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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Unique and limited edition, this Belgian style ale is crafted once a year as a special treat for those of you who appreciate flavorful, bottle-conditioned ale with character. This year’s vintage: a rich, dark and full-bodied ale with a fine and generous coffee-colored, beige foam. It’s ready to enjoy right away and you may also wish to cellar a few bottles. It will evolve interestingly well, developing more complex flavors as the years go by. Keep the bottle upright in storage. Brewed with a delicate balance of noble hops, roasted malts and spices, this is a remarkably smooth ale with a wonderfully complex finish. It is best served slightly shilled, around 53 degrees Fahrenheit and pairs exceptionally well with grilled salmon steaks, curried lamb, beef or tuna au poivre. Crafted and bottled exclusively for Trader Joe’s

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2012
750 ml bottle
This is a great deal every year. Even though I am not the greatest Unibroue fan (as many of their beers seem to taste the same) these I always look forward to. I wish I would have had a second bottle to hang on to for down the road.

Aroma / Appearance - Reddish black and fluid, this was darker than I somehow expected it to be. An ivory head surged to several fingers in height before falling like melting snow. Black peppers, chives, charcoal, and cheap vanilla extract linger in the air lazily.

Flavor / Palate - Flat soda chased with pinches of pepper tickle the back of the throat. Plums, dark fruit, and chocolate undertones add to a solid experience. At times carbonation peeks through. Ultimately though the same thing that plagues other Unibroue beers means this one becomes predictable by the end. Even so I don’t regret having opened it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium persistent head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark ripe fruit, and heavy on cloves/spice. Flavors of nutmeg, cloves, dates, and figs. Could use a bit more body or a bit less spice to allow the malts to come forward. Otherwise quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8463) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2012
750ml bottle thanks to someone! Pours a dark mahogany color with a medium white head. The aroma is big rich malts with some light spices and fruit. A nice mellow flavor with light warmth, some cherry and berries, big malt, light roast, chocolates. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2839) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 19, 2012
750ml bottle. The nose is dominated by coriander, orange, and Belgian yeast. A nice spicy Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle from joepeesie! Pours deep and dark. Aroma is yeast have with some dark chocolate malt and bubble gum. Bready and yeasty flavor with some coffee notes. Very prickly on the tongue. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Landmonger (155) - USA - MAY 6, 2012
Pours a dark chocolate with a nice head with good retention, the aroma is yeasty with not much elase, the taste is sharp with a lot of carbonation and an a tangy feel, a lot of warmth going down good but not great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2012
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from Trader Joe’s Reston. It pours an opaque black with a tan, frothy head that quickly settles. The nose has a good bit of clove and spice, but not much else. The flavor is a touch metallic and very heavy handed with the spices. I feel like I am drinking clove laden potpourri. There is a touch of fig and sweetness on the back end, but this brew comes across as a little dull. Light to medium body with too much carbonation, thinning out the body more than it already is. This one doesn’t do much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2012
[4302-20120219] Bottle. Roasted figgy malt aroma. Black body with a quick foamy brown head. Rich roasted malt grain flavour has a lingering sweet heavy aftertaste. Full body hides its alcohol fairly well. Tasty and delicious. (7/4/8/4/15) 3.8
(w/ jerc, others)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
Pretty good for the price. A little too dark and rich for my taste. Prefer these drier and hoppier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2012
C&C 750 mL bottle from Trader Joe’s Glen Allen, VA. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention. Big yeasty aroma with notes of citrus, spice, stone fruits, caramela and smoke. The taste is bread, spice, cherries, plums, stone fruits, caramel and a faint bit of smoke. Medium-full bodied, spritzy carbonation, very interesting and pretty damn good.

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