Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

very good
2,413 Ratings
Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of prosper
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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 -11.6%
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 +6.7%
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 +7.8%
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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Photo of ShoeLaw
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 2.5
Pours a light, pale color with little head, no lacing of note and only minor carbonation.

Smell - 3.0
Subdued, with hints of citrus and spice.

Taste - 3.0
Surprising lack of complexity compared to the smell. Refreshing, but with little of interest. Yeast-heavy finish leaves aftertaste...

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Thin and almost a little watered down.

Drinkability - 3.5
The light, uncomplicated flavors make this a very refreshing white that goes down easy but doesn't make a terribly significant impression.

An average, drinkable, refreshing witbier. Not bad...not great.

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Photo of OskarL
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden/pale yellow color with a big white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells of citrus, yeast and spices. The yeast kind of damps the fruity smells.

Tastes citrus, peppery, yeast, a bit sweet and corriander with some bitterness.

Crisp, light/medium body with lots of fitting carbonation.

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Photo of irishking1977
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not had a single beer by Unibroue that I have not liked. Even a few of their Belgian tripels and pale ale surpass some brewed in the native country IMHO.

A: Bright, cloudy golden hue with a massive rocky white head that vanishes quickly leaving some lacing.

S: Citrus and a mild funky, hint of yeast.

T: Spritzy and citrusy with a mild peppery and yeast finish. Baked bread qualities at the end as well. Easy to drink.

D: I think I'm getting bored of Witbiers; I've had some many different variations, that they just seem to be a light, refreshing easy to drink beer, but nothing that really is overly memorable or stands out. This is not a indictment of this specific beer, just a personal opinion of the general style of witbiers. For the style, this one is right on par, however. One of the top three favorites of mine which includes Victory's Whirlwind, and the original Hoegaarden.

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

Pours a golden yellow color with plenty of sediment. The large white head quickly fades and leaves a thin ring. The aroma is of citrus, spices, and yeast. The flavor is sweet, fruity, and spicy, with a bit of a citrusy aftertaste. Light bodied with high carbonation. Witbiers aren't my favorite style, but this is a very good example of the style. This would be very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Served at 40 degrees.

A: poured pale slightly hazy gold with 3/4 inch bubbly white head, beautiful

S: citrus and spice with some malt and hop notes

T: citrus, biscuit, and slight hint of spice, no hop bitterness, excellent

M: bubbly, medium full with good carbonation

D: could definitely drink more than one, high carbonation fades in mouth making it a pleasure to drink and not too filling

Outstanding beer. Will definitely be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of Biffster
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a slightly cloudy deep gold with a delicate but persistent lacy head.

The aroma is spicy and complex - bready and fruity, with detectable wheat. There are big citrus, pear, strawberry and especially pineapple notes, along with pepper and other delicate spices.

It is much tarter and spritzier at the sip than expected from the luscious fruity aroma. The tartness gives way to a bready wheat malty flavor at the swallow. The spicy tartness lingers in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is light and fluffy with a high spritzy carbonation.

Unibroue can always be counted on to make big exciting Belgian style ales. This offering, one of their first I think, is a really finely balanced and delicate example of a light and refreshing style. It almost seems like a departure from their bigger offerings we are familiar with, but in fact it shows the exact same attention to detail and excellence as almost everything they produce.

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Photo of icetraxx
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale orange, a tad darker than most wits. A sort-of creamy three finger head fizzles down a one finger rather quickly, from there it fizzles down to a cap and then to nothing. Very little, if any, lacing. 3

S: Citrus (mostly lemon, some orange), belgian yeast and the associated funk, and a touch of coriander. The aroma is rather sour and astringent, but in a moderately pleasing way. 4

T: The taste starts with bitter citrus and belgian yeast up-front, similar to the Hitachino Nest White Ale, and then that fades into a touch of coriander and hop spiciness. The flavor is quite strong overall and finishes quickly with a hint of bitter lemon peel. The malt is well balanced against the acidity of the citrus, the malt has virtually no sweetness compared to other examples. I am surprised by the amount of Belgian-yeast, even wild yeast, funk. The flavor here may be an acquired taste for the Allagash white and Blue Moon drinkers, but I think this is quite delicious.

There are some dynamic subtle flavor notes that suggest black pepper corns, unmalted wheat, honeydew mellon, . This definitely has an authentic feel that most other Wits miss (even the Belgian ones). The dynamic flavor profiles remind me a lot of the Hitachino without the strong nutmeg notes. Again, a delicious beer. 5

M: A bit over carbonated (typical Unibroue), but quite creamy and medium bodied. Just thin enough to be very refreshing. Carbonation is very distracting. 3.5

D: Carbonation is distracting, but flavor is amazing. I would drink another. This one is great to sip and savor the interesting flavors. 4.5

O: An over-carbonated and poor looking Wit, yet, completely amazing. Drink this.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great cloudy pale yellow appearance. A pure fizzy white head with loose sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smells like a malty wheat beer in a good Belgian way. The taste reflects just that malty wheats and is really good. A great white beer with just a touch too much fizz for my mouth.

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Photo of JMD
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden yellow with vibrant peachy tones and a small white head. Minimal lacing and retention.

S: Delicate aroma of bananas, citrusy oranges, and wheat. hints of coriander and other spices.

T: Sweet upfront with hints of banana, some orange and lemon zest. Pale malt and wheat followed by hints of coriander and peppery spice.

M: Light bodied, tingly carbonation, finishes a bit dry.

D: This isn't my favorite wit, but still highly drinkable and well crafted.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
2.74/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

C. Cloudy
H. Golden Yellow
N. Almost like an Orangina; sweet citrus with light spice (coriander)

Comments came from my blog (;
So the wonderful thing about this beer blog is I have people recommend beers to me that I would never think to try otherwise. Well this was a recommendation, and I have avoided this brewery's beers for a while since I thought the art work was odd and almost "Magic the Gathering-esque". Well like that horrible waste of a time card game I found myself a tad bit interested in this brewery. Also like the card game I found it a bad move, and a waste of time. The beer wasn't anything special. It had some really weak head that disappeared FAST, the odor was really good, and the taste...well it was just overall too sweet. Almost over-powering. I'll give the brewery another try, but if it ends up with the same review I'm just going to "Blame Canada" just like they did on South Park.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 ounce bottle in flute glass
A: hazy, golden in color, active carbonation, bits of sediment, solid tight cap of foam.

S: yeasts, spice coriander.

T: light refreshing, coriander, a subtile hint of citrus not enough to pick out the fruit though, reminds me of summer, there is no depth to this one. it is straight forward and simple.

M: pin point carbonation, carries on through the whole sip, finishing crisp a bit on the sweet side.

D: I chose to pour some of the yeasts in the glass, I think unibroue has tasty yeast, but can be over powering and have ruined some of their beers by pouring them in. I find this style beer to be drinkable in the summer soaking up the rays, this one is above average for drinkability on wit beers the spice is toned down from others i have had making drinkable and not over powering.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml that was a year old. Yeast throughout but still assume the beer is still good.

A - Yellow clear with very little head. Debris glitter the bottom but taster is full of clear gold!
S - Bread malts and hops. Very good.
T - Nice malt and bitter taste. Pretty alright for a beer aged this long.
M - Highly drinkable
D - I would have the high ABV beers again but this one seems a miss. Like the best lager I ever had.

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

The witbier poured a clear straw color with a 2 finger foam head that dissipated quickly.

The nose was a light orange peel with the typical yeasty belgian smell. The taste was spicy with a lemon peel taste to it. It was well carbonated and the bubbles were rising throughout the drink. Overall a good example and well executed wit.

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Photo of MikeGill
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 2/11/10 at the Belgium Room (Hop Devil Grill) in NYC.

Draught beer served in a Unibroue U Glass poured to the 0.3L mark.

Cloudy yellow gold with a small frothy white head and nice lacing. Fruity nose revealing carmelized pineapple, yeast and sparkling cider aromas.

Fresh and delicate with a yeasty center and some lemon candy sweetness. Some minerals and peppery spice coming through. Light to medium bodied. Somewhat lean with good carbonation but lots of creaminess.

Perfect as an aperitive. I would love to also try this with goat cheese or maybe raw shellfish in the future.

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Photo of franktheman
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is good. It is not my favorite, and no it does not taste like the wonderful Fin du Monde. Nice head, the color is decent. I would drink it again since I have the Blanche de Chambly glass set at home.--- I would recommend this to a friend, but would recommend Fin du Monde before!

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't have any expectations for the Blanche De Chambly. It turned out to be a very good buy. The beer seemed to smell very similar to Blue Moon. It pours a pale yellow, almost cloudy. The taste is similar to Blue Moon as well (more Blue Moon from the bottle, not on-tap). There is a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Its a very "bubbly" beer, great deal of carbonation it seems. Chambly is a decent witbier. I would drink it again.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

The brew is a very cloudy (swirled the bottle), hazy, bright, golden orange in color. There is little head to speak of and what is there initially, dissipates very quickly.

Spicy, bright citrusy friut and mild orange peel bitter.

Crisp and heavily carbonated.

Very drinkable, would make for a popular, refreshing summer brew...

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

750ml bottle. A little less than room temperature.

A- Pineapple juice color. Very opaque for such a light yellowish colour. A lot of bubbles rising. Pretty white head reminds me of a fine lace (fabric). It is only a centimeter thick though.

S- The full head smells of pastry. Once it recedes: Orange peel, banana, light malt, light yeast. A bit of whisky smell.

T- Subtle clove, some kind of fine herb (can't put my finger on it) Banana, citrus, A bit of water. Hops are present. Apple after-taste

M- Very creamy. Low carbonation but still foams up quite a bit. The slightest bit watery but works very well overall.

D- High. Feels light but no compromise on mouthfeel and very little compromise on taste. I would want more especially if it was warm out.

Good. An above average beer. Fans of witbier should try.
Might've been better a bit more chilled.

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Photo of donteatpoop
2.74/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a lightly hazy golden-amber color with a barely present film of white head.

Smells of yeast, orange peel, and a bit of lemon; some cider-like spice.

Taste is spiced and lemon-sweet; a cider and pine hop and some vague caramlization.

Mouthfeel is weak, low carbonation. Checked the bottle... Holy shit, 5 years old. I gotta start checking these things.

Will purchase a newer beer and re-review.

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Photo of barleywort
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 341mL bottle poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: pours a light, straw-coloured golden yellow with a thick white head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing. Beautiful yeast suspension, making for an incredibly cloudy, opaque brew.

Aroma: muted floral tones and candy-sweet citrus smell with straw-like aromas in the backend.

Taste: subdued candy-sweet lemon flavour, quickly overcome by coriander and spice. Hints of grain sweetness that surfaces here and there throughout the tasting.

Mouthfeel: light, bubbly bursts due to the high carbonation; arguably light, but not thin.

Drinkability: Not my preference for witbiers, this one overall comes across a slightly one dimensional. I like the candy-sweet lemon taste, but it is quickly overcome by a singular coriander taste. However, this witbier is more session-able than others. Ultimately, it's a solid beer and good general example of the style, but not a paradigm, as it lacks that "wow" factor we all look for.

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Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light hazy golden color with a thick pillowy white foam that leaves a few rings of lace.

S- Notes of citrus fruit (mostly orange and lemon), fresh cut grass, and lightly toasted malt.

T- Very juicy splash of fruit and spices initially with a bit of alcohol and sweetness in the finish. The lemon flavors dominate with a noticeable touch of coriander and Belgian yeast.

M- Light bodied with spritzy carbonation.

D- A very solid Wit that I could see myself picking up again.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,413 ratings.
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