Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

very good
2,397 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of theghost3
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy light golden. Lot of suspended yeast. The head is 4-fingers thick, white & frothy. A 1/2 finger head stays throughout.

The smell is strong of wheat and there's also apples, coriander, and yeast. Taste is slightly bitter from orange zest & cloves. There's also a some yeast & honey. Mouthfeel is carbonated at first but ends dry.

This is a fantastic example of a Wit. Perfectly drinkable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color that produces a little fluffy head that fades quickly. Lacing is decent along the glass.

S: Spicy (coriander, nutmeg), orange peel is intense and a little overwhelming, butter

T: A lot more orange-filled than I remember...Dont know if the recipe has changed since I last had it back on 06 but oh well. Still nice. Yeasty as well.

MF/D: A little more carbonated than I like witbiers, but other than that light/med in body, nice citrusy finish, overall solid brew

I must say that even though this is not my favorite Unibroue beer, their brewery is amazing. Always quality products.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 6/21/09:

A - Cloudy, pale gold w/a bright white, fluffy cap that settled to a ring and some lace.

S - Bubble gum, vanilla and maybe some raw honey.

T - "Band Aid," honey, bubble gum, some clove - very nice.

M - Nice carbo-fizz with a nice creaminess.

D - Big time drinkability on a warm evening.

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

A- poured a cloudy light yellow with a bubbly white head that stayed around forever

S-fruity apple, pear

T-more fruityness, apples, pears, bananas, spice and clove with a nice tart finish. Nothing is too overwelming. It's just nice.

M-good carbonation up front with a clean finish.

D-nice easy drinker sessionsble. Fruityness dominates a bit. Overall, nothing bad, Very nice, although nothing truly amazing.

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Photo of bbeane
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured in a pint glass. Appears a cloudy yellow/orange with a small head that recedes very quickly... almost that of soda. Stays very active, moving around some small chunks of yeast within the glass

S- Not overpowering, but sweet with a banana bread sort of smell

T- Not as sweet as I expected, and very little banana taste as the smell had led you to believe. Finishes with a bit of tart

M- Very light and smooth and Very carbonated

D- Very light and drinkable... I could put a few away


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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, golden yellow/orange. Smooth white head 1 finger thick quickly dissipates to small head just around the glass.

Smell - citrus, yeasty, banana, clove

Taste - smell follows nose, get the banana, clove, apple, yeast, with citrus at the end. Very balanced

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth, good high carbonation gives it character.

Drinkability- Nice and refreshing, a good Witbier, nothing spectacular but overall a good beer.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a straw yellow with moderate white head. Lots of sediment (yeast chunkies). Head dissipates rather quickly, little lacing. Lots of yeast.

S- Not too bad, a little clove, some pear/apple, some metallic tone too.

T- Not too much here. Gets better as it warms, but mostly some yeastiness, light fruit, a bit peppery, but watery too. Simple, and frankly, not too strong (or enjoyable). As it warms it gets significantly better. It's still not my favorite from Unibroue.

M- Soda pop. Not bad for a light wit, though, I guess. A little overdone on the carbonation. Dry finish.

D- Eh, I would enjoy something else given the chance.

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Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an average-sized white head, that lasts for a little while. Color is dark yellow, with cloudiness throughout and good lacing. Aroma is citrusy, as expected (orange especially), with light yeast. Medium body on the palate, with average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Tasty flavor with average duration, moderate acidity, and lightly bitter. Good price, would definitely drink again... one of the better Belgian whites I've had in a while.

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

This is a good, solid witbier, better than many in my book, if a little too dry and tart.

Faintly hazy gold, it has a large white head that dissipates steadily to a thin top, leaving only very weak hint of lace.

The aroma is yeasty, raw grain, very ricey, with banana and apples.

The taste is lightly fruity with faint hints of banana and spices but dominant tart citrus and a little grain, with a faint hint of sharp bubblegum in the finish. Although a little soft in the very beginning, it quickly becomes more dry in taste and feel, staying rather dry throughout, more dry and tart in the finish with light quality of tart citrus and peach. It's very refreshing and fairly tasty, and still has some subtle complexity throughout.

I must add that Witbiers usually tend to be rather disappointing to me, thin in character and either too soft and sweet or too dry and bland, and often have unpleaant chemically-citrus tastes.

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Photo of Kromes
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with a fluffy white head that dies down pretty quick. Smells good, a spicy, clove, yeasty, belgian aroma. A great flavor. Good cinnamon, clove spiciness with the yeasty flavor. A nice tangy citrus flavor in the finish. Very balanced and not too overpowering in any one flavor. Good mouthfeel, a nice high carbonation that adds to the spiciness of the beer. Drinkability is very good, could drink these all day long.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle with silver foil on top

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow color with good white head

Smell: Great sweet fruit smell with a little hint of spiciness, but not much

Taste: The sweetness remains in the taste and the spiciness becomes a little more prevelent but not overpowering likes some Witbiers out there. It finishes off with a orange rind flavor that doesn't remain too long.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. poured into an imperial pint. Best by 09-03-10 printed on the bottle.

(A)- Poured a pale cloudy goldenrod color. Huge voluminous head that was at least 4 in. tall, but quickly sank to a 1-finger head.

(S)- Lemon yeasty pie filling smells. Really drying in the nose. A touch of orange peel. Really musky/moldy smell that is really distracting from the nice fruits going on in the smell.

(T)- Really light bodied fruits. Yeast is really demanding in the profile. Tastes like a yeasty lemonade with alcohol in it. Pretty delicate in its strength.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation bubbles amidst some yeast/lemon fruit. Really smooth.

(D)- Its 5% abv is no problem plus its a Witbier that is light, fruity, and refreshing. Just nothing to write home about, yet a good beer to drink on a warm summer weekend.

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Photo of juju7
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times and always thought it was a good wit but decided to put it alongside Hoegaarden to see specific differences. Cloudy honeyed orange with a small head. Definitely got the orange on the nose with some spice and a little caramel honey, but what grabs me is how much this actually smells like a hefe rather than a wit. It's highly carbonated and feels good in the mouth with a little sweetness and some nice citrussy flavours but it doesn't have th zesty zing of the Hoe. Still it's a pretty good take on the wit style if not a little close to hefe.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled dark brown bottle with foil wrapped neck. Poured into the narrow unibroue sniffer glass.

Lifts two fingers of effervescent head with active carbonation and weak lacing. The body is a bright amber tending towards yellow and a very subtle amount of hazing.

Smell is a very well balanced blend of sweet dry grainy yeast notes, malts and the soft aroma from the skins of summer fruits. In fact I found the aromatic features of the white ale to be very pleasant.

Whilst citrus fruit flavors balance well with hops neither of the tastes dominate the palate; the taste mirrors the aroma.

Crisp up front and very refreshing. Balanced fruit and grain flavors give way to a (once again) subtle herb spice finish.

Wits aren't really my thing but I found this to be a good experience of the style.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden blonde - in fact, it fills in the lost colour on my Unibroue cervoise quite nicely. Nice, unfiltered cloudiness. White, fizzing bubbles of head leave behind a modest collar.

S: Wheat and soft fruitiness dominated, with a little bit of citrus sweetness for good measure.

T: Wheat malts, soft citrus flavours - very soft. I often find that witbiers end up tasting a lot like breakfast cereal... Fruity Pebbles and the like. Spices are light, as well. It's not like most witbiers I've had in the past. I find it a positive thing!

M + D: A little prickly and sparkling, finishing with a spot of residue on the back of the tongue. It holds back a bit of flavour, which makes for a nice touch. Pretty modest alcohol, none of it coming out in the flavour - and better for it. Though it's not a massive or intense beer, I still find it much nicer to sip.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer many years ago when I started my foray into the world of good beer. Since then I have seen it on the shelf many a night as I passed on it for a darker, higher abv brew. I drank many Unibroue's in this span. This included the anniversary ales, tres pistoles, maudite, terrible, don de and so forth. I finally scooped this one more time realizing my palate is now much more developed. I expected the prince of white beers. Instead I got the pauper. I don't want this beer ever again unless I appear at a party and it's budweiser or this.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enough with repetitive breakdown, the beer is definitly worth one purchase, a good overall expierence, went well with food, a bit carbonated but gives a bit of character,try it and see for yourself,

p.s. it is a fair representation of a belgian, style and quality!

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Photo of seand
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fairly slowly into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange-yellow color, with nearly 2 fingers of white head. The head dies down but does leave a few millimeters on the surface.

S: Sweet yeast with hints of malt and fruit.

T: Like the smell. Fairly subtle, with a sweet fruitiness on the finish.

M: Very carbonated, mostly clean and crisp.

D: Drinks very very easily, and has a fairly low ABV. The only problem here is the perhaps excessive carbonation.

Would make a good summer session beer. It's got some nice flavors for a lower ABV beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Sort of the lighter little brother to all those big, bad, dark Belgian ales from the same brewer.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden yellow hue, with three fat fingers of thickly puffy, tightly foamy bone-white head, which takes its sweet time melting away, eventually leaving some decent scattered cloud lace around the glass.

It smells right off the bat of spices - cloves and mild white pepper - banana esters, light orange citrus, and a semi-sweet pale grainy wheatiness. The taste is gritty wheat malt, earthy yeast, neutered cloves, mildly tart lemon and orange, banana chips, and a faint earthy, weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is moderate, after coming down from an initially overbearing frothiness, the body just teasingly close to medium weight, and actually quite smooth. It finishes with a fruity, yeasty, and spicy flourish.

Fairly refreshing overall, especially as the days get warmer and warmer. A very good example of the style - glad it's so easy to find around here, though I still personally prefer Maudite or Trois Pistoles.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. I tossed the bottle out and I can't remember the exact best-by date, but it was some time in 2010.

A: Hazy light orange. Big fizzy head.

S: Citrus and spices.

T: Tartness and bready malt. Orangey aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied. Well-carbonated.

D: An above-average wit.

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Photo of skinny0ne
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours with a great big fizzy head. The color is a yellowish-white and cloudy from the yeast. The aroma is great with citrus and bread. It's very light up front. A bit of malt sweetness. A nice undertone of honey. Around the edges is the citrus which keeps it crisp. There is also a nice breadiness, like a good white bread out of the oven. And it finishes cleanly with just a hint of honey and lemon. In the back is a bit of coriander.

The interesting thing is that this brew floats over the tongue. It feels as light as air. It makes it insanely drinkable. Everything in it is subtle yet complex. A good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of vishneda
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. From a 4-pack with best before 07-29-10. Fairly loud pop when I opened the bottle.

This beer has a nice cloudy golden color and looks very inviting with the chalk white two finger head. A lot of action at the start with bubbles in rising up through the glass. Head retention is about average for white beer and there is very little lacing.

Did not have a strong scent. A little phenolic on the nose and a rich malt aroma. With a few deep breaths I noticed the refreshing citrus smell that is similar to some air freshener. It has a good clean smell but was not overpowering.

Similar to the aroma, the flavors are somewhat quiet. A mixture of wheat/grain and citrus fruit dominates the mix. A little of the banana and maybe some orchard as the beer settles in. Initially a little sweet, I noticed a peppery note as the beer goes down. It leaves sharp, not really bitter. Everything was very subtle compared to what I normally experience in a witbier.

The mouth feel is very light and flowing. This might be the best characteristic of the beer. The air is noticeable but its not extreme. Combined with the subtleness across the senses, this makes for a very easy drinking beer. Overall it is pretty refreshing, though I wouldn't quite agree with its claim to be the "most refreshing white beer". The feel and drinkability of this beer are high class.

Blanche de Chambly is an enjoyable though somewhat uninspiring beer. Very drinkable; I could sit and drink a few and certainly would not complain. Easily a solid second tier witbier.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours cloudy dark gold with blonde highlights.

S - Lemony citrus, bananas, faint spice.

T - Sort of a let down. There's the yeasty, bready witbier quality, with a little bit of light fruit citrus/banana influence and some faint spices, but everything is extremely muted.

M - Medium bodied, light fizz.

Notes - Not my favorite from Unibroue, but not bad.

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Photo of gameface23
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a very loose head that diminishes rapidly. Carbonation bubbles race up the glass and create a sparkling rim around the edges.

S: Nose of spicy clove and white pepper, tart apples, small amounts of bubblegum, and citrus zest.

T: Fruity with a peppery kick.

M: Spritzy carbonation. Very tight carbonation bubbles and a lot of them.

D: Easy drinking.

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

A - Pale, golden with lots of champaign-like rising bubbles...thick, white head...clear until the yeast sediment hit the glass

S - Bananas and lemon zest are most prominent...some wheaty aromas are picked up later in the beer

T - Initial lemony sweetness...almost like (I would imagine) fresh squeezed lemon juice mixed with some candied sugars...feint spices come out as the beer warms

M - Tight carbonation...crisp...some tartness in the back of the mouth, but it doesn't really stick around

D - Refreshing and light...easy to get through this one quickly...nice on a warm summer night

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,397 ratings.
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