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

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Blanche de Chambly label features the icon of the city where it is brewed: Fort Chambly. It was converted from a wooden barricade used for fighting against the Iroquois in the middle of the XVII century into a stone fortress to combat the British army at the beginning of the XVIII century.
With notes of dried orange peel and coriander seeds, this brew is a worthy representative of classic Belgian-style white wheat beers.

To date, it has won more than 34 international medals, including being named “The World’s Best White Beer" on numerous occasions. Unibroue is proud to brew the most popular white beer in Quebec.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of portia99
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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 +14.9%
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 -8.7%
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 -46.3%
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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Photo of BasementBer
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +11.3%
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 +11.8%
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 -3.6%
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 +2.8%
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 +4.6%
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 -15.9%
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 +1.5%
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 -14.7%
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 -17.2%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to try this one because it is lighter than their others and I hadn't drank a white ale in awhile.

I poured it to give a frothy white head that smelled like citrus with some other fruit aromas mixed in their as well. The yeast was also prevalent. The beer itself was slightly cloudy and an amberish-yellow color.

Taste was decent with yeast being tasted first but not being too strong and a slight citrus tang to it finishing it off.

For some reason every Unibroue I taste I am not too impressed with them and the same can be said of the Blanche De Chambly, but this is still a very decent beer.

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Photo of SauceBoss
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This was a nice looking beer. Unfiltered and golden in color it had a nice head that laced when drinking.

S: nice notes of citrus. Lemon was present with a spicy undertone.

T: Pretty good. I was an easy drinker. The zesty citrus comes through as well as the bready/yeast flavor.

M: Pretty good. While being unfiltered in nature it didnt feel as if I was drinking sediment. The after taste lingered but just as the taste, it was nice and citrusy.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a Unibroue taster pack at Trader Joes

A: Murky straw color with a thin white head.

S: A lot of citrus, mostly lemon in the smell with a hint of yeast.

T: Very smooth and drinkable and one of the better wits out there. Nice citrus flavor with a bit of pepper thrown in. Pretty good beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head of less than a finger atop a beer which color matches a 5 on the SRM beer color chart. No lace. Smells sweet, with a flower scent, some smell of fruit. Taste is fruity, there are traces of raspberry, cherry, honey, and malt. Not a lot of body or character in my mouth, but better than water. With this unique flavor, I would not mind having another.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass per the labels instructions. The beer pours a hazy and bubbly straw-gold coloring with a thin, white, airy head that recedes after a few minutes. Aromas of slight citrus, wheat/grain/cereal, and earthy notes. The beer has a spiced sweetness to it, mostly coriander, but also some hints of cinnamon. The spices do well riding the light and crisp body and the mellow malty flavors. The beer has a spiced aftertaste, with a smooth and clean finish. There is a slight linger to the finish with hints of the spices and sour tinge, but very mild. This beer is very light in body, and surprisingly the flavors are a bit on the light side, as well.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; a loose and weak white head, quickly dissipates to a thin collar, leaving no lacing. Cloudy yellow appearance in the main body.

smell; zesty lemons and floral coriander. Some yeasty tartness and doughy malts.

taste; Mildly tart and sour upfront, before zesty coriander flavors take control. A little more sour than other Witbier i have had, somewhat like a Gose, without the salty finish. An excellently flavored Witbier. The hops are mostly muted but dried rosemary comes to mind.

mouthfeel/drinkability; a bit sticky with a medium bodied thickness. Easy in the finish, little trace of alcohol and quite drinkable.

This beer was a pleasant surprise, definitely worth paying extra for over cheaper alternatives of this style

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Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. best before 3/12/11. drank from my samual adams perfect pint glass.

A- the beer pours out a golden colored body with the slightest haze. there is a finger and a half of bright white head that forms on top. the head is pretty quick to fizzle away, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice about the scent is the distinct smell of pale wheat and malted wheat. after that i get some light pepper and lemons.

T- the taste starts out with the pale malts and malted wheat that i could smell. after that i get a touch of belgian yeast which adds some banana and coriander. there is a hint of pepper, and some lemon zest at the end.

M- medium bodied, pretty thick for the style. the carbonation is also a bit on the high side. no trace of the alcohol.

D- unibroue is the undisputed north american king of belgian styled beers. this is no exception. check this one out if youre a fan of the style. it will not disappoint.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: The beer pours a surprisingly translucent golden straw color with a white head.

S: Certainly starts off with a nice witbier smell. Lots of coriander notes, banana, and orange peel. There's some nice bready, wheat notes and a bit of sugar. Unfortunately, I pick up a cardboard aroma...

T: The cardboard translates to the flavor, too. Sweet bread, banana, spicy coriander, earthy and floral hops, and slightly bitter orange peel. Pretty meh, I must say.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation.

D: I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but this wasn't a terribly good witbier (or beer in general).

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Photo of Fnord
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque, pale yellow with a wispy head.

Smell - Wheat, orange, alcohol, a little bit of coriander.

Taste - A fair amount of wheat comes out. It also has a bit of peppery spiciness and hefeweizen-like bubble gum flavor. The orange is a bit subdued, as it should be.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick with high carbonation.

Notes - I'm not sure how true-to-style this witbier is because of its slightly sweet nature. As a beer in general, though, it's outstanding: I would recommend it to any wheat beer fan. On the other hand, it's kind of pricey for only 5% ABV so it won't be an "everyday" beer.

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