Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

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2,404 Ratings
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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Photo of mdvatab
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.
Best by: 10/13/2012

Aroma: Clove and Belgian witbier-like spice, vanilla, a slice of red delicious apple, light lemon zest, pineapple, and cotton candy sugar.

Appearance: Very hazy golden straw-colored body. Active effervescence. 3-finger white head condenses more quickly than expected for a Belgian wit, and settled to a thin foam cap.

Flavor: Spicy yeast, peach nectar, a refreshing tartness, which I didnt remember from the last time I tried this one. The finish is much more clean (watery) than I remembered.

Mouthfeel: Highly-carbonated, and medium-to-full bodied. Disappears very quickly from the palate.

Overall: Maybe it's all the imperial stouts that I've been having lately or something. This one just didn't seem to be the same beer that I remembered from trying before. Still very drinkable, but more in a Bud Light Golden Wheat than a Hoegaarden kind of way. The smell is still fantastic, but the flavor profile came across as watery. Definitely one for the summer, and one that I'll have again.

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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 RomaniIteDomum
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color with a fluffy white head with nice lacing.

Smells of light lemon and orange zests, fresh grain, and light yeastiness.

The taste follows the nose quite well. Lots of light refreshing qualities.

The feel is very creamy and full-bodied.

Overall, this was a very refreshing brew.

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

on tap in pint glass

A- pours a cloudy hazed sunshine yellow color with a white head and a fresh collar

S- was wheat .and lemon with citrus and spice

T- was a lemon and wheat taste with straw and grassy tastes, a touch of spice ,,just average to me

M- medium carbonation... light with a lemon/wheat

O- very light and many other witbiers at 1/2 the price makes this not a go to for the summer season

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap I Toronto.

2 inch head in unibroue hefe glass. Great straw color.
Smell is grassy and mild hop citrus. Taste is yeasty and very smooth aftertaste that settles on the palate. Another great from unibroue. I haven't tried many whites but this is certainly the most complex just so much in the taste, citrus grassy peppery and cloves.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I'm enjoying my trip down Unibroue memory lane, and hopefully this stop won't be the start of any disappointment. It pours a hazy golden orange topped by plenty of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, light lemon zest, coriander, light black pepper, and a light twinge of what seems like green apple. The taste holds notes of wheat, orange zest, coriander, clove, black pepper, nutmeg, and, again, a very light prick of green apple. The spicy notes really set this brew apart from its wit compatriots. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very enjoyable wit from those masters of brewing from the Great White North.

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Photo of Skeeter206
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A~ Dark orange color, huge head for a Witbier, a little dark for what I am used to in the style, but I like it. A good amount of carbonation right after the pour, now it seems to have calmed down a little bit.

S~ Smells very fruity, yeasty, a good amount of spices are evident. It smells very yeasty to me... maybe because of the bottle fermentation.

T~ Taste is very complex, where a ufo white, or hoegaarden seem to rely on one or two flavors, this seems to be a handful of things going on. It's a joy drinking this beer.

M~ good carbonation kind of thick, very refreshing though.

O~ I would definitely buy this again, a great tasting witbier.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy somewhat cloudy light yellow/golden color. You can definitely see that it is unfiltered. It has a medium sized, thin white head that leaves no lacing. Heavy carbonation is also very noticeable.

S: There is a strong wheat scent along with a subtle sweetness. The sweetness is comprised of an apple cider-like aroma.

T: It tastes very similar to how it smells- a nice wheat taste with some hints of sweet apple. There is also a muskiness noticed, most likely due to the unfiltered attribute.

M: It is very smooth to drink. The high carbonation leaves a nice, refreshing tingle throughout your mouth.

D: Overall, it was one of the better witbiers I've tried. It is a fine example of the style with its high carbonation and strong wheat components. It also provides a unique twist with the sweetness added.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw gold, with a large white head of quickly-dissipating foam. No lace.

Strong nose of peppery spice. Very characteristic of the style.

Taste is similarly peppery, with accents of clove, pepper, and a little heat. A solid Belgian-style wit beer. Not outstanding, but certainly session-worthy.

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

Enjoyed out of bottle for $6 @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO. Poured from the 12 FL.OZ. 355mL Bottle into a Pilsner Glass. Has BEST BEFORE 02-16-13 printed on the back label.

Appearance- Pours a light clear (little hazed) golden color body with a 7 finger foamy head!?!?! WOW! Retention was outstanding as it lasted for the whole drink. Waiting for the lacing now...

Smell- Has nice pale malts, STRONG wheat aroma with some nice spices hidden in the background. Not sure how to put my finger on them but they are nice.

Taste- Pale malts upfront with a nice sweetness that leads into the wheat beer flavor. Has a light pepper taste in the drink and then a lemon twist on the finish. Great beer and surprised I would like this one so much since all of Unibroue's are always so great!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and Smooth. Nothing is going to bite you on this one.

Overall- Great ale! I haven't been able to find any cons with the beers from Unibroue and this is awesome! As of now, this is one of my top 5 breweries! This is very refreshing and without a doubt will be a favorite this summer with a lot of my friends liking wheat and hefeweizen styles.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw-golden color with minimal head that fades quickly. Leaves noticeable lace on the glass.

S - Typical fruity, spicy, wheat aroma with hints of corriander and citrus.

T - This beer is promising up front. It's got some spice and a subtle tang that hits the tip of the tongue. A rich grainy wheat flavor follows, but as one heads toward the finish there is a sudden blandness that doesn't amount to much.

M - Nice, bright carbonation that I expect for a wheat beer. Slightly creamy, but thin and quite drinkable. Good summer beer.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, pale yellow with a thin layer of head that disappears quickly leaving absolutely no evidence that it was there at all. Really not that much to look at.

S: Belgian yeast, banana, a pineapple sweetness. Not much in the way of malts. Very sweet and light smelling.

T: Not a very flavorful beer. Slight bit of Belgian yeast, a hint of sweetness. Very light, and not very flavorful but what flavor it has is very nice. Really a nice summer beer. Great for a hot day.

M; Light, medium amount of carbonation, goes down easily.

O: Really a good beer for what it is: A light, summer beer. I probably wouldn't seek it out, because I don't feel that it's worth what you'll pay for it. That being said, it is a good beer.

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

12oz brown bottle
5% abv

Blanche De Chambly was a pale white-yellow color and hazy. It had a white head with decent retention and minimal lacing. The smell was yeast, spice and a bit fruity. The taste was yeast and light malt upfront with some peppery spice coming through towards the finish. The finish was dry and peppery. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium-high carbonation. Overall it is an above average Witbier, but not one that I am likely to go back to.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Hazy golden yellow with a one and a half finger soapy head that dissipated rapidly and left no lacing. High carbonation

S- Strong sour citrus aroma, bubblegum, and yeast

T- Slightly sour beer, orange peel, coriander, yeast, wheat, and bubblegum notes. A lot going on here.

M- Highly carbonated and bubbly, champagne like. The carbonation is the highest of any beer I have had, very aggressively carbonated. It does have a lighter mouthfeel.

O- A very good witbier, this is really becoming one of my favorite styles, and this is a good example of one. Refreshing and complex, great beer in the summer months. Out of the four pack I purchased one of them was a little bit watery, but the other three were really good.

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Photo of plfahey
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Pale straw gold with a moderate cast of haze. Fluffy white head with moderately good retention.

Aroma-Nice blend of orange aromatics with fresh, perfumy coriander. Light spritzy wheat notes. Smells refreshing and lightly herbal from the coriander.

Flavor-Light orangey flavors with soft coriander and a hint of vegetal celery. Slight bready wheat flavors and some significant yeast character. Hint of acidity. Finishes dry and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body with medium high carbonation. Spritzy and nearly effervescent on the palate. Crisp and refreshing.

One of my favorite examples of the Belgian Wit category-great balance of orange and coriander. Has more citrus character than most examples, which I like. Yummy.

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Photo of indesertum
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured in a tulip

gorgeous hazy golden straw color. 1 finger head with little retention (30s at most). little lacing

light fruity aromas. plum stands out

lots of fruit in this, especially stone fruits. citrusy, very little hops, alcohol is hidden well, nice spices and funk from the yeast. finish is pretty short

very lively carbonation. it hits hard. liquid on the thin side, but the carbonation makes the mouthfeel very thick

overall a very refreshing beer. would be very nice almost straight out of the fridge in the summer. not very complex, not a sipping beer, but a good gulping food beer

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy bright yellow color, with a lively white head. The smell is heavy with wheat, and a bit of a citrus like lemon. The taste is strong, nice wheat charchter, and there is a nice spiceness to it, but finishes very clean. Very good carbonation and surprsing strong flavor from a Witbier, very nice on a hot summers day. Overall a very very good witbier.

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Photo of plaid75
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a glowing medium straw hue with a slight cap. There was little retention and no lacing.

The smell featured lemon zest, pepper and a slight ester.

The taste consisted of a light lemon zing, soft grainy malt, grassy hay like hop and a slight ester. Residual doughiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a tasty and refreshing Belgian style. Cleaner than most.

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

A: Slightly darker than yellow, very cloudy, with a slight head that withered away to nothing within seconds.

S: Very Unibroue-ish, with a bit of coriander and citrus fruit.

T: Pretty thick for a Witbier, with tons of fruit and spices. Tangerine for sure... + orange, + lemon.

M: Thick for this style actually. No lacing really, not much sugariness, and the carbonation was moderate to high (as with most Unibroue stuff).

O: I was in the mood for a Unibroue... and this one delivered.

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

Unibroue Blanche De Chambly is a fruity and slightly sour beer. It is the white wine of beers.

A: Yellow/orage colour and good carbonation. A decent amount of lacing remains. 3.5

S: Slightly sour grainy smell with a hint of fruitiness. 3.5

T: Taste is slightly sour up front with a hint of fruitiness. The aftertaste is all spices and yeast. 4

M: Very carbonated. 3.5

O: Interesting... but I don't love it. 3.5

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Photo of output01x
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (dated 10/13/12) into a pilsner glass.

A slow pour yields a 1-finger fluffy white head over top a hazy golden straw-colored body with a small amount of rising bubbles. The head settles to a light dusting and solid ring in a couple minutes. Light lacing clings to the glass edges throughout consumption.

Strong wheat on the nose with notes of clove, unripened banana, and green apples.

Sharp wheat up front with green grapes and sour apple. A grainy wheat flavor lingers with notes of orange peel.

Medium bodied with good carbonation, this beer has a meaty texture but is easily drinkable and quite refreshing. It glides over the tongue easily and fades nicely with little aftertaste.

I could easily (and happily) drink multiple of these in a sitting, especially with the 5% ABV. Blanche de Chambly would be a great thirst-quencher on a hot day or would pair up nicely with a light salad.

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Photo of portia99
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a surprisingly clear medium golden color with a couple fingers of fizzy white foam that leaves behind trace amounts of lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity aroma...I'd almost say cidery - really getting lots of apples in here - cinnamon apples, grapes - a bit winey and some cloves. Not exactly what I was expecting out of this style, but an interestingly unique take on it.

T - Quite different from the expectations I have from the aroma. Still fruity, white wine-ish, fairly dry, lingering spices especially the cinnamon. Really don't get any apples in the flavor and the cidery aspects disappear totally. Understated malt base that provides some bread dough/yeasty combination.

M - Thin in body...carbonation is prickly and of average intensity. Turns cidery again as it warms up more and this becomes especially noticeable on the finish.

O - For me, this is a disappointment. I really like this style and was hoping for a bit more of a brewery of this quality and reputation. This doesn't even approach Belgian examples or Allagash White (my benchmark beer for the style)

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy golden that shines. slightly translucent with bubbles that mellifluously rises. The collar was a nice two finger white foamy bubbles, that fade away rather quickly.
S- yeasty with a generous amounts of spices. Orange peel, slight grains. with as much going on it is easy to pick this apart one by one. which i quite say i like.
T- unique... grainy at the start which quickly changes pace to a sweeter orange, and yeast. switches again to a tart lemony dry finish
M- Medium bodied that is perfectly carbonated. refreshing, and delicious!
D/O - Darn near perfect... best in its class of witbiers in my honest opinion. 5% this is something you could sink yourself in and just take gulps and gulps and never get tired of it.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow colored beer, half translucent. Head is pure white, looks a bit foamy, retention is really good as well as lacing.

S: It's been quite a while since the last Unibroue I drank but this does ring a bell. As always, the yeast comes out pretty strong in this one with smells of: coriander, cloves, pepper, cinnamon and lemon zest. Solid white bread from the malt and wheat. Still quite sweet for a witbier (white sugar). Some lemon juice, orange peel and juice too.

T: Sadly, it does not have as much character as the smell. The lemon juice, orange peel/juice are still there and quite strong as well as the malts but it is the spice that I find a bit lacking (which is surprising since most Unibroue beers are very strong with the spices). Coriander is the only spice that is still there and strong, cloves is much subdued and pepper and cinnamon are near non existent in the taste. Still, pretty good.

M: Kind of watery and not creamy enough for a beer of the style IMO. Carbonation could have been a bit strong (it is medium) to balance things out.

O: It is a good offering from Unibroue. Very very drinkable, quite cheap (cheaper than hoeggarden here) and solid tasting. Nothing really bad but just expected more from Unibroue.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color. There was a small amount of the yeast that made it's way in, but otherwise it's clear. There was a 1/2" white head.

The smell is faint, but does smell like white fruit, ie apple and pear.

The taste is very fruity and white. Apples, pear, and white grapes. There's a slight hop bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel is sparkling with carbonation, making it feel similar to a champagne. The body is somewhat thin.

Overall, a good beer with refreshing qualities.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,404 ratings.
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