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Blonde De Chambly - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
86
very good

167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 27
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cratez on 06-05-2010)
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Pours out a hazed light golden hue, with a tall spongy white head.

Sweet grains and yeasty twang on the nose, some citrus rind and peppery spice.

Sweet grains also up front in the flavour, along with orange and lemon citrus. Mild yeasty and peppery phenols kick in around the middle, and continue towards the finish while things dry out.

Mouthfeel is on the top end of light-bodied, texture is slippery and watery, while some brisk carbonation from the bottle conditioning keeps it from falling completely flat.

Has that familiar Unibroue taste to it, although tough to differentiate this Saison from many of their other light/blonde type ales. While it exhibits basic Saison characteristics it doesn't quite come across as fully convincing for that style. A decent drink on its own, it simply hasn't made up its mind yet what it wants to commit to being. I enjoyed it, but not as a Saison.

03-03-2013 10:37:00 | More by IronDjinn
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-20-2013 01:51:31 | More by cam477
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

served in a tulip glass.

LOOK (3/5) - pours a light straw color, none of the orange one would expect from a saison. Head was a pretty big disappointment. It rose to about a finger or so and collapsed very quickly to nothing with no lacing. Cloudy with little visible effervescence.

SMELL (4/5) - a huge helping of wheat graininess right off the top. The yeast character is quite nice: predominantly fruity (citrus, lemon, and a bit of berries), some spiciness (pepper), some floral alcohol notes, and a hint of vanilla. No real hop aromatics.

FLAVOR (4/5) - very, very similar to the blanche to chambly in the grain flavors. The yeasts character is fairly different that the usual you get with unibroue, and it is obviously similar to the aroma. sourness is low. There is moderate-low bitterness and a dry finish similar to a Belgian Strong Golden. It rounds out the finish with a lasting vanilla/spice combo.]

FEEL (3.5/5) - light body and surprisingly light carbonation. A bit of tingling acid and spiciness on the finish.

Pretty good. I'm by no means a saison expert. I really like spicy phenol characters in yeasty beers and this one did a pretty good job. I think it could have gone for a bolder flavor and a bit more sour... but it was tasty!

11-08-2011 05:11:49 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Single 341mL bottle brought back from Montreal. Love the bottle design as always - looks like the Filles du Roi have just arrived!

Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. Pale golden straw coloured, slightly opaque, about a half inch of head with a dash of lacing. Not much retention there.

Nose is pleasant and floral, with notes of lemon, yeast and a bit of spice.

A tasty brew this is - crisp, with a lovely yeast and citrus tang, yet sweet enough to pair well with my spicy Thai soup. The lemon and pepper flavors come out nicely in the finish.

Zesty carbonation, slightly thick with some sediment.

A nice little beer for the evening, fresh, clean, floral and citrussy. A good little saison, I have to say. Low ABV and the flavor profile makes this one a good session brew that would pair with summer dinner fare. I would absolutely love a corked 750ml of this over the summer - methinks a trip to Quebec be in order.

03-07-2011 03:02:33 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - Beer pours with a nice white thick head, about 2 fingers that slowly goes down to 1. The beer is a nice hazy amber with minimal signs of carbonation.

Smell - citrus , some hints of spices and a nice hint of sweetness. There are some apples nodes as well.

Taste - Nice tasting beer, very light actually. The hints of citrus disappear with the spice coming through. I actually found it to be very smooth.

Mouthfeel - added carbonation brings fwd the bitterness this beer offers, can actually taste the apple nodes more. The spices do come fwd as well.

Drinkability - I am actually very pleased with this beer. This is a good session beer and one i would stock up on for friends and family over the xmas break!

11-30-2010 00:14:02 | More by Swedes21
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

12oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a light hazy wheat color with a thin white head. Nose is barnyard and tart and yeasty it's funky and nice.

It's very wheaty and nice, it's got a good tartness and flavor to it. Mouthfeel is rich and sweet, pretty damn drinkable too.

09-10-2010 23:44:19 | More by kingcrowing
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-22-2012 03:00:12 | More by djcreepshow
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-03-2012 01:08:16 | More by Tarks
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-11-2013 20:02:33 | More by JonnyBeers
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

750ml bottle. Finally the bombers arrive in good ol' Edmonchuk.

This beer pours a bright, cloudy, pale golden hue, with three fingers of thin, puffy, foamy white head, which leaves some lofty arched and isolated islet lace around the glass as it lazily settles.

It smells of sharp wheat grain, citrus rind meets a Polysporin medicinal edginess, some subtle multicoloured ground pepper, mild earthy yeast, and a subtle leafy, weedy hoppiness. The taste is soft wheaty malt, white pepper, soft citrus rind, mild savoury coriander and cumin, understated, edgy yeast, and leveling earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are genially soft and inviting, the body a plush medium weight, and equally smooth in its bearing. It finishes slightly off-dry, the wheat malt, latent yeast, petered out fruit, and still pertinent, and somehow sassy earthy hops filling things out nicely.

A more than agreeable New World saison, rendered by those who should know. Spicy, wheaty, and quite drinkable - what's not to like, especially given the sexy Three Musketeers era label (no offense meant to that other prolific Quebecois brewery).

06-03-2012 04:39:15 | More by biboergosum
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Dave128

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Enjoyed on tap at pazzos pizza pub for pint night in Lexington, KY. Poured into signature Unibroue glass. Not really sure how to describe it besides inbetween a flute and a hurricane glass.

A - pours a cloudy golden color with a white head that doesn't last long. Head is a couple fingers and is pretty fizzy. Lacing is pretty minimal. Only lasts for the previous sip.

S - peppery citrus on the nose. Smells very tart like it could almost be a fruit beer.

T - the taste is quite complex here. It starts off sweet and citrusy and moves into a tart saisony middle, and finishes with a moderately dry peppery note.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - A complex saison that has a lot of nice elements to it. The yeast that Unibroue uses is the real star. It's the perfect mix between fruity esters and spices. Perfect for this style.

04-18-2012 23:31:57 | More by Dave128
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

A blonde with a subdued spice. Pours a decent off-white head on golden body. Pleasant aroma. Average mouthfeel, decent drinkability. Yeasty, slighly fruity with a bit of bannana and spicey, and then a drop of harshness, some hops, in the finish.Not too wheaty.

03-27-2011 01:47:56 | More by Sammy
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Dna_Infinity

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a hazy yellow with a large white head

Smell - Slight citrus, some pepper, yeast its there as well. Smells like a saison

Taste - Citrus, cloves, pepper, yeast. A pretty traditional saison, nothing special

Overall - A good well made saison, but nothing special

07-20-2014 18:32:19 | More by Dna_Infinity
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KMcG

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-06-2012 00:48:58 | More by KMcG
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DOCRW

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-06-2014 16:15:00 | More by DOCRW
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juliendesrochers

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-29-2013 19:04:26 | More by juliendesrochers
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

341ml ml into Brassin d'Hiver tulip

Tried it on tap at the 2010 Mondial de la bière launch but wasn't too impressed. I thought it tasted just like the Blanche which I find too watery.
Bought a 6-pack mostly for the glass but also to try it again. Good move. I find it a lot better now. Maybe my tastebuds weren't as overwhelmed from the Mondial tastings but I think it's more of a bottled versus draft thing.

A- Yellow tint to the thick loose head. Yellow gold liquid with lots of carbonation bubbles goes from clear to very cloudy once you add the yeast. Looks right. Some wispy lacing.

S- Alcohol and banana yeast. Sweet light clove comes up with the temperature.

T- Seems to me like this is mostly finish and after-taste. Not much in the beginning of the sip. Very tasty though. Same as the smell but a bit more citric and watery. A tiny bit of green hop.

M- Full. Medium carbonation that foams up a bit, losing all prickliness. Very dry.

D- Good. Goes right down. Offers some different flavors and textures to keep you interested.

If in a limited selection store or dépanneur, I'd buy another six-pack glass or no glass. This has the potential to be a small hit in Quebec grocery stores.
I kind of rated this like an everyday blonde because I think this is probably what Unibroue is going for.

A- 3.5 S-4.0 T-3.5 M-4.0 D-4.0

09-04-2010 21:28:43 | More by Yoonisaykul
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

A - very cloudy unfiltered golden appearance with a tower or fluffy white head that dissipated evenly
S - strong fruity aromas of apricot, banana, and pineapple, slight sour yeastiness, with some fresh grains
T - nice yeasty mix of sour fruit and gentle spice, big bready malt, and light leafiness on the late finish
M - big carbonation, full bready feel from top to bottom, and a light spice tingle
O - this is a very refreshing and drinkable saison that hits all the elements, a little disappointed that I've only seen this in the odd Unibroue mixer pack, no 6ers or bombers around in Alberta :(

11-23-2011 02:55:21 | More by joemcgrath27
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kyrlos

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-06-2013 22:21:43 | More by kyrlos
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nunzo

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-04-2011 04:20:59 | More by nunzo
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a milky straw-yellow with a thin cover of bubbly white head. Head and retention could be better. No lacing.

Smells like citrus, Unibroue yeast, a bit astringent, little peppery, light floral hops. It does smell somewhat like a saison.

Nice and peppery. Lemon, floral hops, nice subtle spice blend (coriander, nutmeg, cardamom). Pretty good, if maybe a little on the light side.

Light body and slightly over-carbonated. I'd prefer the body to be at least a bit fuller.

Light and refreshing. Maybe a bit too uninteresting for my taste but this is definitely a great summer beer. I'm enjoying it but as a side note, this is a little underwhelming a release by Unibroue considering they haven't released anything since 17 in 2007. Considering the quality of some of their other beers, this one is a bit of a let-down, even if it is a decent brew and easy drinker.

08-11-2010 20:32:03 | More by eat
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PaleAleWalt

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

08-05-2014 23:05:13 | More by PaleAleWalt
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +10.6%

Purchased at the LCBO 750ml bomber for $6.85 or so. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opened well with a lot of head. Settles down to a thin film within a couple of minutes. Cloudy

S- EXCELLENT! Just yeast on yeast with citrus and coriander galore.

T- Excellent. Almost as good as it smells. Don't get that brett yeast hit like it smells. Lots of carbonation here. Liking it a lot. Very light and similar to a wheat beer. Another combination beer from Unibroue.

M- Pretty good. Nice and carbonated with the wheaty flavor is an excellent combination.

O- Very good. Would like to try this one on tap. Seems these cross beers from Unibroue are a real hit.

Food Pairing

This nice blended beer pairs well with... General Tso's Chicken. This beer just bites it's way through the spice if the General.

Enjoy

04-13-2014 18:45:32 | More by DaveBar
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Draft in a 12 oz. goblet. Pours a bright golden color with rising trails of visual carbonation. Thin cap of frothy white foam that sticks nicely to the glass.

Earthy grassy hops and honey malt sweetness in the aroma. Somewhat subdued and simple but with an added layer of complexity from the yeast, which is fairly understated for a Unibroue beer. Crisp and effervescent body, flavors of apple, pear, honey, and crackers. Light feel, and again the yeast is never flavor dominant as in most of Unibroue's beers. Thirst quenching on a 90º+ day, much needed and true to style. Would pick up a bottle of this to revisit.

07-04-2012 03:50:34 | More by emerge077
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-amber with a small, bubbly white head. Tons of fine bubbles rushing up.

Smell. Light grains, very fruity yeast and a little more fruit in behind that.

Taste. No surprise to find a nice hit of that fruity unibroue yeast. A little bit of light grain and cloves, and a very subtle tartness. Finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with full and lively carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Goes down too easy.

Thanks DaftCaskBC!

02-06-2012 03:54:13 | More by Rutager
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Blonde De Chambly from Unibroue
86 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.