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

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RATINGS: 2660   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Cloudy, brown body with a huge, tan, rocky head. All yeast and bananas/clove in the nose. Lots of yeast and banana on the tongue with no hop presence. Alcohol is well hidden. This has to be one of the best Belgians made this side of the pond. Canít wait until I try some other Unibroue brews!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
12/21/02: bottle. nice thick creamy head, with fair amount of lacing. yeasty smelling. hints of banana and high evidence of yeast. i know that this is a beer of high quality, but for some reason i just don’t get it with belgians.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Smell was hard to get.... Nice brown foamy head... You would think by looking at it that it would be a hard to drink beer... NOT at all. I luv the sweetnessss of these unibroue beers.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1806) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Dark cloudy brown in color, nice light-brown head. Moderate sweet malt aroma. Very full bodied, light carbonation. Bitter, dry, and slightly alcoholic. Well worth the money. Definitely one of Canadaís best.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2002
WOW, dark amber, off white red hintish head, smooth. Aroma is sweet and spicy. This beer is great. Wish I had more than just one. Just made my top 10 for 2002

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2002
Very Very Very good beer. I am having this for the first time as I write this. I am very impressed. Nice head nice everything. Very lively in my mouth. This beer realy warms you up. Why have I not had this beer before! I will no longer forsake thy brew!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2002
A great beer. Deep red color with full off-white head. Strong citrus and clove nose. The flavor matched. Tasted like a (very) alcoholic orange spice tea. Finished sweet and smooth.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2002
[12/15/02] In a few short months, my palate has gained a bit more maturity, and I can say with confidence that this is one of the better belgian strongs on the market, and it is so ubiquitous, that accessibility makes it an even better beer. This is one of the best unibroue has to offer, which is saying a lot, considering they make such great beer. [9/16/02]Very large head that disipates quickly. Fruity aroma that gives just a hint of the sweet, smooth fruit flavor of this ale. Very smooth considering itís alcohol content.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2002
This bewer can almost due no wrong most of their brews are fantastic and this is one of them. Complex fruity spicy and malty with a nice roasty flavor. Abv well hidden. Recommended.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2002
This might be one of my favorite beers of all time at this moment. If itís too cold, you canít get a lot out of this beer, but once it warms, you smell dark fruits (plums, at least I think), malt, alcohol, and a nice spicey cloviness. Taste is sort of the same but you get some carmelly flavors along with all the other aromas. Some yeastiness comes into the back ground if you shake the bottle too much when pouring, but itís not necessarily a bad thing, it just adds to the complexity. Alcohol is a back seat driver with this beer, but itís voice is heard in aroma and taste, but very slightly. Very well balanced for the amount of malt that should be in this beer. Coloration is deep, deep, copper to dark brown w/ some very nice ruby highlights and a fantastic head to start but it gets knocked down by the alcohol. Highly evervescent as a Belgian should be, itís a nice change from the norm. Too much of this could be a good thing, but may very well be a very bad thing. FYI, this was a World Beer Cup Gold Medal winner for Belgian Strong Darks.


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