jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2008 bottle, sampled 3/16/10. Clear amber color. Small off white head. Sweet malt and raisin aroma. Sweet raisin/cherry and malt flavors. Avg duration. Smooth finish, with light alcohol. Thin texture. Moderate to high carbonation. Spare lacing.
Ibrew2or3 (6210) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of kiefdog. Pours clear copper with tall off white head. The aroma has spicy yeast, apples, coriander like spices and sweet sugariness. The taste is really sweet with honey drenched ripe red apples then moving quickly into coriander and spicy yeastiness. It’s smooth with growing brightness into the finish leaning toward spiciness and apples.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to kiefdog for the share. Pours Hazy orange-brown with an off-white head. Nose is yeast, malt, sugar, molasses, dark fruit, and lots of fizz. Flavor is similar with the trademark Unibroue fizz and yeast. Flavor has fruit and molasses in it, too. Medium bodied and makes me burp.
Nickls (1708) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Muddy water brown in color, poured with a nice finger of white foam. Head didn’t last too long. Passion fruit aromas, and maybe even some pruniness with sweetish toffee and maltiness. Fruitiness right up front, and the passion fruit comes near apple-like in the flavor, toffee and a bit of a roasted coffee in the finish. Nice tight carbonation, and thinner MF. Very much what I would expect for the style, but perhaps a bit lighter than other examples. Very drinkable dubbel.
shigadeyo (2925) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/26/2009: Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2008... Aroma: Yeasty with some generic spice. Appearance: Hazy red-brown color; large, foamy beige head. Flavor: Sweet candi sugar and caramelized malt; spicy malts; plum; hints of Concord-like grape; slightly sharp and metallic in the finish; alcohol pops out when the beer is warmer. Palate: Smooth; medium-bodied. Overall: Still good, but I don’t think that it has really changed that much over the past year...
750 mL corked and caged bottle from Trader Joe’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #145 for this beer.
daleharshman (832) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s, of course, and for a very good price. I drunk a couple bottles when it released (before I was on RateBeer), but decided to age this one. Pours a color that seems to be evenly balanced between red and brown with a generous off-white head. Aroma of candied dark fruits, Unibroue yeast, brown sugar, and some bready malts. Flavor of more sweet dark fruits, yeast, rich malts, and some spice that seems amplified by the prickly carbonation. Some nice dark chocolate comes in the finish. The alcohol is completely hidden. The year and a half of aging seem to have done this very well. Despite the Trader Joe’s label, this beer screams Unibroue in both nose and flavor. Another great one from these talented Quebecois. (126, 280)
sepia5 (232) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of my dad, who had been storing a bottle since last holiday season (he recalls buying it for $4.50 a bottle--are you kidding me!!! I would buy a case!). Despite the low price point, I actually think this compares favorably to many other Dubbels I’ve encountered. Very smooth and predominately yeasty, with a light barnyard funk. Masks the 9% ABV incredibly well. Now, the year of aging could be coming into play here, but this just goes to show that $ does not always = superior beer. I should also say that if you like Unibroue’s other offerings, you’ll probably enjoy this as well, as it definitely has that distinct Unibroue flavor profile. If you can somehow find this stuff, get it and drink it.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent deep mahogany with an average-sized from of beige head. Aroma of sweet doughy dark caramel malts with some raisin and fig notes. Starts with good malty fullness, sweet biscuity caramel and raisin flavors and that trademark Unibroue yeast character in the finish. Well-balanced and fairly complex, just like most of their other offerings.
madvike (2403) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle drank side-by-side with 2007 and 2009 vintages. Pours deep brown with nary a head. Smell is light spice, with some syrupy sweet notes. Taste is bready and sweet malt and dark chocolate. Spicier than the 2007 vintage, but a bit too boozy and sharp. Syrupy and smooth in the mouth, but I think this one could use another year or two.
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy deep brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of typical Unibroue Belgian ester with deep rich malt with hints of candi sugar. Taste is also a nice mix between some rich Belgian malt with notes of candi sugar and that typical Unibroue ester. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Very well done though quite similar to prior year vintage.