Blonde De Chambly | Unibroue

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Blonde De ChamblyBlonde De Chambly

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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

Added by cratez on 06-05-2010

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Reviews by chrisbokmuller:
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 cam477
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in a tulip glass.

LOOK (3/5) - pours a light straw color, none of the orange one would expect from a saison. Head was a pretty big disappointment. It rose to about a finger or so and collapsed very quickly to nothing with no lacing. Cloudy with little visible effervescence.

SMELL (4/5) - a huge helping of wheat graininess right off the top. The yeast character is quite nice: predominantly fruity (citrus, lemon, and a bit of berries), some spiciness (pepper), some floral alcohol notes, and a hint of vanilla. No real hop aromatics.

FLAVOR (4/5) - very, very similar to the blanche to chambly in the grain flavors. The yeasts character is fairly different that the usual you get with unibroue, and it is obviously similar to the aroma. sourness is low. There is moderate-low bitterness and a dry finish similar to a Belgian Strong Golden. It rounds out the finish with a lasting vanilla/spice combo.]

FEEL (3.5/5) - light body and surprisingly light carbonation. A bit of tingling acid and spiciness on the finish.

Pretty good. I'm by no means a saison expert. I really like spicy phenol characters in yeasty beers and this one did a pretty good job. I think it could have gone for a bolder flavor and a bit more sour... but it was tasty!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 341mL bottle brought back from Montreal. Love the bottle design as always - looks like the Filles du Roi have just arrived!

Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. Pale golden straw coloured, slightly opaque, about a half inch of head with a dash of lacing. Not much retention there.

Nose is pleasant and floral, with notes of lemon, yeast and a bit of spice.

A tasty brew this is - crisp, with a lovely yeast and citrus tang, yet sweet enough to pair well with my spicy Thai soup. The lemon and pepper flavors come out nicely in the finish.

Zesty carbonation, slightly thick with some sediment.

A nice little beer for the evening, fresh, clean, floral and citrussy. A good little saison, I have to say. Low ABV and the flavor profile makes this one a good session brew that would pair with summer dinner fare. I would absolutely love a corked 750ml of this over the summer - methinks a trip to Quebec be in order.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - Beer pours with a nice white thick head, about 2 fingers that slowly goes down to 1. The beer is a nice hazy amber with minimal signs of carbonation.

Smell - citrus , some hints of spices and a nice hint of sweetness. There are some apples nodes as well.

Taste - Nice tasting beer, very light actually. The hints of citrus disappear with the spice coming through. I actually found it to be very smooth.

Mouthfeel - added carbonation brings fwd the bitterness this beer offers, can actually taste the apple nodes more. The spices do come fwd as well.

Drinkability - I am actually very pleased with this beer. This is a good session beer and one i would stock up on for friends and family over the xmas break!

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a light hazy wheat color with a thin white head. Nose is barnyard and tart and yeasty it's funky and nice.

It's very wheaty and nice, it's got a good tartness and flavor to it. Mouthfeel is rich and sweet, pretty damn drinkable too.

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Photo of LDuke
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Tarks
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Finally the bombers arrive in good ol' Edmonchuk.

This beer pours a bright, cloudy pale golden colour, with three fingers of thin, puffy, and foamy white head, which leaves some lofty arched and isolated islet lace around the glass as it lazily settles.

It smells of sharp wheat grain, some citrus rind meets a Polysporin medicinal edginess, subtle multicoloured ground pepper, mild earthy yeast, and a subtle leafy and weedy hoppiness. The taste is soft wheaty malt, white pepper, soft citrus rind, mild savoury coriander and cumin, understated edgy yeast, and leveling earthy and weedy hops.

The bubbles are genially soft and inviting, the body a plush medium weight, and equally smooth in its bearing. It finishes slightly off-dry, the wheat malt, latent yeast, petered out fruit, and still pertinent, and somehow sassy earthy hops filling things out nicely.

A more than agreeable New World saison, rendered by those who should know. Spicy, wheaty, and quite drinkable - what's not to like, especially given the sexy Three Musketeers era label (no offense meant to one of those other prolific Quebecois breweries)?

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave128
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at pazzos pizza pub for pint night in Lexington, KY. Poured into signature Unibroue glass. Not really sure how to describe it besides inbetween a flute and a hurricane glass.

A - pours a cloudy golden color with a white head that doesn't last long. Head is a couple fingers and is pretty fizzy. Lacing is pretty minimal. Only lasts for the previous sip.

S - peppery citrus on the nose. Smells very tart like it could almost be a fruit beer.

T - the taste is quite complex here. It starts off sweet and citrusy and moves into a tart saisony middle, and finishes with a moderately dry peppery note.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - A complex saison that has a lot of nice elements to it. The yeast that Unibroue uses is the real star. It's the perfect mix between fruity esters and spices. Perfect for this style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A blonde with a subdued spice. Pours a decent off-white head on golden body. Pleasant aroma. Average mouthfeel, decent drinkability. Yeasty, slighly fruity with a bit of bannana and spicey, and then a drop of harshness, some hops, in the finish.Not too wheaty.

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Photo of Dna_Infinity
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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 KMcG
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of juliendesrochers
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml ml into Brassin d'Hiver tulip

Tried it on tap at the 2010 Mondial de la bière launch but wasn't too impressed. I thought it tasted just like the Blanche which I find too watery.
Bought a 6-pack mostly for the glass but also to try it again. Good move. I find it a lot better now. Maybe my tastebuds weren't as overwhelmed from the Mondial tastings but I think it's more of a bottled versus draft thing.

A- Yellow tint to the thick loose head. Yellow gold liquid with lots of carbonation bubbles goes from clear to very cloudy once you add the yeast. Looks right. Some wispy lacing.

S- Alcohol and banana yeast. Sweet light clove comes up with the temperature.

T- Seems to me like this is mostly finish and after-taste. Not much in the beginning of the sip. Very tasty though. Same as the smell but a bit more citric and watery. A tiny bit of green hop.

M- Full. Medium carbonation that foams up a bit, losing all prickliness. Very dry.

D- Good. Goes right down. Offers some different flavors and textures to keep you interested.

If in a limited selection store or dépanneur, I'd buy another six-pack glass or no glass. This has the potential to be a small hit in Quebec grocery stores.
I kind of rated this like an everyday blonde because I think this is probably what Unibroue is going for.

A- 3.5 S-4.0 T-3.5 M-4.0 D-4.0

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - very cloudy unfiltered golden appearance with a tower or fluffy white head that dissipated evenly
S - strong fruity aromas of apricot, banana, and pineapple, slight sour yeastiness, with some fresh grains
T - nice yeasty mix of sour fruit and gentle spice, big bready malt, and light leafiness on the late finish
M - big carbonation, full bready feel from top to bottom, and a light spice tingle
O - this is a very refreshing and drinkable saison that hits all the elements, a little disappointed that I've only seen this in the odd Unibroue mixer pack, no 6ers or bombers around in Alberta :(

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Photo of kyrlos
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of eat
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a milky straw-yellow with a thin cover of bubbly white head. Head and retention could be better. No lacing.

Smells like citrus, Unibroue yeast, a bit astringent, little peppery, light floral hops. It does smell somewhat like a saison.

Nice and peppery. Lemon, floral hops, nice subtle spice blend (coriander, nutmeg, cardamom). Pretty good, if maybe a little on the light side.

Light body and slightly over-carbonated. I'd prefer the body to be at least a bit fuller.

Light and refreshing. Maybe a bit too uninteresting for my taste but this is definitely a great summer beer. I'm enjoying it but as a side note, this is a little underwhelming a release by Unibroue considering they haven't released anything since 17 in 2007. Considering the quality of some of their other beers, this one is a bit of a let-down, even if it is a decent brew and easy drinker.

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Blonde De Chambly from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 218 ratings