Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

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Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,028
Ratings:
2,339
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
17.31%
 
 
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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

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

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

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

Mouthfeel:
Bubbly and viscous, stays very smooth throughout the drink.

Drinkability:
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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Photo of granger10
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is simply an average beer at best. Maybe I'm being harsh because my standards are so high from any Unibroue product but this was a severy disappointment. Looked way too thin in body and tasted that way too. Color reminded me of urine, pale and light yellow. Taste showed very little. Slight breadiness and a bit of spice, but it was super weak. A bit cloying as well. Still this was ok but not any better than that.

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Photo of pootz
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A new shipment of Unibroue showed up on the brewers retail shelves here during K-W Oktoberfest...good timing? I procured a six-pack of 12oz bottles with twist top and date code. This is a fermented in the bottle beer so the date code is somewhat a puzzle.


On inspection you are greeted with more of the catchy artwork on the Unibroue products....this label depicts a landscape shot of the French settlement of Chambly on the Richeleue river...presumably the rapids or rock outcroppings supply the "white" connection to this Quebec brewed white beer.

My personal notes on this tasting are pretty positive. This is a beer type I am not warm to but this rendition (Canadianized) makes me a fan. This is a white beer in all aspects but it is a well balanced and drinkable one.


Pours a pale murky straw color with lots of effervescence and a frothy head that stacked 1 finger out of the glass then reduced to a thin froth that capped the drink to the finish,...I'm impressed!

Aroma was of spice and raisins with a waft of alcohol.

Starts crisp then builds to a very pleasing mirage of grain, fruits and spice tastes all devilishly subdued and balanced off against each other, The finish is quite a surprise with a lingering essence of metallic banana.

Great representation of this genre and very drinkable.

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

served in 750 mL brown bottle.
i bought this at a store in montreal.
tasted super duper fresh. this is a very crisp wit. very effervescent.
lots of nice coriandar/banana/clove flavor but doesn't overwhelm the palate. well balanced.
this is a very very drinkable beer.
very lively carbonation and the yeast really adds another layer of complexity. yumm.
i highly recommend this. get it as close to the source as possible.
bien sur!

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Another great Unibroue beer. Lots of carbonation gives this pale yellow beer a great head that recedes to a thin, long lasting film. Very cloudy and pale. Aroma was fruity and yeasty with apples very pronounced. Taste was a touch sour, tart and spicy. I think this is the first beer I really like better with the yeast swirled in.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good rendition of a style that is not one of my favorites. The look is outstanding, being a very cloudy pale gold with huge mounds of retentive head and great lacing.

The nose is about yeast and does it well, but lightly. The flavor gives hints of spice and also creates the fruit sense called for. The feel is quite good; lgiht with nice crispness at the end. Drinkability is very good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden brew with a nice foamy white head that stayed on for a while. Sweet refreshing taste with a fruity aftertaste. Good Unibroue yeast taste. This is one of the very good witbier, better then Hoegarden but not to the level of Blanche de Bruges.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Spices noted with some yeast as well. A has a subtle undertone of some malt, no hops noted. Heavy carbonation keeps the head alive.
Appearance: Hazy yellow/white color with very active carbonation. A massive billowing fluffy white head emerged and went the distance. The head settled down to a creamy top that slowly slid off the side of the glass, leaving no lace.
Flavor: Bland, especially for a wit. Very mild souring notes, the spices were there, but not pronounced. Some lemon noted in the aftertaste, but nothing like a hop bitter present.
Mouthfeel: This was good. Slid down my throat much like the head did down the side of the glass. Guessing there are some oats in there that create the mouth coating effect.
Overall Impression: Well made, but mild white. If you are new to white beers, this may be a mild starting point, but I like my whites with PUNCH. This has more of a mild push. The spices are close to the rest of the Unibroue beers I’ve tasted. I would up the citric acids, go heavier with the spices, especially the coriander, and think about another yeast strain to give it some more punch.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.
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