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Blonde De Chambly - Unibroue

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 188
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 34
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked bottle picked up at the LCBO, served slightly chilled. Unibroue is one of those breweries that has earned my trust because they seem to hit nothing but home runs, with maybe a tripel or dubbel here and there. As such, I purchased this instantly without really knowing anything about the beer - I assumed it was a Belgian pale, but a saison is even better!

This one pours a beautiful golden-blonde colour, clouded with a haze that is interrupted only by the streams of bubbles rushing to the surface. The head itself is dense and luxuriously creamy, with excellent retention. It looks great - you can't look at a glass of beer like that and not want to take a sip. The aroma is of a slightly more reserved nature, though it includes approachable notes of lemon citrus, peppery spice, yeast and some wheaty malts. Nothing to get excited about.

Unibroue has never disappointed me in the end, and this tasty beer is no exception. Light, grainy wheat malt and honey sweetness provides a sturdy backbone, with the signature yeast profile of this brewery being instantly recognizable. Lemony citrus is a nice addition, along with the more usual orange peel, apple skin and mild pepper/coriander spice. Dry finish, with spritzy, intense carbonation levels that don't quite manage to scrub the yeasty aftertaste from the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied, and unbelievably drinkable given the low abv - this 750 mL bottle is a good serving for one person, but beer this good deserves to be shared.

Final Grade: 4.1, an outstanding A- . Blonde de Chambly is everything I'd expect a saison from Unibroue to be - delicious, drinkable, and dominated by their house yeast, which produces a variety of fruity flavours that blend perfectly into this style. This one reminds me a little of the Blanche, except without said brew's trademark coriander spiciness - that brew is a nice option in the summer, but in all honesty I'd probably prefer this one during the rest of the year.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.6/5  rDev -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!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of LDuke
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Tarks
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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).

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Photo of Dave128
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of KMcG
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of DOCRW
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of juliendesrochers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 :(

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Photo of kyrlos
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of nunzo
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of eat
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of PaleAleWalt
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DaveBar
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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.


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Blonde De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.