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

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RATINGS: 157   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Caytinator (900) - 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 wouldnt call it "strong ale"--its 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 Id prioritize, but still a solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1466) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Quasi-wit like aroma of citrus, pear and spice/ Opaque yellow, half finger of head. Sugary sweet and drying sour flavors that mark a beer filled with yeast and esters. Crisp and biting. A bit like the Eau Benite, more effervescent and dryer, like a light Don de Dieu.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3122) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours hazy lemon yellow with a tall fluffy white head.. Nice sheets of lace. Doughy yeast aroma. Some ginger and spice. Light and lemony delivered on s spritzy palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1040) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Yelliw wirh thick white head. Aroma is musty spicy citrus. Taste is belgian citrus . Nice beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5098) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Bottle from TJs. The cork made almost no noise when popped, not a good sign. Slightly hazy bright straw gold colored brew with a large lightly yellow tinted head. The funky pear nose has notes of hay and cinnamon. There is also more stonefruit smell, like plums. The body is thin and almost flat feeling in the mouth. The flavors are sweet pears, but that is light. A doughy finish with a little cinnamon and black pepper spice. Surprisingly thin feeling. Boring and uninspired, even at a low price. A bit of a dissapointment.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2078) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2013
From the caged and corked 750 ml. bottle with an expiration date listed as 02-04-2015. This is a highly agitated, busily carbonated yellow pour with a huge, fluffy white head and great clarity. The aroma is of biscuit and pale malts, yeast, Belgian sugar, coriander, and clove. The body is medium with a vague acidity going on. The finish is clean and somewhat spicy. Well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8284) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
750mL thanks to radagast83. Pours low haze, bright straw. Swathes of lacing. Nose is mild mint, starfruit, fresh dough, mild diaper plastic. Taste is hoppy, grassy, starfruit, cantaloupe, sugar. Palate is quenching, bitter, refreshing. Very drinkable, pretty much spot on for style. Impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Radagast83, thanks! Cloudynpale yellow color, fluffy white head. Aroma of sourdough bread dough and distant lemons. Taste is bitter and sour lemon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9471) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle shared by Radagast83. Pours hazy yellow with a large, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie and biscuit malt, Belgian yeast spices, and pear esters. Flavor is malt forward with sugar, pear fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish.


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