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

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RATINGS: 163   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2296) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to matt! Pours a cloudy yellow with thin white head that leaves light lace. Aroma is lemon, spicy Belgian esters, and slight bread. Taste follows, clean and crisp, easy to drink. It seems that it may be a watered down La Fin du Monde.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1899) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Poured from bottle into a plastic "glass." Hazy, pale-amber gold with an off-white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of orange, yeast, banana, sweet pale malt and lemon. Taste of yeast, pale malt, banana, orange, lemon, spice and floral elements. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4709) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Rich, hazy blonde and golden coloured body with a rich, three centimetre tall light tan head. Aroma of yeast, bread, wheat, coriander seed, corn and a bit of curaco. Medium-bodied; Very yeastie and bready flavours with a good light spiciness, some herbal flavours and a subdued sweetness throughout. Aftertaste shows some light sweetness, some herbs and a good sweetness from honey and curacao and a good complex flavour that lasts. Overall, a nice robust yeastie flavour with some good dry flavours and a nice complexity with a few herbal and peppery notes. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Trader Joe’s in Bailey’s Crossroads (Falls Church), Virginia on 21-November-2013 for US$5.99 sampled at my brother-in-laws house in Milton, Connecticut on 27-November-2013.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
damzz (256) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head with minimal lacing. Nose is spice with a hint of yeast. Palate is heavy body with spice and yeast and malt overtones.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (373) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2013
The aroma is Belgian yeast, bread and hay. Pours a cloudy golden yellow, white frothy head, mostly diminishing with no lacing. The taste is sweet, bitter then a touch sour. The body is light to medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation fizzy and lively, the finish long sweet and sour.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2792) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Yes, a spicy nose over some light Belgian malts, with a hint of orange. Hazy yellow body, tiny floaties can be seen. Taste is the usual Belgian pale lager, quite tasty. A bit of tang although there’s no mention of wild yeast. Mild ginger notes and a hint of banana ester. For a $6 corked bottle, it’s a pretty good TJ’s beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (358) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Pretty good. Nice aroma and very flowery. Much better than what I was expecting. Can’t beat it for the price.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 10, 2013
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright, clear, golden color. The aroma has a nice mix of dried hay, pale grain, light fruit notes and earthy spiciness. Lots of clove, some peppery notes, touches of young ginger, as well as a slightly musty yeast character, and earthy spice notes play a role here. Soft lemon like notes, and backing fruit notes that suggest of pears, and perhaps floral apple meld well with the grassy grain character that leans towards pale crackers at times.

Light bodied and lightly effervescent the beer strikes a nice balance of being quite quaffable yet has a soft chewiness to the body. The finish has a fair amount of clove to it without being overly much, as well as some soft ginger like notes and a touch of lemon-zest like citrus character. Soft cracker like malt notes with a pale grain sweetness, some dried hay like notes in the finish, and in combination with the fruit esters a soft apple like note to the finish. There seems to be a touch of herbal hop character to this beer and a soft bitterness that helps to balance the fruit character.

A nice Golden Ale, it has a good balance between fruit, spice, pale grain, and soft hop character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2013
This pours golden into the glass, with a light white head that diminishes, leaving trace lacing. The nose is strong with grapes and pear accents, of a dessert wine. The flavors follow suit, yeasty, with grape skins and rind/peel to finish, alongside light diacetyl notes and coriander spiciness. The mouthfeel is lively and juicy on the palate. This one also looks to age well. Nice offering from the Trader.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5472) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - Trader Joe’s - 750 ml cage corked bottle. Hazy light golden pour, light snow white head, nice white head. Aroma some some fruity pear accents, a hint of scuppernong grapes. Flavor is full bodied and crisp with some light lemony accents, a but of sweet cake mix yeastiness, a hint of honey sweetness and some coriander spiciness. Mouthfeel has a nice spritz to it. Excellent budget Belgian - think I paid less than $5 for this!


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