phaleslu (10246) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2013
750 ml bottle opened by a friend- thanks, Peter! I have the rest of this vertical at home, somehow. Pours a deep amber color with some reddish-brown highlights and an initially lively off-white head that settles quickly. Hard color to describe. The aroma really takes a while to emerge, but is loaded with rich caramel malts and spices- clove, ginger, allspice. Some dried fruits, too. The flavor is a richer version of the same; big caramel malts, toffee, cookies, spices, plums, dried berries, and figs. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, spicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. A little warmth. Would be good in a couple years, too. These beers are one of the best values out there every single year. Kudos to Unibroue and Trader Joe’s. crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2013
My first taste of this brew of any vintage. Another solid one form Unibroue. Dark fruits, deep malts, medium yeast. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
A - pours nice cola brown with low tan head. No lacing. S - very strong Belgian yeast ( similar to al unibroue beers) over ripe apples, over the top sickly sweet fruity notes. Cloves, cinnamon, candied sugar. M - dense full bodied beer, sticky sweet malt madness. Mellow booze for the 9%. T - very rich Belgian yeasts. Over ripe apples. Very very sweet. Some spice notes, cloves and cinnamon. Bubble gum yeasts. O - overly sweet typical unibroue beer. 3.0
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UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 Disappointing taste and aroma. Reminds me of drinking dark soapy water. Not worth buying again. bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bought from trader joe’s - very cheap price, I think $5.99 or so. I know this is unibroue brewed so I wanted to try. Pours dark brown/plum. Aroma is definitely unibroue yeast - ginger, clove, cinnamon and cardamom. Taste is great, very dry on the front side - candied ginger, faint dark fruits, finishes with belgian yeast spices and faint cinnamon. Not a strong piney hop flavor, but it’s in there. Very drinkable at 9% abv and an excellent beer combined with an excellent price tag. I will buy more of these when I see them at trader joes and age them to see what happens. I wasn’t expecting this good of a beer. Really surprised me !
odinstyr (795) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours a medium brown with lively carbonation and a 3-fingered tan head which quickly fades. Smells of fruit, barnyard, hay, caramel. Taste is sweet, mildly sour and bitter, figs, tropical fruit, champagne. beerme31 (685) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown full tan head. Yeasty, clove, ginger, spice aroma. Mild sweet, tart taste. Medium-full body, texture borders between creamy and sticky. Above average carbonation, a bit of bite in the finish. Overall pretty good but liked last year’s version better. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Reasonably good. Very dark brown, somewhat thick appearance as it pours. Good sweetness, Belgian dubbel qualities. A little bready, caramel, bubblegum, clove, light spicing. The alcohol is not all that apparent. Drinkable, tasty. Bottle. Witzend (17) - - JAN 17, 2013
Poured from a boomer surprising dark color nice tan head with a malty aroma smooth malty fruit and spice flavor nice beer for the price
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Poured into an English pint glass. Dark cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is Belgian yeast. Flavor is sweet with some mild roasted notes and some assorted spices towards the finish. Medium bodied with a thin mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good Belgian.