BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: Belgian-Style White Ale / Witbier
Brewed since 1992
Origin: Chambly, Quebec
Unibroue’s first beer and the first refermented white beer brewed in the Belgian tradition to be bottled and marketed in North America.
The Blanche de Chambly label features the icon of the city where it is brewed: Fort Chambly. It was converted from a wooden barricade used for fighting against the Iroquois in the middle of the XVII century into a stone fortress to combat the British army at the beginning of the XVIII century. With notes of dried orange peel and coriander seeds, this brew is a worthy representative of classic Belgian-style white wheat beers. To date, it has won more than 34 international medals, including being named “The World’s Best White Beer” on numerous occasions. Unibroue is proud to brew the most popular white beer in Quebec.
BELGIAN WHITE ALE (WITBIER)
FINE AND PLENTIFUL – LIKE CHAMPAGNE
SLOW AND SUSTAINED
OUR BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S BLANCHE DE CHAMBLY
APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
5 % ABV, we served it at 43° F in the signature Unibroue Blanche de Chambly flute.
With all of Jerry Vietz’s beers, they produce voluminous heads, and all pour a 3 to 4-finger height.
The picture that you see here was taken after 5 minutes after pouring, so the head did collapse a bit. The initial pour gave an easy 3-finger height head which was fluffy, with large and small bubbles. We did ensure the glass was “beer clean”. Blanche de Chambly is one of those Unibroue ales that some care must be taken while pouring, or you will have a head overflow!
The Brussels lacework the head left behind once it collapsed (it took around 10 minutes) was dense and patchy. During consumption, it held a 1/8″ height until the bottom of the glass.
NOTE: Unibroue has a very specific way they want you to pour their beers into a glass. They fully advocate incorporating the yeast at the bottom of the bottle into the glass. For more info (with a link to a video) of the Unibroue pouring ritual, click here.
The aromas carry over into the taste, along with notes of Basswood honey and very faint hints of white flower.
MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
As this is a true bottle-refermented beer (Champagne method), Blanche de Chambly is super effervescent. It wakes up all regions of the mouth and soft palate upon first sip. The spritz level may shock those who are used to “tamer” witbiers!
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS
As you have most likely discovered from our previous BrewViews on Unibroue beers, the brewery is very culinary oriented – (with it’s own cookbook with recipes featuring their beers) and Blanche de Chambly is no exception. Here are some links to recipes from Unibroue’s website:
Also, Blanche de Chambly makes excellent cocktails as well:
Because of its high effervescence level, Blanche de Chambly can be paired with a wide variety of cuisines, and can be enjoyed year round. I can remember many occasions after tending the garden in warm weather, or at a picnic, where it was a welcome and refreshing drink. Because of it’s low ABV, it also makes a nice session beer.
Thanks to Unibroue’s excellent global distribution network, Blanche de Chambly is widely available at thousands of retail stores, pubs, and restaurants all over the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, and more.
Huge thanks go out to the following individuals for making this BrewView possible: Liquor Barn in Redding, California for carrying the line of Unibroue ales, and of course, Unibroue’s Master Brewer Jerry Vietz, for keeping the history alive with this unique white ale.
LA BRASSERIE UNIBROUE
80 Des Carrières Street
J3L 2H6 Canada
BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.
He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy Belgian beer! Ecclesiastes 8:15