probstblueribbon (2632) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Marche Atwater, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Very deep brown-black with a very modest tan head.
Aroma: Alcohol, brightness, fruitiness, yeast, berries, dark, dried fruits, caramel, a brothy note, some earthy citrus, a touch of wild funk, some brown sugar bordering on molasses, more tangy fruit, lots of sour cherries, all of a sudden, really nice and it aged well.
Palate: Medium+ body, smooth, moderate effervescence.
Flav.: Minty root beer/cola herbals, nice fruits, both dark dried and slightly brighter, more mint, caramel and toffee in a bright way, some yeast note, though quite restrained, a bit of oxidation as hazelnuts/Sherry, wonderfully drinkable stuff!; sweet with sufficient bitterness and acidity for balance and a warm, alcoholic, fruity malt finish.
This is splendid stuff. It aged very nicely.
brokensail (9213) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a slightly muddled mahogany color with a decent sized off-white head.
S: Starts off with sweet caramel and dark fruits. Perhaps a regular ol’ BSDA without herbs? The rest of the nose is toffee, chocolate, and a bit of roast. Yes, a regular BSDA.
T: Flavor opens up with brown sugar, plums, cherries, raisins, and caramel. There’s a mild chocolate flavor to it as well as a bit of a spice note, seems to be all-spice. Pretty tasty, actually.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation to it.
D: A pretty solid beer, especially for being five years old. I wouldn’t mind ticking this one again.
mcberko (4863) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours dark brown / black with a small beige head. Aroma of yeast, light dark fruits, various spices, and bread. Flavour begins with dried fruits (figs, dates) and moves into various potent spices. Very nice, though not amongst their most superior brews.
georgebrassin (176) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy brown / red with no head. Aroma is caramel, sugar, cherry, other fruits, molasse. Medium body and low carbonation. Taste is cherry, molasse, caramel.
Metalchopz (2025) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a hazy rhubarb red and brown with a super big creamy off-white head. Retention was very good. Lacing was thick and foamy. Carbonation was very high. The aroma was mostly the distinctive Unibroue beer on the lees scent. Wow, this beer is very smooth. For a 10% ABV, it went down very well. It tasted sweet, but not too sweet. The mouth was very complex. Berries were exploxing everywhere, and mostly cherries. There was a slight sourness and some bitterness at the finish. Fruits are all over, even the aftertaste is great revealing a full garden. I have purchased 2 other corked bottles (750ml) of this brew and have stored them in my cellar for future tastings in years to come (originally rated February 2005).
arminjewell (5233) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish brown with off white head, vinous, dark fruit, and some caramel on the nose. Taste is vinous, a bit tart, maybe a touch oxidated working well with the caramel and dark fruit with a sweet finish. Pretty good!
KnutAlbert (5571) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2010.
Sweet beer - honey, spices, apricot jam.
jesperhammer (2517) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No idea what this was before tasting.
No doubt it is a belgian strong ale, with all the characteristigs: figs, bread, yeast, dried fruit.
Also slightly sour.
Very maltbased, very fine.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Bockyhorsey. Thanks Bill! Red brown pour with an off-white head. Lots of yeast and dark fruit, a bit of sourness. Pretty good stuff.
TheJester (1656) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Very little "pop" when opened, although it has been stored properly since I bought it in 2008. Before then, who knows. Hazy, rusty brown with no head. There is a strong, vinuous aroma of alcohol and bruised apple. There is lots of spice in the sweetish flavour, along with the same alcohol and apple cider. Little carbonation left. I probably left this one a little too long.