heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light banana ester in the aroma, and holy ethanol batman, this guy throws a huge alcohol aroma wrapped around the signature house spiciness. Dark and sweet, some phenolics, and huge huge alcohol flavor that's rather distracting. I'm not getting alot of malt complexity. Well made for sure, but not my cup of beer.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 Excellent Belgian! Murky yellow/orange color. Beautiful banana fragrance, and a creamy brown head. Tastes like banana, raisons, figs, chocolate and several other things too. Complex flavors that overwhelmed my novice pallet. (In a most excellent way!) I’ll be stockpiling this, and I know it will age and become even better, if that’s possible.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Toasted malt aromas with bananna and alcohol coming through also. Large light brown head that lasted a while, dark brown almost black color. The up front flavor was moderately sweet with a light sweet finish with some phenolic flavors. Very complex and a very good Belgian Ale.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good dark beer but has that certain underlying flavor which is a chraracteristic of all Unibroue beers. I just noticed this: Unibroue=one brew?
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clingy little tan head, velveety brown body. nice lace. yeasty, winey, ripe sweet fruits, nice alcohol presence. woody notes hit with a leathery sweetness, more chocolatey as it warms. big full mouthfeel, foams up a bit then astringency leaves some dry grainy malt character. a steadily building warmth. malt profile and alcohol of a dopplebock, aroma and mouthfeel of a dubbel.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Okay, so I was trying to think of a clever way to say that the name directly implies how this tasted, then I find out that it is rated quite high. While this doesnt change my review in any way, I just think that now I am missing something, or (more likely) you guys are all crazy. This stuff is near black in colour. I am getting TONS of yeast and wheats in the nose and taste. Right there is where this goes wrong with me. I just dont like that flavour. There is some currents but that yeast just doesnt do it for me.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. A near-black ale with mahogany highlights that pours with a fizzy, mostly diminishing head. Full aroma of fruit, spices, and yeast. Moderately lively palate holds rich flavors of plums, black currants, stewed fruit, and port wine. Some roasted bitterness in the background, along with some slight pepperiness from the alcohol that is otherwise hidden. Increasingly mellow as it warms. An accomplished beer, just lacking that little bit extra.
Crockett (1089) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 I cannot say enough about this beer. I've had it on many occasions and it is always great, sometimes amazing... A little tempermental and nicer if it has warmed a little. Beautiful bottle. Great name. Powerful. Cork, 750ml bottle conditioned. Nice caramelly nose of dried fruit. Off white small bubble head. Opaque. Complex fruity, burnt sugar, plummy/fig flavour. Some coffee. Yeasty. Many Port-like characteristics. Great mouth feel. Stunning. Extremely well crafted beer. It's funny I've yet to see a five out of five. Easily one Unibroue's best. I'd love to do a vertical tasting. Great for aging.
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome! Riche Belgian-like brown-sugar, plum, raisen in the nose and the palate. A most enjoyable beer....putting a few down to age, we'll see in a year....
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small off-white head that rims the glass. Lots of fruit and yeast in the aroma. Plums and cherries. Flavors are rich and complex. Malt and yeast followed by a decent alcohol tingle. Body is smooth and perfect. A good offering.