krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark porter brown, like leather shoes after a walk in the rain; the root beer head rises in cordial responce to it's new setting--the glass-- but it went dead flat in a minute. a glass of milk has more lingering lace. bright aroma is hard to pin: ginger and leather maybe? sassafras and devil's food cake; with it's watery texture and yet sharp carbonation, this is what dr. pepper would be if it were made by trappist monks. spicy roots from rich black loam, with grape, chocolate and graham. when the carbonation chills it's youthful fizzy overemphasis, it becomes creamy by bottle's end. still it remains sweet with fudge and with the bitterness of double-steeped tea. grand? sure. 10 bucks a bottle? well, it does have a way of bribing it's influence into your rating with it's very compelling ablility to get you drunk. but is that right? no. it's terrible. and according to the lingo, terrible is baaaad. which means good.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
RE RATE: First tasted August 8th, 2003 at TFOB. Current tasting Nov 29, 2003 from LCBO. 750ml bottle, in Chimay trappist glass. Colour is deep dark brown almost black with little or no light passing through. The head after pour begins big, but quickly dissolves to very thin white wisps. Laces glass well, but remains very slight indeed. Aroma is stock full of fruit - incredibly intense plum and raison aroma. Befits the colour. Slight hint of alcohol. Slighty sour finish in the aroma also. Deep dark and intriguing. Flavour is, impressive to say the least. Rich plum beginning, yeasty bread like tecture with a malty sweet balance in the finish. Oh my. I am rating the flavour as a 9 only because a 10 may disqualify my vote as a Canadian judge. Palate however, is a 5. This beer is absolute heaven.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown, like a porter, and has a wispy beige head. Aroma is classic Unibroue - fruity, lots of plum, a little raisin, malt and peppery alcohol. Flavor is fruity, malty and spicy. Balance is close to even, finish is dry. A very good Belgian-style ale, but nothing extraordinary.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably the darkest Belgian I've seen with a large tan head. Aroma is very fruity and has some yeast notes to it, as well. Some definite rich, dark fruits present in the flavor, and a nice warming finish that lasts quite a long time. Certainly one of Unibroue's best offerings.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really dark ale. Looks great. Plum, raisen aroma. What a nice beer, sweet malt flavors that warm the body as you drink. A perfect balance of fruit malt and alcohol that is very well hidden.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark. Pours with a good solid head you'd expext from a belgian, starting brownish and finishing more cream colored. Spicy, and slightly more carbonated than I expected. The end of the 750 was better than the beginning...showing the benefits of warmth and breath. Excellent.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottled Sept/9/2003) Big fruity yeasty nose. The palate is very flavorful; loads of fruit and candi sugar, with mild notes of coco and coffee. The finish goes on forever. I like this ale it is very clean and well made. A great digestif.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cest terrible. I read the label and I still did not believe it would be this dark. It is. And it's good: a nice fat fruity nose. But the body is slim. Nicely balanced sweetness with all the various Belgian ale flavors I would expect.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a laced brown head. The first hint of what was in store came as the cork came off and a red wine aroma burst forth. Dark fruits in the nose that includes blackbeeries and raisins. Dry on the plate with a complex sharp (tingle) finish. Flavored by a hint of licorice, pepper, toasted malts, and fruits. A forceful brew but not as subtle and complex as some of the other Belgians.
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is amazing and huge. It reminds me of Chimay Grande Reserve meets Liefmans Goudenband. Pours dark and malty from the bottle with a huge creamy tight head. Aroma is fruity and yeasty. Very smooth on the palette, starts off sweet and finishes dry and tart with lots of alcohol. IMO, by far the best product that Unibroue has produced.