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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ghisty
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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 flipper2gv
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow opaque color with big white frothy head. Average level of lacing. Good head retention.

S: Much more yeast than other Unibroue beers I've seen but still very very familiar with their other products. Lots of pepper, cloves and coriander, the usual Unibroue signature. Some good level of citrusy hops (surprise here) and biscuit malt. A bit of light honey and floral hops. Super strong and good smell, maybe the best Unibroue smell I've ever had.

T: Biscuit malt and tart pretty much dominate. Some low level of pepper and green apples. A tiny bit of coriander and cloves. Really, dare I say it, watery. Super disappointing after the great smell of the beer. I really don't know what to say...

M: Watery with medium to low carbonation, not very interesting here too....

D: Well, it's super light tasting, so it's easy to drink. Great for summer but that's it.

All in all, very far from what I'm used to with the style, not that interesting tasting beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a cloudy amber/gold colour with a fair size foamy white head. Appears to be some decent carbonation, and slight lacing. The head didn't stick around for long.

Smell - this beer has a spicy pepper scent with some cinnamon notes. Maybe even nutmeg. Reminds me of a warm cup of apple cider smell.

Taste & Mouth - Low to average carbonation on the drink, larger size bubbles. Sweet at first then the pepper warming spice kicks in. A nice slightly bitter aftertaste. Seems odd to drink a Unibroue beer that is slightly watery..

Drink - Not my favorite style of beer, but pleasantly different from anything I'm used to.

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Photo of dipso123
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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 kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep blonde color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of clean cereal notes with light citrus floral notes and the usual ester originating form the Unibroue yeast. Taste is quite refreshing with good herbal and citrus notes with a semi-sweet malt backbone and the bready yeast notes form Unibroue. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation. Refreshing and well made without breaking any ground.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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 rtepiak
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes while in montreal.

pour is yellow cloudy with about a finger and a half of head. nose of citronella and powered sugar hints of ginger that either fuse to or cover up the grain quality of the beer. palate is citrus pulp in a combination of wheat and lemon zest. husk that is subdued wit ha ginger hint. a twist away from lingering protein bitter. and a tad lemon sour.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is blonde (yellow) with some golden. Nice white foamy head that, however, disappear quickly. Citrus notes in the aroma with some yeast (typical of unibroue). Taste wise, this beer taste like Blanche de Chambly. Refreshing beer. Lots of carbonation. This beer is a good summer beer. Nothing out of this world but very tasty and refreshing. Almost no bitterness.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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 fostachild
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


pours a fairly clear, golden color. good amount of head.

smells of yeast, wheat. orange peel.

taste is pleasant. malty, sweet/fruity flavour and a slight bitterness. very well balanced. okay carbonation. overall was very drinkable and i enjoyed it.

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Photo of ctgui
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle from the Unibroue taste-pack.

A - Hazy golden pour with a good 2 inch white head that fell quickly.

S - Smells of wheat, yeast and spices like cinnamon. A little fruit also, but I can't pick off which one.

T - This one is all about spice and yeast, some fruit again, citrus and banana. Almost no bitterness, no booze whatsoever.

M - Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Refreshing beer with a dry finish, but far from my favorite from Unibroue.

O - A good drinkability and an overall pretty good beer, but I must admit I probably won't go for this one in the near future, as it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

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Photo of bobsy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its not very often you get to be the first reviewer of a new Unibroue beer. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Blonde de Chambly, a new saison launched by Unibroue at the 17th Mondial de la Biere. Here's a short youtube video (en Francais) from the brewery to give you an idea of what the beer's like and how they launched it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VfbT88WdtU

Hazy golden pour with a finger of creamy white head that laced well as it dropped to a cap. Very perfumed aroma, that obviously has similarities to Blanche de Chambly (something that was commented on by other Mondial attendees). Floral, with spice and light citrus notes, its beguiling, but doesn't scream saison. Likewise the flavour is very decent, but not up there with my favourites in the style. It has a lot in character with its blanche brother, but with a slight earthiness and a slightly cleaner finish. I expected some tartness, dryness or funk, but none were really that present. Medium-light quenching body with a medium carbonation.

A pleasant drinker, but an unremarkable saison. Its a very good beer, but not what I look for, and I want a bit more character in my saisons. Perhaps if they had used something other than the house yeast strain it may have had better results.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright golden colour. White, pillowy head that only managed about a finger but seems to be sticking around. Effervescent.

S - Really strong aroma without putting my nose to it. Tons of spice. Fruitiness is there too with some yeast.

T - Zesty, yeasty, and the spice pulls through alot.

M - Lightish body leaning towards medium. Not a thin beer by any means. Carbonation is alright in the mouth. Dryness in the finish.

D - A nice drinking saison. Not the best I've had but alright.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big chewy white head, that faded away after the first sip. Carbonation is high. The color is golden and its hazy.

Smell: spices, something sweet(fruits), malt, and something herbal.flowers

taste: some fresh herbal aromas, malt.

mf: high carbonation, the brew is quite round
theres a medium aftertaste of herbal,earthy, little bit sour..

drinkability: the brew is ok

its nice from Unibroue to choose a Saison for their blond, because this style is not widely available here. Its a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy orange. The head is white and leaves small islands of lacing.

S - soapy malt, citrus and apple

T - tart fruity malt and a slightly tannic herbal finish

M - medium-high carbonation, medium body with a semi dry finish

D - bitter flavors mask some of the herbal flavors

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml corked and caged bottle. sampled march 16/2011.

pours hazy golden yellow with a small cap of fine white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. light orangy citrus. perhaps a hint of lemon and tangerine. light yeasty spice. touch of saison spice. light herbal character. bit of caramel. white bread and cracker. touch of grain.

taste is nice. caramel and orangy citrus. belgian spice. light herbal character. white bread and cracker. touch of cinnamon. almost no alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. a fairly plain saison, leaning more toward a belgian pale, but it's a pretty broad style. i like more funk in my saisons, but enjoyed this one anyway.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle.

A- Big white head. Pale golden yellow colour. Clear before the yeast. After the yeast is poured in takes a cloudy, darker colour (dark yello, almost a beige/light brown).

S- Touch of citrus. Dusty yeast.

T- A little dusty yeast and carbonation on the initila taste. Very mild middle, but also very clean. Decent, well balanced bitter finish. Light malt and alcohol flavours come out a bit more as it warms.

MF- Light and effervescent.

D- Good thirst quencher or cross-over beer for those used to macros.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As saisons have been trending further and further upwards on the popularity scale, I find it quite mesmerizing that it has taken so long for Unibroue to release their version. Their house yeast is so peppery and dry that it makes employment of saisons overwhelmingly obvious.

The hazy light golden ale pours into an over sized brandy snifter with a highly bubbly appearances that erupts into a cottony foam cap with tremendous staying power, lacing and life. There's nothing in the appearance that makes me expect anything less than greatness for this farmhouse ale.

Yeasty aromas start with the supple bread and must scent of pilsner malt, light wheat, and sandalwood. But then the estery and spicy balance develops with wave after wave of scents that include hefe-like banana and clove with more saison traits of lemongrass, white pepper, apples, and overall heightened earthy hops.

Richer than expected flavors hit the front of the tongue with a creamy malt flavor of baked bread, dough, and mild powdered sugar taste. The supple sweetness is met with deeper esters of banana, apricot, and papaya before transitioning into zestier apples, lemons, and light vinous white grape tartness. As the more acidic flavors set in, so does the peppery spice of clove, alcohol, grassy hops, and peppercorn. Although much is made of the malts and hops, make no mistake about it- this beer is all about its yeast character.

The creamy effect also kicks off in the mouthfeel, but the fuller sensation proves to be quickly fleeting in favor of a crisp and zesty acidity that both cleanses and refreshes that palate with mild dryness and minty warmth in finish. It's quite refreshing to find a flavorful saison at its most traditional and modest alcoholic sense.

The house yeast of Unibroue is full of sprite, zeal, and power and it provides a very fruity-dry and controlled peppery taste with ease- ideally suited for the saison style. If not for the slight confusion between the staple saison flavors and German Hefeweizen richness, I'd be happy to celebrate more. I'm still surprised it took so long.

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Photo of Viggo
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, picked up in Montreal.

Very lightly hazed amber, a bit of orange highlighting, medium sized white head forms and settles to a medium ring and thin layer around the glass, some lace chunks stick.

Smell is alright, lightly citrusy, a bit of lemon, wheat, a little yeasty, some light funkiness, orange peel, coriander and a touch of pepper, a bit of biscuit and toast, some grainy sweetness.

Taste similar, lightly funky, very dry and toasty, a bit of biscuit, lemon and orange peels, some citrus, very yeasty, coriander, lightly spicy, kind of dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit spritzy. Lightly spicy, a bit lacking in flavour, but alright and pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy golden color with a medium white head that settles leaving very minimal lacing.

S- banana, some cutrus/lemon peel, bread and spice notes are apparent in the nose. not what i was expecting. as mentioned previously, very perfumy.

T- similar to the nose. i get alot of banana up front which fades to a lemon zesty finish. there is also a bready characteristic brought in from the yeast.

M/D- medium bodies with low carbonation. not a bad drinking beer but nothing really exciting.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Dna_Infinity
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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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