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Quelque Chose - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
86
very good

508 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 35
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this on 12-17-2002 at a Beer Tasting held in the Rock Bottom, Long Beach.

Seventh beer of the night, and I am glad it was, because this one coated the palate big style.
It arrived at our Table in a very attractive looking dark green glass Bottle with gold text if I remember rightly. So, Quelque Chose, or “Something” as I believe it translates as.
Yes, well ermm…. Something? But What ??? I am totally undecided about this beer to be perfectly honest. It is easy to knock it, but there again you have to have respect for it, as it does push the boundaries somewhat, so I cut it some slack and may have let it off the hook by giving it the benefit of the doubt.

It was not served mulled, as indicated on the cardboard tag hanging around the neck, but slightly chilled, however it soon warmed to room temperature though, and that was more than enough for me.

Pours completely flat, no life, or effervescence whatsoever – not even one bubble. Nevertheless, it has a fantastic looking color, a deep cherry red, very clear, the light sparkles with red twinkles akin to holding a flawless Ruby gem up to the light. Aromas are of cherries, spices, brandy, cinnamon and fruity alcohol. Tastes are dominated by cherries, the middle has a syrupy sweetness with spices. Mouthfeel is solid and above average, I suspect the high alcohol content aids this. Finish is sour, but the sweetness is still there and it has a warming spicy end. Sickly after a while though, stays in the mouth like the aftermath of eating a whole 24 Pack of Cherry Throat Lozenges at once.

Nice beer, but not for me. Tasted too much like Cherry Nyquil for my liking. Drop a Paracetamol in this, and it's a winner for Flu.

Maybe, just maybe, I will try it mulled next time around and return to this Review one day to update it. Or there again, maybe not until I get a Cold again, or get really bored.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of hyuga
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2002 release. Had this at beer/room temperature. Beautiful deep crimson colored brew, sporting just a tiny lace around the edges, no head to speak of. Cherry and candy sugar are big in the aroma, almost smells like a cherry candy cane. The softer, more "chewable" kind to be exact. Very Christmasy. More of the cherry and candy sugar in the flavor, but the cherry comes out much more, and with some sourness. Some spicy Belgian yeast undertones, which, combined with that sourness, make it resemble a fruit lambic, but only very slightly. I'm not a huge fan of cherry flavor in beer, or anything for that matter, but this is pretty good. One of the most unique beers around. However, it does get a bit cloying after a while, 12 oz. of this would be better than 16.9. It's amazing that so many different things can be done with so few ingredients.

hyuga, Dec 15, 2002
Photo of mophie
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Mulled. Quite an interesting one, this is. Clear, ruby hue, actually very pretty. Mine had a thin, persistent head, which is different from other reviews. Maybe because I mulled it? Aromas of warm cherries, slightly tart, mild peppery spiciness. The taste is sharply tart on the tip of the tongue, but the rest is enveloped in warm, malty, cherry bliss. Sour cherry comes back in the finish, along with a spicy hit of alcohol. Very unique. Not something I can drink a lot of, but man oh man it's nice every once in awhile.

mophie, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hardly any carbonation and no head or lace. Strong fruit nose and this is made with cheeries that have been soaked in ale but it tasted like fermented raisins. A nice seasonal. Pricey at $6.99 for 500ml.

jdhilt, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a foiled top and best before date on the back label. States on the label to serve hot or on the rocks, I served it normal at around 50*F and then let it warm to room temperature for additional tasting.

Appearance: No carbonation or head at all, clarity is fine with a reddish burgundy hue. This is the way the beer is supposed to be … odd.

Smell: Estery alcohols, spicing of allspice and fruity of tart cherries.

Taste: You’d swear the spicing was close to a hot cider spice, fruitiness is tart and in you face but with a balance of sweetness as well. Creamy slick mouth feel with no carbonation at all. Alcohol is quite evident with a warming feeling in the back and esters up front. Finishes on the sweet side with a little beer character of grain.

Notes: I see this ale as either a dessert beer or as a great marinade for chicken. Sip it like wine as it is quite close to it or a still hard cider. It certainly pushes the envelope of what beer is and can be.

Jason, Nov 16, 2002
Photo of Viking
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Viking, Oct 17, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 13, 2002
Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer, spicy, sweet and sour cherry flavour, and best served at proper temp (which is hot!!!), excellent stuff.

rastaman, Mar 30, 2002
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Quelque Chose from Unibroue
86 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.