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


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RATINGS: 2658   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
amosmoses99 (17) - CANADA - AUG 29, 2002
Unique!!! The smell and taste are very sweet and the carbonation is somewhat like Coke but this stuff packs a punch. It looks very rich and has a nice foamy head. One reviewer said it popped when he/she opened it and they weren’t kidding. Unbelievable head. You don’t drink this one to get drunk ’cause I bet you’ll pay for it later. Awesome label, why the complaints??? Really messes with my stomach!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2002
By far the best belgian strong ale. Full body and flavor, without apparent alcohol, but still has a certain kick to it. My bottle was about 14 months past the best before date- but it still kicks ass. There was nothing bad about it despite the old age- in fact the age may have made the flavors even better. Very smooth and drinkable, with so much complexity. Dark color and nice head. Very spicy, with some coriander, and finishes off with a nice port/wine taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
This beer is best described using the eloquent words of John Madden: "BAM! Tough actin’ Tinactin."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2002
very fruity with an amazing mouthfeel. one of unibroue’s best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sov (15) - Bonny Doon, California, USA - AUG 23, 2002

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 Bugger this is sweet. Whoever said it tasted like cheap red wine was spot on, that, and cheap port and coke. I once liked this, but really don't know why, sickly and cloying, severely over-rated in my humble opinion, really flat uninspiring mouthfeel, bloody hell.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
Very nice, but it not in the same league as a high quality trappist ale. It does not have the fine aroma that I want in a BSA. Taste is light for the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2002
Hazy dark brown but lighter than I remembered. Winey, spicy aroma with notes of bubble gum, bready yeast, green apples and blackberries. Very complex. It has flavors of berries, alcohol, plums? and roasted malt. A fine beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 Rerate - 10/20/03:
I don't really like this now. It has an odd mix of Juicyfruit gum and tomato juice. Very complex, but I just couldn't shake this tomato juice thing...it really turned me off. The numbers reflect this sample.

Original rating - 8/14/2002:
Nice nice. Strong floral aroma. The taste was much like wine. The high alcohol content isn't really noticable in the taste. This beer is an opaque brown...really pretty. I'm not quite ready to rate beers this complex yet, so I'm sure I will re-rate this someday.

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