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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 Joes 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4588) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
Quick dissipating head with a cloudy golden body. Nose of honeydew, mild malt, slight yeastiness ahead of some apple wine. Flavour is see hat thin and light, crisp and the usual Unibroue yeast. Very light and satisfying for a $5 Trader Joes brew. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1882) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2014
750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was a bit of a fizzy white head on it that subsided quickly and left no lacing. It has a nice nose. Definitely a bit spicy: perhaps some corriander and ginger. I also get a bit of citrus. The taste is very good. A bit of spiciness on top. Actually a hint of bitterness in there. I know its not, but the body seems a little lighter for a 7.5% beer. A very good beer which I will buy more of. Unfortunately the TJs near me dont carry this. Something to pick up on the next trip to ME or NH.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6215) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
[My bottle (750ml) shared with GregClow, jercraigs & mabel] Pours a hazy gold with a small lasting frothy white head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy along with some herbs and pale malt. Nice flavour of Unibroue yeast, lots of spices, citrus and pale malt. Medium bodied. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8006) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
2014-05-02. Hazy golden yellow body with a modest white head. 3+ Aroma is lightly yeasty, notes of doughy pale malt and light alcohol. 7+ Flavour is pleasant, sweetish yeasty doughy malt character. 7++ Average bodied palate, pleasantly effervescent carbonation. 3+ Not super complex but pretty tasty and an absolute steal at the price! Bottle shared by Blankboy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (275) - Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2014
Very tasty belgium strong ale.... Perfect hops and malt balance....very good beer for the price...i will drink this one again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4321) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2014
Nice medium blonde Belgian. Nice floral Unibroue classic yeast on lees. Finishes a little sweet. Nice coriander, a little soft malt aroma. Soft carbonation. Bottle from Trader Joes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty blonde color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention with some great lacing. Aroma consists of Unibroue yeast ester with some rustic malt notes and some peppery notes. Taste is also dominated by some Unibroue yeast ester with some rustic malt notes and a spicy peppery finish. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great mix of drinkability and complexity. Another winner from Unibroue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1825) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Corked and caged bottle. Two-toned golden poppy & moon yellow with a large, fizzy white head that is mostly and quickly diminishing. Very effervescent. Belgian yeast nose - banana, cloves, coriander and candied ginger. Passion fruit, ripe banana, white pepper, cloves and light stone-ground wheat bread flavors. Finish is very faintly sour with more notes of husky wheat and dried straw atop sweet light-vanilla malts. Refreshingly clean with a pillowy mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Cloudy blond, assertive spice - gotta be coriander all over this, big Unibroue yeast, some sugary pale malt sweetness and a little bit of citrus late.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bwyu (32) - - MAR 18, 2014
Light and drinkable for an 8.5 abv beer. Big head with light Apple pear aroma. Flavor gets better as warms but also gets more phenolic. Nice bargain from Trader Joes.


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