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Unibroue …dition 2005

Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Frothy blackberries galore reveal a light malt roastiness when burst...Exquisite blend of dark fruitiness and yeastiness, with underlying cloves and well-hidden alcohol warming...A festive berry sparkling ale of Trois-Pistoles inspiration...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (21892) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3477) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2004
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, Iíve 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2004 Dark brown and hazy although itís 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 itís fairly unique but thereís also something Iím not quite liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Celebration November 2004 at CapFluís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
Cheers to David for bringing this new release to join the ancient Unibroue samples of the night. Couldnít 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 Sleemanís had anything to do with the production. Still, a solid beer, and better than Sleeman could ever dream of doing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 9, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
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.

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