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

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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle. Always one of my favorite deals of the year. Pours with a very deep cola brown hued body with a moderate to large off-white to beige head of foam. Good retention. Aromas are of persimmon, dark fruit, typical Unibroue esters and strong candied spice phenolics (cardamom, clove, coriander amongst others). Plum, dark fruit, cake. Very spicy and complex. A bit vinous. Flavors are of dark fruit, plums, slightly tart, a hint of roast as well. Lots of house yeast character. Rounded malt. Dry finish yet still rich. Short duration. Very lightly metallic. Fuller carbonation. I definitely liked the last two vintages (fresh) a bit more than this one. Still quite a good deal.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (4080) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Pours dark brown with an off-whtie head. The aroma has pepper, cola aspects, licorice, ginger and Unibroue’s distinctive yeast. It has a medium crisp body with a decent amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with ginger, Unibroue yeast, cola and lots of spices. The finish is much of the same with some alcohol showing. This is fine, I guess, for the price. I feel this is the same each year recently and my ratings are different because of my state of mind at the time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (542) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Peppery spice, roasted malt Belgian yeasty aroma. Palate is a bit high carbonation. Some odd fizz on the tongue. Taste is roasted malt, with spice in a nice Belgian dark ale. Belgian yeasty flavors as well (banana nutty flavors). Flavors mostly balanced and nice for a strong Belgian. Enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Salamiwami (50) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Deep brown color with decent carbonation. Lots of fruity and nutty flavors. Surprisingly good for a very cheap Belgian style beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
edwardbass (539) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2013
From TJ’s in La Grange, IL. Brewed by Unibroue according to the cork. Very dark brown color. Aroma is of spices, malt and alcohol. Tastes of dried fruit, clove, spices and alcohol with a bit of a sour tang at the end. It’s decent, but not my favorite style. At least I can say I tried it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdvantageRob (8) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2013 does not count
Very dark brown with lasting flat head. Definitely finishes like a dark brown ale not a stout, so its easy to drink a few. More sweet than herbal but you can taste the spicyness at the end. Very good. Great winter beer and probably one of the best bargains out there! Way to go Unibroue!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4322) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Big fluffy tan head, walnut colored beer. Nice, caged cork 750mL bottle with a painted gilt label. Sweet, dubbel aroma with spice and mustard tones. Sweet, candied, herbal, with a spice astringency. ABV well masked. A little minty towards the end, oddly. Finishes out on the tangy side, alcohol bitter finish. This would be a good pairing with lamb or middle east dishes. Trader Joe’s, Tallahassee.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (5901) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 23, 2013
11.17.2013.Bottle from TJ’s. Clear brown color with lasting tan head. Nice peppery, gop aromas with mild clove, Uni house yeast, dark caramels. Medium body with average to lively carbonation. Mild to medium spicy clove, gop peppery phenolic flavors with rich dark caramel, black licorice___very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (1818) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Same as last year but I guess I like it a little better this year. - Bottle from, you guessed it, Trader Joes. Dark dark brown with lasting flat head and a little lace. Dark fruit and spice aroma with a little burn, probably should age, but I rate these fresh and then age the other four bottle I have. Very dark fruity brown sugar sweet, more fruity than sugary with herbal spicyness and mildly assertive herbal bitter fairly dry finish. Medium body, not quite cloying. Very good. I’d say, the second best bargain ($4.99/750ml) in the business after Victory Helios.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maltman53 (368) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours a dark mahogany color, beige head, lasting lace, clove and fruity ester aroma, palate a nice deep christmas cake, cooked bananas, clove, cherry compote finish.


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