ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
portwood (124) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell: spicy, caramel, toffee, fruity, very yeasty. Palate: slightly bitter, crisp/bubbly, coffee, hint of banana. Finish: spicyness lingers w/some hoppy bitterness and an earthy/peaty note. (bottle code A15162025Q)
Mark_Eck (1762) - - JUL 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, spices, and some caramel.
melush (2657) - SPAIN - JUL 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain.
A: Hazy dark amber.
T: Malt, caramel, fruity, yeasty.
rjplumer (972) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity Belgian ale aroma. Light hazy cinnamon color with an off white head. Sweet fruit spice taste. Hint of zing in the finish. Drinkable and refreshing for a darker beer.
MrMeadMan (73) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an odd brown-orange color with a thick tan head. Nice malty aroma. Good mouthfeel and great flavor. Malts predominate over hops. Definitely a buy-again brew!
Bierdimpfe (208) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost opaque dark amber copper color with average glass clinging activity. Extra foamy sparkly beige 3 finger island head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.
Aromas of sweet fresh fruits like apple and a little metallic. Flavors of caramel, apple, dark fruits, clove, floral and herbal spices. Balanced sweet syrupy taste with a sharp smoky black peppery feel and slightly bready.
Slick full body with perfect carbonation. Well intensified finish of medium length, ending with a slightly spicy clove like feel with a woody and cider like fruity mouth coat.
Overall an excellent craft with super fresh delicious balanced flavors and nice intensity having no perception of alcohol. A true pleasure to drink!
two7offsuit (449) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours reddish brown with a thick off white head. Aroma of sweet malt. Similar flavor with a slight hop finish.
jcnielsen (3129) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown color with white head. Malty, yeasty, ester, fruity aromas. Yeasty, fruity, malty flavors. Really good stuff!
sir__v (1916) - Lille, FRANCE - APR 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: hazy dark amber beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: caramel and candied fruits. Belgian yeast and roasted nuts. Taste: medium body with caramel malt and candied fruits. Roasted nuts and finish as belgian yeast. Small effervescence on tongue. Aftertaste: caramel and apricot with candied apricot. Ester and finish sweet as well.
Matwill (91) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating datant du 1er janvier 2016. Dubbel belge en bouteille de 341ml, aux arômes de caramel et peut-être de pain aux bananes. Le goût toasté du malt ressort, se mêlant à la levure typique d’Unibroue pour nous donner ce classique de la bière québécoise.