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Unibroue Sans Nom

Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Sans nom means "No Name". It was originally released under this name with a contest asking the public to choose a name. Either the name "Sans Nom" won or the company never followed up on the contest. Sans Nom bottles always bear the year of the batch and are seldom available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7618) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
330. Thanks, Dany! Pours an opaque but bright strawberry blonde...until, well, this is probably a good time to remind everyone that I am a bit of an idiot. I just poured a 10-year-old BSA of unknown provenance straight down into a glass, just turned it over and glugged it. When the yeast cake burst through the mouth, it looked like I was firing a potato gun into a Duvel tulip. A potato gun that fires sweet, spicy, gooey potatoes of Quebecois love. I’ll let you just not think too much about some of the creepy gay overtones of what we just talked about, and move us right along to the beer. There’s not much head, even after I just poured the thing like a waiter at Applebee’s. Turns a tawny-looking caramel color if you’re stupid and careless enough to turn the yeast cake loose. Big caramel, toffee, and fig nose. Spicy sweet and delicious. Creamy medium body, surprisingly unsticky for all the sugars aboard. Very little carb. Caramel, toffee, figs, dates, and cookie dough on the mid palate. A wonderful combination of sweet and interesting notes that complement each other very well. Caramel sticky finish. Great beer, especially considering. Thanks so much, D.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (7268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2010
Bottle [341ml] shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. 2000 vintage! 10 years old eh? Let’s do it! Pours a hazy golden-orange with a spare white head. Aroma: Not bad at all, it kind of reminds me of a UK Barley Wine. Quite fruity along with caramel malt, yeast and some maple syrup. Flavour is spicy in the finish, I didn’t expect that, dry, yeasty and fruity tasting -- much of the flavour is in the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel. Average bodied. This held up for a decade very well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2010
In short: A very old but surprisingly drinkable dusty, yeasty, rustic, tangy Belgian blonde ale.
How: Bottle 341ml. Vintage 2000 (!!!). Consumed when too many years old. Bottle from Brasseurs Illimités personnal cellar, thanks René
The look: Partly cloudy golden orange body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose of burnt oranges, yeast spiciness, caramel, dust. Taste is has some kind of woody caramel upfront, dusty yeast. I know I haven’t had this beer since I started on ratebeer in 2005. And I don’t remember if I’ve had this local beer before. Maybe… 9 years ago? I don’t know (or remember) what it is supposed to taste like when fresh. But the bottle I drank had developed a rustic character with dusty and rusty notes. Unibroue sold it under the name “Without Name”, but that’s only because its real name was Renaldo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2010
341ml bottle - shared with blankboy, garthicus and gregclow, via trade with JulienHuxley. Sure, it’s old - but I’ve wanted to try these long-retired Unibroues for years. D’oh - forgot to record the date!! Pours a flat-looking mostly clear gold, a touch oily-looking, with a small white head. Smells - actually, it doesn’t smell bad - peach, yeast, alcohol, a hint of paper - oxidized some, but not bad. Taste ... reminds me of Unibroue 10 - follows the nose right on with fruitiness, some alcohol, a bit dry and yeasty, overall sweet and a tad musty. Average body, mild carbonation, slick and again a bit must on the tongue, a hint of sourness in the finish - it’s held up some, thinning out, but "not poison"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2912) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 19, 2010
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a small but persistent white head. Aroma: lots of caramel, maple, somewhat dusty, a little barleywine-esq with fruit in there too. Flavour: quite a lot of honey, malt, carbonated but not fizzy, tingling, a little spicy in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle- Thanks so much Steve! Decants into my Unibroue snifter, a hazed burnt orange, with a thin white head that dissipates to a small ring. Interesting nose of wet basement, spices, oranges, brown sugar, and almost funky yeast. Tastes sweet, also slightly tart. Candied apricots, spice, and funky yeast leads to brown sugar. Thin, light medium body with an earthy finish. Still pretty good considering the age, and past its prime, but it is still drinking ok IMO. Glad I got to try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle, vintage 2000. Thanks RH. Aroma is light brandy and cherries. Taste is cherries again, quite maderised. Light effervescence and thin palate. Not that bad despite his age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2008
Golden-orange in colour with a lasting but thin white coloured head, some light lacing and lots of visible carbonation. The aroma has some sugary sweetness still, some spice but the gingerbread is starting to take over. The flavour is also starting to go but there is still enough there for this to be enjoyable, the sweetness is light, ginger and some oxidization is starting to set in. Thin mouthfeel, meidum/light body, mild carbonation. Finishes lingering with a bit of spice.

Well, it only took me 7 years to find this. Obviously nowhere near what this used to taste like, I give credit to the brewers because Unibroue beers have a crazy nack of holding up for years. Pretty much done now, drinking this is just for fun from here on out. Maybe one day I’ll come across another bottle.

341ml bottle obtained in a trade with Goldorak, thanks Martin.
Opened on March 29, 2008.
Vintage 2000.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 4, 2008
Thanks to Jeff for sharing. The first beer of Saturday. Slightly hazy gold, thin head. Nose is honey & light toffee, malt, some astringent spiciness. Flavor is honey, yeasty spice, wishy washy toffee. Interesting but past it’s prime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (4251) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2007
750 ml, bu une version des années 1990, blonde dans le style de la fin du monde, très bonne, épicée, longue en bouche parfaite.

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