Quelque Chose - Unibroue
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5/5 rDev +31.6%
750 ml brown bottle obtained at McKinnon's in Salem, NH split with BA member MrHurmateeowish. pours a deep ruby red with no head in the slightest. the scent of cherries immediately jump out at the nose (kinda reminds me of the scent of cherry cough syrup IMO), scent of vanilla in the background, and some cloves. tastes of cherries (not just the "taste" of cherries, but it tastes like you are biting in to an actual cherry. you can taste the skin and the flesh of the extremely juicy cherries), slight spice from the cloves, and slight herbalness from the vanilla. Little to no carbonation definetly full bodied yet aqueous very drinkable even with the high alcohol content (there is absolutely no traces of the alcohol). Extremely drinkable. I have been absolutely blown away by this beer. going back to McKinnon's tomorrow to buy more!!
03-04-2010 04:00:32 | More by CheckMate
4.93/5 rDev +29.7%
A heated bottle at Fourquet Fourchette (Unibroue's restaurant in Chambly...) My quest to find some Quelque Chose finally ends, at the beer's hometown. And what a beautiful town it is, not to mention the restaurant (the brewery's not so bad either - very clean). Served in the appropriate glazed pottery cup/mug thingy.
Dark reds and purples abound in this ferociously dark and slightly oily beer. The head's like (soda) pop, well tinted by the beer and it disappears almost immediately.
First whiff comes before I even pick up the cup. Cherries, sodden wood and a dose of spice. Don't pick this up and breathe deeply from the mouth of the cup. Well, do it once to understand, but the acid and spice certainly make an impression in your nose.
First taste is too hot, almost burns the tongue. I swallow anyways, then blow on the rest to cool it. Tastes like a mulled apple cider (except it's mulled sour cherry ale.... of course). Heaps of cloves in the body, alonfg with a couple others I can't place at the moment - allspice maybe? Tartness of cherries abounds, ever fighting with a slightly cloying thick sweetness. At the swallow comes an acid burn at the back of the throat. That's what makes this beer.
Start with a hot bottle, and work your way down gradually. Don't keep it hot, but leave it out on the table. The character of this beer changes immensely as it cools, and it's wonderful to experience. When only lukewarm, the acid burn fades and the cherries and cloves take center stage. It's ever so drinkable in this fashion, as you travel from one flavour to another.
A truly unique beer, and not to be underestimated or dismissed as a novelty. This is amazing. I'm in love (both with the beer and the town).
"Quelque Chose" means "something". What a great enigmatic name for a beer. The slogan is "L'Hiver, c'est quelque chose" : "The winter, it's something". (also an appropriate beer on a beautiful spring day sitting on a patio looking out over a beautiful lake and being served by people in historical "New France" clothes).
06-15-2003 20:00:56 | More by the42ndtourist
4.88/5 rDev +28.4%
Found that the place I saw this at had rotated it so it was hard to find at the time.
Pours a nice, dark red color with no head at all. Carbonation is ample but not overwhelming. Aroma is deep and rich with cherry and cinnamon showing through the most. Taste is very bold with the cherry shining through very well. Tart and delicious beer! Somewhat too sweet for my tastes but it doesn't detract from this beer. There's a wine-like quality to this beer as well. Goes down very smooth and is basically like drinking cherry wine.
If you can find this beer, I recommend picking it up. Keep in mind, it's not for everyone. If you enjoy most of the Unibroue offerings, you might like this one as well.
09-22-2007 02:01:08 | More by Brad007
4.83/5 rDev +27.1%
Absolutely no head or carbonation. Deep, garnet red color.
Rich, brandied cherry nose, with sweet but tangy cherry flavors behind.
I was warned that the beer was strange and was told most serve it warmed or over ice. Sorry, but I don't agree. I thought it was stunning all by itself, merely served cold as you would any beer. That it had no carbonation was not an issue, I just didn't bother thinking of it as a beer. More like a dessert wine.
It's a beautiful drink and I look forward to cellaring some.
pairing: Apricot crisp with vanilla ice cream and pomegranate syrup
07-25-2010 10:38:23 | More by detlefchef
4.8/5 rDev +26.3%
Poured into tulip. Poured a dark red color, the beer was very still, just a thin ring of bubbles, thus no lacing. The aroma is strongly of cherries. with hints of various spices in the background.
The flavors are also dominantly cherry and spice, all very well blended. These flavors all dance across the tongue. This beer is is just a great blend of flavors.
The body is full, yet light and crisp. Drinkability is excellent, I've shared several bottles, but this is the first bottle I've had by myself and I'm yet to tire of it.
Overall, this is my favorite beer of the year so far. A must try if you haven't yet.
06-12-2010 23:46:56 | More by beertunes
4.75/5 rDev +25%
I've had this beer served warm - or cold, and find that it is IMHO best served hot. With the bottle warmed in a pot of hot water (and with the cork pulled), it pours a deep ruby color without any head. The aroma is somewhat limited with a soft fruitiness and light spice. It definitely has a presence, but none of the aromas are very distinct as the heat seems to make all of them swirl into one. The heat is an extensive part of the experience, going well beyond the standard mouthfeel. What body is really in there is hard to tell as it seems thinned - possibly medium, maybe even medium/full - although it seems medium/thin. It's mouthfilling! The flavor is quite broad, with a wide spiciness awash in tart fruitiness. Clearly, there are cherries in here, but the flavor is much more integrated with notes of almond, anise, clove, and licorice expressing themselves quite fully. The finish is long, just laying in the mouth with a gentle spiciness that continually reminds you that something delicious is at hand. A true sensory experience.
08-13-2002 12:29:01 | More by NeroFiddled
4.75/5 rDev +25%
What a tremendous treat. Thank you to Risser09 for bringing this beer over. It was a welcome break from our sour beer tasting. Thanks Aaron.
2002 limited edition 500ml bottle.
Quelque Chose, has very little that resembles beer (in any traditional sense). My wife asked if this is wine or beer. It is questionable by taste alone. We have had some spiced holiday wines that taste just like this.
About half way through we took a short break from (the Lambic) sours and poured this beer both cold, then put the other half in the coffee pot to gently warm it on the coffee maker. It was interesting to compare them. It does have a hint of sour. Cold the flavors seem much more spiced and easy to pick out (my review below is notes from cold) but warmed it is completely melded together, softer flavors, and a lot like a hot holiday punch. I could really see drinking myself enjoying this beer tremendously, when it is heated either at a party with hors d'oeuvres or after returning indoors on a blistery cold day when you need something to just sip and warm up.
This is a beer I think just about anyone would like.
Appearance: Pours a copper bronze with fizz but little head.
Smell: Everything Christmas! Cherries, cinnamon sticks, vanilla, nutmeg allspice, brown sugar and more cherries.
Taste: I said we took a break from our sour beer tasting for this because it is sweet, but it does have a light tartness to it in the sense of a beer like Mad Elf cherry tart but not like Cantillon Kriek cherry tart. The cheery tartness and green apple are gentle and friendly (approachable) and are buried in a plethora of spices including cinnamon and allspice brown sugar and just a hint of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick through the mouth.
Drinkability. Tremendously easy drinking beer. It is so tasty that you would never pay attention to the 8% and just warm up all over to a few glasses of Quelque Chose.
Hope this is helpful.
03-25-2007 04:36:26 | More by Phatz
4.75/5 rDev +25%
This is simply a wonderful brew. I first tried it at room-temp, and it was fantastic. This time, though, I'm drinking it properly mulled. It pours a dark and slightly murky ruby red, with a bit of pink foam masquerading as a head. The taste and smell are simply exceptional - rich and spicy, with a very strong presence of tart cherries. I detect ginger and cinnamon, with perhaps a bit of clove in the spicy aroma and taste. Taste starts very balanced, spices and cherries mixing perfectly. Finishes with a bit of dominance from the cherries, leaving a brief and mild aftertaste of cherry. Nice mouthfeel - smooth, and just a bit oily.
10-17-2002 18:42:45 | More by Viking
4.75/5 rDev +25%
2002 limited edition 500ml bottle. Bought it by chance awhile ago and decided to share it at the sour beer tasting. With that said, this beer is more like a holiday wine or a cider than a beer.
Appearance: Flat in terms of carbonation, brownish gold beer.
Smell: Very Christmas-like in aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel and cherries. Real cacao beans also.
Taste: Pleasant tastes of cherry, spices like clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Very complex and worth sipping in December and January. Nice and sweet, too.
Mouthfeel: Easy drinking and no carbonation really. Alcohol is not very apparent. A smoothe brew.
Drinkability. This beer was quite unlike any beer I've ever had. IT was very pleasant and deserves to be revisited. We mulled the second half of the bottle and it became an even better sensation than when served cold. Quite versatile and worth seeking out.
08-11-2007 15:31:13 | More by Risser09
4.7/5 rDev +23.7%
Tried this wonderful delight the other night, As soon as it was poured you could tell it was going to be great. There was no head as it flowed out of the bottle. I sat and smelled it for a good five minutes bringing in the smell of cherries with a hint of cinnamon. Once in the mouth it sits well and you can defiantly taste the cherries with a subtle hint of the cinnamon. The more you drink it you can start to taste honey and vanilla. The honey slightly more then the vanilla but both are very, very subtle.
All in all this was a excellent beer, it got even better as it was more cool then cold.
07-27-2010 21:36:00 | More by Brysky
4.7/5 rDev +23.7%
Wow...I am buying as many bottles as I can find...since it is a limited brew...
Appearance...ruby red slightly orangey...NO carbonation or head whatsoever
Aroma...hint of cherry and some alcohol...
Flavor...this is what blew me away...and my wife loved it...tasted like a cherry cobbler...i mean it was cherry but it had the spices...nutmeg cinnamon...also that crust like flavor...not a typical beer drinkers beer...but I found this refreshingly good
Mouthfeel not too thick but a little syrup like
Drinkability...I polished off this bottle while writing the review...like I said...I'm getting as much as possible before I cant find it anymore...
04-09-2003 18:10:55 | More by stegmakk
4.7/5 rDev +23.7%
had on the rocks and then warm
On the rocks it had a nice sherry like feel. Not over sweet at all, very pleasant and refreshing taste. it tasted so good I didn't want to boil the next half. Had a pale red complexion. and a sublt sourness that was pleasant.
Wow.. warm totally changed this beer. Had more of a cider liek feel. Lots of apple aroma and taste as well as the spices in the beer coming out more. Great as well. Very suprised. This is a world class beer and a great experience.
11-19-2009 20:25:19 | More by CampusCrew
4.68/5 rDev +23.2%
Tag on bottle recommended it to be served cold/over ice, room temp, and warm/hot. This was a 2002 bottle. It was served chilled in a wide mouth goblet.
Appears light cranberry iced tea color with a thin body, essentially no head, no carbonation and no lacing.
Smells strongly of tart apples and tart cherries. Milder cinnamon, mint, clove, wild yeast, and ginger ale smells are also present.
This stuff tastes great. It taste pretty much as it smells; it's like grandma's tart apple and tart cherry pie mixed together. It is much more complex tasting and less sweet than I expected from a "fruity" offering. I put a few icecubes in it and tried some; it made the smell and the flavor almost immediately close up and taste like practically juicy juice.
Very nice mouthfeel, thin, very clean while being well spiced. Finished with a slight yeasty dryness.
This might be a little to drinkable. Very "light" and easy to drink. I tried to slow down and savor it for a long while, but I couldn't help picking up the glass again and again. This stuff is divinely tasting.
07-16-2006 05:34:20 | More by laintringulis
4.65/5 rDev +22.4%
This one came from my best beer buddy Sudsdog. I had been holding it back for a special time, and decided to break it open with some friends and the wife after a filet mignon dinner and some wine.
A: Pours a nice dark reddish burgundy color, a wine like appearance. There was little to no bubbles and no lacing.
S: Wonderful. The cherries power thru and you can get whiffs of the cherries, cloves and cinnamon. Man is this one beautiful.
T: We had it cold, but man is this one awesome brew. My buddy has hated every beer I have put in front of him no matter how good it was. He is kind of a wine geek. But this brew he was blown away by it. He was begging for more when the bottle was empty. As for myself, man did I love this one. Huge taste that was sooo very complex. My beer guy is asking an arm and a leg for this one, but I will pick up a few more bottles no doubt about it.
M: Nice and light. The sweetness helps it to drink like a fine wine.
D: Very, its tooo bad I had to share this one with 3 other people. The next one will be enjoyed warm with just me and the wife.
Overall: I loved loved loved this beer. It tastes better than any wine I have ever had, and puts all other fruit beers to shame. Unibroue has outdone themselves with this one. The taste is sooo nice and complex. It totally tastes like Christmas to me. I will buy a bottle of this brew to celebrate the upcoming Christmas. Sudsdog thanks for sharing this special brew. The wife and my friends really enjoyed it. It was an extra special brew that capped off a nice evening of great food, great conversation, and most importantly great friendship.
Suds here's tooo you! Cheers.
09-02-2007 02:45:01 | More by tpd975
4.65/5 rDev +22.4%
750ml bottle split with BA CheckMate purchased at McKinnon's. Pours a deep red crystal-clear body with no head to speak of. Cherries and wood dominate the aroma with a slight herbal-mintiness in the background. Cherries, wood, nut, mint, herb all comprise the flavor, with really complex cherry notes particularly dominating. Nearly flat, but aqueous and drinkable with a medium body. The pleasant interplay of flavors and the aqueous quality makes this beer go down too easy and disappear a bit faster than I'd like. Possibly the most pleasant and complex fruit beer I've ever had.
03-04-2010 03:42:45 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.65/5 rDev +22.4%
2002 Vintage, 500 ml corked btl.
The cork removed w/out a sound and pulls out too easily. I pour a silent fusion of garnet and rusty brown into my St. Bernardus goblet. It falls with no head, no bubbles save but a few. I've read the reviews so I'm allready anticipating a flat beverage and am not alarmed.
Chilled the aromas are dark candied cherries, medicinal herbal notes, spice, sherry, and nutty liquor. As it warms it smells more like a cherry pie, rich with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. It has a musty, dry, wine-like character as well.
The first thing I notice as I sip is the utter lack of carbonation. It does not however detract from the integrity of the brew. Chilled it's filled with sweet dark cherry and pit flavors, bitter herbal notes, plum, red wine like flavors, cinnamon and spice. As it warms to room temp., those cherry pie flavors come out. Tart juicey dark ripe cherries spiced w/ nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and cardamon. The spice really becomes strong as it gets warmer. There's just enough fruity tartness and earthy, yeasty, cellar-must to remind me it's beer and not wine.
The body is a thick medium with a juicey and slick mouthfeel. If you hold it on your tongue for a moment, you get a slight prickle of fine carbonation on your tongue. The finish is cherries and sweet spice with a relative dryness. Very interesting beer, I'm glad to haver sampled.
07-03-2005 16:59:47 | More by AlexJ
4.6/5 rDev +21.1%
Pours red as rubies and has nearly no carbonation as is to be expected with this one. I chose to have it at nearly room temperature as recommended for the enthusiast. The flavor is purely incredible. The cherry flavor is spicy and sharp with a definite undertone of the malt. There are some flavors reminiscent of red wines as well with some mild bitter undertones. The mouthfeel is soft and dry There is a slow warming of the stomach as well. Overall this is a specialty ale that shows excellent craftsmanship and ability.
03-27-2003 23:19:43 | More by AtrumAnimus
Quelque Chose from Unibroue
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