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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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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Poured hazy yellow with a fading white head. Aroma was citrus, spice, ginger, and hay. Flavor was yeast, lemon, and spices. Body was medium mad fizzy.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4118) - Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2013
750ml bottle, caged & corked. Best Before: 02-04-2015. Fruity yeast esters. Pours golden yellow, very cloudy from the lees. Fluffy white, airy foam. Very active carbonation, champagne bubbles. Nose of straw, yeast, and hints of lemon zest under the dough scent. Tastes like a Belgian Ale! Creamy texture. Straw, dough, tart fruit esters. Finishes with a light tingle on the tongue, very active & alive! Loads of malt character, well balanced. Great body and texture. (3757)
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2013 Total Score: 3.9
750ml bottle, caged & corked. Best Before: 02-04-2015. Fruity yeast esters. Pours golden yellow, very cloudy from the lees. Fluffy white, airy foam. Very active carbonation, champagne bubbles. Nose of straw, yeast, and hints of lemon zest under the dough scent. Tastes like a Belgian Ale! Creamy texture. Straw, dough, tart fruit esters. Finishes with a light tingle on the tongue, very active & alive! Loads of malt character, well balanced. Great body and texture. (3757)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle @ Greg’s picked up in the Midwest. Pours a hazy yellow orange appearance with a white head. Somewhat spicy, banana, lemon aroma. Spritzy, lemon citrusy, somewhat spicy yeasty, banana flavor. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle. A golden color with a white head. A nice spicy, citrus, and pepper aroma. I’ve always been impressed with this series of beers, especially for the price. It is a nice complex finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2416) - Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2013
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 9/28/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright golden amber color with a 2 finger foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, lemon zest, clove, orange peel, pepper, ginger, light banana, wheat, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast esters and spicing; with a moderate malt balance and good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, lemon zest, clove, orange peel, light banana, pepper, wheat, herbal, light ginger, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, light banana, wheat, herbal, light ginger, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of yeast, spice, and malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Belgian golden ale. All around nice balance and complexity of spice and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (796) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Type: 750 ML glass Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass From: Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5.99 Purchased: June 19, 2013 Consumed: June 21, 2013 Misc.: Best before Feb. 4, 2015 Poured a golden straw sparkling color with four fingers of frothy, foamy white head. Minimal-to-average lacing on the sides. Very good retention all the way down. Smelled spicy Belgian notes, orange peel, cloves, floral notes, sour fruit, kiwi, oranges and slight Circus Peanuts candy. Very nice. Tasted those spicy peppery Belgian notes. Cloves, orange peel, orange, grapefruit peel, Circus Peanut candy, kiwi, tart notes and floral notes. Just a step down from the smell. Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long finish. Really enjoyed this beer. It just got better and better.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Sampled in the big bottle. A nice smooth golden ale. Mild hops are refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrana (379) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2013
This is a good staple Belgian-style golden ale... has typically peppery and bubblegum Belgian yeast flavors with a very light sweetness and pale malt flavor. Great, particularly for the price, but nothing mind blowing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Caytinator (894) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2013
750mL bottle, excessively hard to open! Again, the price point on this beer is excellent for the quality. It pours a cloudy wheaty yellow with a medium head. Taste notes are sour-sweet on the nose, and bitter at the end--somewhat herbal and spicy, with lots of citrus fruit as well. Quality beer, although I wouldn’t call it "strong ale"--it’s much closer to a tripel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Props first for the price point, of course. Pours a nice fizzy golden. Super Bubble bubble gum at first, and then some crazy Unibroue yeast and lastly some hops and dough. Almost the reverse order of aroma/flavors I’d prioritize, but still a solid beer.


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