booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wowzers. Rich, strong, dark, and overwhelming. Not as yeasty as, say, a Chimay Bleu, but just as complex. Doesn't overwhelm with the alcohol taste.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first impression is that you can smell those Unibroue yeasts and taste them. Tastes a little bit sweet and fruity. Somewhat on the rich side, but very good, leaving a pleasant aftertaste.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good winter beer. Very warming with a 10.5 ABV. Nice dark color. A chewy malt flavor with a yeasty finish. Plums and bannanas in the mix. Very good but one bottle is good enough for me.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, clear black with hints of brown. Fizzy tan head settles to a thin, but complete, cap. Nose is soda bread, faint toffee, some spiciness, and the distinctive Unibroue yeast. Small suggestion of dark fruits. Starts out a bit thin and fizzy, with much more fruitiness than what was detectable in the aroma. Good balance between the flavors, which include toffee, spice, soda bread, licorice, bananas, raisons, and black currants. Not overly complex, but still good. Pleasant, lengthy finish, with barely a hint of the hefty alcohol content. A strong acidic undercurrent combines with the brisk carbonation that is slow to fade for a sharp mouthfeel that‘s a bit too thin. Overall, yet another good beer from Unibroue
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, nearly black apperance. Aroma of raisins, malt, and some licorice. Dry with a slight roasted flavor, some fruity plum notes as well as a slight peppery spiciness.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours with a very dark brown body topped by a thin fizzy sodalike head that disappears almost instantly. It looks alot like a coke or pepsi. The aroma is slihgtly sweet yet bitter and malty with a nice spiciness and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is malty yet bitter and salty with a slight sweetneaa, a good spicy notes, slight roasty coffee notes, a touch of yeast and a touch of alcohol. Medium to full bodied yet watery smooth with a slight warming.
sloth (2569) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large brown head that quickly settles into a thin topping on this black brew. Chocolatey, fruity nose. with some hints of licorice. Medium body, slick mouthfeel. Taste banannas, dark malts, plums. Finish is medium sweet. Not so terrible i,d say.
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.