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 Tone
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, spice (clove), tart malt, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, slight sweet malt, tart malt, citrus, and slight spice. Overall, a good blend, body, and complexity - though, the high carbonation hurts the drinkability.

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

Poured into a Blanche de Chambly glass.

Appearance: A cloudy gold-orange with a nice bit of foam.

Smell: Banana, citrus, and spice.

Taste: It follows the smell, banana and citrus with a pleasant spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel: There is a nice bit of acidity on the tongue that transfers to a creaminess at the back of the throat.

Drinkability: A good beer for the summer or in general, the low alcohol content and smooth refreshing taste makes this beer a must try.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

E gads man, where did this beer go wrong?

Poured out, brown/red/orange, looked unique, great lace, piqued my interest. Aroma, still kind of neat, but my first warning sign, all those smells that makes you think someone should have just got into making wine instead. Apple, banana, cinammon, etc. . .

Taste, confirms, this is like some twisted incarnation of what would happen if DFH made some fancy pants Newcastle brown ale with currant and eggplant harvested from the 3rd moon of Jupiter (i.e. weird for the sake of being weird). Just too much going on, and I realize its a classic, but just not enjoyable for me, in any sense beyond looking at and smelling it.

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

Presentation: A 12 oz. brown bottle with a silver foil around the neck and a beautiful design on the label. I must say Unibroue is second to none in the quality of their packaging.

Appearance: The color is a hazy pale orange. It pours a creamy head with excellent retention even down to the last sip.

Smell: Sweet and spicy with a faint whiff of alcohol. Very fragrant.

Taste: All the wheat you'd expect from a Witbier with spicy and fruity notes abound. One of the best beers of the style I have tasted.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice even feel in the mouth with a healthy carbonation.

Drinkability: It's smooth and not too heavy making for very good drinkability. Definitely a must try for anyone who likes a good Witbier.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Super cloudy tan with a slight golden hue. One finger of rich, soda-style head.

S: Rich wheat, lemon, apple cider with notes of earth.

T: Carbonated, citrusy and spicy wheat beer with hints of roasted nuts and apple juice. Finished very clean. Little aftertaste.

Drinkability: With a 5% ABV, I'd say this is a good Unibroue candidate for a 4-pack purchase.

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

I have really been trying to get into wits, and this is one of the better ones I have had. It seems too many examples take the spicing overboard, luckily for us, unibroue doesn't take this route.

Pretty light golden color, not quite as cloudy as I was expecting, but I'm OK with that. The head is beautiful, as we have all come to expect from this wonderful brewery. 2 fingers of dense foam accompanies the brew till the end.

The smell and taste both have the trademark spiciness, but it seems to come more from the yeast than the coriander and orange Peel. Nice and light in all aspects.

Crisp light body with just enough bubbles, not too shabby at all, this is an easy drinking beer that would be great for converting some blue moon drinkers.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy, yellow/ orange beer with a thin but creamy white head that has some excellent retention.

S- Light frutiness and white bread, honey and coriander. This smells like it goes together much better than other beers of this style, it is just very faint.

T- Very light fruit and bread, coriander. Maybe lacking a bit of depth.

M- Smooth, creamy, and just a bit of bite at the end. The finish is clean and dry. Very nice.

D- A smooth, light, drinkable beer. Not super memorable, but worth a try for fans of the style.

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

750ML bottle bought at diCicco's in Ardsley, NY

Beer poured a bright straw colour, Leaving a slight trace of lacing

Smell was floral fragrance

Taste - very light and refreshing, I didn't get that "soapy" flavor that I got from a couple of other entrants of this style. Very fruity in taste, lively carbonation.

This was an easy drnking brew, I easily finished the 750ml bottle by myself. if this was on sale, I'd gladly restock this in my fridge, as I'm not a huge fan of Witbeers, but this particular example was very good.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 705ml corked and caged bottle. This was a Christmas present but it was past the "Best Before" date of 06/01/09! Whoops!

A: The color was an opaque straw color that was more yellow or golden than a typical witbier. Possibly due to the age of the beer? Bright white head that faded quickly.

S: Fruity. No sour notes.

T: Sweet with no appreciable hop bitterness. The same fruitiness of the nose came through on the palate. There was a slight tartness in the back of the throat.

M: Fairly thin but yet there was pleasant creaminess from the mild carbonation.

D: Kind of a sweet "desert" beer for me. Good after dinner. No trouble finishing the 750 ml bottle but that was enough for me at one sitting. I hope this was a "representative" sample since the best before date was 7 months past. I did not notice any objectionable or "off" flavors.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Maudite glass.

This beer pours a a golden straw colored gold, far brighter than a typical wit. Pillowy soft white head that came and went without any lacing at all.

Spice, soft wheat sweetness and yeasty esters on the nose. Pleasant...

Taste is fairly sweet, no presence of hops to be found. Fruity up front with a spicy but smooth finish.

As the bottle suggests, this beer is still active in the glass due to its bottle refermentation. Bright and crisp feel that is really delightful.

Since the belgian wit is one of the most drinkable of all styles in my opinion, and this is a very smooth representative of the style, I would certainly say this one is quite drinkable.

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Photo of bmwats
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Pale cloudy hay color. 2 finger bubbly white head. Slowly settles, leaving little peaks and valleys as it does. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Wheat, hay, and a little lemon. A little musty.

T: A light wheat flavor, and lemon. Freshly cut grass.

M: Light, carbonated. Steely aftertaste.

D: Pretty solid beer to drink through.

Decent atmosphere. Nose is light and pretty characteristic for the style. Appearance... the same. Light color, big bubbly head. Flavor is pretty basic, but very nice. Overall, the is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow, with a head that dissipates quickly. Spiced wheat aroma. Has bits of coriander, a little clove, possibly nutmeg, giving it just a slight spiciness. Not very heavy spices. The flavor is much like the aroma, only not as pronounced. It is rather smooth, and the low alcohol makes this a good session beer.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can you find a cooler beer in concept? I think not. Almost like a champagne in my eyes, with how the carbonation just engulfs your mouth. Such a fun beer to drink, and thankfully the fairly reasonable alcohol content enables you to do so in large quantities! I dont think Unibroue knows how to make a bad beer. Cheers!

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Photo of EsoxLucius
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a hazy straw yellow, fluffy, but soon gone white head. has good lacing that sticks it out.

S: wheaty mostly, pronounced yeast smell with some spice and citrus undertones.

T: floral and tropical, banana jumps out. it has a malt to it along with some hop bitterness. the citrus i smell is tasted minimally, but it's there. i liked it, quite enjoyably mild.

M: not bad body, a bit sticky and heavy on carbonation.

D: high point along with the taste, it went down very well and it's mild enough to not beat one to death with complexity and ABV.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours a hazy gold with an effervescent white head. The coriandedr is present in the nose, not sure about other spices. It generally smells "sweet". Lemons, oranges, and spices abound in the flavor, the finish is dry. A light bodied, highly carbonated brew that is too easy to drink. An excellent example of the style.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice dec16 2009

A cloudy light peach with a two finger head that has decent retention but leaves no lace

S fruity with a fair bit of spice and yeast, quite nice on par for the style

T all I smell but a little more citrus and some very mild banana and clove

M almost too carbonated but quite light and refreshing

D even on a cold day I had little problems with this one, more of a patio beer but very enjoyable nonetheless

I was a little surprised I had yet to review this beer I drank it quite a bit in my summer rotation. another solid beer from Unibroue and perhaps just a little better out of the 750ml corked and caged but it may just be in my head

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

Nice wit. Poured into a Bud Select Pilsner glass (Busch Gardens). Nice hazy straw color, medium size bubbly white head. Average retention, didn't see any lacing.

Good witbier smell. Citrusy, belgian yeast, spiciness (pepper).

Taste is the same. There is both astringency and wheat smoothness to this beer. The flavor is pronounced and very pleasant. Not in the St Bernadus class but still better than many other witbiers I have tried.

Mouthfeel is smooth.and crisp...carbonation just right.

Drinkability is good. This would be a great summer session beer. One with my crab legs on a cool winter night is pretty good too!!

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

A- hazy golden amber with a foamy white head that has a slight yellowish tint to it. excellent retention, decent drippy lace.

S- this bottle is a few months past its prime but seems to be ok. wheaty malty aromas, with fruity notes of apple and pear. grain aromas are rather toasty as they melt with coriander and orange peel. dense spicy vapor, coconut and citrus.

T- taste is fine too, but i have the feeling that when this bottle was very fresh there might have been a layer of tartness that is now missing. very mellow, white bread. some coriander and orange can be tasted as well. finishes slightly sweet.

MF- fizzy and crisp, just the right amount of medium carbonation. cooling and dry.

D- flavor is sorta bland, and i'll blame that on an outdated bottle. everything else seems to be in order. a fine clean wit.

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

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a light cloudy gold with a sudsy white head.

Smells citrusy and yeasty, with hints of coriander.

The taste is the same, but also with notes of white wine grapes and fresh grains.

Feels light and bubbly, but the carbonation is soft.

Pretty delicious wit. I would have to rank it up there with the best in the style that I've had. Definitely worth a find for wit fans.

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Photo of TBeer07
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very light and refreshing beer. Served from a corked 750 ml bottle into a tall wine glass.

A- A light yellow colour, cloudy, with a rather quickly dissipating head. A small but steady flow of bubbles is present.

S- Very pleasing fruity smell

T- Smell is confirmed upon the taste. I received hints of banana, fig, and a citrusy taste.

M- Moderately dry finish with a spritsy and light aftertaste. Very refreshing.

D- I am more of a fan of darker beers, but this white beer has stood out among many I have tried. I feel this would go nicely with a well prepared mediterranean salad. I feel this is a beer for special occasions.

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

On tap at the Winking Judge in Hamilton, Ontario. Pours a pale yellow body that is somewhat cloudy. Nice medium sized frothy white head accompanies. Aroma is cirtusy (mostly orange) with some floral notes to it. Smells like it is going to be refreshing. Initial taste is orange, but gives way to more of a light lemony taste, followed by some spicy notes. Nice! Goes down without a hint of alcohol. Unibrous seems to make all of their beers taste almost non-alcoholic. Good stuff.

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - good golden/orange hue with thin head but persistent bubbles
S - zesty orange, wheat, spice, tangy herbs
T - full flavored with loads of orange, citrus, and floral
M - somewhat light with low tannins, low alcohol and med acidity
D - very mellow and easy to sip

The lower alcohol on this brew is perfect for those longer nights spent sipping and chatting. A great, light alternative to (in my opinion) the much better La Fin du Monde. =)

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden/ light amber into a snifter, with two fingers of thick white head, and decent lacing. The aroma included banana, clove, citrus, pear, and fig. The taste confirmed this; banana and pear hit you first, dissolving to spiciness and subtle smokiness, and finally a thin tart finish. Very light mouthfeel, but spritzy. Very good session beer.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 11/09/09. Poured from a 12 oz. brown foil bottle with no freshness date into a large red wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold with a gigantic head that retained pretty well and laced nicely.

S: Very fruity Unibroue yeast aroma, citrusy fruity smell.

T: Somewhat dry, a little bit of that citric fruity sweetness, with a very light hoppy finish at the end.

M: Dry, light body, with high carbs.

D: Could have quite a few of these, goes down easy enough, very clean tasting, a good fair weather beer. I had 4 of the 6 during this session.

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

Poured into a mug. From a 750ml bottle capped and corked.

A - Pours a nice strong straw colored hue with nice bit of haze. A nice big frothy head forms as I pour active carbonation rises quickly up from the bottom.

S - Nice spice up front but a bit on the bland side with some grain and fruit mixed up in there.

T - Nice crisp and clean bite of spices up front, coriander, black pepper. Grain flavor from the get go that is nice and clean.

M - light to medium body, good co2

D - Refreshing

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