mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a hazy dark amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is quite subtle, with some light spices, mild dark fruits, and some Belgian candied sugar. Flavour is very, very similar to the 2007, with dark fruits upfront, some brown sugar, caramel, and more dark fruits. If I tasted this is a blind tasting, I’d likely not be able to tell the difference from the 2007. Fairly restrained carbonation, as the 2007 vintage, with the fruitier tones upfront and quite complex. Stronger flavour than the 2006, and like the 2006 and 2007, this has not suffered at all from age. Excellent stuff. Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
Muddy dark amber. Dark fruitiness and lots of yeastiness on the nose. Full bodied. Dark fruits and very Unibrouey palate. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
A: The pour is a brownish color with a minimal off-white head forming.
S: The nose is quite sweet with lots of caramel, candi sugar, and light fruits such as pears and apples. There’s a touch of alcohol as well as a hint of darker fruits like raisins.
T: Despite the definite sweetness, there’s a touch of dryness to the beer. Still some good fruit notes like apples, pears, raisins, and plums. Lots of candi sugar and caramel as well.
M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.
D: One of the best (if not the best) of the Trader Joe’s vintage beers. A more standard and drinkable Belgian-style beer. Ferris (16268) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle - Caramel, dark fruit, grains and yeast. Clear amber with a medium head. Brown sugar, dark fruit and a light sourness. Like a Belgian strong in taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bhensonb (15601) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 6, 2008
750 ml bottle c&c. Hazy rubyish color with a multifinger beige head. Aromas of medium dark fruits, spices and roasted malt. Medium plus body with coarsely creamy carbonation. Flavor is rather spicey, pretty strongly spicey, and that goes well with the dark fruit. The dark malt is sort of covered by all the other flavors. Very Belgian. Fairly dubbel. Excellent continuation of the series. And it was only $4.99?
Tmoney99 (14846) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle from Cincy store.
Poured clear dark brown color with a large light brown creamy head that was lasting and produced excellent lacing. Good malty, nuts and spice aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to full complex bittersweet malty flavor and medium sweet finish of long duration with a small alcohol tone.
Good brew at a fair price. I got two bottles to age for the next two years. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2009
(750ml bottle) Large off-white head that mostly dissipates atop hazy brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, banana, cereal, alcohol, some raisin, bubblegum. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, banana, raisin, bubblegum, some alcohol. Effervescent medium-full body. Right along the same lines as almost every other dark Unibroue concoctions -- not that this is a bad thing. Drake (14058) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2011
750 mL bottle shared at Richmond Gathering 13 by maniac. Thanks! Pours a hazy copper color with fine floating particles. Thin head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of yeast, toffee, faint chocolate, faint berries. The taste is toffee, caramel, peppery yeast notes, faint smoke, berries. Medium bodied. BeerandBlues2 (13695) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of maniac. Pours clear tawny with an average, fizzy cream colored head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of dates and brown sugar. Medium body and warmth, medium-high carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish. bierkoning (13592) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle, shared @ jbrus’s place. Yeasty, slightly vinous aroma with toffee, butter and citrus. Caramelly, almost vinous flavor, slightly alcoholic and yeasty. Malty beer with marzipan.Absolutely not bad.