93 Terrible, Unibroue (Canada). 10.5% ABV (5/10)
Deep brown color. Deep aromas of toasted fruit-nut cake, coriander, clove, lemon zest and peach custard follow through on a bold, round entry to a chewy, fruity full body with cavernous depth and brooding, weighty balance. Finishes with complex layers and spice, melon soufflé, earthy hops and vinous fruit cider vinegars. Big, delicious and slightly scary.

89 Bière de Garde, Bastone Brewery (MI). 6.5% ABV (5/10) %{Brewpub}
Cloudy deep amber color. Aromas of yeasty brioche, apricot butter and delicate spices follow through on a silky entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with dried fruit compote and caramelized roasted nut notes. Finishes with an astringent, drying earthy hop fade. A nicely balanced and very drinkable take on the style.