Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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87
very good

994 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 994
Hads: 2,157
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 99
Gots: 230 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 utopiajane
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light straw color, hazy with a cottony head of white foam. The nose took quite a while to develop. It was faint to begin with then it gained some tart citrus, apple and a spice. The yeast wasn't that funky on the nose and the malt was a light sweetness. There was a nice fresh orange peel and wheat. The whisper of banana and clove and maybe some coriander. As it warmed it developed a stone fruit juicy scent that was very enticing. Taste is bland and a bit plain. The malt was a light cracker on the palate. The tart citrus was very strong. The spice competed for the palate and won out over any sweet fruit. The wheat imparted dryness and it was as dry as champagne. I liked that. It lacked flavor. The banana could have been more prominent and imparted a creaminess to the flavor. The clove could have added depth. The carbonation is the lions share of the mouthfeel and except for it this beer is thin. (915 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle split into a couple of tulip glasses
Hazy straw gold with a big frothy pure white head in the glass these bubbles take a long while to subside. The smell is pretty standard for a wit, it also has the typical Unibroue yeasty tang in there as well. Orange, banana, coriander and wheat bread round it out. Overall it may be a bit on the weak side. The taste is clean with this one with the wheat providing a solid base and the majority of the taste profile in general. Also in there are hints of spice, yeast esters and citrus. High levels of carbonation make this quite tingly, the finish is pretty clean and dry while the bitterness to sweetness ratio is fairly neutral with little of both. Overall it is another good offering from this brewery, maybe not their best but it is a good example of the style and one that I wouldn't mind having again. (859 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Hazy golden in color with two fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving a white cream cap on top. Small amounts of lacing left around glass

S- Light orange scent coriander, maybe a hint of something more tropical like pineapple.

T- Lots of orange and hints of coriander, pineapple and other tropical fruits. Does have a bready undertone as well. Very mild on the whole.

M- Very creamy, very smooth. Fairly high carbonation, bubbles can be seen rising rapidly to the top more than 10 minutes after pouring.

O-Very nice brew, and a step up from other witbiers and one of the best in the style that I’ve ever had. (668 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The witbier offering from my favorite Canadian brewery pours a nice murky burnt apple juice gold, with a ton of white head. An aggressive pour might leave cakes of yeast swimming in your glass, but it makes little sense to pour this beer like a sissy. You want the froth effect, trust me. Aroma is bready malt, apples, citrus, spice, a touch of herbs. Palate is a bouquet of the expected coriander, citrus pith and fruit (orange, lemon, a bit of tropical pineapple which combines with a creamy mouth feel to produce a pina colada effect), and a subtle apple cinnamon spice. Refreshing but not boring, finish is sweet and herbal, with a lingering yeasty sweetness almost like caramel corn. Almost no detectable alcohol or technical flaws I can pick out. Carbonation is lively and right where it needs to be to lift the fruit and spice. An archetypal Belgian witbier and I echo the other reviewers who feel this is the standard to which others should be compared. (961 characters)

Photo of Roughster
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a travesty that this is #27 currently. I have to agree with previous reviewers, this beer should define what a Belgian Wit should be. Light, refreshing, intriguing with complexity without over the top flavors. I had this beer for the first time and couldn't believe it. Allagash White, which is currently #1 at the time of this review, has spice, I'll give it that, but from a complete package perspective, it just doesn't stand up to this brew.

Remember, beer isn't always about what has the the most in your face flavor, sometimes it is about the subtle complexity, the hint of what lies underneath that brings you back for more. I am in California and snap this up whenever I can. Do yourself a favor and do the same if you're a fan of wheat beer! (757 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice

A- Hazy pale brownish yellow body. Dense white head holds at one finger.

S- Citrus, coriander, and a general spice. Very light, but noticeable, biscuit malt background.

T- Dry biscuit malt, with some spice and orange peel.

M- Subtly, but highly carbonated. Light body and very clean. A very light dry finish.

O – Great! Light, subtle flavors and feel. Very easy on the palate and my tummy. (432 characters)

Photo of srv33
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow into my tulip with a lumpy head that quickly fades to some nice fine lacing around the collar. Scent of coriander, orange, wheat, and a hint of lemon. Taste is much the same, well balanced and smooth, with a creamy mouthfeel. The ABV makes for easy drinking. It is a somewhat similar and lighter brother to La Fin Du Monde. Aftertaste is wonderfully clean and slightly creamy. Recommended, especially for the price! (435 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a champagne bottle to a Duvel glasss.

Pours fizzy white, residual yellow. Kind of a dirty gold. Wheaty nose, orange peel and hint of coriander. Lemon open, slightly tart. Smooth and even keeled. Packed with citrus flavor. Light. Just really damn good. (264 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale, yellow-gold; cloudy; small head

Aroma: Lemony and spicy

Taste: Spicy citrus; malty

Remarks: Decent overall, but didn't jump out to me as a must have beer.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores (250 characters)

Photo of joesmithrealname
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My Goose Island Tulip glass has been full of Unibroue this week.

This was my first ever Blanche de Chambly.

I was unaware it was a Belgian White Ale, and it's crisp, a bit bubbly, and delicious.

I'm sure this would be great with a nice roasted chicken dish, and that's what I'd drink it with...

But not alone, like this.

It's a pairing beer for my tastes, as all witbeirs seem to have been relegated.

I think if the carbonation was of a lower intensity, I might savor some more of the flavor.

But, they know what they;re doing up there. (543 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a one finger white head, with good retention, and spotty lacing. The aroma has lemon, coriander, oranges, yeast, and wheat.

The taste is mildly sweet with lemon, oranges, coriander, wheat, yeast, and orange peel. There is a nice amount of flavor for a 5.00 % abv beer.

Light bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink. This is a great example of the Witbier style, and another winner from Unibroue. This would be a great beer to drink on a warm summer day. (510 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

This is our last beer from Unibroue. That makes me sad. They are such a successful North American Belgian brewing company. That doesn't make sense… but it does to me! They use Belgian yeast in their beers, and make some of the best beers, best Belgian beers outside of Belgium. Like Terrible. Terrible is NOT terrible, and is one of my favorite beers of all time. This is on the other end of the spectrum, and is one of the lightest beer styles on the market. This is also not my favorite style, but there is a lot of history behind this beer. I need to do more research on this Celis guy. He seems legit.

Until we started researching this beer, I was curious where they got the name. I guess it makes sense considering where they brew it and the beer style. It's all coming together now! I will give this bottle my full attention, and hope that it is better than some previous white beers I have tried. It IS an old recipe and the brewery has a lot of history. Bottoms up!

In the Glass: Hold on… give me about 10 minutes for this head to settle. I poured an inch in the glass and the entire glass filled with bubbles. Not champagne bubbles… bubble bath bubbles. When the head finally did settle, the beer reminds me of Blue Moon. The head is white and fluffy, and I am seeing nothing but tiny bubbles rushing to the top. Fingers crossed this is not a mess of carbonation.

Nose: Now that does NOT smell like a typical white beer. It almost smells "off", but I am getting a lot of the spice from the coriander. Not much citrus here… hopefully that comes off in the flavor. It actually smells good. There is a hint of dryness toward the end of the aroma. Let's taste!

Flavor: Considering what this smells like, I am not that impressed with the flavor. It is not as carbonated as I expected it to be, which is fine. All the flavor really comes at the end. Not much spice and the finish is there and gone again just as fast. Not that I am comparing this to beers like Blue Moon, but I would order a Blue Moon over this any day of the week. Quite frankly, this beer is boring considering all of the other beers I have had from this brewery.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice offering a hint of velvet to the experience. But just like the flavor is here and gone, the mouthfeel is just as boring. I swished around the beer that last sip, and the bubbles just overwhelmed my palate. Some additional citrus flavors came out when doing that, but you can't due to the carbonation. Again, the mouthfeel is just boring. How many times can I use the word boring in this post?

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? This beer doesn't have an aftertaste. What is lingering isn't much to write home about. There is some subtle spice flavors coming through, but that's about it. The beer isn't getting better as it heats up, either. The mouthfeel is improving, but the flavor stays the same. Again, this is just not my favorite style. Too bad there is an entire section of white beers on our list!

If you are going to buy a bottle from Unibroue, get a bottle of Terrible. You won't be sorry. I will say, if you are new to craft beer, then you need to start with a beer like this. Not this particular bottle, but a beer that is light and has subtle flavors like the coriander and the orange zest. I will stick with my Belgian darks! (3,321 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgian tulip. The pour is a hazy light orange color with about a finger of fine white head that dissipates down to a thin lacy surface covering. On the nose I get faint aromas of sweet oranges, bread, and lemon tea.

The beer is light-bodied and has a slightly thin feel that seems appropriate to the style. The flavor is fruity and sweet up front with notes of honey and oranges. It develops to a nice mild grainy tartness at mid-palate with wheat cracker and lemon tones and finishes somewhat dry and herbal, leaving tea-like flavors lingering in the mouth. No diacetyl or other objectionable flavors. Very refreshing and easy to drink. The tart lemon-like notes and herbal finish become a bit more pronounced as the beer warms.

Overall, a nice example of the style, but downgraded somewhat due to the price. Witbiers of comparable quality can be found at lower prices than the $10.99 I paid for a 4-pack. (941 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy and very pale yellow color foming a big bubbled and creamy white head. Good retention and only few lacings left in the glass

S: Strong on wheat and spices. Coriander, orange zest, wheat, sweet grains, earthy yeasts and flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet grains, wheat, honey, orange zest, earthy yeasts. In overall, a quite dry taste

M: Light body. Creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Wheaty and spicy aftertaste

O: Very refreshing easydrinking. Unibroue quality (538 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle to a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a straw color with a rocky looking head ,about two fingers thick, comprised of fairly large bubbles. Color is fairly opaque once yeast sediment is added from the bottle.

S: Coriander is most present with slight bits of citrus poking through as well.

T:. Coriander is available in diminished amounts and complemented nicely by a citrus lemon zest. Typical witbier flavors are in play. Perhaps cloves and banana are a tad less prevalent then I would generally like but overall all it was balanced quiet nicely and was refreshing tasting.

M: Very crisp and bubbly with a quick dry finish. The beer is almost alive with carbonation and extremely champagne like.

O: A rather refreshing beer and its quiet good but nothing astounding. Its pleasing and decent but nothing that stood out to me. I have 2 left and a 750ml as well so I'm a happy camper. I might buy it again but I would take other beers over it. (964 characters)

Photo of mschind
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ML bottle withe a 2014 freshness date. Started off with a problem I have had with other Unibroue products; getting the cork out. It wouldn't budge without using channel locks.

A- Not as cloudy as a lot of witbiers. I would describe more as hazy. The pour produced a fluffy head that dissipated quickly.

S- Belgian yeast, malt, coriander and citrus.

T- I prefer more of a grain and spice presence which was so subtle as to be lacking here. Very clean and crisp as it should be.

M- Light and clean, well carbonated and refreshing.

O- A good example of a domestic Belgian Wit. Not overdone on the spices but could use a little more flavor. (646 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a nice bright whitish yellow, the color of homemade lemonade; with a light, airy head that dissipates a bit with excellent retention and lacing.

S:
Smells soft and a tiny bit sweet, apples and lemon a spring morning.

T:
Smooth and crisp with a touch of cucumber and flowers. Non-obtrusive and nicely carbonated.

M:
Flat refreshing 'beery' taste up front that mellows from sweet to a tad tart at the finish.

O:
Really good example of its style. The flavor didn't seem terribly pronounced to me, but it was pleasant (if subdued) tasting. Ridiculously drinkable. I remember seeing a travel show at one point where they said that the proper way to drink a white beer was in three gulps. Who knows if it was a crock or not but it always seemed beyond my beer drinking abilities (I'm not a chugger); however, I could totally see drinking this beer that way. (865 characters)

Photo of Hopinista
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Dogfish shaped pint.

A: Pours a completely opaque gold with a large frothy white head. My wife nailed the appearance by describing it as a "Frothy Lemonade."

S: Very perfumed. First I get a big spice smell, the coriander really coming though, also a substantial citrus peel smell. Very pleasant, if simple aroma.

T: Very nice, subtle wheat tatse. Big orange and coriander back. Has the slight "Fruity Pebble" taste beers with coriander tend to have, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It also has the signature Unibroue yeast tatse, which is a plus.

M: Smooth, extremely smooth. Very carbonated and refreshing, this is a perfect beer to have outside with lunch during a 105 degree summer day.

O: I love this beer. I love (almost) everything Unibroue makes. But what really makes this shine for me is that it's really the only sessionable beer they make. Yes, Trois Pistoles or La Fin du Monde are better beers, but you can't drink them all night at 9%. Also, I'm seriously not a fan of the Witbier style and the fact that I enjoy this so much is a credit to them. (1,101 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Victoire in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy yellow, with a 3 inch head, with a small amount of lacing.

Smells include banana, cloves, orange, and Belgian yeast. Pleasant.

The taste is similar. Orange peel and typical witbier spicing, with lots of yeasty flavors. One of the more stronger yeast-ified Belgians I've had, but it works.

Medium bodied, strong carbonation.

One of the better witbiers out there- Unibroue is a great brewery. (445 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent example of this style, and a pleasant surprise for someone who doesn't typically choose "blondes"...

Bottle pours a hazy light yellow with a cream coloured head that has impressive retention. Nicely silky mouthfeel has enough carbonation not to be cloying. Aroma is fruit-forward, pear/banana with coriander undertones. The yeast is present in both aroma and flavour, but pleasantly in the background. The well balanced but typical Belgian white flavours have a decent grain backbone and end with a crisp, dry finish.

Loads of pear... a Canadian benchmark that should appeal to many! (599 characters)

Photo of ghisty
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance:
rich yellow goldness. cloudy lemon yellow center.amazing rising foam head forms a peak almost an inch from the lip of the flute i poured it after being advised to do so on the back of the bottle...very impressed.

smell:
sharp grains were my first thought, then lemon peels, something else is underneath,
havent even tasted this yet and i can already tell it's style, has a very nice nose, perky, fresh, something floral under the expected wiess tones.

taste:
the silkiest foam ive ever had. breaks down into the first sip, smooth, not as sharp tasting as the nose wouldve lead me to expect, very grainy but still so smooth and refined, heavy on the citral side of things. i see why this is so sought after , as the guy stocking it explained as i held one up to the light to see how cloudy it was, being a wiess id have expected a sharper maybe more sour finish, maybe a bit more dry, but that is just my other wiess experiences speaking.

mouthfeel:
once that initial crest of foam clears off , well..to be more accurate it doesnt clear at all, it just steps aside and lets the amazing wiess roll thru, but once thru the crest of that, if poured properly, it kind of explodes at the tip of my toungue, leaving grains and a slight maltiness in the finish. the citrus notes of the taste really combine with the mouthfeel to create a very nice back and forth.

overall:
as my tastes get a bit more refined from trying all of these lagers and ales, and reviewing them, I find that this brewer in particular has some very creative offerings, ranging from very heavy almost heartburn causing tripel ,to this session worth wiess. i would reccommend this to any fans of wiess. and this brewer. they have a certain something that carries over through different styles, but is always complex, and obviously held to a very high standard of quality. not something i would drink every day, but definatly not one to miss, aside from hoegaarden, which is about on par in quality in my opinion, one of the best wheat beers available. (2,032 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While this isn't my favorite Unibroue offerring, it's still enjoyable. Very easy drinking, sessionable beer. More complexity than a lot of witbiers, which isn't surprising considering the brewery. I could easily drink this often, although it might be a bit more satisfying in the summer months. This went down fast, so it's clear i enjoyed the taste. Good job. (360 characters)

Photo of takemetothelion
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The last Unibroue bottle I will be able to pick up and review on my trip to Canada. I will definitely be grabbing more when I go back home but sadly not at the unbelievable deal of $5 for a pint and a half. This is the least dark, complex, and alcohol content of the 3 I've reviewed, but its nice to try something different.

A- Crisp golden with tons of cloud. Absolutely no light coming through, about as dark as a stout but with gold instead of black. A two finger foam hat appears after the aggressive pour to wake up the sediment. However, it says adios shortly thereafter. Substantial lacing as I take her down.

S- Not the most complex nose I've seen but with the style it stays fairly traditional. The lemon and orange citrus dominate the brew. with some yeast and possibly banana, not sure though.

T- The taste satisfies the nose with the fruity elements bursting in each sip. Still not sure on the banana...maybe...however the lemon is very loud, though not tart but very refreshing. No alcohol bite, which is no surprise only 5%.

MF- Pretty high carbonation and lemon combination feels like a cannonball in my pool on a hot summer day. Top 6 ultimate summer beers and also a top 6 cold winter night could go either way. The cloudiness adds to the fullness of the mouth feel which is very satisfying.

Overall, kick ass. I am partial to darker brew, but to review in accordance with the style I think it was spot on. That being said, I still really enjoy it and will pick one up next time the temp rises. And honestly when compared to blue moon i think it blows it away...but thats just me. (1,603 characters)

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in Newcastle "Geordie schooner"

A: Initial pour is crystal clear straw. After a swirl of the bottle and addition of the lees the color becomes a cloudy bright golden yellow. Sizable fluffy white head hangs around for a while and eventually fades to a frothy ring that lasts for the life of the beer. Nice looking beer.

S: Sweet ripe fruity aroma. Banana is the dominant scent. Hints of citrus and spice. Somewhat perfumey.

T: No surprises here. Not much to separate it from others within the style. Banana, maybe a hint of bubblegum. Slight coriander zing.

M: Zippy carbonation. Light body. Accurate for style.

O: Solid. Not something I'd seek out, but good especially when looking for something refreshing. Not one of Unibroue's best, but that is hardly a knock on this beer considering the brewery's lineup. (834 characters)

Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up this beer in Western Mass with the "best before" date left blank.

The poor at first appeared to be an unfiltered golden yellow, but then after an aggressive poor, I started to get some sediment from the bottom.

I REALLY enjoyed the smell from the beer right off the bat from the cork and the pour. Its a nice fragrancey floral, maybe some clove and correander. They say orange peel, but I dont get that.

I was not impressed by the taste of this beer. Its very watery, and not very complex. Its easy to drink, and a nice mouthfeel, but nothing I would want to get again in particular. (599 characters)

Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 994 ratings.