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 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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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 joefinnigan15
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark yellow/golden. Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. 2 finger head, lingers but not for too long

Smell: strong spicy smell, cinnamon, ginger

Taste/feel: more woody/spicy than fruity. Almost like gingerbread. 

Overall: great, like all unibroue. Another keeper.

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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 bump8628
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice find on-tap at McNellies OKC. Looks the part - lightly hazed gold with a nice lacy head of white foam. Really floral - lavender and chamomile prominent. Deeper there is some spice with corriander and pepper along with some lime juice and orange peel. Balance is perfect between the dry finish and spicy bitterness. A good Saison, and I appreciate the lower ABV given all the high octane versions being pumped out lately.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 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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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 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 leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy straw colour with a finger widtth of bubbly white head. Moderate bubbles present.

Smell- Citrus (orange, lemon) aromas with a hint of apple. Some spiciness is detected as well.

Taste- The spices (touch of clove and coriander) and citrus notes are the predominant flavours, supported by bready, earthy flavours.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with a very tingly effervescence. Nice fluffiness to it.

Overall - An enjoyable saison from Unibroue. The flavour combination in this brew create a lovely warming sensation. The tingly carbonation is also quite pleasant.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy golden wheat, consistent but minimal bubbles

S: beyond the immediate smell of the unibroue bready yeast scent, I get a hint of metallic ocean smell, reminiscent of freshly shucked oysters.

T: Strong yeast taste on first wash through the mouth, which on it owns is pleasing. Followed by a creamy nearly sweet milk mixed with alcohol. Lacking in any hops or heavy malt flavours, the flavour is crisp and clean easy to drink without being overwhelming.

M: light in the mouth, leaves the tongue daily and feeling like a refresher.

D: this easy drinking beer is bold in it's typical unibroue yeast flavour, but is crisp and clean and easy to drink a only 5%. A light drink which would be excellent to pair with either rich seafood or fresh light white fish and shellfish. I paired this beer with a simple winter salad (cabbage, fennel, apples etc…) and fresh garden bruschetta, the flavour was excellent to allow the food to shine through and was excellent to cleanse the palette with a clean crisp flavour. Easy to drink and better to share.

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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 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 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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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 joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Rijtjeshuis
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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 ctgui
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Crossmd
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a beautifully radiant hazy golden in a vortex of tiny champagne bubbles.

Smells of yeast, some butter, and yeast or grain. Moderately projected.

Tastes much like it smells, and is generally really pretty round and flavorful, if not the most novel beer in the world. The finish is relatively short with just a hint of yeasty spiciness dissipating quickly.

Mouthfeel is relatively lush, but is lacking the really pillowy texture of some of the other Unibroue offerings.

Overall, not my favorite Unibroue, but still a delicious offering with a good degree of character. Excellent to give to a friend who only drinks macros.


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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 fostachild
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 rtepiak
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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 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 grub
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Blonde De Chambly from Unibroue
3.86 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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