redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2004 A dark coffee brown color with a medium off-white head. Tiresome Unibroue yeast aroma( yes they are all quality beers but the similiarity between all of them detracts), alcohol. Taste as it warms, you get a big hit of chocolate every couple of sips. Some fruit, spice, again the usual Unibroue fare. A week after I recieved this in a trade I saw it here in IL and WI, at least my label is in French. But the curious thing is the cost, it is only $5.50 a bottle while the Unibroue 10/11 goes for $8, I bought more of this.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big THANK YOU to Jim (Flemdawg) for bringing this beer to TheDM's party! Murky brown with burgundy highlights. Small frothy off-white head but no lace. Very nice nose of apple, blackberry, hazelnut, grainy and roasted malts, pipe tobacco, and earthy yeast esters. Fruity sweet with a lightly bitter and acidic taste. While complex, it is still light on the palate due to the carbonation. Dry yet lush feel. Medium to full-bodied with a moderate alcoholic presence but not overpowering. A very good brew which will age well for another year or more.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great color. Round, smokey flavor with hints of fruit and oak. Maybe a little over-rated, but a truely enjoyable beer. Unibroue is remarkable!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Very dark, with some light purple and murky brownish orange. Very clouded. I got no head out of mine, and I even swirled it alot.
Smells of lots of candied sugar, some ripe plums, maybe a touch of maple and alcohol?
Begins with a ton of malt and lots of candied sugar flavor. Wow, this is sweet. Evens somewhat, with some banana and bubblegum esters, but the hops punch I’m hoping for never hits. The body is surprisingly only medium, maybe slightly medium full. Loose, somewhat watery texture, very soft. Finish improves however, with some drier alcohol notes and finally some hops and yeast. Still, the finish just dosent seem to make up for the way too sugary beginning and watery body. I want to be harsh on this beer, as I was let down by the cloyingness it provided towards the end of the bottle, but the finish showed potential. The flavor would even with cellaring, but I have to wonder about the watery smooth mouthfeel, would that hold up? I felt carbonation level was perhaps too low, did not find it to be overcarbed even up front. Im going to have to say overrated now, but let’s see how cellaring goes. . .
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep black, for a belgian at least, and not much head for shelter. The aroma is somewhat odd, some fruity notes, but nothing particularly common. Flavor is just an amazing experience. The alcohol is masked very well at first, but sneeks out slightly later on. The end is just amazing, warming, oily, and a slight hop feel to it.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Virtually black beer is actually a deep chestnut color, and it's topped by a tan head. Mild head retention is displayed, as it quickly fades to a thin collar. Virtually no lacing is left on the glass, either. Good raosted malt aromas are coupled with strong fruitiness. Black raspberry coupled with fresh grape jelly. The taste is also dark and fruity with a very solid malt component. Mild bitterness leads to a smooth finish with a hint of anise in the aftertaste. A very nice beer.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown liquid under a lasting tan head. Roasted grain aroma when chilled that dissipates to a spicy, yeasty plum, and sweet grainy malt as it warms. Sweetly malty upon first sip, then alcohol flavor w/a light plum fruitiness and hop flavor that lasts into the aftertaste. There is a yeasty spicyness as well, and fairly well balanced, but far less complex that I would have imagined. Higher carbonation leaves a lighter mouthfeel of the medium body, but the alcohol is a little hot. Not quite burning, but you know it's there. Overall I'm disappointed with this beer. Maybe it's a little young, but this is the first beer I've had from Unibroue that I couldn't drink a lot of right now. To me it lacks depth and complexity that I find in their other beers. Just my opinion of course.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ooooh so terrible! beautiful black with hefty tan foam wafting up bellicose perfumes, men's cologne, some cheesiness, dark plum, fruit skins, with serious bright and bigness, fully efferevescent as it warms to 63°F. This is so well styled.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one immediately after we tasted the 11 with Graeme's stupendous Spicy Salsice pasta. La Terrible pours an opaque dirty brown with small shortish lasting speckled beige head. Faint bready yeast, spices and medium caramel malt aroma. Smooth medium-full but very low carb body. Festive plum pudding and vinous flavours. Alcohol evident but well integrated. Clean astringent finish and aftertaste. Another CapnFlu donation. Thanks Todd - it brings back a lot of memories of my recent Canadian beer adventure. Humm. . . mabe the 11 went better with the Spicy Salsice pasta.
Darkover (1508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma of yeast and spices Flavor is sweet, yeasty, dark fruit, acidic and and a little sour. I found it hard to finish the whole bottle.