Quelque Chose - Unibroue

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86
very good

513 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 36
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of Gusler
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first glass at room temperature, just can’t bear the thought of ice at it advises, “On The Rocks”, the second glass will be mulled to the suggested temperature about 135 degrees or sipping hot.

(Room Temperature - Brandy Snifter): The pour a translucid cherry red color, absolutely no head and no lace to speak of? The smell of over ripe sweet cherries dominates the nose, quite sweet as one would imagine, spicy almost Wassail like in its spiciness, very pleasing to the senses. Extremely sweet and the essence of cherries predominant, top skimpy in feel, finish, dry and sweet, little or no carbonation, same for hops, tart and not bad, as I see it would make a great desert or even an aperitif.

(Mulled – Brandy Snifter): To me the difference is that it deepens the cherry sweetness and increases the tartness and the acidity also sharper, personally I like the “Mulled” better, as the flavors brighter and more impressive. Over all a pretty decent once a year type brew, or as a desert in its own right.

Photo of 49degrees
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very intriguing beer. Housed in a special black champagne styled bottle at 500ml, this 8%abv strong cherry ale comes complete with champagne style cork similar to most other Unibroue specialties.

I heated this one to 135'F and shared it with family and served it alongside some double chocolate mousse cake. The pairing of the two was very interesting with the cherry and cinammon flavors from the ale coming through loud and clear and served as an excellent accent to the chocolate of the dessert.

On corking the ale, there was little to no pop sound and very very little carbination. On pouring, it gave produced no head, except a very small foam ring on the outer edges of the glasses. (I served this in a traditional Spanish Coffee styled glass.) The ale is a very dark amber to red hue somewhat similar to a Zinfandel styled wine. Very little carbination was present, but there is 'some.'

The aroma gives off very strong smells of black cherry and cinammon and reminds me quite a bit of a traditional hot apple and spice drink that I'd sometimes drink when decorating Christmas trees while growing up.

Quelque Chose brings a lot of different concepts to the table and delivers well on them at every turn. Because it carries an 8.0%abv, its a great warming drink on its own, even without the added heat. One interesting note is to make sure that you allow this ale to slide along your tongue. Its very easy to force a hot drink such as coffee to the backside of your mouth each and every morning, but this ale should be savoured and slid from the front to the back of the mouth. The results are remarkable (and considerably different than banging it back like coffee).

I'm not exactly a big fan of the lambic style, for which this brew is undoutbedly modeled. However, because this brew can be served cold, at room temperature, and even hot, it offers up a traditional flavor with a new twist. And it works.

Photo of BeerManDan
1.78/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As soon as I popped the cork and you could hear and see no carbination at all, (why use a cork at all), I just knew I wouldn't care for this beer. When I smelled it, I smelt a sour clove (not cherry) note. When I tasted it, (twice) once cold, once room temp., I poured both down the drain. It was a flat sour clove and spicey taste that made me want to barf! No thank you for an expensive piece of S---! I wonder if this is suppose to be flat or I got two bad bottles? This beer was super flat. Almost like drinking a flat cola!

Photo of Dantes
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Package: 500ml corked bottle, gilt letters on dark brown bottle, labeled 8% ABV. Best by 08-08-2002. Neck-tag.

Cost: $6.99 at Bottle King

Presentation: Mulled, in a heated mug at an initial 150º; tasted at 60º pre-mulling. Poured boiling water around previously warmed bottle in asparagus steamer to neck. Mug temperature 130º. Tasted down to 100º. Second mug with cinnamon stick. Accompanied by smoked oysters, olives, and Havarti on Triscuits.

Appearance: Exhibited some carbonation upon opening, but cork was not deformed by pressure and came out with the lightest “pop.” Definitely not flat. Mulled QC formed a loose, moist white head with large bubbles that hung on most of the way down to the bottom of the mug. In the glass, it was more brown than burgundy; like a cream sherry. Clear.

Smell: At 150º, alcohol was very prominent; towering above sweetness, cherries, spice. Aroma improved greatly at ~125º, where I think QC was at its best.

Taste: Evolved dramatically, peaking around 120º. Alcohol became more integrated, while more flavors came to the fore: elements of honey, sherry, raisins, and damson plums. A bit too sweet in comparison to Liefman’s Gluhkriek, but maltier and more like beer. I want to give it a 4.25. Contrasts beautifully with olives and cheese. Finishes well in the middle temperatures. At lower temperatures, it's more medicinal, like cherry Robitussin. At higher temperatures, alcohol and heat dominate and QC seems to evaporate in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Velvety. Luxurious. Carbonation hung on through two mugs’-worth. Heat allowed flavors to truly fill the mouth. Became more one-dimensional as it cooled.

Drinkability: Nice as a special treat.

Backwash: A good attempt at a niche-style beer. Multiple personalities. I know my sister would enjoy this. It is also an excellent accompaniment to food. I think it would also go very nicely with foie gras or with venison or duck. Would stand up to rich, fruity sauces. Very drinkable, with little alcohol effect. Definitely worth a try. I recommend keeping the unused portion in its hot water bath and finding a cup that will retain the heat well. It cooled quickly in mine. Cinnamon stick is a nice addition. A great finish to an afternoon of snowman-building and sledding. Might mix well with hot chocolate in place of brandy or kirsch. My only real complaint: 500ml is an awkward size; too small to share between two people, especially considering the trouble one takes to mull it.

Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark reddish amber color and formed no head to speak of. Just a small white line that would qualify more as lace than a head. The aroma was of cherries, but not the outdoor type you think of, but more the processed type you use in desserts. Also some other fruit elements which can best be described as giving it a fruit market/farm element to it. The flavor is of a similar sweet cherry style grown from marketing and mixing as opposed to pulled from a tree. Not overly sweet which helps it. The finish is slightly sweet with a touch of astrigency to it. Not the best that this brewer offers by far, but it's alright.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Quelque Chose from Unibroue
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