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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: 135   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Aromas of dough, caramel, hint of chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light sourness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (164) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1307) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Seems very similar to what I remember from last year. Dark brown with mahogany/ruby highlights, big frothy tan head, excellent retention and nice lacing. Dark fruit aromas up front - black cherry, plum, fig - with brown sugar, Grandma’s candy dish, Belgian yeast and spices. Cola and dark fruit sweetness is accompanied by clove-like spice and caramel malt. Pepper kick in the finish. Full bodied, lively carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a delicately sweet finish. I would believe it if you told me this was the 2012 version - enhanced by a somewhat smoother and creamier palate, almost like it’s been aged for a year. Hmm.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Petkus331 (273) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
An aroma of sweet pear, lots of nutmeg, and coffee. Almost black, dark brown color with a big light brown head and some beautiful lace. Taste is acidic and sweet like apple juice with big pear flavor followed by nutmeg and minor hop bitterness on the end. Palate is very nice, fizzy anf mouth filling, but at the same time a little bit watery. Overall, a very good beer, we will be getting a few more of these!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1019) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Poured from big bottle. Aroma of molasses, raisin and other dried fruit. Porter color with light tan head. Big flavors of molasses, citrus, oak, raisin, cinnamon, touch of nutmeg and clove, honey. Alcohol blends nicely with the flavors. Pepper notes. Excellent beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rolltideroll (20) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2013
I’m enjoying this one. Less sweetness than the 2012. Pours dark with an impressive head. Nice spice flavors. Easy drinking for a 9% abv. A bit too carbonated. Aging for a while would smooth it out. I will be going back for a few bottles to age for a couple of years.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (400) - Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Almost a black color. Lots of white bubbly suds. Heavy on te palate and intense malts with a pleasant sweetness. Nice job tj's! - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2013
A pretty standard Belgian strong from Unibroue. Sweet, a bit chewy. A lot of Unibroues beers are starting to taste the same to me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Veeks (58) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3812) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Clear dark brown pour with ample tan head. Big malty raisin sweetness And plum and molasses and yeast. Really nice and smooth and big creamy body. Very good.


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