RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Unique and limited edition, this Belgian style ale is crafted once a year as a special treat for those of you who appreciate flavorful, bottle-conditioned ales with character. This year’s vintage: a rich, dark and full-bodied ale with a fine and generous coffee-colored, beige foam. It’s ready to enjoy right away and you may also wish to cellar a few bottles. It will evolve interestingly well, developing more complex flavors as the years go by. Keep bottle upright in storage. Best before 9-10-2013.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Pours a deep brownish color with a beast-like large super active volcano of foam tan. Aroma is brown sugar, raisins, candi sugars, belgian yeasts, cinnamon, spices. Flavor is candi sugar, dark fruits, a variety of holiday spices, belgian yeasts, esthers. Prickly carbonation carries fruity undertones from the back of your tongue to the front. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2010
From a 750mL Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with some cedar bark hues and a tall head of fizzy tan. Strong aromas of ginger dominate the nose, but further contemplation reveals subtler notes of leather and cocoa. Hints of some dark fruity esters, mainly prune, but the spices overwhelm the majority of the yeast profile. Medium light bodied, highly carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, selzery texture. As with the aroma, ginger dominates the flavor. Suggestions of cocoa, leather, and raisin as well. A moderate alcohol warmth lingers in the finish, creating a bit of a medicinal sensation coupled with the ginger. Far too overspiced for my tastes, but the execution is good. Pleasantly dry with a perfect carbonation level; would love to know what this would have tasted like without any spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (6067) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Trader Joe’s, Union Square, NY ($5): For the value, this is a wonderful brew. It pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is very fruity (prunes, raisins and the like), along with a proper amount of yeast. Mouthfeel has the a fair amount of carbonation. Taste has some sweetness, with the lightest touch of hops. Plenty of frutis and malts. Minimal, but not unpleasant, aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2010
75cl bottle, thanks Peregrinari. Small tan head atop cola brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some Belgian yeast, banana, cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some Belgian yeast, light anise. Medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike67 (1172) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours black with a fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Yeasty, fruity aroma with peppery notes. Full, tangy body. Flavors are of fruit, yeast and spices. The finish is long and dry. Good brew, but not something special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2010
I’ve gotten hooked on these beers the last couple of years. Pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, Belgian yeast, and dark fruit. Flavor has a lot of spices in it, fairly sweet, dark fruit, and Belgian yeast. I was a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Very dark pour with a tan head and strong lacing. Very strong banana esters in the aroma and the strong Belgian spices typical of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Pours a near black color and is totally opaque. Tall, sturdy, dense foamy brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramel, light floral notes, dusty Belgian yeast and spices. Taste is big spices atop more dark fruit, dried tropical fruit, dusty yeast, sweet malt, light caramel and floral hops. Body is medium and very effervescent. Strong prickly carbonation throughout which is standard for Unibroue beers. Ends with a touch stronger floral hoppiness, bigger fruit notes, strong spice, sweet malt, light cocoa, caramel and dusty yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3247) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Who would have thought a family member would have randomly brought a bottle to Thanksgiving dinner? Luckily for myself the 2 other people who tried some didn’t like it, so I had most of the 750 to myself. Pours out a dark brown with a light off white/tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, yeast, spice and a light grainy note. Taste is complex with notes of dried dark fruits, mainly plum and some other fruity sweetness. Light spice and some yeasty notes are in there also with a slightly dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1782) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2010
This starts with an aroma with hints of dark fruit, bready malts, and a touch of the Unibroue yeast spice. It pours an opaque black, with a huge pale tan head. A bit of heat in this one, a year or so in the cellar should mellow that out. The flavor is mild, with roasted notes, and the standard Unibroue spice. For the price, once again this is an enormous value at $5 a 750 mL bottle. I’ve got a couple cellared already, and will be picking up more.

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