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Brewed by Spinnakers Brewpub
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Victoria, Canada

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with the finest malted barley, imported hops, a traditional Belgian yeast, and our own deep well pure mineral water. 8.2% alc.


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2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3340) - Surrey, British Columbia, - NOV 22, 2012
Hazy gold,minimal head. Neutral nose.Spicy yeast,sweet wheat malt palate.Medium strength lasting hop finish. Alcohol notes


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WheatKing (1296) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
This was bought a few months ago so it may not be a fair representation of how the beer is now, but itís mildly sour. Other than that itís an ok representation of a Belgian strong, though extremely simple, hardly any phenols, mainly esters, hazy orangish yellow, a lot more sweetness and less hops in the flavour than others have been saying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4151) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
650ml bottle pours a cloudy golden color with a finger of white head that settles quite quickly leaveing only a few spots of lacing. Aroma is cereal grains with some light fruits and grassy hops. Taste is malty sweet with some light fruitiness and a grassy hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied with some decent carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. The hops just did not quite blend well with this brew or I would have scored it higher.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gerbeer (1737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
650 ml bottle. Pours a clear gold with no head. Aroma of yeast and coriander with some floral notes. Flavors of coriander and ginger with a lingering bubblegum aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours clear copper orange with no head at all - surprisingly. Aroma of Belgian yeast, some sweetness, apples, perhaps orange peel. Flavour the same as aroma but with a spicy coriander taste also. Balanced sweetness with the hops, but not overly complex. Still nice to drink though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
650mL bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a flat golden with an almost non-existent head (unusual for the style). Aroma of sweet apples, sugar cane, bubblegum and yeast. Flavour is quite yeasty, with coriander, apples, pear, bubblegum and candied sugar. Sort of a vanilla and marshmallow-like finish. Palate is a little thin and lacking robustness. Solid, though unremarkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
650ml bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours a clear, light amber/medium gold with barely lasting off white head. Aroma is subtle with bubblegum, coriander and some yeast. Taste is quite similar but with a more assertive coriander note, some citrus, marshmallow and vanilla. Finish has a slight woodiness to it, yeast and cereal malt. Alcohol very well hidden. Itís pretty good for style but not outstanding.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4502) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Hillside Liquor Store in Saanich, B.C., for $6.80. Pours a solid amber body, mildly carbonated with a white head that settles to the rim of the glass. There is a coriander and mild tinny tonic water to the aroma, that transfers to the taste. Some orange, marshmallow, coriander and orange sprigs. Very light, vanilla and palatable. So smooth and easy to drink that youíd never guess this is 8.2% alcohol. Nice.


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