Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
Bue à la température de la pièce : Robe rouge aux reflets roses surmontée d’une mousse rose qui s’estompe complètement. Arômes de cerises marasquins, de canelle et de muscade. Saveurs de vieilles cerises, de malt âcre et d’épices.
Bue chaude : Arômes d’alcool et de cerises sûres. Saveurs de cerises confites. Plus sirupeuse mais moins de saveurs. Des tanins et des saveurs d’agrumes sont présents.
Assez différente de la Quelque chose pour ne pas la préférer. Moins complexe, moins riche en saveurs... Le corps est moins bien travaillé et chaude, elle est complètement différente. muzzlehatch (4952) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2005
341 ml bottle courtesy of Rastacouere. The label promising "cherry beer on the rocks" does not give much hope. Big bubbly-fizzy pink head capping a very dark, deep red clear body, the head dying quickly to leave a tiny ring...fairly pleasant aroma of ripe tart cherries, a hint of marzipan, and some decent underlying dark malt, but there is little complexity here....fairly sweet and sugary, with a fair dose of alcohol, thick and syrupy-cloying...becomes rather metallic and somewhat bitter to finish, though nice cherry tartness shines all the way to the end. The alcohol and the cloying nature really hurt, but this is drinkable I guess, if rather a poor effort from Unibroue. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
Appearance:ruby red,light pink head...
I think this beer is the quelquechose with a bit more differente.... turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle 341 ml. Appearance: clear ruby with very thin head. Aroma: cherries and cinnamon Flavor: cherries and cinnamon . beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
A thin creamy pink head sits on top of a clear ruby body. The aroma is pleasant with its tart cherries and cinnamon, it feels a bit herbal too. The flavor is surprising and interesting, tart cherries, cinnamon and a herbal finish akin to tea. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Not bad, I agree with Rastacouere, it’s much better than I thought it would be, the way it’s packaged it looks like sangria or some cheap fruit beer knock-off.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
A clear wooden ruby pour offering a swiftly completely departing head. Let me put you in context, this came all of a sudden despite earlier rumors of Unibroue trying experiments with fruits and wood. The bottle appearance in some ways would remind of a cooler, with a twist-off cap and it sells in that range of price (10$ a 4-pack) while being 7.5%. Nevertheless, the label claims a certain lambic influence, aging in oak for several months, all the while proposing serving it on the rocks and very cold. All in all, it doesn’t look well, but I’m pleasantly surprised I must say, this won’t steal the show in most serious tastings, but from the first sniff, it sides in the serious camp offering well focused cherry flesh scents, combined with underlying blood orange juiciness and tea-like tannins. Tartness remains very mellow in mouth, while cinnamon spice hints reveal a familiarity with the lovely Quelque Chose, betraying the fact that I’m likely to enjoy this more than most. It is quite sweet, but the soft woody tannins and mildest leafy bitterness manage a good job at balancing it out. No overassertive Unibroue yeast character in here, but no particular pleasant wildness either. As it closes on room temperature, their warnings to serve very cold make more sense, the beer becomes a bit cloying and less vibrant, the leafiness being completely out of the portrait. I’d therefore either drink it quite fast (in that regard, the initially lively carbonation tends to leave considerably after a few minutes, the beer globally becoming more liquorous) or put it in the fridge a few minutes after getting it out of the cellar. So, not the most complex, definitely not approaching Quelque Chose in that department, but I like the direction they are heading to after the recent Chambly Noire and I could understand we’ll see some variants in a close future. Enjoy!