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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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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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BucannonXC5 (910) - 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 (471) - 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 (963) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - 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 (3164) - 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 (1145) - 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 (5106) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Bottle from TJ’s. 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 (2193) - 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.


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