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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,681 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1681
Reviews: 956
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Founders_Fanatic

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale yellow (straw yellow), 1 1/2 fingers of thin looking head, head slowly disappears with little lacing.
S: The smells here are light, you need to get a few good whiffs with this one. Wheat, citrus, yeast, spice
T: Lemon, floral, wheat, lighter flavors, slightly spicy in a beer sense.
B: Crisp carbonation, quaffable, sticky, medium body. I like the sticky sense with my summer beer.
The final verdict: Good summer beer, I will be sure to enjoy a few more of these during the summer. Get this beer, a grill, some lemon-pepper chicken, and mild Italian sausage. That sounds like the perfect combination for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 02:51:43 | More by Founders_Fanatic
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hreb

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cold 750mL cork-topped bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours a not quite clear straw pale yellow with big bubbles and a moderate off-white head. Yeasty, wit/Belgian style aroma.

Lots of funky, wheaty wit flavors up front. Fizzy, like a hefeweiss. Flavors are actually very mild and neutral, which makes for a very refreshing beer. Secondary flavors of lemon peel are pleasantly subtle. I don't get much coriander off it, though.

Great execution, if mild, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 02:21:18 | More by hreb
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a very large head of pillowy white foam that lingers for a long period of time. Colour is a pale golden hue with a strong haziness to it.

Aroma is bright, has a fresh spiced zing to it. Typical notes of coriander, light citrus. Foresty feel about it, slightly earthy.

Taste has notes of fresh bread, slight coriander and yeast. Slightly floral and very drinkable. Stacks up pretty well, good character, same slightly foresty/floral/springtime note, with a nice balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the light side and but a good yeasty feel, with a refreshing citrus/wheat character. Carbonation makes adds a nice element, bring a bitter touch. Finish is smooth, dry orange and quite flavourful.

Worth a try for fans of the style. I wasn't initially in love with this beer, but its refreshing and might convert me. Nice character and balance to it. Adding the sediment yeast brings a great complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:50:39 | More by mick303
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rlee1390

Indiana

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

A-Cloudy yellow, nice carbonation, two finger head.

S-Wheat, lemon, tad bit of orange and spice.

T-Wheat, lemon, orange, some grassy notes, no bitterness.

M-Light in body, nice carbonation, smooth.

O-A nice easy drinking witbier but not top notch.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 19:34:45 | More by rlee1390
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TheCondor

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in a Sommelier collection from Unibroue. Lots of good beers in this pack, as I've had it before. But I have returned to review said brew. Side poured gently from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance - Although I know it is not pronounced as such, I have to pronounce this brewery as "unibrow." I love it and think it's funny. Anyway, the beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a big, fluffy two finger head even after a gentle pour. Carbonation action can be seen inside the brew, leaves little lacing.

Smell - Smells like everything you would want in a tasty witbier. Yeast, funky esters, breads, orange peel and some spices. Banana is present as well, a part of the funky ester aroma.

Taste - Much like the nose, but a little spicier. The yeasts, breads, and funky banana esters are prevalent in the beginning and middle of the drinks. Very tasty

Mouthfeel - Finishes with a little orange peel, coriander spiciness that is a good complement to the flavors previously mentioned. Medium bodied, with a pretty hefty carbonation tag. Finishes smooth.

Overall - Certainly recommended to everyone, especially if you are a witbier fan. I would buy and drink this again no doubt, a perfect beer for a nice warm summer evening on the deck.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:07:44 | More by TheCondor
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DavidST

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a tulip flute hybrid, best by date of 12/21/13. This pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color with a short lived but large white head. The smells are of fruity yeast esters, banana and oranges. The feel is medium to lighter. The taste is okay a little wheat, some banana but they're light.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 04:06:36 | More by DavidST
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from the LCBO. Hard to believe I've made it to 333 reviews without doing any Unibroue beers until now. I tried this particular offering once a long time ago and don't remember being a big fan - but to be fair, early on in my beer drinking career I wasn't a big fan of spiced beers or Belgian styles in general. The sediment in this bottle was swirled up and used to top off the pour.

Pours a pale, cloudy straw-yellow colour, topped with nearly two fingers of silky-smooth, dense white head. It wears away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a flat cap and negligible quantities of lacing. Nice aroma that covers all of the witbier basics - yeast, wheaty malts, orange citrus, peppery coriander spice - with a few extra surprises, including some banana and apricot.

The taste is of sweet, wheaty malts and a variety of fruity esters. There is some slight orange and lemon citrus flavour as one might expect from a wit, but with added undertones of pears, apricot and an apple cider vibe that becomes more prominent as it warms. The peppery spiciness of the coriander comes forward toward the finish, with a lingering aftertaste of yeast and sweet malt. On the light side of medium-bodied, with intense, tongue-prickling levels of carbonation. Not the most sessionable wit I've ever had; two would be my limit for the night.

I haven't had a new witbier in close to a year - this is a style I usually avoid outside of the summer months, and as far as wheat beers go, I'm more partial to hefes anyway. Regardless of personal bias, I still say this is a perfect patio beer - the combination of spritzy carbonation and spiciness making for an exceptionally crisp, enjoyable glass of beer even in the midst of oppressive heat.

Final Grade: 3.93, a B+. It seems a crime that Blanche de Chambly is the only Unibroue offering always available at the LCBO - these guys just flat out make great beer, and this wit is certainly no exception to that fact, but more Unibroues would be appreciated. This is at least as good as Hoegaarden, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of that beer (or the style in general). Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 06:17:10 | More by thehyperduck
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, hazy yellow color with frothy, white foam. Head settles down fast, leaving a light film.

Aroma is pretty standard fare, though there’s a bit of sour dough quality to it that’s detectable. Not a bad thing—just interesting.

Drinking this immediately after Ommegang’s Witte and what I’m most struck by is that there’s a nutty flavor going on. I like it. Flavors are really smooth, with not a lot of coriander/orange peel. Body is ok, though I wouldn’t mind a bit more carbonation.

Flavor is good, but for the price, there are much better options (Boulevard Zon).

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 20:45:03 | More by JEdmund
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Appearance: frosted pint glass, orange wedge. Orange colour, muddy. One finger head

Smell: orangey, probably from the orange. 

Taste/feel: tastes very much like a lighter fun du monde. Has a flavour on top that I can't put my finger on. 

Overall: great. Flavorful, better than your average beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 00:11:46 | More by joefinnigan15
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A little under a finger of bathsoap head that quickly falls to a paper-thin white sheet. Very alive with carbonation. The beer is an opaque, murky yellow with a hint of dirty brown. Does not lace to the glass well.

Smell - Light sour funk and berries. Banana and spiced clove linger in the nostrils. Easy on the nose overall.

Taste - The clove and banana transfer nicely from the smell. Light pineapple and plantains coat smoothly over the tongue. A light sour lemon zest takes the reigns, before handing them over to the sweet, yet bitter, tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel and overall - Very sour on the tongue when the beer first hits it. Medium bodied all-in-all. Tingles the tongue and inside of the cheeks.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 04:20:50 | More by Jesse13713
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KingRascal


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

Look: Pale yellowish gold with a quickly dissipating white head and some sediment

Aroma: Light wheat scent with a lemon zest overtone

Taste: Light cool flavor of barley heavily accented with a floral/citrus taste

Feel: Light on the tongue and easy going down with a nice amount of carbonation

Overall: Light, smooth and flavorful. A very good summer beer

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 05:49:25 | More by KingRascal
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mmva321

Missouri

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

Poured into a tulip.

A: The Blanche De Chambly has a clean and crisp look to it. Robust and yellow in its body, foamy and white in its head, it's simple. Any monotony is broken, however, by the fogginess of the body and the vibrancy of the carbonation.

S: If the coriander rises far above the other scents, it at least gives the beer a pleasant air. Notable also is wheat and orange. Refreshing if a bit unbalanced.

T: A better balancing of the aroma. Wheat, coriander and orange share equal footing and a nice earthy aftertaste punctuates this simple experience.

M: A zealous amount of carbonation provides this beer with a vivacious feel that gives some robustness to the thin body.

O: Refreshing is the key word here. A simple and well-balanced Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 06:02:38 | More by mmva321
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oliverwren

Florida

4.91/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I drink this brew whenever I can, and I am fortunate enough to have a store that caries it only thirty (30) miles away, meaning that I can get it quite often.

I actually wrote this review in detailed parts at first, but I find that I kept saying, "This beer is amazing!" so I decided to cancel it out and write the simpler version. I am a Unibroue devotee, first, and I admit this with utmost pride. While there are a couple of breweries that I have wanted to try and have not yet had the opportunity, Unibroue is definitely my brewery of choice thus far, and Blanche de Chambly is no exception. In fact, I can think of no brew more satisfying on a warm day.

I will concede, though, that those who desire heavier brews will probably opt to shy away from this one, though such folk would understandably shy away from the style as a whole. It is very sweet and light.

To this point in my experience, Blanche de Chambly is a champion among witbiers from a champion among breweries.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:53:40 | More by oliverwren
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

P: Cloudy with streaming bubbles and a thin layer of milky head that disappears quickly. Golden apricot orange body.

S: Decadent yeast esters, musky leather, sweet candy malts, ground spices, coriander and Clive. Apricots, persimmons and a timid citrus aroma.

T/M: Great medium body with perfect tingling carbonation. Taste follows the nose with a bigger alcohol concentration. Fruity and medicinal, moldy wood, grass, and b-vitamins. Tingling finish of bandaids and a bitter woodiness.

O: Delicious and refreshing a definate favorite for the summer. Complex and well balanced. I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 21:50:36 | More by Hopswagger
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a bright but hazy golden color. Tons of rising bubbles. Head is big, white and persistent. Body glows.

S-Smells spicy with citrus peel and wheat. Yeasty and lively. A bit of grassiness.

T-Like the nose. Spicy and light. Nice citrus flavors. Yeast and plenty of wheat. Far from offensive. Leaves me wanting something to hang my hat on.

M-Lively carbonation and a crisp feel. Light and easy to sip on.

O/D-A nice Wit. Pretty easy to drink with fresh and bright flavors. Solid yet unspectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 14:40:52 | More by VelvetExtract
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. Poured as suggested by the brewery sommelier.

A- Hazy dark yellow pour with a two finger, short lived snow white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Right off the bat you get coriander, bananas, yeast and a touch of orange. Very light but quite complex smelling.

T- Light yeast, orange, coriander, bananas with a bit of grass and sour dough bread.

M- Light body, great carbonation.

O- What is there to say that hasn't been said about Unibroue. They brew good beers and that's about it. This is sadly the only one readily available at the LCBO now.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:28:50 | More by korguy123
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into Unibroue tulip.
5% ABV, Best by 01-13-13. Poured with Lees swirled in.

A - Hazy old gold in color, Blanche de Chambly is crowned by a billowing white head with solid retention. Very little lace is left behind as the bubbles fade.

S - Behind a mildly tinny, earthy aroma, soft wheat and spice pulls through for an inviting wit smell. Coriander seed, wheat bread, and light ester notes of banana marry well.

T - A note of tart apple cider flavor comes through a bit before relinquishing to dry wheat with little malt interaction and a hint of coriander spice and lemongrass along the back end. Yeast esters stick to the nose as only slight earthy clay pops in on the finish.

M - Medium-light-bodied, soft wheat is very much foregone for a mild citrus zest on the finish that aids the bold carbonation in giving this beer a truly refreshing quality and even profile.

O - Decidedly earthy and light on the "Americanized" spice profile, Blanche de Chambly is well-balanced and much more akin to what the early examples of a true Belgian wit would have been. I find the heavy carbonation, while helping this beer in part, distracts from the otherwise desirable soft wheat profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 16:05:53 | More by BeerFMAndy
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass a pale murky wheat with 2 fingers of white thick foamy head. Only a bare amount of retention, leaving a single file ribbon of bubbles around the glass. Plenty of active carbonation

S: Sweet biscuit and Unibroue yeast with sweet tangerine lemon and floral notes. Spiced with cloves and pepper, despite the spice it smells clean and crisp.

T: Malts and yeasty biscuits with sweet citrus of orange and lemon. Finishes with cloves and pepper. Excellent spiced aftertaste that begs for another sip to get top up the refreshing citrus flavour.

M: Light bodied with excellent active carbonation that accentuates the refreshing flavour. The extra tingle from the carbonation gives a short moment of numbness on the tongue, heaven!

O: Very easy to drink and enjoy with seafood or basic summer salads. The active carbonation and tangy flavour make for an incredibly refreshing brew. Simple and very easy to drink - great brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:26:25 | More by FondueVoodoo
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of tightly packed effervescent pure white head... Little or no retention which gives way to a full fizzy layer of lacing... Loaded with spry rapid paced carbonation throughout... The color is a slightly pale golden yellow... There is an ever so slight haziness...

S - Orange zest... A hint of lemon... A surprising amount of Belgian yeast... Some light candied sugars... Subtle wheat undertones... Very faint spiciness... Stellar aroma...

T - Loads of lemon zest... Some orange zest... A big wheat presence... A slight Belgian yeast component... Apple... Pears... Perhaps some very subtle white pepper notes... A sophisticated and complex Witbier...

M - Light to medium bodied... A good bit of carbonated zing... A bit delicate and feathery... There is a touch of dryness on the finish...

D - Quaffable and refreshing... A very nice beer... Undoubtedly one of my favorite Unibroue offerings... Whille note a seasonal offering, this is a terrific spring or summer beer with lots of sophistication and complexity... I will have no problem working through the half case that I just invested in...

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 00:22:51 | More by philbe311
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

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

Served in a flute (like the bottle says)

Appearance: A cloudy gold, white head maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: citrus scent, potent...leaves you wanting to inhale it.

Taste: lemon, Malts and full and robust.

Mouth: full carbonation smoother than a knife through butter.

Overall: A great buy especially considering the price and so.much that you get for it. Salud.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 04:00:45 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter glass.

A: – light golden color; cloudy, but some rising bubbles still visible. Scant head didn't cover the top and that dissipates quickly. Emptied the bottle, but plenty of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: somewhat subdued aroma, but habiting a somewhat hefe-like or citrus-like quality.

Taste: fruity, with fresh apple at first, more bananas later, and a bit of a citrus all the while. Plenty of light malt/biscuit flavor, with a hint of spicy hops and cashews, and very little clove. Unusual for style in several ways, including tasting sweeter than it smells.

Mouthfeel: crisp with a slight dryness in the finish. Medium-light body.

Overalll: unique and enjoyable French-Canadian Witbier. Fruity without being particularly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:43:44 | More by chinchill
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CloudStrife

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 1-13-13

A: Pours a hazy opaque staw/gold with a fizzy 1 finger head that disappears in seconds. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Has a nice smell of belgian yeast. Spice and sweet malts as well. Banana and orange with a hint of alcohol.

T: Has the yeast you get from the smell. Some wheat and malt linger in there too. Can pull through some banana and spices. Even a touch of hops at the end

M: Nice and fizzy on the mouth. Light. Ends pretty crisp except for a slight lingering stickiness. An easy one to drink.

Overall this is a very enjoyable witbier. Love the belgian overtones in it. Another great beer from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 23:11:46 | More by CloudStrife
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. For the style this was a great representation, but I just wish they would have gotten a little crazy with it to add some more complexity to it. It was quite refreshing, but I just wanted it to challenge my palate a little more if I am honest. A great summer brew to enjoy while out in the sunshine though without a doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 12:27:15 | More by thagr81us
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Shocktop wheat glass.

The color is a hazy yellowish/orange with a thin head ans some small lacing left on the glass. There is a big active carbonation in this beer and it is vigorous.

The smell is a dry fruit flavor with some peach skin. There is a slight orange flavor that is hanging around but then disappears into a slight wheat aroma.

The taste is malty with a nice wheat flavor that is filled with some fruity flavor that it is melting together. There is a nice apricot flavor that is mixed with a slight peach and apple skin flavor.

The feel of this beer is medium to light with some nice wheat feel that makes this an easy drinker. It goes down easy and has an easy feel that makes you come for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 06:56:34 | More by Duhast500
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ghampton106

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a goblet and noticed the thick head that formed and the golden straw color of the ale. On the nose this beer is very fruity/citrus-like in aroma which is to be expected of a beer of this style, but it had a crispness to it that was most appealing. On the first taste it was again what one would expect from a witbier..citrusy..especially to me a tangrine-like essence that was most refreshing. This beer is smooth, velvety smooth likely due to the 5% ABV, but I think also to the excellence of the brewing...just very well crafted. The best of the Unibroue range....perhaps not, but it is still an excellent brew that anyone would enjoy on a warm late spring day. As a session beer this would be one of my top choices..easy drinking, full of flavor, and high enough of an abv to have character but not so high as to be obnoxious after a few glasses.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:56:48 | More by ghampton106
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