Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gather XIII. Clear amber pour with ring of near white head. Very bready/yeasty nose. Flavor is very sweet dark rum soaked fruits and cakey. Moderately full body with velvety texture.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured amber with an off white head. aroma was peach, cinnamon, and caramel. flavor was fruity, spicy, cinnamon, and caramel. light body with low carbonation.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Active and thick orange-brown with a medium tan head and some lacing. Aroma of bread, yeast, toasted malt, dark fruits and alcohol. Taste of dark fruits, yeast, malt, spices and alcohol. A bit too boozy for the style and tastes and feels like just about every other Unibroue – fizzy with their house yeast. Spicy and peppery finish.
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a dark caramel color with a short lived off-white head.
S: This one also smells super vinous with lots of sweet, white grapes. There’s quite a bit of booze, too. Lots of cardboard and a high carbonation that sort of stings the nose. Perhaps a touch of herbs.
T: The flavor is reminiscent of a sparkling wine. A sort of buttery chardonnay flavor to go with the cardboard and mild herbal character. A really high carbonation to it that gives it a somewhat acidic feel.
M: The body is medium with a very high level of carbonation.
D: Not quite as good as the 2005, but certainly better than the 2006. Still don’t think I’d really be interested in having this one again.
thirdeye11 (5393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy, side by side with every vintage from 2005-2009, this was #5 in my ratings) clear light brown with lasting tan bubbles. Nose of apple, really odd and that’s all I got. Taste of spicy cinnamon, Belgian yeast, raisin bread, and cream. Great creamy palate and a dry finish.
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle drank in August 2010: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry plums and figs with a sweet malt base and the usual rich bready yeast profile from Unibroue. Taste is sweeter then I was expecting with some notes of dry raisins and plums, sweet malt backbone and loads of ester of the yeast. Body was full with good carbonation and light warming notes of alcohol. Good thought not as good as the previous example or maybe the aging has not done any good to this one.
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C&C 750 mL bottle courtesy of BelgianBeerGal from a trade LONG ago. Pours a hazy brown color with a large tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of bread, spice, dates, citrus, floral notes and brown sugar. The taste is bread, toffee, citrus like fruits, apricots and a spicy finish. Medium bodied. Assertive carbonation. Very much in the Trappist style and pretty nice.
BigBeer45 (1209) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Trader Joes in Rochester, bought Winter of 07-08, this bottle is a little more than two years old,
this ale gave a clear ruby-brown pour that can be seen through when held up to a light, made a one to two finger high head of light tan bubbles, there is medium or so effervescence that makes a good size island in the center of the glass, lacing is nice and left a good amount of covering on the sides of the glass,
aromas of toasted malt, chocolate, toasted dark bread, touch of yeast with light cherry and raisin dark fruit, and faint cinnamon with other cookie spice(s),
flavors of dark bread, toasted malt, raisin, plum, dark brown sugar and molasses sweetness with a little brownies, there is a touch of spice to,
the finish has some pepper on the tongue with some of the malt flavor and sweetness trailing after the finish,
mouth feel is nice and creamy,
a very nice Dubbel drink.
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt and fruit. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, fruit, and alcohol, leading to a dry, fruity and alcoholic finish.
Ughsmash (7003) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Poured deeper cola brown with a well-retained beige head.. set up nicely in the glass. The aroma picked up warm plums, dates, and molasses accented by black peppery and banana notes from the yeast and some thin alcohol.. really a lot of plum and some honey on the back.. good stuff. The flavor opened with tart carbonation and plum skins, with molasses and more fruit gliding onto the middle.. black pepper, cloves, and a touch of dusty banana laced throughout from the yeast.. finished warm and spicy, but surprisingly thin. Medium-bodied with more than ample carbonation on the palate.. again, spicy, but it could’ve used more heft.. drinkable and fairly well balanced.