bit dull.

M- I enjoy the mouthfeel of most unibroue beer as it is usually very similar. Fizzy bubbles that are more soft than sharp, clean and crisp after each sip.

D- Not too strong, but, then again, not to lively. This is a good witbier but as witbiers tend to be pretty low-profile, this isn't a beer that I would drink a lot.

Photo of Schwarzbart
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with a white foamy head that stuck around. Big head when poured and not much lacing.
Smell: Mild sweet aroma with yeast aromas and lime. Some lemon and orange rind and little bit of spices.
Taste: Mild and dry wheat malts with a sweet zest of citrus and an abundance of lime taste mixed with some coriander.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp with nice carbonation
Drinkability: A little pricey, but would be a great summer beer that I will try again.

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

Every once in a while I come across a beer that I drink all of the time but have never reviewed. Blanche De Chambly is one of those, and I guess the reason I've never gotten around to reviewing it is that I've just come to take it for granted - but what a foolish mistake that is!

This beautiful, cloudy, pale yellow wit rivals the best from Europe. It has a short, frothy head of bright-white that holds fairly well; and a delicate scent of light fruit, soft yeast, and mild spice. It's crisp and light bodied, accentuating its spice with a bit of zest; and the wheaty, grainy malt balances perfectly. Subtle, yeasty dried fruit (orange, lemon rind, apricot?) accent it, and it finishes dry with a flourish of pepper spice that's followed by lingering yeasty/chalky orange rind and a waft of coriander.

It's flavorful, but delicate; and it makes a great apertif, or companion to some of the milder Thai dishes. If you've never had it, it's well worth trying!

Photo of bcollar
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance --> This beer poured cloudy (from the bottle conditioned yeast) with a light amber colour and foamy white head. There was good head retention and reasonable lacing.

Smell --> The smell is rather complex; there is a slight earthiness with definite fruity aroma paired nicely with some yeast in the nose.

Taste --> Wow, there is a lot going on in this beer! There is real complexity here. Fruitiness is evident with wonderful yeast characteristics that combine to form a great balance between the two contrasting flavours. The beer ends with a pleasant dry and slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel --> This beer has a medium to full body, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability --> This beer goes down very nice. There is a lot of complexity in the taste and I'm sure I didn't fully capture it all in this review. I will definitely pick up another one of these in the future. Unibroue has done it again!

Photo of bjohnson
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a Unibroue glass.

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish pale color with a big two and a half finger pillow like head.
S: Banana and yeasty esters with a good body of spices.
T/M: Silky soft on the palate. Lemon, orange peel, spices, and banana notes tickle the tastebuds. Yeastyness hangs on the palate for a good while after the finish. Refreshing and smooth, but not as coating as I would have liked Spicyness is very apparent initially, but fades a bit too fast. Light to medium body that could have more legs to it.
D: Quite a good tasting Wit from Unibroue. Excellent session beer and perfect for a summers day. Compatible with almost any food as it's not overpowering, but just very refreshing.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The head on this one reminds me more of a soda's head. Just fizzy & dies away fast, leaving no trace. Smells like it should - yeasty & citrus. Tastes how it should as well. Accurate & true to the style, but just completely lacks any "oomph." It doesnt seem to reveal any special traits or any style of its own. I really dont like the mouthfeel. Too similar to soda - fizzy, and almost gives you the "burning" sensation in your mouth, like a cheap light beer. I must say I was disappointed, and I wouldnt be too interested in trying it again.

2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light yellowish body is almost clear. Hosts a very large fuzzy head that is as white as foam gets. Carries a crisp wheaty nose with noticeable tones of citrus and soft mellon. Very crisp as it hits the tongue. Raw wheat feel is soft and accompinied by zesty citrus notes that are sharp. Very even and drinkable overall a nice summer style. Deffinitly best very cold.

Photo of lpayette
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz foil top bottle. 5% ABV, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pale, hazy straw color. Clumps of sediment sink to the bottom.

Smell- Hints of nutmeg. Orange peels, wheat and gingerbread.

Taste- A mixture of various spices- hard for me to discern exactly what they are. Again, hints of nutmeg and gingerbread.

Mouthfeel- Crisp. Lots of carbonation. Couldn't be much better.

Drinkability and conclusions- a decent brew that goes down alright. Not my favorite from Unibroue, but it's hard to please me with this style.

Photo of Dizzy
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color, almost no head. Smells yeasty with some fruitiness. Taste is citrusy with some spices and tartness. Mouthfeel is dominated by carbonation. This is ok for a session beer, especially in the summer but the cost is somewhat prohibitive.

Photo of dherling
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear golden color, a nice creamy white head dissapears quickly. I get yeast and citrus in the nose, but also some floral notes, rose? There is some effervesent bite to the beer, but it drinks fairly heavy, finishing with a cloying and clingy mouthfeel. The taste gives me some very light malt, and a tiny bit of sour apple. Not much here.

Photo of Vancer
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This Unibro offering disappointed and surprised me. The start was great, hazy lemon yellow with a thick, foamy head. A sliding sheet of lace, too. Lots o’ sediment in the bottom to stir up.

But the aroma and taste? Dull and flat white pepper and spices, just weak notes of any wheat backbone. A very wimpy brew, foamy in the mouth, with a twinge of a soapy taste. A bummer, this was not a very impressive brew

Photo of EvilKeith
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

In the glass is a hazed pale golden colored brew with an actively carbonated white foam head. The head soon falls to a wispy cap and a halo of fine bubbles around the glass.

The smell is a mix of yeast, sharp grains, a bit of sweet fruit, sweeter spices and a dash of coriander. I find this to be a bit unusual for the style, but I also detect hints of bubblegum in there.

The taste is a bit tart, citrus, lemon, spicy coriander. The crisp effervescence in this light bodied brew gives it a clean and refreshing mouthfeel.

Like most of the style, this one is crisp, refreshing, and dangerously drinkable.

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

A: Into a hefe glass, it poured a slightly hazy pale yellow with a large, soapy white head that lingered for awhile. Lots of little bubbles of carbonation continued to rise to refortify the head throughout. Some floaty chunks.

S: Lemon, citrus in general (orange peel perhaps?) and yeasty.

T: Citrusy lemon flavor dominates, slight cloves are there as well. A clean, crisp finish with a small amount of bitterness fighting the wheat for the aftertaste.

M: Very well-carbonated, which also helps with the clean, crisp finish. Light in body.

D: Very much so. A great beer for a summer's day.

All in all a very good version of this style. Clean, crisp and with the right flavors. It's not necessarily my favorite style, but this is well-done.

Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a cloudy light gold color with a foamy off-white head. Settles to a thin rim of bubbles along the glass.

Light fruity aromas emerge when the glass is swirled.

Dry finish along with mild flat fruity flavors. Fruit flavors become more apparent as the beer warms. Comes with "orange compliments".

Light carbonation in a light bodied beer. Crisp mouthfeel from the wheat, slightly dry finish.

A decent witbier from Unibroue, a good example of the style.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz., bottle conditioned, best by 2/14/08. This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow with very active carbonation and a 3 finger, off-white head. It smells lemony with spicy yeast, orange peel, and light wheat and clove. There is a big wheat flavor that is almost nutty, a substantial coriander/white pepper quality, faint clove, mild hop bitterness but almost no hop flavor, and a spiciness that isn't as pronounced as I'd like. It has a medium body that is a bit prickly at first, but it calms down and leaves a light to medium finish. Not a bad witbier, but there are better ones out there to try.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blanche De Chambly pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. It has a very nice aroma, I can detect the yeast, but also tropical fruit, particularly pineapple is present. Mouthfeel is light with a sparkly carbonation. Tastes nice, you can taste a bit of fruit, the coriander really doesn't jump out at me though (which is a good thing in my opinion). Recommended, one of the more enjoyable witbiers I've tried.

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

bought a dinner bottle (750 ml) at world market in lansing michigan. ($5.99)
pours a cloudy straw with a pillowy whiye head.
the aroma is wheaty, citrus, spicy.
the flavor is light and wheaty, with a pleasent citrus and spice.
what a great beer to drink on a hot day.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a small pilsner glass.

Pours a light/white tinted golden color. Bubbly! Very champagne like...which is what they were going for I'm sure. 2" pure white head dissipated to a lacy thin covering on top.

Smells: wheat, yeast, citrus>banana peel, vanilla.

Taste is of wheat and yeast to start. Slight citrus flavors that include banana, then a smooth vanilla-ish flavor to finish.

Feels crisp, acive, not thin but very light.Smooth going down with a decent bite.

Drinkability is better than most Unibroue's I've reviewed due to it's modest 5% ABV. I reviewed this one just before having some Alaskan Wild salmon and this beer is the perfect companion.

Photo of goochpunch
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head. Some floaties in the beer made this look a bit unpleasant, but didn't detract too much from the overall effect. Smells of coriander and lemon strongly married with the effects from the yeast along with a slightly grainy and twangy wheat presence. Taste is tart and sweet with a solid wheat backbone and strong accents of yeast and spices. Mouthfeel is light on the tongue while maintaining sufficient body. This is nearly perfect for a session.

One of the better witbiers I've had with, surprisingly no off flavors, which I tend to get from those of the style.

Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer right after the Ephemere and this beer comes closer to a true Belgian witbier.

Appearance was murky yellow orange with a small head.
Smell was spicy of the yeast with some phenols. Some citric notes of the orange and coriander. Also some wheat and in general grainy smells.

Taste of wheat and grains with spices with that typical yeastiness and it's byproducts. The coriander and orange zest are apparent. A decent witbier which is very refreshing to drink on a hot day.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured a medium pure white head that is very velvety at the top and soapy below the surface. The head still hasn't dissipated from the rim of the glass and it's been about five minutes since I poured it. The color of the beer is a light straw hue.

Smell - The smell is pretty sweet. I can pick up traces of nectarine, white wine grape, pear, and some very slight notes of spice. The beer also smells crisp and citrusy--slightly--from the hops. The malt smells clean and raw and is in the background. I can smell no alcohol whatsoever.

Taste - Very light taste. The first thing that hits me is the raw malt flavor and the pear tastes. Quickly behind that is a fairly weak flavor of citrusy and crisp hops. A slight presence of spice sets into the aftertaste and remains in your mouth for a while, along with the raw malt flavor. There is very little to no alcohol burn. It is also very crisp and clean tasting.

Mouthfeel - Excellent level of carbonation on this particular brew. It is light- to medium-bodied and there is no unpleasantness to this brew at all, but this comes with a bit of a sacrifice to flavor. However, it is still a quite tasty little brew, more than you'd expect by looking at it.

Drinkability - This stuff has such a nice carbonation and easy, smooth mouthfeel that it's literally easier to drink than a Budweiser. Perfect drinkability - 5.0.

Overall, this is a brew that is somewhat lighter in flavor for most of what Unibroue produces, but it's definitely up to par with the quality one comes to expect from such a brewer. Definitely recommended, and a perfect summer refreshment beer. Would be great after a physical chore or just to sip on your porch on a hot day. A fine brew.

Photo of bigdeuce
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't know, I didn't find the appeal in this one. Unibroue makes tremendous dark belgians, but this one, was way overpriced and average. I've had much better American witbiers. Has a decent soapy head, no lacing down the glass. Smells more of sour fruit, like lemon than banana. Tastes about the same, again not a bad brew, but nothing worth seeking out.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my first experience with a witbier.

Poured a lemony yellow into an oversized wine glass. Half inch head with nice carbonation throughout.

Aromas typical of a Belgian ale, but very subdued.

The flavor was as notable for what it had as much as for what it did not have. Very crisp and clean taste. Hints of citrus and spice. Very subtle flavorings. Extremely balanced. After the first sip, this beer screamed "Drink Me, Now!!"

Thirst quenching, crisp finish.

This beer went down easier than just about any beer I've ever had, especially on a hot summer day. This might be my new beer of choice for the dog days of summer.

Photo of brushpig
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Sams wines, 750 ml bottle

Hazy light yellow hue, with a froathy white head that diminished quickly.

Very light floral aroma, with sweet spices and bananas

Light orange, pepper spices ,mild hop bitterness, light coriander.
Refreshing beer.

I liked it, I do recommend it. I would buy it again if I don't see Hitachino white or Allagash white first.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blanche De Chambly pours a clear straw yellow color into the glass. A white fizzy head quickly grows on the beer. Just as fast as it grew, the head dissolves to a thin ring around the surface leaving only a couple spots of lace on the glass. A strong aroma of lemon/lime with hints of biscuit malt and yeast greets you before each sip.

This thin to medium bodied beer is moderately carbonated. The flavor is fruity with strong citrus lemon notes. Mixed in are some hints of biscuit and clove. It finishes dry with some grape flavored notes that linger once the beer is gone.

Another great beer from Unibroue. Blanche De Chambly is easy to drink and full of flavor. Definitely worth a try.

Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,023 ratings.