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Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif - Unibroue

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280 Ratings

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AlexF on 06-11-2008)
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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very light gold in color with a huge frothy, cloudy white head. Smell is spicy, peppery and the typical Unibroue yeast. Taste is more of the peppery flair and some lemon zest to boot. Very good light belgian that has a crisp taste with a good amount of carbonation. Decent taste and good beer.

FtownThrowDown, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a rich dark gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get light honey, cherry, butter and white pepper. The beer smells as if it will be moderately sweet with some attractive underlying spice. The flavors on the palate pretty much replicate the nose, and the beer is surprisingly light on it's feet. The beer is moderately sweet, but there is just enough hops to keep it from becoming tiring or heavy. Mouthfeel is light and very smooth. Abv. is very well disguised in this beer and drinkability is pretty good.

A very solid beer from Unibroue, albeit perhaps not quite as impressive as some of their other offerings.

John_M, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle served in a chalice. Bottle conditioned. Poured a slightly hazy pale gold. Quickly dissipating head, but plenty of carbonation. Spicy aroma with some citrus and sugary sweetness. Fairly dry, medium bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. Lots of spicy flavors, some wheat, a little fruit. Very easy drinking. Another solid Unibroue beer.

homebrewhawk, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice cloudy honey body with nice wheat color. Extremely thin head. Moderate to ample carbonation rising through body.

Sweet, cinnamon sugar aroma combined with warmth and mild pine hops. Decent amount of yeast electricity. Well-balanced.

Light-bodied, clean taste with sweet natural honey, cane sugar and mild ginger & clove with sparse coriander. Candied ginger is quite prominent here. Malt and alcohol form a backbone but they are not in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clear. Carbonation cleanses the palate of extra sweetness. Yeast and grain backbone provides depth of finish.

This is a little hefty but has ample flavor to match its weight, while drinking quite cleanly. Palate is very solid and this is an enjoyable effort to savor.

IBUnit63, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on Fantasy Football draft night, thankfully before the rowdy masses arrived.

Poured from a beautifully adored corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour yields a lively 3 finger pure white head. Decent head retention, and very little it any lacing. Poured a light golden amber with a fair amount of sediment.

Nose- To be honest fairly dissapointing as I was expecting something unique. Slightly metallic, with the standard Unibroue Yeastiness.

Taste- Hints of citrus, with at light malt sweetness, picking some breadiness. Light hop bitters in the finish. Doesn't pop, but decent, I was expecting more.

Mouthfeel- Perhaps a bit under carbonated, and a bit thin, although very smooth.

Drinkability- Good, 7.5% is pretty well hidden.

Kraken, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of medic25
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking label on a 750ml bottle (no surprise coming from Unibroue). Served in a tulip glass, pours a hazy dark yello with a soft white head. Aroma is that great yeasty scent I've come to expect from this brewer. Taste is a nice blend of yeast, fruit and sugars; a little sweeter than some similar offerings out there. This beer goes down extremely easily; certainly worth picking up a few.

medic25, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy golden yellow with a small white head, good lacing.

smell of fruit, ripe banana, bread yeast, and a touch of citrus.

taste is of banana bread, spice, and fruit, ends slightly dry and a tad sweet, but not over sweet.

overall a good beer from a good brewery.

froghop, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale straw yellow with the slightest cold hazed look to it. Nice foam head that doesn't retain much and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Very light and full of pineapple but not sugary sweet as you might think when you hear pineapple. I rather enjoy the smell.

Taste: This one is a pretty balanced smooth and refreshing belgian style pale ale. No alcohol tinge at all. Pineapple notes come to the palate as they did when smelling. The spice / clove note is extremely subdued.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: Perfect amount of carbonation and a smooth blended flavor go down even easier. Could drink this all summer long.

koopa, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of joeysmokedporter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 750 mL bottle and poured into a snifter.

A: pours golden orange straw, hazy, with a foamy 2 finger head; very good lacing.

S: baked bread at the start mixed with a yeasty, cinnamon clove aroma, a small amount of candy-like aroma as it warms up.

T: a very spicy palate to this, with a dominating clove flavor throughout. As the beer warms, the clove flavor slips back, and a bready, coriander flavor with a hint of orange is detectable. It does end on a fairly sharp clove note that dovetails with an alcohol flavor. As I taste this, the beer seems to fit better as a saison than a Belgian strong pale.

M: not as dry as many saisons and Belgian strong pales, slightly heavier with medium carbonation.

D: A good beer but not as easy to throw back as a Duvel or a Saison DuPont; definitely felt it toward the end of the 750.

other notes: from a style standpoint this doesn't fit either the Belgian Strong Pale or the Saison perfectly, although the saison in general seems to be a better descriptor.

joeysmokedporter, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a straw color with small head, light not aggressive. very light hop and many complex esters and herbs... all seeming to hang in the malt, like the wheat of a hef. the density is surprisingly steady giving it a consistent medium body throughout. well after the foam has dissipated the carbonation carries the palete. taste of fruit, apple, orangepeel, and pineapple and light herb, clove and wheat. that light hint of wheat flavor seems to carry and subdued certain flavors and bring out others, given the food you drink it with.

rtepiak, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle with a painted label, cork and cage seal, and text on the back explaining that it's been brewed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Quebec; one of the most beautiful and friendly cities in all of the world!

Perhaps I should have let my bottle sit a bit longer so that the yeast would have settled into a nice compact cake, but I did not.

As it was, it poured a cloudy straw-gold body beneath a thick head of frothy bright-white foam. The head slowly receeded, compacting into a densely creamy quarter-inch thick lid that held remarkably well and left short walls of solid lace about the glass.

The nose was noteably yeasty amidst a sweetish, grainy malt base with notes of vanilla and candy. Background hops accentuated it, coming off more like a cool breeze across a field at twilight than any specific variety or aroma.

In the mouth it offered the supple, velvety caress of superbly tiny bubbles from natural bottle-conditioning. It was gently bristly, yet it also foamed up a bit to become soft and smooth. Medium-light bodied.

The flavor was fairly straightforward, and basically echoed the aroma. The emphasis is on the clean, basic, and lightly sweet pilsner malt base. There's most likely some sugar used as well as it's not that grainy or full-flavored. There are some very mild hop flavors present, and they appear herbal and delicately grassy in the background. The yeastiness is also kept to a restrained subtleness with only minor notes of vanilla, fruit (mainly apple), and very low-key spice. The bitterness, as you might have surmised already, is low; and this is a very precisely balanced and delicately flavored golden ale. It's characteristics are far more noticeable within the first few sips before they seem to start to meld together quite readily. That said, despite its strength of 7.5% alcohol by volume, it's a remarkably easy to drink and enjoyable beer. The alcohol is never noticeable.

It's light and golden in many ways, encouraging ready and repeated consumption; and there's also enough flavor and - "joie de vivre" shall we say (referencing the text on the back of the bottle) - to keep it interesting. In a way, it's almost not even like a beer at all, and I would think that this could easily fall into favor with non-beer drinkers - or act as a substitute for Champagne at numerous events. I enjoyed mine 'sans nourriture', but I could easily imagine it paired with a simple omelette, garden salad, light cheese and bread, or many non-greasy main course dishes. Very well done. Impeccably balanced towards the soft side; and well worth trying at the price being asked!

NeroFiddled, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked $7.99

As the cork released, a large release of CO2 popped. The beer pours out a magnificent golden straw color with a pure virgin white head that was as light as soap foam. Not as much lacing as I expected, but there was a decent film that remained in my Delirium snifter. The nose is much like a toned down La Fin du Monde. Big pepper and coriander notes and the always-present Unibroue house yeast. Slight hints of wet cork and orange zest. To me, this is like candy in a glass. The taste starts out with a sweet clear sugar sweetness. As it moves down onto the tongue, the spices come out and a soft chalkiness finishes. The body is so light and smooth that is seems as though nothing passes but the flavors are wonderful. The lively carbonation adds a bit of acidity to the mouthfeel, but does not interfere. This is not one that blows me away with explosive flavors, gravity, or bitterness, but it is one that is superbly crafted and follows the long-standing reputation that Unibroue has created.

ALESwhatCURESya, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This is a very light orange in color with a nice, white head that went down rather quickly.

Smell - There's some big orange and a good amount of medicine cabinet in this nose. I get a little bit of yeast trying to make it's way out but that Tang-like orange aroma just took over the nose.

Taste - The big Tang-like orange flavor is here at the taste as well along with a hint of medicine again.

Mouthfeel - This was less than medium-bodied but not light. The carbonation was sub-par for the style and a definite disappointment.

Sinkability - This is probably my favorite Belgian non-Belgian brewery in North America and I was really looking forward to trying this new release but I just couldn't find much to enjoy about it.

RoyalT, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle corked and caged. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Bright and very appealing golden yellow golor. Fluffy yellow head and some lacing. Sediment abound...white blanket continues to coat the top of the brew throughout the entire pour...

S- Smell was very winey and spicey.

T- Taste was of citrus flavors (Pineapple, apple, banana), belgian spices nicely rounding this one out. Big yeast presence here and no detection of alcohol. Is there some sour notes? Maybe, I sure am getting some of that tartness..

M- Mouthfeel was light and very easy to finish the bottle because of this...

D- Easy drinker here. Nothing cloying, nothing overbearing. This was a solid brew from unibroue. However, this was not a standout at all. Good, not great. I did enjoy it.

DavidSeanNJ, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear straw with a nice pure white head. Head settles fairly quickly, but leaves a thick film that lasts throughout. Good lacings.

Light fruit on the nose along with some funk from the Unibroue yeast.

Pretty light all around. Fruit like peaches and apricots with a little bit of citrus freshness. Noticeable hop bitterness, not altogether pleasant actually. Yeast gives a dry, almost dusty finish.

Quite a bit of carbonation, almost sparkling.

Meh. Would have expected something much more interesting for the occasion, but ends up being a mediocre Belgian ale. Getting the yeast into your glass adds to the complexity, but not worth writing home about.

CanuckRover, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. This beer was a pale yellow color with a quckly disappearing white head. The aroma was mainly fruit, banana I think, with a smattering of spice. The taste was also primarily fruity, but also had a degree of breadiness. Couln't really taste any spice. Pleasant enough, not outstanding.

lordofthewiens, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shy orangish amber in colour, very cloudy with a dood carbonation. Good head retention with a foamy head.

Fruity flavours comming out, with yeasty touches, with shy spices and hops.

taste wise, nothing special, yeasty flavours followed by spices with shy ginger, peppermint and orange peel flavours.

It is a hybrid???

3Vandoo, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium to pale straw color with just s small smattering of head that soon dissipates. Aromas are characteristic Unibroue; lots of subtle fruity and spicy esters, clove and orange peel dominant. Very little to no hop aroma and just a touch of bready notes. On the palate, this beer just really doesn't go anywhere. It doesn't have the flavor sustain like FdM, and really just seems like a beefed up Blanche. Flavors are substantial and include some nice toasty malt notes, plenty of the afformentioned spices, finishing dry and crisp. There's certainly nothing wrong with this beer, but just by how the 16th Ann. came out, I was hoping for them to at least meet that beers' greatness.

dreadnatty08, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Gary's in Madison...
Perhaps Unibroue's best brew ever, and one of, if not the, best North American representations of a Belgian style...
Appearance: Pours an outstanding, light-golden hue, pale, with rising carbonation, a giant, full-sized foamy and frothy head that deposited a thick level of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Sweet, candied aroma bursting through after popping the cork, with obvious nuances of yeast and only slight alcohol...
Taste: Excellent, full-bodied, full-flavored taste, sweet but not overbearing, bursting with quality... Hints of pale, candied sugars, honey, and cotton candy delight the palate... Hardly any alcohol detectable on the tongue, either...
Excellent stuff...
Highly recommended...

dsa7783, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a glowing, cloudy, pear nectar color with a smallish, creamy, off-white head that leaves droopy ropes of lace in the glass. After the head recedes, a spotty and uneven layer of lace remains.

S: Aromas of spicy yeast, banana, apple, honey, cardamom, pear, and toasted malt.

T: Big spicy Belgian yeast flavor with notes of honey, pear, grain, apple, cardamom, banana bread, minerals, and Heather detected hints of candi sugar.

M: Fruity and creamy in the beginning that quickly changes over to a decidedly drier and spicier mouthfeel but never loses its' full, oily, creaminess.

D: Very good. I was hoping for something a little more radical for such a special occasion, but I'm certainly not disappointed. Unibroue does what it does very well.

GbVDave, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Effervescent golden with 2 fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Sweet with slightly bready wheat malt, fruity with pear, green apple and a touch of honey. Standard Unibroue yeast aroma with a touch of spice.

T - Sweet and fruity with banana, pear and apple followed by a touch of wheat, grain and some unibroue spicy yeast. A lemon, citrus bitterness lingers on the tongue. Honey like alcohol notes are also present.

M - Clean and crisp with a lot of carbonation. On the thin side and very fizzy on the tongue with a lingering dryness.

D - A solid beer but as much as I like Unibroue beers I was expecting something a little more exciting for such a special release.

brewcrew76, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of grub
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

review #700. woohoo!

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled july 19/08.

pours light gold, crystal clear except for a dash of yeast at the end of the bottle. a big fluffy white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. light unibroue yeast character. bit of caramel. bread and cracker. alcohol.

taste is good. very low bitterness level. bit of unibroue yeast, but very subdued. touch of caramel. bread and cracker. light alcohol. light orange citrus.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. nice balance. a good beer, just nothing remarkable.

grub, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's($2 cheaper than at Party Source, I might add...), poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a lemon flesh yellow with a bit of clouding. A 2 finger loose head forms and holds for a couple minutes. A few wisps of lacing.

S: Lightly sweet malts with sweet fruity esters. Crisp floral hops with some added citrus. Subtle yummy Belgian yeast.

T/M: A healthy dose of bittering hops accompanied by more spice from the Belgian yeast. Some more of the sweet fruits and malts. Malts have a bit more grain and wheat flavor and very clean. Alcohol is light and goes well with the zesty yeast. Body is light and crisp. A bit of drying in the finish.

D: Light and easy drinking. It's a decent brew but I thought Unibroue would have brewed something a bit more special for an occasion like this. Idk, just my opinion.

pwoods, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly cloudy yellow color and formed a foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A small amount of steady carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, yeast, bread, spices, and pepper is present. A flavor of malt, citrus, spices, and yeasts. The body is medium and the finish is slightly sprite and peppery. A nice beer from them, but not the best of their anniversary/one shot styles.

Wildman, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a small head that fizzles away fast, no lacing, does leave a little wisp of foam on the top though.

Smell has a strong yeast aroma along with some fruit, pear I believe, not overly strong or assertive though.

Taste is not up to par with other Unibroue offerings, carbonation is a bit too much and the beer is rather thin, taste is similar to a witbier with a spiciness just a notch higher, slight alcohol kick in the aftertaste.

deltatauhobbit, Aug 01, 2008
Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.