Bacterial (2822) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber pour from a bottle that sat in my wine rack for over 4 years on its side. I know, you aren’t supposed to do that, but I was young and stupid back then (now older and stupid). Nose is forward with dark fruit (blueberry??). Very nice taste, spicy, subtle dark fruit and really nice! Thanks Trader Joe. I will buy more of this to forget about!
arminjewell (9251) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, cork out with a pop and slight gush, but no infection. Dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of tart fruit with some blueberry, hints of red grape, touch of oak, caramel, slight spice notes in there as well. Taste is a mix of sweet blueberry, tart fruits with some raisin as well, touch of oak, vanilla, some candied nuts, hints of toffee, caramel, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry. Nice, pretty cool stuff.
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely. Dry on the finish. Lots of very round malt flavors with a dark fruit and pie cherry character.
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
March 4, 2011 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and mabel: 750ml corked & caged bottle via trade with irishboy (thanks, Richard!). Clear bright amber, quite bubbly with an average fizzy/frothy beige head (3+). Yep - Unibroue yeast - classic caramel/yeast/spice/alcohol aroma - always appealing. Taste follows - like a fizzier caramel-sweet Belgian brown with nice yeast and alcohol. Thickish and syrupy body, solid carbonation, quick-finishing, a little sweet and boozy - very yeasty. Nice.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle, courtesy of Mike P. Thanks, dude! Pours a murky, cola-brown color; modest fine-bubbled white head with solid lacing. Light oxidation/dry caramel in the nose along with dried cherries and fruit leather. Medium-full body; lively carbonation. Lots of dry caramel, dried dark fruits, pepper, and doughiness; chewy and reasonably oxidized, but still tasty. Finish of dough and caramel; mostly balanced end.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) dark brown with tan head. Fruity/yeast aroma. Flavor of dark fruits, yeast, slightly sweet.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dirty brown body with a healthy white head. Spicy, also some raisin, plum and fig. It has the typical Unibroue tingle or effervescence, for lack of a better description. Very good.
nickd717 (4160) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hell yeah, another Trader Joe’s tick. 750ml bottle thanks to my buddy Kieran. These beers are actually usually pretty good. Somewhat hazy reddish-brown in color with a lasting two-finger light beige head. The aroma is nice and Belgian with candi sugar, toffee, spicy and fruity. The flavor is great, really complex, with toffee, berries, prunes, and figs, apple, coriander, and clove, along with very Belgian yeasty notes. Medium-bodied with high, lively carbonation. Really nice beer from ol’ TJ’s.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on 01/15/2011 at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Clear dark brown body with a small tan head. Sweet spice flavor with some fruity notes. Sweet malt flavor with belgian spice. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Deep garnet, moderate to large frothy off-white head, fairly sticky lacing.   Bready nose, dark pitted fruit.   Fairly bready on the tongue.   Slight spiciness emerges on the nose and tongue as it warms.   Not as spicy as the 2009 though.   Lingering spices with a hint of breadiness and dark pitted fruit.   Tastes very much like a Unibroue product.   These releases always strike me as just as flavorful as most of the Unibroue line yet not as alcoholic.   This one was also fairly tasty, like the 2009.   Similar, just not as spicy as the 09. Maybe that’s what time does, albeit these are different beers.