mjg74 (2973) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from La Mesa store. Dark ruddy color upon pouring. Slightly sweet spiced aroma. Some fruitiness and a bit of grain. Some roasted chocolate flavors and spice up front. Some nutmeg and cinnamon. Some grain and fruits are more in the background on this one. Alcohol is well hidden. Not the best of the three to date.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle: Pours a murky brown. Sweet and spicy notes on the nose. The taste exhibits some dried dark fruit, and notable Unibroue yeast. The palate is balanced but lighter and fleeting compared with many Belgian Abbeys. This is a nice beer but not noteworthy especially by Unibroue standards.
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle: I have one of the 2006 and I’m keeping a 2007 as well to age. Lost a bit of it in a cork mishap but most of the bottle is left. Aroma is nicely fruity, very carbonated , yeast, sweet plums, banana, clove and a bit of brown sugar. pours a dark amber color with a thick tan head that lingers around for a while. Taste is yeast to the forefront, sweet, heavily spiced, caramel, and somewhat of a doughy texture to this brew as well. Palate is very well carbonated and effervescent on the tongue. Overall, It’s a decent brew but not as good as the other Vintages that I’ve tried. It’s OK...Good beer just doesn’t measure up in my opinion.
JPDIPSO (5587) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown pour with a tall, seems fizzy (sounds like a cola), but fairly lasting ecru head. Quite herbal in aroma, with wintergreen, eucalyptus and sweet basil. Some fruit as well, with cherries, almond extract and white grapes. After things settle down for a few minutes some caramel and cookie dough come out. Seems too sweet and somewhat artificial. Super sweet with the signature yeast component of Unibrue ever present. I think I pour aggressively enough to help dissipate some of the fizz, but it’s still quite lively on the tongue. Flavors of blue moon ice cream, light banana, bubble gum, dark corn syrup and caramel. Some spice comes in toward the finish with cloves, nutmeg and cardamom. Linger returns to the sweetness with a mild spice cookie dough flavor that coats the mouth. Stomach is starting to burn revealing the strength in this one. I actually think this one would do well with a year or two to help meld the flavors. A decent winter warmer. I hate to say it, but I’m am starting to tire of all these new 9%+ brews, especially in the 750 ml and bomber bottles.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an extremely efferevescent pour, lots of tiny white bubbles to complement the brown body of the ale. It’s a bit too bubbly on the tongue for my taste. The body is surprisingly light for a dubbel. The flavors I got were maple, plum a touch of dark chocolate and some spices. I’d bet that it would age well over time. At $4.99US for a 750ml bottle, it’s not a bad deal.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another fine offering from Unibroue. Deep brown with a fluffy white head. Sweet aroma of malt, dark fruit, spices, and Belgian yeast. Bright and lively palate. Chocolate and vanilla tastes linger behind a robust citrus and mixed fruit flavor and finishes with notes of coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg with minor alcoholic warmth in the back of the throat.
gabrielsyme (66) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a med-dark brown with tan head. Taste is heavy on the spices with tastes of clove and a hint of mint. highly drinkable. good for a store brand