DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown sugar and black bread aroma, with a hint of gingerbread. Deep brown, enormous toffee head, good lace. Caramel flavour, great bitterness. Sweet, creamy, a very good beer, but it seemed like a dopplebock?
omhper (20750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Very dark brown. Subtle berry aroma. Dryish and lightly yeasty, otherwise surprisingly clean. Notes of sugar and perhaps chocolate. Complex, but very, very subtle for a beer of this magnitude.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
There is nothing terrible about this finelely crafted brew. A robust brown color with a carmel colored head. Lots of flavors due to all of the spices and lots of alcohol. This is a big beer, with an even bigger taste.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was courtesy of Tom Nickel's personal collection at Obriens. It poured a dark brown, cloudy light black color with a medium dark tan head. The aroma was pretty alcoholic with yeast and spices becoming very apparent, ginger perhaps. Literally, one whiff of this decimated my nose for about a minute as the burn attacked my nose. The taste does not make much attempt to hide the alcohol, but luckily there is just SO much going on in the flavor department that this isnt too much of a problem. Spices (ginger) and deep malts dominate this brew along with a good ingrained citrusness and something fruity. The spiceyness of this brew actually grew considerably as it warmed and so did the complexities of the beast. Definitely a special occassions beer, and very interesting at 10.5% ABV.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 Dark malts and yeast come alive in the nose of this dark brown monster..and they join the apple flesh and cinnamon that also make an appearance..The flavors were very yeasty..spicy..with hints of dark plums and pumpernickle bread..
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I feel for those who have had a hard time finding this beauty as it is plentiful here in Vancouver. Pured a rather large and beautiful beige coloured frothy head and disappeared just in time for me to take my nose out after smelling a truly remarkable beer. Aroma was fruity with extremely crafty hints of oak and port while mixed with a citrusy note. Body is rusty dark and somewhat murky. Then I tasted this beast. An absolute mouthgasim. There was so much flavour that I don't even care to think what it is. The finish was somewhat floral with an alchol touch. "La Terrible", the best lie yet.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2003 Thanks hopsrus- Finally, yes finally I found a bottle. Aroma of peat, hops, and a subtle complexity. Sweet syrupy hops and a complexity that says Candian ,while a promising brew nothing of that of a top 50 rating, good, but not great, only an avergae ale.Flavours of oak soaked fruits,dark chocolates, and raisins. Similar to a Belgian sweetness.I waited a long time for this Ale, noting spectacular, though still a quality ale
CapFlu (4733) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 (750ml Bottle) I have been saving this beer for three weeks to rate it as my #400 review. (trumpets). Poured a thin, beige frothy head that dissipated much quicker than most of the Unibroue collection. The body is a near opaque, cloudy, deep rudy-brown. Though the head has dissipated, this beer remains quite a lively carbonation. Trance setting aroma of malt, strong citrus and port. Stunning and complex flavours. Tastes of port, oak, fruit and velvet smooth malt. Deliteful finish of floral, cola with little of the Unibroue alcohol burn. Truly a special Belgian Strong. My favourite of the Unibroue offerings and likely best represents the complex nature and flavours of Belgian Strong ales on this side of the ocean. Near perfect!
hopscotch (10009) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks!
It pours a murky deep rust hue. Medium-sized, frothy, khaki-colored head diminishes slightly. However, the head transforms into a fully lasting, very small creamy head.
The aroma is to be cherished. Malty with notes of tawny port, prunes, buttermilk and caramel. The Belgian candy sugar isn't as pronounced in the nose as with many dubbels/abbey styles. There is actually a slight floral presence in the nose. Hops? In a Belgian?
Yep, they come through in the flavor. Up front, this ale is all about rich malt with bursts of red wine, dark fruits, milk chocolate, alcohol, caramel and cola. However, on the backside, the flavor is both bitter and pungent from some type of actual hop addition. Who allowed hops into Belgium...ok, into Canada? God bless them.
Just a hint of light buttermilk on the backside as well.
Full-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation.
Long, acrid, dry finish with some woodsy notes thrown in.
What a beer. Another very strong offering from Unibroue. I have yet to be disappointed by this brewery.
My wife is a HopHead and hates Belgian ales, but actually admitted liking this one. Thanks to Captainflurries for this fine specimen.
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color, a yeasty, fruity aroma. Alcohol was very hardly noticed. Fruity sweetness mixed with a malty flavor. Belgian is not my style, but I liked this one. Very nice beer. Cheers MartinT