Minderbinder (1959) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours brown/very deep amber with no head. Aroma is of fruits, caramel, sugar, alcohol. Taste is of fruits, caramel, cardboard, water. Palate: Light-medium body. Overall: Not too bad, but clearly over the hill.
tom10101 (3009) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (750 ml). Acquired via trade. Dark brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is slightly fruity with cardboard and brown sugar. Taste is mostly of cardboard along with light fruits, brown sugar and some spices. Alcohol isn’t present at all. Medium body. Low carbonation. This beer was supposed to have been well stored but that’s doubtful considering how bad it was. Definitely past is prime.
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured a brown color with a small sized tan head. Yeast, some caramel, and some toastiness.
Damico (2646) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and murky, swampy brown with almost no head. Aroma has faded, but you get some tangy yeast for sure. Flavor brings tangy yeast dominant with some malty flavors as undertones.
superspak (2769) - Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 12/12/2011. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, apple, pear, molasses, brown sugar, toast, toffee, caramel, herbal, banana, pepper, clove, cinnamon, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big complexity and great balance of malt and fruity esters. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toast, herbal, banana, pepper, clove, cinnamon, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toast, toffee, herbal, banana, pepper, clove, cinnamon, oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark malt, spice, and fruity esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, earthy, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale! Big complexity and balance of malt and fruity esters; and dangerously smooth to sip on. An absolutely top notch offering all around.
Imaena (1868) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Got this one after it had been cellared ...by that i mean left n the shelf...a few years at a beer shop in Orno, ME. Pretty standard flavor palette for Unibroque. Little more alcohol warmth than expected.
SpringsLicker (3163) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellared until 9/2012
Clear dark brown with a minimal white head.
The aroma is sweet caramel and toast.
The flavor follows the aroma and adds a fruity spicy touch.
Smooth and very easy drinking. Hides it’s alcohol well.
OmegaX (1276) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with friends. Nose is big spicy yeast and toffee/caramel with some bready notes. Flavors match. No signs of alcohol. Not much else to say here except it’s an exceptional brew. I’ve come to expect nothing less from these folks at Unibroue.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew must have been properly stored, as it showed no signs of age. The nose was herbal and mellow with notes of toffee and light alcohol. Vanilla and caramel cover the mouth, and afterwards leaves and almost candied grapefruit aftertaste. Seriously good stuff here - thanks Jordan.
pushkinwow (2062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another old favourite opened at a Bartowel tasting that is showing signs of age. Clear mahogany with no head to speak off, bit of a white film. Madira, oak, figs, toffee, yeast and some oxidization. Very low carbonation, medium bodied, slightly sweet but with a mild bitterness on the finish along with more fruit. Past its prime but still interesting to try again after all these years.