DC (14) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Browni 750 ml bomber with a crowned cork. The pour is an almost black brown color, big fluffy tan head, receding to little more than a wisp presently, and then a mere halo of white. No residual lacing.
Aroma is at once fruity, with a hop pungency which borders ever-so-slightly on the barnyard. Citric burn remains a nasal reminder.
Nicely full bodied and creamy up front, a smooth malty mouth and this is aggressively followed by candy sugar and hops, a bit of smoke and fermenting black fruits along for a ride.
Not fantastic, but a solid bruin out of Unibroue, one that will hit you in the face, but leave you asking for more.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet malty aroma, with hints of plum. Very dark opaque brown color. Strong flavor. Very sweet, malty, plum and yeast. Lots of fine bubbles. Very tingly! I really enjoyed this one!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brown color (opaque) with a large beige head. The aroma was of candy...sugar...prunes...distinct Unibroue yeast. The flavor was large...extremely sweet...prunes, candy, sugary, yeasty. The feel was rather crisp for this large of a beer...soft, semi-dry finish.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown/ruby color. The tan head is very nice and creamy. Lacing is suberb. Aroma is very yeasty and fruity. Hints of alcohol on the nose. The flavor is a very complex but not overwhelming. Sweet malt, chocolate, and yeast. Did I mention the yesat? The body is full and tingly. The caronation and alcohol lead to a very lively mouth experience. Pretty nice beer.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2004 Dark brown body with a foamy tan head. Malty, yeasty aroma with some raspberry bubblegum notes. The flavor seems simple but really isn’t - there’s the expected malt and yeast but there’s taffy/ bubblegum and tart fruit (raspberry / apricot?). Good stuff!
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 (9625) - 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 (1249) - 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.