Oakes (19416) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2006
Opaque dark brown colour. Aroma is lead by yeasty spicineness and not much else. Flavour is mainly plastic with some backing burnt sugar. Very simplistic and mailed-in. Did Van Steenberge brew this? Lubiere (14247) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
Bought at Dép. de la Rive by NH. Dark brown ale with a thick moka head. Light yeasty aroma with light orange peels. In mouth, overcarbonated fizz black liquid, a mix of cigarette butches and coca-cola, the night agfter a party. John Sleeman, you bastard!!! MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2006
Any first impressions?Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2006
-A swiftly depleting head dissolves onto opaque darkness.
-Faint burnt molasses barely escape the black hole of a nose.
-A rather ample sweet malt body offers molasses and berries, but some surging oxidation quickly toppled them.
-The prickly carbonation expands distastefully over the malty sweetness.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some roastiness exists nearby the subdued tartness.
-Metallic shavings seem to have replaced the yeast.
-Green veggies slowly take over the burnt/roastiness in the nose.
-Considering the bulk of the previous ratings, I was expecting to be utterly disgusted, but I am simply...well, okay, repelled.
Bottled for the Quebec Carnaval.
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 J’ai l’ai trouvé à Dépanneur-à-tout prix (Laval). Pour un produit brassé pour un festival hivernal, je m’attendrais à une bière plutôt épicé, très loin de ça. Foncé comme un cola, elle avait un beau collet qui meure vite. Prèsque pas d’arome et le goût; fade au début et ça fini sûre. Desseption total! tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
Overly charred aroma is quite metallic with some soured fruit notes to it but none of the typical Unibroue yeast character. Dull dark brown body is topped by a low white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Sharp sourness, stale fruit and strong metallic flavours leave this undrinkable. It seems like it must be oxidized, yet the cork was tight and the carbonation was fine. Medium light body. Drainpour. It’s a shame that for such a limited edition it was so severely flawed. I guess we’ll never know what it was supposed to taste like. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from the fridge. Bottle (Grand Duc, Mar-05).
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2006 Bottle shared with tupalev, jerc, blankboy & HogTownHarry - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Dull, murky brown with ruby tints. Aroma of sour cherry candy and a bit of smoke - not a nice mixture. Thin, weak body. Flavour is weak and nasty - mild roast notes with an unpleasant sour finish. This is just awful. I think my tasting mates felt bad for Unibroue or something - I can’t think of any other reason to rate this above 2. Oh how the mighty have fallen... GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2006
I think this beer was infected....
Aroma:Rosted malt and light acidity....
Flavor:Fruit,rosted malt,light acidity... Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle shared with Jerc, Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, and GregClow. Dark brown, foamy off white head. Looks great. Sugar, slightly sweet aroma, hint of smoke. Taste is dreadful. A sour brown ale, a piss poor imitation of the piss poor Chambly Noire. Thin sour, yuck. Glad I sampled it last week, as I would have bought one of the many bottles I saw in Montreal this past weekend...and wasted my money. blankboy (7884) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a murky black with red hues and an average size off-white head. Aroma of slightly sour fruit, smoke and a sugary sweetness -- where’s the famous Unibroue aroma? Flavour, like the others mentioned, is of a watered down Chambly Noire but with an unpleasant aftertaste as well. Light bodied. This is pretty bad, I never thought I’d rate a Unibroue beer this low. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
750 ml bottle. Pours black with a Pepsi-like head. Taste is unpleasant burnt malt, like over-toasted bread. I did not even notice the signature Unibroue yeast. Feels like a bad Chambly Noire batch which is a bad Unibroue to start with. The worst Unibroue so far. Fortunately this is not a permanent beer. Brewed (I hope) only once for the Quebec winter Carnaval. I tasted this beer “thanks” to siroy, and I used the word “thanks” very loosely. What did I do to the guy to deserve that? I thought we were friends.