Dec 31, 2014

Unibroue Blonde de Chambly

I know that Unibroue has been conglomerate-owned for many years now, but I’m still a fan of their stable of beers. Whether it be the wonderfully ageable Terrible or any other of their products, each beer carries enough reasons for me to keep purchasing them — no matter who owns them.

Having just returned from a trip to Quebec and Montreal back in mid-October the in-laws arrived at The Barley homestead for dinner. In tow they had with them for my wife and I the below care package.

I’m familiar with Trois Pistales, having enjoyed that beer many times over through the years, but the rest were new to me. I decided to start with the lightest of the bunch, Blonde de Chambly, a 5% ABV saison. The beer drinks lightly with a lively character and good amount of yeasty goodness. It’s not the best saison I’ve ever had, but I still found it quite enjoyable.


The beer pours a pale, straw in color with a short-lived cap of white foam.

Unibroue Blonde de Chambly photo


The nose on the brew is a bit subtle, but hints of light fruits, grain, soft yeast notes and cereal waft from the surface.


While Blonde de Chambly’s aroma was rather tame, the beer bring a lively flavor to the palate. It’s yeasty and lightly funky with grain, distant fruits and a moderate sweetness. It’s not your typical saison as it’s probably got a bit too much residual sweetness, but I do love the active mouthfeel that gives the beer a refreshing quality.


I’m thankfully to have extended family members like my wife’s — they have spoiled us rotten through the years with tasty treats like this easy drinking, if a bit too sweet, saison. Blonde de Chambly is a beer that I can see being better enjoyed in the warmer months of late Spring and Summer. I’ll definitely keep my eyes open for it in the coming months.

Rating: 3.75/5

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