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Quelque Chose | Unibroue

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Quelque ChoseQuelque Chose

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 538 |  Reviews: 393
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, a cherry beer that ain't a lambic! Cool nuff.

Goes into my goblet a dirty rust red, mostly clear. No head, alas. I should mention that I drank this slightly chilled.

Mmm... smells cherrylicious. Sugared dried cherries spring up into the nose, but there's also a balsamic vinegar tartness here and spice: clove, orange peel, and for lack of a better explanation, citric acid. NO BELGIAN FUNK. Hooray! I like how this smells. A lot.

Tastes sweeter than I expected. Big big tart cherry upfront, tartness comes in just after with a hint of lemon. Sweet/sour finish with a hint of woodsy earth... clove here too.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and not too heavy. This is deliciously different.

Quelque Chose is one of the best fruit beers I've had. A fine cherry drink; if you love cherries, you'll enjoy the heck outta this. Recommended. Next time I'm trying it hot!

EDIT: I have since enjoyed this hot, and it was superb. Everyone at our party was shocked by how delicious it was. Recommended heartily!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a copper/red color with no head to speak of,the aroma was tart and of bubblegum?Taste was a little weird at first but after a few sips the tartness seemed to balance out a little but I still didnt care to much for the aftertaste.Well I can say I tried it,I may try again and warm it a little.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep purple. Everything else about this beer is staright forward...CHERRIES!

I had this particular bottle hot. The nose is huge on cherry. Fresh cherry, canned cherry, pickled cherry. Get the point? I ove this beer served hot. Sweetness up front that is big on cherry. Mid-sip some tartness creeps forward and a slight earthy pinch. The tart finish offers up a great sweet n sour kinda experience. Nice alcohol kick that is only made better by the warm serving temperature.

Simply a fantastic night cap or cold winter's brew!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.64/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I think I may need to pay more attention to the dates on the bottles. This was a 500ml corked bottle dated 8/8/2002. I didn't look at this until I had poured and tasted this beer, and thought that something was wrong. Or maybe this is how the beer is supposed to be. It was a beautiful red/orange color with absolutely no head; it looked flat. It had a sweet, spice odor, and a taste like cough medicine. It was too flat, too "sticky", and not pleasant. The bottle also suggests serving it warm. I can't imagine that.

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Photo of grynder33
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The only unibroue product that I haven't top rated.Looked a cloudy ruby red. There was so little carbonation I thought there might have been some leakage in the bottle. This of course resulted in a very flat mouthfeel. The aroma was like cherry jam. Creamy cherry taste, only a slight sourness. I won't buy it again,but I will try someone else's just to see if its texture is the same as mine.

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Photo of babyhobbes
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This poured like a litle thickly and had no head. It's a deep cherry (duh) color and smells heavily of cherries. In the glass it looks and smells like a wine and has a syrupy behavior like flat soda. The appearance and odor made me think this was going to be a good beer.

Unfortunately, this tasted like cough syrup but wasn't as sweet. I had a lot of trouble even finishing my glass as the fruit taste was just so strong and overpowering. It seemed to coat my throat and tongue as well. Although I appreciate this beer it just isn't for me.

I'm not so sure this would be a beer. It's similar to a wine or a wine cooler. It's not something I'd try again. However, it is something you might want to try just because it's so different.

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Photo of shapudding
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2002 bottle
Ok, let the chemistry experiment begin! Apparently you should do some playing with this one in order to fully experience it... and thus, my place becomes a big 'ol mess because of the Blitheringidiot came for a some beer sharing!
We decided to just do 2 temps to make life a little easier...
First tasting was about 58 degrees...
Very nice light amber, sherry colored and clear. Scented very strongly of marachino cherries and maybe some maple syrup or karo syrup. Can't tell if I like the scent or not, maybe a bit too cloyingly sweet. Very low on the carbination, which is a plus for me. Smooth feeling, but very light bodied. Decent drinkability but so very sweet that it keeps you from wanting alot of it maybe....
Next we pulled out more kitchenware, double boilered it to bring it up to 150 degrees. The spices become even more pronounced at this temperature, especially the cinnamon. It seemed as though there was an almost plastic-like aroma that I got throughout and then it became stronger when heated. The boys still think it is the cinnamon, but I'm not thinking so... dunno... A bit more red wine flavors come out when at the higher temperature.
All in all this is an interesting one to play with, but not one I would get for regular drinking.

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Photo of generallee
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy, reddish brown colored body with almost no head at all. There were just a few small, light tan bubbles around the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is light with a modest tea like herbal hops and chopped up fresh cherries in the nose.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a mix of sweet, sour and tangy fruits and spices that reminds me off mincemeat pie filling with a warming brandy flavor note. Hop flavor is mild and herbal. All these flavors mix and mingle nicely on the tongue within a smooth and slightly sticky full body.

Notes: This beer has a very deep interesting flavor and a wonderful full body that made for a nice slow sipping after dinner treat.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The little brochure hanging around its neck instructs you that this can be served three ways: 1) at room temperature 2)on the rocks 3) mulled/heated. I had planned to defy their advice, and serve this at cellar temperature, but by the time I was ready to pop the cork, it was room at room temperature and the decision was obvious. Upon removing the wire cage, the cork seemed to come out far too easily, with a mere finger pull. It pours into a goblet a clear, ruby mahogany. Quite pretty in colour, but no head. Aroma is cherry cider. Mouthfeel is satiny smooth, but without carbonation. The taste is tart cherries, like a cherry soda without the carbonation. Clove and allspice are cleverly lurking in the background. Some woodsy yeast is also present.
I served the second half of the bottle warmed up, in a coffee type mug. The warmth mutes the cherries to a large extent, and evokes a plethora of spices. A mulled, spiced apple cider like spice array is present in the warmed version, with nutmeg, cinamon, allspice, and clove entertaining the palate. Alcohol warming is much more apparent in the heated mug. Some nice malt flavors are in the background, but hops and malts seem an afterthought when sipping this versatile brew. I've not tried this on ice, but I would bet it's better than a Campari.
High marks for drinkability, because it's very good no matter how you serve it up. I should mention that I love the taste of cherries in a nice ale, and that is the forte of this unusual brew.
Definitely not your usual Unibroue, but worth checking out.

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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

interesting stuff. Very strong cherry nose and taste, sweet, but not overpowering. Finishes dry with some sweetness and tartness. Not for everybody, but worth trying. I had it lightly chilled, but will try warming it up next time. We enjoyed a big bottle of this warmed at a frosty Disc golf Ice Bowl event a few years ago, now that is living!

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Photo of fdrich29
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Quelque Chose Ale Brewed with Cherries" etched in golden text on the front of this sleek, 1 Pint, .9 oz bottle from Unibroue. Bottle was caged and corked and came with a 2002 Limited Edition bifold card describing the beer and how it should be consumed.

Dated 08-08-2002 on the back of the bottle above the UPC code, and a pleasant reminder that this is a product of Canada (complete with golden maple leaf).

"The authentic way to enjoy this unique ale is to serve it mulled, like a hot wine". I did not consume the beer in this fashion.

Poured a deep cherry red, looking more like wine than any beer I've ever seen before. No head, only a few bubbles formed along the edge of the glass.

Smell is a wonderful array of spices, fruit and of course cherries.

Tastes of light tart cherries and spices and is smooth and unevasive on the palate. Goes down very nicely.

This limited edition ale is definitely for special occasions, shared with friends. I intend on purchasing more bottles in the near future to save for a time of celebration.

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Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head and carbonation, clear, ruby red in color,

Smell: sweet cherries and some malt

Taste: cinnamon, and cherries dominate. There does appear to be some extra sugary kick at the end. There may be a couple other spices.

Mouthfeel: sweet, crisp, light bodied with low carbonation

Drinkability: This strikes me as the cherry version of apple cider. It has similar spices just substitute the fruit. Different from other Unibroue beers. While I could not see my self drinking this all the time, when the season hit--especially with crisp air, I would look forward to popping another bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours red with no head. There is no pop when the cork is removed from the bottle. The aroma is strong cherry, cinnamon and clove. The flavor is heavy on the cherries with other spices including cinnamon and clove. I also get some vanilla and honey. This beer tastes like the holidays. Very little, if any carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cherry bomb. Pour is darker red with a pink head. Cherries, clove, cinnamon, and dark fruits in the nose. Massive cherry assault up front, with a good cinnamon-spice in the back. Some cough-syrup like flavors initially, but these went away when it warmed.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a small glass.

Pours a very odd red color with no head at all. It's totally flat so no head at all and the nose is fruity and medicinal. It's very odd, not bad but interesting.

Taste is very weird and just like the nose. Had bot room temp, over ice and warmed as per the label and it's best warm, almost like mulled cider. Interesting and worth trying.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of dwvarner77
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pinkish-copper hue with no head to speak of, just a slight ring of relatively larger bubbles around the perimiter of the pour. No real active carbonation to speak of, only slight hints of bubbles upon an active swirl.
The aroma to me smells strongly of gingerbread, with a little bit of sweet cherry and a lesser hint of nutmeg. I can't get over the sweet aroma, reminds me of christmas desserts, or at least after-dinner drinks.
The taste starts out a sweet cherry, building into the spiciness of a nutmeg-infused cider, then finishing smoothly with sweet cherry followed by a slight sour crescendo. Less poingnant than a representative cherry lambic. Upon breathing, the sweet cherry becomes more prevalent, as does the nutmeg character, maybe a bit moreso than the cherry. Quite tasty in an extended session.
Thin mouthfeel with no carbonation, leaves something to be desired. Does little to accentuate the positive qualities of the flavor. But otherwise, quite drinkable and enjoyable.
The spicy flavor of this brew emerges as it warms, I can certainly imagine the benefits of having it mulled. Though I will save that for a second helping and a brisk evening.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ehammond1
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 1 year)

A murky, burnt crimson with what appears to be zero carbonation. No head; this pours more like juice than any typical beer. Very little stick down the glass. Disappointing.

Cherry aroma, though it comes off as somewhat medicinal, like a cough syrup. There's some mild spice and other non-fruit sweetness as well.

The flavor is nicer than the aroma, with sweet cherry, a tiny bit of spice, caramel, and some alcohol.

Thin to medium bodied with no carbonation.

I didn't know this was often served warm. If I ever acquire another bottle, I'll serve it heated.

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Photo of ADR
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 vintage, room temperature tasting, in a small tulip glass...

Just a slight burp on opening, a ruby chestnet color with pale white spider tracks for a head. Very spicy fruitcake aroma, rum and cherries. Deep oaky and tanned leather flavors, tons of sharp allspice and tarragon and a cherrylike bourbon mouthfeel. Exudes additional spicing, rum/raisin, and a banana-bread note mid mouth. Cherries are not the stars in this beer, they are showcased in an ensemble cast. Slightly vinous attenuation and swallow. Well done experiment, to me, not gonna' drink a lot of this but a world of flavors play across the taste buds.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky wine like purple red absolutely no carbonation, best by date says 10-5-2002 so here we go. Aroma: Alcohol drenched tart but very sweet cherry juice fills the senses, vinous and winelike this brew is something else, the spicing backs up the barrage of tart cherries. Taste: Impressive somewhat woody in flavor with the tart sweentess of cherry juice there and a warming alcohol sensatiobn making this one complex fruit infused ale. Mouthfeel: A bit thin in body but makes up with an even overall texture not much carbonation very wine like with each sip. Drinkability: Served cold much more drinkable I imagine I don't think I'm ready to mull this one just not in the mood much more sufficient to just sip and enjoy it from the fridge after being warmed up for about twenty minutes. Overall sweetness brings down the drinkability a bit but still very tasty winter dessert beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with a wire and cork seal into a goblet. Bottle has BB date of 31 Dec. 2025 -- so more than 10 years before the BB date!

A: Medium ruby with no head and no lacing.

S: Cherry cobbler with a touch of cherry liquer.

T: Cherries!. Lightly sweet with bit more sour.

M: Medium+ body is a bit syrupy.

O: following the brewer’s recommendation, I tried the last oz hot... increased bitterness and not recommended. The other odd recommendation, on the rocks, seems more appealing.

Overall: features a pronounced sweet and sour cherry, leanng towards the tart side.

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Quelque Chose from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 538 ratings