Boutip (6432) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2003
Dark brown brew with a creamy dark white head. Tha alcohol was not too prevalent and the taste was sweet and fruity. Usual malt taste from Unibroue. Very nice brew overall. aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Deep chestnut brown with dark amber highlights topped by a creamy white head. This is an impressive looking beer, with an equally impressive bottle. The aroma is very complex, with yeast, fruits, and other scents. Reminds me of a ggod red wine. The taste is sweet, fruity and slightly overpowering. I did not find it to be as well balanced as some of the other Unibroue offerings. The mouthfeel is good, but the alcohol is a little too prevalent, creating too much astringency on the finish. hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Brown in color with a fizzy off white head. Aroma is malt with friut and spice. Flavor is fruit, malt with a sweet finish. Quite a bit of carbonation. steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 Rich, fizzy, sweet (fruity/spice) and sour, nutty-malty/yeasty... Excellent aftertaste, etc... Very nice. tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
(bottled conditioned). Rich, malty aroma with pleasing earthy ripe fruit. Ruddy reddish brown color with lotsa carbonation. Big toasty malt leads the full-bodied charge with a earthy yeasty, rather than hoppy, finish. Nice lingering peppery alcohol. Very nice!
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2003
I am pleased to find a Unibroue I like. After a number of them I was beginning to despair. The rich claret like colour is great under the creamy head which dissipates rather quickly. The nose is very fruity with hints of raisins and sultanas, making it comparable to a tokay. The warmth in the mouth is immediate and it is a rich and the flavours of said fruit and aniseed become evident. A real sipping beer that is well suited to a rich pork dish or with some strong and bitey cheese. GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 First Belgian strong I ever tried. Dark brown not much of a head. raison, clove, fruity(in a earthy way) followed by an alcoholic kick. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 This is a wonderful Belgian Strong Ale. It has a fairly high ABV of 9%, but it is hidden well in it complex taste. stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Nice light clove/apple aroma. I love dark strong ales like this. One of my personal favorites. Wonderful taste, not too sour or funky. Just a hint of lactic sourness on the aftertaste, like they mixed 5% lambic in it. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2003
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 75 cL bottle, goblet, 55 degrees. Large, tan, fizzy, foamy head shrinks quickly and is on a muddy brown body that is completely opaque in the center. Cookie, caramel malt is moderate in aroma; light, flowery hops; moderate cobweb, doughy yeast; raisin, plum, port, oak, clove, licorice, and alcohol aromas. Nice, robust aroma. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic finish. Flavors are bunched up in the front and there's a dark chocolate flavor in the aftertaste that I didn't identify in the aroma. Fizzy, disruptive carbonation; medium-heavy body; oily texture. The bottom line is: well hidden alcohol; good, but not great.