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

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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Beautiful orangey-amber colour, with a generous head. Very effervescent. Notes of citrus, spices, caramel in the nose. Very complex. Sometimes vanilla. Full bodied and complex, sweet, followed by and explosion of flavours. Clearly the best.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle, RBSG 2005. Head is mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, orange), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of peach and clove. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Rather too quick and flimsy in the mouth for the weight, not that satisfying.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle: IGA Gatineau; carbonation, small head that disappear fast, brown/orange color, caramel/fruity aroma, caramelized taste with a boost of spice. Great and pleasant one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2006
Poured from a bottle brought by some Ratebeerian (I can’t remember who) to the Real Ale Fest 2005, PP Carlsbad. Awash in a sea of hop juice, I launched myself upon this non-IPA respite. Hazy light orange with a largish biege head. Aroma is lemony, yeasty and buttery; that is, sumptuous. The woody orange peel flavor was intense, riding upon a light caramel malt backbone that sported notes of honey. Medium body. Finish was spicy and dry, with a residual sweetness at the perfect level, and sublte hops that added a little prickliness. I liked this beer a lot, and was sad that it was distributed so quickly. I’ll have to hunt it out for a larger sampling.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle/Boutip. Berry summerfruit, copious off white head. Sweet. Barn, chewy, funk. Flavor per aoma. medium palate. lacking. not sticky sweet but good easy drinkin goes down fast.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
Deep golden-orange colour, thin off-white head, very cloudy. Sweet spicy aroma, loads of Unibroue yeastiness with some fairly sweaty/earthy aromas as well. Peachy esters, brown sugar and even a bit of toastiness. Very Unibroue, but there is a bit more malty character than is typical. Flavour shows nice sweet toasty malt on the front before a bit yeasty/spicy flavour. Bready and fruity finish. Spritzy texture. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
Hazyamber pour with a bubbly beige head. Sweet citrus with a peach and sweet scotch tone; bready malts and Yeasty scone flavors start from the top. the middle is citrus and the finish has a mild white pepper nip. Figs and nice aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2674) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
Anciennement, cette bière était un produit de la brasserie Seigneuriale à Boucherville (rive sud de Monréal). Cette micro-brasserie à été procuré par Sleeman, par la suite ses opérations ont arrèté. Sous Unibroue, une de ces bières (celle-ci) est revenu sur le marché en 2005. Une trées bonne ale belge à saveur de d’agrume, caramel et épice. Très peu de goût d’alcool.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2746) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
Cloudy amber-orange with no head. Banana and phenolc aroma plus some sour like from brettanomyces. The flavour is surprisingly sweet with soft banana and other flavours characteristic of the Unibroue yeast strain. Spicy black pepper and mild bitterness. Light body, medium carbonation, soda watery finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 29, 2005
Light orange in colour with strong carbonation. Fantastic aromas of bready malts, pears, and spicy Belgian yeast. Both caramel and bready malts make an appearance in the mouth, along with more complex fruit flavors (apple, pear, peach, and orange). Some black pepper also becomes apparent near the finish, along with some drying earthy funk. Great stuff. Merci Lubiere!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3891) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear amber hued color (really the color of actual amber) and is topped by a three finger thick, tan colored head that is made up of large bubbles. The aroma is a mix of spicy yeast notes and a soft, slightly tart fruitiness. I can pick out aromatic notes, grains of paradise, a bit of ginger, dusty black-pepper, and earthy note reminiscent of damp slightly metallic loam, green apples, pear, a touch of woody mushroom (though only a touch). As I get used to it I get some richer fruit notes towards the end that remind me of raisins, prunes and even some notes of brown sugar and caramel. The aroma is actually quite fantastic, and even a bit intriguing.

The taste is quite a bit drier than I was expecting. The dryness accentuates the spicy character in the finish and brings out notes of ginger, a definite note of clove, perhaps something similar to ginger, and a musty almost cellar like note. The beer finishes with a bit of tartness that brings out the sour apple and pear notes. As the beer warms, a bit a soft sweetness begins to pick up that reminds me of brown sugar. This beer is quite light, and despite a bit of yeast-derived phenolics and astringency in the finish, is quite drinkable.

The taste does not quite live up to the aroma, but it is still quiet nice; and I like that the sweetness is predominantly held in check, which really lets the spicy notes to come through. This is really quite an enjoyable beer in the end. It does not quite live up to the level set by the opening notes in the aroma, but it is still quite nice in the end.


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