Blonde De Chambly | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is Unibroue’s own interpretation of a Belgian saison ale, traditionally brewed in winter by farm breweries. Stored for a few months, they were then served to field workers as a means of helping them cool off on long, hot summer days. Saison ales were considered highly refreshing, even when served warm in the days before refrigeration.

Blonde de Chambly pays tribute to the Filles du Roy, the women who came to New France between 1663 and 1673 to marry soldiers of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, among others, and start their families in the Montérégie.

IBU: 13

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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 222
Photo of BucBasil
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a slightly orange golden color that is clear with a good amount of carbonation. Head was large and fluffy and lasted a good amount of time.

S: Banana bread, pineapple, honey, yeast, citrus.

T: Blanaced flavor with a sweet note, some bright fruits. Not funky like some other saisons, pretty mild yeast flavor here. Finishes sweet with some honey and just a touch of dry happiness. Refreshing

F: Bright, effervescent.

Overall: I was hesitant to get this, but it was a pleasant surprise. Not my favorite Unibroue, but would be a nice summer session.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a burnt copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sly lace.
The aroma had some sweet hay, red apple, green apple, ground pepper, some bready/Belgian yeasty tones, and then some lavender/floral tones at the end.
The flavor was moderately sweet bringing those floral tones playing with the apple tones and delving into the Belgian/yeasty tones. The "ground pepper" that I smelled seemed extremely light here. Semi-sweet sort of syrupy apple to yeasty sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice as a saison. I'd drink again.

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

From Saveur Biere. In Grimbergen glass. Wartching Los Soprano 6x05-06. Not much sasion-esque, more lika a belgian pale ale. Plenty of apple and coriander notes. Pretty tasty for such a low abv. Nice carbonation

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Photo of dayoflight
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a straight glass.

This brew looks a fairly opaque golden yellow. Head goes away quickly but it is bubbly. It has a subtle floral, peppery smell, but I had to search for it. What's more notable about the taste is that you get a rather noticeable bite from the carbonation; otherwise it tastes a little bit like corn and orange peel. Not bitter at all, and bread-like, either. The carbonation lingers for a little while, and during this part I noticed more of the cloves and pepper.

A nice brew overall, but I was a bit distracted by the high starchy taste and strong carbonation. I ended up drinking it quickly but I noticed it every time I took a sip.

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Photo of dipso123
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Strong perfume, verging on cloying. It seems as though there might be some coriander and orange peel. Biggest problem is that it is not dry or crisp and finishes rather sweet and a bit thick for a saison.

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Photo of TerryW
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellow gold. Short head to a heavy film, spotty lace as you go. Spicy nose, cloves and banana, nice dose ofvyeast and wheat. Appetizing. Very sharply carbonated, almost to the point of distraction. Flavourful brew. Deliciously wheaty, yeasty, and bready. Quite fresh on the palate. Spice and cloves. Very good drinking here, but just a bit too much sparkle.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into tulip glass:

Appearance: light-yellow in body, with a quickly dissipating white head. Dwindles down to a very slight ring of foam, replenished by constantly rising bubbles.

Aroma: yeasty and malty, with clove and banana being the dominant scents I get. Very, very wheaty and mildly sweet smelling.

Taste: tons of wheat once again, with floral hop character and lots of pepper and clove spice. Finishes somewhat dry with grassy, ester-y notes.

Feel: very carbonated, with a smooth, crisp finish. Drinks light and refreshing.

Overall: a very nice summery saison with some complexity to it.

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Photo of mynie
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Procured in Montreal. To my knowledge is it not yet available stateside.

I was a little shaky about trying Unibroue's non-US options after my experience with their ungodly, budget-priced U series of beers. I figured they wouldn't do anything stupid to their prized "de Chambly" line, though.

And they didn't. This is basically one of their Ephemere beers but without any fruit in it: a cloudy, fizzy, very subdued Belgian blonde that's a gorgeous showcase for their excellent belgian yeast skills.

The beer is delicate but interesting throughout. As light as seltzer on the tongue yet as complex and interesting as any Russian Imperial you're likely to come across. A real, true magnificent work of brewing art that is unfortunately not up to contemporary standards of aggressiveness.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a tulip glass, sorry unibroue I dont have a flute atm. Pours a cloudy gold almost oarange with 2 fingers of foamy white head that fades fast. Once faded theres a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass continually being replenished by the massive amounts of carbonation, Gotta love Ale on Lees.

Aroma - The aroma is very Floral, almost like lilacs in the spring, followed closely by some light peppery spice and finishing off with that fresh baked bread smell from the unibroue yeast.

Taste - The taste is similar, you get that same lilac taste as you did the smell, some very light spices tickle the tongue and it finishes off with the taste of rich fresh baked bakery bread.

Feel -Medium light body with a light prickle from the carbonation on the front of the tongue transforming into an almost creamy feeling as it goes down,

Overall - This is a pretty good saison. it follows the style well and I'll happily have it again down the road. Another good one from unibroue. Cheers!

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Photo of mick303
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very tasty belgian blonde, yeasty aromas, with graham cracker, florals and pear fruitiness. Taste is good, bright and balanced, good malt profile with a crisp carbonation and firm yeast flavour, stone fruit, bready, tasty and quite refreshing.

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

So blonde de Chambly. So what do I think of it?

Well let's start with the smell. Very fruity smell. A good copy of the Blanche de Chambly. About the smell, there are similar.

Even with the look of it, they are really similar together. The only difference that I notice is that the Blonde de Chambly have lots of carbonation. Like 2 fingers of head that stays until half of the cup then you have that 1 finger of head that stays until you finish the glass. And even when you finish the glass you still have 1/2 finger of head that stays in you glass that don't wanna die.

And the taste of it. Well as I said very very carbonated beer. Lots of tinny bubble going on your tongue. Same taste as the Blanche de Chambly overall but you have a spicy taste and even a not of cinnamon on the after taste. But as I said so so much carbonation on that beer.

So overall would I recommend it ? Yes ! But if you don t like carbonated beer, this on is not for you. But hey I did enjoy it more than blanche de chambly because it have more carbonation and more flavour.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to Glass

Appearance - Poured a hazy yellow with a large white head

Smell - Slight citrus, some pepper, yeast its there as well. Smells like a saison

Taste - Citrus, cloves, pepper, yeast. A pretty traditional saison, nothing special

Overall - A good well made saison, but nothing special

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Photo of ghisty
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

a tricky pour, foams very easily if you dont angle it right and take your time with it.
noting that, a clean white head. cloudy. hazey yellow. very light colored yellow.
good retention. good carb. lacing is from the rim to the drink.

notes of wheat .and the abv comes thru in the nose slightly. obvious graineyness. lemony. maybe some cascade hop is hiding in there somewhere under all that grain. kinda of leaves a bit to be desired on the nose.
but not unappealing

citrus. apple.wheat. its sharp and fresh tasting, the head cuts well and leaves for a clean drink, not annoyingly foamy like it appears on the pour. goes down very easy. almost too easily.i was expecting something a bit more orangey in tones and color.. but its light and drinkable.

citrus. again. has a sharp start and levels out alot like a wiess. nice leveled carb.
grainey after effects. like eating pita bread.

being slightly more accustomed to a darker style blonde i was intitally sort of unwhelmed with this, but the pint goes down a few inches and my mind has changed for the better, I do notice that the reviews of most unibrou offerings seem to have stellar reviews, and personally I find some of the beers they make a bit overstated, even a bit off tasting (fin du monde mainly), which is a one way ticket to heartburn for me..the blanche du chambly is amazing.. and this is a step into the same line.
not as overall impressive as the wiess.. but great reagardless. its very cloudy, but tastes light, and drinkable. worth a shot if you are feeling citrus-ey.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden with very little haze, 4 fingers of white head, nice lacing, no carbonation. A big pop but no gusher on opening.

S: Light fruity floral, apple, lager hops reminicent of a German Pilsner, Unibroue’s almost smoky yeast, fragrance like a perfume,

T: The light floral apple, lager type malts and hops, and the smoky quality all come through. Light green herbal quality.

M: Medium light and lager like, medium low carbonation, dry finish.

O: Love the theme around “ Filles du Roi” daughters of the king. A beer honouring the mothers of the French Canadians, I can dig that especially around mothers day 2014.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with two fingers of head that retained well but didn't produce much lacing. The body is a cloudy blonde and orange color and boasts ample carbonation.

Smell: A mild citrus backbone that stays balanced with peppery spice and fruity yeast. Warming brings out slightly more but for the most part it's there.

Taste: Starts with a Citrus tasting malt with a note of cloves that turned to a mild earthy yeast taste with pepper. The Citrus is almost present near the end, but far more subdued.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning is very well done and the drier yeast and pepper aspects seem to get reigned it fairly well, although it's still a bit too much for me. The carbonation helps out the entire body and the citrus aftertaste is nice.

Drinkability: Well the dryness does take a bit away from it, but it's surprising easy to drink. Very light bodied with plenty of flavor and settles down exceptionally well.

Final Thoughts: Unibroue proves once again (at least in my eyes) why they are the best brewers in Canada. I wouldn't say this one knocked it out of the park, but I'd happily drink it, anytime. Thumbs up!

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Photo of DaveBar
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO 750ml bomber for $6.85 or so. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opened well with a lot of head. Settles down to a thin film within a couple of minutes. Cloudy

S- EXCELLENT! Just yeast on yeast with citrus and coriander galore.

T- Excellent. Almost as good as it smells. Don't get that brett yeast hit like it smells. Lots of carbonation here. Liking it a lot. Very light and similar to a wheat beer. Another combination beer from Unibroue.

M- Pretty good. Nice and carbonated with the wheaty flavor is an excellent combination.

O- Very good. Would like to try this one on tap. Seems these cross beers from Unibroue are a real hit.

Food Pairing

This nice blended beer pairs well with... General Tso's Chicken. This beer just bites it's way through the spice if the General.


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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $6.95CDN. Served fairly cold into glassware.

Appearance - very bubbly golden coloured beer with a dense white 3 finger head. The head is fluffy and is it begins it's glacial retreat leaves behind exceptional lacing around the glass. Very impressive. The beer while not opaque is not entirely clear either.

Smell - smells of spring, some floral and mildly spicy aromas with a certain freshness normally present this time of year. Some faint peppery notes and a vague appearance of the funky Belgian yeast.

Taste- similar to the nose but very light a bit floral and easy on the palate. The spicy and peppery aromas don't pull through in the flavours. Rather a mild subdued sweetness. Combined with a earthy dankness just present on the leading edge of each sip makes for an interesting balance with a lot of complexity but not overpowering or too bold in any sense.

Mouthfeel- rather high carbonation, yet this beer still maintains a lighter than average body. Moderate finish that is not terribly dry. Flavours linger in small quantities for some time after each sip.

Overall- this is definitely one of my favourites in the style and a perfect afternoon beer on a warm spring day.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked bottle picked up at the LCBO, served slightly chilled. Unibroue is one of those breweries that has earned my trust because they seem to hit nothing but home runs, with maybe a tripel or dubbel here and there. As such, I purchased this instantly without really knowing anything about the beer - I assumed it was a Belgian pale, but a saison is even better!

This one pours a beautiful golden-blonde colour, clouded with a haze that is interrupted only by the streams of bubbles rushing to the surface. The head itself is dense and luxuriously creamy, with excellent retention. It looks great - you can't look at a glass of beer like that and not want to take a sip. The aroma is of a slightly more reserved nature, though it includes approachable notes of lemon citrus, peppery spice, yeast and some wheaty malts. Nothing to get excited about.

Unibroue has never disappointed me in the end, and this tasty beer is no exception. Light, grainy wheat malt and honey sweetness provides a sturdy backbone, with the signature yeast profile of this brewery being instantly recognizable. Lemony citrus is a nice addition, along with the more usual orange peel, apple skin and mild pepper/coriander spice. Dry finish, with spritzy, intense carbonation levels that don't quite manage to scrub the yeasty aftertaste from the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied, and unbelievably drinkable given the low abv - this 750 mL bottle is a good serving for one person, but beer this good deserves to be shared.

Final Grade: 4.1, an outstanding A- . Blonde de Chambly is everything I'd expect a saison from Unibroue to be - delicious, drinkable, and dominated by their house yeast, which produces a variety of fruity flavours that blend perfectly into this style. This one reminds me a little of the Blanche, except without said brew's trademark coriander spiciness - that brew is a nice option in the summer, but in all honesty I'd probably prefer this one during the rest of the year.

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Photo of Fader
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden color, cloudy, no head.

S - Not too much nose on this one, slightly yeasty, and somewhat fruity, apples and such.

T - Was disappointed for a second, very light with minimal come through on the smell, then it just hits, awesome flavor, spicy, fruit filled, excellent yeast flavor.

M - Fizzy, settling down to smooth deliciousness.

O - Excellent beer, was worried at the start, but this beer shows up where it matters. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey amber with some white head, releasing a fairly subdued but pleasant aroma with floral and spicy components, a bit of citrus and yeast. Palate is dry, fairly bitter, refreshing with less of the powerful sweet yeastiness that usually dominates a Unibroue offering. Certainly the least yeasty of the Unibroues I've tried (almost all except the vaunted Terrible), true to style this beer features floral (chamomile) and spicy (coriander, cumin, white pepper, cardamom) notes with detectable grassy dry hops on the finish. Some candied mandarin orange and lemon. I sometimes get a nutty malt with saisons like Dupont but not here, where the malts are bready and sour. Really quite quenching and this makes a nice summer sessional. I make no bones about being a Unibroue fanatic and this may be my least favorite, but its still well-crafted.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: a pale gold with some cloudiness, there was a small one finger head with good retention.

S: yeast, spices and fruits come through. The first two are prominent, the latter more subtle.

T: I still can't put my finger on the initial taste. Perhaps my palate is not developed enough to distinguish it exactly. It is nice. I would say it is close to cardamon or ginger, but not quite. This beer is spice forward in my opinion.

M: light with medium carbonation, very easy drinking.

O: a nice saison, its crisp and refreshing. I could see it being an easy summer beer. But it lacks something that other saisons seem to have. I can't quite put my finger on it, but perhaps it's just that it seems to much like a wheat beer to me.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a 341ml bottle to a tulip

A: Yellow orange color. When yeast is poured in it provides a nice cloudiness. Small one finger head that died down pretty fast and left very little lacing.

S: A degree of sourness is available. Coriander and citrus are also there.

T: Very refreshing beer. The coriander and citrus in the aroma is leading the taste. A little bit of clove is around too. Pleasantly spicy. Bitterness and hop profile is fairly low. Balance is appropriate and well done overall. A lot of this beers character comes from its yeastiness and spices.

M: Smooth drinking. Not extremely carbonated like some of the other Belgian styles. Very drinkable.

O: Pretty good beer overall. Very refreshing and crisp, some of the qualities that make a good traditional saison. I could see my self drinking a few of these on the porch at the end of a hot day and I probably will seeing as I bought a few more and a 750ml to share.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Pours out a hazed light golden hue, with a tall spongy white head.

Sweet grains and yeasty twang on the nose, some citrus rind and peppery spice.

Sweet grains also up front in the flavour, along with orange and lemon citrus. Mild yeasty and peppery phenols kick in around the middle, and continue towards the finish while things dry out.

Mouthfeel is on the top end of light-bodied, texture is slippery and watery, while some brisk carbonation from the bottle conditioning keeps it from falling completely flat.

Has that familiar Unibroue taste to it, although tough to differentiate this Saison from many of their other light/blonde type ales. While it exhibits basic Saison characteristics it doesn't quite come across as fully convincing for that style. A decent drink on its own, it simply hasn't made up its mind yet what it wants to commit to being. I enjoyed it, but not as a Saison.

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Photo of zachloveshisbeer
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Take this blonde out on a date, you will both thoroughly enjoy yourselves and you may ask her out again. Poured from a 750 mL bottle with an impossibly difficult cork. Once I finally got the cork out, I fit most of it into a Pilsner glass, which may not have been a good choice being that the head was quite intense. Perhaps a snifter next time - lesson learned. I quite liked many things about this beer: lovely banana yellow colour, smells fresh and inviting, very drinkable, head retention was on-par. Maybe what I didn't like was the blasted cork, but I liked it in the smaller bottles that come in the Unibroue mixed pack. Assume nothing about the beer till you try it, and then and only then, can you decide if it's for you. Like Quebec, you have to visit it to understand its charm and dry sarcasm are a beer lover's mecca.

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at My Place in Newtown, CT this saison shows a cloudy light amber color with a sturdy white cloud on top and fair lacing. The aroma brings light lemon grass peppercorn, just as advertized. Crisp wheat biscuit and a hint of white wine. Clean and light but very classy. The flavor follows with herbal tea and thin musty wheat and a lazy lemon. I get a vague grass hop and clove as well. A nice flavor for something subtle and delicate. Light to almost medium bodied with a very delicate carbonation and a crisp, even feel that drinks easily. I liked it for sure.

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Blonde De Chambly from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 222 ratings