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

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RATINGS: 155   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TOSG55 (219) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very hazy straw color with a decent-sized head. Aroma of citrus, spice (coriander?) and yeast. The flavor has similar notes, but is balanced nicely for an overall tasty effect. A very solid Belgian-style, and a great value.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Split a 750ml bottle. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a large white head. Aroma was heavy on banana, some citrus notes, spices. Flavor was some banana, tropical fruit notes, some light spice and some yeast notes. Pretty enjoyable, and well priced brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1354) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Yeast on steroids. This beer is heavily spiced with coriander, pepper, hay, honey and champagne on the nose. Creamy but not delicate palate. Long finish. A very good value for the money and a great companion to dinner.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2145) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2013
A bit pale, not so attractive, sour yeasty nose, with cloves and pepper. Palate is spicy with plenty of bananas, a bit of citrus. It tastes somewhat dry. Nice and delicate, but not my favorite style of Belgian.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darwenus (529) - Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
For the money, a decent little beer. It pours bright yellow, only slightly darker than an adjunct lager, with a gigantic head. The aroma is sweet and spicy. There’s citrus and bananas and ginger, and a little nutmeg. All of those notes are big in the flavor, and there’s a big, hoppy twang that I hadn’t expected. I enjoyed this and I’d buy it again in a minute.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3157) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pour is a cloudy blonde with a large white head. Aroma is some clove, Belgian yeast and a nice fresh hop. Flavor is some candi sugar, a nice hop with some spice and dry malts. Finish is again sweet but dry. This was very tasty, kinda a Duval clone but at half the price.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emeister84 (861) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Aromas of bananas, cloves, flowers, and corn. Hazy yellow, like peach flesh, with a moderately quickly fading white head. Off-dry, with earthy, floral hop tones, and some spice. Medium body, refreshing carbonation, and a fragrant, biscuity finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (601) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
This beer has a typical Belgian aroma. It pours a cloudy golden color. It has a mild taste which is almost spicy at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Kettering bottle. Pours a light gold color with a small, bubbly, white head. Fairly classic Belgian ale aroma: slightly sweet, yeasty, and a hint of alcohol, Flavor matches the aroma with the addition of spice and banana. Pretty true to form. Fine overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1309) - Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2013
This starts with a mild wheat and spice aroma, and pours a hazy straw with a large white head. Very light on the palate, with lots of carbonation and a mild spice flavor. There are some citrus hints as well as sweetness from the malts. For $6 a 750mL bottle, I’ll definitely be picking up some more of this, and laying some down to see how it holds up.


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