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Old 11-10-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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So, you know, I'm a fan on the Unibroue beers. I dig those labels too, and the names are unique. The beer itself is fantastic with Fin du Mond being one of the finest examples of that style I've ever tasted. One thing puzzles me however...on a few of the Unibroue beers as well as on the Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale (don't laugh, it's really amazing for a $4.99 corked Belgian) which Unibroue mfgrs. for them, it reads "Ale on Lees". What does this denote exactly? I know what lees actually are, but when I google the term nothing specific comes up. Does it mean there's yeast left in the bottle, is it fermented differently?? HELP!

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Old 11-10-2012, 09:24 PM   #2
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It's bottle conditioned, not filtered, so the bottle will have a layer of yeast at the bottom.

+1 on the Trader Joe's 2012 Vintage Ale. I had a bottle of 2010 and it was delish. Received a bottle of the 2012 as a gift and have been cellaring it.

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Lees is usually a wine making term......I means sitting on trub or yeast. In beer we tend to just day "Bottle Conditioned." They're just trying to appeal to the wine crowd by using that term.

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Old 11-11-2012, 07:58 AM   #4
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Lees is usually a wine making term......I means sitting on trub or yeast. In beer we tend to just day "Bottle Conditioned." They're just trying to appeal to the wine crowd by using that term.
You know I had a premonition that this was in fact the answer. Thanks guys, it was quite good!
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