Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

very good
1,038 Reviews
Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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 FFreak
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a teku. Slightly hazy, lemonade-yellow with a tall thin head that leaves a lot of lace. Aromas of spice and yeast. Taste is nice, but quite spicy. Mouth is on the thin side, with nice carbonation. Overall, a nicely crafted beer, but the spice and flavoring are a little heavy.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. After dinner. Fine, but with nearly nothing of the coriander notes typical of the style. Mostly a wheat/banana profile with high carbonation.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 4.5
Super – Mega – Loads of bright white foam. Almost meringue-like. Very active. A hazy yellow / light gold.
Smell: 4.5
There is some funk, some earthy vegetable scents, and a lot of coriander and spice. Definitely Belgian yeast.
Taste: 4.5
No hop bitterness at all, and really no evidence of hops at all. There’s a savory vegetable flavor (like a shot of V-8 in the bottle). Not as citrusy as I expected, but on the stronger side of the coriander. Quite malty and sweet.
Feel: 4.25
Light/Medium bodied. Very foamy.
Overall: 4.25
Overall a very good beer. Sweet and malty like a Tripel, but fruity and spiced like a Wit. Very good and will get again.

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 341mL bottle into a snifter.
L- Cloudy, golden tangerine with good carbonation and frothy white head with excellent lacing.
S- Oranges, peaches, vanilla mangoes, raisins, grassy herbs. Smells like the Okanagan Valley in the summer.
T- Smooth and creamy with the crisp fruits it smelt of. Although it could use a bit more complexity as it comes of a tad watery.
F- Kind of feels like you're drinking mildly flavored water with decent carbonation. It is very creamy and refreshing though. Also an orange and vanilla after taste which lingers on your palate.
O- It is not overly sweet like commercial white beers such as Shock Top or Belgian Moon, but it does fail in terms of smell which comes off as muted compared to its big smell and golden appearance. It is surprisingly creamy but it pales in comparison to this breweries more complex beers such as Maudite, Fin Du Monde, and Trois Pistole. Also on a side note, the foil on Unibroue bottles is damn annoying and can get in the beer if you're not careful.

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Photo of cknoch
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In general, blanche de chambly is an exceptional choice for those who love witbier. Many of the very crisp citrus notes are very apparent, although the beer does lack the common orange peel & coriander flavour associated with most witbiers; nevertheless, blanche de chambly does peform better than most witbiers on the market (including those from Belgium), only losing to Hoegaarden in my opinion. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 09/02/16:

Straw gold on first pour, seems effervescent. Gradually more amber, ever so slightly less clear. At the end, a dull orange amber, mostly opaque, mirky, with lees in suspension. Tall foamy white head that fizzes down quickly at first, but leaves a fine cap of lower-moderate retention. Yeasty dough aroma, light sweet graininess and a tartness that almost berry-like, extremely subdued brewing spice suggestions, perhaps orange peel. Yeasty but also citrusy throughout, more so orange than lemon. Finishes metallic then almost Band-Aid-like. On the last pour, extra yeasty/vinous and a hint of pepper thanks to lees. Fairly clean and dry finish. Medium-bodied, abundant cleansing effervescence, but not too much, tingly but levels out to sudsy.

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Photo of Viaduck
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a nice pop, pours a fairly clear golden body & beautiful white head that is short lived, lots of bubble action. The aroma & flavor is pleasant but not very intense, a nice mix of grain, yeast, citrus & alcohol. And an abundance of carbonation. Very good

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: hazy golden yellow with a huge white frothy head
S: not much here, it's a light wheat
T: like the nose, it's a light wheat.
F: smooth, easy drinking.

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Photo of Skaterdude97
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - 4.5 | hazy golden-amber colour, good sized creamy head with long retention

Smell - 4 | coriander, orange, fresh bread, banana, pear, plum, vanilla

Taste - 3.75 | Bread, orange, banana, plums, caramel, vanilla, slightly tart, not much finish

Feel - 4.25 | medium body, medium effervescent carbonation, dry finnish

Overall - 4.25

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Photo of TH28
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 12/11/17 best by date. Appearance: Light golden and clear (I poured the yeast in at the end), with a thick white head that lingers nicely. Aroma: Light Belgian yeast esters of pear/ banana, with a light wheat in the background. Taste: Light, wheat and creamy maltiness, with some fruity pear and citrus peel. Spicy coriander combines with a moderate to high hop bitterness for the style. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body for the style with a distinct creaminess and moderate carbonation. Also pick up some alcohol warmth. Finish: Fruity esters linger here, both pear and banana. Overall: A decent Witbier. Nice pear and banana esters and flavor throughout. Lower on coriander and citrus peel character for the style. Body has a nice creaminess and crisp carbonation.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Hazy light gold, running with carbonation. One and half inch head, falling at average speed. Slight drapery of gorgeous, snowy lacing.

Slight orange esters along with prominent grainy malt and doughy wheat character. Spicy phenolics increasing. Perhaps some earthy, herbal impression from the hops in addition to the peppery quality.

Malt flavor is predominantly grainy with background doughiness. Spiciness and some citrus character also there. Initial impression is the grainy, wheat-y malt, with a tangy, zest quality appearing mid-palate. Finish is delicate, slightly spicy, clean and refreshing. Good balance.

Incredible feel! Zippy to start, which plays well with the grainy malt character. Last half of the sip is more rounded, and delicate, with a slightly tart, puckering quality on the aftertaste. Medium-light body.

Fantastic wheat beer with a great feel! Refreshing, slightly twangy, and featuring a tasty malt backbone that isn't overshadowed by the spice and peel additions.

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Photo of johanschmidt
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very light straw colour with a big head that dissipates pretty quickly. It has a nice citrusy smell, but it's not very stong or memorable. Taste wise though, it's very citrusy with a whole host of spices that I can't really place (maybe cloves or cardamom) but that certainly work well together without overwhelming the wheaty taste. Feels particularly creamy in the mouth for some reason, in a good way. I've deducted points in the looks category because every time I've had in it a bottle the foil around the top is a bit annoying and there is usually some weird dirty looking deposit underneath.

What really drives it home for me is the price point. In Ontario this is widely available in bars, including those with a bad selection, and is usually placed in one of the lowest price brackets along with such delicious classics as Coors Light and Molson *cough*sarcasm*cough*. It's good to see a good quality, cheap beer so widely available.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at a baseball game. It was served in a 16 oz. plastic cup. It poured a hazy straw color with a frothy, egg-white head and lacing. It smelled of yeast, wheat biscuit, floral hops, coriander, and clove. It has a classic Wit taste of yeast, wheat, coriander, clove, and citrus including a hint of tangerine. It's a nice, light beer with moderate carbonation and with an ABV of only 5% it is very easy to drink. It is a perfect beer to savor while enjoying a summer sporting event.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unibroue has some really good stuff and I was happy to get this here in Dallas.

(L) It has a golden yellow fairly clear hue with an inch or two thick white head.

(A) It has a nice wheaty and fruity aroma.

(T) The taste is yeast, coriander, banana, orange, lemon, tart yet light.

(F) It was smooth, medium body, and easy drinking, very good in my opinion.

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Photo of lic217
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Slightly cloudy, yellow, large head, with lacing
Smell: Smells fruity (likely from yeast), slightly Spicey
Taste: fruity esters, slightly spicy, ends sweet, touch of clove
Feel: High level of carbonation, moderate thickness
Overall: solid beer

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Photo of 88caprice
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a flute with yeast gently roused.

Mildly cloudy and yellow gold. Soda-like head that settles quickly. Effervescent.
Smells like dried citrus peel with a wheat-like twang. Some distant spices.
Tastes very fresh, crisp, and light. A little twangy note, some citrus, and a light spiciness similar to coriander or an autumn spice. Light bodied and a fast drinker.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy straw gold color with a medium fizzy head that dissipates quickly, no lacing left on glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S: Wheat and grain, floral hops and subtle fruitiness from the yeast.

T: Wheat and grain, floral hops, spices from the yeast and coriander, and a nice subtle fruitiness, finishes sweet for a wit. Taste is complex and subtle.

F: Medium body, but easy drinking

O: A nice complex subtle wit.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sparkling orange, monstrous head.

Sweet and citrusy orange. Rich apricot. Bread. A hint of maple syrup.

Sweet with a splash of spice. Lemon. Faintly tart. Similar flavors of a belgian strong ale. Grape peel.

Light mouthfeel, a touch of bitterness.


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Photo of portwood
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great nose, fresh bread, yeast, overripe fruits
Taste: rich bubbly mouthfeel, slight banana & citrus.
Finish: light on bitters, sweet/sour finish.
(bottle code C30161117Q)

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Photo of FBarber
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mildly opaque but not cloudy gold. Slightly watery look to the beer. Two finger white head - head dissipates to a thin white head.

Smell is yeast and straw upfront. Bit of a barnyard type undertone. Overall pretty muted aromas outside of the yeast/straw combo.

Taste follows the nose both in expected flavors and in being rather muted. Lots of straw up front, bit of a yeasty initial start that gives way to a slightly tart/sour finish. Minimal notes of citrus, lemon zest and coriander are present, but muted. If it wash't for that sour/tart finish, the taste would be rather bland, but that added a complexity that I really liked. Its actually rather refreshing.

Feel is light and crisp with a slightly tart finish that puckers your mouth. Medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Much more European than American in style. Not sure I'd seek it out, but it was an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm guesstimating that there are 5 Unibroues that I've gone back to more than 3 times and Blanche is one of them.
Usually it accompanies a light meal in the summer. Today's review and re-rating takes place on an iffy Spring day in Chicago. But, Blanche went well with a hearty vegetable soup. So, I learned I don't have to be sweating to enjoy Blanche.

Looks and Smells are undistinguishable from other above average wits. Taste tries to be different, but all those bubbles get in the way of enjoying the multiple spices on this balanced wheat/barely base. Feel's carbonation cleanses the palate and helps enjoy more food... which is the point of this wit.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" Listed/reviewed in the "1001" and probably deserves to be there.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes out looking like a dark yellow/light orange appearance, nice 3/4" head, good lace job. Aroma had all that yeast phenolic spice rack going for it.

Taste was just spice rack yeast and wheat. There's some citrus rind in there, but just a heavy yeast dose dominates through the entire beer. So much spice bread going on here. Would not repeat.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A great blanche from Unibroue, as good as Blanch de Namur? Will need a blind tasting if both to figure out, definitely worth buying and again... under the snow in Montréal, sante !

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Photo of breakingbland
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle (marked BB 03-27-17 and with C27151944QFL) into a tulip. The beer is a clear golden orange with a one-finger head. The aroma was sweet with slight hops and no funk. The taste was quite (candy) sweet with some bread and hops. There was an odd astringent aftertaste. The "oddness" in the aftertaste decreased a bit and the overall taste improved as the beer warmed (or maybe I just got used to it). The body was fine as was the carbonation.

Overall, the astringency was somewhat objectionable. What's odd is that I've had this beer before (on tap) at a beer/food pairing and don't remember anything like this aftertaste at all, so maybe this was a bad bottle. I'll give it another chance as I'm sure this beer deserves a better rating.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled back on 3/4/16. Comes in a 355ml (12 ounce) bottle. Single bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Blanche de Chambly" glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a 2-finger foamy white head that didn't last all that long BUT left some nice lacing when sipped. Aroma is of spices (Coriander) and orange zest with some grains. Taste pretty much follows the nose for the most part. with a hint of cloves also along some wheat. Slightly tart with a mild bitterness for the finish BUT didn't linger. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall a good brew that is worth a try if you can find it.

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