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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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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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2153) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2013
A bit pale, not so attractive, sour yeasty nose, with cloves and pepper. Palate is spicy with plenty of bananas, a bit of citrus. It tastes somewhat dry. Nice and delicate, but not my favorite style of Belgian.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (986) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Poured from big bottle. Aroma of vanilla, lemon and cake. Cloudy gold with lacing head. Lotsa citrus, spice flavors with hop, pepper and yeast notes. A pleasure to drink.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gachupines (854) - USA - JUL 17, 2014
Hazy golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is yeast with hints of banana. Flavor is a bit of banana and clove. A bit muddy, finishes weirdly bitter. Wife: 3.7

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (174) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bubblegum, clove, and tart lemon. Cloudy light off gold color. Taste has some pepper, banana, sweet candy sugar, with a refreshing finish. Effervescent and crisp. Great beer for $5.99.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7991) - , 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (3917) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2014
750ml c&c bottle thanks to JKirk. Poured a good looking slightly hazy gold under a smaller mostly white head. Aroma is good, bubble gum, yeast, more lime, grains, some wheat. Palate is medium to fuller, strong carnbonation. Flavor is the same as the aroma. Meh.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (451) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours fairly clear golden with lots of foamy head. Nose and taste is nose belgian and lemon. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3496) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle from the local Trader Joes. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a rather small white head on it. Nose has some banana in there for me, as well as just a hint of some spices (e.g., clove and coriander). Taste is just a tad sweet and has that same spice palate, with a rather effervescent feel to it. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4476) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
Quick dissipating head with a cloudy golden body. Nose of honeydew, mild malt, slight yeastiness ahead of some apple wine. Flavour is see hat thin and light, crisp and the usual Unibroue yeast. Very light and satisfying for a $5 Trader Joe’s brew. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1827) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2014
750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was a bit of a fizzy white head on it that subsided quickly and left no lacing. It has a nice nose. Definitely a bit spicy: perhaps some corriander and ginger. I also get a bit of citrus. The taste is very good. A bit of spiciness on top. Actually a hint of bitterness in there. I know it’s not, but the body seems a little lighter for a 7.5% beer. A very good beer which I will buy more of. Unfortunately the TJ’s near me don’t carry this. Something to pick up on the next trip to ME or NH.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5970) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
[My bottle (750ml) shared with GregClow, jercraigs & mabel] Pours a hazy gold with a small lasting frothy white head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy along with some herbs and pale malt. Nice flavour of Unibroue yeast, lots of spices, citrus and pale malt. Medium bodied. Very good.


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