MartinT (8351) - 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 (2585) - 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 (1906) - 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 (1723) - 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.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Fresh bottle. Foam pours out of bottle as soon as the cap BLOWS of the bottle(12 oz.) Initial aroma highly pepper and corriander.Head is flowing out of the glass.Settles to a milkish ringy lace. Lovely mahogany appearence. Taste;begins with a very lemony,fruity flavor.Followed by a bite of pepper and corriander much like aroma. As it warms the dry subtle hoppy bitterness comes out and turns this into a wonderfully,satisfying ale.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good yeasty and spicy aroma. Deep copper/red hue and a nice head. Aroma seems typical of Unibroue. Flavor is very fruity, hides alcohol very well. Complex. A nice, full mouthfeel is very appealing. One of my (if not the) favorite strong ale on my list.