phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark heavy with a big light brown head that reminds me of a milkshake.
Very nice fruity smell with a friendly inviting bubbly palate.
Yummy chocolate, malty and hoppy taste with a sour after taste. Very smooth good strong beer.
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is nearly black with a thin and creamy light tan head. Quick lacing. Similar apprearance to a Schwarzbier. The aroma is yeasty with notes of alcohol and dark fruit. Rich body with flavors of malt, plum, chocolate and alcohol. Nicely complex, and the finish is warming with a touch of hops. I really liked this Belgian.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2005 Pours almost black with burgandy hues around the edges. Initial small tan head that fades quickly to a halo. Nose is a little yeast and grape skin. Complex flavor starts lightly sweet with hints of green apple, cherry, a slight tartness and some port wine. Finish is dry, lightly acidic with a light plum aftertaste. 10.5% ABV warms the face and tummy.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2003 Yeasty aroma, slight notes of prunes and cherries. Not overly carbonated especially for a Unibroue. Very dark in color but not black. The darkest Unibroue I have had. Heads Is fine, even sized bubbles, no overly clingy to the glass. Mmmmm, at first taste it is very soft on the mouth, very velvety. Taste is slighty sweet with a sharp finish. A little taste of yeast. The flavors could use to be a little more pronounced, but that might come with age. I thing my bottle is very new as it was never available in my state until now, so it probably very fresh.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(750ml bottle) Deep, dark brown with deep ruby edges. Thin light tan head. Nose of dark currants, somewhat pruney, typical unibroue yeast character, trace of cocoa, spices and port, nothing that really grabbed me. Medium bodied, lush in mouth, slightly tart, smooth, dark candied sugars, plummy, pruney, yeast character evident along with corriander and maybe a smidge of grains of paradise as it warms. Fabulous mix of ecletic flavors, advisable this be your first beer of night or you may miss them. 10.5% of alcohol is very well hidden. Great brew.
slushy (28) - Niagara Falls, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a tan head, some lacing down the glass. Musty wood, and sugary dark fruits in the nose. Sweet bananas, wood, and raisins on the tongue. Citrusy aftertaste. Warming in the belly. Great cold weather brew. Time to age a few bottles.
mribm (450) - 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.