Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
12-24-2004 23:09:35 | More by canadianbarman
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
My least favorite Unibroue. Kind of a "Don de Dieu light". Doesn't have the citrus notes of the Hoogarden or Allagash, IMO. Nothing distinctive, although there is also nothing overly negative to say. As I said, lower the ABV on the Don, you'll have this one.
09-21-2004 03:41:11 | More by JohnnyDuvel
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
Served from a mini-keg. The only problem was the steadily dripping tap, which spurted out still more beer when you pushed it back in.
Thick, dense head of a couple inches that sloshes to the brim like half-whipped cream. Slight hazy lemony color with an orange tinge, like ginger ale.
Smells like a big bowl of sour lemon drops, with a touch of coriander that adds a spicy bite to the foam.
Tart lemony beer on a starchy base. Mild carbonation. Finish falls off a cliff and vanishes.
I'm a bit put off by the starchiness, though I suppose that's to style. It matched nicely with smoked chicken and pork, salad, and even a cookie (each picked up the wheatiness of the other). A good barbeque beer.
09-07-2004 23:42:29 | More by gentlebubbles
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Slightly hazy, pale gold in hue with honey-peachy highlights. Not much in the way of animation reached the head, this didnt seem to matter much as the head reached a healthy three fingers in height. Bright white in color, for some reason I felt compelled to listen to my beer. As the head rapidly faded away it was crackling and popping. It was quite loud! This noisy chaos almost compensated for the rapid head depletion. Almost. There was no subsequent lacing. This is a respectable looking beer. The nose has all of the classic Wit characteristics but this offering seems to have one extra thing going for it. It smells fresher, lively. Pleasant. I enjoy the aromas of dried oranges, spice like coriander and maybe a whiff of ginger, wheat, vanilla, faint leather, and at the end is a hint of candied malt. The potency is small and all of the previously mentioned smells are light on the nose, this seems typical for the style so I will have to live with that. No complaints really, the bouquet is classy and inviting. I look forward to a sip. The palate is lovely; I dont think Unibroune breaks any new ground with this one though. Maybe they werent trying too. As there is nothing wrong with being dead-on for the style. I really enjoy the spirited carbonation (at the beginning), there was a million miniature bubbles dancing on my tongue. That is definitely one way to make a beer refreshing. The flavors consist of sweet maltiness, apples, vanilla, spice (coriander and I swear ginger yeasty can be tricky!), and some raw wheat flavors. I really enjoy the softness of the palate, obviously well-crafted. Once the aftertaste develops a citrus bite is found along with the flavors I mentioned earlier. It is enjoyable but not boisterous. Medium/medium-light in body, it seems a tickle thin, also the carbonation falls apart too quickly. Overall the mouthfeel is satisfying but not really that noteworthy. This is a good drinker, plus the abv is only 5%! I could kick back and enjoy a few 750ML bottles on some lazy Saturday afternoon. Of course that is predicated on me finding this beer again. Sure, there are a million reviews for it on BA but Ive never seen it in Kansas City (it sure the hell is not in Nebraska). I purchased my bottle in Burnsville, MN for $7.00. I like it.
09-02-2004 20:56:07 | More by bditty187
4.28/5 rDev +10%
Although I am not a Wit Bier fan this particular brewer has created a very light summery beer good enough to have at anytime of the day.
Pouring a pale vanilla color with a fluffy ivory colored head this beer appears refreshing and faintly cloudy. Lacing almost immediately disappears.
The aromas are sweet and spicy with hints of orange peel and coriander.
The flavor crisp and clean and slightly malty with no real significant aftertaste.
Food pairings I would suggest would be fruits, grilled fish, or salads.
This beer has a very pleasant drinkablity, and one I would be inclined to try again.
09-02-2004 16:37:15 | More by mudhoney
3.43/5 rDev -11.8%
Lightly cloudy straw. Very few yeast made the voyage into the glass on the initial pour, so I expect the final one to murk things up nicely. The cotton white head is softer and less substantial than expected. The abundant amount of carbonation rising off the bottom of the glass is doing its level best to maintain the cap at a decent size, but is losing the battle. Almost no lace.
The nose is wheaty with understated elements of coriander, citrus fruit and funky yeast. Blanche doesn't make it into my witbier upper tier for one simple reason, the flavor of the funkily sour Belgian yeast. Although not too aggressive, it ruins my appreciation and enjoyment of the other classic flavors.
Orange peel and coriander--as well as clove and cardamom-- struggle to be noticed. Clove is much stronger once the yeasties have been added to the glass. The body is acceptable, if a little too light for me, but the vigorous carbonation is way overdone for my tastes. As far as I'm concerned, sharply fizzy mouthfeels ruin the drinking experience more often than not.
Blanche de Chambly may be true to its Belgian roots, but that doesn't mean that it's a beer that I enjoy. Even though I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle, it'll be the last bottle that I buy. Not one of Unibroue's best.
08-23-2004 17:05:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,884 ratings.