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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,084 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,084
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 93
Gots: 188 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Ratings: 2,084 | Reviews: 990
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
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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

Whitewashed lemon. Tiny head of miniscule bright white bubbles that evaporated leaving just a few stray bubbles at the margins. The smell is of faint orange and lemon tartness. Lemon zest and pith freshness along with touches of orange fill the mouth initially, more on the lighter side, but still distinct. There is a nice wheatiness present that leads into a distinctly coriander finish which is not overly long but it doesn’t need to be. These flavors are well meshed and balanced and the light body and ample fine carbonation makes this absolutely drinkable.

Photo of hunteraw
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice pale straw color, lots of bubbles, two finger white head that lasts. No lacing.

Smell: belgian yeast, spice, and orange.

Taste: Light, crisp. Good summer beer. Not as spiced as I was anticipating, corriander and orange are subtle. Hops are spicy and well balanced. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, with high carbonation. works for the style.

Drinkability: light, refreshing, thirst-quenching. Good introduction for a non-beer drinker.

Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very pale yellow color with nice thick creamy head that leaves nice lacing. Lemon zest and spices are present in the nose. Taste is clean and crisp with some hints of orange peel and a peppery spicyness that finishes dry. Overall a good wit that is very refreshing. This is a good brew for quenching your thirst on a hot day.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a one finger head that had good retention, and left no lacing. Body was a cloudy gold.

Smell - cloves, bananas, and creamy wheat.

Taste - same as the smell. Cloves, spices, bananas, and creamy wheat. Fairly straightforward, nothing complex, but very good in its simplicity.

Mouthfeel - full and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, goes down well, and is very sessionable, especially in warm weather.

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

750 mL bottle. Corked and caged top made the customary "pop" when opened. Pours a cloudy pale golden in color with a white head. Aroma of wheat malt, coriander, spicy yeast and citrusy lemon. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with crisp carbonation. Taste starts off with wheat malt and vanilla on the front. Middle exhibits more of a citrus flavor - lemon in combination with coriander. Very low hop bitterness. Green grape skin taste in the finish.

This is a very enjoyable witbier. Not quite my favorite, as it lacks a little something to make it stand out from others in the style, but it's a good beer none-the-less.

Photo of vanrassel
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 341 mL bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler. It looked great, with a fluffy white head capping an effervescent, hazy golden body with orange highlights.

The smell was a subtle yeasty aroma with slight cloves and citrus. The first sip delivered the same. It finished with a citric tartness that provided a nice little kick to what is an otherwise gentle thirst quencher.

I find a lot of Unibroue beers highly carbonated and this was no exception. In this case, though, it wasn't a good match with the watery mouthfeel.

Still, this is a nice representative of the style and I buy it often in summer.

Photo of instrumentality
2.79/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I obtained this brew in a 1pt. 9.4oz. bottle with a "best before" date of 02/02/08. I poured it into a gold-rimmed Chimay goblet and was pleased by its somewhat cloudy appearance and its apple cider color with a steady plume of bubbles weaving its way from the stem of the glass to the surface. A 2-finger, very bubbly white head formed, then gradually descended to a thin lace with a ring of bubbles around the edge.

The odor was predominantly what I've come to understand as phenols - a sort of medicinal, band-aidy scent--definitely not my cup of tea. A slightly sweet fruity scent lingered beneath the surface.

This is my third beer from Unibroue, the first being Maudite and the second, Trois Pistoles. Although these were much stronger beers, I immediately detected the same theme in this beer that now officially seems characteristic of their brewing style: a clovey phenol flavor. This taste greatly detracted from my enjoyment of the first two beers, and in this case, I find it even more inappropriate, as I was hoping for something a bit more refreshing like Ommegang, my first witbier. However, I will say that the phenol flavor wasn't quite as intense as with the other two Unibroue offerings, but then again, neither were the other flavors.

Aside from the phenols, there's a *very* subtle sweetness and a not-so-subtle maltiness, but these are overpowered by the band-aid quality.

Mouthfeel was relatively mild, with almost no detection of alcohol, moderate carbonation, and only a slight coating left behind on the palate.

The good news is, this is the first Unibroue I've actually been willing to finish. The band aid flavor isn't exactly appealing, but it's mild enough where I can drink with relative comfort, despite the fact that the beer doesn't have much else to offer in the flavor department.

The bad news is, my patience with this brewery has worn thin, and I don't intend to revisit them any time soon unless someone else is buying and/or understands my complaint with the brews I've tried and can convince me that they offer something else that doesn't share this problem.

Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light fold with high carbonation, especially at first, forming a large white head that quickly became a well-retained lace.
The smell was thin - just a fresh mild fruity scent.
The taste was a bit thin, some spices, orange peel and a hint of yeast. It finished somewhat dry.
The clean taste and high carbonation give a fizzly, refreshing feel in the mouth.
I can't say that this is a favorite of mine from either the brewery or for the style. It's a bit thin - but refreshing. Not a bad choice.

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

Had this one at the Alisal Cellars wine/beer tasting room.

A - Cloudy, pale yellow.
S - Slightlyhoppy and sour scent in the nose.
T - Lightly sour on the tongue with a mild citrus flavor. Goes down smooth with a lingering sweet aftertaste.
M - Light mouthfeel.
D - Good on a hot afternoon, but not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a large Marzen/Wheat glass. Well-chilled. Formed a large, pillowey, white head that lasted, eventually falling to a centimeter of foam over the beer. Dark straw in color, with a turbidity that is appropriate to the style. Aroma of light clove and bitter orange. The taste is of soft wheat, with the spices coming through on the finish. The mouthfeel is soft and light. This beer is a real quaffer; you can down two before you even notice it. As with most of this brewery's offerings, this is an outstanding example of a Belgian style (in this case wit or blanche de bruge) that often surpasses the Belgian beers available in this country. An excellent wit.

Photo of andrewmartin
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML bottle with a drink by date of 2/1/08.

A: Hazy gold/honey with a white head

S: Notes of honey, cloves, and yeast

T: Starts off very smooth, yeasty, some honey with a spicy, lingering aftertaste

M: Very smooth, almosty creamy with a pleasent tingling background

D: A refreshing summertime beer

A nice example of the style, but nothing overly remarkable

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

Short review:

Smell: Orange pulp

Taste: Slight apple chip notes with a strong orange pulp presence. There is a slight cider/Skol tobacco aftertaste here that is quite pleasant.

Ap: Golden and sparkling. Like a champagne. Strong lacing throughout.

Notes: Another excellent beer by an excellent beer company.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a damn good witbier. Once again Unibroue prevails. I have yet to be disappointed by any of their beers.

The beer pours to a very light yellow, but not quite hazy enough to really look "white." Has a huge white head. Lacing and retention could be better, as well as carbonation.

The smell is nice and light with a fresh coriander and orange peel smell. Also a hint of banana and clove. The taste is just as listed above with a touch of lemon zest in the finish. Very tasty witbier. One of the better I've had.

Hugely drinkable. Very crisp and clean mouthfeel with a very refreshing zest. One of the best summer beers I've had. I highly recommend it.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark yellow for a whitbier. nice single finger white head that melts to fine lacing that lasts and lasts.
Aroma is typical of Unibroure yeasts...very belgium...slightly sweet malt .... only a very faint banana and very nice wheat and fruits.
Taste is very soft sweet malt with light lemon afterwards and a light belgium bready yeast taste, finishing with a slightly peppery wheat sharpness. Nice bright sharp tanginess
Aftertaste is of white pepper and a tiny lemon drying.
Drinkable...and nice, but in my opinion there are many better tasting whits out there at much less money. However, this is a unique whitbier, unlike others.
***
Editing my review on 7/1/06 while enjoying my second bottle of this brew. This time it is the beer I started with so I have a very clean palette with which to judge it.
Much more complexity and bright cleaness noticed with a clean palette.
I enjoyed and respected the brewer's efforts on this beer much more this time around and have made some changes above and increased my rating points accordingly.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,084 ratings.