JPDIPSO (4956) - 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 (3000) - 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 (5520) - 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