jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured out of the bottle with a wonderful citrus, spice aroma and a frothy white head that lasted throughout the glass. There are very complex malt flavors with strong fruity, spicey tones. This is a very warming beer and the 8% sneaks up on you. A very good beer.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 Cloudy orange-brown with a light tan head. Yeasty nose with figs, nutmeg, dust, caramel, toffeeish malt, rye bread, pear, raisin. Full body, rich & spicy. Lots of warming alcohol, dark fruits and malt. The yeastines obscures the flavours much more than the aroma to the point where the finish is almost simple alcoohol and sweet fruits.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Bananas in caramel, mixed nuts and flowers are enveloped in doughy yeast... Coriander and orange zest are meticulous, moreso than in Trois-Pistoles, for example... Yeast is absolutely everywhere in this brew; if you like its character, you will like the beer a lot, but if you don’t...
A 10-year-old 1996 bottle has not aged gracefully at all...Its aroma is now feeble and oxidized, and flavors are of stale fruitiness and withered coriander...Nowhere near a 10-year-old Trois Pistoles...
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bottle gushed. Typical dubbel aroma, spicy and ’woody’. Brownish orange color. Good head retention. Excellent flavor, a kind of spicy/fruity/woody profile. First I get this kind of apple/pear flavor which quickly fades and is followed by the woody spiciness. At first I wasn’t impressed with this but as I take a few more sips I begin to feel its depth. Will Re-Rate again later hopefully with a bottle that doesn’t gush.
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 Rating # 2 Bottle 2005 Vintage (6 3 7 3 15) - A cloudy brown tea color with a rich tan head. The aroma has a light fruit (pear) element with spices and yeast. Dry and spiced complimented by honey, light fruits, and flowers. Rating #1 Bottle (6 3 7 3 14). A little too much Champagne like spritz on the palate. It tastes like a watered down version of a real Belgian. I get all the hints of the spiciness and Beligian essence, but generally get little flavor and diluted body. A Belgian on training wheels?
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth yet very strong. Nice color and aroma with little aftertaste.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my least favorite Unibroue beers so far, but still better than most everything else. Kind of a bitter hoppy flavor with a very sweet fruity flavor to balance it out. Barely noticed the alcohol in the taste, which is always good at 8%. Still another excellent beer from Unibroue.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spice, sweet apple aroma. Not much going on in the flavor department. I like the compexity of strong ales and this seemed to just miss it. Citrus start with very present alcohol burn, malts in the middle were sugary and sweet. the taste just sort of stopped there
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden color. A nicely crafted brew with an above average taste. The hop taste was pleasant with some sugar hints.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a respectable Belgian-style ale with a bit of spice. The color is honey-like, and the head is thick and creamy. The aroma is pretty much what you’d expect, but pleasant all the same. The flavor and finish are decent but not exceptional; the finish, in particular, is lacking a sense of warmth that I expect from a high-quality Belgian. I don’t dislike this at all; it’s a perfectly decent ale. At the same time, if I want a Belgian-style ale, I’m more likely to go for something like <a href=’http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID= or <a href=’http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID= Rouge.