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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

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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 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 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 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 emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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 nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -13.4%
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 wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 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 Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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 mynie
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
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 Durge
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of jrenihan
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of kwjd
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange colour with thick white head. Really nice head retention, as there is a thick ring of head on top of the beer. Nice lacing around much of the glass. Smells of lemon, spices, and Belgian yeast. Almost like a toned down saison, but still smells like one for the most part. Flavour is pretty dry, some sweetness, small tartness. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the new mixed pack , this is the beer I have been waiting for from Unibroue, lot of Belgian yeasty flavours and a lively nose but low in ABV. I really enjoyed the complexity matched with the drinkability and hope to see this in six packs in the future

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Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale goldenrod color. Well-kept head looks glossy. 4.0

Coriander and green peppercorn. Light tartness from implied lemon peel. Zesty and yeasty. 3.5

Bullied by the Unibroue yeast strain. Lots of lemon peel, nutty sweetness, coriander, and tropical fruit taffy. Spicy and sweet. Grated zest/marmalade. Finishes pretty clean. 4.0

Light, but silky. Restrained carbonation that doesn't overload the spice sensation. 4.0

Good saison. Proper love due. 4.0

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 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 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 thehyperduck
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 SebD
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a cloudy golden/orange like colour. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderatly and has a bit of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of fruit such as apples and citrucy notes along with spices and malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a slight apple taste to it but ends on more of a lemony spice but is generaly very smooth. It also has a nice balance of matls and hops.

Mouthfeel: It's a smooth low/medium carbonated beer. You can taste the hints apples and spices.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth, light tasting, drinkable beer accompanied with great flavours.

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Blonde De Chambly from Unibroue
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