This unfiltered white beer is cloudy with rich sediment and has a pale golden wheat colour. Blanche de Chambly from Unibroue in Chambly, Quebec supplies a predictable, if not mild, spicy citrus aroma and pours with a fleeting soapy white head.
Blanche de Chambly starts with a refreshing tang and carries a very pleasant bubbly mouthfeel. That gives way to a mildly sweet and malty taste, then finishes with a slightly syrupy aftertaste. The beer, named for a 17th century Quebec captain, is very easy-drinking and far less overpowering than most white ales.
The packaging for Blanche de Chambly features beautifully hand painted art depicting the fort on the Richelieu River that captain Chambly built to defend Montreal in 1665. The packaging also features an ornate crest crest and each bottle neck is wrapped in foil with the Unibroue brewery logo printed on it.
For a brewery best known for their strong and dark beers, Unibroue has produced a remarkably approachable white ale on par with the world’s best. I’m always sure to pour the sediment that remains after pouring after it's had a few minutes to settle. I find it accentuates the beer’s characteristics for the better.
Blanche de Chambly is available throughout Quebec, at LBCO and The Beer Store outlets in Ontario and is also distributed throughout the Northeastern United States and internationally.
Type: Belgian White Ale (On Lees)
Region: Quebec, Chambly
Format Purchased: 6 x 341 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%