La Résolution | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SebD on 10-03-2014

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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 106
Reviews by Hopmodium:
Photo of Hopmodium
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, corked and caged black bottle - nice to see a new offering from this brewery show up that isn't an Éphemère variant. And how have two westerners beaten all of BA Quebec to the punch on this one? Tabernacle!

This beer pours a murky, dark chestnut brown colour, with a teeming, rising tower of puffy, densely foamy, and sort of creamy beige head, which leaves some pervasive streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it genially sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, minty menthol, ginger snaps, a further bit of clove and nutmeg spice, edgy dried dark fruit - raisin, dates, and prunes, I guess - earthy Belgian yeast, a touch of woody maple syrup, and mild leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is grainy, gritty caramel malt, an ethereal, but bordering on corporeal pumpkin fruitiness (which may just be a mind-trick of all that actual ginger, clove, nutmeg, and all-spice swirling around), more tangible black orchard fruit, slightly phenolic yeast, discount cola, faint white pepper, and subtle weedy, floral, and pleasantly soused hops.

The carbonation is quite solid in its tightly-rendered frothiness, and outright fizzy at times, the body a decent enough medium weight, which seems a bit tame for the style, and generally smooth, the yeast relenting once in a while to reveal a nascent creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness and spiced bread character fighting to remain pertinent, as the alcohol edge starts the honing process in earnest.

A pleasant rendering of Unibroue's strong dark ale, now mit seasonal affectations! However, they keep up the mystique, by hinting and suggesting at flavours and nuances, without really coming out and saying so, and that is just as this beer goes - I'm getting pumpkin/harvest ale stuff right now, but come December, I'm sure that will morph, chameleon-like, into more familiar territory for the style. Worthy of checking out now, then, and again in a few months, eh?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Unibroue La Résolution
750 ml. brown glass bottle, corked and caged; coded "51-4-297 H20141732Q"

Wow! I was expecting something akin to their anniversary beers but this is quite different. It's got a very brown malt bent to it, delivering soft roasted nuttiness and dark milk chocolate that's livened by a delicately handed, but bright spicing.

A gentle pour brings up a massive head of creamy off-white over an opaque brown-black body. When held to the light fine bubbles can be seen steadily streaming towards the surface.

The aroma is spicy over a gently toasty, almost burnt-sugar like maltiness.

The flavor delivers a balanced combination of bright spice and caramelish, nutty, chocolatey, and toasty/roasty malt. Some earthy, grassy, and leafy hops reside in the background, mainly appearing in the long lingering, dry and spicy finish.

It's medium to medium-light across the palate, but also somewhat creamy due to the CO2 breakout as it warms. Gently bristling.

An impressive beer that breaks new ground for Unibroue. Well worth seeking out!!!

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Love the wire capped top on this one....very impressive! The beer itself pours a dark cola color that is hazy for the most part....the head is super impressive, being at least 4 fingers thick, with a fairly aggressive pour, and it really takes its time to dissipate. The head is a caramel color and is very puffy....the bubbles are varying in size too which is unique in it's own right....the lacing is very nice as well with plenty of both large and small clumps sticking to the glass....a very beautiful looking ale!

S- Rich dark dried fruit immediately in the aroma that turns into fruitcake made with heavy's sweet! Black cherry cola smells, raisins, plum, orange infused chocolate, vanilla oak, clove spice, ginger cookies, rummy hints....just so much happening...amazing profile!

T- Wow! Heavy licorice/anise is the first thing that I tasted, with all sorts of other flavors happening.....chocolate raisins, dark toffee/molasses sweetness, coffee grind Earthiness, peppery clove spice with hints of cinnamon , ginger and allspice, wild tart yeast, cola, dates, plums, figs, bitter cocoa powder....again....just so much happening....the finish is clean and does not linger on the palate really.

M/O- Solid medium body and very fine carbonation make this a super winter warmer! The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden....a delicious beer to pair up with a hearty stew or with a peppery steak....I would imagine this being that much better after a year or two of aging.....highly drinkable for such a heavy alcoholic content and definitely warms the belly up! Unibroue has another winner!

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Photo of imbibehour
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good pop off the cork with some smoke to go with it.

Deep chestnut out of the bottle and filling the body space with a deep mahogany brown. Up to the light a big ruby edge and large blood red hue shows up as well, real impressive color. Head starts frothy but gets into soapy retention. Manages shampoo like three fingers and dissolves to a thick and mixed big bubbled and small creamy collar.

Aroma has lots of clove spice. Hints of nutmeg, fruit cake like qualities with an almost light black licorice like sweetness as well. Quite varied and distinct for a Belgian Dark and has more winter warmer like spice quality. Very nice.

Palate gives much of the same qualities. Light bodied but very nice with the high abv, with an almost spritzy mouthfeel and champagne crispness. Clove and nutmeg warmth but controlled and not huge with some real nice brown sugar light sweetness. Crackling toffee a bit on the end, with lots of spicy aftertaste aromas of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon.

This comes off as a more interesting Winter Belgian possibly warmer, maybe a hint of sucrose is getting in there. Either way it's pretty delicious.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL caged and corked bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled Aug 2014. I've liked every other BSDA from Unibroue that I've had the opportunity to try, so this was basically an automatic pick-up. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a muddy burgundy-bronze colour, topped with roughly an inch of loose, fluffy, light beige-coloured head. It seeps away steadily over the next few minutes, with a thin cap and generous collar remaining afterwards, alongside an uninterrupted curtain of lace. Looks gorgeous, and the aroma is quite interesting, as well. Sponge toffee, minty candy cane, cinnamon and gingerbread quickly come to mind, betraying this one's Christmas-y intentions almost immediately. Hints of raisin, fruitcake and Unibroue house yeast lie subtly beneath the spicy surface.

This one tastes every bit as bold as it smells, and it all comes together splendidly. Toffee and caramel provide a background sweetness that seems positively mild in comparison to the gingerbread and dried dark fruit notes that soon follow. Somewhat minty, and very spicy - including nutmeg, cinnamon and possibly allspice, with a rather root beer/cola-like feel to it. Roasted, nutty malt, carrot muffin, herbal hops and clove begin to dominate toward the latter end of the profile, with a pleasant, boozy sweetness closing it up. Slight suggestions of anise and cinnamon in the aftertaste. Delicious, and it improves as it approaches cellar temperature. Medium-full bodied, with a smooth, almost creamy feel in the mouth, yet aggressive carbonation that pelts and prickles the palate. This is a dangerously drinkable beer, though unlike La Terrible, the strong spice flavours will probably reign your pace in a bit more - because the 10% isn't noticeable enough to do that by itself.

Final Grade: 4.57, a virtually flawless A+. La Résolution is yet another masterpiece from one of the best Belgian-style beer brewers on the continent. Unlike their other 10% behemoths, this particular one has been equipped with a lengthy list of spicy upgrades that make it the perfect pairing for Christmas dessert. I will definitely be buying another bottle of this for the cellar, as it is excellent value for the price in this province. Great stuff; a must-try.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extremely tasty holiday dessert beer, though seems more American in its execution than Belgian. To start with, this is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen coming out of the bottle. Murky, cloudy dark brown with the appearance of a slightly viscous body (though it was surprisingly thin once I drank it), and a head that sticks around to the not-bitter end.

The smell comes roaring into my nostrils and it's cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, cloves, anise, and a hint of phenolic heat. Tasting it gives much the same profile, though the gingerbread and cloves take center stage on the palate, and it's a bit hotter and spicier than I'd have thought. Overall, the alcohol taste is restrained most of the way through the sip, but finally lets loose in the hot, clove-tasting finish, which sits on your tongue for days.

The only disappointment is the texture, which is thinner than I would have liked, though the lack of carbonation (also surprising considering how hefty the head is) helps mitigate this. This is a sweet and cake-like beer, perfect for after Christmas dinner or whatever and it is sure to warm your cold winter bones. But hey, it's 98 degrees out right now and I'm still digging it, so whatever. Also pairs surprisingly great with peppered salami, or any other greasy, spicy meat dishes. And I guess the name is a reference to New Years Resolutions?

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just in time for the new year, Unibroue's seasonal darker, stronger Belgian ale resolves to turn a new leaf on a high note.

La Resolution pours with a beautiful dusty deep garnet with crimson and char at its margins and center respectively. Candied, toasty and spicy- the beer's modest merlot nose shows strands of ginger, toast, coffee and dark fruit. Flavors open with a lively sweetness that's redolent with pulled and hard candy with toffee, caramel and dry buckwheat.

The full flavored ale blossoms over the middle as its militant effervescent enlivens the palate. Shedding the bulk of its sweetness, the fruity tang of cherry, berry, plum and grape trend in the direction of robust red wine. A balance of cracked peppercorn, clove, ginger and cinnamon are both identifiable to the Unibroue brand but also casts the aspirations of the seared edges of fresh baked gingersnaps.

Full in body, the beer's bubbly action registers lighter and more digestible on the palate, pulling the malt from the tastebuds but bolstering the aromatics of fruit and spice even deep in finish. Lingering with dry caramel and coffee, its spicy brandy-type warmth keeps the complex secrets announcing with each and every sip.

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Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

In a chalice the beer was a dark brown color with a medium-sized light tan head. The head lingered forever and left a bit of lace.
Aroma of caramel malt and spice.
Toffee and gingerbread taste.. A little too strong on the gingerbread.
Too sharp, due to the ginger. It did mellow out a bit in the finish.
People who enjoy winter warmers will probably like this beer.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.12/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This a beautiful Belgian dark strong that it way to spiced for me.

The looks is spot on dark with a cream lace that resolved to the glass edge.

The nose is ginger, hunts of apple pie spices and even a little apple..

The taste is sweet malts to begin but the ginger spices tale over. It taste like a Belgian dark strong mixed with "real ginger ale" the 10 percent is well hiden but the spice is at a anchor Christmas if your into that.

Over all just meh, Id suggest it to those that like "holidy beers" but otherwise I'd pass

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Photo of LizLBHB
2.28/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Thus is not a typical Unibroue. Altough some may like the high Christmas notes and spices the primary belgian-style seems muted.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Capone's in Norriton, PA. Exceptionally pleasant and rich bouquet with a fruity aroma. The rich dark fruit abounds as the sweet caramel malts and dark fruits entice the palate. This is a very well crafted beer with a complex rich character. As a huge fan of the Belgian strong dark ales, I rate this as exceptional. Almost on a level with St. Bernardus Christmas Ale. A sipping beer for consumption over a long period of time.

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Photo of BCborn
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant dark brown under a very dense, very lacy 3” light tan foam stand that takes 5 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.
S: Some light yeast funk, banana, bubble gum, a hint of dark dried fruit, some mild dark malts, no discernible hop aromas. The yeast aromas are medium high to high, the malt aromas are medium.
T: Big lusty palate with dark dried fruit, banana, molasses, a trace of tartness, fig, prune. Yeast driven flavors and dark molasses flavors are in balance. Some spice in the background suggest clove, anise and perhaps nutmeg. It is mildly sweet but not cloying.
F: Medium body, medium high carbonation, mild alcohol warming.
O: An outstanding Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with hints of ruby. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big gushing head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity yeast driven aroma with a scent of spices and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, peppers, cinnamon, nutmeg, and funk. Malt hints of caramel, biscuit, toast, grains, chocolate, and cracker. Dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, grapes, prune, cherry, and dates. Sweet hits of candied sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity yeast driven taste with notes of spice and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with some funk and spice notes of clove, peppers, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Malt notes of caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, chocolate, and cracker. Dark fruit tones of raisin, grapes, fig, cherry, prune, and dates. Sweet taste of candied sugar. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy and fairly prickly with a drying finish. Some heat is felt but the alcohol is fairly smooth.

Overall: A pretty good Dark Belgian style ale. Good mix of spices and dark fruit flavor.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of chickenm
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.71/5  rDev +16%
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 BGDrock
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: muddy, root beer coloured body, with a dense marshmallow-like, cappuccino head that has amazing retention - just stunning

Aroma: brandy, raisins, some heat and acidity, concord grapes, cinnamon

Taste & Mouthfeel: feeling that heat straight away! alcohol is a burning fire under moonlight, warming the body throughout; plenty of acidity in the dry finish, maintaining that fireside sensation; raisin and prune flavours provide some sweetness, a touch of vanilla and plenty of spice - nutmeg, maybe coriander, cinnamon; in fact, it has some earthiness, like digging toes in warm soil; some caramel cola notes

Overall: a beautiful beer for cold winter nights, full of spice and complex malt flavours without the sweetness, making it super drinkable; have it with tourtiere

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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 mrosenfeld32
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Italiano86
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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La Résolution from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 293 ratings