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 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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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 JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single 341mL bottle brought back from Montreal. Love the bottle design as always - looks like the Filles du Roi have just arrived!

Poured into my trusty Duvel tulip glass. Pale golden straw coloured, slightly opaque, about a half inch of head with a dash of lacing. Not much retention there.

Nose is pleasant and floral, with notes of lemon, yeast and a bit of spice.

A tasty brew this is - crisp, with a lovely yeast and citrus tang, yet sweet enough to pair well with my spicy Thai soup. The lemon and pepper flavors come out nicely in the finish.

Zesty carbonation, slightly thick with some sediment.

A nice little beer for the evening, fresh, clean, floral and citrussy. A good little saison, I have to say. Low ABV and the flavor profile makes this one a good session brew that would pair with summer dinner fare. I would absolutely love a corked 750ml of this over the summer - methinks a trip to Quebec be in order.

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Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the foil topped bottle into my Sam Adam's Sensory Glass.

Poured golden in color, clear with a bright white fluffy head. Head didn't stay around long but did lend to a beautiful aroma.

Smell - Very crisp, clean and fruity, this Saison smells exactly how it should, even more so at 5%.

Taste - crisp, almost champagne like bubbles great you first, then the sweetness and fruity flavors come out next. not much for hops, if any. Nice, light and sweet, I can see this will go excellent with most foods.

Mouthfeel - I want to say on the lighter side of medium, as it wasn't light in body, carbonation was very nice, not over done.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink beer. I could imagine this would be very refreshing on a hot summer day, or paired with your favorite meal. At 5% this is a beer you can have a few of without worrying too much.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown glass "pry-top" bottle. Thanks to my homeboys at Uni for bringing this down for me! Shoulder stamped F0810Q CSP, whatever that means.

Appearance: Hazy/cloudy amber orange with virtually no head.

Nose: Filled with citrus aromas, orange, lime, flowery yeast and something spicey, maybe corriander. Website claims it a saison, so it must just be from the yeast. Very fragrant.

Palate is crisp and gripping some mild acidity. The yeast rules the roost here. Spicy and zesty! Lime zest shaved on top of coriander husks, something like cola, and fresh hay. Finish is crisp and bright.

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Photo of SebD
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of ZorPrime
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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 canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 kwjd
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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 kjyost
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle from a mixed 12 with Noire & Blanche, new to the MLCC so it is fresh. Bottled coded J09101853Q. Poured into a tulip.

Pours a fluffy white head atop a clear lightly orange body. Laces very well. Aromas are light and floral, exceedingly enjoyable, although a touch muted. The body is dry without major malt presence. The beer initially gives off a light sweet lily-like flavour followed by a (at times) very intense finish of black pepper. The beer is a little thin, but overall quite nice.

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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 Swedes21
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Grunewald
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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 scott451
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass beaker. Two finger bubbly white head. Slightly hazy gold. Good head retention. It settled down to a cap till the end. Moderate lacing.

Spicy clove smell. Some yeast. Taste are floral wheat notes up front. Most of the flavour is in the back. A very mild sharp bite as it warms. A nice long clove aftertaste.

Refreshing with a light body. Very sessionable. I am glad that is now available in my area. I will be drinking more.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Otterburn
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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 kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Yoonisaykul
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml ml into Brassin d'Hiver tulip

Tried it on tap at the 2010 Mondial de la bière launch but wasn't too impressed. I thought it tasted just like the Blanche which I find too watery.
Bought a 6-pack mostly for the glass but also to try it again. Good move. I find it a lot better now. Maybe my tastebuds weren't as overwhelmed from the Mondial tastings but I think it's more of a bottled versus draft thing.

A- Yellow tint to the thick loose head. Yellow gold liquid with lots of carbonation bubbles goes from clear to very cloudy once you add the yeast. Looks right. Some wispy lacing.

S- Alcohol and banana yeast. Sweet light clove comes up with the temperature.

T- Seems to me like this is mostly finish and after-taste. Not much in the beginning of the sip. Very tasty though. Same as the smell but a bit more citric and watery. A tiny bit of green hop.

M- Full. Medium carbonation that foams up a bit, losing all prickliness. Very dry.

D- Good. Goes right down. Offers some different flavors and textures to keep you interested.

If in a limited selection store or dépanneur, I'd buy another six-pack glass or no glass. This has the potential to be a small hit in Quebec grocery stores.
I kind of rated this like an everyday blonde because I think this is probably what Unibroue is going for.

A- 3.5 S-4.0 T-3.5 M-4.0 D-4.0

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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 StephenRich
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was an exciting moment for me at the 2010 Mondial de la Biere when I approached the Unibroue tent, and not just because of the beautiful hostesses clad in French corsets. But this was only the second day that Unibroue's newest beer had been available - the Blonde de Chambly. After checking in, I made a b-line straight for Unibroue looking for this new creation.

The Blonde de Chambly is a Blonde Ale with Saison characteristics; really it is a typical Unibroue Blond. All of Unibroue's beers share some similar characteristics. They all have a spicy yeast character to them which can play off as soft and subtle as in this case, or rich and potent as with the Maudite.

I handed over my tickets and in turn received a tall Mondial glass of a pale golden beer which would soon flood Quebec and hopefully Ontario.

The Blond is 5% and will be bottled very soon. The pour from the tap was soft and smooth building a creamy and foamy white head a good inch and a bit above the beer, but it quickly faded with thick lacing leaving only a film on the beer. The Blonde really was exactly that, blond. It glowed in the light with pale straw color and golden light yellow rays of sun. It is not hazy or cloudy like the Blanch de Chambly, but is also not completely transparent.

The nose is delicate and softly sweet showing bright pale malts and ripe fruit and citrus. Hints of green apple, lemon peel and soft hay flutter in the air with a slight hint of floral hops. It is round with warm bread and soft biscuit, and the always fresh and slightly spicy Unibroue yeast.

Here it goes, my first taste of a new Unibroue beer only the second day it has been made available! The Blond is light and smooth flowing in with sweet malts perfectly mimicking the nose. Right away I get soft green apple and lemon zest gently gliding over my tongue as soft and lightly caramel pale malts melt over into my cheeks. It has sweet citrus and muddled light spice floating everywhere in the beer with hints of hop bitter and floral aromas.

It reminded me much more of the Ephemere Pomme rather than the Blanche de Chambly. It was soft and creamy showing me a easy drinking and delicious beer. Warm dough and soft sweet bread was everywhere in the backbone of this beer. The finish was soft, short and clean leaving a hint of spice and zest with a slight tart feeling. It came off very soothing and fairly quenching. I do expect the bottled version to be similar with a greater snap and potentially more spice - as it will be bottle conditioned.

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