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

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RATINGS: 2644   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2001
Each time i drink this i love it more and more. One of my favorite Belgian strong ales. Vinous notes and delicious fruit tastes. Very easy to drink and very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
Reddish-brown, fairly cloudy, impressive tan foam sits on top and stays throughout, resulting in nice layers of Belgian lace. The nose offers up a deep sweet roasted malty aroma, and a fruity mix of raisin and prunes. Signs of a sherry-like aroma remind me a little of an imperial stout. The first sip is something of a surprise. Having braced myself for something thick, it washes over very light and is a little too easy drinking. There’s a good fizziness on the palate as well as instant signs of alcohol which warn you to take things easy. Initial taste is certainly sweet with a roasted malt and a mixture of ripe fruits, bringing to mind cherry, cranberry and prune, with an underlying yeastiness throughout. Further tasting also revealed a little spiciness, while there’s some coffee-like dryness in the finish. The aftertaste is very warming rounding out very much like a port. Good version of a Belgian ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2444) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 Light prune. Fizzling off-white head. Fruitcake, rummy aroma. Yeast and wood uindertones. Spicy carbonation. Very firm mouthfeel. Medium body. Finishes with plummy malts and very yeasty. Almost excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corvi99 (4) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2001 does not count
Delicious beer, smooth yet complex and interesting. I is a touch too sweet, but it manages to remain good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aurelius (4062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2001
A much more caramel and mellow aroma than the other Unibroues that Iíve had. Still has a crisp twang. Great appearance. Malty, pear-cidery, with carbonated zip. After venting, the bottom of the glass is better than the top. I have to steal Heatís analysis on the aftertaste. Very warm. A well-crafted brew. Hold some on the tongue and exhale through your nose

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2001
I had this again the other night and it really is magnificent. This time though, it had dominating apple flavours which I didnít pick up the first time. So smooth (dangerously so) for its strength. Just a note for the Australians giving this low ratings, I got a case ordered into my bottle shop especially so maybe it was fresher than the bottles you tried.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2001
Great sweet, fruity, malty aroma with accompanying taste. Very creamy and buttery with a strong alcoholic finish. This is definitely a sipping beer. It pours a very deep dark amber color and holds a great head. The lace practically lays in sheets on the glass momentarily before very slowly making its way back down the side. It does have a lingering buttery alcoholic malt aftertaste. Great after a long cold day. In my opinion, this is the best of the Unibroe beers. I am usually not a fan of such dark and sweet beers, but this one does it for me. Definitely gonna add this one to the buy list.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 A real winner, extremely complex aroma with flavor to match. A very nice finisher to a winter night.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 30, 2001
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2003 have had this twice since my first encounter and expected to be converted but found no reason to be. stupidly sweet, cheap red wine and baking soda yeast flavour. predictable. tastes a lot like their other beers. unpleasant burnt candy. one of the worst of its style.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 29, 2001
Hoppy aroma. Malty, winey, toasty, chocolatey, sweet taste. Slight earthy taste. Alcohol twang useful in countering sweetness but still a sweet beer.


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