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

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RATINGS: 170   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1092) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Pours hazy straw-colored golden. White head blossoms and drops off quickly. Aroma of citrus, banana and bubblegum. Palate: Lively carbonation, medium body, moderate to long finish. Taste: Nicely balanced sweetness with some bitterness. Pepper apparent in the dry finish. Overall: This is a pretty tasty beer at a pretty tasty price. Will definitely pick this one up again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3663) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, yeast, and spices. Taste is malt, yeast, coriander, cloves, citrus, and malt. Very nice beer for a very nice price.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VALIS (228) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Cloudy lemon color, very nice. Faint, light scent of lemon, yeast, banana. Overly fizzy if too cold, but when allowed to warm a bit it drinks smoothly and pleasantly tart. Still a bit gassy, though. Mild aftertaste with a nice sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dragonfly1 (495) - Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Happy to see a new TJs bomber by Unibrue....Pours a hazy medium yellow. Foamy white head. Aroma is definitely Belgian spicy yeast, along with lemon rind contrasting with musty banana. Very smooth first sip, with an unexpected malty richness. The banana notes come first, followed by the tart lemon, and a slightly thin finish. Some winey notes at the end as well. A little more flavor hops at the end would finish this better, it’s a touch too thin at the end. Not too complex, but good overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGB (515) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours a hazy yellow with a good, lasting head. Aroma of orange, lychee, yeast, and coriander. Tastes like a good bready Belgian with orange and spice.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hartung32 (229) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Really great beer! Both Trader Joes big bottles by Unibrue(sp?) are great. This is one of the best golden ales I've had; and it's a steal for the price. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle. Golden beer with a big cream head. Yest and light citrus aroma with spice. Light citrus and spice flavor with yeast and backing malt. Medium bodied. Spice and light citrus lingers with yeast and backing malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3357) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Hazy golden brew with cascades of fine lacing. Aroma is cooly clovey and musky, crisp and with a hint of wheat. Moderately lively body and warming on the palate and gullet. Well melded clovyness does not dominate. If there is any real detracting factors, it’s that this one lacks complexity, but it redeems itself with crispness, balance, and overall execution. Excellent golden style Belgian ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3340) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours to a clean golden body with a crisp white head. Aroma is hoppy pineapple with lots of clean yeasts. The flavor is clean and yeasty with some pineapple and apricot. Crisp clean medium light body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Thanks, Mike and Abb! Well, Trader Joe’s "tier 2" Unibroue beers have done the job in the past. But I have to say that this one fell flat in a depressing kind of way. Cloudy gold pour, well carbonated and vigorous looking. But things were worrisome with the first deep snort, as there was a weirdly diacetyl quality in there along with a too-sweet and generically "Belgian" impression. Both too sharp and too sweet depending on the moment, it seems like an impressionistic hodgepodge more than anything else. Inoffensive, I guess, but I wish I liked it better given how sweet the price point is.


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