luminara (4) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2009 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Found at Corvallis Brewing Supply. Amazing brew - flavors of honey and raspberry with a slight Belgian yeastiness that is not at all overdone. This goes straight to the top of my favorites list - up with Corsendonk Pale and Schell Einbecker Doppelbock (MN). I could drink this all night...
TonyDiUlio (653) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours a hazy brown with great head. aroma is tar apple and pear. flavor is tart with pears. harsh in a great way. amazing on the palate. happy Valentineís day indeed.
jellybeanriot (27) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 Whoa. Outstanding brew. Pours a lovely cloudy reddish amber with a fluffy head that leaves behind some nice lacing. Citrusy, spicy aroma. White grapes, green apple, citrus, spice, alcohol, with maltiness and perhaps a little sweetness/tartness in the flavor. Palate is pretty much perfect. And boy, is this one strong.
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2010 Deep ruby, a bit cloudy; a thin sticky head laces nicely. Nose is incredibly deep; keeps on developing new nuances. Rich ripe fruits, a hint of toast and herbs (I get mint, tarragon and pepper), and yeast, all wrapped in a powerful Unibroue flavor. Taste is somewhat sweet but not overpowering (unless you sacrilegiously try to guzzle it); sticky mouthfeel that seems to clean the mouth. Long aftertaste is very pleasant; right now Iím tasting caves and apples. Excellent.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 BB December 2009. Pours a dark, orangey, coppery amber color with a nice murky and effervescence look and an enormous head that almost gets in the way. After a few minutes it settles to a full, off-white with tan hints, creamy/fluffy head and is mostly lasting with lots of excellent lacing. Nose is like a complex Golden Belgian (like the Duvel-types) and quite potent. Spicing noted first with pepper, clove, and nutmeg, with fruits like apple and pears and maybe grapes, plenty of yeasty esters creating a banana bread tone and a note of pie crust. Taste is similar but with great malty tones to balance the Golden notes. Fruits are the same (grapes, pears, apples) but white grapes are now more prominant and with some almost plum-like tones; spicing is more complementary with clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon creating a pie crust note and some caramel as backing tones. It is quite yeasty and notes of banana are apparent; it dries out some with some almost floral notes and some balancing bitterness to round it out. Palate is soft to lively and medium-bodied with a very delicate feel and a round texture; warmth felt but very fitting for the beer. Finishes with plum, grape, cinnamony pie crust leaving ghostly and quickly, but a lingering, estery, floral, lighly bitter note remains for some time. Besides the outrageous head, this was truly something of an anomoly for such a light-type beer and it was strangely complex compared to others of the typical Duvel-type style. It was a combination of a great Golden Belgian and a Chimay Blue-type Dark Belgian which was really quite amazing and surprisingly more to my liking than I thought it would be. My favorite from a very good brewery, and hopefully something that will age well and/or be sold for years to come.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazey, amber honey color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is remarkable. Takes forever to reduce and the final lacing is a fluffy blanket. Aroma of moist dessicated stone fruit, bananas, herbs, beef jerky, and Belgian granite. Full nectar w/ ample residual effers creating a cottony texture. A mild sweetness w/ a big malty backbone consisting of banana and vanilla cream, the nectar of kiwi, passionfruit, peaches, nectarine, and wild apple. Slight gingerbread. The pleasant tartness from a ripe strawberry. Posseses a defined spicey character. Throughout the whole sip a playful tartness runs rampant tantalizing my taste buds. I walk away and the whole while Iím thinking to myself, did I just eat a kiwi ? The finish is long on flavor w/ a equalizing bittering component from the acidic/peachpit realm. A magnificent brew indeed. Highly recommended.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle. Pours to a cloudy, deep caramel color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is exellent, with lots of good sweet malty aromas, paired with funky/earthy yeasty aroma, and fruity/plummy aroma. The palate is firm, with lots of good sweet and caramel malt flavors, paired with good estery fruit flavor, hints of tobacco, and spicy/funky yeast flavors. This beer finishes with lots of big sweet malt, fruit and yeast up front, then ends with some peppery alcohol that lingers. Complex, flavorful beer, with a ton of character. Wonderful aperitif or digestif beer, and would be a nice beer to match with hearty dishes.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 75cl bottle from Willow Bend Liquors (Tampa). Pours a dark, brown with a thick, creamy white-tan head that settles quickly but provides ample lacing on the glass. Aroma: Sweet caramel overtones with hints of sweet, ripe fruit and honey. Flavor: Sweet malt, spices, caramel, and honey. Medium-bodied ale with a sweet, lingering finish. Perfect balance of sweetness. malt and alcohol. Too bad Unibroue doesnt make this every year!
DocLock (8341) - 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, Iím 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 letís 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 Caponeís 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 didnít 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 Iím sure it would meld well with an aged cheddar, regardless of whether it talked to you as much as it did me or not.
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - APR 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. although i have gotten a bit jaded with some special beers from this brewery, iíve found the last few revisits to be so so. this one is nice. ginger snap aroma comes up from this hazed amber brown body with an eggshell colored thick head. sweet flavor with a warming tinge of alcohol. herbal notes come through well. all this from just one sip, this is goingf to be a fun bottle. blueberry and black cherry mix with the yeasty plum notes. light banana in the finish. this does get a bit drier on the finish, but keeps the sweetness going. manages to quench my thirst while being this sweet. very nice beer, iíll grab some more of these while they last.