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

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RATINGS: 2708   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Strong Belgian type ale similar to a Port wine ! Is as dark as can be, mellow in taste with an aroma of ripe fruits. It can be compared to an old porto and is brewed from well roasted malt.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2003
Excellent beer. My favorite from Unibroue. Dark, highly carbonated, unfiltered. Very smooth and full of flavor. Similar to Chimay but much cheaper. Highly recommended.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 This is one excellent belgain, dark brown murky color, amazing head and it will explode on you if not careful so be warned. Tastes like a red wine, loads of raisins, cherries, grapes, vanilla with a slight peppery spice. Complex to say the least. Alcohol is very well hidden. Scary ass logo of a flying horse and a castle! I cant wait to try this again! Rerate: For the most part I think Unibroue is overrated but this masterpiece is an exception. After sampling many Belgians and having this again, I will up the rating! What an amazing beer. Why is this not in the Top 50?! It should be.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Like a dark wheat beer in aroma, with fruits, molasses, brown sugar. Some earthiness, tangy. Bit of sour apple/grape. Tan lacing head. Deep red brown opaque body. Medium watery body and med carb. Kind of watery. Pretty decent malty sweetness and nice tang. Light bitterness and sweet nutty finish/after. Fruity, some alcohol. Nice flavor but not overly complex.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Dark brown with a very large light brown head, it dissipated rather fast for such a thick head. Sweet sour aroma with just a hint of wine and just maybe cloves. Tastes mildly sweet, hops are in a perfect balanced for this beer, again just the slightest hint of wine and cloves. These is an extremely mellow and well balance beer. A great beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2003
A very fine beer indeed. Dark and silky with a nice nose and very good toasted but mildly sweet flavor. Gotta find another one of these.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Poured into pilsner glass, and then looked at the back of the bottle and saw that they recommended a different style glass. Oh well, anyways found that the bottle produced a high carbonation as my 20 oz glass was topped out by 10 oz. Damn I need to practice better pour control!! Anyways the initial taste was met with a sweet and tasty liquid. I had no problem finishing the glass and opening another.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Dark reddish amber, with a thick off-white head. Nose is fruity, spicey, and maltly. Flavor is very fruity. Apricot and peach are very noticable. Port spices can be detected. This is a very good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Pours with a very large head that dissipates quite quickly with no lacing at all. Smells sour with a touch of malt. Color is a slighty cloudy deep shade of red blended with amber. Body is a little thin, not uncommon really. The commercial description is pretty good, has a great port taste to it, some citrus and some roasted flavors. The alcohol blends nicely, quite a warming burn that lingers a bit. A sweet slighty spicey aftertaste finish is quite pleasant. Overall, quite exceptional!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
This beer poured a very dark reddish amber and formed a light tan bubbly head that left some circular lace. Some carbonation is present as well. An aroma of caramel and spices. A flavor of chocolate, a hint of caramel and spices. Some of the alcohol is present in the finish which was a touch astrigent. A very nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3141) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 This pours a nice dark color, deep red, nearly black. The head is foamy and of quite fine bubbles which leaves some really nice streaks of lace after each sip. Nose is lovely and fruity floral w/ a citrus note which might perhaps be from coriander or orange peel but may well be yeast or hops just the same. Texture is light medium bodied but lightened by a brisk cushion or carbonation. Itís very nice and on par w/ the very best Belgians made anywhere in the world. The flavor follows the aroma quite exactly, the tartness and sweetness of the beer being perfectly in tune w/ what the nose presents. It has a surprising lightness w/ still being full flavored. Quite honestly, when I re-rate a beer which I rated highly many years ago, I generally expect my rating to drop quite significantly. This is not the case here. I appreciate this every bit as much and more as I did in my early days of beer tasting. This is a truly excellent beer.

Original rating 2003 (4.0 - 9, 3, 7, 3, 16): Dark, cloudy brown. Mostly diminishing head, some lace but not much. About the stongest vinous character Iíve ever tasted in a beer. Tart aroma with a slight hint of wheaty malts. Mildly lemony citrus flavor, hints of plumbs and grapes. More sweetness comes out in the finish along with a slight hop bitterness. Lighter bodied than what I expected but it works absolutely perfectly with the flavor. Warm alcohol presence. A delicious change of pace from what Iíve been drinking lately.


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