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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 2720   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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 31, 2002
I initially had this too cold, and the aroma reminded me of smelly socks, with the flavor being like the sauce you get with broccoli beef at a bad chinese place with the broth from the socks mixed in. However the second one i had warmer and i noticed the fruity aroma a little more as well as the referance they make to port wine. However, still doesnt quite do it for me, perhaps the buzz helped it taste better as well. Still a decent brew all the same.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
Nice Dark Amber brown color, the aroma and flavor are spicy yet sweet. A very good brew.

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 (3187) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6540) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2015 Bottle (BB 12-03-16). Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber/brown. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with notes of date, cola, orange peel, clove, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. As with many other Unibroue beers, the mouthfeel is the weakest link...a bit watery and fizzy. Nice yeast and fermentation effects though. The nose has some allure and the flavor balance is decent, so ultimately it’s still a mostly enjoyable Belgian styled brew.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8351) - 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.


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