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 (4194) - 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 (1908) - 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. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Dude......Black as midnight. Dark malt, earthy nose. Small tannish-beige head. Velvety smooth body, dark fruit, plum, currant, toffee, usual yeast, finishing a bit peppery, yet the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very nice, terribly drinkable, very terrible. A very seductive, mysterious brew, yet very delicious, complex and satisfying. These guys are definately one of the best brewers in North America, hands down. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Thanks to M500 for this. Didn't know what this was when I started drinking and I was surprised by the darkness and depth of color. Upon taste noticed the Belgian fullness and dark fruits. Considerably alive with throngs of yeast flavors. There's an interesting play of mid-level plums, raisins, left-out-pears, but there's an underlying taste in the end of noticable malt and yeast flavors. Also some white pepper flavors with some spice, also the alcohol is there and warming.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2003
One night with this beer and I got Terrible drunk. Later on, I was Terrible sick. beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Great Belgian Strong ale. Fruity, spicy, and sweet flavors. Finishes smooth, clean, and crisp. Recommended. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Thin, light-brown head above a very dark brown. Very smooth and thickish with a light carbonation. Syrupy-sweet and woodsy malts. Notes of dark fruits, warming alcohol, chocolate and molasses. Earthy. Very mild bitterness; hint of sourness; some yeastiness in the aroma. flemdawg (562) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
FWE beer#11. I need to get this one again. Things were getting a bit hazy at this point. Darker than expected, with some carbination around the edges. Fruity aroma, but with a hint of sour. Flavor was hard to pinpoint. I know I like it though. I did get some fruits though. Ya, I need to buy more. thedm (6182) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Fort Wayne event. This fourteenth brew of the evening came from Flemdawg. This brew poured a large head of foamy fine to medium sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a semi-opaque dark brown colored body. The aroma came off to me as yucky and hard to describe. I did not much care for that aspect of this brew. The mouthfeel was smooth and started off dryly while finishing a bit more mildly. I did not take many notes on it at this point as I was kind of turned off by it and my final comment on the flavor was, "Not great". I may have to have this one again as I am sure I am against the grain on this rating.