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

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rubbishystuff (1846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Well, I don’t think I liked this as well as the previous year but the missus seemed to think it was just as good. I wish I’d had a bottle of the old to compare. Some basic deal at last year but didn’t come together as well for me. Serving: Bottle

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (790) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2013
750mL bottle, gift bottle Aaron (thanks brother!) shared with my father on Christmas Day. Pours the color of Dr. Pepper, big, foaming off-white head that took a few minutes to dissipate in order to drink so as to not get froth up the nose. Nice retention and lacing. Nose is festive, Belgiany yeasty spice, some pepper, caramel, light clove. Mouth is medium bodied, caramel, some dried fruit, yeasty funk, mild chocolate notes. I’m fighting a sinus thing, so this probably isn’t as thorough a description as it might’ve been, but from what I got, it was a decent holiday brew. A very Merry Christmas to all!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4402) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Pit fruit and caramel aromas. Dry with chocolate and caramel upfront turning to pit fruit in the medium length finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Funkatrocious (97) - - DEC 25, 2013
Pour from bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Sweet and floral with a distinct spice. I liked it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Cola Like Dark Brown, Huge Tan Frothy Foam Head, Long Lasting, Lots Of Lacing. Clove Aroma.Clove Aroma. Taste of Clove, Esters, Unibroue Yeast... Cola Like Bubbly. Hides ABV Real Well. You’d guess only half of it’s strength.Nice and Easy To Drink. Enjoyed It. Great Value. Recommended...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
750mL bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s in Davis. The aroma has a fruity, lightly piney character present with typical phenolic character from the unibroue yeast strain. Mostly opaque mahogany body with a small, quickly dissipating light tan head. Starts with a spritzy carbonation, before this becomes rather sweet with some chocolate maltiness and some molasses. Light yeast esters with fruit notes (pineapple) and some clove come in through the middle. Finishes with a minute roastiness. Fairly sweet, and a bit lifeless.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours dark cola with a big light tan head, well carbonated like most Unibrou Smell big, light color citrus fruit, slightly tart Taste belgian yeast, limey, candi sugar and fig, complex Dry, medium body Nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fitwitchik (315) - USA - DEC 22, 2013
Poured into a Unibroue snifter a black brown with a huge head. Aroma is straight up Belgium yeast with some dark sweet fruit. Taste is thick dark fruits with some serious spice yet not enuff to complicate the brew. Caramel is there with some slight coffee toffee. To the palate the carbonation is HUGE. After popping the cork the brew overflowed all over the counter. No worries still a nice beverage and a 750 ml bottle for $4.99. Bought a 2nd one to lay down with previous Vintage Ales from TJ.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2317) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to matt! Pours a dark brownish black with thin ring of tan lacy head. Aroma is Belgian esters, nice peppery spice and dark fruity, malty back end. Taste follows, very easy for the abv, not too bad.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1391) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Quite sweet with cherry and raisin notes. Sweetness may diminish with cellaring, and that may be a good thing because, while not cloying, this beer has an intense sweet finish that overwhelms the malts and fruit.


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