mribm (445) - Hurley, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
750 ml. Bottle.Smells and tastes like every other Belgian...just like a spicy banana. I can't tell the difference between any Belgian beers...they all taste and smell like spicy bananas! This beer was slightly better because it was 10.5% ABV and it masked it very well. I'm not sure why everybody goes crazy over these spicy banana Belgian beers. They are ALL the same! I keep trying Belgian beers to see if I can find one that tastes like anything other than bananas. To date, I have found no such animal. It reminds me of the bubblegum that used to come in the Monkees music group trading cards in the 1960's. This lived up to it's name!
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong raisin aroma with hints of spritziness, dark purplish brown with a nice tight tan head, some spicy notes up front along with candy and raisin and some sour flowery notes towards the finish, overall it tastes like liquid velvet
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly dark brew. Aroma is of dark fruits and mildly malty. Mouthfeel is foamy @ first but as beer settled and warmed up became soft and inviting. Flavor was sweet but still sharp with hints of, again, dark fruits and malts. Alcohol well masked.
I wonder how much better this would be with careful aging.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent. In my opinion the best example of a belgian strong ale from unibroue. Will need to try again from more specific notes.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown body, tan head, sweet fruity nose with strong banana notes. Rich body with varied fruits; complex. Unibroue house character abounds. Alcohol hidden well. Sweet but with a hint of sourness.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
After this beer has been teasing me on the front page of ratebeer, I decided it was time to rate it. It poured a very dark (much darker than I was expecting!) although it was not quite opaque. It had a ring of fizzly bibbles that did not die for the first 3/4 of the glass. It had a mild musty aroma. The tastes that were prominent were dark fruits, such as plums, chocolate was also noticable. Alcohol was prominent and it had a very carbonated/fizzly mouthfeel.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stronger and better in every aspect than any other Unibroue product I've tried. Pours dark, murky brown-red, with a thin ring of off-white foam clinging to the glass. Alcohol, candi sugar, and dark fruit in the aroma, which was pleasant but not strong. Rich flavor: dark fruit, vinous notes, apple cider, candi sugar, a touch of banana, and alcohol. Nonetheless, this beer finished somewhat dry, not being cloying in any regard. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel- one of the smoothest high ABV beers I've ever sampled. Delicious.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very rich, delicious beer. Aroma is rich and complex. Appearance is very attractive dark/plum color. Flavor is rich and dessert like with strong fruit flavor and a dash of spice. Excellent. Thanks to CapFlu for the hook up.
fraternie (797) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, vinous body, large frothy dark head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, berries. Rich, complex malt. Notes of chocolate and toffee evolve into dark fruit flavors in the finish. Amazingly soft/smooth finish. Not as sweet as Trois Pistoles, but every bit as good, which is saying a lot.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown that reveals light only around the edges. Medium sized marzipan colored head that recedes to a lasting halo. Nose is full with dark fruit and spicy yeast but also has a candy like quality that is intoxicating. Big lush mouthfeel shows itself on the first taste with a slight alcohol burn near the finish. I'm not a big Unibroue fan but this is really good. Flavor has spicy yeast notes at the front with dark fruitiness and some banana/clove weizen-ness to it. Ends with a strange bubble gummy, candy thing going on. Very interesting beer and I'm glad Unibroue decided to step out from their norm on this one.