Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly
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Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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

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Ratings: 2,423 |  Reviews: 1,049
Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy and merky with a golden/yellow unfiltered colour. It has a nice head but dies down quite fast but has a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of fruit, lemon and spices. The smell is however not very appealing.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a citrucy/orange taste but the lemon seems to drown it out.

Mouthfeel: It's a good carbonated beer and you can definitly taste the cirtucy hints.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth, easy to go down, drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - A cloudy yellow color. Decent head. Lace on the glass.

S - Fruits and spices are overwhelming. Very plesant.

T - Very crisp, with hints of citrusy fruit. Very good.

M - Very full feel. Fairly high carbonated.

D - Very high. I can drink plenty of these. It is very smooth.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked 750 mL bottle into a fluted glass (as recommended by the back label of this beer)

Enchanting aroma with spices, and some citrusy notes.

Flavor is outstanding. Spot on for the style. Slightly richer than a Hoegarden, with full mouthfeel (but also very carbonated). Definitely some lemon and corriander in there. Just a little acidic prickle and maybe a tiny bit of pepperyness. Aftertaste is nice and dry with some lingering spices.

Extremely drinkable.

I like this beer a lot. Also I should add that this a tough category ratings wise, as there are so many good witbiers. The high scores for this one from me are saying a lot.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a white head. The aroma is what you would expect from a Belgian White. I get some wheat, orange peel and coriander - with all three aspects being well balanced.

The flavor is heavy on the wheat, but the main citrus component seems to be lemon. I also get a little bit of coriander and orange peel, but the lemon and wheat stand out the most.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of mikedownstttt
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Nice white head that kind of pops as new bubbles rise.

Very lemon/citrus forward, with a very slight spice at the end. I feel like the spice comes more from the hops than the coriander.

It was a very refreshing beer, but due to the fairly high carbonation would be difficult for me to drink more than a few.

*Sorry for the lack of style, this is my first review*

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Photo of jlandis
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw golden in color with huge fluffy white head that crackles as the bubbles and foam slowly fade.

Bright lemon and coriander right up front with earthy wheat and spicy hop aromas.

Initially it is a lot sweeter than I expected it was going to be. There is an interesting candy bread combination going on with almost a bit of toffee. The lemon and coriander aromas are barely detectable over the interesting malt characteristics.

Slightly thin body with huge carbonation.

This is a pretty solid beer. Not a very standard wit, but I really enjoyed this one. The complex malt flavors really make this a unique and interesting drink. If I see this one around again I'll be sure to pick more up. Not sure if I could go through a whole case next summer, but this would be a great barbecue beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours Champaign like - golden with a large white head and lovely carbonation. Aroma of yeast, pear, banana and sweet malt. Light, slightly crisp body. Flavor of yeast, creamy wheat and fruit (pear, banana and some apple). Light, refreshing brew.

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Photo of shand
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Bottle is marked best by 9/4/10, so this is a bit old, especially since Unibroue date their witbeirs two years off from bottle date.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a huge head with about average lacing. Head doesn't retain very well at all.

Smell: Oranges, lemons, malts, and wheat with just a touch of floral aspects.

Taste: This is a damn good wit. Orange and lemon peel dominate the taste right away, with some nice citrus and floral aspects in the back. Some hops hit the tongue in that first barrage too, adding just a touch of bitterness. There's just a hint of malts and wheat, the wit aspect here isn't too big. It's very good though. Well-balanced, not too sweet like some witbiers can be.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light, but leaves the mouth a little bit too dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is a great wit, even two years after bottling. I'll be on the lookout for something super fresh, I'm sure it's top-notch then.

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Photo of shambeano
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

have held onto this for a little while, a bit of shame that this is no longer exported to Australia, Unibroue make some fanastic beers and its a loss for everyone who gets into craft beer after they have gone from these shores and dont get to taste them.

A- pours a pale gold with about an inch of head that quickly subsides to a whisper.

S- get a little bit of malt, followed by a whole bunch of peel. there's a fair bit of orange happening on the nose, bakers peel and some fresh citrus.

T- the wheat really comes out here, a touch of clove but again the orange peel flavour comes through strongly. a little citrus, a touch of yeast but orange is the major flavour that i get. delicious.

M- light bodied but with a very prickly carbonation fills the mouth, drys out the mouth pretty quickly and that dryness lasts for a while.

D- i could drink this all night if i had them. great flavour, and the dry finish makes another sip irresistible. very nice.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, light yellow, cloudy and unfiltered. Nice big creamy white head that died rather fast

Smell - Standard beligum wit smell, floral, yeast, lemons, rather stinky smelly like eggs almost.

Taste - As i figured, this is simular to blue moon in taste, appearance and smell. Wheat flavored ale with some traces of lemon, orange and spices. Light, easy to drink and in need of a orange or lemon slice.

Mouthfeel - Nothing to brag about. Not much of a lasting taste. Not something i care to savor, no workout for palette, and thankfully aftertaste doesnt last long

Drinkabilty - Nothing special, easy to drink, good summer beer. Theres no unquie flavor, and as usual, my motto is, if you need to put something into a beer to make it good, then its not worth drinking in the first place.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blanche de Chambly, from Unibroue, honors some Canadian captain. Good for him. A gift from Brian and Becca - thanks guys!

At the bottom of the bottle lies a generous pile of hop matter and yeast in bottom of bottle - make sure you let this one chill for a few days for settling! Some of the cloudiness of this bottle might be due to insufficient settling time after its voyage from Austin.

A: Corked and caged, and some effort is required to decork. Pours singed straw, and one of the cloudiest brews I've seen. Looking up under the cap, I can only see in about ½ inch. Atop the yellowed gold haziness sits a massive, rocky, clumpy, four-finger head from the high carbonation. Large bubbles pop, leaving voids in the foam, and just a hint of lace clings to the glass.

S: While Blanche de Chambly certainly smells like a wit, its aroma doesn't match that of any other wit I've tried. Upfront is tangy lemon and lemongrass. A Belgian spiciness - phenols and esters - stands out above the floral, not-quite-fruity notes. Cloves frolic in a field of sour, lemon grains.

T: The flavor is light, soft spice, lemon, floral, lavender, and phenolic. The balance is shifted heavily towards lemon, while orange and coriander are nowhere to be found. Again, the phenolic spiciness is stronger than expected.

M: The medium body of this wit is understated in comparison to the almost eye-wateringly high carbonation.

D: Medium. This is an easy drinker, with subtle complexity, but there are plenty of better witbiers on the shelves.

This is one of the rare occasions where I think a beer stands well on its own, but doesn't quite meet the criteria for the style. Despite being cited as an example of style from BJCP, this beer doesn't fall in line with the rest in terms of balance of flavors.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - beer pours a cloudy ale color with a decent amount of head. Hard to tell carbonation levels due to cloudiness.

Smell - some good hops coming through with a citrus/orange base. There isn't much spice smell to the beer. I can smell some vanilla hints as well.

Taste - very nice tasting beer, solid hints of citrus and hops. The beer has some nice spices as well in the taste. The citrus adds to the end of the beer.
There is a slight vanilla taste at the start as well.

Mouthfeel - some good carbonation levels add to this beer. Brings out the orange / vanilla hints. The bitterness subsides during the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - solid tap beer that will make for a good session beer.

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Photo of jamex
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Trader Joe's in a variety four-pack. Box states "Best before 02-02-11." Poured into a RR tulip.

Pours a hazy gold. Head dies quickly into almost nothingness. Smells great - citrus, malt, and spice. Some banana. I'm pretty impressed with the taste, they did a great job on this one - light bodied and refreshing. Very drinkable. I still prefer Allagash White but this is up there with Hoegaarden.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best before 05-04-12 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a 1 finger bubbly white head which dissipates very quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Spices, banana, mild citrus and clove.

Taste: Typical witbier taste of Belgian yeast and wheat up front followed by spices in the middle and a hint of banana at the finish. Aftertaste is light and fairly dry.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a good amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could down a few without much trouble.

Overall: Good beer overall. Not my favorite witbier, but it's worth a try. Another solid offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white, fluffy head that quickly recedes to just a fizzy ring.

A sweet, somewhat bready nose. Hints of candi sugar.

The taste is light and slightly fruity. Some nice bready notes and light esters.

The body is light, crisp and bubbly. Very pleasing and easy to drink.

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Photo of robnews
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.
Nice light orange/faint lime color with moderate head. Quite cloudy but no sediment. Great looking tiny carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Fresh with hints of spicyness, coriander perhaps with citrus hints as well. Quite nice.

Taste: Seems well balanced in flavor, no strong tastes emerge as predominant. Very refreshing taste with focus on Belgian yeasts. Slight bitterness but not lingering.
Overall a very enjoyable bottle from Unibroue.
Will purchase again.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from my Hoegaarden Wit glass

A - Pours a hazey golen straw colour with a white fluffy head that retains well.

S - Some sweet citru and coriander.

T - Nice whet flavours with good amount of citrus peel and coriander seed.

M - Light body a littel watery but good carbonation.

D - Falls alittle short of the Hoegaarde which has to be one of the best mass production beers available.

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Photo of brewcat
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the two wits I had today this one had the more distinctive aroma. Poured the classic hazy golden with rocky white head. With this one the coriander knocked me square in the olfactory gland. Loved it. Seems like this one would go great with a curry dish of some kind so that's what I'm making for dinner. The flavor of wheat, citrus, coriander was there as well. Overall like this beer quite a bit but find it not as subtly cool as the St. Bernardus was. More one note here and less complexity.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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 OtherShoe2
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pale orange with a skim of head. Dissipates to a white bubbly skim and ring, but really nothing there.

Wheat, white pepper, coriander, sour grain, light yeast. Inviting and enough complexity.

Wonderful balance. Fermented wheat with light toasty element. Spice comes through with no true hint of sourness. Coriander is the key. No citric notes, but I can see being fooled by fizzy mouthfeel that there is an acid here. Palate gradually clears to malty grain. Long and pleasurable.

Prickly carbonation on the tongue (you can taste it a bit, like soda water). Light bodied, but appropriate, although it does have a slight thin edge.

Lacks intensity of some others, but still very solid for the style. I'd have this again, and easily one of the preferred Wits I'd give to someone to try.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of head that eventually falls atop a hazy dull gold/straw colored beer. You can see a lot of carbonation rising to the surface. No lacing at all.

Aroma is very earthy and musty with a strong whiff of yeast.

Very pepper like with some banana and also a slight metallic flavor. There is a yeasty nature as well. Some orange notes as well. Almost the peel.

In the end the mouth feel is really creamy or more appropriately milky. The body is a little too thin for full creaminess.

Enjoyable beer and complex enough to keep you thinking. Nicely done.

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Photo of NODAK
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very nice for a wit...definitely big notes of coriander, some orange and lemon citrus in there as well. A good start.

Carbonation seems pretty high. Starts out with some sweet citrus (orange or lemon) and coriander flavors at the onset, but somewhat restrained. This leads into a semi-sweet lemon citrus finish, with some wheat lingering on the aftertaste. No real hoppiness. Solid brew, but a small ding for the carbonation being so high on mouthfeel.

This is a solid wit in my opinion. It's very drinkable, very true to style, and just delicious. Unibroue scores again.

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Photo of mirish72
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am finding the more Unibroue I drink, the more I want to drink. This brew proved to be no exception.

Poured into a goblet. Pours am orange amber with a nice fluffy white head. Great citrus, sweet, fruity aroma. Overall it has a nice crisp bite amd is really refreshing and drinkable. Awesome summer beer.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is OK, standard witbier appearance; a slightly hazy, flat yellow. There would have been more head had I head a different or taller glass. As it stood, the head was good anyway. It receded to a fluffy skim that left solid patches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is more subtle than I expected this time, and not that enticing. I expected / wanted banana and spice, and just got cloves/spices and... rubber? Something very faint like that, anyway.

The taste, thankfully, has more oomph. I like it more this time than the first time I tried it (not that much). I get biscuit with nutmeg, and a hint of banana.

The feel is creamy and smooth, but with a bit of a watery fee in the finish, maybe due to the alcohol.

It's a good example of the witbier style. Compared to a similar style, like a hefeweizen or a weissbier, I like it more than a König Ludwig Weißbier, but not as much as a Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow in color, about a fingers worth of head that settle in nothing with no really lacing to speak of. (I thinking I did not pour and swirl)...

S: Less than expected, light hint of wheat, yeast, maybe a little citrus, spice and coriander.

T: Very smooth Wit, Hints of citrus, yeast and coriander. Good wheat backbone, a hint of dry hops at the end.

M: Crisp, light and refreshing...

D: Not a bad Wit, but oddly not as good as I was expecting from Unibroue.... The ABV is good and it is very drinkable.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
Beer rating: 73.6% out of 100 with 2,423 ratings
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