seymour (1323) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nicely cellared for six years, thanks Vyvvy! Large corked bottle into snifter. It poured a cloudy orangish-amber color with huge, sudsy, long-lasting off-white foam with tiny bubbles from continuous bottle fermentation, sheets of Belgian lace. Aromas of caramelized malt sugar, rising dough and freshly-baked whole-grain bread, toffee, lots of fruity yeast esters and spicy phenols: black pepper, clove, nutmeg, bubble gum, compost. Flavors of toffee, warm biscuits with butter and honey, crackers, citrus, apricots, herbal tea tannins, beneficial oxidation. It became slightly more sour, cidery, butterscotch-y, barnyard-y as it warmed. Overall impression was complex, sweet but not cloying, balanced hops bitterness and tangy flavor. Strong, warming alcohol but smooth and well-hidden. Medium body, effervescent carbonation, lingering multi-layered fruity/yeasty aftertaste which eventually finished dry. Delicious. Held up to aging extremely well.
superspak (2213) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottle date of 1/6/2006. Pours a very hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger off white head with decent retention that reduces to a thin cap of lace that lingers. Some slight bits of lace on the glass. Aromas of big banana, orange, honey, grape, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, clove, and yeast spices. Some nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big banana, orange peel, grape, honey, pepper, toffee, butterscotch, clove, molasses, apple, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, citrus, toffee, butterscotch, clove, molasses, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink for 10%, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale. Tons of great balanced flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to drink for the gravity. Definitely highly enjoyed this one. This has held up very nicely over 6 years.
cfrancis (2162) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to pushkinwow for popping this at the Ottawa tasting. Pours a clear golden with a frothy white top. Aroma is mostly malt, fruit, and yeast. Taste has a small astringency, yeasty and still good malt. Alcohol has smoothed out and this is a very nice beer.
reebtogi (3838) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml corked bottle pours a hazy golden orangeish color with a 3 finger white head which retains well and settles to some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is bready malts and yeast with some hints of fruit and spices. Taste is malty sweet with some fruitiness and a light hop bitterness and yeasty finish. Medium to heavy body and adequate carbonation with a slight alcohol burn leave a pleasant sensation in the mouth. A fine example of the style.
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden orange hue with a small off white head and tons of sediment from the aging. The aroma is fruity with Belgian yeast notes. Tastes like the yeast has aged the beer well with sweet light syrupy notes and body. Very smooth for 10%, basically no alcohol at all.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unibroue is a fitting name for this company as I think they only have one brew and just keep labeling it differently. Okay - maybe not, but their yeast went from great to mundane to just plain boring to me over the years. Murky maize with a large quickly dissipating white head. Aroma of yeast, toasted malt, spices, corn. Taste of toasted malt, yeast, fruit, sulfur and alcohol. Unibland.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Rating #435. Hazy orangish/yellow pour with a thin white head. Light metallic aroma, also has a candy sweetness to it and an apple fruitiness. A little booze, apple juice and a little bit in the aftertaste, not bad. (1874)
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy orange-yellow pour with a light tan head. Toasted malt aroma, nutty with notes of hay. Sweet flavor with light fruitiness. Slightly tart and a tone of alcohol on the finish.
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL. From an old trade. Thanks to a generous ratebeerian! The pour is a hazy golden with a giant, off-white head erupting with Belgian yeast character: estery, pear, gold raisin, candi sugar, musty yeast. Smells similar actually to De Dolle Stille Nacht. Very rich, candy, golden fruit, and yeast dominant with a dose of spicy alcohol. Older, mustier, syrupy feeling. Taste is very sweet with maple, golden apples, Bosc pear, old cider, mild mealy red apple. Sticky, buttery, thick mouthfeel. Feels a little too buttery. Not bad for its age.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Golden color, fizzy white head that settles quickly. Aroma of bread and caramel. Taste is malty, bur decent bittering hops, a bit of a sour finish.