radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Celebration November 2004 at CapFlu’s place. Brown in colour, kind of cola like. Aroma is the typical Unibroue yeast, spicy, fruity, (plums, figs, raisins) with some sweetness. Flavour was spicy (peppery), yeasty, some chocolate, earthy. High carbonation, large body, heavy fizzy mouthfeel. Finishes spicy, warming and yeasty. Very enjoyable beer. Thanks for bringing this beer Rastacouere.
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a fine one by Unibroue.
Pours a nice cola brown,fairly cloudy with a tan head,still there after ten minutes.Nose is malt and plums.
I am really impressed with the taste of this one,Starts malt,plums cherry and spice,pretty earthy,but then goes into a sour cherry and citrus kick finishes up with lemon grass and dry malt.All that in a swallow..that is alot going on in a beer.
leaves a tingle on the tongue and a bit of warmth in the throat.
All in all a real nice beer.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cheers to David for bringing this new release to join the ancient Unibroue samples of the night. Couldn’t believe how much it seemed liked a cola pouring into the glass. Quickly realized that the plum,s, raisins, spices and sweet malts on the nose belied it actually being a cola though. Had the effervescence though, but some chocolate and some peppery spiciness too. At times seemed like a baby-"La Terrible" but without the complexity or powerful richness. Makes me wonder, along with the change in labelling style, whether the mass-market appeal marketing strategy of Sleeman’s had anything to do with the production. Still, a solid beer, and better than Sleeman could ever dream of doing.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle, imbibed gratefully thanks to Rastacouere, shared with him and CapFlu, tiggmtl, radiomgb, beerhugger, DumDum in Ottawa. Dark root beer pour...perfumy, pruny, raisin-maple-sweet nose...sweet currants, spicy white pepper, lingering long finish, warming...acidic, heavily carbonated, somewhat lemony and cola-like at the end. Not the best of the anniversaries, but pretty excellent anyway.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and spicy aroma is fairly yeasty and has notes of raisin and plum. Opaque brown with white head that recedes to thick ring. Tart yeast plays off against an almost cola-like sweetness with notes of chocolate and cherries. Some alcohol warming. Soft, creamy palate contrasts nicely with prickly carbonation on the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with beerhugger, CapFlu, DumDum, muzzlehatch, radiomb and Rastacouere.
CapFlu (4239) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 (750ml bottle) Pours a thin white head atop a deep mahogany body. Nose of yeast and iodine, band-aid and sweet malt. The flavours are tart and spicy - taking me down a snaking Thai gravel path leading to Oz. Minced lime leaves and coriander mystify and marvel. An earthy playground where children prance and chase one another through the long grasses. Huge carbonation that takes us all back to the soda fountain in that corner store in Moose Jaw. Yet this brew is only mildly sweetened malt and lacks the segregated electric-prunes I yearn. A big adventure - but not the big beer I had expected from a Unibroue annual? Perhaps it was the company I kept that fulfilled our adventuresome hearts. Thanks Rastacouere... I’ll take this path with you again soon.
GonZoBeeR (2751) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Odeur:Fruite,epice levure.Un bon gout de caramel de raisin.Un petit gout epice aussi.En bouche le caramel et l’alcool sont tres present.L’alcool reste tres longtemp.J’aime bien cette biere.On vois que meme avec l’achat par sleeman unibroue peut encore faire des bonnes bieres.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Brown color, thick, diminishing light brown head. Aroma of burnt caramel, fruit, maybe dates or figs, yeast,spices, alcohol vapors. Flavor of dates / figs, burnt caramel, cherries, mild roastyness, spices, I agree with Rastacouere it’s woody too. Bitter finish. Medium body, liquorous, almost visquous texture, strong carbonation that diminishes when the beer warms up. This beer is definitely better when it’s warmed-up (again I have to agree with Rastacouere ... ) All in all it’s pretty good, probably the special beer I like the least from Unibroue but at least it’s different from a spicy yeasty blonde. I’m curious to see how this beer will age and really willing to try the experience.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 750mL: Chestnut brown body, apparently quite fizzy. Head is initially diminishing as pouring, off-white. Fortunately for appearance’s sake, on the second pour, there was a nice 1cm well laced foam that lasted a long time (not hard with all that carbonation). Aroma is mostly dominated by the typical unibroue yeast. It has malty notes of creamy dry bananas, mold, dates etc, but seems like déjà vu and lacking character. Taste presented the same characteristics but more developped. Generous fruitiness (cherries, grapes, figs, dates) comes out on a woody, herbal and spicy (nutmeg, cloves, sage) display. Yeast supervises the flavor development and provide an off-dry tartness that I can’t make up my mind as to whether I enjoy it or not. Slight roasty astringency in the finish. Despite the fact that this never tastes 10%, the beer has let me down a bit overall I must say, I was glad to see it’s not just another unibroue blonde, but it’s never approaching Trois-Pistoles depth and complexity nor La Terrible’s malt richness and sensuous thickness and I don’t see how aging will change that. What we have seems more like a boosted irrésistible noire with the same yeast profile than the Terrible without much individual character. Still a good beer though. Let it warm though, not only does it look better and gives more head, the aroma becomes far more expressive, the taste feels more like a warming christmas ale (though it also feels sweeter, flavor which it was already very generous with) and the body gains a creamy maturity from the surprisingly thin-medium fizzy initial mouthfeel. IMO, this would do better with thicker malts providing not only a more elegant fruitiness and support to the intense carbonation, but also giving it a cigar/earthy balancing finish all while adding aromatic pleasure.