Édition 2005

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Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
4.03 | pDev: 11.41%
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Édition 2005Édition 2005
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.27/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750ml, 1Pt. 9.4 fl.oz., brown glass Unibroue bottle. Caged and corked with a silver metal cap that has the year 2005 in dark blue text. The cork, once extracted, is different from previous years, of the straight sided type, it has a nice Unibroue design on it along with the number ‘0403’ also, wonder what that refers to!?! The bottle has the words “Édition 2005” reverse printed inside a gold colored rectangle. Listed at 10% alc./vol.

Appearance: Finely attenuated conditioning runs through the dark brown body on the pour. Rocky tan colored head firms up to 2” thick as the pour rescinds from the bottle. The head is effervescent and audibly arrogant as it settles down to a more manageable ½” collar. Think Diet Coke and you’ll have a good handle on how this looks. Yet held to the light it exhibits dark ruby traits amongst the ruddy mahogany.

Nose: I often think that I should say it as I see it, or smell it, and the first words to mind are “Raisins and Currants”, quickly followed by “Rum & Raisin Ice Cream”. Quite weird. Beyond the initial reaction I get dark malts and a thick dark Rum alcohol encrusted fig and prune smell.

Taste: The nose hints at the dark flavors that are to be expected in the taste profile. Dark malts and a high alcohol caramel toffee middle. Finishes chewy with some residual molasses. Sweet at times. Warming in the gullet and a glowing flow at the back of the neck.

Mouthfeel: Satisfying feel, lively presence on the palate with a sharp dark chocolate alcohol laden wooden cask feel. Reminiscent of a dark Abbey Dubbel.

Drinkability: The whole 750ml was attractively dispatched. Not exactly a quaffer, neither was it hard to finish the 30 ounces of beer all by myself.

Overall: I still have one bottle of each of the Unibroue ‘10’ & 11’ Specials, which I treasure, as well as one bottle of the Édition 2004. I was far from impressed by the La Terrible to be honest, a brew that was appropriately named and terrifically over-hyped IMVHO. The Édition 2005 puts Unibroue back on track though I think, it’s not a winner right now, and I only got the one bottle but I think I will pick up another to stick in my cupboard cellar. Tasty and rather one-dimensional right now, but it has good aging potential I feel.

May 22, 2005
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 10% ABV, Production date 11-23-2004. Almost six years old it was!

Thanks to Bnieman and his Dad for breaking out another dusty bottle from the cellar!

A - Clear dark amber in color with no sediment in the glass surprisingly. A low tan head creeps up but has no retention and leaves no lace. Beautiful color!

S - Lightly toasted amber brown malts with a mellow alcohol phenol aroma and smooth milk chocolate with dark cherry. Fruity undertones come out of this Belgian-aroma beer.

T - Surprisingly, there is still a low alcohol flavor in the brew even after how long it's sat. Chocolate covered cherry notes, a lot of toffee, and smooth toasted malts.

M - Medium in body, 2005 is very smooth with a light alcohol warmth to the finish. Soft lower carbonation isn't surprising. Seems just a little thin tough.

D - Yet another brew I'm glad was split with a few people, it's a little odd, probably due to age, but it's not odd in a bad way, it's just different. A bottle to one's self wouldn't become a chore to drink, but it would definitely be something to sip all through a cold winter day.

Nov 22, 2010
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MbpBugeye from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this still on the shelf at a small shop in Ypsilanti. I grabbed it, hoping for the best. I was not let down.

Opened on 7/30/09 and poured into a thick walled chalice. The cork was stuck in there damn good, it took a corkscrew but I got it out with a big pop.

A- Off-white head is small and short lived. It falls leaving some scant wisps and a ring around the edge. The beer is a step down from opaque with a muddy tobacco redish brown hue.

S- The nose is more brandy like than beer like. Sweet grape/raisin, tobacco and cherry.

T- Sweet malty powerful palate. Cherry notes are quite noticeable and lend this beer some tartness. There is some muskiness/earthiness from yeast. Its similar to pipe tobacco.

M- The carbonation is still all there after 4 years. The body is a few steps down from full. The carbonation makes it feel fluffy.

D- Alcohol is hardly perceivable in the nose and palate but its there. This beer is some what heavy. Drinkability is average for me.

Jul 31, 2009
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kwjd from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a store in Howell, Michigan. I assume this hasn't been brewed for several years, so it was pre-aged by the store. Pours a dark brown with a hint of red. Thick off-white head that dissipates down fairly quickly without too much lacing. Smells of some dark fruit with a hint of brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Flavour is slightly sweet, though more muted than I expected. Smooth carbonation level. This beer did age nicely it seems.

Apr 17, 2011
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Arenbeer from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to pick this up with BeermasterD on with wim because it was 6 bucks haha and a 2005.

750 into a DFH snifter glass. Bottled date 11-23-04

A- Poured a super dark swamp water brown with a tiny off white head that was barely there and left no lacing.

S- Alcohol sting on nose with some wood notes, dark malts, coffee, and some dark fruit sweetness.

T- Sour yeast with a good amount of creamy malts. Slight alcohol fullness but not to much of a sting on the tongue, very mellowed out due to age. Getting hints of dark fruits such as raisin, plum and almost a slight old coffee note. Smells pretty good for a five year old beer. Also had a grape wine style flavor to it.

M- Excellent full bodied beer with very low carbonation but little tiny bubbles that tickle with tongue on the way down. Has an almost sour bitterness and a brutal dryness that sneaks up on you a while after you swallow that makes you beg for some water. Reminded me of wine in that case.

Overall it was really cool to taste a beer this old, in fact it makes me want to buy another one. It had a solid complex flavor that took me an hour to finish one glass of. Great sit down and sipper. I recommend getting your hands on one of this great brew. It's a must try.


May 03, 2010
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I have been holding onto this bottle for at least a month since I purchased it in a 2009 variety pack. It seem extra important because I had my first beer in 2005 (20 years old) and it seemed right to crack it today (25th birthday)

A - Pours a real dark amber. Almost like a imperial but if you hold it to a light see through. I was amazed to see head because of the age of the beer!

S - Mostly bread malty smell. Smells kind of sour. I really hope the flavor isn't too bad.

T - Kind of disgusting. It mostly tastes of sour bread and I think I could pick up a slight cherry flavor in the back after I sipped a Titan IPA and then this again.

M - Really thin for 10 percent. Interesting

D - Man this one should have been drunk years ago. Drink ability low.

Overall mixed feelings.

Should a 5 year old beer be drunk? Possibly but highly unlikely considering most beer is better fresh. But in the same sense I would have never been able to try it.

Regardless I could never talk bad on the company but since I put too much hype in this beer it really let me down.

To all BA's! You should finish these while you can! They do not keep well with age!

Mar 17, 2010
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Jan 15, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this back in Jan. 2009.

The beer poured out as a medium brown color without much head. There was just a light lacing around the rim of the glass left behind. The smell of the beer was a little sweet mixed with yeast and some light fruity notes. The taste of the beer wasn't too bad, there was a nice subtle fruitiness to it. The mouthfeel was on the light side for a darker brew. Overall, I can't say that I really missed this beer too much. I never thought about having it again so it must have been just an average beer to me.

Jun 08, 2011
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smithj4 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Oct 28, 2012
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warnerry from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/23/2004

A - Pulling the cork yields a small but definite pop. Poured into a tulip. Pours a somewhat murky deep amber color. Very little head, and what is there doesn't last long.

S - When I first pulled the cork, I though I caught a definite tart aroma, which was troubling. After pouring, there is a very mild tart aroma, but nothing to suggest vinegar. A lot of dark fruit (raisin and fig) with a bit of tart cherry. Also, quite a bit of caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar.

T - Again, a slight tart cherry taste up front, followed by dark fruits, caramel and a faint chocolate presence. Fruits are predominant here. Pretty good, but definitely seems past its prime.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, though a bit thin for the style. Low carbonation.

O - Glad I got to try this, but wish I could have had it earlier. It was pretty good, and is the oldest beer I've had as yet, but I've had better BSDAs.

Oct 25, 2011
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear chestnut hue with a thin head that leaves thin halo.

S - Aromas of malts, light nuts, faint chocolate.

T - Taste is absolutely tasty. Sweet malts, caramel, toffee, light dark fruits. Soft and subtle. Really crazy.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, no alcohol.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty, great caramel and chocolate notes. Great.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 01, 2015
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GrindFatherBob from New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Jan 18, 2012
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well this is quite a well aged bottle of beer.

Upon opening there wasn't much escaping gas, just a little. The beer poured a reddish-brown, slightly hazy, without much head or lacing. Given how long this one has been aging in the bottle, I'm not that surprised. Still, looks weren't much.

Smell was quite good. Multiple dark fruits, cherry, figs, grapes, raisins all shine through. Not too much in the way of obvious malts or hops.

Sweet tasting, lots of cherries and misc. dark fruits. A touch of chocolate milk.

Feel is kinda thinner than I expected, but pleasant. Very nice aftertaste.

Drink we'll leave at average. I liked this retired beer but won't be going out of my way to find it again.

Jan 19, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - Thanks to Pushkinwow for sharing

Appearance - Hazy dark brown colour with a small size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head was gone in a flash.

Smell - Malts, raisins, grapes, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of malts, grapes/raisins, and grains. There was also some light notes of chocolate and a touch of a smokiness. It ends with a malty sweet aftertaste and a bit of the signature Unibroue spice/yeast flavour.

Overall - Amazed at how well this one has held up. You could tell it might be a little past it's prime, but the flavours have blended very well together and the alcohol was barley detectable.

Apr 18, 2012
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

3/5  rDev -25.6%

Dec 29, 2013
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olradetbalder from Sweden

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Nov 14, 2014
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schnarr84 from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Jun 28, 2014
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PlinytheFarter from Illinois

5/5  rDev +24.1%

Dec 05, 2011
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jfcaa193 from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Feb 19, 2012
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MatthewWilde from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2004

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with almost no internal carbonation, and incredibly mild lacing, cloudy, not translucent

S: Quite a tart nose, elements of dried fruits and cherries, some caramel as well, moderately fragrant, hint of alcohol

T: Much reminiscent of the nose, definite sour cherry, alcohol, yeast, rounded off by a cocoa/caramel sweetness, decently flavorful, taste a bit peaked, unfortunately

M: Nice tartness, smooth and drinkable, alcohol taste is present but not burn, very mild dired fruit aftertaste, not lingering or drying on the palate

O: Seems to be a bit lacking due to being peaked but not bad overall, smooth and flavorful, age has helped with the alcohol burn, but wish I could have tried it a few years ago

Aug 13, 2012
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fbc24 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jul 22, 2013
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briandaube from Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Jun 16, 2012
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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received this well-aged gem in my first trade, with Zach from The North Brewery. Very excited to try this 9+ year old beauty.

Poured into tulip (my chalice is at school); deep chestnut brown with a moderate fizzy tan head that fades after a bit into nothing but a ring of tiny bubbles.
Smells very vinous...tannins abound, smells almost like a flanders red at times. Dark fruit and tart cherry. There is also some sweetness of brown sugar and vanilla, toffee, char and oak.
Taste follows nose, very complex. Sour and dry tannins, dark fruit, tart cherry, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, char, leather, oak, booze...the most "sipping beer" I've ever had.
Mouthfeel is slick and full, very low carbonation but it still tickles the tongue.
Overall, after reading some of the reviews I was a bit worried as to the age on this one but I was worried for nothing. Although the sour tannic flavors are a new experience to me, at least within this style, they're not unwelcome and the end result is very complex and delicious.

Jan 06, 2014
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GABrew from Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Mar 17, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750 corked and caged brown magnum, vintage date of 2005 on the bottle.

Appearance: Murky brown with faint reddish highlights. Thin lacing holds a sticky ring.

Smell: Estery and fusel alcohol are noticeable, ripe and sharp tropical fruit with suggestions of white peppercorn and parsley.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Mildly crisp and somewhat smooth, medium body with a slickness on the tongue. Ripe fruit on top of a deep malt sweetness, mild phenols and a slightly brash alcohol keep the sweetness at bay. Finishes with little other than a lingering herbal and toasted malt flavor.

Drinkability & Notes: Decent but not the epic release you’d expect. The core brands have more clout IMO.

May 03, 2005
Édition 2005 from Unibroue
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 239 ratings