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 JoeAmerican77
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ap-Pours a translucent very orange with small frantically leaving head, a little bit cloudy when held to light.

sm- Coriander and citrus fruits embrace the nostrils lemon and mandarins.

taste- Sweet Orange and floral notes, with light spices and hints towards a very belgian yeast.

mouthfeel- Champagne and light body compliment each other quite well. Great on tongue, tickles for more than a second.

Drinkability- Invite your old lady, this one is a pleasure easy on the palate and not strongly off-putting in any department.

Value was great for 750ml paid 3.99, by far the Cheapest Unibroue I've seen. Well worth the price.

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

Pours a hazy light yellow with a white head. Quite effervescent.

Smell- Bready yeast smell is predominant, with some spices in the nose as well as a little bit of citrus (lemon and orange). Also, some sweet light fruits (pear?).

Taste- Begins with a very sweet somewhat fruity taste, and then finishes with a dry hit that is peppery and spicy. The sweet taste has elements of breadiness, caramel, yeast citrus, apricot?.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. The carbonation accentuates the spicy finish quite well.

Drinkability- Drinkability is good, but would be higher if this beer was a little bit less sweet. The sweetness of this beer makes you slow down a little.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured slightly hazy light golden yellow in color with a finger high white head that slowly faded away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and lacy patterns in the middle. A slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of citrus, spices and yeast in the nose. The smell has a slight amount of sourness.
T: Like the smell, there are citrusy flavors of lemons and oranges in the taste, which also has notes of wheat, spices and yeast and hints of apples. No bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also quite refreshing.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle properly decanted into a Unibroue Flying U glass.

A: Cloudy yellow beer with hints of ocher within. It is a shade darker than most witbiers I've seen. A substantial rocky head rises to the top of the glass and a bit beyond. Head retention is moderate, and the head leaves a soft lacing that slowly slides back down into the beer.

S: Coriander, lemon zest, soft spices, and hints of wheat.

T: Light citric taste and lemony/orange sweetness up front. This is followed up by a sharp hit of white pepper and spices. Tastes of wheat and a nice bit of Belgian yeast funk come out and linger a bit into the dry finish.

M: Mouthfeel is moderate, and carbonation is moderately high.

D: Drinkability is good.

Notes: Another great beer by Unibroue. This is one of the better witbiers I've had. Some can be a bit all over the place and out of control, but this one is tight and nicely done.

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

I had at Naha restaurant in Chicago. (Beautiful place, but quite expensive.)
A- It was gold, opaque, and bubbly. SOme head and lace.
S- Fruity, pear scent to it.
T- Very nice caramel and apple taste. Kind of dry. It has a rye taste or rice, I was a bit drunk at this point. Slight bitter in the back of the mouth.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 25-26 fl. oz. corked bottle dated 12-16-11. Sampled on September 19, 2010. It pours a golden-pale yellow with about two inches of foamy, white head. It is not as cloudy as I expected for a bottle fermented ale. The aroma espouses a little wheat, spice, and thin hops. Subtle is the catch phrase for that. The wheat is not as prevalent in the taste as I would expect but it is offset nicely with a tart citrus element and a little hops at the end.

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Photo of BBP
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A peach orange color with spirited carbonation and millions of tiny bubbles moving around. If you ever watch weather forecasts it's like the cloud patterns moving around. A bit thin though.

S- Cloves and spices. More on the sweet side with notes of banana. It has it's fair share of citrus as well. Not too intense.

T- Very good for a witbier. It didn't have too much overwhelming sweetness and the spices were balanced very well. Didn't leave much of a strong aftertaste at all. Had a very clean smooth taste.

M- Medium-light body with great carbonation to fit the drink.

D- A good light drink. Like many of Unibroue's other offerings in style, but lighter. I enjoy it, and they did a good job on it, but it didn't stand out as much as I'd like it to. Still a solid choice which I'd never refuse. It would be a great drink for people unfamiliar with the style to show to get their foot through the door.

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Photo of kjyost
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer purchased at a fancy restaurant, but the server did not swirl the sediment back up into suspension :- This is not the first time I have had the beer, and this time the body seemed thinner.

Little head & a bit of lacing, though not much were evident. The aroma is not as strong of coriander, citrus and earthiness as I remember it, but it was there and enjoyable. The body seems lighter and should be a bit thicker, and the carbonation was much lower than I want it (and recollect it). Nevertheless an excellent wit to drink.

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

Az lite and bably az de turboolent waters of da hreshiau river, Blanche De Chambly iz a tritue to de men hoo settled de regene wer it iz brewed.

And let's not forget de yeast.

Mmm. Itz bookey ov spice and sitrus iz bursting with freshness.

No but seriously, it's a good beer.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish yellow color with a thick frothy white head which gives way to some nice lacing. The aroma is of light green fruits and citrus along with some spice notes. The taste is of citrus with a slight spice note, there are also notes of green fruits and corriander present. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated but lacking. The drinkability is very good, it is smooth and easy to drink. The taste is also well balanced not the biggest but very crisp and clean. Overall this could easily be a session beer.

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

Another enjoyable offering from Unibroue. I like witbiers in general and this one is a fine example of the style.

Pretty pour in the glass with a frothy head that took a long time to settle. Good lacing on top of a cloudy, pale gold brew.

Spicy flavors typical of witbier, and it's done well here. Very well balanced sweetness and spice.

A little thin mouthfeel but good carbonation. Good drinkability but I find witbiers tend to get a little weird after a few of them. I would have to have several of these in a row to know if it avoids this.

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Photo of DrewKid4
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served: 12oz bottle to generic highball glass. Always impressed by Unibroue packaging.

A: Gigantic white fluffy head. Probably the best I've ever seen. Semi-clear orange-straw color. Perfectly carbonated.

S: Not very strong but pleasant sweet citrus and some light spice and cloves.

T: It actually tastes like a smooth pilsner with an aftertaste of lemons. Not as thick of a taste as I would have liked but very refreshing.

M: Probably the weakest part of this brew. Very light and quick. You have to drink it rather fast to keep

D: Dangerously drinkable!

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Photo of billab914
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Flying Bison tulip glass. It poured a hazy yellow/orange color with a thin, fizzy white head to it. The head settled down but still kept a nice covering on the beer throughout drinking it.

The aroma has some banana sweetness and clove spiciness to it along with an orange peel citrus coming through. The taste shows the fruity, banana sweetness while the spices are a bit milder then the nose suggested. The coriander and orange peel citrus make themselves very well known as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but feels very thick for the style. Carbonation is moderate overall. Drinkability is decent, it had some good flavors to it but falls short of some of the better ones of the style. The citrus might have been a little bit overdone for me. Still a decent beer overall though.

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Photo of curasowa
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, creamsicle-orange color with a big white head that fades slowly to a thin cap with little lacing. The aroma is a lot like champagne - very dry and yeasty with hints of butter and citrus. The champagne theme carries over to the taste, with a lot of carbonation - crisp and dry. There's some other action mixing in, maybe some slight fruitiness. Hard to pick-up any bitterness over the carbonation. Body is medium for a whit and the finish is fast and clean.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: 12oz. Bottle with expiry date 2-2-2011

Smell: cider made with apples and peaches and pears... Aged, not fresh, and with faint oakiness that is reminiscent of the way it comes out in white wines. Cinnamon/clove/nutmeg spiciness that is light and is reminiscent of apple pie. Not too intense or complex.

Taste: Canned Lemon-apple fruits with a heavy punch of carbonation up front. Especially thin mouthfeel with no real 'pop' in the flavor. Not too sweet or juicy, which in light of the fact that it doesn't get too bitter at the end means that there isn't a dynamic flavor range and is pretty one-dimensional. A little too easy to drink. Does have a pleasant spiciness in the middle which is nuanced but lacks intensity. However, it does play off the slightly dry, though white wine -like, bitterness and stark graininess well. Finish is also nice with lingering orange peel and fruits, one of the highlights of this brew.

Notes: Generally disappointing beer from a very capable brewery.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a cloudy golden yellow, one finger of white head dissipated to a nice covering with decent lacing
S - Grainy wheat malt with yeasty notes of clove and banana, along with light citrus hops
T - the wheaty malt and citrus flavours are strong up front, giving way to the clove spice, light banana and orange zest
M - full mouth carbonation, light and smooth with mild spice feels, generally refreshing
D - flavourfull and refreshing in both flavour and feel, a nice mix of belgian yeast flavours with citrus wheat beer characteristics, this beer will be a regular session beer for me

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Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My coworker gave me a Unibroue mix pack the other day and I'm slowly ticking my way through it. Let's see what we've got here.

Blanche de Chambly has a golden wheat-like color to it, hazy and unfiltered but still clear for the first pour. A finger of white head caps the body, and eventually settles to a film.

The nose is yeast-driven, spicy and citrusy, almost medicinal. Strong phenols meet a light wheat base. Coriander is overwhelming.

It tastes equally over-spiced and phenolic, coriander coming through the strongest. The mouthfeel is light bordering on watery. Mid-palate reveals a bit of raw wheat, which segues into a bland citrusy/fruity finish.

The excessive spiciness and unpleasant yeast profile make this rather hard to drink, not impressive.

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

Pours a cloudy light orange colour with thick white head. Almost no lacing, but head retention was ok. Sweet lemon and banana in the smell with the wheat malt. Flavour has a tinge of tart with the refreshing sweetness. Nice carbonation. Perfect beer for a 30+ degree Toronto evening.

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Photo of impending
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy light caramel with a pure white medium head.

Aroma of green apples, ripe apricot, quiet citrus and spices. Smells sweet.

Taste is smooth and lacks boldness. Not as sweet as expected from the nose. The requisite coriander more apparent than it was in the aroma. Mouthfeel is thin, a step above watery.

Competent but no more.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw gold colored brew, fair amount of haze. Very large pillowy white head topping it off. Sweet malt nose, lemon/citrus and yeast. Light malt front, lots of lemon grass and spice. Just a tiny touch of hops to round it out. Thin mouth and pretty wet. Wits are never my favorite brews, but this is one of the better ones that i've had.

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Photo of AventinusCam
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will credit to where credit is due on this one. I found it on tap at D's Six Pax and Dogz in Regent Square (around Pittsburgh). I love wheat beers. German wheats were probably the reason I got into beer fanatically...and this one hits my preferences. It looks amazing. Just pure gold, cloudy goodness with a thick head. It smells like a field in the best way possible...lots of banana and yeast aromas. The taste was great. It wasn't a sensory overload of flavors like coriander or lemon/orange peel. It was just a clean finish and was very refreshing. These are light, full or flavor, and easy to drink...the essence of the wheat.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pint in the branded glass at Sara's Cafe on Danforth.

Nice glowing light golden hue with a bit of haze, a finger of head which retains all the way down the glass and leaves wispy lacing.

Nose has a hint of wheat tang and citrus, a touch of spicing - not all that bold.

A pleasant summer quaff - citrus (orange and lemon) dominate, coriander, wheat tang, clean and crisp, hint of that Unibroue yeast, perfectly carbonated though the mouthfeel is a little thin in the finish.

Wish I had ordered another, very refreshing on tap.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Hoegaarden tulip. Best before February 02, 2011.

Hazy saffron body with a weak ivory collar. Poor head retention, vague lacing.

Curaçao, biscuity yeast, kumquat, marshmallow, and light malt in the nose.

The flavors follow the aromatics closely - while present, the yeast isn't really doing enough here for me. A bit sweet and citrus-forward in the finish...decently balanced, but not the best example of the style.

Medium-light bodied, average carbonation, somewhat sticky.

Surprisingly disappointing wit we have here - in fact I even prefer the "big names" like Hoegaarden if given the choice.

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

Appearance: Very cloudy as one would expect from a good Wit, as the body is a golden yellow with minute bits of yeast in it. It poured with two and a half fingers of fizzy carbonation, which sadly due to being fizzy, didn't stick around or lace.

Smell: Very nice, nothing here really dominates but instead builds upon everything else. A nice lemon citrus scent is backed by cloves, corriander and the barest touches of wheat malt. Pretty much everything you'd expect from a wit.

Taste: A very nice blendof citrus dominates the entire experience, as lemon, orange, grapefruit and even lime seems to have a constant presence. It begins with a healthy dose of barley wheat malt that seems prefectly roasted, it then turns to corriander and cloves that quickly build to be accented by only the barest touch of herbal hops and ending with a twist of lemon. A little more spice that lasted a bit longer and a little less hops would earn it the perfect score.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is off, probably because it's too high in the body and not enough being present in the head, which quickly evaporated. Decent transitioning, and a very pleasant aftertaste that mimics the entire beer experience lets it gain ground. I'd give it 3.75 but it does enough for the 4.

Drinkability: The biggest downside of this one is the carbonation, to the point that I would suggest letting it stand for a couple minutes after pouring, as the bottom of the beer is going down a lot better. Apart from that one gripe, refreshing, easy to get down, light bodied and is easy to put back on either a summer's day or a winter's night.

Final Thoughts: Apart from the carbonation there isn't a lot wrong with this offering. This is pretty much what a good wit should taste like. Now granted a little innovation and spin might have improved it a bit, but it also might have also ruined it. If they can get the carbonation into the head, it would be spectacular instead of incredibly good. I'm certainly going to try more from Unibroue after this one.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance> Big white head. No retention. Very hazy warm yellow. So far so good.

Smell> yeast yeast yeast... touch of lyles golden syrup.

Taste> Yeast in the front, alcohol heat, cinnamon, coriander. Nice hang.

Mouf> Not extraordinary. not too shabby.

Drinkability> Go on then.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,473 ratings