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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of blackc5
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle at around 46F.

A - Initially poured a very light straw gold. As I poured in the last bit of the bottle, the yeasts that had collected on the bottom gave it a darker, yet inconsistent look. Minimal head. High carbonation results in a lot of bubbling. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Mostly wheat with a bit of fruit - apple perhaps, and some citrus.

T - A refreshing wheat beer with some lemon zest and a bit of malt to balance. Peppery on the tongue and nicely spiced.

M - Champagne-like. High carbonation. Quite dry.

D - Went down easy enough, although I would avoid the last of the dregs.

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Photo of aasher
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass

Appearance: poured smoothly with a billowing foam that quickly dissipated to lace the side of the glass, is a slightly cloudy straw yellow in color

Smell: smells pretty average for the style, nothing special, a dry yeasty

Taste: extremely yeasty, good flavor though, it's a stronger style witbier

Mouthfeel: very smooth and satisfying, medium bodied for a witbier

Drinkability: very drinkable, delicious and easy to drink, I highly recommend it

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip

A: pours golden straw, with a three finger white head which leave a little lace.
S: wheat and a light sweet malt, a touch of yeast funk.
T: sweet wheat with a light hop bitterness and citrus. also a bit of yeast partly due to over pour, have a tendency to like the yeast flavor in witbier.
M: light and smooth, somewhat high carbonation.
D: very easy with the light flavors and clean mouth feel.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A hazy straw-colored gold with a finger of white head. Retention and lacing are in line with style. The smell of wheat and apples hits first... With some nice yeasty notes following close.

The taste follows the nose with a malty sweetness and a nice crisp finish. Very tasty/refreshing.

Body seems slightly undercarbonated for my liking. This leaves it feeling slightly syrupy-- but not entirely unpleasant.

Overall-- not bad, but not one I'll buy again.

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Photo of ryno09
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Champagne like bubbles, very lively. Poured a small head for me. Golden clear color with a fluffy white head. The yeast was caked on the bottom and did not make it into my glass. Perhaps it's an older bottle but I'm drinking a couple months before its "best by" date.

Aroma - Corriander spice with lots of lemon zest dominate the aroma. In the background you get some yeast and breadiness from the wheat. No alcohol or hops. A very refreshing aroma.

Taste - Very refreshing and smooth. I thought the champagne like carbonation would be too much but it's perfect. The spices are not overpowering. You can taste the lemon as the dominant fruit characteristic but I'm also getting a bit of pineapple mid tongue as well. The malt is subtle on the back of the tongue. Finishes on the dry side with lemon, coriander and clove characteristics.

A refreshing witbier with champagne character that goes more to the fruity side of the style than the spice side.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Initially very light but as the yeast is added from the bottle it changes to a dark cloudy yellow hue. A fizzy white head goes away with not lacing at all. Aroma is lemony like a magnolia blossom. Banana and clove is muted. Soapy notes are a negative. A pleasant taste but a bit too lemony. The texture is light. A high carbonation is an interesting feature. Very dry finish makes this beer almost like a champagne. Unibroue is one of my favorite breweries, so I am sure that this is exactly the beer they were trying to make. It is unique but not strictly to my liking. Let me try it again in a year and see if my tastes have changed.

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Photo of Naugros
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is "on lees" so I expected some cloudiness, but what surprised me was that the cloudiness was not uniform. I waited to let it settle out and it never did. Maybe the beer wasn't its freshest. The head rose high and stuck around for a little bit.

This smelled like most Belgian whites but the spices seemed a little different than the standards. Otherwise, it didn't really stand out.

On first taste I got the lemony and grassy flavors I had expected and then finally understood why the spices seemed a bit different. The usual cardamon and white pepper is there, but I also had the sensation of dill. This was not expected, but was rather nice.

Not as "sunny" as a classic white, but seemed more crisp and had no aftertaste. This made it seem more refreshing than most beers in this style.

I could drink quite a few of these and not be unhappy.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been pretty happy with Unibroue's beers, and I'd been meaning to try this. I was pretty excited when I saw a single of this in a local beer store.

A - It pours a hazy golden color, with an orange tinge. It's got lots of yeast floating around in it. It pours with a white head that sticks around for just a little and leaves almost no lacing.

S - Smells very sweet and citrusy - orange and some lemon. It's malty, like bread. Kind of syrupy like it has molasses or brown sugar in there, but only a little. It's got some esters. It overall kinda smells like orange juice.

T - Quite sweet and full of citrus like orange and lemon, but with some grapefruit, too. It's a bit spicy and has some esters. It's got a dry champagne-like finish. As it warms, more malt comes through and it gets more bready, but the orange sweetness still dominates.

M - Quite effervescent, like thin bubbles that are very abundant - good carbonation. It's got a real champagne feel to it. The liquid itself feels heavy with yeast and malt.

D - Pretty refreshing overall. I could easily put back a few of these but it just kinda reminded me of orange juice.

It wasn't bad, but it's not my favorite witbier (that's still Walt Wit). I wouldn't be opposed to having this again, but I'll probably only go for this one in a line up of other Unibroues if it's especially hot out that day.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly foggy golden brown, but it has a picturesquely white head that is rather resilient in its steadfast ability to hang in there.

The aroma is quite nice apples and bread like yeast, with hints of oranges and wheat.

The taste is very well rounded with the Belgian style yeast very prevalent, departing its bread dough like flavor. It is incredibly sweet with hints of many various fruits.

The thing all these Unibroue beers seemed to be lacking on is the finish, its there but its not nearly as nice or as long lasting as I would wish.

The drinkability and mouth feel are again slightly better than average take that as you will.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Beer is dark yellow and really hazy. Forms a white head that falls away and disappears. No lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low. Looks OK.

Kind of a subtle, weak, yeasty, citrusy aroma.

Nice carbonation in the mouth, slightly bitter in the back. Finishes nicely, a little yeasty a little bready...just OK. Not my favorite from them.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells of citrus, somewhat sweet. Taste is also a bit sweet, spices and citrus, finishing slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of elvisnj
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip chalice.

Pours light orange color which looks good in the sun. Nice light colored head with slight lacing.

Fresh light and sunny aroma to match the color of the beer.

Taste is citrus sweet that ends with a hoppy bitterness with a carbonation bite. Yeast is classic Unibroue.

Mouthfeel fits the style as light and not very thick or cloying.

Overall its quite drinkable and would work quite nicely as a table beer.

Cheers to Unibroue for another good one!

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Photo of movingtrain
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle sampled from a Duvel glass.

Pours a straw-yellow with a half finger white head on top. The Duvel glass is keeping the head pretty consistent as the beer rests and warms up a bit.

Smell is of lilac blossoms, bready yeast, mild fruit, wet leaves, lemon, and malts.

The taste is very basic, quite sweet and malty. There are some sugary notes, as well, perhaps from added sugar or form the yeast used. Crusty warm bread, grains, plum sweetness, and light peppery notes in the finish.

Overall, this one is average...almost all qualities of it. It is a beer that would actually taste quite good at a very cold temperature on a very hot summer day. Not a beer that deserves further visitation, but one that is easy drinking and good enough to enjoy.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Fizzy white head that settles very fast, active bubbles, beer is very cloudy, light creamy looking yellow in color

S: Pretty clean wheat aroma, nice and light, some faint spices - coriander maybe, no real bright citrus note to dominate, but it is ok without it

T: Similar to the smell, wheat is definitely the star, the same spice note is present also, but some lemony citrus is easily identifiable, that lemon flavor kind of lasts the entire length of the taste which is nice, definitely brighter than the aroma, finishes slightly tart

M: Active carbonation, pretty noticeable when you first take a sip, but it does keep the beer light

D: Good, super clean, no off tastes linger around because of the high carbonation

Notes: This is a very solid wheat beer. It isn't quite as bright and flavorful as some that I have had, but it is a very nice refreshing and easy to drink beer. Very clean flavors.

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Photo of dtivp
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light yellow with a two finger bright white head which did not dissipate very fast.

Aroma of citrus and some spice.

Taste of wheat and orange with some clove.

Light beer with moderate / high carbonation

Nice refreshing beer for the warm weather months.

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Photo of scott451
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy lemon yellow into its own glass, a tall tulip. Big three finger fine white head that shrinks to a ring. Lots of lacing at first, then none. Lemon and spice smells. Lemon and coriander tastes with a mildly spicy finish. Nicely round and well balanced. Lightly carbonated. Drinkability is very good. Refreshing. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of bgildea
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice light yellowish orange color. Significant amount of head and carbonation. Slight lacing.

S: Good sweet aroma to the beer. Exactly how I expected a good white beer to smell.

T: Very sweet and nectary. Finishes with a slight amount of bitterness, but overall the flavor works very well.

M: Not a tremendous amount of chew to it. But I wasn't expecting much either. For its style, it is just right.

D: Very drinkable. I would definitely get it again.

Overall: Overall it was a very good beer. The flavor was sweet, but well balanced. The smell was appetizing and I'd drink another if I had one. I don't drink much white beers, so I was pleasantly surprised when I had this one.

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Photo of ADZA
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought id revisit this brew as its been a while and sadly when this fine brew is finally gone its gone from our shores forever so anyway it pours a beautiful cloudy golden hue with nice carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head and a rim of lacing,i must admit i remember the smell of this brew being alot stronger but it exudes aromas of all the usual witbier aromas of corriander,orange peel,belgian yeast and lemons,it has an above average mouthfeel with strong tastes of belgian yeast,corriander,wheat and finishes with a nice lemon zest finish,overall a nice example of the style which would be perfect with a nice piece of snapper and will buy again if its still around.

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5


Smell/Appearance: Murky pale-straw color with a two finger head that held pretty well. Smells sweet and yeasty. Mellower grapefruit, peach and apricot opposed to a more spicy lemon zest.

Taste: Faint understated malts and fruit flavors. Pretty boring to be honest. There is very little carbonation and it feels almost watered down. Almost no aftertaste. Pleasant, but really nothing special.

Drinkability: Extremely Drinkable - there's nothing to it!

Did water somehow get into this beer?? Was it too old??

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Photo of SmasNadroj
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully- one of my favorite beers on a purely visual basis- when held to light right after pouring there's a smoky effervescence that gives it a slight genie in a bottle meets lava lamp look. Large (for a beer) bubbles consistantly make their way to the head from the depths and sides of the glass, giving it a seemingly permanent finger's worth of head. Absolutely gorgeous. Nothing pours quite like a bottle conditioned wit

Smells very sweet and wheaty, with a hint of peppery spice, and the taste follows suit with the bouquet. A hint of sweet white pears and asti champagne add to the subtle yeasty wheat backbone, but the flavor doesn't linger for long. A fairly clean finish (or as my friend appropriately says, "hollow") is one of the dominating characteristics of this brew that I've come to like more and more over the years. The mouthfeel has a little tanginess to it, and a slippery white sheet of lacing sort of demonstrates the flavors vanishing act on your tongue.

A solid wit- summery, refreshing, and clean, but lacking a bit of "oomph" in the flavor department. A great spring or summer beer

Note- make sure to let this guy (and any other bottle conditioned beer) sit for a little while before drinking. It comes out of the bottle a little bitter and metallic, but the longer you let it sit, the sweeter and smoother it becomes.

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

Poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Nice Amber blonde as expected for a wit, frothy head, decent lacing.

Smell: Very nice citrus overtones, the best you could/would expect in a Wit.

Taste: follows the nose, clean, refreshing, I pick-up plenty of orange zest in the flavor.

Mouth feel: Excellent, good level of carbonation, smooth.

Drinkability: Great example of the style, excellent session beer, possibly one great summer cook-out beer.

Once again, Unibroue has it figured out; simply the best Belgian Wit brewed outside of Belgium, and frankly on-par with its European predecessors.

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Photo of prosper
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really WANTED to like this one more. Sadly, it doesn't meet expectations. I guess I just don't like the unibroue house yeast character, as I generally find this brewery's products to be disappointing.

Pours a clear gold. I suppose that's my bad for not stirring the yeast up first. It's been bottle conditioned. Very spritzy, lots of bubbles and a dense head that drops down fairly quickly.

Smell is amazing! Wheaty graininess, bready, malty, with a hint of coriander spice, and some lactic tartness. Maybe there's citrus in the aroma, maybe not. It's subtle. It smells like a wit should.

Taste is just 'OK.' It's definitely got a witbier character - lots of bready malt, and just an ever-so-subtle spice that blends in nicely with the malt. Citrus is more apparent here, but still subtle. It's got a slight tangy tartness to it, and the trademark Unibroue phenolics. Overall - it's OK, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel - it's very spritzy, with a light body. This lightness is enhanced by the acidic tartness. Again - just OK.

Drinkability - nothing special. It's light bodied and tasty, but it doesn't leave you crying for more.

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

A beer haiku for you:

"Canadian wheat--
Your brothers are more worthy.
Not memorable."

Witbier from a well respected brewery--in my opinion, though, this is not their finest effort. Better than some, but pales compared to big Witbier competition such as the St. Bernardus.
Good with ribs or other 'picnic-esque" cuisine.


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Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow with a long sustained bubbly white head.

Smell: Coriander, clove, banana and orange peel - all of the expected players in a nice Witbier.

Taste: Banana, orange and coriander are in full force at first, and then the pale, sour, wheaty malts rise up. Ends musty and spicy, with coriander and cloves.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Very much a traditional Witbier, and Unibroue completely nails it. Maybe a little more sour and musty than some, but that just helps add to its complexity, so that it isn't just a showcase for spice flavors.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 7/12/09. Vintage bottle with best before 9/20/07.

A - Poured a bright tangerine orange with much cloudiness from the yeast. Short lived 1" white head. No lacing. 3.5

S - Fruit banana and cloves, hint of pears and sweet pilsener malts. Light and balanced, mild citrus notes as well. 4.0

T - Light and sweet pale malts in the forefront, followed by notes of lemon zest and clove. The finish is sweet and dry with a mild bready flavor. Quite balanced and nicely refreshing. 4.5

M - Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Very smooth. 4.0

D - Highly drinkable, quite the lawnmower beer. 4.0

Overall - For a beer 2 years past its prime, it showed no signs of oxidation and the taste is very clean. Mellow flavors and is well balanced. Lovin' it.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,434 ratings
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