limubai99 (9) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is excellent: thick, off-white, and enticing. The aroma is complex. The alcohol is very present and matched with a sweet malt and ripe fruit nose. The taste is complex and satisfying at first but does not resolve very well. The finish I find lacking. Also surprising is the thin mouthfeel considering the gravity of the brew. Overall, a fine belgian style dark but not on my list of favorites.
loco_gallego (146) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brune foncée, reflets ruby. Voilée. Mousse beige claire, persistante. Gros lacings.
Au nez très fruitée-sucré (fruits noirs plutôt). Maltage toasté chocolat. Epicée, légèrement poivrée. Caractère liquoreux. Et bien sûr levures Unibroue.
En bouche encore plus complexe et balancée. Avec une certaine douceur, très très légère acidité, petite amertume herbeuse. Alcool présent. Le tout incroyablement balancé et complexe. Grosse longueur finale, plutôt sucré, liquoreuse et herbeuse.
Bonne carbonatation avec du corps.
J’adore cette bière.
gregorymconway (137) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the only. Very bright fruit aromas, cherry plum and grape, sweet fresh juicy aromas. Wine-like. Yeast heavy aroma and very bright. Chocolate notes are subtle, lively carbonation. Full bodied and rich. Deep opaque brown body with foamy brown head.
BOSSbrewer (1972) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at 28 Springs with Peter. Pours a reddish brown with two fingers of off white head. Aron is malt dark fruits raisins and some chocolate. Flavor follows. Fairly sweet. Really nice beer.
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jh773 (169) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby-brown with a thick head that smooths out and lingers for a while. Aroma is classic Unibroue yeast, slightly peppery hops, spice, warm dough. Taste is very smooth, rich and slightly fruity with some spice and a full-bodied yeast presence. Good palate; body is present but light. Slightly sweet finish with lots of cooked malt.
andrewje41 (650) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz foiled bottle poured. Pours midnight black with a lasting cloudy head. Mild dark fruit aroma with some plum and spice. Very flavorful with some grape, dark fruit, and a ton of spice. Slightly tart as well. Well worth the low cost. Great beer.
Lore (1204) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 20, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark mahogany colour with ruby notes, moderate sized beige head which disappears quickly; aroma of candy sugar, overripe fruits, yeast, some herbal liqueur notes and alcohol in the background; taste of toasted sugar, dried fruits, vanilla; herbal notes and spicy aftertaste - excellent Belgian strong ale from the new world
1guywith_aboat (252) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black pour/ red in light. Small, dense khaki cap. Aroma is roasty with a little funk. Not getting the fruits it boasts on the label. Flavor is slightly fruity, toasted malt, roasty, and yeasty. High quality brew. Nice rich body.
pras (490) - Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint at Epcot during Food and Wine Expo. Poured into a plastic pint cup. Dark opaque color. Aroma of roast and dry fruit. Taste more of the same, with a bit of roast. Very enjoyable.
UrbanCaveman (74) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.
A: Pours a deep, dark, rich red-brown, rather like a well-buffed, well-aged cherry wood desk, while forming an impressively thick head of just barely off-white foam. Holding the beer to daylight reveals faint ruddy highlights in an otherwise cloudy brown delicious-looking mass. Even after minutes of dissipation, the head remains as a half-finger cap atop the brew.
S: Diabolically sweet, as one might expect from reading the side of the pack. Dark fruits swirl about a dance floor in the arms of candi sugar and that Unibroue yeast, to the background tune of sweet caramel malt. Plums, grapes, raisins, and cherries intermingle with one another, and there’s no shortage of dark bready hints as well, from pumpernickel to rye.
T: Oh, a heady, heady brew this is for a malthead with a yen for yeast! The nose promised all and lied about none of it. The flavor profile explodes from the moment it passes the lips through the finish, all the various notes in harmony. The dark fruits swirl about a palate of sweet dark breads and candi sugars, with no one or even group of flavors taking center stage. The flavors remain balanced and strong through the finish, lingering sweet and sticky on the tongue.
M: Creamy and sticky, with a medium carbonation that fills it out nicely.
O: Unibroue knows its Belgian ales, that is indisputable. This is one of the finer offerings along those lines I’ve had, and I come back to it time and again. Should I ever get to Belgium itself to sample ales from the source, my opinion may change, but until then - bravo, Quebecois!
rayaron (339) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - NOV 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Hazy brown with small beige head. Floral aroma, yeasty, spicy, light roasted malt, fruity (banana, peach). Medium sweet flavor, spicy, light roasted malt, fruity (banana, cherry, peach), yeasty, light sourness. Light carbonation, medium-bodied.