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 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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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow beer, slightly hazy, large white head.
Aroma..slightly spicy,some "banana" thats about it.
Taste again slightly spicy a wee bit of "banana" and thats basically it.
Highly carbonated mouthfeel.
Over all a very average Wit.
I am not being impressed by Unibroue...again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed sixer, drank a few months back; review based on notes:

Pours a hazed gold with a pinky of pearl colored head. Average head retention & some lacing

S: Some apple peel & lemon, a bit dull

T: White grape juice, phenols & white pepper, plus grassyness up front. More fruittyness & phenols as this warms. Finishes grassy with a strong flourish of lemons & phenols, a bit too dirty for me

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation

Drinks easy enough in the summer, otherwise not too interesting

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Photo of tronester
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light golden with a thin white head. Has a hint of blue/green tint to it when held up to the light also. Smell is rather muted, smells vaguely of malt. Taste is sweeter than a lot of wit's, wheaty middle, and spicy, banana finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light, nice low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, this is a good witbier, but I've had a few better, available for a lot less money. Still worth drinking, however.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy white head that lasts surprisingly well. Aromas of coriander and wheat, with a hint of citrus and some banana. Tastes of bready wheat with a bit of tang. Spices come through later along with very light lemon notes. Light-medium body with good carbonation for the style. A decent wit, but kind of characterless.

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

Hazy yellow-straw, cloudy, slightly turbid from the yeast. Good one inch rocky head and ample lacing. Effervescing.

Smells of tart wheat malt complex and fruit candy.

Taste is tart fruit and wheat malts. Very satisfying on a hot day and quaffable without a doubt. This is a good summer brew. True to class.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- golden color, cloudy

Smell- fruit aroma, cider

Taste- light fruit flavor, pretty good

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied, good carbonation

Drinkability- pretty good I would drink it again. It had light flavor but I still enjoyed it. It was good.

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Photo of wheatman106
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, cloudy, poured a 3F head which dissipated quickly and formed little to no lacing.

S: Quite an unexciting aroma; however, scents included lighter fruits, apples, and cider.

T: Opens lightly hopped, with barley and apple flavors. Moves quickly through middle and finishes short and somewhat bland.

M: Light to medium body.

D: Though not my favorite, I would drink again. Definitely a session beer IMO. I would enjoy most during the summer when all my ciders have been finished.

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Photo of sbe1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 12oz foil-topped brown bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy light gold with a good, but short-lived white head leaving sudsy lace.

Smell: Fruity sweetness blended with tart hops and spice.

Taste: Hints of citrus and sweet fruit, pepper, coriander, a dry clean finish.

Mouthfeel Very crisp and refreshing, light to medium body, nice complimentary carbonation.

Drinkability: excellent. A lovely session beer.

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

It pours a hazy yellow with two inches of fizzy white head. The head has poor retention, and fades away to nothing fast. After swirling the bottom and pouring the dregs in, the colour turns an opaque peach juice orange. Aromas of orange, peach, coriander, and a hint of bread. A little bit sweet and a little bit sour, it tastes of tart orange & coriander with hints of lemon and bread. Sour wheat twang. The yeast held in suspension gives this beer a bit of body, the carbonation stops it from feeling too heavy. It's got a bit of substance without being filling. It's extremely refreshing, it's tasty, and it's very easy to get through this 750 and still want more.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed this was available in both regular sized bottles and 750ml oversized corked bottles at the NSLC this summer. I decided to pick up one of the corked bottles to try.

It opened with a small pop. Pouring resulted in a slightly cloudy, ultra pale gold color, almost white (and hence the 'Blanche' part of the name). Plenty of thick head, which eventually settles down to a thing film. Minor lacing is left on the glass.

Smell is slightly yeasty, with the barest hints of spice.

Taste starts out with a bit of yeast. At the end, some light citrusy flavors. In the middle some chewiness, which lasts until after you swallow.

Very mild, fairly light, with mild carbonation results in a pretty drinkable beverage. Fairly refreshing on a hot summer day to boot.

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

Poured a nice light golden color with a three finger head that dissipated with no lacing. Smells somewhat of a tart apple cider. Some spice. Tastes somewhat sweet and tart. Notes of citrus and some cloves and spice. Medium body, very bubbly. Drinkability is high; I could easily drink a bunch of these. Good summer beer.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a witbier kick recently and here is yet another to throw on the pile. 750mL bottle poured into my Maui Brewing company pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden straw with a super fizzy and tightly packed bleached white head. There is no head retention and no lacing to speak of after a few minutes though.

S: Nice clean aroma, coriander, nutmeg, mild cinnamon, all the things a witbier should be and nothing it shouldn't.

T/MF: Interesting balance is struck from the outset on this beer. Peppery, fruity, slightly bready sweetness, with a slightly sour acidic finish with hints of lemon and orange peel. Mouthfeel is just about the best thing about this beer, a nice and solid chewiness and a good, clean finish that leaves the palate ready from yet another sip.

D: Goes down easy, a beer that does not ask a lot from the drinker and delivers on its promises. Could stand for a bit more complexity but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of tattooed81
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful light golden color with a foamy white head. Hints of citrus as you raise the glass to your mouth. Light and refreshing with a citrusy mouthfeel and just the tiniest hint of spice at the end.

Very drinkable (especially in the summer months)

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale peach in color. The head comes and quickly goes. Not much lacing.

There is a yeasty smell to this beer. Getting some typical Belgian yeast ester smells as well.

The taste has some fruit flavors at the end. Some slight Belgian yeast esters. And some slight sourness which was also present in the aroma. Sort of like that smell you get on any brewery tour. I assume that's yeast.

Refreshing and good. But nothing which will knock your socks off.

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

12oz brown bottle with "Best Before" date poured into a pint glass. The bottle include pouring instructions and recommends what looks like a Flute for glassware.

A: A hazy dull yellow transitioning to almost copper in the middle. Tons of tiny carbonation bubbles for the entirety of the session. White head that recedes quickly to half a finger and remains, clinging to the glass.

S: Wheat comes first and foremost with hints of spices and a overripe granny smith apples.

T: Wheat is a bit more subdued on the palate as compared to the nose. Spice is a mix of black pepper and coriander. The fruit is quite mild on the palate.

M: Light bodied brew with loads of carbonation, actually quite refreshing. It is extremely crisp with a nice dry finish.

Very nice. I don't know why I'm so surprised as I like everything from Unibroue. I guess I'm just not a huge fan of the style, but this one is fantastic.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great bit of art from the Unibroue brewery, I really like the bottle that I poured from.

The beer foamed up nicely like a smart Belgian should, however, it quickly left the glass and there was no lace to be seen. A very yellow, straw, clear body on this beer, it seems to be highly carbonated.

The nose had a small bit of spice break through, with some yeast not far behind. Not a bad smell for a belgian.

The taste, however, fell fairly flat as I didn't get a sense of much complexity at all. No yeast, no winey flavor that breaks, through, it is rather bland. The taste, while not bad, does leave something to be desired.

Only 5% ABV, it is a fairly drinkable beer, but I don't know if I like it enough to sit down and drink more than one.

A little disappointed in this beer from a fine brewery.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 2,458 ratings