marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bhensonb. Pours black with a massive tan head and a fruit and treacle aroma. There is a fruity sweet malt flavor with a litlle spice and slightly sour vinous finish.
mjg74 (2486) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite an effort to get the cork off. Very dark in color upon pouring. Dirty brownish foam. Strong aroma of nutmeg and other spices. Prickly carbonation. Strong spice. Some root like flavors. Strong malt roastiness hidden under the ample spices. Solid spiced winter brew.
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a thick creamy two-finger beige head that left excellent lace. Sharp dark fruit and yeast aromas featuring dark cherries and plum as well as caramel and bread. Flavors are similar, with the dark fruits most prominent, and a gentle balancing hops bitterness. Medium to full bodied, lively carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a warming alcohol flourish. Outstanding - unbelievably good at this price.
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 c&c from a Sacramento TJs. Pours dark brown with a 4 finger foamy dirty beige/tan head. Main aroma is a lot of spice. Med body; frothy carb. This stuff is really spiced. I’d almost say there’s sage. Plus maybe coriander and pepper. Maybe ginger. There’s a dark malt underpinning, but the spice is the main thing. This may age interestingly.
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as great as other years I have had, it may just be a bit young and need some more time in the bottle. The aroma is spot on, it is gorgeous to look at, and the flavors are there, but I think I may have made an error in drinking at room temp. It comes off as a bit thin and brittle, maybe a tiny bit phenolic. It may mellow and become rounder with age, but it will never gain in body. That may be due to the lack of suspended fermentables present....a problem when you try and push a budget beer to a higher ABV than you should. Good not great. Surely a great deal at 4.99 locally.
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head that’s very bubbly on top. Aroma has the typical Unibroue yeast, soda effervescence, light cocoa, berry fruitiness and some spice. Medium bright body with an overabundance of sharp spritzy carbonation. The taste starts with cocoa, red berries, caramel, 7-Up, cinnamon, clove and yeast. The finish adds some peppery spice, licorice and mint to the rest. There is a sourness that comes more prevalent as it warms up. Fair beer overall, but at the price its worth giving a try.
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Coffee color. Opaque when held to light, except around the edges. Thick light tan head with good retention duration. Some Belgian lace. Expected a little more lace for the style and brewery. Big sweet caramel malt aroma. Some sour/lactic/vinous character on the nose. Slight chocolate and even more subtle dark fruit aromas. Caramelized raisins on nose. Chocolate malts mid palate. Slightly sour on front and back palate – more sour than expected for the style and it being a spiced holiday ale. Mouth feel quite effervescent; almost like drinking a Black Velvet. Finish lasts minimal amount of time. Overall, enjoyed other dark Belgian-style Unibroue beers more, however, at $4.99 for a 750 mL this is a great bargain.
Vir4030 (496) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark dark brown with a think tan head. Aroma of alcohol like a belgian, flavor follows. Does not taste as dark as it looks.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, nearly black pour with a towering, foamy off-white head. Smells like Unibroue’s signature yeast, fragrant and fruity, some dark dried fruits. This has a lighter body than I was expecting with a refreshing appley tartness, spice bread in the background, more dark dried fruits and golden raisin, a touch of hay. I definitely like this more than last year’s Vintage Ale.
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very dark brown pour with an inexplicably huge and thick beige head. Aroma is real funky, some belgian yeast notes, a bit sour and not a whole lot else, a bit of spice and hint of dark malt. Flavor has more yeast notes, remarkably tart with some spice at the end, coriander? A strange brew to be sure, I think it misses but it does have character.