MartinT (7317) - 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 (6103) - 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 didn’t 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 US… for some bad reason. Still, thanks Barry.
hopscotch (8394) - 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 (3760) - 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 (6250) - 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 (713) - 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 (311) - 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.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2007 2005 bottle consumed (partly) on 2/11/2006 at EBF. Bright gold-apricot colors with just the faintest strawberry-blonde hue, and overtones of copper. Vigorously carbonated at first and true to the brewer, mountains of rocky, off-white to light beige colored head that is retained very well and provides ample lacing. The nose is replete with plenty of fruitiness. It breaks away from its predecessors by providing more of a soft cherry and dry strawberry notes, with light black pepper and some cinnamon-coated apples. But before it really gets too spicy or fruity, a balancing honey-almond maltiness emerges, not terribly sweet, but adding marvelous complexity to the already interesting fruitiness. Also lacking (not in a bad way) is the huge doughy yeastiness classic of this line. It’s certainly there to some extent, but more dry and fluffier. The combo of cherries, honey, dry, tastefully done yeastiness and light spicy pepperiness comes off so softly, I’m left in awe that this beer is mere months old. The flavor continues the trend, with more cherries, light lemons and spongecake maltiness. Soft honey and almonds round it out, with only a light pepperiness and some minor phenols. Alcohol does make an appearance, adding a bit of sharpness, but it’s absorbed well by the creamy/sticky texture of the malt and wheat. The transition from highly estery, medium strenght fruits, to soft fluffy honey and light pepper, to dried out alcohol warmth and yeast that you expect from Unibroue truly provides a unique take on the style. It definitely pulls from a couple different existing Uni beers, with some notes of 10, 2004, trois pistoles among others. Body is medium, with a fair amount of attenuation clearing it of any chance of being cloying. Carbonation settles out well. Alcohol, aside from the dryness and warming I mentioned, is not a problem. Isn’t it wonderful to see how well Unibroue is doing under Sleeman!