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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Crafted exclusively for Trader Joe’s this delicious beer is made in Quebec, Canada, and brewed according to the time honored traditions of classic Belgian Ales. It strikes the perfect balance between spices, hop, and malt profiles. With champagne-like effervescence and aromatic notes of citrus peel and ginger, this beer is malty, mildly sweet and hoppy with a subtle, spicy finish. It is sure to please the most finicky beer drinkers.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1967) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark yellow pour, small ring of carbonation and an aroma of spice and a little lemon zest. Flavor has just enough malt to balance out some nice hints of hops, lemon juice a little banana. A steal @ $6 for a 750.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1338) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle. Bright yellow pour with some haze and a slick of white foam. Aroma is belgian yeast with subdued clove, pepper, a bit of citrus, and light candied sugar. Taste is heavy on the clove with pepper, complimentary bitterness, a touch of sweet malt, and some spices. Clean, dry, and crisp mouthfeel. Very well made.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6049) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a clear golden with medium white head. Aroma of light fruity notes, dough, signature Unibroue yeast and a hint of ginger. Flavour is quite light and spicy, but not any of the ginger is detectable, champagne-style yeast, and some mild fruitiness. Lively carbonation, with a nicely spicy body. Solid, but unobtrusive one here, just perhaps not up to Unibroue standard.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
msackett (1) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013 does not count
Very good example of a Belgian Golden ale. Initially pours with a large head, but then settles down. Easy drinking with a lot of orange and spice nose.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10475) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate balanced, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spice sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (3672) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Funky babyfood banana and pear nose. Hazy golden, thick head. Dry pear and lemon flavor Light body, watery. Has some nice attributes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle from Trader Joes, Sacramento. Pours golden with a huge off-white head and an earthy citrus aroma. There is a typical yeasty sweet malt flavor with a slightly bitter spicy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2013
750mL bottle. Poured clear, straw golden with a nice cap of bright white head. The aroma picked up fresh doughy yeast, floral notes and cloves over soft honey-kissed bready malt.. spicy and warm on the back of the nose.. very clean and enjoyable. The flavor found tangy cloves, white pepper, and tight carbonation on the tip of the tongue, with watered-down honey and bready malts behind.. finished like it started, with tasty yeast and lively carbonation. Lighter-bodied and very well carbonated on the palate.. not overly complex, but it was crisp and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1054) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle shared by Marcus. Color is golden with white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. The taste is peppery belgium yeast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3301) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Trader Joe’s, Brooklyn 750ml ($6): Pours a golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is yeast, fruits, citrus, spice, and a bit of light hops. Taste is very slightly sweet. Nice yeast. Slightly hoppy and dry finish. Easy to drink. This was a pleasant Belgian, and for the price, it cannot be beat.


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