Blonde De Chambly | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cratez on 06-05-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
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35
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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 biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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 emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft in a 12 oz. goblet. Pours a bright golden color with rising trails of visual carbonation. Thin cap of frothy white foam that sticks nicely to the glass.

Earthy grassy hops and honey malt sweetness in the aroma. Somewhat subdued and simple but with an added layer of complexity from the yeast, which is fairly understated for a Unibroue beer. Crisp and effervescent body, flavors of apple, pear, honey, and crackers. Light feel, and again the yeast is never flavor dominant as in most of Unibroue's beers. Thirst quenching on a 90º+ day, much needed and true to style. Would pick up a bottle of this to revisit.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blonde De Chambly has a deep-set haze and imperfect head that make it look all natural. There's no way a beer diluted or adjunct-ridden could look this full and flavourful. Held into the light, this yellow beer develops a glowing, almost neon phosphorescence, perhaps finally answering once and for all what was contained in that briefcase from Pulp Fiction.

Blonde De Chambly smells as much like Blanche De Chambly as it sounds like it; musty, barnyard wheat is lined with slightly tart fruit notes, lemon-y acidity and a rash of savory yeast flavours that is not yet full-blown but rather still yet in the forming stages. It is pleasantly tangy, with a well proportioned ratio of yeast to malt. Mmm, me likey long time!

Most of the barnyard mustiness and zesty yeast spice turn out to be mirages, evaporating upon hitting the line of sight (by which I mean the tongue). The beer is clean, with a simple graininess, no bitterness of note and little lingering aftertaste. Appearances can be misleading; this turns out to have the lighter, more neutral body of a commercial lager after all.

That being said, it's much more gratifying any domestic twist-off or green glass import (at least in so far as I'm concerned). For one thing, it has flavour - undiluted, unadulterated flavour at that. Secondly, it has soft, buzzing bubbles that soothe like palate like a vibrating recliner soothes the back. Also, its light tang makes it delightfully refreshing.

Unibroue really didn’t use any imagination in making this recipe; like it's name, this beer drinks remarkably like Blanche De Chambly - which isn't such a bad thing, mind you. While I don't see the logic in having both as year-round offerings, and prefer the Blanche to the Blonde, I can still see why the brewery went ahead with its production. This is a good beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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 petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov29 2010

A quite cloudy golden orange and I can barley see some bubbles feeding a very fast falling thumbs width of foam that left a few patches of lace where it existed

S yeasty apple with a little bubblegum

T not far from the smell but with some spice, pretty tasty stuff, not as complex as some of their bigger beers but far from boring

M thick for the color and very creamy from the bubbles, flavors linger and that's a good thing in this case

D I could drink quite a few of these with no problem, quite good for 5% I'd recommend it

its been a while since I had a Unibroue product for the first time and this one didn't disappoint. respectable beer for the strength and I'll be drinking this again but I may wait for some better weather

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Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bylerteck
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Viggo
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw-amber with a small, bubbly white head. Tons of fine bubbles rushing up.

Smell. Light grains, very fruity yeast and a little more fruit in behind that.

Taste. No surprise to find a nice hit of that fruity unibroue yeast. A little bit of light grain and cloves, and a very subtle tartness. Finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with full and lively carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Goes down too easy.

Thanks DaftCaskBC!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice saison.

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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 andrenaline
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Photo of jrenihan
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears to be bottled October 21, 2010.

Pours a translucent light blonde, somewhat orangey. A small white head disappears immediately.

Light fruit and white pepper in the nose. Unibroue yeast is there as well, as is a biscuity malt scent that has a hint of sweetness.

Taste has lots of white pepper, coriander and other spices, coupled with a big dose of light fruit. Some biscuit malt flavours. Finish is fairly dry and focused on the spice. A bit of a funky barnyard flavour from the yeast, but not strong.

High carbonation, light bodied. A bit aggressive on the bubbles but pretty good.

Overall, really quite nice. I confess that I didn't know this was a saison when I picked it up- assumed it was a Belgian pale ale. Glad to be wrong. Enjoyed it very much.

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Blonde De Chambly from Unibroue
3.86 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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