BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S AUDACITER

Unibroue’s Audaciter Blonde Ale is one of those great, inexpensive finds that you can find at your local Trader Joe’s store. This is a Belgian-style Blonde ale that is brewed at world class level. There are a great handful of ales that Unibroue crafts for the Trader Joe’s grocery store chain, and Audaciter is one of them that is enjoying a great following from craft beer enthusiasts.  Read on…


BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

Style category: Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

Brewed since 2017
Origin: Chambly, Quebec

Made proudly in Quebec using the same time-honored techniques of traditional monastic brewers, this abbey-style blonde perfectly captures the rich malt, subtle hopped accents, and warm 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 quite, palate-warming finish.


FACT SHEET

ABV
7.5%
Fermentation
TOP
Color
GOLDEN
SRM
5
Clarity
CLOUDY
Head
WHITE
Meniscus
MEDIUM
Bubbles
FINE
Effervescence
MODERATE
IBU
13
Body
MEDIUM
Aftertaste
LINGERS

 


OUR BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S AUDACITER

APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
We served it at 50° F in the signature Unibroue Sommelier tasting glass. The pour gave an easy 3-finger height head which was  creamy and dense. We did ensure the glass was “beer clean”.

The Brussels lacework the head left behind once it collapsed- was thick and patchy on the sides of the glass. The rim color variation is a light straw color. The meniscus is medium to slow rising. During consumption, (as with previous Unibroue BrewViews) the head held an 1/8″ height until the bottom of the glass. This is consistent of the Unibroue products.

AROMA / BOUQUET:
Signature Unibroue fresh yeast, ripe fruit- Apricot, Peach, Belgian Candi sugar, wildflower honey, malt sweetness, very gentle hop presence. 10 minutes into it, the fruit aromas intensify.TASTE:
The aromas definitely carry over into the flavor. Notes of White Peach, Apricot, rich Honey. The hop component is extremely gentle, and balances very well with the other flavors.

MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Effervescence level, medium to high. Hits the tip of the tongue and the sides of the mouth with its crispness, and effervescence. There is a light honey / spicy phenol finish that lingers and invites you for the next sip.


FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

CHEESES:
Blue veined cheeses of all kinds, washed-rind cheeses, bries, Camembert, Goat cheese with herbs.

APPETIZERS:
Unibroue’s Warm Salad Warm salad with mint and shrimp sautéed in Audaciter, Cheesy Dip with Audaciter caramelized onions, Spinach salad, Cauliflower gratin.

ENTRÉES:
Toulouse Cassoulet, Moule en Frite, Poached Salmon, Pork Tenderloin with Goat Cheese, Lamb chops, Croque-monsieur, Pumpkin soup with Leeks, Green Pea soup, French Onion soup. You could pair all sorts of pasta dishes with white sauces.There are many chicken dishes that would pair well with Audaciter: Chicken Fajitas, Lemon Pepper Chicken, Chicken Tacos, Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken just to name a few!


OVERALL IMPRESSION

At $5.99 for a 750 ML bottle at our local Trader Joe’s here in Redding California, the quality and value far outweighs the very modest price tag.

Audaciter is a Blonde Ale that could easily stack up with the greats of Belgium. I am glad to see Unibroue brewing ales at such high quality, and to see Trader Joe’s offering it at such a price that makes beer enthusiasts trying it for the first-time, feel comfortable. I would highly recommend buying as many bottles as you can. Our bottle date stamp (August 20, 2018) states that Audaciter can be aged up to 2 years. However, we feel that it can be aged up to 5 years, with the yeast, honey, and fruit flavors becoming more complex.

It’s another one of the Unibroue ales that is very diverse, and available on a fairly regular basis at Trader Joe’s. World class, seek it out for sure.


LA BRASSERIE UNIBROUE
80 Des Carrières Street

Chambly (Québec)
J3L 2H6 Canada

Tel. : 450 658-7658
Fax : 450 658-9195
Web: http://Unibroue.com
Email : Info@Unibroue.com


BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.

He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy beer!     Ecclesiastes 8:15