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Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

very good
1,022 Reviews
Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

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Quebec, Canada | website

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 Morgluin
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden colour, with a nice amount of head.

Smell: Delectable aromas of sweet fruits and spices.

Taste: Upfront, there are sweet and well-balanced notes of fruit, mainly apricot, orange, a bit of lemon, and a slight hint of caramel. Very pronounced on the finish, yet not cloying, with a pleasant aftertaste.

Feel: Light to medium body. Suprisingly smooth and drinkable, with a nearly perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall: An excellent and high-quality witbier. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very enjoyable Wit - from first pour, I was impressed by the orangey-gold colour, the slightly off-white head and the steady carbonation you find in most Unibroue offerings. This is an extremely drinkable brew - I can picture it fitting with a wide variety of foods and settings. The lovely fruit flavours - apricot, organge and bit of lemon give Blanche de Chambly a tasty, but not cloying overall sweetness. C'est fantastique!

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Photo of Jonathan33373
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has exceeded my expectations and I would definatley recommend for any fellow beer drinker. It has a smoothness comparable to the greats and it goes down quite easily. It is a full beer that has a lasting flavor. The only annoying part is peeling the tin-foil off to get at the beer, but after that its all flavor. I am not a big fan of white ale's but as for as they go this one is at the top. I would even consider drinking it on a regular basis. This is my 3rd beer rating so I could have my beer goggles on, however i feel even at this inebriated state i am capable of judging accurately. Before I thought the french were snobby jerks but now I am starting to like them.

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Photo of ThomasT
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance: Orange, quite cloudy with a foamy two-finger head that lingers for a while.
Smell: Apricot, oranges, peach.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Carbonation is plentiful, but smooth. Sweetness is present throughout, but not cloying. Apricot is most prominent, with orange, lemon, and caramel all pulling through.
A very nice beer for pairing with something like seafood. Interesting fruity esters and flavours and generally well-balanced.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the LCBO as part of a mixed 6pk. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that lasts and lasts. Unfiltered

S- Very good. Every bit as good as Hoegaarden.

T- Very good. Lots of yeast. Good white beer. Good aftertaste

M- Very good but very carbonated. Other than that it could use a touch more creaminess.

O- Very good white beer. It's fantastic on tap too.

Food Pairing

This wonderful white went well with..... Fish tacos!!


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Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blanche de Chambly (White of Chambly).

So what do I think about that beer?

The look of the it: Orange color with lots of carbonation

Well let's start with the smell. Orange with a little lemon on the side. Nice carbonation. A spicy on the after smell.

So about the look. Well golden orange, you can see the bubble going up. This beer is definitely light.

Now the taste. Well different taste coming. Very light, you have an orange with a touch of lemon. It is between a fruity beer and a blonde ale beer. It is good but not the best on the market. I was expecting much more especially coming from don de dieu and even from the Hoegaarden.

So overall would I recommend it ? Sure but not with big you have to tried it. I mean if you got the chance try it but if you don t get the chance, you don t have to try it. If you really wanna have a Unibroue, go for la fin du monde or don de dieu or even trois pistoles, is a much better option. But as a Unibroue man this is a good damn beer !

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Photo of lgmol
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 750ml bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Lightly hazy pale golden with lots of quickly ascending little bubbles. Tall white head made up of fairly large bubbles. The head sticks around for quite a while and a thin layer floats on top almost the whole way down. Nice appearance although the head looks a little bit thin due to the size of the bubbles.

S: Spices, light fruit. Not a terribly strong smell.

T: Much like the smell but stronger. Spiciness balanced with some sweet fruitiness (pear, orange). A little bit of character from the wheat but it is definitely in the background. Low bitterness from the hops and any other hop character is very low.

F: Nicely carbonated. Even towards the bottom of the glass it feels a little bit tingly on the tongue. Medium low body. Finishes fairly dry but a little bit of fruitiness lingers.

O: Not as unique as many of their other offerings but certainly an easy drinker and available at a very reasonable price in Nova Scotia.

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Photo of MikeKnauf
3/5  rDev -22.3%

From tap.

Nice appearance. Lightly golden, cloudy, beautiful champagne-like head.

Smell is that of spices. Coriander, clove and fragrant citrus hops with floral notes.

Taste follows the nose. No real taste up front,very neutral and watery, very lifeless in the middle with lots of subtle spice notes. Citrus, coriander and floral flavors are light and subtle. Finishes with sour flavor. Almost no detectable bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very lacking IMO. Not much carbonation. Could have been the tap, some was there but it was very faint. Lacks that mid-mouthful carbonated punch. It just feels flat there with lots of flowery taste.

I'm not very experienced on this style. My guess is it is probably good for the style that it is, but it's not for me. Too much like chardonnay in wine speak. Feels flat and flowery. I much prefer some strong carbonation and yeast twang in my wheat beers.

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Photo of Nightwing
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Mild floral and citrus aromas. Pours a cloudy golden with minimal head, looks great. Light sour taste. Light body, oily texture, and average carbonation. Overall not a bad white beer, a good one for a hot day.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from the 25 oz. bomber into an Innis & Gunn tulip.

a: Hazy gold with a huge two inch head which receded to nada.

s: Fruit cup.

t: Tangy pear and other light fruit over a light malt base.

m: Light to medium, good body, lots of carbonation tingle from the bottle conditioning.

o: A good white, refreshing and fruity-flavorful to the end.

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Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07/02/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As it's early July this is right on the money. The most surprising thing is the fullness of the flavor that leaves barely any aftertaste. It's not particularly dry as most that have this trait are. I could drink this all day (& night).

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Photo of Renaissance_Man
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Number three on the Sunday Session at World of Beer UCF. This is a great beer. It was poured from the tap into a slim pils glass. The beer was bright yellow, with a thin head. A good looking little wit.
The nose was full of spice and this was followed up with a mouthful of coriander and pepper. This was balanced with sweet tropical undertones.
The beer was highly carbonated with a strong mouth feel.
For the Hoegaarden fans you need to get your hands on this awesome beer.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into flute glass. Pours a bright golden color with a good sized white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of cascading bubbles coming to the top throughout the experience.

Smell is citrusy, other light fruits, maybe apricot, coriander, and some additional spices.

Taste is clean with a good balance of hops and wheat along with a strong citrus/orange peel flavor. Finishes with a combination of the fruity yeast and some fresh black peppercorns.

Overall, a great witbier, very refreshing, a great beer in the warmer weather months, but also enjoyable year-round.

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Photo of deneb
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden, slightly yellow color; huge head!
S: Powerfully sweet, citrus/orange scent
T: Very light; Obvious low ABV; Extremely orange-y but the aftertaste isn't amazing
M: Soft bite which fades; nothing exceptional

Though pouring this gorgeous beverage looks incredibly promising, the taste and feel seem too light to leave an impression. The orange is almost overwhelming. The first kick is light but great, and the aftertaste is greater. It's all the steps in the middle that make this drink lackluster.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy blonde color. Small head resting.

Rough spicing, coriander, orange peel, hints of sage, lemon rind, and tangy wheat.

Soft wheat, citrus peel, lemon, coriander, yeast esters, and faint green apple.

Deliciously light and easy. Carbonated moderately. Nice.

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Photo of stpatty
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What new can be said about this beer? It's a Quebec classic. Appearance is light yellow and cloudy as a good witbier should be. Yeasty nose with orange and spices dominate. Taste is clean and spicy with good carbonation. All in all a solid beer that’s true to form.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a creamy head, thin lacing and cloudy gold color. Aroma is citrus, coriander, and banana/clove/bubblegum notes. Flavor is generally good for style with the orange peel and coriander coming through and the aged hops and sharp tang of wheat in the finish. There is a hint of alka seltzer in there too. Mouthfeel is light and tingly. Overall a very good ale from Quebec.

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Photo of FLima
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Whitey orange color with a thin head with low retention, but with a constant plate.
Aroma de vanilla, coriander, orange peel, wheat, Belgian yeast and some banana.
So far, good but nothing different from average Witbier.
One of the Witbier more refreshing I had. Flavor of pineapples, orange peel, coriander, mild banana and wheat. Dry aftertaste.
Initially very light body with good effervescent carbonation with tiny bubbles and an acid sensation. Body gets thicker once warms up.
Drinkability at its best, hard to beat on a hot summer day. On the other hand, same flavors could be more bold and with a more robust body. So you can say it is not at par with other Unibroue brews (ps. Expectation is a bitch), but why not have a refreshing faithful to style wit? Lastly I noticed that when it warms up, changes completely and becomes more complex and robust. Which is common, but here it is more delayed than usual. I was a bit confused to go back or not to rewrite the evaluation.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very neat with plenty of bubbles. Reminds me of tobiko (flying fish roe). Opaque and canary-gold.

S - Reminds me hugely of La Fin du Monde which I had the day before. Baking spices and pungent citrus.

T - The depth of aroma is not mirrored on the palate, but that's to be expected with this style. I would prefer a stonger yeast character however and I found the orange peel over-bitter.

M - All those bubbles end up bringing too much prickliness to the party. Weight is about right.

O - Blanche may please others as the bitterness and high carbonation may amount to preference. As it is, I'm unlikely to have this again as this style is one of the few where I'm looking for a six pack or larger at an affordable price. Shoot me, but I prefer Hoegaarden.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.41/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden witbier tumbler glass.

A very thin but somewhat good retention white vanilla cream colored head. Body is a solid light apricot yellow to orange and with a good rising amount of carbonation. Pretty standard.

Nose has something off about it. Sharp rotting wood and bile is the only way I can describe it. It's not particularly strong, and for the most part is not that hugely noticeable. It's mostly a pretty closed smelling wit.

Palate overall is kind of odd and all over the place. Body comes out real seltzery and a quite fizzy and wet. Very little texture to this, and some good gaseous carbonation. The tip of my tongue feels like it's dipped in club soda. It really kills the chance to find something on first sip. Once it's faded only does some flavor peak out but barely. Carbon Dioxide. Faint orange and lemon on the finish. Faint hint of cream.

An overly gaseous beer that kills the palate, and the nose is off putting to unfortunately go with it. I'll be passing on this one.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a very hazy light golden ale. Carbonation looks very light on this one and head retention is nonexistent. That cork was in pretty tight but it seems flat. Aroma is strongly that of pale wheat closely followed by orange and a bit of coriander finishes it out. Mouth does show some carbonation,but it still seems somewhat thin. The flavor is a gentle blend of pale wheat and soft notes of orange. I get just a trace of coriander.

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Photo of SvenHayden
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a quality belgian witbier inspiration.

Appearance: good & cloudy. Vivid yellow. Between straw & lemon in color.

Aroma: very wheaty & yeasty. Has a rich, tasty yeast ester aroma.

Taste: tons of up front banana, followed by a creamy yeast kick

Mouthfeel: surprisingly thick & creamy. Not a thick beer, just more body than expected for a wit.

The yeast ester & creaminess is what does it for me. The fact that they make the beer "on lees" is what makes it a step above the rest, for me. You have to be in the mood for tons of banana, but if you are a strict blue moon drinker, give this refined step up a try.

Worth getting again.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw color with a white head.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast esters, spices, citrus and berries in the nose.

T: Flavor has notes of citrus, peach, fruity Belgian yeast esters, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied and a bit smooth for the style.

O: This beer has that typical spiciness associated with the style, perhaps not as spicy as a saison, but it's always definitely there. I like the berries and citrus in the nose, as well as the peach in the flavor. Definitely recommended, one of my favorites from Unibroue.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy straw in light, amber when backlit or indirect light; quick offwhite head, settles to full surface film; no lacing
S: yeasty, lemon/orange citrus
T: yeasty, savory apple
M: light-medium-bodied; dry finish
O: Disappointing, from one of my favorite brewers. Thin, not compelling, savory off-note. The nose is easily the strongest element.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a tall volumeous head on the pour with the head exploding as i pour. The color is a hazy golden with a good deal of carbonation.
The aroma is wit beer spicy and candied malts playig well in the background.
The taste was good but not alot of depth. It was difficult to separate the each spicey note.
It is smooth and spicy and really is pretty good.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
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