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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1400) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3201) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Phoenix bottle. Typical pour that is reminiscent of Coke with a bubbly head. Aroma of sweet malt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Christmas flavor that reminds me of spruce mixed with speculoos. Pretty nice and definitely a Christmas beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle:   Super deep brown, moderate foamy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Typically house character for Unibroue, along with a touch of what seems like lime leaf.   Spicy, but hard to pin down.   Cardamom, touch of sage, maybe some grains of paradise.   Similar taste, spritzy, light alcohol on the backside.   Middle of the road for Unibroue, but still tasty.   Has their yeasty house character too.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Given away a bit by its abundant carbonation.   Finishes better than most any other $5 750ml Belgian Strong Ale.   Spicy, yeasty, and pretty much what I expected for these Vintage Ales.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10798) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle. Poured hazy reddish brown color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex dark fruit and coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Solid balanced sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex beer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1368) - Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Slightly sweet aroma of dark fruits, and a touch of spice. Pours an opaque black with a ridiculously large light tan head. Very heavy on the fruit flavors, fading to the Unibroue house yeast spice. Lingering sweet flavor. Overall a good beer, and a great deal at $5 a 750 mL bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oogiee (70) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2013
caramel, chocolate, coffee, herbs, earthy, clove, brown, black, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, umami, medium body, lively, slick feel, astringent,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2830) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours a dark brown black, tan head the aroma is spicy, nutmegs, yeasty, fruity. The flavor is fruits, spicy, nutmegs, clove. The finish is spicy, yeasty. Medium in body. Interesting Belgians, a bit run of the mill. a little time in the cellar may help this one out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1129) - Northville, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2013
750 mL bottle. Pours a very deep red-brown to black with an off-white head. Nutmeg, ginger, clove aromas. Ginger and cinnamon flavor mixing in nutmeg and clove. Another good year.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (1915) - USA - DEC 13, 2013
Mahogany brown in color... Aroma of spearmint... Flavor is caramel, rich malts, cinnamon, spices... Spices on the palate... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (874) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Aroma of nutmeg tart straw barnyard yeast cinnamon. tastes intensely of cinnamon sorta like schnapps meets a belgian ale. Creamy yet oversweet and overspiced.


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