omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark oaky color with a faint tan head. Bready and sweet aroma. The flavor is heady and sweet. Nice alcoholic spike and fruity overtones with a slightly buttery palate.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black oily body, little tan head. Typical unibroue aroma of yeastiness. Complex taste of blackberries, bitter fruitiness, hint of sourness. Oily palate. Great beer. Bottle.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours extremely dark, almost black. Head is moderate initially, quickly disappating. Aroma is sweet, yeasty and winey with a touch of alcohol. Flavor is slightly sweet initially, quickly giving way to complex plum and dark fruits, ending with a noticeable warming from the alcohol.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown in color with a very active head. Pleasant aroma of currants with a hint of vanilla. An excellent Belgian style ale that makes for a wonderful companion on a cold winter evening. Extra points for being quite a value
TheBeerGod (5924) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich brown with a small tan head. The nose is dark fruit, sugar, and spice. My tongue is overwhelmed by flavors such as candy sugar, sweetened malt, plums and raisins, and spice. The alcohol is present as well. The finish has some sharp edges to it but this is still damn good!
booyaatribe (450) - 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.