keokani (20) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Aroma: caramel, chocolate.
Appearance: red, brown, cloudy, frothy, tan foam.
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter.
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation.
Overall: This is one of the very best Belgian ales I’ve ever had. After this 17th anniversary ale, the series has not been continued. The ones I had were 15th, 16th, and 17th anniversary, and all were equally phenomenal! Years later, I’m having the 17th anniversary ale again. Fortunately, since it is a bottle-conditioned, Belgian ale, it improves with aging, rather than spoiling. So, it is just as good now, as it was when it was first released. Either that, or this beer has been brewed again since its first release. wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottled. WOW! This is a spectacular beer. Very yeast driven aroma. I taste a subtle raisin flavor that bounces across my tongue. All in all a perfect beer! MilkOfTheOld (3) - - MAY 29, 2012 does not count
A perfect beer. Strikingly Belgian in flavoring and spices, with nuttiness and malt flavor. Strong but not heavy, in some ways feels like a dark tripel with the malt subbing in for the fruitiness typical of that style. An absolute delight from a brewery that never seems to miss. Sheffee (28) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Remarkable complexity, depth and balance. You find something new in it every time you take a sip. A must for any beer lover. Bierdimpfe (640) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2016
Thick cloudy copper color with a pink hue and powerful carbonation activity. Extra foamy, delicate, beige 3 finger sparkly head, creating a foam island and lasting around 12 minutes, with some strong legs.
Aromas and flavors of dark fruits, citrus, caramel, honey or maple, floral and herbal spices. Well intensified, delicious rich super fruity taste, slightly vinous but in a soft sweet way, with hints of orange/lemony/coriander/apple slightly bitter feel and a pleasant earthy oak sensation.
Slick, almost creamy, full body with some perfect carbonation. Balanced finish ending with a slightly bitter and dry, thick dark berries mouth coat and perfectly spiced aftertaste.
Overall : The perfect craft; sexy lovely look, warming, awesome freshness, complex delicious flavors, inviting smell, accessible...what else do you want?
boscoja1 (14) - gainesville, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Smells like sweet nuttyness. Dark amber lovliness with a creamy light headiness. Chocolatey, brandy, and brulee flavorness. Not lingering but yumminess. Very good beerness. Whids (60) - - DEC 30, 2012
Hands down the best beer I have ever tasted. Unibroue make a number of high quality beers, but this is easily their best effort. JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
What an amazing beer. Expertly crafted. There is no booziness despite the abv. Weak nose. Beardbeerman (341) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
750ml cork bottle (2013-174712) poured into a snifter around 10 degrees. Pours a semi-cloudy mohagany with vivid carbonation topped by a huge creamy hazel head. The beer shows both incredible retention and lacing properties. The nose is complex with oak, leather, plums, melon, dattes, almonds, and also warm with a strong alcohol backbone. As for taste, the brew explodes with candied fruits, caramel, almonds and liquor and breaks down into a lingering dry liquorish finish. Not too heavy, the beer is far more balanced between the woodsy and fruity elements than the 2011 edition. A great product you can put in your cellar up to 8 years. Cheers! Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - MAR 26, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2009 hazed cocoa maroon body with a hell of a head. on it. love the nose on this thingherbal sweet fruits and a vanilla scent. damn this tastes even better. everything the nose [romised and more. great full mouth feel, i don’t know if it is because i’m so f’ng stoned or if the beer is this f’ing good?the light banana yeast notes are rich and just end this beer amazingly well. plum deep caramel almost chocol;ate notes. just a bit of peach sweetness and lingering sugariness. this is a joy to drink. of course the red chili soy ginger chicken and rice i just had with this may have played a part too.
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yes i was that stoned, and yes the beer was that good.