Friday, May 17, 2013

Unibroue Blanche de Chambly

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (882) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It had "best before" date of 6/20/14. I paid $4 for the bottle ($0.33 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright, pale yellow body with fine carbonation visible rising up the side. Opaque from the sediment. Forms an average size, snowy white, foamy head which mostly fizzles away and doesn’t leave much lacing.

Smell: Strong orange citrus aroma plus distinct dry spice. A clean, floral bouquet.

Taste: If you need a good example of a solid Belgian White (or witbier) style, Unibroue Blanche de Chambly is it. This is one of those rare beers that exemplifies the by-the-book style and does so really well. A tasty palate that’s really easy to drink - what’s not to like?

Much like the nose, the palette here is primarily orange. Not orange juice, but orange peel essence coupled with a subtle coriander spice (I should say so considering it’s brewed with both). There’s a hint of lemon flavor and a touch of tartness/dry bitterness at the apex of the swig. The finish is an even stronger orange/lemon citrusy flavor with the faintest sour/tart sensation. There’s a hint of starch, too, but it finishes clean. A fun drinking experience every time.

Drinkability: It’s beers like Unibroue Blanche de Chambly that prove you don’t have to have the word "summer" slapped on a label to be refreshing. The orange character here is tasty, but easy on the tongue so it’s not too intense. Though the carbonation is high, the actual bubbles are so fine that they almost massage the tongue. At 5% ABV it’s got a lot of flavor for what is technically a "light" beer. I could see this being highly sessionable in hot weather. 
Grade: 8/10