La Résolution

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #40
Ranked #3,921
4.09 | pDev: 9.78%
Quebec, Canada
La RésolutionLa Résolution
Notes: Inspired by a recipe our brewmaster Jerry Vietz created for his friends, La Résolution is a dark ale with a spicy character. With a 10% alcohol content, its spicy caramel aroma evolves on the palate into pleasant and complex notes reminiscent of gingerbread. Its perfect balance of spicy, caramel and roasted malt flavours is complemented by a pleasant roundness and persistent finish. A cold-weather brew that warms the heart.
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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 309
Photo of hman43
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a dense, light brown head. Head retention is excellent. It is clear.

Smell: It has spicy and vinous aromas up front. It has a strong, sweet malty presence with some dried cherry and sugary notes. It is rather spicy with some vinous quality.

Taste: The spices are more pronounce in the flavor which is surprising since they are quite strong in the aroma. The spices take on a peppery sharpness. There are background notes of dried cherry with some sweetness from the malt.

Feel: It has noticeable alcohol warmth. It has a medium full body.

Overall, a very interesting take on a Belgian Dark Strong Ale with the balance towards the spice over the malty rich elements with the other flavors and aromas blending in the background.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Best by 8/26/18"; drank 2/24/16 @ the Yarchives.

Muddy brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big tan head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Allspice, cream & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Clove, cinnamon & cream flavors up front; dry booze heat notes on the finish.

Interesting, I suppose, but this never gelled into a cohesive, enjoyable taste for me. Not one I'll rush back to.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At least a couple years old - suspect 2016 vintage but no date on bottle and I did not date the purchase back then. Cork and cage - 3 x 8 ounce pours. Pours a deep brown - seems clear with reddish mahogany notes as light hits - 2 finger creamy tan head. Aroma up front caramel malt, raisin, date, molasses - bit of spice. Taste follows with caramel malt, brown sugar, plum, raisin, and toffee sweetness with some clove, ginger. Nicely carbonated with smooth sweet medium mouthfeel with slightly spicy finish. Really nice.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich midnight black, smells of heavy spices and malty sweetness, nutmeg especially. Taste is spicy and warm, with nutmeg and cloves standing out first and foremost. Mouthfeel is rich, thickly viscous, and warming in all aspects. A perfect beer for those cruel, biting winter nights.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a large foamy off white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, raisins, dark cherries and figs.

T - The taste plums, figs, dark cherries, cloves, nutmeg and Belgian yeast.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a nice Belgian dark ale. The flavors are on point and the alcohol very well hidden.

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Photo of stortore
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 10/8/15, had 3/31/18.

Pours dark, mostly opaque, with a two inch creamy head and lots of creamy lacing. Active carbonation. Aromas of malt, caramel, cloves, figs, oak, nutmeg, dates, some chocolate, other spices, light banana and molasses, a little cola, a hint of licorice. The taste is similar: malt, caramel, figs, dates, cloves, nutmeg, other spices, oak, cola, light vanilla. Smooth, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

The oak really adds a lot of depth and flavor to this. Great aroma, very good flavor, well balanced. A real delight to drink. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with an amber tinge, lots of slow rising, fine bubbled carbonation, and a finger of beige head.

Smells of gingerbread spice, cherries, raisins, prunes, and vanilla.

The taste totally follows the nose to a tea, and finishes with black liquorice. Brown sugar and molasses are in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate to high, foamy carbonation. Strong but smooth feel to it.

Drinking 2015 vintage in New Hamburg, March 26th, 2018. Excellent dark Belgian style ale. Definitely world class.

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Photo of Craig-er
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful looking pour with a nice colored head that stays the course. The rich, full bodied flavor, is the making of a fine brew. I let it sit for a couple of years and it was outstanding. The stamp says best before 8-26-18, so it is designed to age.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is really tasty and almost whisky-like in flavor. Very spicy... smooth....and unique as an ale. The high ABV at 10.00% will sneak up on you before you realize it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a massive, three fingers of ecru foam, capping the coffee colored liquid; excellent retention and copious lacing

Smell: Sweet banana spice cake speckled with dried fruit

Taste: Spice cake tones of nutmeg, cinnamon and mace join with banana and vanilla to embrace the fig, date and toffee flavors; the sweeter tones threaten but never overwhelm, as the mid-palate brings an herbal, almost bitter element that lingers along with the fruit and spice, into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: It has been a while since I had a Unibroue beer (and I remember when LFDM was among the very top beers on BA) so I was excited to try this holiday spiced BSDA; While a nice beer, this one has a bit too much spicing relative to the BSDA elements and ultimately disappoints a bit, as a result

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark reddish brown, like cola, but darker with a fine one finger light khaki head with great retention and thick lacing, looks nice. Aroma of bready and caramel malt, Belgian yeast, plums, fig and date, cinnamon and a hint of clove. Flavor is dry caramel malt, cinnamon, clove, anise, dried plums, figs and dates, quite seasonally spicy. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess and sharp carbonation. A fine Belgian dark with complex dark dried fruit, earthy holiday spicing with an emphasis on cinnamon and a rich finish that derives its bitterness from spices. The firm body emphasizes the full Belgian dark fruit character. The spices are quite forward and maybe a touch to much cinnamon, which is a strong, assertive spice. Overall, like most of Unibroue's Belgian ales, a very masterful take on the style and appropriate for the upcoming holiday season. Big ABV well covered; quite drinkable. I stumbled on this bottle, apparently a reissue (best by 2020 date) and am glad to have found it as I missed this on its initial brewing. I would very much like to find another bottle because this is a classic Christmas season ale.

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Photo of Organdrew
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

La resolution 2015 limited edition 750 mL bought from a local grocery store for about 9$. Served at fridge temperature into a large coffee mug (I’m poor, it’s the only drinking utensil I have.) Cork explosively comes out with a large “pop”. Whiffs of sweet fruit immediately fill the air.

Pours a dark amber/brown with lots of white-brown foam that slowly subsides over many minutes.
Smells of fruits and maybe some ginger. Very nice aroma. Smells sweet and very delicious. Reminiscent of ginger ale. Some carbonation noticed.

Taste is very forward but subdued. Alcohol is well masked, but slightly apparent if searched for. Strong and heavy, but still pleasant. Lots of noticeable carbonation. There is a lot going on, with bitterness and sweetness fighting for dominance in the mouth. The flavor and taste is heavy and complex, but the mouthfeel seems lighter, and almost like drinking clouds. It seems to melt in the mouth. Somewhat like how champagne drinks smooth. Some heat becomes apparent after a while and warms the mouth and throat (this can be a contribution from the alcohol as well). Cloves and spices become apparent after a bit. Maybe some cardamom, maybe some black pepper, maybe a bit of oak. Some noticeable ginger. Hard to notice any apparent hops.

This is a complex and somewhat heavy, but a very nice and easy-drinking beer, that quickly creeps up on you due to the high alcohol content. I'm not a big drinker and feeling it after a large glass. Leans on the malty side. One of my favorite Belgian dark beers to date. I’ve tried Trois Pistoles and didn’t really like it, this is much better. Some other darks have some annoying aftertastes that leave me to not finish the bottle, but I really enjoy drinking this. This is actually one of the best Unibroue beers I have had to date (I have on hand, and yet to try Grande Reserve 17, that has been aged for 5 years -saving for a very special occaision). Would make a nice fall/winter drink because of the cloves and spices. Has a slightly “La Fin du Monde” feel to it. If you like LFDM, you’ll like this. I highly recommend for those who have tried other Unibroue products.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a killer beer, and it sure killed my sobriety, almost instantly, holy cow! a deep raisin mahogany colored beer, a little syrupy looking but lots of bubbles too and a tall white head, very belgian looking. aroma of molasses and dried fruits, cherry and raisin and date, with some belgian spicy yeast and some alcohol thats quite warm, residual sugar, and a lot of malty complexity, very wintery but also very appetizing. flavor has a ton of caramelized sugars, a long boul thing almost like a barleywine at its base, but fermented with this belgian yeast strain that really pops it off, fruity for a second, raisin and red wine and fig, but then more spicy and estery, champagne notes, toffee, caramel, desserty but not as sugary as it smells, with the hot booze cutting through some of that and the density sort of bringing enough structure to hold up to it, its not out of place in the least. big beer from a brewery that does these extremely well, smooth and bigger, but complex enough, fancy and wintery, just fantastic. great to have this on draft too, cellar worthy in the bottle though, and another winner from one of my favorites! somewhere between a dubbel and a quad with a little less intense belgian yeast, huge but awesome.

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Photo of b11
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkness. My drink comes from a bottle bought from their bistro, in Chambly, Quebec. From the fridge, so a little on the cold side. The pleasure of this beer does not come from its aroma, but from the tastes and its complexity. Very little bitterness, from the grain itself, nothing harsh in this. Hints of chocolate, coffee. Does not taste at all alcoholic, rather more malty. "Balanced" would be another word to use.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a goblet. BB dated 08-26-18. Lots of pressure released with the cork but the brew was well behaved and easy to pour.

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish brown; clear but near opaque. Beige bubbles form a thin (1 bottle) or moderate sized (2nd bottle: January 2018) layer that leaves nearly full sheets of lacing on the glass. Excellent retention.

Aroma: spicy and fruity yeast driven complex aroma with a scent of spices, dates, dried plums, figs, raisins and other dark fruits. Spice notes include pepper, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Faint hints of caramel, biscuits and toast.

Flavor: Complex, bold, spicy and fruity. Follows with aroma with added hints of cherries, wood, and burnt toast. Bitter-sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium-high level of lively (but soft in 2018) carbonation. A bit prickly with a dry finish. Some heat was felt only with the younger bottle.

Overall: A good Dark Belgian style ale with notably complex aroma and flavor.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; cola brown in color; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: ginger and nutmeg with chocolate and a hint of cinnamon in the background;

T: follows the nose with less chocolate; a hint of orange in the background; light spice in the aftertaste;

M: medium bodied; low carbonation; alcohol is slightly warming; lightly dry finish;

O: a nice fireplace sipper;

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Photo of q33jeff
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at blend.

Dark brown color, small white head. Aroma is spice, fruitcake, Graham cracker, some yeast. Taste is bready, banana, orange peel, spice. Pretty nice. Feel is thin. Low carb. A nice lighter unibroue. 10% Alcohol is well masked.


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Photo of garymuchow
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this fresh (BB in 2020) at a really good price. Will probably buy more.
Wonderful complexity in the aroma with the gingerbread noted with sweet spiciness with fruit (esp. orange) rolled into it as well. Really nice.
Dark hued red with large tan head that settles very slowly.
Same complexity in taste with the malt character much more present the toast bordering on roast kicking in nicely. Nice caramel but it's not too sweet. Alcohol warmth and flavor, but it is all balanced so nicely. Gingerbread in the taste too. Quite enjoyable.
Feels is as it should be, highly carbonated, less than medium body.
This is really quite good. Not excessive in the richness so I shouldn't fatigue on it. Smooth and wonderfully flavorful with complexity in every taste.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a goblet a very nice brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, dark fruit. The taste is malty, yeasty, very nice touch of dark fruits. Full Body, ABV hidden very well. a nice complex brew. Overall, this is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cork is blown out and ricochets off the ceiling, pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy brown/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose and flavor is spicy with dark fruit. $8.99 for a 750ml bottle from Chase Street Market Plymouth, NH.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

sampling a cellar temp corked and caged 750 ml bottle poured into my snifter. The bottle opens with a very loud "pop!"The beer pours a mahogany color with a slightly purple tinge to the beer. A creamy, dense beige head of 2 cm foams up from a gentle pour and slowly sinks into my glass. Several streams of carbonation rise to the surface and the ruby to grape highlights in the color are more apparent when the beer is held up to the light.
The aroma is a mix of toffee malt, bready yeast and lots of fruit. I get plums, cherries and some grape notes with a little bit of spice notes of clove and nutmeg. Very complex nose, without smelling very boozy. No hops anywhere on this beer nose.
The first sip reveals an average body with creamy texture and very gentle rolling carbonation. The flavor is sweet with cloves and dark fruit. Again with cherries and plums on the fruit side and again the hops do not make an appearance. The 10% abv is also very well hidden and I do not get any warming in my belly. I do feel the beer catch up with me by the end of the bottle. A nice strong dark brew which is easy to drink and interesting and complex. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. This one is nice. Pours with a rich creamy head with tons of lacing and a dark reddish brown color. This one starts with some wonderful root-beerish notes, with clove, anise, cinnamon, roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, Belgian yeasts and a little banana.....and finishes with a peppery sizzle and great carbonation--that, while on the high end of fizziness, still allows this ale to come off as "creamy" rather than "dry." A hint of bitterness at the end. All of this comes together seamlessly--like one natural flavor, rather than many individual flavors. Highly recommended. A bit better than the La Terrible, which wasn't "terrible" at all. Unibroue continues to hit it out of the park...

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thick cloudy dark brown purple color. Decent head and lace, creamy and brownish. Flavors of raisins, dark fruits, prunes, dark grains, cherries, ginger, nutmeg, banana yeast, herbal spices. Very dense sugars, barleywine style, with bitter festive spices. The body is lean with a soft crisp, moderate thickness, good smoothness. Strong finish of ginger bread with thick bitter ester fruits, with dense spiciness. Quite robust, dry and vinous. Not too leathery, slight earth feel. Aged for a year, you get a soft bourbon like sensation of cheese. Appetizer like strength, highly sweet. Deeply warming, decent freshness while lacking a little of it. Very tasty with solid balance in the flavors, although overly acidic and coarse. Overall high quality craft, feels like a Belgian / barley wine crossover. Lost my notes on this one, so this is just what I remember, should drink it again at another new year eve.

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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: December 31, 2016... OCCASION: after sharing the evening with the Morgans, we prepare for the ball to drop at home--a half hour to go... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... a frothy, thick quarter-finger head caps a velvet-black body... the head laces as needed... immediately spicy, with pepper, anise, fig and citrus--also some spruce tips in there... the roasted caramel is also tangible... the first sip is arresting in its warmth, medium to full-bodied and vibrant enough to engage... dry on the whole... a lasting aftertaste that resembles a rum-like burn... plum, roasted caramel, candied sugars, molasses, pepper, light maltiness, pineapple, pear and more plum... a dessert in a bottle that works quite well as a celebratory, this offering may not resonate immediately as other Unibroue beers, but its spruciness is a welcome change from other dark strong ales... where is the 10% ABV? so sneaky and subtle, but by bottle's end, it catches up!

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Taste: spiced fruit cake apricot and plums, bready, complex. Semi sweet, stone fruit malty raisins in the nose. Dark Brown, semi unfiltered due to yeast at bottom of bottle. Medium body. Refined, complex with a champagne mouth-feel. 21 IBUs

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La Résolution from Unibroue
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 309 ratings