Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2004 This beer is just so damn fine. Pours Black/burgundy with a tawny thick foamy head. Aroma is plummy and thick with sweet dried fruits and alcohol. Flavours are sometime miss mashed. Chocolate will stand out on one occasion, Grapes on another. There is just so much going on. Yeasty, fun, and warming. Some may complain that the beer is too sweet. And it is. Too cold and alcohol burns through everything. A classic belgian strong. monkeycmdr (18) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
A fine beer, definitely one of Unibroue's best. The appearance, the taste and the head are all exceptional, and everything else is very good as well. Taste has loads of apple, plum, and dark malts, and the head is one of the best. Great beer, and at 9%, it'll give you lots of bang for your buck. Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2004
This is one of my favorites back to which I always seem to gravitate. Nice dark brown with a hint of red. Smells lightly of fruit, malt, and clove. A nice mix in the taste, including apple, cherry, malt... Many more that blend in together. Nice warming finish. One of Canada's best. kathouse (1877) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2004
This was a very complex brew. It started as a murky red/orange with an off-white head that was pleasing to the eye. Sweet smells of plum, caramel, and cloves. Good body and carbonation filled with malt and raisins. Alcohol was covered well with a mildly bitter finish. Finished cleanly. This beer is very drinkable, but could easily knock out the unaware. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Pours a deep garnet red that is nearly opaque. No head. Smells like macerated raisins, with definite red wine presence. Smooth flavor with red/port wine flavors dominating. Also some clove with maltiness. Nice bitter finish, a very interesting and good beer from the folks at Unibroue.
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2004
I've had this beer many times and am always amazed by how quickly I forget just how good it is. Very dark brown with a hint of yellow, sort of like a tawny port. Smells of raisins, dark toasty malt, and a hint of fruity yeastiness as well as some obvious clove scent. A decent tan-coloured head, although I've noticed that this varies substantially from bottle to bottle. Taste is very complex, starting out with a rich fruity peach/apricot. Sweet malt in the middle and leaves a long-lasting spicy finish. Absolutely fantastic., my favourite to date. tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Aroma Dark ripe fruits, plum, appricot, rasin, some malt aroma comes through with a very mild yeast scent. Flavor follows the nose with the addition of some sweeter candy notes and a slightly spicey phenolic flavor on the finish. I'd say it's a medium body with a slight warming on the way down. Very good and very drinkable. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
750ml with a *really* cool label. Best before 3-12-06?!? Damn, maybe I should have aged it some. Granted, it's the last beer in my 'fridge so it's number was up anyway, but the thought intrigues...
Pours a murky redish brown with a huge head but very little lacing.
Smells very fruity; bananas are the most obvious scent with cloves hanging around.
Tastes like ripe fruit. Again, bananas and cloves, but there's some toffee in there as well. It's very complex and spicy; I'm wishing I had a book of adjectives right now. This tastes really good.
Mouthfeel is full. I was expecting it to be overly carbonated after pouring it, but it's not. Drinkability suffers only from the high alcohol content, although I really can't taste the alcohol.
Fine offering from Canada.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2004
Bottled. Brown with a reddish hue. Thin tan head. Ripe raisin and sultana flavours. Slightly sweet flavour that lingers on the palate. Dark purple sediment in the bottom of the glass. No sign of the alcohol other then the spin in my head. BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2004
Amazing beer ! What else can I say after more than 400 ratings on this one. So fruity, yeasty, complex...Good in every aspects, this beer is getting close to perfection. Thank you Gambrinus, a bar near my place has a stock of this one !