MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An exclusive sailboat…Old wood of course, and a garden of goods for the road…Bananas, apples, wheat and sweet, sweet honey…Simple and wonderful…
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow wow wow! I canít believe Iím getting to rate this one. Cheers to David for adding this rarity to what was shaping up to be a great night - shared with muzzlehatch, tiggmtl, Rastacouere, radiomgb, DumDum and our host CapFlu. Bottle was 1996 ívintage.í Cloudy golden brown beer revealed spicy, malty, lemony, brown-sugar, apple aromas. Very chalky, mouth-coating mouthfeel with flavours of spice and yeast, but obviously faded. This beer was never meant to be aged this long but obviously the Unibroue brewers knew what they were doing when this was crafted. Thanks again David!
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy dull beige...was a sparkling golden til I dumped the yeast in. The aroma is yeasty, a little bit alcoholic, with some phenols, light lemon, sherry and stale grapes. A bit slick on the mouthfeel as the carbonation has started to dissipate. Malt-accented, with vague yeast, grape notes and some late pear. Held up reasonably well but I suspect it hasnít improved.
radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow. 1996 bottle. This was the suprise beer of the night at Celebration November 2004 at CapFluís place. Brownish colour with yeast chunks and rosemary in my glass. Aroma had some yeast, spices, ginger, brown sugar, apples and cookie dough. Flavour was somewhat sweet with sugar, cookie dough and ginger again, some malt and apple pie. Still had lots of carbonation for a beer thatís 8 years old and it being only 6.5%. Finishes with a medium bitterness and a coating mouthfeel. This goes to show you that Unibroue really knew what it was doing when they brewed this one. A huge thanks to Rastacouere for bringing this.
CapFlu (4725) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2004 (Bottle) Many thanks to Rastacouere - I donít know if he sells family heirlooms in exchange for beer but if that is what it takes - keep it up! Pours near headless, very cloudy with a dark unfiltered wheatbeer appearance. Nose was somewhat apple sauce though the undertones of squash, brown sugar, lemon and biscuit were still very apparent. Amazing that this has kept such a complexity after 8 years!!! Very pleasant and well balanced. Sweet and tart, flavours can be described as cardboard though the spice and dry finish still represent its initial character. What an honour to have tried the brew of this long forgotten ship.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to David for sharing... Applesauce, brown sugar, lemony citrus, cookie-dough-like yeast and mild spiciness in the aroma. Opaque wet-straw coloured with thin, white, fully-diminishing head. Citrus flavours up front followed by dough-like yeastiness and spicy finish. Some cardboard-like staleness. Though it coats the teeth a bit, medium body is still quite pleasant despite the almost total lack of carbonation which is understandable after eight years. Iím sure with effervescent carbonation this was a significantly fine offering. As is, it was an enjoyable experiment and a pleasant journey into the history of a local brewer. Bottle enjoyed with beerhugger, CapFlu, DumDum, muzzlehatch, radiomgb and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1996 bottle, shared with CapFlu, tiggmtl, Rastacouere, Beerhugger, Radiomgb, and DumDum in Ottawa. Quite hazy unfiltered lemonade...pumpkin-spicy malty aroma, a bit of honey-citrus, obviously aged. Dry, spiced lemon-honey with a smidgeon of ginger in the body...I liked this a bit more than Kamouraska, and certainly would love to have had it 5 years ago. Thanks so much David!
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz: Murky pale yellow, no head. Very spicy aroma, hard to pinpoint flavour. Interesting cookie maltiness hiding in there, spice bread, Christmas spices, this must have been pretty good back in the days to have kept that interest in the nose. As expected, on the tongue, itís not quite as good, it really reminds me of a gruit with tart spicy lemony flavours over a bready and baked toast yeast profile. Still a pretty surprising medium body, but carbonation is long gone.