Tmoney99 (14601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle from Trader Joe’s - Cincy. Poured dark brown color with a huge light brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy malty, fruit and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Full complex fruit, ginger and malt sweet flavor with a long dark sweet finish with a small alcohol tone. Another good brew at a fair price.
IrishBoy (4210) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
750 ml bottle from Trader Joes! Nose of yeast, cloves, and cocoa. Very dark brown with a huge long lasting, glass lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly fruity with some dates and bananas, yeastiness, and allspice. One of the better Unibroues I’ve had. zizzybalubba (1873) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2009
750 mL bottle from Trader Joe’s in Virginia Beach. Muddy brown pour with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and light citrus. Banana, clove, and nutmeg are all very strong upon the first sip. Just a hint of cocoa on the finish. This is not your typical Belgian style beer. For the price ($4.99/bottle) this is hard to beat. Better than last year’s version in my opinion. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 7, 2009
75cl bottle. Almost black color with a fizzy light beige head. Yeasty, spicy aroma with a touch of chocolate, bright fruitiness reminiscent of pears, cinnamon apples, and sweet sugary syrup. The flavor is sweet and spicy with very low bitterness, some alcohol, and a sticky sweetness. Thin and chunky body with medium-high carbonation. A little like drinking cola with more spices added. Errs on the side of sweet and spice. Not that into this now, but this one will probably improve with some time, which I didn’t feel about last year’s. sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Pours deep brown with a large light brown head. Aroma is well-spiced, clove and cinnamon over light banana and apple skins. Flavor is initially banana, dry cherry, giving way to cinnamon and clove once again, a medium dark toasted note, mild alcohol, and a spicy, peppery finish. Very nice.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
aroma is bright, fresh, caramel, earth, citrus toward the end. very dark brown, almost black pour into a tulip w/3 finger head. taste is cloves, caramel, hay, like a dark saison. very nice medium-full, mildly sweet palate. overall, not as sweet as previous vintages, the saison-like qualities make this great. bonus for only being $5 for 750 ml RedSox2004 (1909) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Deep, deep mahogany red, almost black, with a nice tan head with very tight bubbles and spider web lacing. Dark fruit - plums, figs, cherries - on the nose, with yeast clearly evident. Complex flavor profile features everything you smell, plus some brown sugar, spices, black pepper. Malt sweetness is strong. The alcohol is subtle but warming. Medium bodied, very lively carbonation that dances on your tongue, very pleasant aftertaste. Another great Unibrou effort on behalf of TJs. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2009
750ml bottle 12/2/09 (Trader Joe’s-Naperville)-Pours a dark brown almost black with a decent sized tan head. Aroma of yeast, coriander, pepper, lemon, ginger, and slight citrus. Taste of the same with more coriander and wheat being more prominent along with a big dose of chocolate. Thislight to medium bodied brew is very tasty and can’t wait to try one that is aged. Great job. BillKismet (4072) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Deep brown with an excessively carbonated body and a towering, airy Coca-Cola ice cream float head. Hearty aromas of deep caramel malts, dank beer, and Belgian phenols, pleasurably melded together. Clovey wheat soon swings to the forefront. Smooth body of caramel chocolate and subdued roastiness. Clove and wheat round it out the flavors in this full-bodied brew. Medium smoky clove finish and bittered ginger finish Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Decent aroma, slightly sweet, with the Unibroue yeast noticeable in the scent. As previous years, pours with an obnoxious head for the first glass. This has a dark brown color, with a gigantic light tan head. The flavor is quite balanced. Touches of sweet milk chocolate and a bit of spice, the alcohol is really well hidden. Very soft on the palate, with a bit of slickness. For $5 a bomber, you really can’t go wrong on this one.