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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2002
The first thing that hits me is that this stuff tastes and feels like coca-cola. Luckily that initial impression dims impressively as the spicy yeastiness rises through and a tasty warmth spills over, but the beer seems cheapened still, littler than it should be.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2002
very nice spiced fruit flavor. remarkable rust golden color. perfect mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2002
This may sound odd but the flavor reminded me a bit of watermelon. Maybe it was the esters combined with some of the other yeasty flavors but it was interesting. Smells like a good belgian should. Not as spicy as some, but the estery fruitiness is good. Having trouble with some of the spicier belgians, this is a good beer to me. It had less of the fuzzy mouthfeel that a lot of Belgians have. I think that’s a good thing as some feel too fuzzy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
UPDATED: APR 10, 2005 7/12/02: Fizzy carbonation. Complex sweet, spicy flavor. Warms the tummy and packs a wallop. I’m starting to like Belgians. 8/12/03: The pour is the color of prune with a thin tan head. Aroma is of sweet, fruity malt and yeast. Complex flavor includes hints of cherry, grape, spices, yeast and a little port wine. Mouth feel is champange like. It has a long dry mouth watering aftertaste. The 9% ABV makes its presence known.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 Decent tan head that lingers as a nice lace. Aroma is fruit and toasted malts. Nice palate just slides down tingling with carbonation along the way. Flavor is very similar to the better belgians but somewhat lacking in complexity. Very good beer overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of brown sugar, banana, orange, clove, vanilla, cola, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, short. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, moderately alcoholic. As with Maudite, I like the aroma a lot (just a tad artificial smelling), but it just doesn’t fulfill its promises in the mouth experience...flimsy and kind of watery, with a quick finish that doesn’t leave you wanting to drink more. Nice potential, but doesn’t fully come together.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 A castle of abundance and fertility…In one room, peppery port wine kissing plump black cherries on a bed molasses and chocolate…In another, listless burnt caramel embracing Christmas cookie dough on a table of cloves…In yet another, plums draw human blood and honey from roasted figs…And this is just one royal corridor…

A 10-year-old 1996 bottle revealed a decadent aroma of maderized berry sugars...Carbonation had lowered with time, but it still let the flavors express themselves freely...A marvelous aging experiment...(the same cannot be said of Maudite).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2003 Upon opening this bottle you will soon see the bubbly foam. An amber color, it warms you up soon after the first sip.This is one quality beer. I recommend it highly.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 750 ml corked bottle Dark orange brown color, big thick clingy head, sweet fruity, bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety this is a great belgian strong ale, very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 22, 2002
A nice looking brew. A little too sweet for me. It does have a dryness to it in the finish. Not something I would drink often but it is very good.


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