ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a extremely hazy dark brown color. The head is a two finger offwhite shade with big bubbles. This causes the head to fade away in a semi-rapid fashion - however it still retains one finger of height extremely well.
S: This seems to feature more caramel and toffee than the typical BSDA. Other notes of candied sugar, white grapes, and apple round out the dark malt qualities. I could use a bit more chocolate on the nose, but I can’t complain about what I’m getting here.
T: Immediately I notice rich fruit esters, such as cherry, grape, and apple. There don’t seem to be any significant dark fruit qualities aside from a touch of raisin in the middle of the flavor profile. Some of the malt flavors pop up near the back end; like I suggested on the nose, it’s more caramel and toffee than chocolate (however I do pick up a bit of the latter from time to time). The balance of flavors is solid, and the alcohol is hidden spectacularly given its dry lightness.
M: It feels quite angular on the palate - I expected a bit more initial creaminess to balance the dry finish a bit. That’s to say nothing of the strong carbonation, either. It seems to be designed to be very drinkable, and in that regard, it’s extremely successful.
O: Okay, it’s not my favorite offering from Unibroue - but that’s a bit like saying this is the least attractive woman in a group of Miss America finalists. It’s still a solid BSDA focused on drinkability over depth. In addendum, this was likely an older bottle; I wonder if this would be sweeter/less dry fresh.
jksipa (386) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy dark amber with a large creamy off white head. Nose is dominantly yeast with some spice, light caramel, honey, plums and dried fruit. Spice is more dominant in the taste with coriander and cloves which detracts from the nice background of caramel and raisin. Mouth is medium full and creamy with active carbonation. Much prefer Trois Pistoles.
Cousin_Larry (354) - - OCT 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has apricot notes. Flavor is very mild - no burn that many Belgian strongs have. A little watery but an excellent brew.
BMMillsy (1435) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at World of Beer Gainesville. Pours murky dark reddish brown with a creamy off white head. Sweet plum and cherry aroma, lots of big sweet malts, a bit of toffee, more fruits, a little spice. Flavor follows with a really smooth fruity plum and cherry note, not much spice, and a bit on the sweet side. The flavor here is really nice, but I wish they pulled back just a tad on the sweetness. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Worth drinking whenever around, but I was expecting so much more given the reputation.
jennawood79 (367) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somewhat mild for the style though, making it easier to drink than its cousin Le Fin du Monde. Very cloudy orangey-amber perhaps would be lighter if not for the plethora of suspended yeast. Very foamy. Lightly spicy and yeasty aroma. Fizzy palate with mild sweetness. Mild notes of berries. Yeasty finish.
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
"nose and flavor of over ripe fruit and heavy spice/yeast character. too much for me in fact. it’s complex, but comes off as a bit harsh. definitely not this brewers best. looks similar to unfiltered apple cider. efervecent head dissipates quickly."
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber pour, lasting small disc of carbonation and an aroma of caramel, some nuts and a little clove on the finish. Flavor is also nice spicy clove, good and malty and finished crisp with a little flavor of nuts and red apple rind.
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle poured in a La Trappe chalice.
A: Very nice bottle art. Pours a nutty-brown color with a medium bubbled beige head. Cloudy. Small retention and just few lacings left
S: Complex. Very Unibroue, I mean, very characteristic smell of Unibroue yeasts. Very spicy and flowery too. Coriander. A bit fruity. Notes of honey, nuts and caramel malts. And a bit of alcohol in the end
T: The best part. Very candy and molasses sensation nevertheless, just a little bit sweet. Dark fruits, mainly raisins. Quite intense bitterness. Despite the sweet smell, the taste is dry. Intense on caramel malts and nuts. Aftertaste is quite spicy with strong notes of coriander and cinnamon
M: Creamy and molasses. Intense and with a nice and soft bitter aftertaste
O: Not as good as Trois Pistoles or La Fin Du Monde but still a great beer
[ BA Review @ 4/19/2011 ]
BrewGoblin (386) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unibroue never fails to be very enjoyable...well, maybe those goofy Ephemere ones. This is a fine example of Quebec doing Euro-beers brilliantly. Sexy golden-rusty light brown with an off-white head, smells of light basement, yeast, burnt brown sugar, raisins and a butter. Taste is the same with light bitterness and a yeast and malt forward smash. Only slightly oily mouthfeel, I was actually hoping it would be a little bit thicker. Overall a fine beer from a pretty fine brewery.
corkyrory66 (640) - BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bière forte sur lie refermentée en bouteille de 8 % abv.
Couleur brun roux caramel.
Clarté nette. Bulles fines par centaines partout.
Mousse gris beige dans le style des quad.
Arômes de belle figue et prune mûre.
1ère bouche douce sur un bain de céréales, avec une pointe de girofle.
2ème sur des noisettes grillées et noix fraîche.
3ème avec coriandre et prune mûre.
La longueur est très belle.
La levure est jolie.
L’alcool est bien.
CONCLUSION : bière de tendance brune forte, premier niveau, mais très correcte, bien goûteuse et dosée en levure/houblon.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled years ago but the rating somehow got removed. Dark cherry-cola pour with an eggshell crown. Bready, biscuity, yeasty, sweet with raisin and plum. Meh.