Nuffield (3743) - 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!
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My limited tasting abilities don't do this slightly sweet beer justice. Pours almost like a stout but without the lasting head. Lingering after-taste reminds me a a good red wine - full of flavour (some plums? some vanilla? not quite sure...) and very smooth and easy-drinking with the alcohol balanced nicely in the background. Fantastic beer - this is what Canada should be proud of.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is epic! This and the Corsendonk XMas were the tops at the southern hootnanny in my opinion. I was so sloppy by the time I had this, I was loopy as hell, but the beer was good enough to taste and enjoy. It had the complex qualities of a world class belgian, yeast, alcohol, mellow fruits, plums, berries, candy sugar, but it went down so smooth and easily. The alcohol was there, but it was in the background, didnt really come out and interfere with everything else. Welcome to Texas La Terrible!
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this almost as much as unibroue 10. This beer is very comparable to chimay blue. It tastes a little sweeter and is a little darker in color speckles of mud looked to be in the mix. The head vanished with in seconds of being poured..
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2003 Pop the cork and the ensuing escaping mist seems promising. Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma reminded me of root beer, a favorite beverage of mine. The flavor was totally unappealing. Might work for everyone else but I dumped it after half a glass.