italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Jeff brought to James’s place. Pours a dark brown, auburn hue, with boatloads of khaki head. Aroma has cloying ntoes of butterscotch and candied sugar. Flavor has tootise roll notes and butterscotch stickiness. Some slight sweet spices and cocoa. Sticky sweet despite the thin body and prickly carbonation. Actually pretty good stuff.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 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 (again, thanks, Richard!). Clear, deep, bright brick red; bubbly with a long-lasting creamy/fizzy tan head. Like the ’08 (spice/yeast/sweet caramel/ some booze) but roastier, maybe yeastier, definitely darker and more dry herbal bitterness. Taste follows right on from the aroma, a little warming. Average body, solid carbonation, a bit more bitterness and dry character in the finish.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A liquefied Mars bar with hot spiciness. Good beer
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed when a little over 2 years of age. Bottle sent to me by
The look: Very dark mahogany body with red highlights topped by a large beige head with good retention
In long: Nose is slightly phenolic, sweet soft candies and a spiciness that is usually found in light refreshing beers (coriander, lemongrass). Taste is sweet cereals, nougat, watered down toffee, candi sugar, hot spiciness (black pepper, ginger, more…), milk chocolate, almonds, fruity notes of apples. The various flavor elements of the beer (nougat, milk chocolate, caramel, hot spiciness, etc.) gives the sensation of drinking a hot-spicy liquefied Mars™ bar. Carbonation is a bit on of soft side and the mouthfeel is a bit slimy. Somehow the beer never felt too sweet and drinking a full 750ml was an easy task. Overall, a pretty decent beer, this one had the potential to be one of the best Unibroue but the slimy mouthfeel was a letdown and I would have preferred the spiciness to be a more discreet. I’m also pretty sure this was inspired by Trois Pistoles or even was a blend that uses Trois Pistoles. It angers me that the Unibroue Trader Joes and brewed 20 miles away from my home but are only sold in the USA, I almost feel like hating the USA but it is useless, nobody hates half of the USA as much as the other half of the USA.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with tan head, cocoa, malt, bready yeast aroma. Dark fruit, toffee, and coriander taste. Easily the best vintage produced so far.
cblado (263) - Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Thanks a lot to MeisterbrauMHB for this! Pours a deep, opaque mahogany color. Thick foamy tan head. Aroma is a rich malt, apple, and clove, with coriander notes. Flavor is very complex, with a strong roasted malt backbone and cocoa notes galore. Yet it’s surprisingly drinkable. Holy cow. This is really quite amazing, and worth the wait. Thanks again!
RSRIZZO (1873) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle courtesy of Headbanger at gathering on 1/10/10. Color is a deep dark brown that is near black. Carbonation is good making for a nice tan head. Aroma is rich and sweet. It has a full body with a rich mouth feel. Flavor is spicy with rich caramel and dried fruit ending with a light bitterness. Overall its a very good brew.
PotjeBier (1781) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(From notes) Bottle, New Year’s Eve of 2009. Dark brown color. Off white to beige head, retaining. Aroma: spices (ginger, aniseed), dark fruits, (milk)chocolate. Flavor is medium sweet, spicy & malty. Quite strong alcoholfeel. Medium bodied. Flavor lingers on (no new flavors). On the spicy side, but nice winterwarmer.
jezmez68 (403) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I always like these. This is black and imparts a huge, billowy head. Smells like Unibroue and Coriander. Light in the mouth. No heavy alcohol. I waited two years to try this. I’m not sharing it. Quite good.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been saving this one for awhile. Poured deep ruby with a light tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, raisins, Belgian yeast, caramel, toffee, super complex and earthy. Some strong vinous notes. Flavor is similar to aroma. Sweet dark fruit, malt. This beer was excellent.
GRM (3177) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 750 ml, from Philippe Boutin, savoured on October 21 2011; eye: dark brown, opaque, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: coriander, yeast, fruity, candied sugar; mouth: coriander, yeast, fruity, candied sugar, ginger spiciness, light alcohol, finale in ginger spiciness with presence of coriander, medium-full body, good carbonation, foamy texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 750 ml, 9 %, de Philippe Boutin, savourée le 21 octobre 2011; œil : brune foncée, opaque, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : coriandre, levure, fruité, sucre candi; bouche : coriandre, levure, fruité, sucre candi, piquant du gingembre, léger alcool, finale en piquant du gingembre avec présence de coriandre, corps moyen-corsé, bonne carbonatation, texture mousseuse; en résumé : bien