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Blonde de Chambly

Fact Sheet

Fermentation

Top

Style

Saison

Color

Dark golden

SRM

5.5

Clarity

Cloudy

Head

Off-white and generous

Bubbles

Fine and plentifullike Champagne

Effervescence

Slow and sustained

IBU

13

Body

Medium

Aftertaste

Medium

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Blonde de Chambly

5% ALC./VOL.

Serve at

°C 4 6
°F

Fermentation: Top

Brewed since 2010
Origin: Chambly, Quebec
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.

History

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.

Unibroue

Color

Dark golden

Nose

Lemongrass, wildflowers and fresh hops.

Flavor

Crisp acidity of lemongrass followed by sweet honey, notes of pepper and a sharp, floral finish.

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Aging process

Potential

Like good wine, Unibroue’s fine beers have flavors that develop with age. Over time they become smoother, sometimes revealing notes of honey and candied fruit and developing a more assertive and lasting flavor. This phenomenon is known as “maderization” and is similar to the aging process of dessert wines like port.

Preservatives

Oxygen is the mortal enemy of beer because oxidation creates a stale, flat flavor. The yeast added to the bottle of Unibroue products triggers natural fermentation, consuming excess oxygen and preventing the beer’s CO2 from oxidizing. This enhances the beer’s aging potential. The high alcohol content of certain Unibroue products also lends itself well to aging by acting as a natural preservative.

Preservation methods

Store bottles upright in a cool dark place at a stable temperature between 46ºF and 61ºF.

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Format

Blonde de Chambly

341 ml

Blonde de Chambly

750 ml

Blonde de Chambly

Draft

Aging process

Best as young as possible

15 Awards

  • 6
  • 7
  • 2
  • World Beer Awards (London, UK)
    • 2017
    • 2016
    • 2010
    • 2014
    • 2012
    • 2011
    • Category
      Canada – Belgian Style Blonde
    • Category
      Canada - Bière de Garde / Saison
    • Category
      The World’s Best Standard Pale Ale
  • Les prix du publique – Volet bière (People’s award – beer)
    • 2017
  • World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute
    • 2016
    • 2015
    • 2014
    • 2013
    • 2012
    • 2011
  • Mondial de la bière (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
    • 2011
  • Canadian Brewing Awards
    • 2010

Tasting

Suggested glass

Footed flute

Footed flute

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