freeofthoughts (647) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap pours red black with dense foamy head. Simple grainy aroma slightly sweet with a little Belgian flair. The flavor starts ok with some nice dried darker fruits of apples grapes raisins and a smooth barely sweet grain. It never evolves into much but stays a seemingly simple smooth Belgian brew. Not much roasted flavor for being very dark. Very smooth tho, not much wrong with this new just not much jumping out boldly, impressive in it’s moderateness. Lightly tingly tart on the backend but hardly there, mostly smooth grains with a touch of Belgian fruits and a dash of drying bitterness.
jeremyh70 (668) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque dark brown in glass with ruby highlights. A finger or more of off white head and decent but not great lacing. Smells of molasses and some fruit. Not much sweetness in taste however with yeast dominating and a bit of spiciness. Not as much carbonation as most Belgian style ales and a moderate to thin mouthfeel. An alright beer but not as complex as it should be and not balanced enough, skewing to far to the yeast flavors. Could drink again to have another try. Bought in Liberty at Olive or Twist.
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chinchill (1724) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2013 Old (best before 2009) 750ml corked bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Intact cork and solid pop upon removal gave hope that this beer aged well. My hopes were quickly confirmed by the aroma and flavor, both of which feature dark fruits and neither of which had any obvious defects. There is some wood in the nose but that is supposed to be there. This is no extreme beer, and the Belgian aspect is played down a bit, but it is still a fine, rich and complex ale. Near creamy-smooth feel [4.25] with an excellent, medium level of carbonation.
O: excellent and recommended, although I prefer at least a couple of other Unibroue brews, including Maudite.
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, best by 10/30/2010 (oops). Pours a dark brown with a thick white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, raisin, light fruits, dark malts. Flavor is quite malty with light fruits and some soda. Obviously this beer is not at its prime, so I won’t slam it. I can tell that it’s a pretty decent Belgian ale though. I would not recommend aging it!
Tricker (272) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bière noire de 6.2 % d’alcool. Elle possède un odorat sucré et un petit col au versement. Elle possède un goût sucré, mais également un goût âcre, comme un goût de liqueur dégazéifiée. Elle possède aussi un goût céréalier (sarrasin) avec un légère amertume en finale, du type torréfaction. Correcte !
douglas88 (5840) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle thanks to pushkinwow . Pours a clear ruddy color with a large white head. A big malty, fruity and yeasty nose. The flavor has that dominant Unibroue yeast, big strawberries, caramel, pepper. Very good. Super clean and tasty. Tastes bigger than it is.
BeerGolem (663) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bouteille 341 ml. Servie dans un verre trappiste. Robe noire, léger collet blanc-beige. Un peu de dentelle. Arôme peu enveloppante: levure et malt. Goût malté, avec des notes de fruits noirs et d’alcool. La bière n’est pas mauvaise, mais elle n’a pas grand chose de spécial. On pourrait la décrire comme une version allégée de la Maudite ou de la Fin du monde...
fezzy (79) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One last lonely bottle bearing the label and old name, discontinued in 2009, caught me off-guard in a local liquor store. As the Unibroue website claims this ages nicely over 2-4 years, I snapped it up! Much to my disappointment, aging didn’t turn it into an uber-beer. It didn’t seem to suffer from too much oxidation, but is was not astounding. Very low carbonation; tiny head which faded almost immediately. Dark brown-black, slightly mohagony in color, with a nose of largely musty malt. Dark fruit or raisin flavors, an more musty, roasty malts upon tasting, not getting much complexity as far as the spectrum of Belgians goes. A little stickiness on the palate, but fairly drinkable. Overall, worth trying, but definitely a beginner/intro to begian dark ales, as the commercial description claims - nothing too out of the ordinary, but therefore a little on the mediocre side.
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. dark brown with small head. sweet with plum and raisin. thick mouthfeel, slightly syrupy.
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprised I haven’t put a review up for this guy. The pour is dark brown amber in the body with a fluffy beige head and strong carbonation. The nose is fruity, mildly malted with tofee and caramel malts. A bunch of sweetness in the middle with a great caramel and toffee malt and a bit of a mild bitterness. Well balanced and fruity with a bit of bitterness throughout. Overall, fantastic.