Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Opaque dark brown colour. Aroma is lead by yeasty spicineness and not much else. Flavour is mainly plastic with some backing burnt sugar. Very simplistic and mailed-in. Did Van Steenberge brew this?
Lubiere (12401) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bought at Dép. de la Rive by NH. Dark brown ale with a thick moka head. Light yeasty aroma with light orange peels. In mouth, overcarbonated fizz black liquid, a mix of cigarette butches and coca-cola, the night agfter a party. John Sleeman, you bastard!!!
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Black body, nice creamy tan head. Initial aroma of corn sugar-dextrose like candy, light smokey afterthought. Dry toasty flavour is akin to a dilute Chambly Noire at times. Light palate. Disappointing, but a treat to try.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Any first impressions?
-A swiftly depleting head dissolves onto opaque darkness.
-Faint burnt molasses barely escape the black hole of a nose.
-A rather ample sweet malt body offers molasses and berries, but some surging oxidation quickly toppled them.
-The prickly carbonation expands distastefully over the malty sweetness.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some roastiness exists nearby the subdued tartness.
-Metallic shavings seem to have replaced the yeast.
-Green veggies slowly take over the burnt/roastiness in the nose.
-Considering the bulk of the previous ratings, I was expecting to be utterly disgusted, but I am simply...well, okay, repelled.
Bottled for the Quebec Carnaval.
blankboy (7076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky black with red hues and an average size off-white head. Aroma of slightly sour fruit, smoke and a sugary sweetness -- where’s the famous Unibroue aroma? Flavour, like the others mentioned, is of a watered down Chambly Noire but with an unpleasant aftertaste as well. Light bodied. This is pretty bad, I never thought I’d rate a Unibroue beer this low.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - my bottle, from turg. Poured black, with a decent off-white fizzy diminishing head. Aroma initially like a candy necklace, then grainy, then yeasty, then some smoky bitter dry roast malt emerged, with a hint of fruit. Taste was extremely weak - watery, slightly bitter, lightly roasty, but mostly just thin and nasty, and it gets less pleasant as it warms. Thin watery and fairly flat mouthfeel - this is a poor beer, not infected, just badly made, like an even lamer Chambly Noire.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a Pepsi-like head. Taste is unpleasant burnt malt, like over-toasted bread. I did not even notice the signature Unibroue yeast. Feels like a bad Chambly Noire batch which is a bad Unibroue to start with. The worst Unibroue so far. Fortunately this is not a permanent beer. Brewed (I hope) only once for the Quebec winter Carnaval. I tasted this beer “thanks” to siroy, and I used the word “thanks” very loosely. What did I do to the guy to deserve that? I thought we were friends.
CapFlu (5074) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(750ml bottle) I have seemingly found a "good" bottle? (Thanks Luc!) Pours a medium, foamy light brown head with a Trois Pistoles colour. Nose is very yeasty, coffee and even beef jerky with a lemon-citrus twist. Flavour is thin and watery. Mild plum, malt and a coffee tonic elixir. What happened here?
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Overly charred aroma is quite metallic with some soured fruit notes to it but none of the typical Unibroue yeast character. Dull dark brown body is topped by a low white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Sharp sourness, stale fruit and strong metallic flavours leave this undrinkable. It seems like it must be oxidized, yet the cork was tight and the carbonation was fine. Medium light body. Drainpour. It’s a shame that for such a limited edition it was so severely flawed. I guess we’ll never know what it was supposed to taste like. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from the fridge. Bottle (Grand Duc, Mar-05).
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 23, 2007
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
750 ml bottle a bit below cellar temperature, Unibroue glass (of course), March 2007. Fizzy dark tan head is quickly depleted atop the murky dark reddish-brown liquid…..faint raspberry-cherry notes and soft cocoa in the nose…..utterly bland, highly and seemingly artificially carbonated, a bit like a shot of YooHoo mixed in with Sprite and a bit of fruit juice, not really any beerlike qualities at all, dry and thin and a bit brackish/chalky to finish, near-repellant and perhaps a new low for this once-great brewer.