Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

very good
2,395 Ratings
Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

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Photo of crag
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very tasty wheat beer with an interesting legacy in its name. It's not Allagash White, my goto wheat beer, but it has many good characteristics one would expect in a wheat beer and I'm not talking Blue Moon

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/12/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of coriander and some fruity yeast esters
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to partial 1 mm ring and medium island of tiny bubbles
Lacing – none
Body medium yellow, hazy, sediment (OK, bottle conditioned)
Flavor slightly fruity with subdued spice; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(on tap at Blue Monkey, served in a shaker pint)

First sip in, and I'm reminded that this is one of the better N. American Wits you'll find. Quite Belgian. Not bashful with the coriander. Then again, I'm a sucker for Unibroue's proprietary spice signature.

While never sporting an impressive headstand, this beer is well-carbonated, packing a sharp, acidic gassy bite that, when alongside its bright, husky coriander bitterness, shakes and wakes the palate with each sip.

I can't remember it ever looking all that cloudy, and the body is lean, crisp, and dry. This isn't one of those thick, fluffy Wits. About halfway through the glass, a hint of doughy malt comes through in the aftertaste. The citrus remains woven discreetly into the background.

Rather grab a 4-pack of these than that ol' industrial Hoe.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Hazy Pale Yellow topped by a a beautiful 2 1/2 finger white head.

S- Perfumey Citrus and Light grassy notes.

T- Lemon, Pear, spicy Orange, and light grassy notes.

M- Medium Body and Medium Carbonation. Fine streams of Champagne like bubbles.

O- Excellent Witbier. Likely the best example of the style.

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow in the glass with a fine head. Bright citrus notes. Medium bodied, crisp, spice on the finish. Unibroue produces some of my favorite beers. Blanche De Chambly is perfect for warmer weather with an ABV that won't put you to bed before sunset.

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Photo of Tilly
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice hazy golden colour. Smells of citrus and honey. Tastes of citrus, lemon, wheat and honey. Smooth, silky mouth feel. Crisp finish! Nice Weisbier!

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Photo of Tommygunn
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light, cloudy, and almost headless. Unimpressive nose. Pretty delicious and refreshing taste though. If you're a white ale fan, you'll like this. The advertised coriander and orange peel are difficult to find - I wondered if I might be imagining them.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Banche De decent....but I don't think I would buy a six of it. The beer was poured carefully into a tulip glass to avoid the settlement at the bottom of the bottle. It was golden in color with foamy head that is not lacing. The scent was chardonnay like with hints of orange spice. The taste was much like a Belgian white. The mouthfeel was light in body with good carbonation. Overall its good and I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy, golden-amber liquid with slight white head.

S: kind of musty/moldy with lemon and hay

T: Lemon, pear, hay, white wheat and a somewhat sour finish like limeade.

M: good medium viscosity with carbonation to style.

O: I like this Unibroue offering because of the relatively low alcohol content. It is a solid, easy drinking wheat ale.

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Photo of Jaysauras
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: The head exploded on this baby. The minute I poured it this foamy cascade permeated the glass, (wasn't an aggressive pour either). Probably the headiest beer I've ever had out of a bottle. Nevertheless, a very nice unfiltered golden colored beer with tons of dancing carbonation bubbles ascending.

S: Bananas, straw, biscuits, honey, and there is that nice hint of coriander.. Subtle smell, good, but very subtle.

T: Very much like the nose, bit of banana and biscuit in there with a slight citrus and spice to it. Bready and malty finish to it. I actually wasn't overwhelmed by the flavors. Taste was average at best. Didn't seem to blend very well, was quite bitter and soapy. Perhaps it was a bad batch I got, but I wasn't particularly impressed here. The flavors were there but it was just everything all at once and felt a bit watered down.

F: It's crisp and refreshing after a really bitter start to it. Good carbonation, tingly but not dry.

O: Gotta say, little disappointed here. Was expecting a solid brew and was let down. It's an average beer in my opinion at best. Flavors are there, the look is there, but it just didn't seem executed well. As stated before, maybe a bad batch, but it was incredibly bitter up front which kind of took away from some of the flavors. I am more of a complex beer appreciator so this one might be a little bit light for my style. That being said I have tried others of a similar style and enjoyed them quite a bit.

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Photo of travolta
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yeast spotted, opaque gold, very minimal head retention and zero lacing.

Nose: Some lemon, coriander, lavender and orange.

Taste: Some lemon, spices, and cloves. Crisp carbonation.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This pour a hazy golden amber with bright white foam
There's an aroma of coriander and orange peel, with a lightly floral aroma
It's crisp and refreshingly light with a floral character and some orange peel and coriander coming through. Delicious.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color. 3 fingers extra foamy super white sparkly head, lasting 5 minutes and creating a foam island that you can sculpt with each sip.

Aromas and flavors of sweet fruity citrus and spicy clove. Perfectly balanced taste with a wheat, bread like feel, and floral hints. Could be tastier.

Thick slick, almost creamy body with a prickly champagne like feel. Faint and short well balanced finish making salivate.

Overall : Excellent fresh white beer. Missing a little taste and some feel, while not too heavy while eating.

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Photo of gatorlove
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This tasted more like a hefe then a wit. I couldn't detect as much spice as I would like from a wit and there were a lot more banana esters than I would expect from a wit. It was a solid beer but a little off for the style I think.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single fresh bottle at Cafe Craft in North Charleston, SC. After scoring the tin foil cap and popping the top, I proceeded to pour the dirty blonde ale in to a tall wit tulip. Exceptionally cloudy with tons of unfiltered particulates floating freely. The drink dons a 3-finger frothy foam head of fine bubbles. Most of the foam dissipated fairly quickly, but it left a nice thin layer that endured. Decent retention with no lacing. Lots of coriander in the nose, with a citrusy orange zest. Faint grassy, wooden aroma in the background. The first sip brings a distinct lemon sourness, tart, with grains of wheat in the finish. Nearly undetectable clove spice. Simple. Aside from the coriander and citrus, the beer is lacking complexity. Mostly due to the sparing use of competing spices. Ultimately I think that adds to the charm of this one. The carbonation is lively and the body is somewhat thin. Refreshing. This beer immediately makes me think of summer time. With it's fresh lemon citrus flare and easy drinkability this beer is the perfect companion for a hot sunny day. While not the best wit I've had, I'll take this over any number of the crappy shandy varieties I've sampled.

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Photo of Morgluin
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
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 +3.4%
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 +13.2%
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 +5.9%

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 +15.2%
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 +3.4%
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 -4.7%
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 -22.5%

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 D-HopSupreme
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly orange-straw, very cloudy body with a little bit of white head that quickly dissipates to a few localized sections. The scent is fairly sweet and quite delicate, with flowery wheat and lots of sweet citrus coming over. The taste has fairly prominent light citrus components, such as clementine and sweet lemon, with a tartness peaking out mid-body into a silky smooth finish. I don't even enjoy most wheat beer, but I would drink this any day hands down. Trust me, you need this in your life!

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Photo of Nightwing
3.25/5  rDev -16%

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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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,395 ratings.
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