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


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RATINGS: 2651   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2002
A quality belgian from Canada. I found it complex but not overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2037) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
I donít know about íripeí fruits in the aroma & flavors, smells & tastes almost like a Belgian Wit, this has that taste like someone crushed up a bunch of veggies & threw it in a beer bottle, I didnít really like this beer at first, but then after a few some sips I did begin to appreciate it & like it, overall this beer isnít too bad, but not one that I could drink all the time

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Turbid dark brown-amber with rich tan head and speckled sheet-lace. Aroma yeasty, fruity (as in fruit brandies), estery--a bit oaken. Malt front followed immediately by fruit essences: plums come immediately to mind here, pears as well--sweet and bright flavors coincide. Mild yeasty spiciness kicks in toward the finish and stays around for a while. This has outstanding smoothness and fine body...Carbonation is positively in play but does not mask flavors. This is outstanding in all major respects.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rutzicka (102) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 21, 2002
A dark brown colour with a creamy, yellow foam. Aroma of vinegar, chocolate and cherry. Vanilla flavour and a long finish with alcohol notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7130) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Rerate 6/28/2004: Best before 5/23/05 cellared for over a year, pours a dark auburn brown with a puffy light tan head that leaves a sparse lace behind. Aroma of musky aged caramel malts and a touch of tart fruit, with some subtle Belgian yeastiness. Body is still thick and flavorful with nice sweet balance that continues to mask the alcohol very well. This has aged quite nicely and gained some more complexity. 9/16/2002: Very dark and murky, but well carbonated. Hints of fruit and oak in the nose. Smells almost sour, but not noticeable in taste. Coats and warms the throat on its way down. Very little hop presence, but nicely rounded roasted malt mixture making it just sweet enough to mask the high alcohol content. Only gets smoother as it warms. One of the best Belgian Strong ales I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Gorgeous dark brown, nice head, spicy aroma. Fruity flavor, definite raisin overtones, could use a bit more hops to balance the sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2002
Deep murky brown in color. Very complex nose with a vinous quality along with some figs, peach, cocoa and some dark candied sugar with just a bit of an alcohol presence. Taste is complex as well with all those flavors dazzling the tongue. Finish is lasting and very bittersweet. This oneís meant to be sipped and savored.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2003 Excellent, but drink it slooowly. It was one of my first tastes in an evening and I hurried it a bit. Later, tried it again (after MY head cleared)and discovered wonderful aroma, wine-like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Beautiful dark amber pour, looks very nice in a Chimay goblet. Crisp apples-n-alcohol smell. Intensely rich flavor, with all kinds of fruitiness in it. Very strong, in fact I drank a full glass at the end of a tasting session, around midnight after a long day, and the result was falling asleep on my couch. I think itís between this and Ommegang for the best Belgian brewed in North America.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2002
The tops of the regular line from Unibroue. Served in a wide goblet the perfume is rich and spicy with a pie fruit aroma. Wild carbonation keeps up a fine and rocky head that leads to and empty glass covered with lacework. The real key to this beer seems to be the yeast. It leaves the malt a touch sweet, but provides a dry and complex spice to the aroma.

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