Blanche De Chambly
Unibroue

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #26
ABV:
5%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,321
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
1,088
Ratings:
2,581
From:
Unibroue
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  136
Gots
  408
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: The Blanche de Chambly label features the icon of the city where it is brewed: Fort Chambly. It was converted from a wooden barricade used for fighting against the Iroquois in the middle of the XVII century into a stone fortress to combat the British army at the beginning of the XVIII century.
With notes of dried orange peel and coriander seeds, this brew is a worthy representative of classic Belgian-style white wheat beers.

To date, it has won more than 34 international medals, including being named “The World’s Best White Beer" on numerous occasions. Unibroue is proud to brew the most popular white beer in Quebec.
Reviews: 1,088 | Ratings: 2,581 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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snaotheus from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020-10-24
16oz can served in a big snifter. D1720GER is printed on the bottom, but if that's a date, I don't understand it.

Pours a moderately hazy light yellow with a big head and lots of carbonation. Smell is wit -- nice graininess, some yeast, a little spiciness that I'm mapping to cloves and maybe black pepper, hint of fruitiness that makes me think of banana.

Taste is pretty similar, banana and black pepper is a little stronger, might get a little lemon. Moderate sweetness, actually a little bit of bitterness to finish it off which works nicely.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent but still very satisfying. Overall, I think this is a very good beer.

Yesterday at 11:38 PM
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a nice hazy amber with a large white head that very slowly reduces. In the nose, it is spicy - clove and coriander? In the mouth, it is lightly spicy - the clove and coriander, again, and light malt. Pleasant!

Oct 12, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy deep yellow with hints of orange. 2 finger white head which slowly disappates into a lace around the top in 5 minutes.
Smell: Coriander and orange peel. Clove and a hint of Belgium style yeast. The greatest knock on the smell is it could be more aggressive.
Taste: Strong clove and coriander back bone. Hints of pepper and sweetness on the back end. Tangerine throughout.
Feel: Medium bodied, slight tart tangy zest. Plays strongest at the sides of the tongue and mouth.
A favourite beer of mine from the always consistant Unibroue. This beer earns an A.

Oct 04, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Foil bottle from Canadia, no date

Looks great, smells like powdery yeast, pepper and muted fruit. Highly carbonated, but still a very soft feel and extremely easy-to-drink. Not much flavor, your witbier standards are there (clove, coriander, orange and sugar) but very lightly flavored and bitter for the style. Clean

Would pair excellently with some hot wings

Aug 14, 2020
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GingerFinn from Canada

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Poured a clear, straw yellow with a short-lived fluffy white head. No cloudiness, only noticed a bit of floating sediment near the end. I usually expect witbiers to be cloudy, but this was fine!

Smell: Delicious. Heavy on orange and clove.

Taste: Aggressively spiced with clove, coriander and orange. First time I ever got banana in a witbier (people have always said it's there but I've never found it). Kept me interested and was very flavourful. 0 bitterness and no discernable aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Intensely carbonated, which I love in a wit.

Aug 10, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazed golden appearance, small-to-average white head, sparse lacing. Subtle aroma of pitted fruit and spice. Flavor blossoms with citrus, spice and white pepper in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel

Jun 09, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light on the nose. Hints of coriander and citrus. Taste is way nicer than expected based on the smell. Super nice wheaty open and then waves of spices/coriander, and citrus/lemon, rounded out with a sweeter almost orange flavor. Clean and very drinkable with a good punch of the classic notes for this style.

May 20, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's a fun fact. If you pop the cap off, it'll fly 20 feet in the air if you do it right. Revealing the bottles to be screw tops.
Poured into a tulip, huge fine off-white head, very champagne-like. The color is an opaque dark orange.
Smells like oranges.
It's taste is very bright, a slight hint of sour yet also smooth. Orange peel, coriander, wheat, and I get a subtle note of vanilla afterwords.
It's a very clean and fizzy drink. Most pleasant.

Mar 24, 2020
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark straw color with big white head that dissipated gradually. Poured from 12 oz. bottle BB 7/23/21 (optimistic?)
On the nose it is distinctly herbal and floral
Taste is orange, coriander, honey sweetness, hallertau hops
Medium bodied, nice carbonation
Fine example of a witbier

Mar 04, 2020
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Iamdce2

4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Closet taste of the cask ale from Old Bell inn in Edinburgh, Owner of the Barony House B&B said "must taste the cask ales!!
Would appreciate any suggestions for hopefully a similar taste?

Nov 22, 2019
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octortus from Canada

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml Bottle. ABV 5%.
Appearance: Veiled brown butter, Soft carbonation, One finger of fluffy and airy off-white head, Lots of suspended sediment, Collar remains.
Aroma: wheat, Citrus (Orange peel), Banana, Earthy, Spice, Herbal, Bready malts.
Mouthfeel: Under medium body, Creamy, Soft carbonation, Lightly boozy.
Flavour: Wheat, Citrus (Orange peel), Banana, Spice, Bready malts.
Overall: Very enjoyable beer. I would definitely like to have it again if the opportunity presents itself.

Review: 67

Sep 24, 2019
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Nass from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do notice a best by date on the bottle label. The beer pours a hazy light orange. The aroma is of citrus & banana just like your typical wheat beer & the taste follows suit & along with a fair amount of spices like coriander in the backend mouthfeel. If you're a fan of wheat beer like me then you most likely you would like this beer & it's a readily available wheat beer for me. Cheers! A-

Aug 04, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BdC has long been on my short list of best witbiers for years, but I don't drink wits too much these days and typically don't really return to Unibroue due to poor format and same-y selection (though their beers are mostly all great, don't get me wrong). However, seeing this in a four pack 16 oz can format for under $10 made me excited to snap it up again to relive my first experiences with it, which were probably 7-8 years ago at this point. Damn, how time flies!

Pour is incredible on this beautiful brew. A semi-hazy pale golden colored beer erupts from the can with a huge collar of stable white foam measuring almost three fingers of pure suds before settling down to about a finger and a half with excellent legs. Each small pour re-rouses the head into another plush, dense-looking mountain. So nice looking and inviting.

The nose of this beer is subtly different from most other witbiers (especially the big commercial ones like Blue Moon and Shock Top), as it features Unibroue's expressive, delicately-spicy yeast alongside the typical additions of coriander and orange peel as adjunct ingredients. Slightly buttery with a clove-like bent and some crackery undertones, BdC just has a really nice smell to it that screams "summer thirst quencher." Almost has a tart note with some orchard fruits underneath as well. Just great.

On the palate, this comes off as almost a lighter version of Unibroue's very own Don de Dieu, though it has a bit more citrus and less of a thick, wheat-laden palate. I'd almost say this feels a little watery for a 5% witbier. The floral and citrusy coriander melds well with the wheat base and brings out some light lemon zest and lemongrass elements at times. A bit herbal and grassy with zippy carbonation and a nice, semi-sweet swallow. The can mentions a "good sugar/acidity balance" and I can agree with that. There almost is a little bit of tart acidity in here; obviously it's not a sour beer, but there's a light touch of something in the beginning of the palate that might have to do with the combination of the yeast and the adjuncts that feels a little different than other similar-strength wits. Overall, this is a fun and easy-drinking beer featuring Unibroue's expressive yeast. As many other reviewers have mentioned, it doesn't reinvent the wheel, as it were, but it makes some modifications to the style that you may find pleasant if you enjoy Unibroue's other offerings and their trademark yeast.

Jul 20, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Stamped best by date is '01-16-21'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body with two fingers of white head. The head settles back to a creamy, small bubble cap. Leaves behind some spotty patterns of lacing.
Aroma is wheat, yeast and spices. Small touch of orange citrus.
Taste certainly expresses the orange and coriander. The wheat base provides the tang and crispness. Good bready yeast in the finish.
More than medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Crisp finish allows this to be a session choice. Good combination of wheat, spices, and malt. Not extremely distinctive but quite solid.

Jul 17, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a semi hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has orange peel and coriander hints
T-Taste follows the nose with a nicely balanced orange peel and coriander flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Belgian Witbier

Jul 14, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 01/18/21.
A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden color, with very exuberant head formation, a one to two finger, white head formation, solid half finger retention, but limited lacing.
S: Pungent and tart. Aromas of citrus, coriander, cloves, and caramel malt.
T: Semisweet. Coriander and cloves it the palate initially followed by a complex mix of the elements of nose. Don't quite perceive the orange, but definitely a citrusiness. Bitterness is nicely in balance with the whole.
M: Light to medium bodied with solid persistent effervescence.
O: Blanche de Chambly is a light, delicious take on Belgian Witbier. Drinkable and highly enjoyable. Could be "The World's Best White Beer."

Jul 07, 2019
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altstadt from Canada

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Slightly hazy copper-straw color. Pours a head with small bubbles that drops down to a thick skiff across the top of the glass after a minute. No lacing. Starts with medium sized bubbles on the side of the glass. Active carbonation with a lot of mostly small bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Mostly fruit, tending towards orange citrus. Very slight gingerbread spice. Swirling the glass kicked up more spice and a touch of partially composted grass.

Taste: Light fruit flavors, again tending towards citrus. A bit of peppery spice. Slightly sweet and sour towards the middle. The flavors carry on long into the aftertaste.

Feel: Slight tongue tingling as it quickly grows to a foam of medium bubbles.

Overall: Lighter body than most of their products. Very nice blend of flavors built with a soft touch. Could drink this every day instead of as a special treat.

Jun 24, 2019
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eberesford from Canada

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decided to return to some old favorites to see how they had survived the Sapporo takeover. The Blanche is still good - pale straw with a rich creamy head. Aromas of spices corriander cloves citrus - lemony. Flavour: biscuity / bready malt - a little yeasty and perhaps a touch sweeter than I remember - on the edge of cloying but still refreshing.

Jun 08, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy yellow with two fingers of thick white head.

Smell: Wheat, lemon and orange peel, soapy hops.

Taste: Mild citrus-influenced wheat beer. Limited witbier spices.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated.

Overall: A decent, if unspectacular, wheat beer.

Mar 07, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Hazy light amber with a pillowy, fluffy 1 1/2 finger thick head with good retention and lacing. Some floaters are present, bubbles slowly go up ominously.

Aroma has many spices and smells very sweet. All around welcoming. Notes of orange peel, coriander, crackers, some yeast, bread, cloves, lemon peel, and of course wheat.

Dried orange peel and lemon peel, coriander, wheat, and bread malts upfront. Much like the aroma, it all comes around. Feels smooth, moderate carbonation.

Feb 19, 2019
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royalenfield from Maryland

3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy white with a modest but persistent head. Captivating nose, invitingly sweet, wheat and coriander. Very light, slight mineral flavor and clean mouthfeel. This is not a beer that innovates, but it conforms very well to this style and I can find few faults with it.

Feb 14, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste: fresh very crisp, hints of fruit, orange peel, crackers, coriander spices, semi sweet, clean finish. Bready yeast and citrus fruit nose. Gold, somewhat hazy, tall white foam head, some lace. Medium to Med/light body. Refined mouthfeel. 10 IBUs

Jan 27, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy light amber with a white head the recedes quickly; The hazy appearance could just be all the little bubbles rising up from the bottom; Rich sweet aroma; Pleasant sparkly mouthfeel, clean feeling; The taste is smooth and easy, not as sweet as the aroma suggests. Nice and drinkable, a session beer.

Jan 12, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice version of a Belgian white. Apricot hue and hazy. Crisp and refreshing, but a little light on flavor. Apricot and wheat, but little orange or coriander. Head is creamy and long lasting.

Dec 29, 2018
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: semi-transparent yellow with a head that remained to the end
S: malt and spice
T: I do not detect any "orange peel", besides a faint sweetness. Not very bitter (in a good way) and a bit of spice
F: excellent carbonation, what a Belgian pale ale should be

This ale goes very well with food like cheddar cheese, sausage, and bread. At 5%, someone could probably drink two or three of these no problem. This also makes a good alternative for people who find IPAs and hop-monsters to be too much. Buy and drink with confidence.

Dec 26, 2018
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