Boutip (5037) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a huge light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of caramelized Belgian malt with some coriander and the famous Unibroue yeast ester. Taste is also a well balanced mix of caramelized Belgian style malt with some coriander and some light peppery notes with the famous Unibroue yeast ester. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Doesn’t stray away from the brewer standards which is a good thing knowing how he masters the style.
RamyG4 (322) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge off-white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, with lots of spice. Taste follows right along, with lots of dark fruit notes, and a slight port quality. A ton of spice on the finish. Full bodied, loads of carbonation. Solid.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A classic that is well received each year. Bubbly and with a kick of caramel.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Yeast, dark fruit
Taste: Slightly sweet, dark fruit
Palate: Medium/Heavy body with good carbonation. Spices present and linger through finish
Overall: Pretty complex beer with a lot going on. Fruity yeast and spices make this very unique, perfect seasonal/once a year beer.
wedgie9 (2502) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 5/12/13 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with an average, fizzy tan head that recedes fairly quickly to a thin collar of lace. The nose is cola, vanilla, molasses, cardamom and other baking spices, caramel, and some spicy Belgian yeast (Unibroue signature). The flavor is a bit stronger with the cardamom and baking spices, with the cola, vanilla, and caramel coming through nicely on the back of the palate with just a hint of a roasted note. The body is a little fuller than medium with lively, almost fizzy carbonation, and a long bitter baking spices and cola finish. This is holding up nicely for the age.
jcnielsen (2443) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with off white head. Belgian, slight roasty, malty aromas. Belgian, yeasty, malty flavors. I’m not a big fan.
djd07 (5180) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark brown with paperthin beige head. The aroma is bready malt and licorice. Medium mouth with sugary malt and light grain finish. A good Belgian strong ale.
SudsMcDuff (6583) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
thank god, judy is sleeping .. . pours a mild brown bruise .. . medium head, lacing is like a pillow exploded .. . yeast, prune, spruce, and barnyard .. . light mouth .. . like the ’12, needs time .. . . yeah! he ruined nap time and quiet time!
jbruner (2841) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBWG! Pours a deep hazy brown with thin tan head and light lacing. Aroma of belgian yeasty esters that lead to a deep dark fruit nose. Taste follows, a nice deep flavor that is well balanced. This is perhaps of the best of the Trader Joe’s vintage ales.
Sledutah (5664) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by SpringsLicker at the RBWG grand tasting
Appearance: Clear dark brown with a small beige head
Aroma: Raisins and plums
Taste: Roasted malts and dark pit fruit
Decent, some hot alcohols