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

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RATINGS: 172   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1443) - Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2013
From bottle. Perfect golden color, with lots of head and bubbles. Aroma is bubblegum, yeast, and floral notes. Taste is sweet malt, bubblegum, yeast, and peach. Bubbly and full mouthfeel. Lingering sweetness on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (863) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Very yeasty caramel aroma with lots of carbonation and some resin. Bright gold with a quick disapating foam. Crisp, balanced flavors of apple, yeast, biscuit, wheat and herbs. Finish leaves a continuous herby flavor with bitter orange peel. Overall, very smooth and flavorful. Some very faint fruits and strong herb and apple flavors. I’d give this an A- rating.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (8121) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Hotel Room, Bay Park Hotel, Monterey, CA
Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, sugar, yeast and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14008) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle, 75cl corked. It’s a lighlty hazy golden beer with a two-finger white head. Orange peel, grass and a little peppery hoppyness in the aroma, some pale malts and a yeasty hint as well. The flavor has a nice citrus peel touch, with a fine bitterness and some peppery hints. Some yeast notes and banana too. Slightly warming on the palate, a bit too much for a beer at 7.5% ABV I think, with a full body and a quite soft but a bit flat carbonation. Long, bitter and fruity finish. Except that it is a bit alcoholic, it’s a fine brew I wouldn’t mind drinking more of. 130808

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle. Press hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of spices, malt, yeast , pepper and fruitiness. Flavor is sweety and fruity with soon be citrus, spices and yeast . Medium body, lively carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (910) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Hazy gold with a big white head. Smells of muted banana yeast, tart, markers(alcohol). Tastes sour & winey with bits of chewy barley flavor with a dry procecco-like finish. Not as effervescent as I was expecting. Sorta watery. Almost reminiscent of a berlinerweis. Good, but I prefer the the other, blonder options from unibroue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6806) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
750 ml bottle from Trader Joe’s in Cincinnati. $4.99. Yes, please. Pours a hazed pale golden color with a hint of yellow-orange and an inch of frothy head. Notes of citrus fruits, mellow spices, bready and sweet malts, ginger, clove, coriander, apricot, and a long floral character throughout. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a bready, fruity, floral mouthfeel. The Unibroue beers for Trader Joe’s are really an awesome buy. I’ll keep taking advantage of it every year.

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 (4262) - 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
adnielsen (9449) - 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.


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