skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2006 Re-rate
A solid couple samples three years later reveal a wonderful winter warmer. As rich andcomplex as many classified as Quads.
Potent alcohol in the nose, nice ruddy brown color. Mostly nutty, with minimal fruitiness. More malt is required to carry the stiff ABV. Strongly acidic and dry. Lots of mouth action.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A deep rich toastiness to the aroma; dark roasted, black cherry-ish maltiness. Strong presence of yeast. Complex and very satisfying. A terrific beer by one of the best breweries out there! (Although, the Unibroue 11, in my opinion still reigns supreme!)
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Malty and spicey. a sweet taste and a good aftertaste. A dark color. A really good beer. I'm a huge fan of Unibroue, and this may be their best.
Jfishback13 (273) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent and interesting beer. Spices and dark belgian flavors shine in this one.
PorterPounder (7333) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Expected a little bit more - but still a damn good brew. Dark brewed tea appearance, tight off-white head. Candy-sweet aroma with a bit of waffle syrup thrown in for good measure. A little too carbonated for my tastes which seems to be a Unibroue characteristic. Flavor has lements of dates, sweet chocolate with a intriguing back end of spiciness. Very complex - does not fall apart - just not melded together as well as most Belgians.
Aurelius (5070) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great appearance. Yeasty, standard Unibroue aroma -- which is good. If I closed my eyes, I wouldn't have know that it was dark, except for a slight syrupy twinge. I was a bit disappointed in this for being a 98 percentile beer. On balance, I'd buy the Don de Dieu instead.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark murky brown pour. Big lasting tan head. Malty sweet yet slightly spicey aroma. Big inital sweet taste that is washed away by a complex mix of flavors and mouthfeels. Alot of dark fruit and spicey phenolic things going on. A little yeasty Belgian flavors on the finish. Fizzy dry palate with a good alcohol warming. I liked it.
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown body topped by a cream-colored head that fizzes, but doesn't seem to get any smaller very fast. The aroma is nicely spicy, a little alcohol. Nice spicy belgian character in the flavor, but a nice clean maltiness (almost like the malt in a pilsner) rides underneath keeping it from being overbearing. The alcohol is really only felt, not as much tasted or smelled. Good beer.
Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Bottle - Poured a pitch-black beer with a nice huge dark head. Carbonation is excellent and aroma is really vinous with alcohol also perceptible. Complex flavor that includes spice, raisin and a bit of roastiness. Overall, this is a great beer that could rival some of the great strong Belgian ale but the alcohol flavor is bit too strong and should have been subtler.
Re-rate Spet 2005: Shared a 4 year old bottle with my friend Stephane and this beer has aged perfectly. The alcohol sharp taste as completly disapeared and has been replaced with more raisins notes. Wow!!!
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a bark brown color with a thin white head. Has a banana aroma. Flavors of raisins, figs, bananas, and plums.