Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

very good
1,035 Reviews
Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of chaduvel
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange/yellow with a frothy white head that remains. Smells spicy, yeasty and citrusy. Taste is of dried orange or orange peel, some spices, coriander maybe and touches of mild citrus. Good mellow yeast flavors and to be sure that mouth numbing Unibroue yeast that I love. Crisp, refreshing and very very drinkable. One of the best wits around.

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

Poured out a hazy pale yellow/gold color with a good amount of carbonation. Smell consisted of a good amount of orange peels and spice. Some citric notes are also noted in there. Taste was nice. Lots of citric notes hit the palate first with some spice mixing in. But it's not overwhelming in the spice department. A little orange peel makes it's way through for the undertones. Mouthfeel was a little thin, espeically for a wit, could of used a little more body to it. But other than that, a very good wit beer.

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Photo of soper2000
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle with a best before date of 2-4-05

Pours a golden color with a massive white head. Aroma is very faint but i perceive a note of wheat. Taste is what you would expect from a wit, very clean, balanced. A hint of clove with some fruit are the flavors most apparent. Mouthfeel is nice an bubbly and drinkability is pretty nice. Not my favorite wit overall. I was expecting a little more from Unibroue as they are one of my favorite breweries maybe this style just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on draft @ the Gingerman in NYC. Light/dull orange in color. Very cloudy, white fine bubble head, leaves major lace. Powdered sugar in nose. Crisp, light, refreshing,fresh tasting. Lemony, and spicey, nice dryness in finish. Very pleasant thirst quencher, quality stuff, great with food and during warm weather months.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Releasing this pulchritudinous ‘best by 02/2005’ marked 12 oz. brown bottle into my trusty Flying Fish tulip glass builds an attractive pale lemony hued cloudy pour that practically fills the top ½ of the glass with a beauteous pillowy cloudy white head that looks like an ice cream cone, retained til the end. Salute! Champagne bubbles mysteriously rise from the depths of the glass.

Cloves and ginger meet my nose then yeasty notes creep out next. When I finally tipped the glass far back enough to get the Blanche to cut thru the head, I tasted a perky essence of Wit. Rock solid in the mouth, this UNIBROUE is more relaxed on flavor for the sake of Drinkability. While 5% ABV is hardly usual UNI style, Blanche is no slouch in the flavor department, with white raisins, lime, cloves, ginger ale and sweet yeasty notes staying consistent while she warms. I’d be curious to know how this matures. Maybe a year of cellaring will add to some surprises.

Last swigs: An easily drinkable, white and bottle fermented for extra complexity. I think I grabbed a 4 x 12 in Jersey for like $8. Better UNIBROUEs but still a quality brew.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It boasts of Belgian pale malts and that fruity yeast scent that I love. There seems to be some spices in here as well. The taste is good also. It has a nice light fruity taste with pale malt flavor. There seems to be some spices, but nothing too strong. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied brew with good carbonation. This is a good brew. It goes down easy and refreshes. It has good flavor; a beer I will have again.

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Photo of avylover
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy straw color, much like a hefe. Decent fluffy white head here. Aroma of fruity esers, bananas, tropical fruits, spices, and some bready malt. Taste is clean and flavorful. ther eis in fact a clove taste in the background here, some slight bready maltiness and some mild hop bitterness at the end of things. Very carbonated mouthfeel. This is a great tasting session ale. low ABV & lots of taste. Good stuff.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a bright yellow with a nice fluffy head, and it left no lacing as I drank it.

The smell is nice, full of flowery citrus. The flavor is decent but not too exciting. It has a good balance of sweetness, hops, and citrus. The finish is dominated by citrus.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12oz. bottle like the one in the picture. On the label was a "best before date" of 02-04-05. This witbier had a hazy golden color and a voluminous white head that quickly settled down to a modest cap and left random lacing.
The nose was not as pungent as other Belgian wits I've sampled. It had a yeasty malt aroma and a nice spicey note, mainly of clove and, to a lesser degree, some coriander. The cloviness was more pronounced in the taste, as was the malts. A light bubblegum flavor was also present to go with the zippy clove taste. The feel was light and had an effervescent bite to it.
All in all, I thought this was a tasty wit that was quite quaffable. The flavors were well balanced and it was a good choice for what turned out to be a warm day. Another good offering from the folks at Unibroue.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack. Foiled cap.

Poured into a Rapscallion snifter, foamy half inch virgin white head formed on top of a slightly cloudy golden hued liquid. Some lacing, more like a slight foam that hurries to rejoin the liquid. Expected "white" nose, a sharp, yet wheaty smell. Initial bite to the flavor, then mellows out to a nice well-rounded wheat. As expected, a worthy brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of jsolack
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale yellow, looks like a great pale wheat! Head is light.

Wheat and fruit predominant. Overall the smell is mild but very enticing.

Pear is the dominant flavor... wheat comes in at the finish. Light sweet aftertaste.

Bubbly and viscous, stays very smooth throughout the drink.

Great taste... light, sweet finish. This beer would make it easy to drink a bit too many!

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Photo of TinusTime
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly cloudy pale straw with a pretty spritely carbonation. Smell is grainy with hints of spice and citrus. Taste is pretty light on the spice for a wit. Not nearly the orangy-coriander of say Hoegaarden. The spice comes in at the very end. A bit sweet but nothing offensive. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, but not overly so, more refreshing than prickly. Drinkability is good and this would be quite refreshing on a summers day. Not my favourite from Unibroue but still a pretty good beer

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Photo of Zorro
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, fairly lively carbonation.

Smells of perfume and spice, and mildly sweet.
Has a mild citrus scent to it too.

Tastes a bit sweet with a citrus taste to it. Very mild flavor.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but still good. This would be good with fish.

Very mild and drinkable.

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Photo of Ardon
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dense head, hazy light orange.

Smell: Sharp perfumy citrus rind.

Taste: Strong taste of cloves and a very perfumy lemony acidity.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, soft zesty carbonation.

Drinkability: Very refreshing but there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of scottum
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange straw type amberish color with a white head which leaves before its time. Fruity indeed this brew is. Very well balanced. Oranges and spice and some yeasty nice. I enjoy this beer much much more on tap, but it is still quite good bottled.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow! A Unibroue with a low abv. This will be interesting. Pours a hazy, straw yellow, with an immense tightlyknit white head. Head is prolonged and leaves sheet lacing down the glass. Nose is fruity and floral, akin to other Unibroue offerings. Peppery spices and Valencia oranges occupy the nose. Taste is dry, tart, slightly yeasty, and refreshing. Dry and fizzy in the mouth. Very drinkable. Unusual for a Unibroue, but I like this one. Not as complex as other Unibroues, but I like it as a welcomed change of pace.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This stuff ain't bad, but ain't great either. Very smooth taste without much flavor. Very fizzy at the pour, diminishes to a chunky solid white head. This tastes like (I imagine) the macros are supposed to taste, easy drinking for damn near everyone and a bit watery. I really didn't care for it at all.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a large, soapy, smooth head; a beautiful head! The appearance of this beer is near perfect. This beer is white, but not as much as some white/wheat beers: I can see the slight golden appearance of the barley, although the wheat colour predominates. The appearance is astounding. I tasted from a 750 ml brown corked bottle, and the closer I got to the bottom, the hazier it became: indeed, the last glass from the bottle was nearly impossible to see through, whilst the first glass was very, very clear. The aroma is typically wheat-tinged, with citrus and spice notes. I also sensed quite a bit of sweetness. The taste is sweet, and yes, sour, especially in the finish. There is a delightful spicy taste, with slight hints of the malted barley; but the wheat taste is definitely stronger. Little bitterness. Curious: it leaves a slippery, soapy feel on the palate and on the roof of the mouth. The farther down the bottle, the hazier and yeastier it becomes.

On the second bottle, I found subtle differences. I can taste a definite wood flavour in this bottle, as well as other slight tastes. Spectacular, this difference between two bottles: enough to add nuances and complexity, without risking consistency.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy, light yellowish color, adorned with a large, thick, pillowy white head.

Aroma: ahhh!, soft, sweet, slightly spicy, citric-fruity, sublimity and sophistication.

Taste: Delightful tingle on the tongue starts it off, a blizzard of citric hop flavor, delivered a tart bite, that is kept in check with ample, smooth maltiness.
Light to medium body, excellent texture, with a warm, happy, flavorful finish.
A richly rewarding witbier, this should please anyone and could suit any occasion or meal.

Great tasting, vast drinkability, exquisite.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very slight haze to a quite pale, bright golden/yellow pour. Tall, fizzy white head fades with slight lace.
Smell: Bready, yeasty wheat with a full semi-dry malt background. Clean crisp spiciness.
Taste: Lemon peppery, wheat graininess with a yeasty bite. Finish is crisp and drying, but allows some grain aftertaste to linger.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin. Carbonation faded quickly.
Drinkability: A very drinkable wit, however, I definitely prefer the other more substantial Unibroue offerings.

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Photo of proc
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another excellent offering from Unibroue.

Pours out to a pastel, cloudy, yellowish-gold in the glass with a good sized head. Aroma is that of yeast and a faint spice. The taste shows hints of clove and light banana. This is a very easy to drink beer. The Quebec Quaffer!

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Photo of Sammy
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quebec-based brewery that holds its own and more against the Belgians. This beer was well appreciated by anyone who enjoys beer and wheat beer. Lovely as a sipping beer over a good lunch. I had two in Mt. Tremblant and it has continued to be a mainstay.

Had it on-tap and it was even more refreshing but would not be ranked as high as the bottle.

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

Poured a hazy off-yellow colour with a big white head that quickly dissolved The nose is kinda of a lemon and it is very reminiscent in taste to La fin du monde for a lot of folks. I don't get that in the taste but a lot of people do. It is often described as tart and the aftertaste is one of sour fruit (I guess that's lemon again) but, hey, Blanche de Chambly is, as they say, easy to drink and full of good tasting flavour. I like this beer for supper.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you happen to have been born in the U.S. in the early '70s you may remember Astro Pop candy. Looking at the bubbles of this champagne-like golden-yellow fluid reminds me of looking through that translucent candy as a child and seeing the air bubbles trapped inside. The head is foamy and FRIGGIN' HUGE.

The smell is strong and somewhat astringent, and the taste echoes that. It's fizzy and refreshing, and just citrusy enough. The problem for me is that astringency which haunts the finish.

This beer is perhaps not as complex as it should be, but is slightly bracing and quite refreshing. For me its particular lack of complexity actually increases its drinkability. I consider this to be a "safety-blanche" - something to drink when I want a wit, but don't feel like being challenged.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was golden, with wisps of white head. The smell was a nice, subdued spicing. The taste was lightly spiced...not too overly done, and was well-balanced, allowing the wheat to come through. Mouthfeel was fairly well-carbed. Drinkability-wise, quite fantastic and could definitely have a few.

Yes, not as big as Unibroue's other beers, but this is a quality wit, and certainly one that I'd have again.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,386 ratings.
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