luttonm (6957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2018 rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle lists the abv at 10%.
Appearance: The body has a deep brown color with dark crimson highlights. A thick and creamy off white head stands on top. This head hangs on very well and leaves nice lace patterns on the glass.
Smell: There is an interesting blend of sweet malts, dark fruits, grapes, funky yeast, and earthy old leather. The 10% abv is very noticeable but in an inviting way. Just noticeable underneath everything else I pick up some very slight herbal hop notes.
Taste/Palate: The flavor notes are well blended and backed up with some serious but tasty booziness. Just like the nose suggests it has dark fruit and wine like grape notes with malty sweetness and earthy yeast. Hops are light and add a touch of leafy spice and herbal character off in the distance. The palate has a firm full feel and body with plenty of carbonation to keep it lively and drinkable.
Notes: Overall this is an outstanding and very well made big Belgian Dark Ale. It ages very well and brings lots of interesting complexity to the palate. It’s too bad that this is only a limited one time brew.
2011 bottle in Seattle, at the Click holiday party. Creamy head, dark brown with red highlights. Boozy rum, cognac, brandy impressions on nose. This bottle has held up very well. Rich and leathery with well balanced sweetness. Very, very nice. sinfull (1846) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 Dark, mahogany color. Medium sized, off-white head . Toasted malt, raisins, dough, wood and chocolate in aroma. Rich malty taste with notes of dark fruits, yeast, oak and hint of cocoa. Delicious jinroh (2459) - ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2017
Tasting @ Tim's. Original batch from 2007, 10 years old by now. Pours copper, light clouds, good beige head there, decent carbonation. Vinious caramel nose, dark dried fruits, light berry juice and a bit of liquorice. Cherry candy. Taste has soft caramel, really blended together nicely, warming, dried fruits, candy sugar. Oak and ash coming out more in the end. Time has really contributed to this, well blended together. Finish has a touch of bitterness, good linger that has some dry oak and also a light alcohol bite. Very Belgian but in a good way. Thanks Tim, this one is a very special treat. VincentDamon (528) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2017
Bière d’un brun opaque et profond, avec une belle mousse beige. Nez ou le caramel et les fruits sont en évidence. En bouche, c’est une super explosion de sucre brun et de sucre d’orge, j’adore. Différent des autres produits Unibroue, ce qui est vraiment bien!!!! Cheers ! BlackHaddock (7956) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2017
0.75 litre bottle (2014 #22496, BB 2nd Dec 19): drank on 30th Oct 2017 at the monthly beer exchange in Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. I bought this in California and brought it home to share with friends. Really enjoyed it, the last beer of the evening. Dark brown body, wispy off-white head. Nose is malty with chocolate notes dominating, light spice esters as the beer warmed a little in the glass. Lovely malty brew, again with chocolate to the fore in the taste, with a spicy twist, like the aroma, some dried fruits in there too (prunes, raisins, figs). Liked it.
minutemat (6245) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2017
75cl bottle @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, Oct 17 Part 2, courtesy of Jeremy. Many thanks! Pours dark brown, thin off-white head. Aroma has some nice soft chocolate, dark malts, light spice. Taste has prominent spice, dark treacle, dried dark fruits. Good rich oak aged quadrupel and nice end to the evening. azzurro (504) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2017
I wasn't sure if I would keep this one for a special occasion. I decided to finally open it up. Makes me think of La Trappe Triple (my go to beer). Success! islay (3115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Tiny pour from a bottle at a tasting. Consumed on 9-23-17. Labeled as "Unibroue Grand Reserve 17." Light brown. Hazy liquid. Raisin and caramel scents. Juicy aroma. A bit chemical, prune-like, plastic, yeasty taste. Medium body. Frothy in the palate. 126.96.36.199.11=>2.9 erikaraeb (325) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2017
Quite an understated taste for such a style, but a delicious taste at that. Well-balanced toffee, malt, wood, caramel, and raisins. Not too watery and not too thick. Unibroue comes through strong once again. tsd08460 (1279) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2017
Bomber from Total Wine Sterling (Virginia)
Aroma: woody, caramel, earthy, nuts, dark fruits
Appearance: brown with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, lively carbonation, long finish,