La Résolution

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Quebec, Canada
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #51
Ranked #8,110
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Dec 28, 2021
Oct 03, 2014
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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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Rated: 4.41 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by Avitra from California

Jul 01, 2021
Rated: 3.6 by dansushi from New York

Mar 29, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Aug 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tried one from a 12 pack sampler from a brewery well known in Canada for some decent brews. This one pours chocolate black as night. Nice collar at start which stayed well. No real lacing which I do look for in a decent dark. Nose was fine: chocolate wood with sweet undertones of earth. Decent taste with smooth finish. A bit sparkling for my liking but overall a fine balance here. Beware the 10% Here, sure doesnt taste like it. A fine way to say goodbye to winter I feel.
Mar 13, 2020
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Reviewed by WanderingRonin from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Color is a dark brown with reddish highlights to it and pouring with a half finger of tan colored, finely bubbly head that had a poor retention to it that left only thin, runny lacing.

Boozy dark rum aroma to it with a nice demerara sugar note to it along with a good amount of clove dominate spices to tickle the nose.

First noticeable aspect is the bubbly, oddly high, amount of carbonation to it especially for a beer as dark and strong as this is, lots of dark fruit flavors forward with lots of golden sultana raisins, some hints of apples and figs with a sprinkling of dark demerara sugar and spices, like cloves, ginger, and especially nutmeg.

Medium bodied though lighter feeling due to the bubbly carbonation present in it, with a body strongly flavored of dark black strap molasses with some hints of navy rum to it.

Finish has little in the way of hops, but has loads of warm spice notes on the finish with some hints of cloves, ginger, black pepper, and red pepper flakes that combine with a nice boozy warmth on the after taste that leaves a satisfying lingering heat to it as well as a giving vague suggestion of cognac to it.
Feb 28, 2020
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Reviewed by cratez from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Sample from a 750ml bottle purchased at the LCBO.

A: Brownish black appearance, slightly opaque, with two fingers of beige foam. Head dissipates to a thin ring as beer warms, but strings of lace linger on the glass.

S: Toffee, gingerbread, yeasty effervescence, spice box (star anise in particular). A bit herbal, with fennel and root beer-like aromas as well.

T: Mostly follows nose, along with some burnt caramel and roast.

M: Silky smooth, full side of medium mouthfeel. Spicy carbonation, a bit creamy through middle. Roasty, off-dry, warming finish.

O: An exceptionally flavourful and well-made Belgian Strong Dark Ale, and an appropriate choice for my 500th beer rating on Beer Advocate. :)
Feb 06, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Jan 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Volumed, cream coloured head with good retention matched with deep, dark brown hue giving an overall handsome look. Scent and flavor mostly highlighted by cloves, figs, prunes, malt, coffee and caramel - not a fan of prunes and figs personally. My father loved figs and had them around the house growing up but never took to them. But they're delicious wrapped into veal involtini and prosciutto. I also detect a hint of 'root beer' when I let it sit if you can believe it.

I digress.

Moderately carbonated, low bitterness make for a nice (with a slight spicy kick) feel on the palate and finish given the ABV.
Jan 02, 2020
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Unibroue 'La Resolution' @ 10.0% , served from a corked/caged 750 ml bottle (2018 & 2019 vintage's)
A-pour is a murky brown from the bottle to a dark murky brown in the glass with a medium size light tan head leaving a spotty lace along the tulip
S-spicy , roasted malts ,
T-sweet caramel dominates , big yet some smoothness ,
MF-ok carbonation , warming , full bodied
Ov-impressive beer , sip & enjoy
prost LampertLand
Dec 22, 2019
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Reviewed by altstadt from Canada (BC)

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5
Opaque dark brown, almost black. High rate of small bubbles rising from the bottom. Head poured about half a finger of tan bubbles. The bubbles in the head were very coarse, but were being resupplied with smaller bubbles from below at about the same rate they were disappearing at the top. There was still some head after 20 minutes in the glass.

Main scent was sweet, pale caramel malts with some citrus fruit and a hint of fresh mint. Swirling the glass kicked up a little more caramel.

The flavor is of darker caramel malts than the scent. The fruit is mostly fig with some Christmas pudding (or cake) dried fruits and spices. The fruit and spice is much lighter than many dark ales in this style.

Bursts into fine foam that just keeps growing - don't take too large of a mouthful. A little burn from the high alcohol content. Very heavy body.

I've had other beers in this style that were overwhelming. This has been created with a light touch on the fruit and spice. You might get through two of these in a night, but not one after the other. 2019 vintage packed in the 2019 winter season Collection box.

On a whim, I turned the bottom 1/3 of the glass into a radler using a Sanpellegrino Pompelmo, but it didn't work (first dark beer I've tried that didn't). It smelled like celery juice.
Oct 09, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jun 30, 2019
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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.
May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.
Apr 29, 2019
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.
Apr 20, 2019
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Reviewed by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.
Mar 29, 2019
Rated: 4.92 by bhawk1 from Georgia

Dec 31, 2018
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.
Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Nov 01, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 06, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by zachary80 from Indiana

Sep 22, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by krome from Illinois

Sep 04, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Sep 02, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Aug 31, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by quadmad from Canada (ON)

Jul 26, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by Agent-86 from Canada (ON)

Jul 14, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by shadyside from Georgia

May 03, 2018
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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.
Apr 25, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
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.
Mar 27, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Feb 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Craig-er from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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.
Feb 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Hackattack from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.
Jan 03, 2018
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Dec 06, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by Gasp262 from Canada (AB)

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by user785335 from Florida

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by RickS95 from Indiana

Oct 29, 2017
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.
Oct 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by Scott_McCool from Florida

Sep 20, 2017
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