Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Blanche de Chambly

Quebec's Unibroue has a reputation for delivering fine beers-typically robust brews with significant alcohol content.  Blanche de Chambly is another top-notch product from the Unibroue stable, though considerably subtler than many of its fellows.  Brewed in Chambly, Quebec, Blanche de Chambly is a Belgian-style witbier with 5% alcohol.  I purchased a six-pack of very attractive 341mL bottles complete with silver foil.
The beer is an extremely cloudy sunburst orange colour that resembles a nice apple cider.  When poured, there is a moderate amount of off-white head.  One of my favourite things about Blanche de Chambly is its carbonation.  The beer is damned-near effervescent and the bubbles look fantastic rising through the opaque orange suds.
The aroma tends toward citrus notes, particularly orange peel.  Like a good witbier, Blanche de Chambly isn't overly bitter.  The flavour begins "yeastily" and proceeds to a nice citrus finish. Additionally, there are several other complex undertones that are detectable (and perhaps identifiable by someone more skilled than I).

This is a very enjoyable beer.  It is refreshing, drinkable and has considerable character.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Sir Noble,
    I enjoyed this for the first time a couple of weekends ago with bannock, sitting along the Richelieu river at fort de Chambly (which looks exactly like it does on the bottle). It was a glorious 10. I recommend you try it again.