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Blonde De Chambly - Unibroue

Blonde De ChamblyBlonde De Chambly

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BA SCORE
87
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.82%


Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:47:56 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 18:18:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As saisons have been trending further and further upwards on the popularity scale, I find it quite mesmerizing that it has taken so long for Unibroue to release their version. Their house yeast is so peppery and dry that it makes employment of saisons overwhelmingly obvious.

The hazy light golden ale pours into an over sized brandy snifter with a highly bubbly appearances that erupts into a cottony foam cap with tremendous staying power, lacing and life. There's nothing in the appearance that makes me expect anything less than greatness for this farmhouse ale.

Yeasty aromas start with the supple bread and must scent of pilsner malt, light wheat, and sandalwood. But then the estery and spicy balance develops with wave after wave of scents that include hefe-like banana and clove with more saison traits of lemongrass, white pepper, apples, and overall heightened earthy hops.

Richer than expected flavors hit the front of the tongue with a creamy malt flavor of baked bread, dough, and mild powdered sugar taste. The supple sweetness is met with deeper esters of banana, apricot, and papaya before transitioning into zestier apples, lemons, and light vinous white grape tartness. As the more acidic flavors set in, so does the peppery spice of clove, alcohol, grassy hops, and peppercorn. Although much is made of the malts and hops, make no mistake about it- this beer is all about its yeast character.

The creamy effect also kicks off in the mouthfeel, but the fuller sensation proves to be quickly fleeting in favor of a crisp and zesty acidity that both cleanses and refreshes that palate with mild dryness and minty warmth in finish. It's quite refreshing to find a flavorful saison at its most traditional and modest alcoholic sense.

The house yeast of Unibroue is full of sprite, zeal, and power and it provides a very fruity-dry and controlled peppery taste with ease- ideally suited for the saison style. If not for the slight confusion between the staple saison flavors and German Hefeweizen richness, I'd be happy to celebrate more. I'm still surprised it took so long.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2012 16:53:02 | More by BEERchitect
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 04:39:15 | More by biboergosum
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blonde De Chambly has a deep-set haze and imperfect head that make it look all natural. There's no way a beer diluted or adjunct-ridden could look this full and flavourful. Held into the light, this yellow beer develops a glowing, almost neon phosphorescence, perhaps finally answering once and for all what was contained in that briefcase from Pulp Fiction.

Blonde De Chambly smells as much like Blanche De Chambly as it sounds like it; musty, barnyard wheat is lined with slightly tart fruit notes, lemon-y acidity and a rash of savory yeast flavours that is not yet full-blown but rather still yet in the forming stages. It is pleasantly tangy, with a well proportioned ratio of yeast to malt. Mmm, me likey long time!

Most of the barnyard mustiness and zesty yeast spice turn out to be mirages, evaporating upon hitting the line of sight (by which I mean the tongue). The beer is clean, with a simple graininess, no bitterness of note and little lingering aftertaste. Appearances can be misleading; this turns out to have the lighter, more neutral body of a commercial lager after all.

That being said, it's much more gratifying any domestic twist-off or green glass import (at least in so far as I'm concerned). For one thing, it has flavour - undiluted, unadulterated flavour at that. Secondly, it has soft, buzzing bubbles that soothe like palate like a vibrating recliner soothes the back. Also, its light tang makes it delightfully refreshing.

Unibroue really didn’t use any imagination in making this recipe; like it's name, this beer drinks remarkably like Blanche De Chambly - which isn't such a bad thing, mind you. While I don't see the logic in having both as year-round offerings, and prefer the Blanche to the Blonde, I can still see why the brewery went ahead with its production. This is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:39:23 | More by biegaman
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, picked up in Montreal.

Very lightly hazed amber, a bit of orange highlighting, medium sized white head forms and settles to a medium ring and thin layer around the glass, some lace chunks stick.

Smell is alright, lightly citrusy, a bit of lemon, wheat, a little yeasty, some light funkiness, orange peel, coriander and a touch of pepper, a bit of biscuit and toast, some grainy sweetness.

Taste similar, lightly funky, very dry and toasty, a bit of biscuit, lemon and orange peels, some citrus, very yeasty, coriander, lightly spicy, kind of dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit spritzy. Lightly spicy, a bit lacking in flavour, but alright and pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:49:56 | More by Viggo
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov29 2010

A quite cloudy golden orange and I can barley see some bubbles feeding a very fast falling thumbs width of foam that left a few patches of lace where it existed

S yeasty apple with a little bubblegum

T not far from the smell but with some spice, pretty tasty stuff, not as complex as some of their bigger beers but far from boring

M thick for the color and very creamy from the bubbles, flavors linger and that's a good thing in this case

D I could drink quite a few of these with no problem, quite good for 5% I'd recommend it

its been a while since I had a Unibroue product for the first time and this one didn't disappoint. respectable beer for the strength and I'll be drinking this again but I may wait for some better weather

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 07:44:57 | More by wordemupg
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nickfl

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer has a clear, golden body which is topped by one finger of perfectly white foam. The head dissipates slowly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Herbal hops with lots of sweet, bready malt character.

T - Sweet pilsner malt up front with notes of honey. More rich malt in the middle with grassy, spicy hops coming out as the beer finishes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A rich and malty blonde ale, this almost comes across as a pilnser but has just a touch of yeast character to mark it as Belgian in style. Very drinkable, I wish it was available at home.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 18:34:36 | More by nickfl
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:09:14 | More by spinrsx
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Durge

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at My Place in Newtown, CT this saison shows a cloudy light amber color with a sturdy white cloud on top and fair lacing. The aroma brings light lemon grass peppercorn, just as advertized. Crisp wheat biscuit and a hint of white wine. Clean and light but very classy. The flavor follows with herbal tea and thin musty wheat and a lazy lemon. I get a vague grass hop and clove as well. A nice flavor for something subtle and delicate. Light to almost medium bodied with a very delicate carbonation and a crisp, even feel that drinks easily. I liked it for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2012 18:17:46 | More by Durge
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the new mixed pack , this is the beer I have been waiting for from Unibroue, lot of Belgian yeasty flavours and a lively nose but low in ABV. I really enjoyed the complexity matched with the drinkability and hope to see this in six packs in the future

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 18:31:48 | More by canucklehead
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright golden colour. White, pillowy head that only managed about a finger but seems to be sticking around. Effervescent.

S - Really strong aroma without putting my nose to it. Tons of spice. Fruitiness is there too with some yeast.

T - Zesty, yeasty, and the spice pulls through alot.

M - Lightish body leaning towards medium. Not a thin beer by any means. Carbonation is alright in the mouth. Dryness in the finish.

D - A nice drinking saison. Not the best I've had but alright.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 03:15:06 | More by tbeckett
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its not very often you get to be the first reviewer of a new Unibroue beer. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Blonde de Chambly, a new saison launched by Unibroue at the 17th Mondial de la Biere. Here's a short youtube video (en Francais) from the brewery to give you an idea of what the beer's like and how they launched it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VfbT88WdtU

Hazy golden pour with a finger of creamy white head that laced well as it dropped to a cap. Very perfumed aroma, that obviously has similarities to Blanche de Chambly (something that was commented on by other Mondial attendees). Floral, with spice and light citrus notes, its beguiling, but doesn't scream saison. Likewise the flavour is very decent, but not up there with my favourites in the style. It has a lot in character with its blanche brother, but with a slight earthiness and a slightly cleaner finish. I expected some tartness, dryness or funk, but none were really that present. Medium-light quenching body with a medium carbonation.

A pleasant drinker, but an unremarkable saison. Its a very good beer, but not what I look for, and I want a bit more character in my saisons. Perhaps if they had used something other than the house yeast strain it may have had better results.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 18:48:20 | More by bobsy
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml corked and caged bottle. sampled march 16/2011.

pours hazy golden yellow with a small cap of fine white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. light orangy citrus. perhaps a hint of lemon and tangerine. light yeasty spice. touch of saison spice. light herbal character. bit of caramel. white bread and cracker. touch of grain.

taste is nice. caramel and orangy citrus. belgian spice. light herbal character. white bread and cracker. touch of cinnamon. almost no alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. a fairly plain saison, leaning more toward a belgian pale, but it's a pretty broad style. i like more funk in my saisons, but enjoyed this one anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:14:26 | More by grub
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale goldenrod color. Well-kept head looks glossy. 4.0

Coriander and green peppercorn. Light tartness from implied lemon peel. Zesty and yeasty. 3.5

Bullied by the Unibroue yeast strain. Lots of lemon peel, nutty sweetness, coriander, and tropical fruit taffy. Spicy and sweet. Grated zest/marmalade. Finishes pretty clean. 4.0

Light, but silky. Restrained carbonation that doesn't overload the spice sensation. 4.0

Good saison. Proper love due. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 01:13:24 | More by thecheapies
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 03:54:13 | More by Rutager
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears to be bottled October 21, 2010.

Pours a translucent light blonde, somewhat orangey. A small white head disappears immediately.

Light fruit and white pepper in the nose. Unibroue yeast is there as well, as is a biscuity malt scent that has a hint of sweetness.

Taste has lots of white pepper, coriander and other spices, coupled with a big dose of light fruit. Some biscuit malt flavours. Finish is fairly dry and focused on the spice. A bit of a funky barnyard flavour from the yeast, but not strong.

High carbonation, light bodied. A bit aggressive on the bubbles but pretty good.

Overall, really quite nice. I confess that I didn't know this was a saison when I picked it up- assumed it was a Belgian pale ale. Glad to be wrong. Enjoyed it very much.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 03:17:28 | More by jrenihan
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange colour with thick white head. Really nice head retention, as there is a thick ring of head on top of the beer. Nice lacing around much of the glass. Smells of lemon, spices, and Belgian yeast. Almost like a toned down saison, but still smells like one for the most part. Flavour is pretty dry, some sweetness, small tartness. Smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:12:22 | More by kwjd
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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 :(

Serving type: bottle

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

Poland

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes while in montreal.

pour is yellow cloudy with about a finger and a half of head. nose of citronella and powered sugar hints of ginger that either fuse to or cover up the grain quality of the beer. palate is citrus pulp in a combination of wheat and lemon zest. husk that is subdued wit ha ginger hint. a twist away from lingering protein bitter. and a tad lemon sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 03:02:27 | More by rtepiak
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown glass "pry-top" bottle. Thanks to my homeboys at Uni for bringing this down for me! Shoulder stamped F0810Q CSP, whatever that means.

Appearance: Hazy/cloudy amber orange with virtually no head.

Nose: Filled with citrus aromas, orange, lime, flowery yeast and something spicey, maybe corriander. Website claims it a saison, so it must just be from the yeast. Very fragrant.

Palate is crisp and gripping some mild acidity. The yeast rules the roost here. Spicy and zesty! Lime zest shaved on top of coriander husks, something like cola, and fresh hay. Finish is crisp and bright.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 04:58:39 | More by SFLpunk
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Blonde De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.