ClarkVV (6961) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 5, 2017 DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dead ringer for the '10'. Luscious pour with cloudy yellow appearance and meringue head. Again I taste a wheat beer quality - its sweetish, herbal with mint and anise undertones. Fruity, but not hugely so, low bitterness level, low acidity, vanilla notes very smooth mouth-feel. I like the '10' and '11' but they are candy-like to some degree, and could benefit from a wider palate range. Alot of Unibroue beers seem to have this same, fortified wheat beer profile.
Bottle drunk 5/11/17.PhillyCraft (8196) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Soft, peach-tinged golden body shows a good clarity and large, white head with moderate retention.
Hmmm, I guess things got vegetal. This thing was aged properly by yours truly and while aging is usually a recipe for disaster, I’ve had some delicious Unibroues that were far older than this, not to mention this is 11% and a golden beer (which I feel oxidize far less problematically than dark ones). The aroma does have an odd combo of cotton candy, bubble gum and vegetal notes, probably actually autolysis. Otherwise, the strong pepper from their house yeast is here with low clove and still a good base of honey-rich malts. Alcohol is well-concealed.
Flavor-wise, I think the yeast autolysis is really dominating. While there is good phenolic character on the end in the form of pepper and other light spice, with strong fruity esters (apple, strawberry, pear, light peach), there’s just too much musty, earthy, nearly rusty flavor. Tired, but still amply carbonated with a soft, slick texture.
BB backlog, Bottle, hazy orange gold with average sized head and lacing. Notes of strong booze, sweet and boozy dark fruit, belgian spice and candy sugar. Apples as it warms. Medium bodied. Sold for a very minimal price for its quality....thats something you don’t hear every day. Viper666 (3290) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
Bouteille. Nez de levures fruitées et épicées typiques à Unibroue, miel, marmelade et alcool. Goût d’alcool qui réchauffe et d’épices (poivre?coriandre?) lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût de levures fruitées et sucrées (pêches, poire, pommes, traces de citron et banane) . Arrière-goût légèrement sucré (miel caramel doux et un peu fruité) et alcool doux qui dure longtemps. [notes 2005] Ferris (17097) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle - Vintage 2002 - Stone fruit and honey. Clearish gold with a small white head. Sweet fruity honey notes, light minty notes and a long sweet finish. Great for the age. DuffMan (10754) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2015, by Sid. Never thought I’d get the chance! Surprisingly bright golden. Aroma of barley candy, honey, touch of musty cork. Held up amazingly well for 2002 vintage!
bhensonb (15967) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
From the file last updated in 2010. Pours gold. Aroma of yeast/spice. Flavor is malt/yeast/spice. With dark fruit. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
Pours golden with almost no head (white). Aroma is of malt, madeira, fruits, caramel. Taste is of malt, fruits, alcohol, caramel, slight cardboard. Palate: Light-medium body. Overall: Over the hill. The alcohol is somewhat present. tom10101 (6297) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Acquired via trade. Clear golden with a small quickly collapsing white head and no lacing. Aroma is fruity and boozy with cardboard. Taste is mostly of cardboard along with light fruits and boozy notes. Medium body. Low carbonation. This beer was supposed to have been well stored but that’s doubtful considering how bad it was. Definitely past is prime. OmegaX (1383) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle at the house. Thanks the TheBeerSommelier for this one. The last of the anniversary beers from Unibroue for me. This one is dead. No carb, oxidized to hell. Not much of an aroma. Flavor is cardboard and sherry. That’s pretty much what I expected but hoped it wouldn’t be, lol. I’m still surprised at how well these beers have held up. This is the only one I’ve had that has been totally flat, which is very impressive. Cheers!!! Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Pours golden orangey hazy with plenty of floating sediment. The aroma has faded immensely, a bit of tropical fruit like Belgian yeast. The flavor has faded as well, a bit of citrus and malty lightly sweetened Belgian yeast.