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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,995 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,995
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 86
Gots: 137 | 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 Beersignal
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of our more popular and better homegrown witbiers, I have been long overdue to review this one as I have been drinking this since it hit the market back in the beginning of the nineties.

Gleaming apricot straw coloured and cloudy beer under a voluptuous cap of white foam that unfortunately carries no hold or lacing. Pity.

Aromas are seductive, soft and redolent of sweet citrus fruit, bananas, pears and pineapples. An underpinning of freshly ground coriander seeds supports the fruit flavours and allows a mild tartness to permeate.

Flavours are light and fruity, reminescent of pineapples and oranges. Notes of malted wheat surface mid taste and lend a firmness of body that still allows the brew to conclude on a dry note without being watery. Slight alkalinity in the end allows the brew to be admirably thirst quenching.

This is certainly a crowd pleaser during those sweltering summer afternoons around the pool. Pairs perfectly with summer salads of greens and cantaloupe chunks under a lemony olive oil dressing.

Santé

Beersignal, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy straw yellow. The head is white. It fades quickly leaving next to no laces. It has an aroma of bubblegum. It has a citrus aroma as well. Behind that, I detect a slight clovey aroma, and to a lesser extent some banana. It tastes like bananas. I taste slight malt flavors, but not much. It aslo has a citrusy taste. I can not taste any hop bitterness at all. It has a slightly yeasty taste also. This beer was a little over carbonated, but not so bad that it detracted from the flavor. It goes down smooth leaving a clovey aftertaste. This beer might not make a bad session beer. Although I didnt care for it too much, it has a very mild, non agressive flavor, and the alcohol is low. I will probably not drink this one again.

OStrungT, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color, slightly hazy, but a very wit looking wit beer. Head is small and fast fading, leaving only a small film of white foam. Strong citrus and clove in the smell, orange peel also around. Taste is full and tart, very citrusy and malty, a very interesting witbier. Fairly good carbonation, but not the strongest. Nice witbier, fairly well represented of the style, but very refined.

TastyTaste, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a super pale golden color (almost white) with a huge white head. Even with a gentle pour, I got mostly head.

The smell is of wheat, yeast and spice.

The flavor is dominated by yeast and wheat and is a nice match to its aroma. There is also a clove presence in this brew.

Mouth feel is light and highly carbonated. Nice and refreshing, it goes down quite easy. I think this is a nice version of a witbier.

Naes, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of klewis
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle


A: Poured with a big, light head that very quickly subdued to a thin ring. A massive flow of bubbles steadily arose from the bottom through the course of the drink. Pale yellow and slighty hazy in color.

S: This one had a pretty weak smell that was dominated by yeast and strong phenols.

T: Like the smell, the taste was initially weak. As the beer warmed, there were flavors of banana, spices, and hints of lemon.

M: This beer was light bodied and overly-carbonated. The mouthfeel was quite prickly.

D: This one went down fairly easily, yet the aggressive carbonation is somewhat tiring on the mouth, and IMO, definitely annoying. Save the money on this one, and buy yourself some Hoegaarden.

klewis, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a pale tan with a little head. Visibly highly carbonated. Stir the teast and pour it in. Beer turns a cloudy green/gold with a small head and no lacing. Maybe I am being picky, but I don't like my beers green.

Edit: I had this without the yeast. It improves the look, but hurts the flavor.

S - Wheaty malt character with a slight corn syrup on the nose. Curious.

T - Slight wheat and sweet corn flavor. No bitterness.

M - Thin and a little frothy. Very refreshing though.

D - Great summer beer. Its moderate flavor would let it pair well with a lot of foods. This is one witbier I think can do without the yeast though, not due to flavor, but the appearance.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light straw with a big foamy white head and quite good retention. Smell is a subdued but fairly yeasty with a faint lemon note. Taste starts out a rather with a rather tart lemon giving way to a very doughy wheat body with a slight floral hop finish. Perfectly fine taste---however the spices in this beer seem to be almost entirely lacking---certainly less assertive than any other wit I've had recently. I can't call this a bad beer, but I was mildly disappointed considering the other great beers I've had from Unibroue.

cubedbee, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of finepaws
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale lemon yellow, with lots of creamy, foamy white head, that lasted longer than the beer. Smells yeasty, and wheaty, like a good bread roll. Slightly citrus on the palate, and less spices than most wits. Tasted somewhat tart, but refreshingly crisp. This is a really good summer beer if you like wheats/wits.

finepaws, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of trevorwideman
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my least favorite Unibroues. That said, it's still head and shoulders above so many other brewers offerings. Nonetheless, I don't feel that the beer develops like I always feel it should.

Nice appearance, Pale and cloudy, I'm a sucker for a cloudy beer. Beautiful head and nice lace retention. Smell is of Spice. Coriander, Wheat, not overly complex though. Taste is the same, but I always feel like it fails to develop the complexity that I've grown to love in other witbiers. It's almost a watery and flat taste if I dare say. That said, the mouthfeel ends up the same way, after a initial tangyness.

Goes down very smooth, but I wish it gave me more to linger over.

trevorwideman, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of cracgor
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw pale and very cloudy. Has a white foamy/rocky head. Has pretty average retention and lace on the glass.

Smell: Very wheat beer like. Tons of yeast smell and a bit of the citrusy note.

Taste: Full in your mouth flavor. The wheat has a strong yeasty/earthy flavor. The citrus orange zest like flavor kicks you in the mouth right at the beginning, becomes subdued as you swallow and the bitter overtakes, then returns in a refreshing aftertaste. Not a lot of spicy flavor to it--but enough to let that I don't miss it. Great taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to just full bodied. Has a great twang and crispness.

Drinkability: This is a very good and drinkable beer. An awesome job on all aspects. It could be just a little more balanced and playful in taste. The smell could be bolder. But this is a good beer.

cracgor, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly cloudy lemon yellow brew. Typical citrus aroma... especially lemon. Orange peel, lemon, and a kind of indescipt herbal note in the flavor. Shorter on the palate than Hoegaarden. I think the increased herbal overtones made for a slightly unbalanced product, but this is is still a very tasty and refreshing beer.

fisherman34, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of karst
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours grapefruit juice with smaller white head for a witbier offering some soft lace. Mild aromas of white wine grape. Little orange peels or coriander but lots of lemon tart wheat. The citris astringency provides some bitterness. Light bodied a nice summer beer. Not your usual whit ( especially from Unibroues) but would compliment a dinner with poultry, fish, or shellfish.

karst, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow, with a nice white head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is dominated by spices (clove, corriander and orange peel) and fruity ale yeast smells with a light bready malt backbone, very belgian smelling. Taste begins with spices; corriander and clove and a hint of orange peel, followed by a fruity ale esters flavor and a light bready malt flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation is moderate and the drinkability is good.

silver0rlead, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tap pour reveals a hazy golden straw yellow, with fine trickling carbonation sopporting a dense and creamy white head that leaves pretty thick clumps of lace.

Aromas are sublime, featuring sweet orange and lemon rind, sweet spices, tangy lemon, trademark Uni yeast, wheaty goodness, and beautifully floral hops.

Flavor is a dance of sweet and tart on my palate. Sweet orange peels, tart lemon juice, sweet baking spices, slick wheat, and exotic floral hops that provide perfect balance.

Medium in body with very light soft carbonation fed by tiny bubbles. Mouthfeel is slick, creamy, and very quenching. More complex and tart that bottled version. $2.50 a pint at Mellow Mushroom, what a steal!

AlexJ, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer; one of the better Witbiers. Colors are what you'd expect from a wit--pale yellow and murky. It even has the little floaties in it. Bleached white head that still exists from yesterday. A pale, spicy-sweet aroma with mild fruity tartness. Terrific citrucy flavors spiced with dried orange peel and loads of coriander (always a good combination). Round consistent feel from nose to finish. Finishes a little sweet, peppery, and crisp. An ideal beer for that hot patio after a hard day's work (like I'd know what that's like).

Second tasting: Keep loving this beer more and more. Last night, I detected a lemonade flavor in the initial sip that took me by surprise. Not a bad thing, just didn't expect it.

BEERchitect, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a pitcher with clvand0

The beer poured a slightly yellowed white color with a 2 finger head that fell to a light ring around the top. The nose was a little bit of a let down. It was light citrusy and spicey coriander. Ther was a slightly odd almost dusty aroma. Weird. The flavor was good, but a touch light for my taste. Light orange and spiceyness, but just lacking. The feel was a light moderate wit han active carbonation. I'd like a touch more thickness. Overall, a nice brew. Refreshing and easy to drink. I'll try it again, as I remember it being better.

kmpitz2, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pours a hazey light yellow with a nice head that sticks around for a while. The nose is full of citrus and spices. There is definately some coriander in this brew. Great mouthfeel and very drinkable. Overall a great beer. I'd definately recommend this beer to anyone.

Brian700, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Max's here in Baltimore as part of a beer dinner. All I could drink of it, so we had a few and took some notes. Served at just the right temperature in a tulip shaped Unibroue glass, while hearing about the background of the beer and the brewery...

Big huge, two-finger-thick off-white head with tight bubbles that were perfectly uniform in shape. Poured a cloudy banana color.

Smelled slightly citrus like with sweet wheat malts in the background.

You've got it all here. The citrus, the banana/clove yeast, some malty wheat highlights.

A crisp, clean summer session brew with a lively carbonation. Finishes dry and easy.

Very drinkable, throughs down a challenge to all but the Allagash white.

Dithyramb, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is now available in six packs which has prompted me to buy for the summer season. It pours a great hazed white/yellow with a nice head. The beer is all citrus, coriander, yeast and Belgium on the nose. This is one of my favourite wits because of the complexity that lies beneath the supreme drinkability. Think of it as lawnmower beer for flemish gardens.

canucklehead, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was a devilishly nice surprise to find that my local tavern just threw on two taps of one of Canada's (or North America in general) best breweries. The unfortunate part is that they chose two of my least favorite beers in their common portfolio, Maudite and Blanche De Chambly. That said, Maudite must have THE BEST TAP HANDLE EVER...a devilish horn I had hoped was Hop Devil.

I have to say that this beer is probably tasty to some people, but just not me. I like Hoegaarden, Oberon, even Blue Moon, for Christs' sake...but I always have a complaint implanted from a friend - these beers taste like soap.

And did this one ever taste like soap. Maized-up, wheaty, soap. Everything about the beer, fittingly, was clean and neat...but just overwhelmingly soapy.

Rather refreshing once you blocked out that particular flavor, and a nice pathway beer for the uninitiated, but NOT FOR ME. I'll take a Trois Pistoles or Don de Dieu anyday of the week.

Though I have heard that Unibroue suffers on-tap.

GreenWBush, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of EPseja
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 1,995 ratings.