Nephilium (1214) - Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This starts with the standard aroma of the Unibroue yeasts. Pours a hazy reddish-brown, with a large white head. Unlike previous Trader Joe vintages, this head does not fade down to nothing quickly. Slightly sweet flavor, with hints of dark fruit. Alcohol is very well hidden, and the finish does have a hint of spice. For five dollars a bottle, this is a nice value beer that drinks well.
rederic (2790) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle, with a cloudy brown hue, with a bubbly white head, with a yeasty, fruity apple sauce, apple pie, apple strudel, light spicy cinnamon like, orange peel nose, with some faint fig, pineapple, tangerine esters, with a raisin pie, faint coffee, chocolate notes in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice yeasty, fruity, figgy, orange, tangerine peel, pineapple, tropical fruit, apple pie, spicy character of coriander and vanilla reminiscent of an old Trois pistoles yeast base, with some faint kind of Grand Marnier liqueur, orange lollipop, raisin pie, orange marmalade flavours, with a faint honeyed toasted, bready, pale, chocolate maltiness backbone, still has a good carbonation, leading towards a yeasty, candied orange, tangerine, lemon peel, figgy, dried rainsin fruitiness, vanilla, coriander spiciness, doughy raisin pie finish.
DuffMan (5778) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2013. Nervous bringing this out considering its age, but I’ve stored it properly... Pours a medium mud-brown with heavy particulate and a small beige head (no coaxing required either). Aroma is nice, no sign of infection so far! Lovely sugar bread, light chocolate, sweet plums, treacle. Mouthfeel is silky. Excellent!
Ferris (1209) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Caramel, dark fruit, grains and yeast. Clear amber with a medium head. Brown sugar, dark fruit and a light sourness. Like a Belgian strong in taste.
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DrSilverworm (3994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, shared by tmoney99. I got the end of the bottle, probably about 5-6oz. Dark brown color, lots of sediment resting on the bottom of my glass. Good thin off-white head, little loose lace. Dark fruit, some chocolate, light coffee, little spice, light citrus (orange peel, pineapple).. Good amount of tropical hops for a dubbel, balances out those dark notes nicely.. Medium to bigger body. Soft, smooth carbonation. Easy drinking, for 9%... Very little alcohol taste. Moderate bitter, light sweet. Very interesting, complex ale. Drinking great right now, especially considering it’s age. The nice, smooth effervescent carbonation is also still impressive, 5 years later.
RSRIZZO (1839) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle courtesy of Headbanger poured into a Trappist Glass at 39°. Color is a deep hazy amber with good carbonation and a soft tight off white head. Aroma is fruity with toasted caramel. It has a bolder medium body with a fizzy mouth feel. Flavor of yeast, dried fruit, toffee and a bit of spice. The flavors fade out slowly in the after taste. Overall this is just a great brew.
mcberko (4805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is quite subtle, with some light spices, mild dark fruits, and some Belgian candied sugar. Flavour is very, very similar to the 2007, with dark fruits upfront, some brown sugar, caramel, and more dark fruits. If I tasted this is a blind tasting, I’d likely not be able to tell the difference from the 2007. Fairly restrained carbonation, as the 2007 vintage, with the fruitier tones upfront and quite complex. Stronger flavour than the 2006, and like the 2006 and 2007, this has not suffered at all from age. Excellent stuff.
Bacterial (834) - 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 (5144) - Fort Collins, Colorado, 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 (5906) - 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.