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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Unique and limited edition, this Belgian style ale is crafted once a year as a special treat for those of you who appreciate flavorful, bottle-conditioned ale with character. This year’s vintage: a rich, dark and full-bodied ale with a fine and generous coffee-colored, beige foam. It’s ready to enjoy right away and you may also wish to cellar a few bottles. It will evolve interestingly well, developing more complex flavors as the years go by.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
howlinwlf (26) - Ronkonkoma, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Poured into an Imperial Pint Glass. Great and big ale. A good dose of slightly smoky malts. A bit of sweetness. A good mouthful from beginning to end. BTW, holds up very well, and a good compliment to spicy food/Sriracha.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (1472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle from friend. Poured dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma of spice and star anise. Med carb and bod. Spicy roast taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13258) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle shared late night RBWG. Pours clear brown with a tan cream head. Tasty stuff, lightly herbal, a bit of toffee, rich bread, some Belgian yeast. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, toasted malts, modest toffee. Tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Hazy dark brown amber red color. Thin khaki head. Good dark fruity, red tropical aroma. Some creme. Caramel malt. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate sweet taste, lightly spicy. Solid stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burleybrew (55) - - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle from tj’s. Another solid vintage ale. Great malt presence w/a very nice dry finish. Spice, esters, & phenols marry well & the 9% abv isn’t apparent at all. Unibrou via tj’s.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle, caged and corked. Deep and rosy with ample head. This has a rich, sugary aroma. This drinks with an evident alcohol burn, the flavor profile almost hints at pumpkin pie -- nutmeg and cinnamon a definite component. Rich and thick. Good, but not at all what I expected. (#5426, 2/5/2014)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stampion (173) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pours dark red, almost black with a ridiculous tall head that takes its time. Tastes sweet, with a yeast, raisin and cherry notes. Mildly spiced with a touch of nutmeg and black pepper. Really good. I'll be getting the 2014 version next year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
750ml->Trappist. Deep brown with moderate tan head. A: candied plums and raisins, Belgian yeast and spices. T: lightly spiced dark fruit, sweet and mildly tangy. Good carbonation. Great taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersighted (126) - - JAN 19, 2014
Lovely Belgian strong ale. Heavy of Belgian yeast flavor, with bold spiced plum and brandy undertones. This beer had great body, but lost lacing relatively fast. For the money, this is by far the best beer around. I believe this to be a Trois Pistoles clone.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4449) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Location: Bottle shared by Dan, thanks bud!, 1/4/14

Aroma: The aroma has some caramel/toffee, lots of Belgian yeast, and dark fruit
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish color with a beige head and some decent lace
Flavor: It has a nice, complex malt flavor, with dark fruit and toffee, spice, and yeast
Palate: The body is medium, it has a somewhat sticky feel, and a short-to-average duration
Overall Impression: I haven’t actually tried one of these vintages since the ’09, but I remember it being a pretty tasty beer, and I am rarely disappointed by Unibroue. This one was quite tasty.


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