aracauna (3589) - Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Dark brown body topped by a cream-colored head that fizzes, but doesn't seem to get any smaller very fast. The aroma is nicely spicy, a little alcohol. Nice spicy belgian character in the flavor, but a nice clean maltiness (almost like the malt in a pilsner) rides underneath keeping it from being overbearing. The alcohol is really only felt, not as much tasted or smelled. Good beer. Boutip (6327) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Bottle - Poured a pitch-black beer with a nice huge dark head. Carbonation is excellent and aroma is really vinous with alcohol also perceptible. Complex flavor that includes spice, raisin and a bit of roastiness. Overall, this is a great beer that could rival some of the great strong Belgian ale but the alcohol flavor is bit too strong and should have been subtler.
Re-rate Spet 2005: Shared a 4 year old bottle with my friend Stephane and this beer has aged perfectly. The alcohol sharp taste as completly disapeared and has been replaced with more raisins notes. Wow!!! bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a bark brown color with a thin white head. Has a banana aroma. Flavors of raisins, figs, bananas, and plums. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Light banana ester in the aroma, and holy ethanol batman, this guy throws a huge alcohol aroma wrapped around the signature house spiciness. Dark and sweet, some phenolics, and huge huge alcohol flavor that's rather distracting. I'm not getting alot of malt complexity. Well made for sure, but not my cup of beer. BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 Excellent Belgian! Murky yellow/orange color. Beautiful banana fragrance, and a creamy brown head. Tastes like banana, raisons, figs, chocolate and several other things too. Complex flavors that overwhelmed my novice pallet. (In a most excellent way!) I’ll be stockpiling this, and I know it will age and become even better, if that’s possible.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Toasted malt aromas with bananna and alcohol coming through also. Large light brown head that lasted a while, dark brown almost black color. The up front flavor was moderately sweet with a light sweet finish with some phenolic flavors. Very complex and a very good Belgian Ale. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Good dark beer but has that certain underlying flavor which is a chraracteristic of all Unibroue beers. I just noticed this: Unibroue=one brew? GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
clingy little tan head, velveety brown body. nice lace. yeasty, winey, ripe sweet fruits, nice alcohol presence. woody notes hit with a leathery sweetness, more chocolatey as it warms. big full mouthfeel, foams up a bit then astringency leaves some dry grainy malt character. a steadily building warmth. malt profile and alcohol of a dopplebock, aroma and mouthfeel of a dubbel. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Okay, so I was trying to think of a clever way to say that the name directly implies how this tasted, then I find out that it is rated quite high. While this doesnt change my review in any way, I just think that now I am missing something, or (more likely) you guys are all crazy. This stuff is near black in colour. I am getting TONS of yeast and wheats in the nose and taste. Right there is where this goes wrong with me. I just dont like that flavour. There is some currents but that yeast just doesnt do it for me. Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2004
750mL bottle. A near-black ale with mahogany highlights that pours with a fizzy, mostly diminishing head. Full aroma of fruit, spices, and yeast. Moderately lively palate holds rich flavors of plums, black currants, stewed fruit, and port wine. Some roasted bitterness in the background, along with some slight pepperiness from the alcohol that is otherwise hidden. Increasingly mellow as it warms. An accomplished beer, just lacking that little bit extra.