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Wednesday, August 23, 2006 

Unibroue Chambly Noire


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Unibroue, have long been one of my favorite North American brewers. Obviously by when anyone says, "North American" - they mean "Canadian". No one would say "it's one of my favorite North American..." and mean something from the United States. And they definitely wouldn't mean Mexico. Does Mexico even consider themselves "North American"?

From Quebec (definitely in Canada), Unibroue has been making some of the most forboding and downright delicious beers since I was legal to drink. They are known almost as well for their twisted labels of man's fight against beast - most complete with the stories. Maudite and La Fin du Monde (yeah that means,"The End of the World") have long been favorites in my fridge.

Recently, I heard of their latest, but have been unable to find it in my local shops of Los Angeles. On my recent cross-country trek, I finally came upon it in Chicago. Again with the cool label (yeah you like it too), Chambly Noire was not messing around. It poured dark into my glass. It looked almost exactly like Coca-Cola, but with less carbonation. A dark ale indeed.

It had wonderful aromas of cherry, raisin and Belgian yeast strains. The flavor was strong and a bit sweet. It is a lot lighter than the color suggested but has a slight welcome alcohol warmth. The dark Belgian taste is predominant. A fine beer from fine brewers.

You funny. I am half French North American....

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