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Edition 2004 - Unibroue

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Edition 2004Edition 2004

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

245 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 266
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 12-10-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Todd last night.
Slightly hazy copper brown color with a smallish head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is filled with overpowering spices atop a faint brown sugary caramel malt base. The flavor is not a bit different. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. Not bad for a ten year old beer, but too heavy on the spicing for my tastes. (411 characters)

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2004

A: Burnt orange in color, cloudy throughout, pours with no head, no lacing, no internal carbonation, certainly a few years peaked

S: Moderately fragrant with a rather fruity aroma, apple juice comes to mind, some pepper and herbal elements exist as well, quite yeasty

T: Flavor is incredibly subdued, fruity and yeasty, but missing something, very slight alcohol but almost not even present, definitely a shell of what this ale used to be

M: Like drinking juice, amazingly drinkable, like water on the palate, extremely mild fruity aftertaste, not lingering or drying

O: Unfortunately this beer has seen better days and peaked a couple years ago, but an interesting experience needless to say, unbeatable mouthfeel given it abv (754 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the Belgian yeast, with some wheat and assorted spices thrown in. The flavor is similar, with a strong yeast component. I also get some nice pepper and spice notes, as well as some floral and rose notes. All of this is mixed in with some biscuit and wheat notes, as well as a good dose of alcohol, Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (453 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork & Cage bottle with no freshness date. There's a code, but I can't crack it.

Poured a hazy copper-orange color with a very small head (maybe 1/4 of an inch). Head quickly settled to absolutely nothing. No ring around the glass, no lacing....NOTHING. Initially following the pour, I could see some carbonation bubbles, but I'm 10 minutes in now, and none remain.

Aroma is fruity. I'm getting green sour apple. Maybe a hint of vinegar. I know what you're thinking....maybe this beer has gone bad...but I don't think that it has. Is it a bit flat?..Yes...but it taste pretty good actually.

Taste: Sweet and fruity up front. Apple cider. I'm also getting some earthy malt flavors near the middle. This beer is definitely lacking carbonation.

Medium bodied with a very low/soft carbonation. Too soft. Normally this brewery and Belgians in general are high in carbonation and sometimes too high for my taste. This however....is too low.

The flavor is there, but sadly the carbonation is not. It's still drinkable though.

Morey's Bottom Line: Well, this bottle was given to me for free by the owner of a local bottle shop. He said that he had a couple of cases, and one of them had gone bad and the other was ok. They got mixed together, and so he gave me a bottle. This is still good, but it's gone pretty flat. I could tell from the quiet pop when I pulled the cork. (1,371 characters)

Photo of Tawnos
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a cellar aged Unibroue 2004 from Malt & Vine.

A: Bronze with floating yeast particles. No lacing or head, but significant bubbling from carbonation and nucleation points along the yeast particles. Burnt orange/bronze colors. Thick coating as I swirl the glass.

S: Pineapple dominates, with notes of anise and other tropical fruits, e.g. mango.

T: Present alcohol mixes nicely with pineapple and a bit of honey. Follows up with white pepper and slight clove numbing (though that may be the alcohol).

M: Prickly at first, almost too carbonated, with a drying alcohol presence. The thick sugars are the rescue, slicking over the initial prickliness and

O: I never tried this back when first released, but it has aged nicely. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which offsets the overbearing prickliness on first swallow. A solid B/B+ overall. (866 characters)

Photo of zrab11
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice grainy carmel color with a small head

S- Has a piney amd yeasty smell to it. Has some sweet carmel notes as well

T- Has a nice malty begging followed by some mintyness and then finish's with a peppery wood flavor

M-Medium to light bodied. ok carboantion

D-Overall this was ok. think it would of been better opened a year before 2011. was alittle subdued in taste and felt like some of the tastes had run togheter. OVerl a drinkable beer but not my favorite from this company. (495 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle.

Pours a lightly cloudy amber/orange, light reddish highlights, thin white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is real nice, some caramel sweetness, apple juice, lightly spicy, malty sweetness, vanilla, some wood, pretty nice.

Taste is similar, a lot of malt sweetness, honey caramel and biscuit, some apple juice, a bit of alcohol but real smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. pretty damn drinkable. (518 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A not-so-pale pale ale. I remember having this one in 2004 and I happened upon another bottle in 2011. I'm pretty interested in seeing how this one matured.
Clearly the same stuff, though settled down and rounded out. Very appley in flavor and appearance. A bit of creamy spice character, almost like a curry. This style of pale ale has grown on me some over time but I like my pale ales to be brighter and lighter. This guy's a bit muddy and earthy. For those that like the stuff, this is much like a higher alcohol version of Maudite.
Sit, sip and contemplate. (563 characters)

Photo of foXXtail
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed 3/24/11 @ just about 7 years old. Has been cellared @ 55*F since purchase in 2004.

I had been waiting for a special occasion to enjoy this beer because 7 years ago I did not have the forethought to buy more than one. My lack of planning aside, I have recently had an occasion, albeit a sad one, of significant gravity to warrant opening the sole bottle of this beer I will ever enjoy.

I am glad I waited so long. The aging, I assume, has mellowed the beer. Seeing as how the flavors here are assertive, I can only assume that this is a good thing.

Strongly mead-like in flavor and appearance, this is a bright-golden beer with a apple-honey like nose and flavor. The high alcohol presence remains assertive, and if there were once any hop flavors, these have long-since given away to spicy yeast and slight wheaty malt.

There are some peppery and spruce-like flavors as well, and the whole package taken together is complex and quite fun to drink.

*raising my glass* Here's to you, Nikki. May you find a giant bowl of popcorn up there in birdy heaven. (1,066 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Dan.

This was like drinking wintergreen toothpaste flavored beer. Not a fan. Sorry.

Beer is orange with almost no head or carbonation, no lacing. Eh.

Aroma is like spruce but like spruce extract, almost mint and sweet at the same time. Oh no...

Yep, beer is medium to light in body, no carbonation on the palate and the midpalate and finish are minty fresh! I'm fighting cavities while I test the limits of the liver. Not a fan. This is like sucking on a piece of stale candy. Not a repeat. (501 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.38/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by Dan at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours light copper without any head or lacing. Given the age, I won't take off too much. The nose is really odd--slight minty character followed up with quite a bit of pizza dough and bread yeast. Really odd. The taste doesn't improve on this; in fact, it's a bit worse. The feel is fairly light with moderate carbonation, all things considered. Really not a good beer at this point. Time has not served this one well. (482 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
2.63/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan!

A: This brew appears sightly hazy and light orange in color. The head is rather small and leaves virtually no trace of its existence. I'll take age into consideration.

S: The aroma is a huge blast of spruce and pine, but not in a hop or IPA kind of way. This beer smelled of pine cones and evergreen trees. Interesting...

T: The palate is bombarded with spruce, mint, herbs, and an odd, earthy flavor.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: I had trouble getting this one down. Too aggressive, unbalanced, an odd. It was fun to try, though. (591 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.71/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting.

a - Pours a murky brown-orange color with light carbonation evident and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of mint, floral notes, coriander, sage, and something I can't put my finger on, but it seems off.

t - Tastes of weird mint again, coriander, hersb, floral notes. Not enjoyable.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d -This one didn't do it for me; I found the smell and taste a weird mint/herb mix. Wouldn't seek out again. (483 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to bnieman for cracking this on our BA birthday bash.

A: Apple cider golden orange. No head no lace. Seeing as it's 6+ years old I'm not real surprised.

S: Rich malty nose. Light pepper and clove. Sweet tarts, play dough, caramel, toffee and a dose of belgian yeast rounds things out. Actually more complex than I would have imagined in a beer of this age.

T: Sweet maltiness is the first thing I notice. After a few sips I can pick out ripened apples, orange zest, black pepper, bread crusts, light bourbon, wet wood and a solid belgian yeast bite. Again much more going on than I had anticipated.

M: Medium to light body with very light carbonation. Age has something to do with this I'm sure.

D: Overall a very nice BSPA. I imagine this one came out swinging in 2004. Age has tamed this beast and mellowed it out. Still very flavorful and drinkable this far along in its life. (896 characters)

Photo of clickpush
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 Edition - drank Dec. 30, 2010
Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip. Nice pop from cork and plenty of carbonation on pour. One finger white head tops apricot body. Somewhat hazy but not floaties. Tons of bubbles throughout beer. Reduces to thin spattering of lace and a mini-halo.
Nose: Fruity aroma, light... no noticeable oxidation. Something like white peach juice to it...? I would go ahead and say very juicy, like a sweeter white wine. Nothing at all to complain about. California laurel.
Mouth: Interesting combination of anisette (or, more appropriately, fennel), alcohol, and white peach. I mean, it's pretty incredible that there is no oxidation on this beer. Juicy, again... hops are imperceptible. A slight alcohol bight, but the flavor through and through is a mild, slightly sweet peach flavor. Mouthfeel is poignant and standard for a strong Belgian pale. Well maintained.
Reminds me of a dry DeuS. I can't believe this beer is 6 years old. I did not try this beer fresh but in a blind tasting there is no way I would have guessed there was any age on this beer, let alone it's actual cellar duration. Very nice! (1,122 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is sort of caramel in color with a thin whitish head to go with it.

S: An intensely herbaceous nose. Lots of menthol/eucalyptus notes as well as sage. There's not really very much malt contributions other than a touch of sweetness.

T: Only mildly oxidized, which is good, but still very herbal which is not so good. There is a bit of prune juice as well as caramel and some other miscellaneous dark fruit flavors. Maybe a bit of booze, too.

M: The body is medium with a pretty low level of carbonation.

D: The nose was really off, and the flavor wasn't too much (if any) better. Not my cup o' tea. (613 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 10.5% ABV, Production date 05-05-2004.

Massive thanks to bnieman for breaking this out of his cellar for my shared bday with Beerwolf77. I feel honored to try it since a) it's from '04 and b) since he loves it so much.

A - Brilliant golden yellow in color with perfect clarity and a short-lived off-white head. Good retention and lace for both the age and the alcohol.

S - The nose is absolutely fantastic. Green peppercorn comes out giving it an awesome spice aroma to the pale and crystal malt. Sweet, sexy candi sugar adds body to the nose as well as sweetness. Great Belgian yeast hints; light banana and straw. Aroma perfection.

T - This brew tastes totally awesome for it's age. Sweet crystal malt and Belgian candi sugar with fresh green peppercorn and Belgian yeast with a banana estery, earthy clay flavor.

M - Medium-light bodied and very smooth with a crisp lemony citrus finish and a spicy hint. A touch of solvent alcohol has still survived for 6 years.

D - Definitely better split I think, mainly for the joy of sharing. It's one damn good brew that's drinking fantastically. An '04 lasting this long and being this good? It's a great beer. (1,212 characters)

Photo of bnieman
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear caramel color. Plenty of yeast sediment. Delicate lacing. Small bubble carbonation. A golden gem.

S - Decadent sweet Belgian candy with ripe dried fruit. Sensual and calming spices. Caramel malt.

T - Delicate caramel malt characteristics. Belgian yeast with a subtle sweetness. A beautifully enticing and unique flavor that's neither too sweet nor too dry. Perfectly balanced.

M - Smooth like a fine scotch.

D - Uniqueness promotes pacing yourself through the experience savoring every sip. After a glass the heat slowly but firmly kicks in.

2004-05-05 Production Date

I've had the pleasure of having this beer every year since 2005 and it amazes me how well it has aged. It matured around the end of 2006 and it's been outstanding ever since. (759 characters)

Photo of mexikrainian
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

Appearance: hazy and copper with small white head and minimal lace.

Aroma: fruity, floral, spice, coriander and honey.

Taste: acidic, malty and slightly sweet, this beer is crisp.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body with low-medium carbonation.

Overall impression: spicy and acidic high ABV Belgian strong ale full of flavor. Delicious. (384 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a bold cloudy orange, floaties everywhere in this one from the yeast sediment. Then again, this brew is over 6 years old so it's to be expected. Half finger of head persists throughout. This is nicely carbonated for being aged so long. Lots of bubbles. The sediment floating takes away a little from the appearance.

Nose - Fresh apples, bananas, lighter fruits. Belgian spices, namely clove and some pepper, among other spices I can't quite pinpoint.

Taste - Intense apple flavor up front. The spices are notable throughout, as are the light fruits. One of the spices mixing with the alcohol offers me a minty taste for a good portion of this brew. Unique, but also delicious. Masks the 10.5 abv very nicely. I'd say this is more complex than what others have said.

Mouthfeel - Well balanced, crisp and smooth. The carbonation offers a tingling sensation to the mouth. This has a good feel.

Drinkability - This is a beer that you want to be able to buy on the regular, but it was just a one time brew. I'm happy I tried it, so if you can find this one, go ahead and buy it. It is still excellent even after 6 years. It'd be somewhat difficult to drink one on your own, but it is fairly drinkable at 10.5%. (1,228 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked this up at DeCicco's a while back and shared this with a few people yesterday.

Opening with no real pop, this beer pours a little flat (a few bubbles are observed). Orange in color with a thin white head, this looks OK. The nose is just so far out of what Unibroue has done before. Cloves and honey immediately come to mind, along with caramel. Sweet and spicy, this almost smells gruit-like with some heather and juniper. Very very strange, but also very good, I really enjoyed the nose. This isn't particularly fruity, and someone even threw out "dirty diapers", but I didn't get any of that. The palate opens big and sweet with honey and clove and more spice character. The gruit character really comes through on the palate, with the juniper most prominent with some heather coming through as well. Sweet on the finish with a blend of spices, this beer is medium in body and low in carbonation. Great stuff, but my 4oz pour was plenty. (950 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

6 years old bottle. Absolutely no clue what to expect.

A: Burnt orange color. Cloudy, not translucent. Aggressive pour gives a near non existent head, that quickly dissipates to a ring. Head is off white. Presence of lacing

S: HUGE notes of apple and fresh grape. Dark cherries, caramel, some tiny bread and vanilla notes. Also, the typical belgian yeast spices: cinnamon, a bit of cloves and pepper. Not very complex, but very very inviting.

T: The malt backbone shines much more here. Nice malty sweetness, caramel, vanilla. But the fruits dominate again: apple, pear, grape, dark cherries and strawberries mostly. Cloves are also more present, as well as the cinnamon.

M: Mid to low body (which wasn't expected at all), with mid carbonation.

D: Not very boozy, very fruity, dangerously easy to drink for a 10.5 ABV beer. (829 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm what a pleasure! Body is a dark amber colour, that pours a foamy off-white head. Aroms is fruity, spicy, I can't really put my finger on it, but it is complex. Taste is spicy fruit, with some bitter hops in the mix. Also very complex. Man, I almost can't rate it it is so complex. Might have to change my rating just to add to it, but my numbers won't change. Amazing beer! (379 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 2 bottles, Feb 2010 from a store in Montrea (the Beer Paradise!)l. Was very excited to try this as my plan was to open one bottle and store the other.

Upon opening, no pop. No rush of pressure. Totally flat. Poured with no head and no carbonation. Not happy.

However, the smell was spectacular. Pepper, woody, sweet, fascinating almost wine-like.

The taste, even without the carbonation was wonderfull. I really wish this was in top notch shape as i would likely have truely enjoyed this beer. Strong White Pepper, sweet exotic fruits. Spice, so interesting. Honestly, never tasted a beer like this.

I certainly hope my other bottle has some carbonation to it, perhaps I wont wait long before trying. (717 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle, poured into a goblet. This is a second bottle, the one being reviewed had this year; the previous one was drank in 2004, so my memory is not exactly precise.

This one: Light copper in color, luscious, fluffy white head, good retention and lacing.
Intense aroma is a smorgasbord of spices, cardamom, ginger, pepper, herbs, oreganon, others.
Nicely carbonated after all these years, the body is now medium to full, perhaps a bit less than I remember, but do not take my word for it.
Taste is mostly spicy, peppery with citric notes. Fruitiness, but not as sweet as I vaguely remember.
Very good beer; I wish I had reviewed the first time around, but my impression is that this one lost a bit over time. Drink now. (737 characters)

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Edition 2004 from Unibroue
91 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.