Blanche De Chambly | Unibroue

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Blanche De ChamblyBlanche De Chambly

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Quebec, Canada | website

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

Cloudy with finely suspended yeast, this beer pours out to a light peach-golden in color, forming a nice white head atop fine bubbles, with very good retention and average lacing. Carbonation appears mild to moderate, although the mouthfeel says medium-strong. Aroma is spicy with strong notes of clove and faint bananas, not much sweetness and minimally fruity, with some distant husken pale malts. Mouthfeel is spritzy, with a light body and brisk finish. Taste begins with an eruption of bubbles upon the tongue, followed by a suggestion of orange, lemon, and cloves. The finish has some slightly rubbery pale malts, faint grain husk, vanilla, (coriander?) and faint banana, ending in a clean, brisk finish. I prefer my Wit's somewhat sweeter and with less carbonation. Letting it warm to cellar temp. mellows out the carbonation and enhances the malts. This is not far removed from most hefe-weizen's. While very good, this is the least exciting of Unibroue's excellent lineup of brews. This Wit is probably the most comparable to Hoegardden out od the Wit's I've had (as of 2006).

Notes-I ordered a CloneKit of this beer from Maltose and will likely add a pound of light DME and decrease the carbonation. Let's see how it turns out:)

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle, no freshness date. A pale cloudy gold, it had a big white head to start off with, but it soon dissipated. Yeasty aroma, coriander, a bit of citrus (orange peel?), small amount of sweet malt. Flavour is light and spicy, coriander seed is most predominate followed by a bit of citrus. A decent White, but not the top offering from Unibroue. Still, a decent starter for those who have yet to sample their line, it gets better from here.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This particular brew poured a large white foamy head with fine-large bubbles that quickly dissolved. There was very little lacing observed on the sides of my glass. There was a slight spicy aroma to this brew. The body was pale yellow. The taste was smooth, thin and watery. In my opinion this Belgian White lacked character as there was nothing special about it.

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Photo of TheDM
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a very large head of fine to medium sized bubbles that receedes quickly and leaves no lacing. It has a cloudy yellow body with some dark somethings floating it it. It has a mild malt aroma, a nice smooth start with a slightly tingly mouthfeel finish. Very clean taste that is unremarkable. Not bad, more like nothing there. Strangely, overall, I still liked it.

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Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance a cloudy light yellow...consistent champagne like bubbles. Smell is light and lets you anticipate what the flavor will be like. Taste was light, yet refreshing with just a hint of tartness. Similar to a light beer, but with a lot more flavor. Mouthfeel was smooth, just a tad watery, but the flavor kept it interesting. Extremely easy to drink. After drinking an IPA for my last offering, the contrast was great. Recommend, especially for a warm summer day.

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

Light, bread-y aroma, with a hint of cinnamon? Certainly spicy, but hard to discern, and I am no great judge of spice.

Fast, hissing head, soda-like, fades to a blotchy, creamy skin. Lacing is slight.

Body is very light, a cloudy ginger-ale color.

Taste is immediately sharp and spicy, and I detect lemon and other citrus flavors. Thin and foamy in the mouth.

This takes some getting used to, especially for those who are new to the style. This is one of my first true white beers. I keep wanting to gulp it! It's quite refreshing, quite drinkable, but there is something off-putting about its lightness. I may have to revisit this review after I have had more of this style of beer.

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Photo of Loki
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented in a 4 pack of 12 oz, foil sealed bottles with freshness dates on the bottle.

This beer from Unibroue pours a pale, sunlight yellow with a ½ foamy, white head. The head retention is not great as it fades rather quickly and leaves limited to average lacing.

Aromas of orange, citrus, coriander, honey, and wheat emanate from the glass, however I did not detect much, if any spice or hops.

The taste is very similar to most whites with the noticeable lack of spicy finish. The front of the taste is a citrusy sweet flavor with tones of wheat, coriander, and honey. But the finish is very flat and lacking the spice and hop kick that I was expecting and used to in this style. The mouth feel and drinkability for this beer were nothing more than average for the style.

This was the first Unibroue product I have sampled and I have to say I was very disappointed due to the hype and positive feed back I have heard about the beers that this Canadian Brewery produces. I will just have to sample the five Unibroue beers I have waiting in my cellar.

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Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue
3.87 out of 5 based on 2,343 ratings.
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