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

This beer pours with an almost Champagne like head full of tiny little bubbles. I belive I heard somwhere that they use a champagne yeast for this brew. There is a slightly sour grassy aroma as you start your first mouthfull. The taste dances back and forth across your tongue. At first sweet then sour then the light corriander and back again. This is a mavelous beer to start of with to leave the mega brew world.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very light and cloudy lemon yellow color with a huge, monster head that went down slowly and covered the inside of the glass with a full, spider web lacing.

Smell – Big yeast at the nose laced with a mature lemon scent. There are also some very pleasing spices in there as well. I can pick up white pepper and something sharp, like a tiny pinch of cayenne or something like that.

Taste – Excellent rendition of the style. The taste was a little lighter than I had anticipated from the smell, but the yeast is there along with a strong lemon flavor and heavy spiciness.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is full, fluffy, and very active in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This one went down well. I would have like to have seen a little more flavor, but a good witbier nevertheless.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden in color. Big, white head. Like most Unibroue's, you need an imperial pint glass or bigger to hold the full 12 ounces in one pour. Lots of carbonation bubbles coming up in the glass.
Pleasing aroma of yeast, fruit, and wheat.

Taste shows yeast, fruit, spice, and wheat. Sweet, but with a good level of tartness. Hops are there to balance only and are barely noticable.

Mouthfeel is just a bit thin to me.
Very light and drinkable, yet still tastey.

Overall, a good witbier. Not as flavorful as an Allagash White IMO, but maybe better suited for a hot summer day.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Corked and caged 750 ML bottle. Served chilled into a Blanche de Chambly glass (I'm a geek).

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw colored liquid. An almost volcanic head with decent retention and lacing. I've seen better lacing from wits before. It could have been a bit hazier, too. And I did agitate the bottle.

Smell: Coriander and lemon aromas are quite prominent, followed by some light malty sweetness.

Taste: Vibrant splash of coriander/pepper spiciness and lemony citrus flavors immediately followed by some sweet flavors of the wheat malt. Faint traces of other citrus flavors such as orange and grapefruit. Also faint traces of clove lingering in the background. The taste sensation is very fast, about 1-2 seconds. No appreciable aftertaste. I'd like it if the taste stuck around a little more.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, refreshing. My mouth waters in remembrance of this beer.

Drinkability: This is probably one of the more drinkable beers I have ever had. Great session beer for hot and humid DC summers.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a slight hazy, straw colored hue. Large active head that melts to a thin covering, well-supplied from below.

Very yeasty, bready nose, lots of spice and very peppery.

Taste - yeast and some sweet spices up front. Lots of bubbles hit next, turning a little sour on the finish. Slightly sour aftertaste and residual yeast. Some nice complexity and variation of flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, kind of watery. With very active carbonation, this makes for a refreshing ale.

Drinkability - will stay tasty for as long as you wanna drink 'em. Good flavor intensity makes this an easy session pick.

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

Pours to a pale yellowish color with a white head. It has a spicy, wheat aroma; maybe coriander or orange peel? It also has a bready malt aroma. The flavor is also bready, with wheat and the coriander spice flavors. It is a light bodied, easy drinking beer. One of my favorite Unibroue products.

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Photo of clvand0
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a strong foamy head and lots of carbonation. Smells a little of citrus and some other fruits. The taste is very smooth and drinkable - very sweet and enjoyable. The fruits are very good, but the main flavor comes from the malts.

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Photo of dmarch
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden in color. The high carbonation keeps a thin layer of head for quite some time. Aroma is of orange peel and coriander. Lots of coriander in the taste as well with a slight sugary sweetness. Very refreshing and drinkable. Another outstanding beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of SteveP
2.22/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I poured it into the glass and drank some. Distinct lack of character.

I poured some back into the bottle, shook it hard and poured it back into my glass. Distinct lack of character.

I stirred the glass of beer vigorously for several minutes then drank it again. Distinct lack of character.

There is an awareness of a witbier aroma - slight pepper, slight clove, and slight moist air along with a hint of orange. But the taste is way too subtle to be interesting. There's a witbier lurking around here somewhere, but it's too timid to come out and play. I got some bubblegum, some spice and some wheat, but in a murky and laid back manner. Not sure what Unibroue are after here - a gentle witbier that doesn't offend anyone? I think there's a big difference between playing safe and not playing at all.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, small head. Apples and vanilla aroma. Malty and very sweet. Some spiciness, not very hoppy. More reminiscent of a cider than a beer. Kind of applish and citrusy. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly spicy. Tasty, but not very beer-like.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable, beautiful beer. At first, this poured a pale yellow, tranparent colour. Then the yeast falls in and it goes to a pale orange. Two finger head that left lacing throughout the glass. Smelled of spice, pepper, dried fruit and wheat. Tastes reminds me of a wheat field. Some floral and citrus hops, orange peel, dried fruit and a little spice. Coriander? And yes, wheat. A fluffy light mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more. Ah very good beer.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. foil top bottle poured into short-stemmed flute.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful yellow/gold with amazing clarity and aggressive carbonation that feeds the monster head. The last little bit was swirled to free the sediment before pouring it in. Upon pouring the last bit w/ the yeast an amazing transformation takes place instantly clouding the near perfect clarity that was there only seconds before.

Aroma: Very light, sweet some citrus maybe, not a lot going on in the way of aroma.

Taste: Every sip is crisp and clean and palate cleansing. There is an initial sweetness, with a light doughy middle (yeast pour?) that fades to light citrusy hops. Everything is very neat and clean and crisp. While not an array of flavors, those presented are presented properly with good emphasis on balance.

Mouthfeel: Very light as to be expected. Cannot get away from the crispness of each sip that makes this beer very refreshing and increases drinkability.

Overall: Another great beer from Unibroue! One of their lighter beers, but not lacking in any area.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I drink this beer the first thing I think of is just how remarkably clean and crisp it is. The color, that perfect, nearly translucent, pale, hazy golden-almost pastel (if golden could be pastel) that just begs one to the well. The nose while a little muted offers just enough anteseptic spice especially clove. On the palate the beer acts like a sorbet, cleansing the palate and inviting another gulp or perhaps the next course. I like to drink this at a restaurant bar to get my appetite going for the good food to come. This is a clean as a whistle wheat that is tough to beat. I can see what Great Lakes "Holy Moses" was striving for-and I must say (off the subject at hand) they came awful close!!

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a big puffy head that stays around for quite awhile,the aroma is very lemony with a slight smokey hint.This beer is pretty dry with some definant lemony/citruit tones,doesnt have a long finish by any means.Almost to easy to drink,a great beer to drink in the summer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy golden color with two fluffy fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a mix of fruity esters and spices. Light and pleasant on the nose. The taste has some nectarine to it, some spices, and a little diacetyl. The taste is light and crisp. The mouthfeel is fairly nice, a little carbonated. The drinkability is great, and this is a good summer session beer.

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Photo of marburg
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big ol' 750mL bottle just for little ol' me. Pours with an extremely light yellowish tint and a good deal of haze. Head is a fairly creamy and dense. Aroma is pleasant but one-dimensionally citrus and not nearly as powerful as some other wits. A nice, spiced flavor that presents all the standards -- lemon, coriander, and maybe a little banana. A nice clean finish rounds it out. It's very well carbonated -- kind of like drinking a witbier sparkler. This is undoubtedly one of the better North American wits.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell is fruity, but the taste has more of a citrus quality with a slight biting finish -- crisp, light and dry. It has a light golden color that is a little cloudy and has adequate amount of carbonation. The head starts out well but dwindles fairly quickly. Not a lot of strong flavor, but this is a refreshing summer beer with pleasant Belgian characteristics.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a light cloudy yellow. There is a thick but fast fading head on top of the beer. The head left little lace. The aroma has a hint of citrus and yeast. The taste has the citrus start and the middle is a bit grainy with a slightly bitter/sour finish. There is a lot of carbonation in this beer and it is a light-refreshing brew and went down smooth after getting out my old home brew bottles for Scooter77. Overall, a slight bit above average. I whish it had a bit more in the flavor department.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,382 ratings.
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