IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown, almost black, thin tan head, not long lasting. Looked like a Belgian schwarzbier. Dark fruit aroma: plum, raisin, currant, along with dark malts, and the Unibroue yeast. Flavor was slightly fruity, had notes of caramel, chocolate, and sweet dark malt. Full bodied with plenty of alcohol warming. I had a very nice time drinking all 750ml of this.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 As you can see by the rating, I didn't much care for this. Very dark, minimal head, sweetness that masks the alcohol.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2003 Dark brown with mahogany highlights and a thin off white head. Aroma of clove, pepper, anice, spice and dark fruit. Medium creamy syrupy palate with very lively carbonation and a nice alcohol warmth. Makes my entire mouth tingle. Flavor is mostly sweet and vinous, with notes of pepper, dark fruit, anise, brandy, molasses and grass. As it warms up, chocolate and roast notes become more apparent. Very good.
DYCSoccer17 (3383) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 I was kinda wasted when I rated this, so it may not be totally accurate. Pours opaque dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma is of sweet fruitiness, brown sugar? Start is sweet--maybe apples. Middle is bitter with some hoppiness. Bitter finish.-------& aug, 2006) 2 year old vintage. Nose has some roasty, chocolate notes with some definite anise present. There are also lots of dried fruits, raisins. I detect a slight touch of what appears to be cardboardy oxidation. Mildly transparent dark mahogany color with a disappointingly small light tan head that is listless and quickly dissipating. This may be due to the age of the bottle, though. Sweet, roasty, vinous raisin-like flavor with chocolate goodies. Decadent, rich, warming, smooth. Great stuff. Now I need to rate a current version after the Sleeman takeover...
Nuffield (3718) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stronger clove/spice flavor than many I've had lately, with grapefruit as well. Very dark chestnut color and all-around goodness. Frothy and life with lots of malt. Yum. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)
BillPierce (22) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 This is truly an outstanding beer, a wonderful dark brown Belgian strong ale with rich chocolate, toffee and dried fruit flavors as well as a subtle spiciness. The finish is sweet, perhaps slightly too much so, and vinous, with a lot of alcohol warmth but also remarkably smooth for a for a beer this big. It's not quite the ecstasy of of a Westvleteren 12 or a Rochefort 10 but it's certainly in that territory and even more rich, the equal of Chimay Grande Reserve. Unibroue has hit a home run this time. Serve it with a dark dessert and dazzle yourself and your friends.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with little head. Flavors of fresh ground grain, oatmeal, dried fruit. Has a lot of sweet malt, almost flat cola flavor to it. Finish is above average on how smooth it is.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
D-d-d-d-d-damn. Pours dark. Nose is ominous, rich, dark, fruity, and strong. Flavor is full of raisins, molasses, chocolate, and darkness. Creamy, zippy, just lovely stuff, very unique.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Initially quite bitter nose gives way to Unibroue's characteristically spicy yeast. Dark brown to black color, with a crispy tan head. Flavor is yeasty, vinous, roasty, slightly bitter with some chocolate. Funny stuff--halfway between a stout and a tripel, but with an oddly thin mouthfeel. Interesting, but maybe not quite up to its hyper around these parts.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very spicy, toasty flavor - definitely the best from the Austin gathering. Extremely nice Belgian. Right up next to the Roch 10, but a little more pepper, and some surprising sweetness. The alcohol is there, but hidden behind all the other flavors. Unibroue - send some more my way!