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Blanche De Chambly - Unibroue

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Reviews: 1,009
Hads: 2,259
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 17.31%
Wants: 114
Gots: 272 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada | website

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 deneb
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, slightly yellow color; huge head!
S: Powerfully sweet, citrus/orange scent
T: Very light; Obvious low ABV; Extremely orange-y but the aftertaste isn't amazing
M: Soft bite which fades; nothing exceptional

Though pouring this gorgeous beverage looks incredibly promising, the taste and feel seem too light to leave an impression. The orange is almost overwhelming. The first kick is light but great, and the aftertaste is greater. It's all the steps in the middle that make this drink lackluster.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde color. Small head resting.

Rough spicing, coriander, orange peel, hints of sage, lemon rind, and tangy wheat.

Soft wheat, citrus peel, lemon, coriander, yeast esters, and faint green apple.

Deliciously light and easy. Carbonated moderately. Nice.

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Photo of stpatty
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What new can be said about this beer? It's a Quebec classic. Appearance is light yellow and cloudy as a good witbier should be. Yeasty nose with orange and spices dominate. Taste is clean and spicy with good carbonation. All in all a solid beer that’s true to form.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a creamy head, thin lacing and cloudy gold color. Aroma is citrus, coriander, and banana/clove/bubblegum notes. Flavor is generally good for style with the orange peel and coriander coming through and the aged hops and sharp tang of wheat in the finish. There is a hint of alka seltzer in there too. Mouthfeel is light and tingly. Overall a very good ale from Quebec.

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Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Whitey orange color with a thin head with low retention, but with a constant plate.
Aroma de vanilla, coriander, orange peel, wheat, Belgian yeast and some banana.
So far, good but nothing different from average Witbier.
One of the Witbier more refreshing I had. Flavor of pineapples, orange peel, coriander, mild banana and wheat. Dry aftertaste.
Initially very light body with good effervescent carbonation with tiny bubbles and an acid sensation. Body gets thicker once warms up.
Drinkability at its best, hard to beat on a hot summer day. On the other hand, same flavors could be more bold and with a more robust body. So you can say it is not at par with other Unibroue brews (ps. Expectation is a bitch), but why not have a refreshing faithful to style wit? Lastly I noticed that when it warms up, changes completely and becomes more complex and robust. Which is common, but here it is more delayed than usual. I was a bit confused to go back or not to rewrite the evaluation.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very neat with plenty of bubbles. Reminds me of tobiko (flying fish roe). Opaque and canary-gold.

S - Reminds me hugely of La Fin du Monde which I had the day before. Baking spices and pungent citrus.

T - The depth of aroma is not mirrored on the palate, but that's to be expected with this style. I would prefer a stonger yeast character however and I found the orange peel over-bitter.

M - All those bubbles end up bringing too much prickliness to the party. Weight is about right.

O - Blanche may please others as the bitterness and high carbonation may amount to preference. As it is, I'm unlikely to have this again as this style is one of the few where I'm looking for a six pack or larger at an affordable price. Shoot me, but I prefer Hoegaarden.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.41/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden witbier tumbler glass.

A very thin but somewhat good retention white vanilla cream colored head. Body is a solid light apricot yellow to orange and with a good rising amount of carbonation. Pretty standard.

Nose has something off about it. Sharp rotting wood and bile is the only way I can describe it. It's not particularly strong, and for the most part is not that hugely noticeable. It's mostly a pretty closed smelling wit.

Palate overall is kind of odd and all over the place. Body comes out real seltzery and a quite fizzy and wet. Very little texture to this, and some good gaseous carbonation. The tip of my tongue feels like it's dipped in club soda. It really kills the chance to find something on first sip. Once it's faded only does some flavor peak out but barely. Carbon Dioxide. Faint orange and lemon on the finish. Faint hint of cream.

An overly gaseous beer that kills the palate, and the nose is off putting to unfortunately go with it. I'll be passing on this one.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a very hazy light golden ale. Carbonation looks very light on this one and head retention is nonexistent. That cork was in pretty tight but it seems flat. Aroma is strongly that of pale wheat closely followed by orange and a bit of coriander finishes it out. Mouth does show some carbonation,but it still seems somewhat thin. The flavor is a gentle blend of pale wheat and soft notes of orange. I get just a trace of coriander.

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Photo of SvenHayden
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quality belgian witbier inspiration.

Appearance: good & cloudy. Vivid yellow. Between straw & lemon in color.

Aroma: very wheaty & yeasty. Has a rich, tasty yeast ester aroma.

Taste: tons of up front banana, followed by a creamy yeast kick

Mouthfeel: surprisingly thick & creamy. Not a thick beer, just more body than expected for a wit.

The yeast ester & creaminess is what does it for me. The fact that they make the beer "on lees" is what makes it a step above the rest, for me. You have to be in the mood for tons of banana, but if you are a strict blue moon drinker, give this refined step up a try.

Worth getting again.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw color with a white head.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast esters, spices, citrus and berries in the nose.

T: Flavor has notes of citrus, peach, fruity Belgian yeast esters, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied and a bit smooth for the style.

O: This beer has that typical spiciness associated with the style, perhaps not as spicy as a saison, but it's always definitely there. I like the berries and citrus in the nose, as well as the peach in the flavor. Definitely recommended, one of my favorites from Unibroue.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy straw in light, amber when backlit or indirect light; quick offwhite head, settles to full surface film; no lacing
S: yeasty, lemon/orange citrus
T: yeasty, savory apple
M: light-medium-bodied; dry finish
O: Disappointing, from one of my favorite brewers. Thin, not compelling, savory off-note. The nose is easily the strongest element.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a tall volumeous head on the pour with the head exploding as i pour. The color is a hazy golden with a good deal of carbonation.
The aroma is wit beer spicy and candied malts playig well in the background.
The taste was good but not alot of depth. It was difficult to separate the each spicey note.
It is smooth and spicy and really is pretty good.

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Photo of argock
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a clear generic glass goblet at Brasserie Beck (Washington, DC).

A: Hazy pearly golden with 1-2 fingers of foamy, frothy white head with good retention and a fair amount of scattered lace.

S: Good aroma profile with bubble gum, orange citrus, and floral esters leading the way. Malt has a mild candylike quality.

T: The flavor is solid, heavy on the floral features with a strong ester character with floral, bubble gum, and orange blossom qualities. The hopping is minimal with the yeast flavors carrying this brew. The orange is much more prominent than any spice.

M: A nice lush but smooth feel with low-medium carbonation.

O: A solid witbier which is above-average and got my night off to a good start. Not up to the style standard (Allagash White), but still a great beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: October 19, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Blanche de Chambly flute... OCCASION: trying to liquidate the summer stash before the fall season is unmistakable... APPEARANCE: faint, tepid hay-tinted body with champagne bubble and pencil-thin off-white head; no lacing... AROMA: beautiful wheat/clove connection reminiscent of summer; light banana dough and vanilla cream are latent scents... PALATE: fizzy, active and light-bodied; drinkable and refreshing...TASTE: lightly affected, acidic wheat that maintains its nasal promise--a spiced, seasoned flavor...OVERALL: What doesn't Unibroue produce that doesn't sing or sparkle? The "lightweight" of the case that nonetheless packs a pleasurable experience, crisp and aromatic ...

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz corked bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: hazy and straw colored with half finger white head and good retention, very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: subtle, mild pepper, apples, citrus and lemon.

TASTE: taste follows the nose here, subtle, not a strong hop presence, sweet malt, apples and citrus but everything understated.

PALATE: creamy, less than medium carbonation, very drinkable.

OVERALL: this is an outstanding witbier, affordable at $7.99, I would definitely have this again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style. I have never had a bad beer from Unibroue, excellent brewery, one of the best in all of North America for sure.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of fank2788
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of Roughster
4.41/5  rDev +14%
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!

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Photo of BWED
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of srv33
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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

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Photo of joesmithrealname
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.