Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

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Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,035 | Ratings: 2,386
Photo of Sammy
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quebec-based brewery that holds its own and more against the Belgians. This beer was well appreciated by anyone who enjoys beer and wheat beer. Lovely as a sipping beer over a good lunch. I had two in Mt. Tremblant and it has continued to be a mainstay.

Had it on-tap and it was even more refreshing but would not be ranked as high as the bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a golden with amber hues hazy body. Aroma is light and us typical wheat with hints of lemon and grains. Flavor is milky and creamy with lemon pepper zest, corriander and hints of lemon juice. Light to medium body and high carbonation. Nice mouthfeel for the style. Highly drinkable and full flavored not seeming watered down.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 4/4/14.

Pours a murky yellow with a fizzy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus fruit, and some yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with a nice spice finish after each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a light golden color into my pint glass. It was hazy of course but its a wheat beer. The foam was a nice bright white color and actually had a bit of retention for a belgian beer. It smelled of spices, citrus fruits, and belgian yeast. Very nice overall. The flavor was good and of wheat and belgian yeast. Naturally, there was some orange and some other spices in there. The beer did have a bit of bite to it probably because of the wheat and maybe because of the carbonation. Definetely drinkable but just beware of the slight sourness.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking hazy golden color. The head was pretty big with a nice white sticky lacing. The smell of the beer was of fresh cut citrus fruits and some bread yeast. The taste was sweet and lively from the orange and lemon flavors coursing through it. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall this beer is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured slightly hazy light golden yellow in color with a finger high white head that slowly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacy patterns in the middle. A slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of citrus, spices and yeast in the nose. The smell has a slight amount of sourness.
T: Like the smell, there are citrusy flavors of lemons and oranges in the taste, which also has notes of wheat, spices and yeast and hints of apples. No bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also quite refreshing.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had high expectations for this one and I feel kind of let down. Maybe because I just had an Allagash White the night before which was amazing. Taste is a little off to me... I mean it's the typical Witbier taste but there's this weird kick at the end. This makes for a very rough drinking experience and doesn't make it enjoyable. I would have one if offered to me but I wouldn't seek this one out in the future.

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

Nice beer; one of the better Witbiers. Colors are what you'd expect from a wit--pale yellow and murky. It even has the little floaties in it. Bleached white head that still exists from yesterday. A pale, spicy-sweet aroma with mild fruity tartness. Terrific citrucy flavors spiced with dried orange peel and loads of coriander (always a good combination). Round consistent feel from nose to finish. Finishes a little sweet, peppery, and crisp. An ideal beer for that hot patio after a hard day's work (like I'd know what that's like).

Second tasting: Keep loving this beer more and more. Last night, I detected a lemonade flavor in the initial sip that took me by surprise. Not a bad thing, just didn't expect it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Sort of the lighter little brother to all those big, bad, dark Belgian ales from the same brewer.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden yellow hue, with three fat fingers of thickly puffy, tightly foamy bone-white head, which takes its sweet time melting away, eventually leaving some decent scattered cloud lace around the glass.

It smells right off the bat of spices - cloves and mild white pepper - banana esters, light orange citrus, and a semi-sweet pale grainy wheatiness. The taste is gritty wheat malt, earthy yeast, neutered cloves, mildly tart lemon and orange, banana chips, and a faint earthy, weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is moderate, after coming down from an initially overbearing frothiness, the body just teasingly close to medium weight, and actually quite smooth. It finishes with a fruity, yeasty, and spicy flourish.

Fairly refreshing overall, especially as the days get warmer and warmer. A very good example of the style - glad it's so easy to find around here, though I still personally prefer Maudite or Trois Pistoles.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale lemony golden color with a fluffy white head that persists well but leaves little lacing

Smell: Bananas, wheat germ and a touch of coriander

Taste: Starts out with a wheaty, yeasty flavor; after the swallow, some peppery spice emerges with a bit of coriander and then, in a flash, it is a memory; slightly sour residual

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with frothy carbonation

Drinkability: Another good beer from the folks up North, this one has some nice flavors and goes down easy

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Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -46%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden brew with a nice foamy white head that stayed on for a while. Sweet refreshing taste with a fruity aftertaste. Good Unibroue yeast taste. This is one of the very good witbier, better then Hoegarden but not to the level of Blanche de Bruges.

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Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tall pint glass.

Good head, about 2 fingers depth. It had a yellowish-brown color from top to bottom. The smell was outstanding with hints of citrus. The citrus taste was very apparent throughout the entire beer. The mouthfeel was excellent as well. The carbonation really came through. Overall, it is another outstanding brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy light yellow-grain color with some nice haze and a bit of a white head with some lacing. The nose brings some coriander, orange, light wheat, and a bit of floral/earth characteristics. The taste is really light with a bit of wheat and citrus. Nice, light body with good carbonation and drinks very well. Not as good as their higher-strength Belgian offerings, but not a bad brew.

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Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is a pale cloudy yellow. Head is a light thin white that fades down quickly. Little lace observed.

Smell is of dry fruits and cloves. Big banana flavor. Taste is quite similiar. Very fruity and their is a bitter taste from the floral hops.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and bitter. It goes down smooth, but is still very crisp.

Overall, this is a very great beer. The mouthfeel is a little off, but other than that it is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/20/2013. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a nice fluffy 2-3 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, light banana, earth, herbal, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity and strength; very pleasant. Taste of lemon, orange zest, wheat, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, earth, herbal, bread, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, clove, wheat, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice amount of flavor with good balance and complexity. Fairly high carbonation and medium body; with a very crisp and slightly prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish as expected. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian Witbier! Very nice flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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

A - One finger of white foam on top of a hazy, pale yellow body. The head settles quickly and leaves a bit of lace.

S - Slightly spicy, oranges and some lemon. Quite yeasty.

T - Lemony with some coriander. Lots of yeast in the middle with a slight sulphur note. Very mild hop character in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium-heavy body with moderately high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, not bad overall but a bit weak in flavor. I would prefer more spice and less citrus.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a big puffy head that stays around for quite awhile,the aroma is very lemony with a slight smokey hint.This beer is pretty dry with some definant lemony/citruit tones,doesnt have a long finish by any means.Almost to easy to drink,a great beer to drink in the summer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every once in a while I come across a beer that I drink all of the time but have never reviewed. Blanche De Chambly is one of those, and I guess the reason I've never gotten around to reviewing it is that I've just come to take it for granted - but what a foolish mistake that is!

This beautiful, cloudy, pale yellow wit rivals the best from Europe. It has a short, frothy head of bright-white that holds fairly well; and a delicate scent of light fruit, soft yeast, and mild spice. It's crisp and light bodied, accentuating its spice with a bit of zest; and the wheaty, grainy malt balances perfectly. Subtle, yeasty dried fruit (orange, lemon rind, apricot?) accent it, and it finishes dry with a flourish of pepper spice that's followed by lingering yeasty/chalky orange rind and a waft of coriander.

It's flavorful, but delicate; and it makes a great apertif, or companion to some of the milder Thai dishes. If you've never had it, it's well worth trying!

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter glass.

A: – light golden color; cloudy, but some rising bubbles still visible. Scant head didn't cover the top and that dissipates quickly. Emptied the bottle, but plenty of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: somewhat subdued aroma, but habiting a somewhat hefe-like or citrus-like quality.

Taste: fruity, with fresh apple at first, more bananas later, and a bit of a citrus all the while. Plenty of light malt/biscuit flavor, with a hint of spicy hops and cashews, and very little clove. Unusual for style in several ways, including tasting sweeter than it smells.

Mouthfeel: crisp with a slight dryness in the finish. Medium-light body.

Overalll: unique and enjoyable French-Canadian Witbier. Fruity without being particularly sweet.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a best before date of 12/03/11, into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a murky yellow color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, lemon, orange, bananas, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with sweet flavors of citrus and bananas, strong bready flavors of Belgian yeast and wheat. The malt character is thin but exactly what you want from the style. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, I haven't been the biggest fan of Unibroue, but this is by far the best beer that I've had from them and overall this is a very good refreshing beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light, very tart. Quite beautiful pale foamy brew. Served in a tulip glass at Ritual Tavern in San Diego.

Tastes like rainwater on a flower-scented evening. Spicy harvest taste. If only some brewer would give a pumpkin ale this kind of delicate spicing. Fragrant with a pleasing taste of sweet malt. Nice watery but carbonated mouthfeel. This seems totally typical of the Wit style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, effervescent, golden body with a full, foamy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malt, wheat, and a blend of spices expertly selected by an international committee.

Taste: Pale malts give way to a tangy wheatiness and a light sugary sweetness. Tablespoon of lemon juice stirred in. Half a teaspoon of apple juice. A fair amount of coriander and pepper rolling around in here. Minor taste of banana. Slight yeastiness and taste of orange peel on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, summertime brew that made watching professional movers destroy a tenant's furniture somewhat satisfying.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly cloudy straw. Very few yeast made the voyage into the glass on the initial pour, so I expect the final one to murk things up nicely. The cotton white head is softer and less substantial than expected. The abundant amount of carbonation rising off the bottom of the glass is doing its level best to maintain the cap at a decent size, but is losing the battle. Almost no lace.

The nose is wheaty with understated elements of coriander, citrus fruit and funky yeast. Blanche doesn't make it into my witbier upper tier for one simple reason, the flavor of the funkily sour Belgian yeast. Although not too aggressive, it ruins my appreciation and enjoyment of the other classic flavors.

Orange peel and coriander--as well as clove and cardamom-- struggle to be noticed. Clove is much stronger once the yeasties have been added to the glass. The body is acceptable, if a little too light for me, but the vigorous carbonation is way overdone for my tastes. As far as I'm concerned, sharply fizzy mouthfeels ruin the drinking experience more often than not.

Blanche de Chambly may be true to its Belgian roots, but that doesn't mean that it's a beer that I enjoy. Even though I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle, it'll be the last bottle that I buy. Not one of Unibroue's best.

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

Review from notes. Had on tap at the Pickled Pig.

A: The beer is a hazy straw/yellow color with a small white cap of a head on top, minimal lacing.

S: A light aroma of wheat, citrus, lemon, orange, and a hint of spice.

T: Light citrus fruit up front, mostly lemon and orange, with a little bit of Belgian spice.

M: Light to medium bodied, easy drinking and smooth. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad, but nothing amazing. An easy drinking witbier, but a little tame IMO.

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