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

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RATINGS: 130   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 years vintage: a rich, dark and full-bodied ale with a fine and generous coffee-colored, beige foam. Its 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerme31 (486) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Aroma of citrus, coriander, dark fruits, spices. Medium sweet taste. Medium body, ave carbonation, spice finish. Overall another good strong belgian ale from Unibroue via Trader Joes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6610) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle at RBWG, thanks! Pours a hazy brown with a grayish brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has light grain with belgian spice and a backing of bread. Flavor has sweet grains and spice with a hint of a light bread note.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
PlinyTheOlder (5) - - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
Definitely delicious... definitely Belgian-ish... definitely high gravity. Great value for a wonderful treat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1634) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
750ml bottle. Not sure why this gets different years for each vintage as I dont believe the brew changes from year to year. That said, Im copying and pasting this to each vintage Ive had due to this factor. Beyond that, every year this comes out its worth picking up a bottle. Its a great dark fruited and spiced out Belgian style, something like a dubbel, yet stronger. Cant beat it for the price!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Dark Brown with a big tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, spices and yeast. Medium body, strong carbonation. Not as good as the previous versions I have tried.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Veeks (56) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Great quality with an amazing price of 6$ a bottle comparable to a quad like Chimay...deep dark fruit notes...yummy

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (110) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2014
22 oz bomber. Pours a deep mahogany color with a big off-white head that slowly fades. Nose is dark fruit and caramel. Taste is full-bodied with toffee and plum notes. Just delicious. Another winner from Unibroue.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chadski4 (109) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Strong spicy aromas with prune and plum notes. Very dark coffee color with a thick, never-dissipating, moussey tan head. Very sweet fruity flavors with noticeable alcohol. Light bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
howlinwlf (26) - Ronkonkoma, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Poured into an Imperial Pint Glass. Great and big ale. A good dose of slightly smoky malts. A bit of sweetness. A good mouthful from beginning to end. BTW, holds up very well, and a good compliment to spicy food/Sriracha.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle from friend. Poured dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma of spice and star anise. Med carb and bod. Spicy roast taste.


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