Our BrewView on Unibroue’s Blanche de Chambly was originally published on January 13, 2015.
Brewed since 2010, this Belgian-style Saison ale is the last of the “de Chambly” beer trilogy. It is spicy like a Belgian beer and hoppy like a Czech beer.
This is Unibroue’s own interpretation of a Belgian Saison ale, traditionally brewed in winter by farm breweries. Stored for a few months, they were then served to field workers as a means of helping them cool off on long, hot summer days. Saison ales were considered highly refreshing, even when served warm in the days before refrigeration.
Blonde de Chambly pays tribute to the Filles du Roy, the women who came to New France between 1663 and 1673 to marry soldiers of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, among others, and start their families in the Montérégie.
STYLE: Unibroue-style Saison. 5% ABV.
APPEARANCE: Deep golden color with a dense 3-finger height white colored head. Very fine Champagne-like bubbles stream the entire time of consumption. Even-sheeted lacing on the sides of the glass as the liquid is consumed.
AROMA: Citrus, herbal, grassy, fresh hops.
FLAVOR: Aromas carry over into the flavor with notes of pepper, honey.
MOUTHFEEL: Carbonation level is high with a champagne-like effervescence. There is a light creaminess to the mouthfeel as well. The flavors mildly linger, making it refreshing, preparing you for that next sip.
IMPRESSION: Have not enjoyed Blonde de Chambly since January 2015, as it is not readily available in the States. One of our favorite Saison tasted to date.