Cartoonkhaki (1252) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle Dec. 13th 2003) Devilish 666th rating... Dark, Dark colour. Beige head. Sweet flavour present in the aroma. Alcohol not very predominat. Complex mix of flavours. Fruity, spicy with a carbonated sweet palate. I expected more out of this.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark as can be and pours with a mean head. Complex flavors and ample (perhaps a bit too much) sweetness. Definately bold, but better dark ales have been made. Still, nice for the price. I prefer a doughier strong ale though.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/12/03. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, enjoyed in a tasting at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA 11/12/03. Gray champagne head, soggy grey-brown appearance. Definitely a Belgian brown ale, this one. Nose is malty and hints of dark cherry with a little sweetness. Almost like a grand cru, but not so drying and sour. Flavor is medium-full with malt, tart and acidic with Belgian ale yeastiness and esters. Finish is long, yeasty, and nicely malty. Delicious stuff. Can't wait to try it again.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great from Unibroue. Beautiful hued color with a sweet inviting aroma. A great dark taste which leave the mouth begging for more.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A handsome beer with a large foamy tan head and dark chestnut brown body. Aroma of leathery yeast, baking soda, some Belgian candy sugar, pepper, and an indescribable savory chocolate smell. Flavor is very organic and chocolatey. This beer has extraordinary subtleties for such a big beer. Strikes me as easy to pigeon-hole but there's a lot more here than first meets the palate. Fortunately, 750 mL provides ample room to get to know and appreciate this beer. Definitely not terrible.
Ungstrup (34246) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate and plums combined with a slight sourness. The color is pitch black and it has a beutiful light brown head. The flavor is sweet with notes of yeast, citrus, plums, and wood. It turns somewhat bitter combined with the sourness - which is a really good balance to the sweet start. A little too sour for my liking. But the body is good. Thanks a lot to Alex (Fiulijn) for trading me this one.
bb (8528) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown/black beer with a bubbling beige head that fades quickly. There's an aroma of vanilla and spice with a little sweetness that begins to turn phenolic. The flavor is yeasty with a molasses/toffee and raisin combination. There's a lot of depth and the alcohol is there, but based on previous ratings I thought it'd be a little less. It's not overpowering. There's a little too much of a corn/adjunct flavor that takes away from the overall appreciation. It's good, but there are better.
jgb9348 (5612) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black colour with a super-dense fast-dying brown head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, coriander seed, curacao and honey-canned corn. Medium to full-bodied; Sweet brown sugar/molasses flavour with corn and yeast qualities. Aftertaste is actually nice and bland-nothing offensive nor harsh. Overall, a decent beer-those odd corn/yeast flavours are present in all Unibroue beer are here in this bottle. I sampled this 750 mL bottle purchased from Merchant's in Dearborn, Michigan on 25-December-2003.
jonas (6699) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity aroma with banana, raisin, berry and acidic apple notes.
Pours a very dark, almost black chestnut brown topped by a nice frothy head.
Fruity notes are in the taste again together with some dark sugar and leathery or wooden notes.
Belgian yeast edges when exhaling, otherwise the strength is not obvious at all.
Solid malt body and a smooth pearling mouthfeel.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is surprisingly mild. Woody, tobacco, leather, alcohol. The alcohol in the flavor is at first rather obvious, so I deduct points for that. Beyond the alcohol is corn tortillas?! tobacco, some fruitiness, a little spice. Finish is slightly drying. Good beer but I probably won't buy it again. I prefer Trois Pistoles.