BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Surprisingly dark brew. Aroma is of dark fruits and mildly malty. Mouthfeel is foamy @ first but as beer settled and warmed up became soft and inviting. Flavor was sweet but still sharp with hints of, again, dark fruits and malts. Alcohol well masked.
I wonder how much better this would be with careful aging. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Excellent. In my opinion the best example of a belgian strong ale from unibroue. Will need to try again from more specific notes. estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Dark brown body, tan head, sweet fruity nose with strong banana notes. Rich body with varied fruits; complex. Unibroue house character abounds. Alcohol hidden well. Sweet but with a hint of sourness. egajdzis (6833) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2003
After this beer has been teasing me on the front page of ratebeer, I decided it was time to rate it. It poured a very dark (much darker than I was expecting!) although it was not quite opaque. It had a ring of fizzly bibbles that did not die for the first 3/4 of the glass. It had a mild musty aroma. The tastes that were prominent were dark fruits, such as plums, chocolate was also noticable. Alcohol was prominent and it had a very carbonated/fizzly mouthfeel. Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Stronger and better in every aspect than any other Unibroue product I've tried. Pours dark, murky brown-red, with a thin ring of off-white foam clinging to the glass. Alcohol, candi sugar, and dark fruit in the aroma, which was pleasant but not strong. Rich flavor: dark fruit, vinous notes, apple cider, candi sugar, a touch of banana, and alcohol. Nonetheless, this beer finished somewhat dry, not being cloying in any regard. Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel- one of the smoothest high ABV beers I've ever sampled. Delicious.
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Very rich, delicious beer. Aroma is rich and complex. Appearance is very attractive dark/plum color. Flavor is rich and dessert like with strong fruit flavor and a dash of spice. Excellent. Thanks to CapFlu for the hook up. fraternie (1031) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Dark, vinous body, large frothy dark head. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, berries. Rich, complex malt. Notes of chocolate and toffee evolve into dark fruit flavors in the finish. Amazingly soft/smooth finish. Not as sweet as Trois Pistoles, but every bit as good, which is saying a lot. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Pours a deep dark chestnut brown that reveals light only around the edges. Medium sized marzipan colored head that recedes to a lasting halo. Nose is full with dark fruit and spicy yeast but also has a candy like quality that is intoxicating. Big lush mouthfeel shows itself on the first taste with a slight alcohol burn near the finish. I'm not a big Unibroue fan but this is really good. Flavor has spicy yeast notes at the front with dark fruitiness and some banana/clove weizen-ness to it. Ends with a strange bubble gummy, candy thing going on. Very interesting beer and I'm glad Unibroue decided to step out from their norm on this one. Frank (4261) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Opens with a strong pop and a big whiff of yeasty deliciousness. Deep purple color. Upon pouring the loudly crackling head is vibrant with large bubbles. This head diminish quickly then regrows(!) to a quarter inch of gray foam. It's all very entertaining.
<P>Nose is strong with that magnificent Unibroue yeast punch. Rich cloves, banana, plum, and nutmeg are around every corner. Full bodied but not overly thick. Carbonation adds a gentle cushion upon which sits an inimitable candi sugar sweetness. Yeast is most predominant in the flavor as it is in the aroma.
JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
This is really just wonderful--a well balanced, complex mix of sweet, spicy, and bitter with just a touch of alcohol warmth in the belly. As good as anything coming out of Belgium. This is the kind of beer that makes me want to finally stop writing this tat, relax, and enjoy.
Dark, friuity esters are strong followed by wafts of sweet malt and hints of alcohol. Warming, soft palate and surprisingly light mouthfeel for such a high gravity brew. Sweet fruits and dark malts, complex, and rewarding. Hint of hops at the end in a long, tasty finish.