Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly
BA SCORE
3.89/5
2,429 Ratings
Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,083
Reviews:
1,051
Ratings:
2,429
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
124
Gots:
374
Trade:
1
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

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1/5  rDev -74.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

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1.64/5  rDev -57.8%

Photo of Agedvanilla
1.75/5  rDev -55%

Photo of peoplewithhands
1.98/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Poured gold with some cloudiness starts with a thick head that disappears in minutes into a paper thin line that laces nicely as you drink.

Smell: Fruity, citrus, and sour grass with undertones of wheat and yeast

Taste: wheat stays on the tongue but my pallete soon becomes overwhelmed with lemony sour grassiness that stays.

Mouthfeel: overwhelming carbonation reminds me of perrier water

Overall: The sour grassiness and carbonation overwhelms this beer for me. I'd much prefer the complexity and bubble gum flavor of hoegaarden.

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of -chii-
2/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Jason23
2.08/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My coworker gave me a Unibroue mix pack the other day and I'm slowly ticking my way through it. Let's see what we've got here.

Blanche de Chambly has a golden wheat-like color to it, hazy and unfiltered but still clear for the first pour. A finger of white head caps the body, and eventually settles to a film.

The nose is yeast-driven, spicy and citrusy, almost medicinal. Strong phenols meet a light wheat base. Coriander is overwhelming.

It tastes equally over-spiced and phenolic, coriander coming through the strongest. The mouthfeel is light bordering on watery. Mid-palate reveals a bit of raw wheat, which segues into a bland citrusy/fruity finish.

The excessive spiciness and unpleasant yeast profile make this rather hard to drink, not impressive.

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2.09/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nearly clear yellow color, a touch of haze, a bit of yeast floating around, a tall head without much substance, and a strong carbonated blast from the bottom of the glass.

Lemon citrus notes, apples, dry yeast, and a touch of sweet malt that's nearly gone. There's not much going on.

Unsweet apple cider, followed by yeast and a bit of sourness. The finish is fast, but not clean with a bit just unflavored stickiness that lingers.

Very drinkable, summer like beer. I can't really say much more.

Over priced? Yes. Good? Not really. A solid beer for the style but the pricing is just wrong considering how little is going on here.

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2.21/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy orange colored beer with a head that overflows your glass if you're not careful.Aroma is spicy and flowery.Taste is spices,orange peel and florals.I do not like this beer in any way.It took every shred of my will to finish it.In my book this is one step above garbage.

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2.22/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I poured it into the glass and drank some. Distinct lack of character.

I poured some back into the bottle, shook it hard and poured it back into my glass. Distinct lack of character.

I stirred the glass of beer vigorously for several minutes then drank it again. Distinct lack of character.

There is an awareness of a witbier aroma - slight pepper, slight clove, and slight moist air along with a hint of orange. But the taste is way too subtle to be interesting. There's a witbier lurking around here somewhere, but it's too timid to come out and play. I got some bubblegum, some spice and some wheat, but in a murky and laid back manner. Not sure what Unibroue are after here - a gentle witbier that doesn't offend anyone? I think there's a big difference between playing safe and not playing at all.

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2.25/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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2.26/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a Unibroue sampler 12 pack at Jungle Jim's.
Pours a dark golden color with no head. Only a little froth around the edges. Not very good at all. Rather thin, light and a really nasty smokey flavor showing up. Tasted like it had lager characteristics. This is just bad.

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Photo of emsroth
2.36/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Frothy white head. Opaque pale gold.

Smell: Sweet honey, floral and herbal hops.

Taste: Slight honey. Dry malted wheat. Herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, slightly chewy body with a bit of a film.

A simple but bland witbier.

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2.41/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden witbier tumbler glass.

A very thin but somewhat good retention white vanilla cream colored head. Body is a solid light apricot yellow to orange and with a good rising amount of carbonation. Pretty standard.

Nose has something off about it. Sharp rotting wood and bile is the only way I can describe it. It's not particularly strong, and for the most part is not that hugely noticeable. It's mostly a pretty closed smelling wit.

Palate overall is kind of odd and all over the place. Body comes out real seltzery and a quite fizzy and wet. Very little texture to this, and some good gaseous carbonation. The tip of my tongue feels like it's dipped in club soda. It really kills the chance to find something on first sip. Once it's faded only does some flavor peak out but barely. Carbon Dioxide. Faint orange and lemon on the finish. Faint hint of cream.

An overly gaseous beer that kills the palate, and the nose is off putting to unfortunately go with it. I'll be passing on this one.

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2.46/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rastaman
2.47/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A way below average Belgian Wit style beer, no head retention whatsiever, a bit cloying and sticky, you'd expect more from Unibroue.

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2.47/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Unjbrou Something something French.

Haven't had a brew outta these guys in a few years and typically given the price point I don't bother but this one was a gift from a family member. Unibrou makes some solid beers, especially La Fin Du Mond. Expecting something solid outta this one. Let's get to it.

Look - Poured from the twenty-two ounce bomber directly into a coca cola pint glass. This beer pours murky, twelve noon sun on a warm day in the middle of July with a big two finger frothy and well blanketed white head that slowly goes down as I look away to type. A bit of residue is floating around but I always expect such things from these guys.carbonation appears to be moderate.

Smell - Uhhhh...well this is weird. I instantly wonder if this is an old bottle. Wet cardboard and paper with a big hit of sulfur...though also a fresh green apple thrown into the mix in massive depths...hmmmm....

Taste - Oh may this is some straight up sulfur. There is a bit of a green apple essence as well but nothing else resembling a wit of any type I have ever had. It isn't HORRIBLE but it is hard to drink. Will likely drain pour once I can get a hit on the body.

Feel - Dead carbonation with a moderate body. About the only nice thing this beer has going for it. Swallows with chemicals on the mind.

Overall - Very quick review because this beer is pretty rank. Maybe passed it's day, maybe too different, but certainly unpleasant. This was a $9 bomber? Glad I didn't buy it myself. Pass for sure ..

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

E gads man, where did this beer go wrong?

Poured out, brown/red/orange, looked unique, great lace, piqued my interest. Aroma, still kind of neat, but my first warning sign, all those smells that makes you think someone should have just got into making wine instead. Apple, banana, cinammon, etc. . .

Taste, confirms, this is like some twisted incarnation of what would happen if DFH made some fancy pants Newcastle brown ale with currant and eggplant harvested from the 3rd moon of Jupiter (i.e. weird for the sake of being weird). Just too much going on, and I realize its a classic, but just not enjoyable for me, in any sense beyond looking at and smelling it.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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