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Unibroue Irrésistible Blonde

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Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Ale
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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(Brewed for the "Metro" supermarket chain); In an abbey great and towery, lived brothers talented in brewery. Ale this heavenly, alas!, led to drinkery...and now its rediscovery! Can you resist temptation?


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
Bouteille 341ml. De couleur dorée et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (agrumes, léger de pommes) et épicées (clou de girofle, léger de coriandre et de poivre) , de grains de malt pâles sucrés avec des notes d’alcool doux et de houblon herbeux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture légèrement crémeuses. Goût de levures fruitées aux petites notes acides (agrumes, léger de pommes, traces de pêches) et moyennement épicées aux notes piquantes (coriandre, léger de clou de girofle, notes de poivre doux) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de grains de malt sucrés avec des traces de caramel et de pain pui en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux avec des notes d’alcool. Post-goût moyen et aux notes sèches, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux avec un léger goût fruité (zeste d’agrumes) ainsi que de faibles traces d’alcool.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (2235) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
Originally rated June 2005. This special Unibroue ale is only sold in Métro stores, in Quebec. It pours a hazy golden-beige colour with a big creamy white head. Aromas are spicy and yeasty like most Unibroue’s, with a good sweetness. The taste is also very spicy with a smooth finish. Mild apple/orange aftertaste. Nothing too crazy, but very nice on a day like today, where I am sweating like a goat in heat. A very refreshing Belgian-style ale.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grandgenie (259) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2009 Dégusté avec french tickler le 18 mars 2007. Drank in a tulip. Hazy golden poor with a nice frothy off-white head. Aromas of sweet bread, a hint of bananas, citrus and rhubarb. This is a 2005 brew. the taste is much more pronounced, almost madeira like. Very light and creamy, nicely sweetened caramel highlights. Very "herb" like. Good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of cloves, dry malt, some floral touches. Tastes dry and earthy with a nice straw like finish. Some tartness is there. Enjoyable.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2007
In short: Basic yeasty Belgian golden ale
How: Bottle, 6 months to 1 year old. Drank some 6 months ago (backlog)
The look: Cloudy golden-blonde with a short-lived white head.
In long: I used to think that this beer wasn’t bad at all. For all its simplicity I probably liked it more than most here. Unfortunately my last bottle, the only one I took notes, was diacetyl-ridden. Sad. From my (unreliable) memory: Very simple and in a weird way the “purest” Unibroue since this is the just the signature Unibroue yeast in your face with no bells and whistles. Rather fruity with flavours of bananas, pears and more. A bit lemony with light pleasant tartness. A light coriander presence that seemed more a by-product than an added ingredient. Pale malts provide a body but not much flavour. My last bottle (only one with tasting notes): Similar to the above with but with the undesired butterscotch was the dominant flavour. Fruity notes suddenly feel rotten. Gone is the refreshing aspect and light lemony tartness. I know the bottle was almost a year old but any Unibroue (even this entry-level one) should be able to handle it. Bottom line: What to trust, an unreliable memory or a most-likely problematic bottle? I haven’t had to chose from such bad options since the last Canadian federal election. And like I did then I’ll just void my vote and give it a all-average rating.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2007
bottle golden with off white head - buubly. yeasty, fruity aroma. flavor of bannana and spice carried by a malt base. finishes clean with a hint of banana.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Fresh 2005, 330mL bottle from Metro Joanette, drunk some time in the late Summer of 2005
Initially large, white head is quite creamy/dense and falls to cover slowly, leaving moderate lacing. Not really blonde, but darker than that with a strong brass tint to it. Clear, leaving some sediment behind.
Cake icing, vanillin and maybe a touch of DMS are blotted out by sweet pale malt sugars and plentiful peach and apricot esters that transition in to perfumey, somewhat sharp alcohol vapors. Pretty typical Unibroue blonde ale, without any overt spicing, however and with probably too much sweetness, however, as suggested by the nose.
Extremely fruity, and yet with a sweet body and almost slippery texture that only gains some dryness on the finish, thanks to the moderate alcohol warmth. Spicy phenols build up as well, but the malt is enjoyable enough and gives substance to the beer, while the alcohol, phenols and wheat, though certainly not very cohesive or subtle, add some redeeming complexity. After it has warmed fully, pepper, alcohol and clove burn the nostrils and palate somewhat.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
Drank in a tulip. Hazy golden poor with a nice frothy off-white head. Aromas of sweet bread, a hint of bananas, citrus and rhubarb. This is a 2005 brew. the taste is much more pronounced, almost madeira like. Very light and creamy, nicely sweetened caramel highlights. Very "herb" like. Good overall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Thanks to hopdog for this... Appears a pale gold with a small white head that quickly fades out. Smell is doughy, sweet citrus, mild toffee, and subdued diacytel in the background. Taste is of the mentioned aromas with citrus and raw sugar. Mouthfeel is light bodied, spritzy, sugary, and yeasty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2006
12oz bottle acquired in trade with boutip (thanks!). Opened to a loud psst and was a very light gusher. Poured a medium golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of yeast, spices and lightly fruity. Tastes of the same with some caramel. The tastes also reminded me a little of apple juice.


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