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

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RATINGS: 162   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13346) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2014
Cloudy blond, assertive spice - gotta be coriander all over this, big Unibroue yeast, some sugary pale malt sweetness and a little bit of citrus late.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Bottle from Trader Joe’s in Davis, CA. Pours hazy gold with a foamy 3 finger white head. Aromas of pineapple, banana and ginger. Med body. Flavor starts a little earthy. For me the flavor is banana hints, ginger hints, pineapple - primarily because it hits my tongue as a bit acid? And that pleasant fruity, spicy earthiness persists into the finish. Very tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (10587) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate balanced, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spice sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (8970) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8354) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8300) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2013
750 mL bottle from Trader Joe’s Charlottesville. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized white head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel, bready malts, stone fruits, butter, mild spice. The taste is bread, yeast, spice, stone fruits, caramel. Mild hops, faint tannic note. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Solid.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8195) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Bottle. Etched glass. Shared by Dmac. Pours gold white head. Nose/taste of spices, lemongrass, ginger, orange peel, malt, spicy yeast. Medium body.


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