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 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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Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color with 2 fingers of white head. Very active visible carbonation in the glass. Not as hazy as you would like to see a wit but other than that a fine looking beer.

S: Big nose for a wit.Orange peel coriander up front. Quite a bit of white pepper comes through. Quite yeasty as well.

T: This is like a double wit without the ABV. Very flavorful. Everything you want is there really.

M: Very light and refreshing.

D: I really do not like this style at all. That being said this is a great example of the style. It is a bit over the top which will help it out with beer geeks.

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

12oz. brown bottle poured into a tulip. Notes.

A: Pours pale straw, light haze. One finger of loose head with some retention and little lacing.

S: Light yeast with good spicy phenols. Some fruity esters and banana.

T/M: Nice spicy yeast bite and strong carbonation to comopliment. Some clean fruits try to peak out past a crisp and wheaty malt bill. Candi sugar? Light body and strong carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of rhollman
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale yellow, slightly cloudy

Smell - Light citrus fruits

Taste - Crisp, light, very mild hop bitterness

Mouth Feel - Smooth

Drinkability - Very light and a very mild flavor. Perfect for those who enjoy, want and appreciate a light beer with a very mild flavor - Cheers!

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

Pours a nice golden and semi-translucent color with great amount of head retention and fair lacing. There is a lot of bubbling action going on throughout the duration of being in the glass. The Chambly's scent is loaded with yeast and wheat, with some hints of spice and fruitiness. The odor opens up more as it gets warmer, like every other beer. The taste is very smooth and nice - good amount of bread and spice, with some undertones of citrus. The finish is very fine and smooth. The brew is light-bodied with a small amount of carbonation going on in the mouth. I can definitely drink a couple bottles of this; it's very drinkable.

*originally reviewed on July 2, 2009.

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

I love the look of a nice Blanche de Chambly. There are no other beers that I have tried that capture such a dazzling light show of carbonation.

My bottle is the 750ml variety and on the first pour I'm careful not to inject any yeast into the glass as I like the show. Huge amounts of sparkling bubbles twist and turn their way to the top of the glass forming a large white head. It subsides to a thick cap of foam but leaves no lacing behind unfortunately. The initial pours are crystal clear with a pale gold color. Later pours have yeast combined and the transparency is gone but the color is richer and more golden.

The smell is representative.. light citrus fruits, yeast and spices. And the taste has more.. especially the signature Unibroue yeasts, but overall the drink is quite light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is remarkably smooth given the high carbonation.

Drinkability is good. These bottles are big but they go down fast.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden yellow colour. Nice fruity tastes thats typical with the style, but the citrus taste wasn't over the top, like other beers. So that was very pleasent. Quite drinkable. Could definately drink more of these in a sitting. I find the other Witbiers to be too acidy and citrusy, so its hard to have more then one of them. This beer, not the case. Quite delicious and definately my favourite of the style. Delicious beverage.

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Photo of Long813
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Pint

A: White, one finger head that remained constant throughout most of the drink.No lacing. Murky orangy-green body.

S: Apparent wheats and slight hints of banana

T: Wheat, with hints of banana and citrus

M: Medium-high carbonation, medium body. Minimal aftertaste

D: A great well balanced beer, it's not to strong or weak on any end of the spectrum of what it should deliver.

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

On tap at Barleys last night, I hadnt seen this one there before so I decided to go for it.

The pour was decent, light with ample carbonation and a small white head that was short and fleeting. Even still not terrible. Light aroma of grape, apple, hints of light spice and a touch of grassy aromas. Clean, light flavor, very nice in the middle of an 85 degree thuderstorm. Light wheat flavor, grape skins, hints of apple and a touch of clove almost peaking up. Dry finish with prickly carbonation on the tongue and a light kick of tart right at the end.

Overall this was solid. Not the greatest thing in the world, but I was really not complaining after I drank it. Would not mind trying again.

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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden and cloudy in color with a solid one finger head.

Smell: Strong wheat smell with hints of banana to round it out.

Taste: Wheat flavor is the base, with a bit of banana, coriander, and citrus in there for good measure.

Mouthfeel: A pretty fair body from the yeast.

Drinkability: It's really good, but it seems to begin to bite a little near the end of the glass. I don't know if it's the citrus or what, but having more than one or two at a sitting might be difficult for me. However, I could definitely drink this fairly regularly.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,474 ratings