Darkover (1528) - 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.
Ernest (6838) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2015 Bottle (BB Sep 15, 2018). Head is initially average sized, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of anise, clove, gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Overall a decent brew but as with pretty much all Unibroue beers, lacking real depth, heart, and character. They’re workman-like Belgian brews, and fairly authentic for this kind of thing, but they take no chances or show any real soul. This is a little better than the bulk of the brewery’s output, reasonably enticing, balanced, and enjoyable, but ultimately still limited and lacking.
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque brown with a slow dissipating shiny light tan head. Dry toasty malt aroma, with undertones of blackberries, red currants, signature yeast and slight hint of wintergreen and alcohol. Smooth across the tongue with plenty of bubbles escaping as it slides back. Black malt finish, I start at the finish because it was quite evident after the first quaff, I like it, a change from the norm. Light licorice start with various berries and pepper. Somewhat acidic finish but nothing to overbearing. Serve this to some wine snob and have them compare it to a fine hearty zinfandel. To heck with the aperitif/digestif, consume with a 16 oz. filet au poivre. Considering it was cheaper than the other Unibroue offerings, I am going to pick a few more of these up to cellar.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quite dark, can't really see the light through it. Similar to Trois Pistoles, but darker, more alcohol flavor and not as carbonated. Very complex, malty flavors with plenty of fruit flavors. Signature Unibroue yeasty flavor, which I love. Overall, an excellent beer.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2003 10/5/03: bottle.
potent aroma of belgian yeast and alcohol with a small hint of licorice (when cold). as the beer warms there are notes of raisins and plums. black bodied with faint tones of deep browns. the alcohol presence slightly numbs my tongue as the flavors announce themselves. these flavors include sweet malt, raisins, candi sugar and of course, some alcohol. smooth and pleasing.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2004 Black body with a tan head. No lacing.
Big Unibroue yeast nose. Plums and raisins. Spicy. A little bacon too!?
Plums, spicy and yeast dominate the flavor. Some bread. Malt and alcohol. Sweetness from a ton of dark candi sugar I bet.
Medium to light-bodied and very drinkable. This can keep a person warm in winter.
FlacoAlto (4011) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Sampled February 2004
A strong dark fruit aroma wafts from my glass as I pour. It is a deep amber-ruby to black color & is topped by a light brown head. Has a spicy Belgian aroma as well as a hint of alcohol in the nose. Lightly sweet with notes of of burnt raisin and some dried plum in the taste. It has a hint of acidity to it that is slightly reminiscent of cranberries. Fairly soft in character, it is a well integrated beer that is balanced very well between the competing elements. There is a certain spiciness here that seems to be a product of the various higher alcohols, the ethanol is here as well, in the finish. This is a very light beer for 10.5%, even if it is by volume. I do like this beer, but I feel that it could improve quite a bit if it were cellared for a few years.
Sampled September 2003
The aroma is good, I smell rum, raisin and dark malt. This is a very light bodied beer, a great example of the light bodied Belgian beer style that will sneak up on you if you are not careful. The beer is pretty dry but there is a bit of sweetness that adds to the complexity of this brew. There is a hint of chocolate malt, a raisin flavor, and it finishes with a bit of alcohol. A light, tasty, easily quaffable beer, which is a dangerous combination.
bjbrown24 (61) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is beer. This beer is really strong but suprisingly is very smooth. I recently had this beer at Jump in Toronto and just loved it
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big malt and lots of fruit aroma. Opaque brown (I wasn't expecting that - nice surprise) with large foamy brown head that recedes quickly leaving a slight covering of head with no lacing apparent. Flavour begins somewhat musty and definitely malty with a smooth round very sweet middle flavour and an alcohol tang in the finish. Residual chocolatey sweetness. Smooth creamy palate with a slight alcohol bite in the finish. Wow. I think I'm in love. Bottle.
Terminus (3381) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 bottle-tucson beer fest-
the guy running the Unibroue table at the fest had a bottle of this that you have to specifically ask for a sample of this one. squidget and i both sampled this highly carbonated, dark, complex brew and both said "this could be dangerous". The brew is highly carbonated, soft palate and high alcohol-a lethal combo. lots of fruits and spice.