Quelque Chose | Unibroue

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Quelque ChoseQuelque Chose

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, Had the right way, the bottle boiled up and enjoyed very warm like a cider. Oh, and served by Stephen Beaumont himself. The fruit gave a full mouthfeel, with beer as supporting character. Better than expected, and good by itself. Let's see: plum, cherry, clove, cinammon, apple, brown sugar.
Two years later had the 2007 cherry and was too sugared down.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Best by 12/31/25. Consumed cold.

Pours a cranberry juice red with ZERO head. No lacing whatsoever. The only smell I am getting from this one is of cherry soda. Taste is of medicinal cherry syrup, flat cherry soda, and cherry cider. I mean there is definite cherry going on here but it's far from what I would consider beer. No carbonation with a very flat mouthfeel. Hard to drink really because of this. Overall, I am not impressed with this offering from Unibroue. I am glad I got to try this one as I have never seen it before, but I do not like this whatsoever.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll start by saying that this beer ages pretty well. I've had some new ones and some that are a couple years old. There isn't much to say about this beer other than its a good cherry flavored beer. Just like the rest of the Unibroue beers it pours a hazy color. Its got some redness to it but its more of a light brown color. The smell is both sweet and sour and mostly of cherries. The taste is about the same but it mellows a bit with time and some of the malt characteristics come out. If your enjoy sourness in your beer than this one is really good, otherwise you may want to try an aged one.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was something very different all together. The bottle states that it can be enjoyed on the rocks in the summer and heated up in the winter time like tea. Had this in the early summer of last year for the first time. Grabbed and glass with a few cubes of ice in it and gave this brew a pours. The beer comes out as a thin light brownish red color. There is no head on top but just an iced tea style white film on top. The smell of the beer has a nice aroma of cherry. The taste reminded me of a cherry infused tea of some kind. The beer had flavors of herbal ingredients also. The mouthfeel was thin and was pretty refreshing. Overall I found this beer to be unique in a good way. I found positives on all levels here. I can't classify it as something that really fits this style. I would like to grab a bottle sometime and try it again in the winter time and see what that's like.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with just a few bubbles on the surface that quickly faded away, leaving only a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of cherries in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is dominated by flavors of cherries that have some sweetness and a little tartness. Hints of spices are noticeable in the finish; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer reminds me a bit like spiced apple cider—except that it’s made with cherries—the type of drink that you might have served hot outdoors at a winter market. It might be a bit sweet but it is definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprised that this beer does not get more buzz in the beer comunity than it does. It is a really nice beer. Serious amount of Belgian character and a huge cherry counterpart. The beer smells wonderful of, well, cherries, but with a complex Flander's Red tartness, sourness, twangy-ness, candied-ness, and maltiness...all temperred with spiciness and ripe fruit. And it tastes pretty good too. Not sweet to hurt the teeth and not tart enought to promote astringence. Bold and continually developing in the mouth. A nice round mouthfeel that is not too thick, or thin. The tartness and cherry flavor is held in check by the malt base. Finishes tart and dry with a note of alcohol. A wonderful beer...maybe my favorite 'cherry' beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle, served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Deep garnet, clear and bright. A faint head appears, red and fizzy, but quickly dissolves into a small ring around the edges of the glass.

Smell: Spicy and sweet. Smells like cherries and cinnamon sticks soaked in alcohol.

Taste: I couldn't pick out any distinct malt or hop flavors. Instead, cherries make up the backbone of this beer, syrupy sweet initially but with a mild sourness in the finish. Subtle flavors are abundant, with notes of clove, cinnamon and honey.

Mouthfeel: Almost completely still, you only get the faintest tingling of carbonation. Medium-bodied and very smooth, slightly slick and syrupy on the tongue.

Drinkability: Too sweet to be a regular for me, but nonetheless very good. I'll definitely be trying this again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle – Served fresh: Poured a red colored beer with no carbonation or head. Aroma is mostly cherries with some spices. Taste is cherries with strong mix of clove and nutmeg. Maybe a bit too spicy for my liking. Very different beer thought. Served hot: No surprise here with no carbonation or head. Taste of spice seems to make more sense here since they are subtler. Overall, this is a very different beer probably not for everyone taste and I wouldn’t drink more then one.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - No pop when removing the cork, but upon reading the label I knew not to expect one. It poured out a pinkish red color with almost no carbonation. There was no head at all. Tough category to score because the bottle explains that will be little carbonation.

S - It smelled of cherries. Mostly sweet aromas. Not the sourness that I had hoped for.

T - Good dark cherry flavor with touches of honey. Safe to say this beer has no bitterness. Also, it lacked a sourness that I hoped/expected in a cherry brew.

M - It was fairly crisp, but also had a sticky mouthfeel. A light bodied beer that hides its 8% ABV well.

D - This was a little hard to drink. I shared some, but still couldn't finish the whole bottle.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a red-brown with a nice head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings cherries, spice, some dark chocolate, and a bit of dark fruits. The taste brings the cherries to the front along with a bit of light chocolate and some sweet dark malt. Nice feel with a good amount of sweetness. I was anxious to try this when I first saw an ad for it, and I will say that it drinks quite well.

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Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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 superspak
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, bottled 12/17/2009. Pours hazy red orange color with hardly any head at all. Cork did not even pop off this one. The thin head does stick around for a majority of the glass. Aromas of big cherry juice, tart cherries, raspberry, herbal, light cinnamon, yeast spices, and a touch of vinegar. Awesome and well balanced aromas for a fruit beer, with a fair amount of complexity. Taste if big cherry juice, tart cherry, light vinegar, spices, grape, and a bit of oak. Lingering notes of cherries, spiciness, oak, and grape on the finish for a bit. Fantastic balance of flavors despite the sweetness of this beer; and it is not cloying at all. Low carbonation and medium-full body; with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is not a bad thing at all for this type of beer. Alcohol is well hidden at 8% with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic fruit beer; with great flavor balance and no cloying sweetness. I really need to try this hot like is suggested.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Joe Canal's, Bellmawr, NJ

I'm going to try this warm/hot, as it seems that's the trend for this beer, but I'm reviewing it now as is, aka chilled. Uncorked and poured into a Chimay chalice, this beer is a mahogany brown with ruby highlights, clear, but thick and syrupy to the point where it's almost murky. No head other than a few tiny bubbles wandering around the rim; some minor evidences of carbonation. Smell is similar to a Rodenbach Grand Cru, with tart cherries, and hints of spice and apple peel. Taste is of tart cherry juice and cider, and notes of cinnamon in the background...almost resembles a juice more than a beer. I'd imagine this being very tea-like or cider like when I try it warm. Medium body, syrupy but not too sour, and almost no alcohol detectable. Nice and smooth, and quite drinkable.

***Jan. 2015
Had the privilege of trying a 2002 vintage. Quite good, lesser carb, but more cherry candy and ginger/cinnamon. Actually tasted like a gingerbread house.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 2025 (Served at refrigerator temperature)

A: Pours a lightly hazy ruby to garnet red in color with no visible carbonation. The beer has a very small patch of large soapy bubbles that quickly reduces to a very thin ring around the majority of the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of cherries with lighter notes of spices (similar to the mulling spices used with wine in the winter). The cherry has a very natural fruit aroma.

T: The flavor is pretty sweet and the cherry tastes quite natural. The cherry flavor is very strong with moderate notes of mulling spices.

M: On the lighter side of heavy bodied with minimal amounts of carbonation.

O: Heavier body and sweetness make this beer not too easy to drink - a slow sipping beer at that. Enjoyable. I would be interested in trying this beer warmed in the winter as well.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm taking the *mulled to "sipping hot" temperature* approach on this one. Maybe the entire nature of this beers varies wildy, based on the serving tempature. So it's a risk. Here goes!

Appearance: Deep (cherry) red in color and sporting almost zero carbonation. Perhaps we gained cherries upon cherries at the expense of the head, but them's the breaks.

Smell: Ripe cherries interspersed with a distinctive spiced aroma. Cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind ("coriander!" my friend AndoBrew bellows). Immediately after heating, it gives off some strong alcohol vapors that thankfully dissipate as the beer begins to cool somewhat.

Taste: Quite warm right oughta the double boiler, so I took small, careful sips. Crawl before you can walk. Tart, acidic, and bursting with cherriness as your cheeks burst from the sourness. Occasionally, a cherry lollipop flavor emerges before return to the acidity. The spices are enduring in the flavor as well, with the cinnamon dominating. It suggests a hot cider.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin in body, with just the very, very faintest hint of carbonation. Not overly drying, but the acidic nature of this brew can be a bit puckering at times.

Drinkability: Certainly fun to try and experiment with, but I was thankful to have my friend there to split the bottle with.

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 07-17-21, sorry can't wait that long! 750 ml bottle

Pours ruby red/brown with a minimal white head. Slight film persists, but no real head retention or lacing

S: Sour & oaky notes

T: Sweet cherry, then sourness, oaky dryness & small hint of vanilla up front. Warming alcohol is present on the fringes. Finishes oaky, sour & with plenty of cherry smack. My wife who is a "kriek-freak" loved this

MF: Lightly carbonated, will pick up as it ages I bet. Medium bodied, slick & warming

Drinks pretty easy for style & abv, nice aperitif or dessert beer

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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 womencantsail
2.46/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: The pour is a very clear ruby red color with no head or carbonation at all.

S: The cherries stand out immediately, but there is a very strong medicinal note. The cherries are very cough syrup and cough drop like.

T: Lots of medicinal cherry flavor and what doesn't taste like cough meds is just completely sugary.

M: The body is medium with no carbonation. Not sryupy, which can often often happen with such lowly carbonated beers.

D: There's really no reason for me to drink this again, unless perhaps if I had a cold. But even then, I'd probably go to the pharmacy.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2010
Served on the rocks, pours a still reddish brown with a few stray bubbles coming out of the bottle. This smells a little like mulled cherry. There's a syrupy cherry sweetness in the aroma that is countered with spices like clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor follows the aroma to a tee. This is quite sweet and syrupy with a mulled cherry flavor to it. The spices provide minimal balance to the sweetness that is Quelque Chose. Medium to thick body with a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Interesting "beer" but honestly a little too sweet for my tastes. Some bubbles would have really help in my opinion.

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Photo of jwc215
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Corked bottle, best before 07-17-2012:

Poured into Unibroue tulip glass:

Well, this one is an "interesting" one... Is it beer or is it not...Tries to mimic Liefman's Glukriek, I take it. But, does it stand up? Michael Jackson (the good one) seems to think so...This beer-drinker disagrees. Interesting? Sure. Good? Not quite. And that's a shame, as it comes from a great brewery. I had this at a tasting. Figured I would be scientific and have it on my own at three different temperatures - chilled, room temp. and warm. It does have different characteristics at each, so my scores are an overall impression of them combined. I'll continue with my take on each:

Appearance: Pours reddish/ruby mahogany. Nice color...Head? Nope. You're not getting head here. (Skip the humor there - been outplayed). Strange thing though, when heated it did have a quick fizzle of a head that lasted longer (though still only seconds) than when chilled or room temp. Strange that. Well, it doesn't appear carbonated.

The smell when chilled with cherry flavored cough syrup. Cherry and medicinal. However, when heated, it did carry more complexity - stronger alcohol, some cinnamon.

The taste is sweet. No getting around that one - Sweet at all levels. When chilled it was especially like cough medicine with hints of malt. Suggestions of vanilla and clove mix in if you can get past the initial cherry throat syrup taste. When warm, the alcohol, which had been hidden at chilled and room temp. becomes more evident. Juicy, syrupy cherries abound with a brandyish (when heated) sweetness. Cinnamon and clove come through when heated. When warmed, as it cools again band-aid taste comes through. Finishes sweet and medicinal. A slow sipper at any level.

Light-bodied yet syrupy. Strange. Coating. At all levels.

Well, it's not a typical fruit beer - but wasn't meant to be. I normally love this brewery's offerings, but I'll pass on this scientific experiment. Not drain-pour, but not something I would want again. As I asked at the start - Is this beer? Whether it is or not - too cough mediciny for me...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is only my second bottle of this beer, though I'm a dedicated Unibroue fan. The last, and first bottle I tried, was at a holiday family gathering a few years ago, and my beer-loving brother claimed that "this is no BEER!" Okay, maybe, maybe not...This time, though, I'm going to try it mulled, as they like it, though a portion was poured chilled...

ripe orange color, smallish head,

... tart aroma, sour cherries, tangy, sweet, tasty...if you hate tartness, stay away, but be warned that there's more to this than you might expect...

Now, it's time to try the heated version...perfect for the snowy, 10 degree climate here in Minneapolis
...heated: bright crimson, huge, creamy, frosty white head.

Aroma, well-masked by the heat, burning fruit,

Taste: the heat is too much to consider it gently, but it's terrifically integrated, the sour cherry flavor is muted some by the heat, but the taste is still rich and rewarding...yum, yum, I wish I wasn't so close to the furnace, so I could reap it's benefits better...an excellent nightcap, better than a dessert, more effective than a lambic.

...this, the well-heated Quelque Chose, is a true beer experience! I've got to go out and get some more, to make the march past February less unbearable!

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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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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