darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This had some good mixes of spices, herbs and fruit. Sure looks good following the pour. To me it was a bit sweet and the alcohol was definitely present in the tasting.
Dredd (772) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a magnificent beer and shows that new world beers can certainly match and exceed old world beers (ir Belgium)in a similar way that Australian Wine has kicked ass over the French. This is a standout beer that has great estery/banana flavours and could easily be the best beer that i have had made outside Belgium. It certainly tastes a lot cleaner than some of the Belgium beers out there today.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a thick head that collapses fast. Nice blonde color with some carbonation. Interesting aroma of banana and citrus. Mild bitterness followed by a sweet citrus flavor. Maybe some pepper or spicy notes also. Very smooth and enjoyable.
rajendra82 (1022) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bubbly, pale gold appearance with a tall 2 inch rocky head crowning outside the goblet. There is a good deal of streaming carbonation in the underlying liquid. The head dies down in a fairly short time, leaving lots of lace around the glass.
Aroma is perfumey-sweet with notes of bananas, grapes, cane sugar, and hay. In short, what I expect from a Belgian, but without the funky sour notes.
Taste is sweet (pears, apples, caramel, cherry) with a dose of lime-lemon sourness. There is also a peppery zest in the aftertaste. The overall taste is a bit milder than I anticipated. There is a lot of creamy smoothness, and a mellow blended quality with none of the flavors stepping in front as dominant.
This is a very nice take on a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but is not quite in the same class as the great Duvel. I do hope the new owners of Unibroue leave this one alone.
Sammy (10564) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
After warming to room temperature, you can taste some of the strong alcohol and the carbonation. Not most flavorful of Unibrou but a good beer to have again. with my mates we thought it merely a good beer. Perhaps the cloves.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. A hazy yellow-coloured ale that pours with a white, frothy (almost fizzy) head that mostly collapses. The aroma is citrusy, but with a herbal character—lemongrass, maybe?—with some lightly biscuity notes there as well. Light-to-medium body with a very lively carbonation that moderates somewhat to reveal a slightly syrupy body. The brisk carbonation competes with the flavour and inhibits appreciation of the crisp, dry, hay- and straw-like malt character, and the sweetly acidic lemon, apple, and celery tastes. Coriander and peppery spiciness is fairly restrained. Increasingly dry finish highlights the herbal, grassy hoppiness. The bottle gushed upon opening, so the racy carbonation may have simply gotten carried away in this particular bottle. Will re-rate if this is the case. Good, but there are better Belgian-style strong blond ales.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
When the news broke about Sleeman taking over Unibroue I thought, oh well, its not the end of the world. Well, while this one is I hope that its age has something to do with the quality of this beer. I bought this from a grog shop which used to be known for its great variety of beers. Now it is concentrating on wine and so I only found this after a bit of poking around. It was sitting there with 2 of its colleagues and so I thought it was a bargain to buy 3 for $10. My first point before reviewing this is therefore that I had tried a beer of indeterminate age, but given that this is ’on lees’ I would have thought that age would not weary, but improve this beer. Anyway it poured as a medium orange beer with a thin head. Very low in carbonation too. The nose is a pleasant light sultana with fleeting citrus notes. The flavour may be the result of bottle time as this has a distinctive sherry like character with a bit of mustiness. The body for this ABV is surprising as it tastes quite thin. The dry back palate is acceptable but apart from the alcohol kick that eventually arrives I don’t feel it really be the end of the world if Sleeman makes changes to the Unibroue range. Maudite and Trois Pistoles are the standouts to me with all the others being also rans.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lively head large bubbles moving fast. Light fruity aroma, flavor is very refreshing a little sweet and fruity but also a bit tart. Alcohol is completely hidden 9% and I would honestly drink this on a hot day when thirsty
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Nice malty and fruity aroma (definitely citrus but also something else that I can't pinpoint). Nice hazy orange color with a fair amount of sediment that enters the glass as I pour the last fifth of the bottle. Nice white head with a slight amount of retention. Not much lacing. Nice malty and fruity taste that intensifies with the finish. Very slight alcohol taste, but not much. Nice sweet aftertaste. Excellent beer!
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Damn, this is fun to look at. Lots of floating yeast dancing up the glass as the huge attack of carbonation in the initial pour carries it up to the top. This stuff behaves like champagne before it settles! Pale, murky, translucent orange color. Aroma is spicy with definite hints of coriander and citrus. Flavor is malty and sweet, with more coriander and other spices, as well as some banana and other fruit that I can't pinpoint, possibly some peach. Feels quite nice and rich. This is the strongest beer I've had yet (until it's overtaken in the next few days), and it's hard to believe that this stuff has almost 1/4 the alcohol density as a typical 80-proof liquor, but I'm drinking 12 ounces of it! This hits pretty hard! I do detect some alcohol in the nose when I get way into the glass. Overall, this isn't quite my thing (yet), but this is a strong, drinkable, quality brew that deserves a shot.