Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,417 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
Ratings:
2,417
Reviews:
1,047
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
368
For Trade:
1
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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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Photo of bobhits
2.09/5  rDev -46%
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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Photo of BasementBer
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 750ml bottle. Cork top with cage and refermented on yeast so able to cellar if you feel like it.

A: hazy straw-orange. Mild white head with little to no lacing. Not overly carbed which looks impressive.

S: Grainy witbeer smell. The yeasty estery smell with a hint of clove tells you immediately of the style.

T: Punchy flavor, nothing that resonates beyond the carbonation but has a creamy fiinish.

M: Soft coating on the tounge, with a mellow flush at the end.

D: A nice wit that stands above the standard assembly line product in Canada.

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

Hazy gold colour with a beautiful two fingers of white head.

Aroma of wheat, spice, a little nuttiness and some faint citrus.

Taste is light, a little sour, dominated by citrus and spice. Good amount of hop bitterness at the end, dry finish. Highly drinkable.

An exceptional witbier, and a definite favorite of mine.

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

12oz bottle, best by 03-02-12, poured into a Tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured a slightly hazy pale golden yellow with a white head. Lots of bubbles coming up through the glass. White foam filled with plenty of larger bubbles, but not very persistent - left just a ring and a thin skin of an island in the middle. Not too much lacing either.

Smell: Initial pour gave off a yeasty and sweet smell, but as it settled down and warmed up a tad, the smells were more of mild malt, orange peel (faint), and something musty. A good swirl yields a sweet grainy smell, like something freshly baked.

Taste: Wonderfully twangy wheat flavor mixed in with honey and orange and just a hint of something spicy at the end. Very tasty brew this one.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, but not scouring - just right really. Crisp but highly refreshing - goes down very easy but doesn't linger on the teeth. Does it make sense for me to say that it's light in the mouth but not watery? Because that is how I would describe it. Quite nice.

Drinkability / Overall: A very nice brew - light but full of flavor and I could easily have another one or two. Went well with a meal (Asian-style white fish and broccoli over rice) and I could have this all by itself. Very good beer.

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Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks champagne like, a classic Wit. Dark straw color, cloudy, with champagney bubbles on top.

Like the appearance, the smell is spot on for the type. A little bit of citrus, and a lot of spices--pepper, cloves, coriander.

The spices dominate the palate, maybe a bit too much. Has a champagne like taste.

It's not a bitter beer, just very carbonated and crisp. There is a cleansing feeling from the moment the beer touches your tongue.

I'd love to have another bottle of this with some food. I think it would go with just about anything. It's drinkable without the food, but food would put it over the top.

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

Poured this into an oversized wine glass.

Poured a hazy yellow with a white 1 finger head that dissolved into lacing that stuck around.

Aroma was that of yeast, citrus, coriander and wheat.

Taste was dry, not sweet, with citrus and yeast up front, some spice in the middle, and a finish that was slightly sour.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth, with a good carbonation zing that cleansed my palate.

A good effort by Unibroue on this wit. At 5%ABV it's very drinkable, a beer I would definitely like for a summer afternoon session by the pool!

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

Single 341mL bottle picked up in Montreal.

Poured into a tall pilsner glass. A hazy, light golden hue, effervescent carbonation, two inch head that recedes into a thick ring. Some lacing when the glass is tilted.

The nose is typical witbier: yeast, coriander, citrus (lemon, tart orange), mild banana, floral hops.

The taste is wonderful, with the usual witbier notes coupled with the typical Unibroue yeast. Lovely dry, peppery finish. Hops are nice and floral, pair well with the banana and lemon notes.

Well carbonated, not overly thick. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Still a damned fine witbier, a great brew to have around the house during the summer. At 5%, having several buckets of this at a time would not be a challenge.

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Photo of marty21
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy yellow with a fingers worth of bright white head. Settles to a ring around the glass but leaves no lace.

S: Sweet fruit. bananas, orange peel some spices and some yeasty notes.

T: Bananas, orange peels, coriander and some yeast. The taste is a bit thin.

M: Medium carbonation with a light body.

D: Not my favorite style but from ones i've had before this one isn't as good. It's way too light.

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

A: pours an opaque straw yellow into an American pint glass with a finger of white head that thins slowly and leaves spotted lacing.

S: fruity, apricots, bananas and lemon. Malty sweetness.

T: apricots are right up front along with the rest of the fruity flavors. Malt is sweet and light lemon hop flavors level out the sweetness.

MF: its a bit thin but has wonderful carbonation and is very refreshing.

D: great witbeer and would be awesome for warm summer days grilling and general outside sitting.

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Photo of chiccabeer
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the beer into a glass. Poured very easy with a decent amount of head. The beer looks like an unfiltered wheat ale. Smells like a very sweet beer, smells like a lot of fruit. Tastes very watery and there isn't any of the sweetness I expected. The finish is smooth and leaves your mouth feeling quenched. A gritty beer for the feel. Overall, I would suggest trying this beer. I would like this beer if I was eating sea food. Cheers.

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Photo of bigoten13
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain, MA. I've had many Unibroue offerings, and this might be the first one I've had on tap.

It was poured into a wine glass (trendy?) and it had a nice rich cloudy golden colour, great thick white head, and bubbles bursting at the top.

The smell was of wheat and apples, with a citrus afternote, however the taste was underwhelming compared to the smell, completely dominated by the apple flavor (in my opinion) and the wheat taste did not really develop. My major complaint about the beer was that it was too cider-y for a witbier (maybe my batch had more apple to it than most).

Mouthfeel was right on par with every other great wit, and same with drinkability, nothing too fantastic for the style.

Needless to say, I went on to other beers as I was not as impressed with this beer as I hoped I would be.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Honey-gold in color, and quite hazy, Blanche de Chambly boasts a thin white head and moderate lacing.

S: Bouquet is very faint, with a touch of clove and coriander.

T: Now this is what a wit should taste like. Dry, instead of sweet, and subtle in the spice. Heavy clove, with only a touch of banana in the background, and very subtle flavors of coriander and orange.

M: Light and effervescent, with a yeasty roundness.

D: A great example of one of the most bastardized styles out there. Blue Moon et al give it a bad name. This stuff is the real deal. Definitely worth a shot for anyone who is looking to rekindle their faith in this style.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,417 ratings.
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