shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2003 Not as good as other Unibroues I've had, but if you like the thick, port-like variety of beer this is for you. Very heady taste and aroma, dark, cloudy reddish appearance and a thick, almost too-sweet flavour. I like the fact that it's got a kick to it, but I find Maudite much more refreshing and tasty. Rerate: After my horrible experience with Blanche de Chambly, I can't help but notice similar Noxema-esque notes to this brew.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I initially had this too cold, and the aroma reminded me of smelly socks, with the flavor being like the sauce you get with broccoli beef at a bad chinese place with the broth from the socks mixed in. However the second one i had warmer and i noticed the fruity aroma a little more as well as the referance they make to port wine. However, still doesnt quite do it for me, perhaps the buzz helped it taste better as well. Still a decent brew all the same.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Dark Amber brown color, the aroma and flavor are spicy yet sweet. A very good brew.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first thing that hits me is that this stuff tastes and feels like coca-cola. Luckily that initial impression dims impressively as the spicy yeastiness rises through and a tasty warmth spills over, but the beer seems cheapened still, littler than it should be.
senjiro (35) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very nice spiced fruit flavor. remarkable rust golden color. perfect mouthfeel.
aracauna (2994) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This may sound odd but the flavor reminded me a bit of watermelon. Maybe it was the esters combined with some of the other yeasty flavors but it was interesting. Smells like a good belgian should. Not as spicy as some, but the estery fruitiness is good. Having trouble with some of the spicier belgians, this is a good beer to me. It had less of the fuzzy mouthfeel that a lot of Belgians have. I think that’s a good thing as some feel too fuzzy.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2005 7/12/02: Fizzy carbonation. Complex sweet, spicy flavor. Warms the tummy and packs a wallop. I’m starting to like Belgians.
8/12/03: The pour is the color of prune with a thin tan head. Aroma is of sweet, fruity malt and yeast. Complex flavor includes hints of cherry, grape, spices, yeast and a little port wine. Mouth feel is champange like. It has a long dry mouth watering aftertaste. The 9% ABV makes its presence known.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2003 Decent tan head that lingers as a nice lace. Aroma is fruit and toasted malts. Nice palate just slides down tingling with carbonation along the way. Flavor is very similar to the better belgians but somewhat lacking in complexity. Very good beer overall.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is
hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of
brown sugar, banana, orange, clove, vanilla, cola, and alcohol. Flavor is
heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately
sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, short. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, moderately
alcoholic. As with Maudite, I like the aroma a lot (just a tad artificial smelling), but it just doesn’t fulfill its promises in the mouth experience...flimsy and kind of watery, with a quick finish that doesn’t leave you wanting to drink more. Nice potential, but doesn’t fully come together.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 A castle of abundance and fertility…In one room, peppery port wine kissing plump black cherries on a bed molasses and chocolate…In another, listless burnt caramel embracing Christmas cookie dough on a table of cloves…In yet another, plums draw human blood and honey from roasted figs…And this is just one royal corridor…
A 10-year-old 1996 bottle revealed a decadent aroma of maderized berry sugars...Carbonation had lowered with time, but it still let the flavors express themselves freely...A marvelous aging experiment...(the same cannot be said of Maudite).