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

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RATINGS: 2700   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2003
Reddish/brown/orange, quite opaqe, I like! Very tiny bubbles, a tight, thick off white head. Some smokey hints in there, or is that an oakiness? Yogurt raisins come to mind as well, on account of the vanilla and date/raisin notes. Some serious sweet caramely malts, some hints of milk chocolate as well. Alcohol and esters prevail the nose, along with ripe fruits as well. Sweet taste and a somewhat dry finish, much like last night's cabernet. Silky smooth and super soft but with an alcoholic tingle as well, quite a warming effect!! This is a Belgian golden with ripe fruits and a greater barley character. Maybe a half red wine, half golden ale thing. Superior mouthfeel but could use a more complex finish. I could drink this stuff al day, every day. That is if I didn't get hammered on account of it first.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Dark brownish red with a moderately full body. Very aromatic with a rich mouthfeel. Somewhat yeasty character with a winey finish and some alcoholic warmth. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8811) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Thanks to NDmullet for this one, although it took me so long to get around to drinking it that it became available in Ohio in the meantime. D'oh! Anyway, this beer pours a deep ruby color with a medium beige head. Aroma of cherry, vanilla, figs, and raisin. Fruity flavor of plum and raspberry, with a lightly chocolate malt finish. Very easy on the tongue, unlike a lot of Belgian Ales. Absolutely smooth and easy to drink. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Good beer. Nice head, quickly dissipated. Nice dark color. Beautiful aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2003
This cloudy, reddish brown beer has a quickly dissipating white head. The nose is fantastic! There are nuances of wine, sweet malt and leafy, citrusy hops. The palate continues the vinous character, but is enhanced by malty sweetness and a tinge of hoppiness on the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2004 Dark brown/amber with a medium dark beige head. Yeast and fruit aroma. Sweet, malty, spicey, a little acidic. Very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Quite the kick with this one. A deep sepia color and a sweetness that was slightly syrupy. A simple beer, I didn't pick up on too much complexity maybe some fruitiness but little if any spice. Still, a good, solid (if slightly stolid) beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Wonderful beer. Nice a smooth with a good fruity aroma. Alcohol flavor came in very late in the swallow.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Dark purple brown. . . fluffy light brown head that out of which floats vanilla, plum, and nutty aromas. Wonderfully complex, creamy and smooth. Spicy and delicious. The big malts and alcohol soothe the senses, gorgeous.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2003
Very flavourful. You do no taste the high 9% ABV at all. Only complaint as by the time I was finished I was a bit tired of it. Still a great strong ale with a fruity tase.


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