Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

very good
2,411 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 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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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden Delicious with a bright brass tinge when held into the light. The body is immaculately clear, making both its colour and complexion unusual for the style. The head is bounteous and excessively bubbly but curiously dwindles down to practically nothing even while a steady army of bubbles continue to march just below it.

It should be remarked that its bouquet offers straw wheat and sweet malt dressed in phenols and esters that is typical of most Belgian Pale Ales, German weissbiers even, but is not entirely characteristic of most witbiers. There is a yeasty spice, notes of clove and white pepper, and a splash of cider and Granny Smith green apple.

Apple skins doused in white pepper and coriander is what I taste most. Whole slices of peeled apple are also tasted, likely stewed with pears and cardamon. There is a very real sensation of Bartlett and Granny Smith that together make up much of the taste. It is far more orchard fruity than citric fruity.

Unibroue doesn't disclose which spices or fruit-based additives they use but we do know two things for certain: they do use some additional flavouring and the result is something slightly different from most popular white ales. As mentioned, I taste apple and pear in place of orange peel and more white pepper and cardamon in place of coriander.

The carbonation is extraordinarily high. A witbier should tack on the bubbles so I won't mind it although it is, in all honesty, a little annoying to have my tongue feel like it's being pricked by pins and needles each sip. Otherwise, the wheat is crisp and the spice is noted but restrained. Hot weather is not required to enjoy this witbier (nor is any citrus wedge!)

Blanche de Chambly was one of my first introductions to witbiers and it long stayed as one of my favourite. Although there has been tough competition in that category as of late, I will still often look to Unibroue when hankering for something crisp, flavourful and refreshing. More often than not, Blanche de Chambly will hit the spot.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown bottle with foil and a cap. Poured into my Maudite chalice.

A - Pours a golden yellow, almost straw color with a thin, white head. Looks solid for a witbier, very impressive.

S - Smells of sour and tangy fruits. Esters. Not overpowering either, very light on the nose.

T - Tart bananas at first followed by what I've learned to be a typical Belgian onset. Powerful sugars, bitter towards the end but still finishes well. Much better than American-style wits I've tried. I like this!

M - very smooth on the palate, great mouthfeel from beginning to end. A pleasure to drink.

D - Exceeding drinkability. Very easy to drink, although the alcohol kinda sneaks up on you.

Well recommended.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. After stirring up the yeast, appears a cloudy golden straw color with an inch of bone white, lingering head. Nose and flavor is quite fruity - green apples, lemon, orange, maybe some peach, as well as some subtle spiciness from the yeast and finally, a dose of wheat. Medium bodied with medium to moderate carbonation. A refreshing, great drinking wit.

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Photo of keenberg87
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a foiled top, freshness date of 06-19-09

Appearance -Poured a very cloudy yellow-brown with a quarter-inch head which dissolved pretty quickly. Plenty of yeast floating around.

Smell - Sweet, fresh, very mildly spiced.

Taste -Sweet and fresh, almost like a cider. Moderate citrusy notes.

Mouthfeel - Light and bubbly. Not over or under carbonated, just right. It almost dances on your tongue, almost tickles a bit.

Drinkability - I'd definitely have another, but unfortunately I only got the one! It goes down so easy and tastes great. Bravo Unibroue!

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Photo of cdizinno
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown twist with a foiled top, freshness date of 09-04-10

A: Cloudy straw yellow with a thick white head and lacing.

S: Slight sweet spices.

T&M: Very crisp with a light to medium body, mild hop bitterness and dry grains. Peppery spice and slight fruit flavor from the yeast.

Good White Ale to be had here, definitely closer to a Belgian White Ale than most American brewers. 5% abv.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pale yellow with a large white head, heavy carbonation is evident

S - Hints of alcohol and freshness of wheat

T - Nice subtle flavors of well balanced wheat and hints of Belgian yeast and spices

M - Medium-heavy carbonation and light in body

D - Very drinkable, great subtle flavors and just enough great flavors. Great warm weather beer with tons of flavor.

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

A Pours a cloudy straw color with a large foamy head.

S- A mild sugary sweetness. Smells "Belgian".

T- Sweet, a touch wheaty, a hint of spiciness.

M- Light bodied, carbonation gives almost a creaminess to the brew.

D- Good.... Nothing here will wow you. Kind of an easy drinking witbier.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Blanche de Chambly is a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a nice froth upon pouring. The head gradually fades, leaving a small collar around the beer's level. Plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A light aroma, the smell is slightly citrusy to go along with the more noticeable yeast sensation.

Taste: A light, but balanced malt and hop presence, the more noticeable aspect is the yeast. I would have gotten even more if I had swirled the beer around in the bottle; there was plenty of yeast remaining. Some subtle orange peel and light spiciness adds to the flavor. Unfortunately neither the smell nor the taste really blow me away.

Mouthfeel: A light body, but the plentiful carbonation also adds a nice crispness.

Drinkability: This is definitely a nice, smooth beer that just disappears. It is that easy to drink. I would rank the drinkability higher, but the taste is just not that much above average, unfortunately.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blanche De Chambly
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 %, bottle>duvel glass, reviewed 4/17/09

A 3.5 - Ok head, with minimal lacing. Semi cloudy, darker golden straw color.
S 4.0 - Mild aromas and spicy notes. Tart, citrus but mellow notes.
T 5.0 - Taste was the standout on this brew. It's a unique tart Witbier. A fine example of a tart Wit. Mild clove in background on wheat base. Some citrus notes are present.
MF 4.0 - Med+ body and carbo for a Wit.
D 4.5 - A very unique Witbier, I really enjoyed the tartness. Darker in color than most Wits, but still a very fine example of the style.

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Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, orange-gold liquid with a big white head that fades away without sticking to the glass much.

S: A bit musty, but there are certainly good smells in there, too. Unibroue has a great signature yeast flavor, but there are some unpleasant phenolic qualities in Blanche de Chambly.

T: Nice witbier with an earthy Belgian yeast profile. It's just not a deeply complex flavor and tastes more like a light, relatively generic Unibroue ale.

M: Ok, nothing to write home about.

D: It's not hard to drink, but it's got me fairly bored by the end of the glass.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a weizen glass.

A: One finger of white head over a pale golden, lightly-hazed beer. Almost zero retention on the head, which made it less aesthetically appealing.
S: Fresh wheat and citrus (orange zest, more specifically). Very light coriander spice under the citrus.
T: Big citrus flavors and refreshing wheat. Spices try to pull through but must suffice as a subtlety. A hint of metallic, and a touch of hop to round out and balance.
M: Crisp, but not in the lager sense. Relatively light-bodied and little to no residue.
D: Clear, refreshing and simple. Not the first witbier I'd turn to, but an incredible take on the this satiating style!

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,411 ratings.
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