Blonde De Chambly - Unibroue

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 33
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cratez on 06-05-2010

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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 66
Reviews by ghisty:
Photo of ghisty
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

appearance:
a tricky pour, foams very easily if you dont angle it right and take your time with it.
noting that, a clean white head. cloudy. hazey yellow. very light colored yellow.
good retention. good carb. lacing is from the rim to the drink.

smell:
notes of wheat .and the abv comes thru in the nose slightly. obvious graineyness. lemony. maybe some cascade hop is hiding in there somewhere under all that grain. kinda of leaves a bit to be desired on the nose.
but not unappealing

taste:
citrus. apple.wheat. its sharp and fresh tasting, the head cuts well and leaves for a clean drink, not annoyingly foamy like it appears on the pour. goes down very easy. almost too easily.i was expecting something a bit more orangey in tones and color.. but its light and drinkable.

mouth:
citrus. again. has a sharp start and levels out alot like a wiess. nice leveled carb.
grainey after effects. like eating pita bread.

overall:
being slightly more accustomed to a darker style blonde i was intitally sort of unwhelmed with this, but the pint goes down a few inches and my mind has changed for the better, I do notice that the reviews of most unibrou offerings seem to have stellar reviews, and personally I find some of the beers they make a bit overstated, even a bit off tasting (fin du monde mainly), which is a one way ticket to heartburn for me..the blanche du chambly is amazing.. and this is a step into the same line.
not as overall impressive as the wiess.. but great reagardless. its very cloudy, but tastes light, and drinkable. worth a shot if you are feeling citrus-ey.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So blonde de Chambly. So what do I think of it?
Well let's start with the smell. Very fruity smell. A good copy of the Blanche de Chambly. About the smell, there are similar.
Even with the look of it, they are really similar together. The only difference that I notice is that the Blonde de Chambly have lots of carbonation. Like 2 fingers of head that stays until half of the cup then you have that 1 finger of head that stays until you finish the glass. And even when you finish the glass you still have 1/2 finger of head that stays in you glass that don't wanna die.
And the taste of it. Well as I said very very carbonated beer. Lots of tinny bubble going on your tongue. Same taste as the Blanche de Chambly overall but you have a spicy taste and even a not of cinnamon on the after taste. But as I said so so much carbonation on that beer.
So overall would I recommend it ? Yes ! But if you don t like carbonated beer, this on is not for you. But hey I did enjoy it more than blanche de chambly because it have more carbonation and more flavour.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Swedes21
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of Dave128
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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

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

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

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 :(

Photo of eat
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DaveBar
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep blonde color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes with light citrus floral notes and the usual ester originating form the Unibroue yeast. Taste is quite refreshing with good herbal and citrus notes with a semi-sweet malt backbone and the bready yeast notes form Unibroue. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Refreshing and well made without breaking any ground.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is blonde (yellow) with some golden. Nice white foamy head that, however, disappear quickly. Citrus notes in the aroma with some yeast (typical of unibroue). Taste wise, this beer taste like Blanche de Chambly. Refreshing beer. Lots of carbonation. This beer is a good summer beer. Nothing out of this world but very tasty and refreshing. Almost no bitterness.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

It was an exciting moment for me at the 2010 Mondial de la Biere when I approached the Unibroue tent, and not just because of the beautiful hostesses clad in French corsets. But this was only the second day that Unibroue's newest beer had been available - the Blonde de Chambly. After checking in, I made a b-line straight for Unibroue looking for this new creation.

The Blonde de Chambly is a Blonde Ale with Saison characteristics; really it is a typical Unibroue Blond. All of Unibroue's beers share some similar characteristics. They all have a spicy yeast character to them which can play off as soft and subtle as in this case, or rich and potent as with the Maudite.

I handed over my tickets and in turn received a tall Mondial glass of a pale golden beer which would soon flood Quebec and hopefully Ontario.

The Blond is 5% and will be bottled very soon. The pour from the tap was soft and smooth building a creamy and foamy white head a good inch and a bit above the beer, but it quickly faded with thick lacing leaving only a film on the beer. The Blonde really was exactly that, blond. It glowed in the light with pale straw color and golden light yellow rays of sun. It is not hazy or cloudy like the Blanch de Chambly, but is also not completely transparent.

The nose is delicate and softly sweet showing bright pale malts and ripe fruit and citrus. Hints of green apple, lemon peel and soft hay flutter in the air with a slight hint of floral hops. It is round with warm bread and soft biscuit, and the always fresh and slightly spicy Unibroue yeast.

Here it goes, my first taste of a new Unibroue beer only the second day it has been made available! The Blond is light and smooth flowing in with sweet malts perfectly mimicking the nose. Right away I get soft green apple and lemon zest gently gliding over my tongue as soft and lightly caramel pale malts melt over into my cheeks. It has sweet citrus and muddled light spice floating everywhere in the beer with hints of hop bitter and floral aromas.

It reminded me much more of the Ephemere Pomme rather than the Blanche de Chambly. It was soft and creamy showing me a easy drinking and delicious beer. Warm dough and soft sweet bread was everywhere in the backbone of this beer. The finish was soft, short and clean leaving a hint of spice and zest with a slight tart feeling. It came off very soothing and fairly quenching. I do expect the bottled version to be similar with a greater snap and potentially more spice - as it will be bottle conditioned.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mondial beer festival. Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. Orange in color with a lovely haze. Intense, Belgian yeast aromas bursting from the pour. Fruity and yeasty with flavors of oranges and lemons. This one is very sessionable, Belgian-style beer, full of flavor. This one is listed as a Saison? Not sure I agree with that category, although I think there are some saison-like qualities to the beer, I would say its not sour/tart enough to be a saison. Declicious, any way you slice it. Unibroue, please send this south...

Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden with very little haze, 4 fingers of white head, nice lacing, no carbonation. A big pop but no gusher on opening.

S: Light fruity floral, apple, lager hops reminicent of a German Pilsner, Unibroue’s almost smoky yeast, fragrance like a perfume,

T: The light floral apple, lager type malts and hops, and the smoky quality all come through. Light green herbal quality.

M: Medium light and lager like, medium low carbonation, dry finish.

O: Love the theme around “ Filles du Roi” daughters of the king. A beer honouring the mothers of the French Canadians, I can dig that especially around mothers day 2014.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy golden wheat, consistent but minimal bubbles

S: beyond the immediate smell of the unibroue bready yeast scent, I get a hint of metallic ocean smell, reminiscent of freshly shucked oysters.

T: Strong yeast taste on first wash through the mouth, which on it owns is pleasing. Followed by a creamy nearly sweet milk mixed with alcohol. Lacking in any hops or heavy malt flavours, the flavour is crisp and clean easy to drink without being overwhelming.

M: light in the mouth, leaves the tongue daily and feeling like a refresher.

D: this easy drinking beer is bold in it's typical unibroue yeast flavour, but is crisp and clean and easy to drink a only 5%. A light drink which would be excellent to pair with either rich seafood or fresh light white fish and shellfish. I paired this beer with a simple winter salad (cabbage, fennel, apples etc…) and fresh garden bruschetta, the flavour was excellent to allow the food to shine through and was excellent to cleanse the palette with a clean crisp flavour. Easy to drink and better to share.

Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a cloudy amber/gold colour with a fair size foamy white head. Appears to be some decent carbonation, and slight lacing. The head didn't stick around for long.

Smell - this beer has a spicy pepper scent with some cinnamon notes. Maybe even nutmeg. Reminds me of a warm cup of apple cider smell.

Taste & Mouth - Low to average carbonation on the drink, larger size bubbles. Sweet at first then the pepper warming spice kicks in. A nice slightly bitter aftertaste. Seems odd to drink a Unibroue beer that is slightly watery..

Drink - Not my favorite style of beer, but pleasantly different from anything I'm used to.

Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the foil topped bottle into my Sam Adam's Sensory Glass.

Poured golden in color, clear with a bright white fluffy head. Head didn't stay around long but did lend to a beautiful aroma.

Smell - Very crisp, clean and fruity, this Saison smells exactly how it should, even more so at 5%.

Taste - crisp, almost champagne like bubbles great you first, then the sweetness and fruity flavors come out next. not much for hops, if any. Nice, light and sweet, I can see this will go excellent with most foods.

Mouthfeel - I want to say on the lighter side of medium, as it wasn't light in body, carbonation was very nice, not over done.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink beer. I could imagine this would be very refreshing on a hot summer day, or paired with your favorite meal. At 5% this is a beer you can have a few of without worrying too much.

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Blonde De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.