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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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2,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,066
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 91
Gots: 176 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of longarm
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straw yellow with off-white fizzy carbonation. Head breaks-down in chunky layers without lacing.

Aroma: Lemons, bananas and light malts. Maybe wheat, but that could be the yeast too.

Flavor: Almost tastes like water. Lightweights will love it, but not the burst of flavor that I've come to expect from Unibroue. Slight tartness on the finish helps give it a little life.

Mouthfeel: Thin if bordering on watery.

Drinkability: Very drinkable in the sense that it goes down easily, however, not all that interesting.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear pale golden color with lots of large bubbles rising to give it a thick and active half-inch head. There are a bunch of bubbles rising, but the head only sticks around for about a minute until it retires as a small ring around the top of the beer. There are still a bunch of bubbles rising a few minutes later, but they don't "stick". There is no lacing to speak of.

Aroma: Slightly sweet with a subtle lemony presence. There is quite a bready contribution that is being made by the yeast. Other than this, there is a dry grainy wheat-like aroma with some subtle floral hops to keep it interesting.

Taste: The flavor is really light and refreshing. There is definitely a wheat edge to this beer. The malt and residual sweetness are the key players, but the attenuation is a flavor in and of itself. The entire profile is refreshing, and there are hops noticeable but they are not a dominating force. The finish is slightly dry, but pretty sweet for the most part.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty good beer. I am not a huge Wit drinker, but I have been pretty happy with this one. It is light enough to be consumed like mad, but flavorful enough to please your palate. I think that it is a bit pricy, but that is the price you pay for being a beer snob.

Photo of jettjon
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Intriguing take on witbier
Lows: Watery

OK, I’m going to wax longwinded here. I’m a huge fan of Unibroue beers and really go for their wine-flavor take on various styles. Blanche de Chambly proved to be as enigmatic as most of Unibroue’s other offerings. In fact, I wasn’t really sure of the style until about halfway through the beer. I kept looking at the “white beer” label and scratching my head. However, all’s well that ends well….

Pour from the 12 oz. bottle yields a large fluffy white head over a translucent, cloudy grapefruit juice color body. The head visibly fades, leaving only tiny bits of lacing after a minute or two, fueled by a small amount of carbonation that slowly bubbles up. There’s a bit of residue at the bottom of the bottle as is expected. The nose is sweetish and reminiscent of white wine over a yeast base, but I didn’t pick up on any citrus. The first thing I noticed upon tasting is the beer’s exceptionally light body. It’s like a light white grape wine or watered-down apple juice. The mouth is watery, bubbly, and refreshing, but the overall watery flavor leaves it feeling flat. There’s a sweet wine finish with a tiny bit of bitter and a note of alcohol. Not quite the witbier I’m familiar with. The more I tasted it, though, the more I recognized it as a witbier, although a very subtle variation on the style. Drinkability is good; it’s a nice-tasting and interesting beer, though personally I’d stick with just one since it tastes naggingly watery to me.

Overall: Unibroue’s take on witbier or “white ale/beer” is intriguing but falls a bit flat. Worth a try.

Photo of schenked
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From your standard 750 ml bottle.

Appearance - A very pretty cloudy yellow. Thin head. Light lacing.

Smell - Very good. Hints of banana, nutmeg.

Taste - Nice carbonation. I wanted the flavors to be more assertive. There was a good spicy character you expect from a wit.

Mouthfeel - Thinner that I would have liked. Not bad, I just like a little more body.

Drinkability - A good wit, but I hoped for something more revelatory. I would definately drink it again, but I would take Allagash White or Lakefront White over this one.

Photo of Hautacam
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle..freshness date 8/07.
Very cloudy pale gold...big head...settles slowly to 1/8 "...good looking brew.
Smell is very faint...soapy...with some fruit .
Taste is very light...it's sweet, but almost artifcially sweet....bubblegum is winning out over more subtle dough, pepper and lemon. Hops are pretty much in the background.
Mouthfeel is light..carbonation is high.
This is a pretty good wheat beer....I would only want one ; then move on to something less subtle...but if you like wheats....this is one to try...and it is definitely geting better as it warms a little.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color, though with a lot less sediment than I would have thought considering the warning on the box. Pours with fairly heavy froth that backs down to manageable rather quickly.

Acrid, astringent scent with a hint of yeast. Tastes decent enough, a tad sour,, subtle hints of lemon, with a dash of hops on the finish. Not quite as yeasty as I usually like my witbiers, but definately drinkable.

A decent beer, though nothing to write home about.

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

Pours a hazy golden, thick white head forms, some pretty lacing and good retention. Smell is wheat, honey, banana spice, nice and fruity. Taste is witbier, some banana and spice, wheat, honey and yeast. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, a very refreshing ale.

Photo of MrSeth
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a clear golden body and a huge, foamy white head. It settles down but leaves a good quarter inch head and lots of bubbly.

Smell: The alcohol is pungent this time around.. not saying that it's actually high at 5% ABV, but I do notice it alot more now. There is also a smell of fresh, active yeast followed by an abundance of different varieties of citrus peels. Some other fruity notes are subtle here.. bananas and fresh cut apples.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts with a slightly sweet wheaty taste, which grows fuller and more bitter and it crosses the tongue. The is some apple juice flavor in the finish, but not as though it has spoiled. And it finishes clean with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: I have these every year at Thanksgiving and that is the style of food I would pair this witbier with. Mmmmm.. an old favorite of mine. :-)

Photo of Severum27
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This light yellow highly unfiltered wit is wonderful. Served in a traditional Unibroue tulip glass. The mouthfeel is smooth and light tasting, with good flavor. I can taste citrus and some spicy. The head lasts a while, no real lace except at the very start. This is one of my favorite Wits, quite interesting. Lots of organic matter floating around. Very drinkable with low ABV.

Photo of pjwilson
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: very hazy dark yellow, with huge head at first. after about 10 mins the head stops holding.

smell: wheat. you can really smell the wheat, with a mild yeast backup. pleasant, but subdued.

taste: a fantastic taste, reminds me of what got me into to craft beer in the first place(it was witbiers.) a sweet wheat taste hit's upfront, a tangy orange/yeast taste in the middle, and blast of refreshing bitter hops/spice at the end. complex enough, but also just plain good

mouthfeel: this beer is very carbinated, the high carbination adds alot to to the flavor, makes the bitterness stand out more. I felt like something lite after a huge meal, and this fit the bill, except that carbination was a bit filling.

drinkability: beer pretty much flies by. obviously a great summer beer, but hey it's freezing right now and this hits the spot too. top notch wit.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer at Twain's in Decatur, GA. I poured this beer from a bottle into a Unibroue tulip glass.

A - Pours a fizzy pale yellow-off white with a big foamy white head atop it. The head lasted for about 1/2 the beer and left good lacing.

S - A bit of a fruity and spicy smell, ranging from lemon to orange with cloves and cinnamon.

T - A nice creamy, spicy and wheat flavor. This is a very nice witbier. It has a good finish and a bold and pleasant flavor.

M - Highly carbonated, medium mouthfeel with creaminess to it.

D - One of the best witbiers I've had. I finally have another to add to my list of favorites for this style. The others are: Hoegaarden, Blue Moon, and Wittekerke.

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

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. The ale is chilled.

Appearance: The ale pours a hazy goldenrod color. There is a significant amount of sediment in the ale, as well as in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: The ale has a very wonderful scent of orange peel and wheat. Also present is a salt aroma, not overpowering, but definitely there.

Taste: The ale has a great fruity flavor. The fruits and spices that make themselves known include oranges and coriander. The wheat is light and soft, allowing the spices to take control of the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale is smooth and soft on the tongue, making for a very pleasant sipping beer.

Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable with a low abv. Don't bother garnishing this ale with a lemon or orange wedge, it is too good to mix.

Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tall pint glass.

Good head, about 2 fingers depth. It had a yellowish-brown color from top to bottom. The smell was outstanding with hints of citrus. The citrus taste was very apparent throughout the entire beer. The mouthfeel was excellent as well. The carbonation really came through. Overall, it is another outstanding brew from Unibroue.

Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Battle of Wits. Back-to-back-to-back with Celis White (VanSteenberge) and Hoegaarden (Interbrew, Brussels).

This one came in the mix pack. Bottle stamped with K05051513Q.

A: Darker than the other two, not quite as much head or lace as the Hoe.

S: Subtle aroma, but a little maltier than the others. (not nearly as many esters as the tap version).

T: Bready malt, citrous, spice & a little earth. This one's got it all. (though it doesn't have the fruity flavours of the draft).

M: Fuller body with more carbonation. Seems like a bigger beer.

D: Awesome!

Photo of EStreet20
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tall pilsener glass.

A - Pours a strikingly fizzy white with a big foamy white head atop. TONS bubbles rush to the top of the beer. A great look for a wit.

S - A bit of a fruity smell, ranging from citrus to a green apple smell. A yeast smell, but a little more subdued than most unibroue beeers.

T - A lot of peppery spiciness throughtout the beer especially in the finish. Other than that a bit of a citrusy taste but overall a little bland.

M - Champagne like, A ton of bubbles. very crisp.

Not the best wit I've had but drinkable. Definitely a nice one when you want a crisp quencher to sip on.

Photo of jlh8643
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint glass. Another cloudy straw yellow body. A good, tight, white foam crowns the glass and follows down the side of the glass nicely. A snappy citrusy aroma up front. A light to medium body with that lemon zest citrus bitterness with a hint of white pepper at the end. The finish is crisp and refreshing. Very nice!

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

Silver foiled 12oz dated best before 10/27/06 poured into a pint glass.

Clear light staw with a fat head of white that enjoys good retention from the carbonation. Light wisps of lace as it goes down.

The nose is sharp citrus and spice with some fruity yeast. Nice.

The citrus flavors are not as sharp as they smell but the spices are there. Almost a coriander flavor, and the yeast tastes a bit chalky. Refreshing with a little zest in the finish.

The mouth is medium to light with some tartness and tingle from the carbonation. On the first pour I kept the yeast out and saved an ounce or so in the bottle. After a few sips I gave the bottle a twirl and poured the rest in. It took some of the zest out and replaced it with more chalk and mellower fruit.

Photo of skillerified
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very pale yellow. Large fizzy head that faded to nothing really fast. Lot's of big carbonation bubbles. Interesting looking, but not particularly appealing.

Smell is citrus. Almost reminds me of a lemon-lime soda. There's a hoppy spicy scent too.

Taste is kinda flat honestly. It's a wheat grain sort of taste. Closest thing I can describe it as is a hot dog bun, possibly a stale one too. Unique and not necessarily bad, but not really what I was hoping for. A little apple flavor comes as it warms.

As expected, it's close to soda. There's a strong carbonation bite that sort of hinders the rest of the mouthfeel. I'd call it light bodied. Fairly dry too.

Not really impressed with this one. I'll pass on them in the future.

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I would not have pegged Unibroue for making a good white beer but here we are. This beer pours light, without a head, as one would expect. It's smell is very citrusy, mostly lemon with other fruity tones coming through. As it hits the tounge, it is crisp and begins with citrus before turning first to hops and finally to a spice that I can't place.

I would recommend grabbing one of these.

Photo of shirfan
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent straw-yellow. Blink and you miss the head.

Aroma of sourdough, lemon, salt.

Mildly dry taste for the style, sour lemon zest, medium wheat body with hints of banana. Gets slightly jucier towards the finish, a slightly peppery note. Not bad, but a little boring for Unibroue.

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

Appearance is hazy lemon yellow. The head is a huge foamy mass that dissipates to a thin ring with slight lacing.

Smell is very crisp and citrusy. Wheat, bannana, and slight spice aroma.

Taste is tart and lemony, hearty wheat, yeast, and understated corriander and pepper notes. Finish is clean.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

I found this to be a decent brew and well worth a try. I would enjoy it more is the flavor was a little stronger.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A better than average witbier with a tasty but not all that assertive spice profile: a nice citrus acidity, some clove, coriander, orange peel, etc. A somewhat grassy finish with lemon and grainy wheat malt. A light mouthfeel with fairly subtle carbonation.

Not a bad witbier, light and refreshing though it’s a bit watery. But it’s still pretty tasty and I had no problem going through a 4-pack of this one. Recommended.

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

12 oz capped bottle pours a cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice-orange flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing and tasty.

Photo of bruachan
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

my first stop on my winking lizard world tour, and a dissappointing one. reminded my alot of the ephemere, which just sucked

watered down in flavor, character and appearance. super dry with minimal malt character and none of the requisite coriander. i am suspicious of the glass but the head totally fizzled (any wheat in there?)

lame aroma. bland bland bland. i think this and the ephemere are made from the same tasteless base brew and then flavored (minimally). alcoholic tonic water

Photo of Gavage
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a thick 3" white head that sported some large bubbles. Spotty lacing develops through the drink. Load of carbonation bubbles streaming at break neck speed to the surface.

Smell: strong citrus, pepper, and hint of banana.

Taste: the tart lemon tones are predominant with this one, as spices like coriander and pepper are noticable, while soft banana and wheat tones are in the background. Very mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: I tought this was a little too crisp on the tongue. Has a short spicy lemon finish. Lightly refreshing, but a bit tart overall.

Drinkability: down a bit versus other witbiers since the tartness is a little too up front.

Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 2,066 ratings.