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Review of Unibroue Blanch De Chambly

08 Jul
Today’s craft beer review is going to be of the Unibroue Blanch De Chambly from the Unibroue Brewery located in Quebec, Canada. 

Let’s get right into the description from the website, unibroue.com.

In the spring of 1992, Unibroue introduced the first bottle-refermented white ale crafted in North America!  Taking inspiration from Quebec history, Unibroue created Blanche de Chambly in honor of the volunteer militiamen who fought and died under Captain De Salaberry – a French Canadian officer and nobleman in the British army – to defend Lower Canada against invasion in 1812.  Blanche de Chambly is the very first ale brewed by Unibroue and as Belgian tradition dictates for white ales, it is named after the city in which it is brewed.  In 1996, the Chicago Beverage Testing institute declared Blanche de Chambly “The World’s Best White Ale.”  Since then, it has gone on to win numerous other awards and distinctions.

Let’s give it a pour and see how it tastes!!!

This was a 12 oz., 5.0% ABV bottle of beer.

It poured a cloudy, slightly dark orange color.  Bright yellow highlights were very prominent around the edges and bottom of the glass.  A white head was formed, from a medium aggressive pour, that had average size and retention along with just “ok” lacing.

The nose brought about a spicy clove and pepper note mixed with a lemon splash and a touch of orange zest.  Some wheat and yeasty grain incense was followed by a slight sour dough redolence.  I thought it was mostly a soft nose that was decently balanced.

The flavor was what would be expected.  Spicy notes of clove and pepper combined with the sweet, tart fruitiness of both lemon and orange.  Some wheat profiles helped restrain some of the sourness, although it was still a bit “tart.”  I experienced a little bit of “funk” in there too!!!  It was a good “funk” though.  Not an overly astringent, foul odor that some “Wits” can exude.  A nice hop bite finished off the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was medium, crisp, snappy, smooth, dry and mostly refreshing.  It wasn’t quite as thirst quenching as I thought it might be because the somewhat sour characteristic made it a bit sharp, however the palate was still covered admirably.

This, like most “Wheat” and “Wit” beers, was just “ok” to me.  I’m most definitely glad that I tried it for sure, but I didn’t find it to be anything out of the ordinary or exceptional.  Others may find this to be an extraordinary beer, however I wasn’t completely blown away by it.  I might be able to drink a few of these during one setting, although I’m not sure that I would want to make a night of it.  As I have stated before numerous times, this style of beer doesn’t get me too excited.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t anything discouraging or bad by any means.  Would I recommend you give it a try????  Sure, it fits well with both the Spring and Summer seasons.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  It’s much appreciated.

Score:  3.55 out of 5
Grade:  B 

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