muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle from Julios in Westboro, MA (Feb 2006), Montreal Sourheads gathering on February 26 2006. Pale blonde-amber translucence in the glass topped by a small but firm and lasting white cap....honey-floral nose, hints of caramel, very faint vegetal character, ever-present Unibroue yeast....initially on the tongue very sweet, almost excessively so, somewhat syrupy-cloying mouthfeel, hints of alcohol throughout with a peppery late finishing character as it dries out and becomes bitter, sour and lactic. Thereís really not much at all of interest here, the biscuity malts are to me rather undone by the extreme sweetness and even the thick yeast canít compete...not terrible, and perhaps there will be a bit of improvement with some age, but right now this just isnít on a par with the earlier anniversary efforts, or indeed most of the rest of the Unibroue line.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sweet candy sugars in the nose with a light tracing of bananas, but there appears to be some tropical fruits present. I think I smell some Kiwi. Odd. There are also some floral notes as well. A rather quaffable aroma. Moderately hazy golden honey color with a nice off-whitish head that has nice staying power and good lacing. Starts with some very sweet, sugary flavors--almost cloying. Turns toasty and very biscuity in the middle. Lots of chewy maltiness. Very smooth, pleasant, and velvety. Alcohol is non-apparent. Perhaps a bit cloying to start, but I really love cereal-like biscuitiness in my beers, and I donít mind sweet beers. I really enjoy this a lot, but I can see how this may not appeal to everyone.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Any first impressions?
-A scarf of foam hugs the foggy golden.
-Flowery fruitiness and creamy yeast attempt to hide the dubious onset of DMS in the nose.
-Spicy fruitiness teams up with the milky, doughy yeastiness intrinsic to Unibroue.
-Small, vivacious bubbles are prickly but fitting.
What if you dig deeper?
-Coriander leaves and other herbs slowly reach definition in the aroma.
-Pears and gooseberries sweeten the leafy, spicy bitterness.
-Low alcohol appearance and slender lime leaf freshness make it quite easy to drink.
-Yet another twist on the Unibroue strong golden ale, what else were you expecting?
Bottle was bought in the US because the brewery decided to stop selling their special products to the local consumer who made them a big part of who they are today.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gentle off-white head covers the cloudy golden body. Corny deviant nose seems derived from the pils malt here in abundance whereas otherwise extreme yeastiness, in a sweet fashion reminds of a softer classical Unibroue, don de dieu for instance, with more pronounced honeyed and biscuity malt notes. Gently floral nature gets overcome by the spicy ammunitions engendered from the yeast (not sure they didnít actually use spices though), growing toward grains of paradise and coriander suggestions. Bready, malty, very sweet and almost syrupy growing, the palate shows a medium-high effervescence over the fitting medium-full body. Not bad, but no big regrets at this being reserved to USÖ for some bad reason. Still, thanks Barry.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Murky, yellow ale with a large, frothy, white head. Excellent retention. Lightly flemish aroma with notes of overripe banana, clove and Bazooka bubble gum. The flavor is dry, followed by lightly sweet. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes candy-sweet then bone-dry. Odd one, this. Tastes a bit like a Duval Tripel clone. Not a big fan of the style.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. hazy golden with amber hues. foamy nee fizzy white head that somehow manages to sustain itself and not collapse in an uncontrolled descent to nothing. Fruity yeasty nose that is it seems the hallmark of this brewer. The flavor is sweet and a bit sugary but more complexity develops on further sips and as it warms. A pleasing fruitiness and hints of cobwebs remain after the swallow. Well attenuated with a lively mouthfeel from the copious amounts of carbonation. Quite pleasing reminds me how much I really do like these Anniversary beers from these guys.
TURDFERGUSON (3874) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pour a bright golden color with lots of carbonation and big white fizzy head that quickly goes away. nose is fruity- cherries, strawberries, bananas and yeasty...very typical of unibroue. flavor is similar to nose with a nice peppery kick also reminicent of this brewer. has notes of the la fin du monder and trois pistoles which is not surprising. very yummy and enjoyable.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poursgold with a nice white head. Smells fruity with some nice sugary notes. Tastes of hay, fruit and sugar. Another great beer from these guys.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2006 [bottle, dated 1/6/06] Pours a nice hazy, golden color. Aroma is of characteristic yeast, some banana, very spicy. Fruity pear/apricot flavors with plenty of spices and some nice alcohol warmth. Keeps up with the standard of yearly releases from the brewery. Slightly peppery, warm finish. Excellent.
LearninBeer (324) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is a sweet fruity smell with a hint of yeast and a slight banana and cherry smell. The head is very fizzy and off white in color and the lacing is very good. The body is cloudy and golden orange in color. The initial flavor is sorta sweet and bitter at the same time very delicious. The finish is long and enjoyable. The body is medium and the texture is watery but leaves a creamy feeling in your mouth. The carbonation is lively not fizzy like it pours. An excellant beer.