Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
Well well...If it isnt the Beer Canadians werent supposed to have access to, even though were the ones who helped keep the ship afloat for all those years...Thanks Barry for bringing up this controversial Beer north of the border! Id be lying if I didnt say that this ones already got two strikes against it...Sampled at the "lets piss off Clark" tasting, although this one got the Montreal crew pissed off themselves!

Opaque blondish with a few peachy notes, head is a nice and compact web of honeycomb bubbles.
The usual Unibroue yeast profile, but with a rootbeer like tangent.
Creamy caramel, a bit buttery (DMS?), I found it quite thick and sugary, with a little cooked vegetables (asparagus and cabbage) and just a whole lot of alcohol. To be fair, this was sampled after 4 consecutive 5-star lambics, so maybe my palate was a little whacked, but it really seems like the yeast they use has played itself out, and that theyre running short of ideas. Like the Edition 2005, maybe it could gain to sit in the cellar a few years, but I wont go out of my way to have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
750ml bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a large sized white head. Aromas of yeast, bananas, light bubblegum, cherries, and spices. Tastes of fruits, bubblegum, yeast, light spices, and cherries. The alcohol definitely makes itself known and needs some time to mellow out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6362) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Poured a hazy, light amber color with a large white head that quickly diminished, leaving light lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus fruits, some spices, cardamom, earthy yeast, and toffee malts. Taste of citrus fruits, caramel malts, some dark fruits, bandaids, light spices, and sharp alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
thanks to egajdzis for this... Appears a hazy light orange with a small head that quickly fades into a foamy collar. Smell is of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, pear, clove, mild bananas, and slight funk from the yeasty esters. Reminds me a bit of La Fin du Monde that hasnt really finished fermenting yet. Taste is of the same aromas listed with the signature Unibroue taste. Mouthfeel is mildly hot but the yeast comes through to show signs of greatness if, and only if, aged. Alcohol is a bit present but me thinks this will be a winner in the future. Sit on this one says I. Arrrr.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ]
A mostly lasting average frothy off-white head that tops up a hazy medium golden body. Moderate lacing. Few thin particules. Many small bubbles. Aroma presents malt being medium bread /biscuity while hops are moderate citrusy /flowery Yeast character is moderate dough. and slight DMS. Also, there are faint evocations of vegetable and evident traces of coriander /spices and some fruits, pears for instance. Evocations of honey too. Initial flavor is moderate sweet while development leans towards alcohol and spices. Finish is medium and alcoholic with touchs of peppery spices. medium body... oily texture... Lively carbonation...
Thanks muzzlehatch for bringing this beer back here in Quebec where it has been brewed but not being sold for some questionable reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4937) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2006
750 ml bottle from Julios in Westboro, MA (Feb 2006), Montreal Sourheads gathering on February 26 2006. Pale blonde-amber translucence in the glass topped by a small but firm and lasting white cap....honey-floral nose, hints of caramel, very faint vegetal character, ever-present Unibroue yeast....initially on the tongue very sweet, almost excessively so, somewhat syrupy-cloying mouthfeel, hints of alcohol throughout with a peppery late finishing character as it dries out and becomes bitter, sour and lactic. Theres really not much at all of interest here, the biscuity malts are to me rather undone by the extreme sweetness and even the thick yeast cant compete...not terrible, and perhaps there will be a bit of improvement with some age, but right now this just isnt on a par with the earlier anniversary efforts, or indeed most of the rest of the Unibroue line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3683) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle. Sweet candy sugars in the nose with a light tracing of bananas, but there appears to be some tropical fruits present. I think I smell some Kiwi. Odd. There are also some floral notes as well. A rather quaffable aroma. Moderately hazy golden honey color with a nice off-whitish head that has nice staying power and good lacing. Starts with some very sweet, sugary flavors--almost cloying. Turns toasty and very biscuity in the middle. Lots of chewy maltiness. Very smooth, pleasant, and velvety. Alcohol is non-apparent. Perhaps a bit cloying to start, but I really love cereal-like biscuitiness in my beers, and I dont mind sweet beers. I really enjoy this a lot, but I can see how this may not appeal to everyone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A scarf of foam hugs the foggy golden.
-Flowery fruitiness and creamy yeast attempt to hide the dubious onset of DMS in the nose.
-Spicy fruitiness teams up with the milky, doughy yeastiness intrinsic to Unibroue.
-Small, vivacious bubbles are prickly but fitting.

What if you dig deeper?
-Coriander leaves and other herbs slowly reach definition in the aroma.
-Pears and gooseberries sweeten the leafy, spicy bitterness.
-Low alcohol appearance and slender lime leaf freshness make it quite easy to drink.
-Yet another twist on the Unibroue strong golden ale, what else were you expecting?

Bottle was bought in the US because the brewery decided to stop selling their special products to the local consumer who made them a big part of who they are today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
Gentle off-white head covers the cloudy golden body. Corny deviant nose seems derived from the pils malt here in abundance whereas otherwise extreme yeastiness, in a sweet fashion reminds of a softer classical Unibroue, don de dieu for instance, with more pronounced honeyed and biscuity malt notes. Gently floral nature gets overcome by the spicy ammunitions engendered from the yeast (not sure they didnt actually use spices though), growing toward grains of paradise and coriander suggestions. Bready, malty, very sweet and almost syrupy growing, the palate shows a medium-high effervescence over the fitting medium-full body. Not bad, but no big regrets at this being reserved to US for some bad reason. Still, thanks Barry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (10983) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Bottle... Murky, yellow ale with a large, frothy, white head. Excellent retention. Lightly flemish aroma with notes of overripe banana, clove and Bazooka bubble gum. The flavor is dry, followed by lightly sweet. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes candy-sweet then bone-dry. Odd one, this. Tastes a bit like a Duval Tripel clone. Not a big fan of the style.

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