weihenweizen (1384) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated corked and capped 75 cl brown bottle poured into a trappist glass. Pours dark brown with chestnut brown highlights with small beige head. Aroma dark candy sugar, low/medium carbonation, very little lacing, and medium body. Taste is dark candy sugar, some dark fruit, and hint of alcohol.
NeoHippie2 (641) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good beer for my 600th rating, pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aromas of spiced dark fruit and yeast. Flavor is similar, lots of rich and complex flavors. No hint of the 10.5% abv at all. Finish is long and smooth. So good. This is one of the best Unibroue beers I have had to date.
rubbishystuff (1688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At Red Lion. Really this was fantastic. Chewy, spiced, yeasty and strong. Dried boozy fruit flavors. I love that they knew the beer was so good that they didn’t even change the name of the English speaking market. Serving: Bottle
chucklemation (161) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black beer. Has a fruity smell and taste, perhaps spiced fig. A very unique flavor, and one I enjoyed a lot.
simardsam (41) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brune, presque noire, avec des reflets rougeâtres avec une mousse beige-crème. Nez d’anis, de bonbons et un petit quelque chose d’épicé. Au goût, c’est encore l’anis, les épices et le sucré des friandises qui prennent place, en plus de l’alcool et le caramélisé, on retrouve une petite sensation de cerise qui rappelle les vins fortifiés. La finale est ronde et douce.
Ferris (1263) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Raisin, dark sugars and lots of yeast. Cloudy jet brown with a beige full head. Raisin, fig, dark molasses a little alcohol. Well balanced and very nice, alcohol is in check.
WillCarrera (10) - Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
03-03-2011. 750ml bottle, poured into a snifter.
A- Deep, dark ruby, almost completely opaque. Topped with a thin, sticky beige head.
S- Dark fruits and alcohol, some bready malt in the background.
T-BIG dark fruits, figs and dates come to mind. You can pick up on some malts in the background just like in the aroma. Alcohol is prickly and complex but not overwhelming. Light spices.
M- Smooth, medium body. Good carbonation.
D-Could sip at this all night, very drinkable for 10.5% ABV
This brew is easily my favorite of Unibroue’s Dark Belgians, the complexity makes for a very enjoyable experience. Must try.
spittle8 (102) - - SEP 20, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle, San Diego. Powerful aroma of fruit and sweet, rich malts. Deep brown-black, lively head but not creamy. Not too yeasty, but a rich fruitiness on the acidic side. Great beer.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Portion of a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. From two day old notes.
A: Pours a dark ruby color. A two finger khaki-colored head is formed, and retains itself nicely. Minimal lacing.
S: I notice a bit of earthy, bready yeast, which slowly builds into dark fruits. Chocolate even pops up at times. The person I drank with found this to have a funky aroma. I wouldn’t say funky, but I would say complex.
T: The fruit esters on the opening really make themselves known immediately. Not just with stewed dark fruits (raisins, plums, figs, etc...), but with a strong cherry note, also. Actually, this is ridiculously cherry forward. Slight chocolate touches give way to a bready finish. Just a really balanced, likable BSDA.
M: This has a good thickness, a creamy feel, solid carbonation, and a dry finish all at the same time. When I was sipping it, I half-thought it was a well-hidden 8%...when I found out it was really 10.5%, I nearly fell on my face. One of the more dangerous brews I’ve encountered in terms of drinkability.
O: I really enjoyed this one. Like I said before, dangerous is the key word here - this could perhaps be chugged. There’s enough flavor and complexity to make one want to sit and savor this instead...and last time I checked, that’s the hallmark of a great beer.
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a darker brown to black with a beige head of foam. Aroma is caramel, vanilla ice cream, and vanilla beans. Taste is fairly sweet and spicy. Lots of esters. Overall, nice, bit could take some more flavor. Pretty good.