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Judge's Review: 91 Rating - Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue

October, 2019
Judges Rating: 
91
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
37 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue is being evaluated as a Witbier (2015 BJCP Category 24A). It pours a light amber color with a good amount of haze appropriate for the style. An ivory head of fine bubbles is persistent and continually supported by ever-rising bubbles indicating high carbonation.

The nose is a moderate mix of pear and apple with support from tart wheat and subtle honey, which gives the impression of caramelized pears. No hops were perceived. Restrained floral orange and clove-like phenols provide additional intrigue.

The flavor is an interesting amalgamation of tart wheat, yeasty bread and hints of dark honey with pomme fruit and restrained white pepper. Low herbal hops and medium-low bitterness allow the fermentation character and malt to shine forth. It finishes semi-dry with lingering wheat, fruit and coriander.  A pleasant creaminess helps to support the moderate body and high carbonation rounds out a lovely drinking experience. Despite the tart wheat and hints of pepper, this beer doesn’t have any astringency either.

Blanche de Chambly is a unique entry into the Witbier category that one could drink either in the middle of the summer as a refreshing beverage or even in the dead of winter. 

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