vyvvy (3421) - 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 (481) - 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.
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Body is black with coffee-colored highlight. Aroma is yeasty, spicy, and somewhat bready. The flavor is dark fruit and a little spicy, with very subtle, yet noticeable, warming from the alcohol. Overall, I’d describe this as a well-done, crisp beer that certainly has potential for maturing and mellowing with age.