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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   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (18954) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2002
Golden coloured. Very hazy. Fruity, lively & complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (11798) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2000
Sour, orangey, hoppy. Very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
A ephemeral strong ale/tripel that was laden with assertive oranges and beautiful hops…Sugary yeast and a pleasant acidity to boast for yet another Unibroue success…Sadly, my last bottle was past its prime…

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
2000 bottle enjoyed June 5 2004 at Tiggmtl’s post Mondial 2004 Hazy dark golden yellow body with a smallish off white film of a head. Flavour has a hint of mint that at first I thought I had imagined, some spice and a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is decent, but shows its age in a finish that is a bit watery, though still has a warming effect on the through. In inexplicably good shape in its delightful highlights, but limps away like an aging punchdrunk boxer. Many thanks to whomever brought this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2004
2004 Gathering at Tiggmtl, 2000 bottle: Hazy dark golden colorwith a nice white head. Complex aged toffee and butterscotch gingerbread aroma with a touch of grapes. Starts rich and caramely sweet with a drier earthy finish. Hides its alcohol magnificently and has aged very well. Many thanks to Rastacouere for sharing this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 13, 2004
I am lucky to have this one . This is a sweet gold ale , plenty of fruit and some light yeast . My nose dedected as well some plum ,starwberry and caramell . Sans Nom is a cloudy amber with mediuym creamy head . Flavours include soem sweet malt , light roast ,herbs , fruits and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2004
2000 bottle had at the saturday gathering of Mondial de la bière 2004 Very light amber body. Thin off-white film. Aroma has that dry yeast pencil shaving characteristics that I love in Saison. Mild alcohol, rather complex peachy fruitiness. Abundance of spices, pepper, mint. Very pleasant aroma. In mouth, there’s an initial tasty attack, lemony, fruity, yeasty with heather notes, spices a plenty, but it, too quickly, fades away and become a little still. The time slowly won the battle against this legendary Quebec beer. RIP.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (5929) - 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.

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