Blanche de Chambly – Unibroue (Canada)

Blanche de Chambly – Unibroue, 5% ABV, (Quebec, Canada) (listed in “1001 beers you must taste before you die”)

On the back label:

Blanche de Chambly honours Captain Jacques de Chambly, who built historic Fort Chambly on the Richelieu River in 1665 to defend Montreal and the colony. Dispatched by King Louis XIV to lead the fighting Carignan-Salières Regiment, he achieved the legendary Iroquois peace of 1667. He was awarded the title of Seigneur of the region (today Chambly). Officers and soldiers were also encouraged to stay. Many of them married Filles du Roi and prospered.

Blanche de Chambly has an alluring pale golden color, effervescent foam and a subtle bouquet of spice and citrus notes. It is mildly malty, slightly sweet and refreshingly thirst quenching.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: clean refreshing citrus ale
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No, not complex enough
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours cloudy yellow-orange, small dissipating head, small CO2, thin layered and ringed retention, lots of medium-speed moving CO2 streams. not much lacing. Light malts and aromatic sweet lemon/orange citrus on the nose – very bright and inviting. Half-creamy mouthfeel, 4/10-sweetness, tangerine citrus without the bitter peel, trace amounts of coriander, slightly milky, fragrant oranges on the exhale. Finishes off-dry and 1/10 bitterness. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, medium length, okay carry, good balance and transitions, great drinkability. A very nice “light” summer beer that brings to mind images of sunny beaches.