SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle - clear, dark brown pour with thick light tan head; big perfumy yeasty spice nose rushing right to the back of my skull like a quick punch to the head; ginger with tangy orange, cinnamon, maybe juniper or something similar; definitely big on the ginger; despite the nose, flavor profile is rather subdued and kind of dull; thin texture with yeasty softness; smooth with slight ginger burn in the back of the throat; not that bad I guess, but the next time in Trader Joe’s i’ll be walking right by this and over to the chocolate covered peanut butter-filled pretzels (yum, yum, yummmmmm)
tmoreau (2792) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at our local homebrew club holiday gathering. Poured a dark brown with a highly foamy, tan head and nice ribbons and spots of clingy lacing. The nose was immediately yeast, with ensuing spiciness, and darkfruit notes. Next was some smooth malt with chocolate, caramel, and light sweet hints. Just a touch of citrusy tartness and maybe some alcohol abruptly,but nicely ended the smooth flow. The flavor was very similar to the aroma notes. Probably a little lighter on the palate than I was expecting for the style, but very nicely done.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with huge dark beige head. Looks overcarbonated at first, but settles down just fine. My first sniff just made me think "Unibroue," as their yeast is so distinctive to me, and honestly not my favorite. That said, I can dig this. Nose shows dark malts, grain, chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, toast, candied lemon peel, and something like spruce or juniper. Similar taste. Pushing my spice limit, but good. Extra point for the price.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glad the wife picked this beer up for me. Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, and actually a lot of lemon and ginger. The ginger flavor came through, and it actually dominated what I thought was going to be more of a sweeter, chocolate brew. Fairly good though, will be interesting to see how it ages. Good stuff.
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750->Tulip: Pours a huge, brown head that exhibits some lacing atop a dark, murky brown body. Aroma of grains. Superb taste, especially at its price point. Medium body, not cloying like a lot of Belgians can be. A real winner.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a bottle opened by psprings -- thanks, Paul! I cannot believe this is $5. Pours a dark shade of amber with a dirty beige head. Smells of cardamom (at least that’s what I’m going to roll with), yeast, and pie spices. Tastes of further yeast, brown sugar, and ginger. Nice beer at a nice price -- woo hoo!
popery (1579) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice BSDA from Unibroue. This beer is a flat-out great bargain for $5 per 750ml bottle. It’s not the best Belgian around, but it’s one of the very best bargains in beer. The beer pours a very dark burgundy-brown with a big fluffy khaki head. The aroma didn’t sit quite right with me at first, but it’s improving a lot as it warms up. The signature Unibroue yeast is present with notes of soy sauce, brown sugar and holiday spices, primarily fresh ginger. The flavor is nice and dry, and the Belgian earthiness really blooms on the palate. The mouthfeel is typical of Unibroue, nice and prickly. It’s a very good beer and I’m going to pack away a few bottles for the cellar.
deyholla (7613) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured black with a light brown head. Aroma had notes of sweet citrus, ginger and caramel. Flavor was sweet with notes of chocolate and caramel with a slight ginger undertone.
CheersMate (1313) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#800! 750ml picked up at Trader Joes in Midtown. At $4.99 a 750ml, for a premium Belgian Strong (9%) you can’t beat that. What a nice dark brown color, with an off-white head. Fluffy head sticks around for some time. Nice spice and fruit aroma. Spices dominate the aroma. I get that slight lemon zing along with some juniper. I may be mixing the juniper with the ginger, but which ever one it is is definitely coming through in the aroma. This is a pretty pungent brew. Not much of a "Belgian" aroma to it. Dark fruit and yeast is muted. Flavor is a perfect blend of spice and Belgian. Nice dark fruit Belgian Strong flavor, but the spices are coming through more as the beer warms. That ginger/juniper flavor is everywhere. The dark fruit, and slight yeast flavor is there as well creating a wonderful balance in this Trader Joes beer. Completely amazed at this, and I am damn glad to have tried it. A little too carbonated for me.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle- Pours a deep brown/amber hue with a semi-fine, lasting bubbly head and moderate lacing. Aromas of peppercorns, cereal, a touch of roasted cocoa and prunes. Hop bitterness on the palate is refreshing and is more apparent than typical of the style . But maybe my glass if still too cold. Mouth feel is medium bodied with flavors of spruce, hints of other spices (cloves), a touch of banana. Interesting flavor combo.