Trader Joe's Audaciter
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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #21
Ranked #12,134
3.98 | pDev: 7.04%
Trader Joe's Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
Trader Joe's AudaciterTrader Joe's Audaciter
Notes: Brewed by Unibroue
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Photo of Zorro
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange color with a tall white colored head. Rested it for a day so I don't think sediment is a issue.

Smells of apple skins and coriander. Mildly sweet with a honeysuckle scent. Very slight mint scent.

Starts out mildly sweet and fruity. Mild coriander and strong apple taste. Mildly spicy with a hint cinnamon. Its does taste a bit like Apple Butter. No real bitterness to speak about.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it is just plain easy to drink and affordable.

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Zorro from California, Mar 17, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a delightful blonde ale which brings the monastery home. If I were a monk, I would definitely be enjoying a beer as satisfying as this. Trader Joe’s has a winner here!

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entheos from California, Jan 18, 2020
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3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a hazy amber-gold color with very light foam that quickly shrivels away.
smell seems a bit off with a weird medicinal overtone dominating the more appropriate banana.
Very light and evervescent in the mouth with a nice dryness. taste is tart and bitter but other than that, I can't identify a specific defining nature.
Its fine, when you think ok, its Trader Joe's its always nice to try something new and most of their beers are cheap and worth every penny, anyway. Try not to think about it being made by Unibroue (hard to forget when its stamped on the cork), to avoid feeling disappointed.

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irs from New Jersey, Dec 06, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a blonde color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian malt notes with some bready yeast and residual candi sugar notes. Taste is also a nice mix of bready yeast with some sweet Belgian malt and nice residual candi sugar notes. Body is about average for style with excellent carbonation. Another excellent beer form a style with no secret for this brewer.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Oct 06, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This surprised me at how good it is, and at Trader Joes pricing. A typically awesome Unibroue beer. Soft, effervescent, slightly spicy, and overall delicious!

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FFreak from Vermont, Sep 24, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unibroue "Trader Joe's Audaciter Abbey Style Blonde Ale"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked and caged, "BB 03-29-21 C29192206QFL"
$5.99 @ Trader Joe's #543, New York, NY

Notes via stream of consciousness: Clearly this is not brewed by Trader Joe's Brewing Co. as it says right on the bottle "Brewed by: UNIBROUE" and "PRODUCT OF CANADA". It's poured a cloudy golden body beneath a full head of densely creamy off-white foam. Perhaps I should have let the bottle sit in the fridge undisturbed but whatever. The head retention is excellent and it's got some great lacing to it. The aroma is limited but I get sweetish malt and fruit (apple, banana) and a hint of something from the yeast. On to the flavor... as expected there's a sweetish maltiness to it that seems a little wheat and almost honeyish. There's some yeasty spiciness to it that helps to balance it. I'm finding what seems like vanilla, although I don't know if that's an ingredient or from the yeast, or maybe even just my imagination. I'm not getting any additional fruit notes but that's fine, it's quite flavorful as it is, while at the same time remaining a bit subdued if that can make any sense. The mouthfeel is fantastic. It's got a dextrinous medium to medium-light body and the very fine-bubbled natural carbonation leaves a light caress on the tongue before becoming velvety smooth. The head has held a solid surface covering the whole way through, and there are "mountains" of lace rising all around the glass. I'm pretty impressed with this one, and given the price it's a steal. I can only think of one other beer like this that I can get at the same size for the same price and that's Paid Dieu. The next time I'm at a Trader Joe's that sells beer I plan to load up on this one - a whole case would only be $72!
Review #6,707

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Sep 22, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before 3/29/21 - consumed on 7/20/19. Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

MU Gold body, quite hazy with half a fist of off white soft peaks up top. Sticky tendrils of lace; above average retention.

Distinctive Unibroue yeast strain with a keen balance of phenols and esters, fruit and spice. Soft malt emerges behind the yeast notes, though the hops are difficult to discern. Floral and honey-laden.

Big clean malt presence on the palate with an enormous wave of yeast-driven flavor next, subsiding into the mildly bitter, medium-dry, alcohol-tinged finish. Good flavors if a bit rough around the edges. Banana, cherry, vanilla, and coriander emerge as the ale warms. Some faint orange-kissed tartness can be found in the finish.

Effervescent, medium-full bodied, and fairly warming.

Guessing this is a more malt-forward (no wheat?), slightly higher gravity take on 1837, but I haven't had that ale in quite some time to compare. Excellent value, and I think I'm enjoying this more than Providential Ale...

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augustgarage from California, Jul 20, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy blonde yellow orange with long lasting head and lace. Yeasty fruity spicy floral aroma. Sweet peachy honey with spicy sweet finish. Medium body soft lively Excellent.

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malrubius from Vermont, Mar 11, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked brown bottle

Trader Joe's Audaciter Blonde Ale has a golden body and a 2 1/2-finger white rocky head. Nice lacing was produced with also good head retention as consumed. The nose first detected light fruit [i.e., pear, apple, banana] followed by yeast. The taste matches the smell with light honey sweetness and a clove detected. Audaciter has a medium body with lively carbonation that is almost champagne like.

Overall, a very drinkable and enjoyable Belgian Pale Ale and a good value too.

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bushbeer75 from Michigan, Feb 05, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dirty, light orange body, progressively more hazy, with moderate white head, minimal lacing.

S - Strong hit of sweet fruity malts and yeasty esters. All pretty quiet.

T - Punchy malt hit, rich minerality, wine grape notes and apple flesh, and a spicy forward finish, full of cinnamon, allspice and cloves.

M - Brisk carbonation, mild weight, subtle stickiness on the close.

O - Another high satisfaction, low cost Belgian sold by Trader Joe’s. Delicious.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Dec 25, 2018
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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy, light gold with a gigantic white head of froth. On the pour from the bottle it's about three fingers and takes a while to settle.

Smell: Not as sure about this. There's some spice and citrus in the background, but it's mostly a sort of wet, savory flavor with some skunk.

Taste: Cloves, a little banana ester, sweet malt, and virtually no hop flavor or bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, very high and sharp carbonation.

Overall: Despite the unusual smell, this is a good Belgian ale.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Dec 13, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml cork and cage topped bottle, typical of the Trader-Joe's-brewed-by-Unibroue format, which I always pick up a few bottles of around this time of year. But this one is not a BSDA but a Belgian Blonde. Served in my Chimay chalice this beer is golden and hazy, and tops with a thin but substantially thick white foam. Aroma of candied orange peel. Flavor has a considerable yeast character and a citrus peel bitterness, which is more challenging than drinkable, but the ultrafine carbonation provides a fantastic mouthfeel. I find the spiciness tends to amplify rather than mask the alcohol content, which further throttles this beers sipability.

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hreb from Washington, Nov 24, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this beer a few times now and it’s time for a review. Perhaps one of the best beer values I’ve ever seen. $4.99 for a very well done C&C bottle conditioned Belgian style blonde.
Honey gold with a thick mousse-like head of white foam. Supreme Belgian fermentation flavors - clove, pear, banana, coriander. Sweetish but clean malt backbone. Mild herbal hop bitterness. Dry finish but plenty full in mouthfeel balanced by some delicate honey sweetness. Nice carbonation bite. One of the better Belgian blondes I’ve had in awhile. A style that is often attempted, but rarely manages this level of flavor, balance, and finesse.

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bump8628 from Oklahoma, Oct 31, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is really great beer, and for under 4 bucks for a cork and cage large format, its really unbeatable, i would pay two or three times that to drink this again, really incredible price point, as good as it gets, i always forget that trader joes has some heady beers at absurd prices some times. cool that unibroue makes this, one of the best at the belgian styles, and their technical expertise is well on display in this spice strong blonde ale. soft hazy, golden glow, minimal sediment, puffy white head, lasting and effervescent. neat esters right away, a little bit of chardonnay grape and pear to the yeast, but more spice than anything else, dusty white pepper, a more zippy black peppery, and a neat clove tone as well without it being too autumnal or anything. subtle banana and honey in the taste, really clean though too in the finish for how flavorful it is, an awesome yeast strain and an expert ferment to say the least. the depth of flavor here is awesome, and its not all yeast, i get an interesting almost noble hop, maybe a french aramis or something like it, white tea and green bitterness to it, as well as a pretty sturdy grain profile thats pils-esque, but with some sweetness and some wheaty fluff im pretty sure too. fizzy like champagne, beautiful and proficient bottle conditioning, and really layered. i thought this was amazing, held its own against some beers at least ten times as expensive, i will be buying more of this one no doubt. big enough for the holiday times, light enough to crush on the daily, this really impressed me!

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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best By 8/24/19, consumed 6/30/18

L: Poured hazy golden honey with a nice, persistent head that left no lacing.

S: A very nice mix of frangrant, spicy yeast, white grape wine, and apple/pear fruit notes.

T: Follows aroma, maybe a little sweet

F: Medium, exceptional carbonation, no bitterness, slightly sweet finish.

O: Terrific Belgian ale to be a store-brand product. Wife shops at TJ's and just picked this up on a whim, what a really pleasant, enlightening surprise.

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BayAreaJoe from California, Jul 01, 2018
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, BB 08-24-19. Golden pour with a soft white head that settles into a thin layer of foam. Spicy, bready, fruity yeast for aroma. Good flavors as expected from Unibroue: notes of pale malt, apricot, spicy yeast, apple, and white grape. Medium body with delicate carbonation, well balanced finish. Overall, good tasting, easy drinking Belgian at a nice 7.5% ABV.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, May 21, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL corked and caged bottle, best by 08-24-19. Batch H24170803QFL. Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass.

Appearance: Slow pour to keep the sediment behind gave a gold cloudy beer with a thin persistent white head. Some islands and fine strands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Hints of banana, cloves, tiny bit of herbal hops, some fruity esters and a hint of honey with a swirl.

Taste: Powdery malt, fruity esters, sharp herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation, good thickness, spicy dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A pretty good BPA that held well to the style. Overall good, but not amazing. For the price though, a good beer. One large glass was enough.

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3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork and caged 750 poured into 12oz goblet. Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with about a quarter inch of white head that had decent retention and no lacing.

The aroma was dominated by the Belgian-y yeast, with some nice grains in the background.

Same on the tongue. The yeast provides floral and spice notes, and some gentle grain provides a nice base.

The body was medium-full, with a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was pretty good, especially if you like the style, which I do. Overall, a good, solid example of the style, at a very reasonable price. Definitely worth the grab if you have a TJ's near you.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Mar 16, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml / 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with a hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork served into a tulip. Purchased at a Trader Joe's in Denver; I think this ran me $6.99 USD? Best before: 08-31-19.

7.5% ABV. "Blonde ale." "Ale - on lees." "Abbey style."

HEAD: Occupies ~80% of the glass after a gentle pour. Off-white in colour. Gentle yet boastful of a good ~10 minute retention. Could be more robust or more delicate to better effect, but it's generally well-executed.

BODY: Somewhat vibrant orange-gold colour. No yeast is visible after the first pour from the bottle.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special looking ale, but certainly appealing.

AROMA: Spicy Belgian yeast. Pear esters. Floral/flowery. Clove. Grains of paradise? White grape?

The fragrant marriage of flowery and spicy notes is wonderful here, accenting the pale/blonde ale with ample Belgian yeast-induced nuance.

Aromatic intensity is somewhat high, but the aroma never betrays its high ABV. I detect no off-notes.

TASTE: Spicy and floral as promised by the aroma, showcasing Belgian yeast to good effect. Clove, grains of paradise, white grape, fruity esters like pear (and scintillae of green apple as it comes to temperature), Belgian pilsner malt, 2-row, subtle yeasty earthiness.

Impeccably well balanced in spite of its impressive yeast-induced nuance and subtlety. Rather intricate, layering yeasty flavours over its clean cracked grain backbone surprisingly well. Belgian yeast is unmistakably present.

TEXTURE: Soft, smooth, slightly dry, refreshing, and light to medium-bodied. It's remarkable a 7.5% ABV beer can be this light and refreshing on the palate,

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable and enjoyable yet rife with yeasty subtlety. Unibroue again delivers with this well-executed Belgian blonde that's as true to style as most traditional Belgian expressions of the style I've tried. In a blind tasting, I'd easily figure this for Belgian in origin. Knockout work from a great brewery, though it is worth noting that though it doesn't affect my rating, it's rather pricey for what it is. In any case, it's a must try for any discerning drinker of fine Belgian ales.

Probably the best beer contract-brewed for Trader Joe's to date.

A- (4.10) / EXCELLENT

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kojevergas from Colorado, Mar 08, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: Clear 16.5-oz. Belgian ale tulip
From: Father-in-law Kent (purchased at Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.)
Price: N/A
Purchased: Jan. 24, 2018
Consumed: Jan. 26, 2018
Reviewed as: Belgian Pale Ale
Misc.: Best by Aug. 24, 2019

Thanks, Kent!

Got home from a long day of work and was offered the rest of the bottle of this from my father-in-law, Kent. Thought I had tried it before, but apparently not. I basically have liked all the Unibroue stuff I had tried before and was expecting this one to be the same. Bottle description read, “Made proudly in Quebec using the same time-honored techniques of traditional monastic brewers, this abbey-style blond perfectly captures the rich malt, subtle hopped accents, and worm spice of a classic Belgian ale. With signature Champagne-like effervescence and aromatic notes of ripe fruit and honey, Trader Joe’s Audaciter is superbly balanced and delicious with a quiet, palate-warming finish.”

Poured a gold-to-light amber hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky white head. Gorgeous slow-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass, looking like a snow globe. Outstanding uneven lacing. Almost perfect foam retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled candied caramel, banana, clove, juicy pear, apple, Belgian yeast, Belgian spice, white grape and grainy malts. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted almost as good as the nose, but not quite. In order got pear, stone fruit, white grape, clove, apple, candied caramel, sugary grain, banana, Belgian yeast and honey. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Long, sweet finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Enjoyed this very much. Glad I got to try it. Outstanding. (Overall - 4.00)

4.08 | 91 | A-

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BucannonXC5 from California, Feb 11, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to patches leaving light lacing. Aroma of wheaty malt, light stone fruit, pear, Belgian yeast, coriander and clove. Flavor follows with semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, apple and pear, hints of light stone fruit, coriander and clove. Finishes with Belgian spicing and mild, sweet wheat malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp, peppery carbonation. Because the malt flavor is a little subdued, the spicing seemed a little strong, but overall was quite drinkable and enjoyable throughout the glass. Not too surprisingly for Unibroue, a worksmanlike Belgian blonde that hits all the right notes. Nothing too exciting, but quite good for the reasonable Trader Joe price.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Jan 15, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sunday, December 24, 2017 9:09 PM
750 mL bottle poured to tulip glass
Sight: Pale, bright yellowish, large off white foam, hazy
Smell: fragrant, fruity, nice aroma
Taste: very good, balance - medium to low bitterness
Mouthfeel: very good, long follow through, bitter after taste
Overall: excellent beer, repeat, look for yes

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gandres from Philippines, Jan 03, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow color with plenty of foam. Mouthfeel is smooth but malty and substantial. Quite a lot of clove in the aroma. It smells like a real German Hefeweizen. Taste is wheaty with some of the clove and banana esters.

Seriously yeasty in the Unibroue style. Mellow and appley but there's a sharp finish. This is the meatier and richer style of Belgian Pale Ale. I think of Leffe Blonde but this has way more blustery taste. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at TJs for a nice price. I think a couple more to rest in the basement for the winter would be in order.

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mactrail from Washington, Dec 07, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with a full white head. The aroma is of yeast, with a touch of spice. Mild flavor, with a touch of spice and biscuit notes. There are some herbal hop notes and a touch of residual sweetness. Very lively carbonation and a light body help to keep this beer very drinkable. Overall another solid bargain by Unibroue that's available at Trader Joe's.

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3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bright light gold pour with lots of thick, frothy head. Very nice looking. Pleasant, yeasty aroma with light fruity notes, some bannana and cloves. Pleasant, moderate dry taste. A little light on the mouthfeel, could use a shade more body. Good value for the price - $5.99 in WA.

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NickSMpls from Washington, Dec 03, 2017
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