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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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1,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 83
Gots: 126 | FT: 1
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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 chunkylover53
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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.

dgallina, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

sulldaddy, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of SaunaKing
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SaunaKing, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Quaffer, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Naerhu, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

HiroProtagonist, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

GuinnessSmurf, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of Skidz
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Skidz, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of sardonic
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

sardonic, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of flaminghomer
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

flaminghomer, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JohnnyDuvel, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

gentlebubbles, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, pale gold in hue with honey-peachy highlights. Not much in the way of animation reached the head, this didn’t 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 don’t think Unibroune breaks any new ground with this one though. Maybe they weren’t 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 I’ve 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.

bditty187, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of mudhoney
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mudhoney, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a chimay chalice glass. Pours a clear golden, with a large head. Lots of fine streaming bubbles winding up. However, a bit too golden for the style. Long lasting citrusy, lemony aroma with a pleasant underlying scent of vanilla. Vanilla continues in the flavor, with a sweet fruitiness and a tart, lemon-grass taste. Very light hint of coriander, less than typical in a wit. Bitterness is not detectable. Very effervescent body, lots of carbonation, yet still a tad watery.

Quite an excellent wit. This is one of my favorites from Unibroue, and one of the best North American witbiers. One recommendation: go for the 12 oz bottles and avoid the corked 750ml. This delicate beer can get cork-tainted very easily. The capped bottles are much cleaner tasting.

allengarvin, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesomely inviting corriander and yeast aroma. Fine, thick, bright white colored head leaves scattered patches of lace. Highly carbonated, hazy, sunshine wheat colored beer with streams of carbonation shooting to the surface. Light bodied beer with a crisp taste. Light, fresh lemony wheat flavor, finish is a bit watery. Good beer, finish is a bit dissapointing after such a great start.

HappyHourHero, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of baiser
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in a 12 oz bottle with silver foil around the neck.

Poured a cloudy, pale straw colour, with an immense head.

Smelled spicey, moderate citrus tones.

This was a very crisp and refreshing wit. Lots of wheat flavour, a touch of sweetness, some tartness, ends with a little hop bitterness. Very carbonated. Tingles the inside of your mouth. After taste is dry, and each sip leaves your mouth a bit oily.

One of Unibroue's most popular, and a great one at that.

baiser, Aug 15, 2004
Photo of jvajda
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Preface: I allowed this beer to age for two months in my basement before drinking. It was still surprisingly fresh.

Appearance: It has a fresh looking yellow-brown look and a modest head.
Smell: Bitter and fig tones.
Taste: Slow to develop, has a refreshing, quenching taste followed by bitterness that becons me to continue drinking.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy.
Drinkability: Like a lot of whites, this one is highly drinkable.

jvajda, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, quite a disappointment. The head was huge, as expected, the murky dark yellow color is consistent with type but that doesn't mean it's nice to look at. The smell was the best part, nice malty, spicy aromas jump right out at you. The taste was a huge letdown, in no way lived up to the promise of the smell and just to boot, this beer had a decidedly watery mouthfeel, less mouthfilling than many pilsners for that matter. Overall, overrated, overpriced, underbrewed.

surfmeister, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml. Lightly cloudy pale golden. Lofty, fluffy porcelain white head. Frothy, soft lace remains. Rather tame aromawise, with musty, mildly bready yeast tones and floral honey tones dominating. Understated orange peel character. In flavor, prevalent is an herbaceous impression of coriander and grainy, tart wheat. Notions of bitter lemon peel with a trace pith like astringency provide a drying bitterness. Dulcet cloveish phenols and trace banana esters arise as the beer warms and complement sourdough tones. Lightly bodied with a token proteinaceous viscosity from the wheat, but otherwise nearly thin. Finishes with benign citric bitterness along with an too fleeting snap of bright, ripe orange. A well rounded, albeit prosaic wit. Crafted well, but perhaps the most underwhelming of Unibroue's classic interpretations.

marc77, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale straw color and sports a large snow-white head, which retains quite well. Abundant champagne-like carbonation

Aroma: Bread and nut notes are prominent, likely from the suspended yeast. There are also quite prominent light fruit notes and spices.

Taste: Begins with a light surge of spices, followed by a wave of mild fruit flavors. The light malt presence is most notable midway through the taste. Finishes lightly sweet with mild nutty notes and sweet alcohol.

Mouth feel: Quite smooth and full, very pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: One of the better Wits that I have tried. The 750ml bottle would provide an interesting alternative to serve to guests in lieu of a white wine.

Pegasus, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw gold with a nice white head. Decent lace.

There is a faint sweetness in the nose with a touch of malt. The aroma is a little too subdued, even for a witbier.

There are mild spice and fruit in the taste. More of each would have been better.

Thin and smooth in the mouth. The carbonation seems to be right in that it gives the beer some character.

I was mildly disappointed with this offering from Unibroue. It seems as if they left the mute button on and the true volume of this beer was well understated. Still, it's not bad--just not the first I'd grab from the fridge.

filabrazilia, Jul 22, 2004
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.