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

bottled
common

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unknown

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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ROBC3366 (644) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sailracer (401) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear brown with decent head. Smooth mouth feel with the typical Belgian yeast esters giving a mild banana/fruit taste. A bit of spice. A pretty decent Belgian overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerme31 (493) - 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 (6644) - 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 (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
750ml bottle. Not sure why this gets different years for each vintage as I don’t believe the brew changes from year to year. That said, I’m copying and pasting this to each vintage I’ve had due to this factor. Beyond that, every year this comes out it’s worth picking up a bottle. It’s a great dark fruited and spiced out Belgian style, something like a dubbel, yet stronger. Can’t beat it for the price!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1517) - 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 (128) - 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 (114) - 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.


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