Blonde De Chambly | Unibroue

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Blonde De ChamblyBlonde De Chambly

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cratez on 06-05-2010

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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 73
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of mynie
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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 Converge
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz cervoise. This will be my first saison.

A - Foamed ridiculously after I opened it. Lost a ton of beer thanks to that... Big, billowy, snow-white head. The hue of the beer is a hazy golden-yellow color with a touch of orange in it. Pretty nice. The head settles down to a thin film of foam, but doesn't leave any lacing.

S - Smells great. Tons of wheat, yeasty bread, dried bananas, apricots, cloves and light spices. It has a really fresh sweetness in it as well. Some lemongrass, herbal hops, and light honey sweetness in the finish.

T - Follows the nose beautifully. This brew is packed full of light fruitiness, with bananas, apricots, oranges, and citrusy zest. The bready yeast character is delicious as well, coupled with tasty cloves, coriander and other light spices. Overall this beer tastes extremely fresh and sweet. The hop presence is very subdued, but it works great here. Aftertaste is honey, light fruits, zesty citrus, muted sour funk, fresh hay, and yeasty Belgian wheat. Fantastic.

M - Light and refreshing. The body has a light feel to it, complimented nicely by zesty, bubbly carbonation. The spices are done just right, not too much, not too little. No bittering hop presence detectable, which works perfectly here. Fits with the flavor profile perfectly.

D - After this beer fizzed all over the place when I opened it, I was pretty much ready to hate it and give it a sour review in spite of that. But this was way too good for me to even care about some foam. I can't comment on this beer in context of the style, as this is my first saison; but this does bare a striking resemblance to another Belgian style ale in the witbier. More specifically, this reminds me a lot of a Hoegaarden to be honest. As far as my opinion goes on this as a beer in general, I love it. Maybe even the perfect beer for a hot summer day. Refreshing, delicious, light and irresistible. Like sunshine in a bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" white head that dissipated quickly over honey/amber coloured liquid.

S: Honey, yeast and sweet malt. Very nice.

T: I am used to more yeasty taste for a Saison, such as the taste profile of Saison Dupont; but this is very nice. Slight citrus taste along with honey, sweet bready malt, and soft yeast; this is a beautiful taste profile.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Overall, for the style I have to give this full marks. It is incredibly delicious and the easiest drinking Saison I have had to date. A must try.

*Note: when compared to the style such as Saison Dupont and Fantome, I have to say that this is incredibly tasty and easy drinking. I am quite shocked at the ratings other people have given this beer.

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Photo of jborg
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mondial beer festival. Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. Orange in color with a lovely haze. Intense, Belgian yeast aromas bursting from the pour. Fruity and yeasty with flavors of oranges and lemons. This one is very sessionable, Belgian-style beer, full of flavor. This one is listed as a Saison? Not sure I agree with that category, although I think there are some saison-like qualities to the beer, I would say its not sour/tart enough to be a saison. Declicious, any way you slice it. Unibroue, please send this south...

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Photo of Davou
4.4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev +13%

Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer has a clear, golden body which is topped by one finger of perfectly white foam. The head dissipates slowly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Herbal hops with lots of sweet, bready malt character.

T - Sweet pilsner malt up front with notes of honey. More rich malt in the middle with grassy, spicy hops coming out as the beer finishes.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A rich and malty blonde ale, this almost comes across as a pilnser but has just a touch of yeast character to mark it as Belgian in style. Very drinkable, I wish it was available at home.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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 zachloveshisbeer
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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