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Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, small head. Apples and vanilla aroma. Malty and very sweet. Some spiciness, not very hoppy. More reminiscent of a cider than a beer. Kind of applish and citrusy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly spicy. Tasty, but not very beer-like.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable, beautiful beer. At first, this poured a pale yellow, tranparent colour. Then the yeast falls in and it goes to a pale orange. Two finger head that left lacing throughout the glass. Smelled of spice, pepper, dried fruit and wheat. Tastes reminds me of a wheat field. Some floral and citrus hops, orange peel, dried fruit and a little spice. Coriander? And yes, wheat. A fluffy light mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more. Ah very good beer.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. foil top bottle poured into short-stemmed flute.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful yellow/gold with amazing clarity and aggressive carbonation that feeds the monster head. The last little bit was swirled to free the sediment before pouring it in. Upon pouring the last bit w/ the yeast an amazing transformation takes place instantly clouding the near perfect clarity that was there only seconds before.

Aroma: Very light, sweet some citrus maybe, not a lot going on in the way of aroma.

Taste: Every sip is crisp and clean and palate cleansing. There is an initial sweetness, with a light doughy middle (yeast pour?) that fades to light citrusy hops. Everything is very neat and clean and crisp. While not an array of flavors, those presented are presented properly with good emphasis on balance.

Mouthfeel: Very light as to be expected. Cannot get away from the crispness of each sip that makes this beer very refreshing and increases drinkability.

Overall: Another great beer from Unibroue! One of their lighter beers, but not lacking in any area.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I drink this beer the first thing I think of is just how remarkably clean and crisp it is. The color, that perfect, nearly translucent, pale, hazy golden-almost pastel (if golden could be pastel) that just begs one to the well. The nose while a little muted offers just enough anteseptic spice especially clove. On the palate the beer acts like a sorbet, cleansing the palate and inviting another gulp or perhaps the next course. I like to drink this at a restaurant bar to get my appetite going for the good food to come. This is a clean as a whistle wheat that is tough to beat. I can see what Great Lakes "Holy Moses" was striving for-and I must say (off the subject at hand) they came awful close!!

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a big puffy head that stays around for quite awhile,the aroma is very lemony with a slight smokey hint.This beer is pretty dry with some definant lemony/citruit tones,doesnt have a long finish by any means.Almost to easy to drink,a great beer to drink in the summer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy golden color with two fluffy fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a mix of fruity esters and spices. Light and pleasant on the nose. The taste has some nectarine to it, some spices, and a little diacetyl. The taste is light and crisp. The mouthfeel is fairly nice, a little carbonated. The drinkability is great, and this is a good summer session beer.

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Photo of marburg
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big ol' 750mL bottle just for little ol' me. Pours with an extremely light yellowish tint and a good deal of haze. Head is a fairly creamy and dense. Aroma is pleasant but one-dimensionally citrus and not nearly as powerful as some other wits. A nice, spiced flavor that presents all the standards -- lemon, coriander, and maybe a little banana. A nice clean finish rounds it out. It's very well carbonated -- kind of like drinking a witbier sparkler. This is undoubtedly one of the better North American wits.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell is fruity, but the taste has more of a citrus quality with a slight biting finish -- crisp, light and dry. It has a light golden color that is a little cloudy and has adequate amount of carbonation. The head starts out well but dwindles fairly quickly. Not a lot of strong flavor, but this is a refreshing summer beer with pleasant Belgian characteristics.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a light cloudy yellow. There is a thick but fast fading head on top of the beer. The head left little lace. The aroma has a hint of citrus and yeast. The taste has the citrus start and the middle is a bit grainy with a slightly bitter/sour finish. There is a lot of carbonation in this beer and it is a light-refreshing brew and went down smooth after getting out my old home brew bottles for Scooter77. Overall, a slight bit above average. I whish it had a bit more in the flavor department.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy with finely suspended yeast, this beer pours out to a light peach-golden in color, forming a nice white head atop fine bubbles, with very good retention and average lacing. Carbonation appears mild to moderate, although the mouthfeel says medium-strong. Aroma is spicy with strong notes of clove and faint bananas, not much sweetness and minimally fruity, with some distant husken pale malts. Mouthfeel is spritzy, with a light body and brisk finish. Taste begins with an eruption of bubbles upon the tongue, followed by a suggestion of orange, lemon, and cloves. The finish has some slightly rubbery pale malts, faint grain husk, vanilla, (coriander?) and faint banana, ending in a clean, brisk finish. I prefer my Wit's somewhat sweeter and with less carbonation. Letting it warm to cellar temp. mellows out the carbonation and enhances the malts. This is not far removed from most hefe-weizen's. While very good, this is the least exciting of Unibroue's excellent lineup of brews. This Wit is probably the most comparable to Hoegardden out od the Wit's I've had (as of 2006).

Notes-I ordered a CloneKit of this beer from Maltose and will likely add a pound of light DME and decrease the carbonation. Let's see how it turns out:)

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle, no freshness date. A pale cloudy gold, it had a big white head to start off with, but it soon dissipated. Yeasty aroma, coriander, a bit of citrus (orange peel?), small amount of sweet malt. Flavour is light and spicy, coriander seed is most predominate followed by a bit of citrus. A decent White, but not the top offering from Unibroue. Still, a decent starter for those who have yet to sample their line, it gets better from here.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This particular brew poured a large white foamy head with fine-large bubbles that quickly dissolved. There was very little lacing observed on the sides of my glass. There was a slight spicy aroma to this brew. The body was pale yellow. The taste was smooth, thin and watery. In my opinion this Belgian White lacked character as there was nothing special about it.

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Photo of TheDM
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a very large head of fine to medium sized bubbles that receedes quickly and leaves no lacing. It has a cloudy yellow body with some dark somethings floating it it. It has a mild malt aroma, a nice smooth start with a slightly tingly mouthfeel finish. Very clean taste that is unremarkable. Not bad, more like nothing there. Strangely, overall, I still liked it.

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Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance a cloudy light yellow...consistent champagne like bubbles. Smell is light and lets you anticipate what the flavor will be like. Taste was light, yet refreshing with just a hint of tartness. Similar to a light beer, but with a lot more flavor. Mouthfeel was smooth, just a tad watery, but the flavor kept it interesting. Extremely easy to drink. After drinking an IPA for my last offering, the contrast was great. Recommend, especially for a warm summer day.

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Photo of Darkale
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, bread-y aroma, with a hint of cinnamon? Certainly spicy, but hard to discern, and I am no great judge of spice.

Fast, hissing head, soda-like, fades to a blotchy, creamy skin. Lacing is slight.

Body is very light, a cloudy ginger-ale color.

Taste is immediately sharp and spicy, and I detect lemon and other citrus flavors. Thin and foamy in the mouth.

This takes some getting used to, especially for those who are new to the style. This is one of my first true white beers. I keep wanting to gulp it! It's quite refreshing, quite drinkable, but there is something off-putting about its lightness. I may have to revisit this review after I have had more of this style of beer.

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Photo of Loki
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in a 4 pack of 12 oz, foil sealed bottles with freshness dates on the bottle.

This beer from Unibroue pours a pale, sunlight yellow with a ½ foamy, white head. The head retention is not great as it fades rather quickly and leaves limited to average lacing.

Aromas of orange, citrus, coriander, honey, and wheat emanate from the glass, however I did not detect much, if any spice or hops.

The taste is very similar to most whites with the noticeable lack of spicy finish. The front of the taste is a citrusy sweet flavor with tones of wheat, coriander, and honey. But the finish is very flat and lacking the spice and hop kick that I was expecting and used to in this style. The mouth feel and drinkability for this beer were nothing more than average for the style.

This was the first Unibroue product I have sampled and I have to say I was very disappointed due to the hype and positive feed back I have heard about the beers that this Canadian Brewery produces. I will just have to sample the five Unibroue beers I have waiting in my cellar.

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Photo of goz
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow pour, thick, white and long-lasting head which laces nicely. Aroma is yeasty, malty, some banana, lemon and hint of vanilla. Flavor is mainly banana, some bubblegum sneaking in, and a bit of vanilla sliding in at the end. Medium body, lively carbonation. Doesn't seem to have the typical spices of the wit style.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, very foamy head. Slowly settles down unevenly -- looks good. Pale, yellowish, very light. Rich, hearty aroma. Smells of wheat, not as lemony as many others. Tastes good. Feels a little "scooty" in the mouth. Not bad, but not as crisp as some others. Pleasant wheat aftertaste, but it's a little funny. Somewhat bitter. Going to enjoy this one, but I'm not going to rush for another.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: I realized that I over-rated this one a bit, so I corrected myself.

Another Unibroue beer that blew me away on tap! This beer was served to me at Oncle Antoines in QC . It was presented to me with a nice white colour and a fluffy white head. The aromas were more substantial on tap and not subdued at all. (which some reviewers have mentioned in their reviews of the bottled version of this brew) The aromas were of coriander, citrus, spices, yeast and belgian sugars. The taste was wonderful. This is a very citrusy white/wit beer with a nice yeastyness that really adds to the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and the drinkability is that of liquid crack!

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Photo of MJR
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color that, if not for the massive head on top of it, could be mistaken for an American Light Lager. It has great clarity, while the yeast is still on the bottom of the bottle. When the yeast is added, it darkens it a bit and clouds it up nicely. It's white head is huge and foamy and slowly shrinks down to a nice cap. Lots of bubbles from the high carbonation.

Smell: Fresh and tart with lots of lemon and a touch of fruit. Has the smallest suggestion of spices. Very inviting aroma...

Taste: Has a nice tartness from the wheat and a refreshing citrus flavor. Lots of lemon. Like in the aroma, the spices are 'really' subtle and buried under the other flavors. A hint of orange peel shows itself. The flavor is a bit thin until towards the bottom of the bottle, when the yeast helps to 'fill it out.' The yeast adds a nice breadiness and organic quality. This brew could use a bit more complexity, but it's still quite good.

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy on the tongue due to the massive amount of carbonation. Just like with the flavor, adding the yeast greatly helps the mouthfeel, giving it more of a rounded feel. Finishes crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Very high...Belgian-style wit's are one of my favorite brews to turn to in the summer heat and humidity when heavier and stronger beers would make me drop. I could drink glass after glass of this...

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Photo of nomad
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very pale yellow but yeast is browny, makes for a dirtied-looking version of a wit. Had tons of carbonation streaming at breakneck speed, and thus a very thick bubbly head, slick lace, but then it all dissappears for the session. Nose was honey, cloves, and almost banana esters. Had a rounded sour character to it - very inviting for a witbier, and moves almost close to a trippel. Taste was softly sweet with a very tasty yet moderate wheat, lemony, and had a somewhat sour shading toward (but not at) the lactic end of things. Tasty yeast and a great finish – smooth and barely drying. Combine this all with a watery mouthfeel, and I got a refreshing beer that's easy to drink.

I guess people around here really don't care for wits, because this is a mark above Hoegaarden, Blue Moon, and other well-knowns. Oh well.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a golden pale yellow, slightly hazy, with a tight bubbly head of frothy foam thats bumpy and about three fingers high. Smell is lemony/orange with a bit of spicyness to it, its quite the sniffer, very strong. Taste is more of the same, lemony/orange sweet with a slight spicyness with a hint of yeast and wheat grain. Its got a light spritzer wine feel and hold thats very citrusy and slightly drying with a dry spiceness. Its a good belgian style wheat that resembles some triples, it's mostly smooth and slightly sweet and tart with a good citrusy kick. Drinkable indeed, but watch out for the sneaky 5%.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was exspecting alot out of this White Beer, first because white was at the time likely my favorite style, and second, because I have sampled Maudite and La Fin Du Monde and know what Unibroue is capable of.

This beer did disappoint a bit although it is a well crafted white. Had this in mini-keg form and the little keg itself was worth the price with a cute little scene drawn on the front of rural Quebec.

Beer pours cloudy but light, with a good deal of setiment. Slight head which retains good lace. My real problem with the beer was its lacklustre taste. I was much more bland to me than the big two white beers (allagash and hoe). Tasted a bit watery when compareed to those. Still very drinkable and a great one to have if you just love White Beer.

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Photo of Marty
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Having tasted Unibroue's Fin du Monde, I was expecting a lot out of this beer. I bought 5 liter cask on a whim, and drank it with two friends in one sitting. This is a highly drinkable beer, and a beautiful sight to behold, a glimmering golden cloud when held in the light. A very yeasty beer... especially the dregs of the cask! As far as wheat beers go, I would definitely take an Alagash White or a Hoe over this stuff. Just not as exciting as I'd hoped it would be. The taste was citric, but kind of boring. It had a bit of a novelty appeal, coming in a cask, but if I had it to do all over again I'd probably just spend my money on a few big bottles of Fin du Monde, which is a better beer for its style.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an extremely light and refreshing beer from the folks at Unibroue. Pours a cloudy pale, straw yellow color with a light airy head, which leaves a thin lace that clings to the side of the glass. Aromas of citrus and yeast are detected. Flavors of lemon, orange, and mild hops are quite apparent. There was a mild, citrus after-taste in my mouth. If you enjoy the crispness of Wits, you will definitely like this one.

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