omhper (20931) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Bottled. Nut brown, lively head. Banana aroma. Sweet, fruity and estery with some almond. Somewhat syrupy, but with soft, sparkling mouthfeel. More dryish finish with some grass.
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful dark brown and muddy body with lively carbonation and reddish glints. Superb thick and lasting beige foamy head. Aroma is surprisingly mild. Beside the typical Unibroue yeastiness, we can detect various notes of fruits (dark cherries, grapes), spices, and even vanilla. A light touch of alcohol (for a 10% beer) tends to develop after a certain time. Taste is well balanced, but lacks complexity and richness. Finish is relatively mild and short for that kind of beer (the overaccentuated yeasty aftertaste partly explains a lack of bitterness). When I saw that nice dark beer, I’ve been expecting something as good as La Terrible or Trois-Pistoles (I even drank it in my Trois-Pistoles glass!), but I am sort of disappointed. This is still a good beer, but I think I am gonna drink something else during the cold winter nights to come...
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2004 Dark brown and hazy although it’s dark enough you can barely see the haze. Amazing spicy malty aroma. Loaded with flavour and a lot of different flavours. There are definitely some different flavours in here then their other dark beers so it’s fairly unique but there’s also something I’m not quite liking.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 Dark orange-brown beer with a thick and lasting off-white head. Sweet spicy aroma of gingerbread, toast, cookie dough, light prunes/raisins, cherry and bubble gum. Coriander, clove, cinnamon spice atop bready malts and a typical Unibroue yeast. Flavour is quite sweet, showing toffee, butterscotch, cherries, toasted malts along with some plum and bubble gum esters. Has a long, sweet, spicy finish, displaying prominent nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Gorgeous soft carbonation. Delicious.
radiomgb (2481) - 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 (164) - 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 (4420) - 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 (4762) - 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.