jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper-amber with a large off-white head. The immediate aroma is very yeasty (that familiar Unibroue yeast) and bready, but this is joined by some pepper and alcohol as the head recedes. There’s something else, too, something not quite woody but not quite floral, almost...leafy. The flavor is distinctly Unibroue, with an added citric kick and a much better blending of flavors than that which occurred in the 15. Long, almost tannic (or the beer form of tannic) aftertaste. Another quite drinkable, if not unique, anniversary offering from the North.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dirty caramel, reddish hues, fairly dark and cloudy, large frothy off-white head, clingy lacing. Bright bready nose, slightly floral, a bit herbal, with a soft sweetened charcoal aspect. Definitely smells like the typical Unibroue. Warming bready malts up front, dull floral flavors, rounded out with a strong sweet breadiness. This beer drinks like a meal. Body and mouthfeel are quite well rounded, as most Unibroue examples are. However, I find this example not as entertaining as Don de Dieu, La Fin du Monde, or Maudite. Good, but a fairly average brew for a Unibroue Anniversary.
ABUSEDGOAT (2564) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber with a moderate head, good lacing, average retention. Aroma is spiced with coriander and has strong yeast notes. Various citrusy fruits as well with some light caramel. Medium bodied with a dry lightly alcohlic finish. Enjoyable but so predictable.
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well, well what do we have here. I might be a little fluish right now, but that is not going to stop me from drinking, and whenever I drink something new I really try to record it here. A deep amber, honeyed pour brings forth sweet candied sugars, prevalent malt and a tickling spiciness. Flavors are rich and delicious. Certainly the sugars work for this one, exposing light caramel, candi sugar, hints of vanilla and warming fruits dancing in the background. The finish is classically phenolic, spicy belgian; this one in particualr alluding to an enticing touch of ginger and baking spice. Mmmm. I think I will add another "M" as well. Very smooth, full-bodied and artfully crafted. Yup, these guys rock. And if you don’t agree with this, well the large, elegant 750mL bottle makes for a perfect club I can bludgeon the proper opinion into your soft, soft skull. Cheers.
fishead (28) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle - chalice. Poured out a somewhat bland, reddish-brown. Nothing really jumping out at me. I picked up several bottles to lock away in storage, and imagine it will get much better with age.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of Unibroue’s better offerings of late. There’s a lot going on here, and it’s kept well under control. The body’s pale amber, slightly cloudy, with a frothy white head. The aroma is sweet caramel, yeast, vanilla, wheat, warm spices, cherries and citrus fruits, and a slight touch of alcohol. When swirling this through the mouth, the individual flavors that are reflected in the aroma show up individually, then in various combinations. It finishes on a sweet/tart note with a low alcohol burn. Certainly worth investigating some more.
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MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Its reassuring floral spiciness and yeast-driven breadiness benefits from the appropriately expansive Belgian-style carbonation to whip up an impressively classy mouthfeel. Unibroue haven’t reinvented the wheel, but they’ve brewed yet another excellent Belgian Strong Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick head of tight-bubbled foam comfortably reigns atop the mesmerizing orange-red fire.
-Yeasty spiciness and subtle sucre d’orge sweetness evoke Unibroue-déjà-vu in the nose.
-It finishes dry and delicately spicy.
-Alcohol shows up a bit, but only to warm the back of the sip.
-I don’t think you can say something wrong about this, unless you speak about your personal tastes. It is seamless and perfectly brewed.
Bottle; rather fresh.
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Wow, I’m lucky #13 to rate this. What an honor, since that is the number I wore as an all state baseball and football player in Central PA! As a tribute to Fred Eckhardt, I listened to this beer, and it sounded like a sizzling steak! The head was brobdingnagian, and the glass looked like vanilla milkshake residue when I finished, but let’s not put the cart before the horse here. The pour was turbid deep reddish brown with a 3-finger, creamy, well retented off-white head that got bigger and badder with every repour. I got aromas of caramel malt, Wheaties, pumpernickly bread, figs, cherries, hops, citrus, cabernet, and cognac. The palate was lively as hell, with carbonation all over the place, and flavors of caramel malt, citrus, hops, some funky figgy fruity yeasty notes, brown sugar, cabernet, and a finish that got more floral and spicy and Bell/black peppery as it warmed. This one has well hidden alcohol, is very complex, and is one that I sure hope Capone’s saved me more of. Well done by Unibroue, which I thought had been bought be Sleeman, but now I see Sapporo as the brewer. Damned if I didn’t catch some sesame/ginger oils in this as well. Bravo to Unibroue for doing this one the way it deserved to be done. This one matched well with my Guhrka Regent cigar, and I’m sure it would meld well with an aged cheddar, regardless of whether it talked to you as much as it did me or not.
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first ever attempt at drinking a Unibroue. Usually I’m not much of a Belgian beer fan, but this was very good. Amazing fruity concoction and a creamy aftertaste. Definitely effervescent on the tongue. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Beer Society for this one! Great choice.
JPDIPSO (5570) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy copper color with a taller heavy cream colored head that fades to a fingers worth of foam. Certainly smells like a Unibroue. Mild caramel and cream, hints of wintergreen and lightly herbal hops. Orange blossoms and trace of bubblegum as well. Soft and quite bubbly across the palate. Lots of light fruit tickling the tongue. A quality fruit salad, with some citrus and pineapple to perk it up. Some spices of mace and cloves weave there way through the taste. Malt really comes out in the finish and linger. With just a glimpse of alcohol. While at times it seems simple, it has enough dimensions to make this a very enjoyable brew. A nice sweet sixteen.