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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
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 Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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 djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 t0rin0
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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 BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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 zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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 dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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 NeroFiddled
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
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 largadeer
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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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