Édition 2005 | Unibroue

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Édition 2005Édition 2005

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Rastacouere on 11-03-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue yeasty aroma and aggressive corriander and other spices incuding pepper, cloves, lemon and coca-cola carmel and fizziness, and mid-sip other dark fruitiness. Bit of roastiness, maltiness and wooden barrel chips. Very different and much better and bolder than 2004.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a complicated brew. Pours much like a Chardonay with carbonation. A solid straw color that forms a large white loose head from imense carbonation. Fades quick but laces well and leaves legs on the glass. Smells very tart, berry sweet, and alcoholic. Tastes of citrus sourness and sweetness. Lemons, raspberries, plumbs, grapes, currants....I could go on. The flavors are compounded by a Lambic-like tartness that cuts through the thin, syrupy body. Carbonation scrubs the palate from lips to throat. A tad astringent actuall lends to bitterness in the same way that grape skins do. Alcohol is very high and dominant throughout. It becomes phenolic and rough toward the finish. A very dry and tart finish. A good wine-like beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured hazy brown reddish color ale with a super huge off-white head with excellent retention. Aroma seems like a quite complex mix of Flemish sour and Belgian strong spices. Taste is very interesting and can be describe as a mix between Quelque Chose, Trois-Pistoles with some of Maudite spices thrown into the mix to create one new special beer. Alcohol is very well hidden, probably better then in some of the previous Unibroue anniversary beers. I think they should keep this one as regular beer on their rooster…

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Patr of my "new beer Sunday",poured a deep dark somewhat hazy brown with an almost non existant head.Some definent phenolic smokiness in the aromas along with some cloves and spiced cherries wich makes for a pretty good combination,mouthfeel seemed a bit harsh at first very prickly but rounded out more nicely as it warmed and as we drank more.Flavors of cherry and clove dominate up front finishing with a dark chocolate note that lingers thru the finish.A solid beer maybe could use sometime to sit but I liked the 2004 a little bettter.

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Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark murky pond water brown color with no head or carbonation.

Nose has sour tart malts, light cherry, wild raspberries, but also some light porter and roasted malts, and dark syrupy malt aromas.

Taste starts with a light corked flavor of wet cardboard, then aged old malts, light tart fruit, little cherry cough syrup, light dry sweet flavors, a little watery still, a bit of coffee, dark malts, and tobacco.

Mouth is medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

Drink is not great, just a little booze, the wet cardboard corked flavor doesn't help, some iffy flavors overall, and a little syrupy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perhaps it's the two-years of cellaring (production date 11-23-2004) that's left my bottle of Unibroue 2005 remarkably drinkable and subtly complex... and perhaps not!?

The cork released easily with a "plop"; and it poured a clear, deep brown with chestnut highlights beneath a full head of rocky tan foam. The head held extremely well, and it left walls of clingy, creamy lace about the glass.

The nose expressed a combination of dark brown sugar, subtle dark-skinned fruit, distanced red wine, dull spice, and yeasty mustiness.

In the mouth it was creamy and smooth with just a delicate caress on the tongue from the super-fine bubbled, bottle-conditioned natural carbonation. I'd expected it to be a little more zesty, but it was not.

The flavor was initially gently sweet with brown sugar, a thin drizzle of more sweetish molasses, dark-skinned fruits (plum/prune, raisin), and a touch of mustiness and spice. As it warmed in the mouth it became fuller, revealing some supple, grainy and caramelish maltiness beneath, and a firm bitterness and some muddled leafy and earthy hop flavors to the side. Towards the swallow it presented more soft notes of raisin, and some clear cardamom, anise, and subtle clove. It finished silkily - passing almost without notice from that palate as the lingering aftertaste swirled with soft etheral spice.

The alcohol never showed, even towards the end of the entire 750 ml., and I can't think of a beer that's more of a "velvet hammer" than this one! It's oh so subtle, smooth, and supple! Remarkable!!! There are still a few bottles out there, and I intend to find at least a half a dozen of them!!!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liquid cinnamon with a definite crimson influence when backlit. The toasted oatmeal colored cap isn't spectacular, but it's probably the most attractive lid that I've ever seen on a Unibroue beer (most of which are lousy). It does last for a bit, but it lacks character as it deflates and isn't sticky enough to leave more than a token amount of lace.

The nose is a definite step up. Although it won't make me forget the best BSDAs in existence, it's more than adequate. The usual dark fruitiness is uppermost (raisins and brandy-soaked plums), along with dark toffee, molasses and even a little cocoa. A spicy Belgian yeastiness puts the finishing touches on an enjoyable aroma.

Edition 2005 is good beer and is one of the two best Unibroue offerings that I've had to date. La Terrible (another BSDA) has it beat, although not by much. This brewery creates relatively light-bodied beer and is this is no exception. That characteristic keeps the flavor profile from being dizzingly complex, but it's complex enough.

I like the relative proportions of dark candi sugar sweet, sour and bitter (listed in decreasing order). Just like the nose, I'm reminded of raisins and plums swimming in light molasses and dark rum. I might even be tempted to throw tawny port onto that list. There's an appealing vinousness that is becoming more prominent with warming. Few ales that boast a 10.0% ABV have their alcohol hidden this well.

In case you're wondering, I think... right now!... is a great time to drink this delicious beer. The mouthfeel could use a little work, but that's only in relation to the rest of the beer's attributes (appearance excepted). For some reason, these guys aren't that proficient when it comes to carbonation, which is reflected in the poor quality heads.

Even though Unibroue La Terrible is still my favorite Canadian beer, Edition 2005 is a worthy silver medalist. It takes a slightly different tack than most Belgian versions and manages to pull it off with relative ease. Bring on Editions 2006, 2007 and beyond.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johnmichaelsen for sharing this. A corked and caged 750ml brown bottle split 4 ways.
A - A deep caramel brown w/ red highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Fruity crisp aromas w/ subtle berry vinous aromas and a hint of herbal notes in the nose.

M - A dry feel w/ yeasty and fruity tart tinges. A nutty texture, possible yeast, could be malt as it fades.

T - A rich roasted malt w/ hints of cocoa and neat spice I can't quite place. The warmth of alcohol joins w/ a fruit taste possibly pear-like. A light citrus tinge w/ tannic tartness occurs around the middle, but the beer finishes smooth w/ a gentle sugary finish.

D - Great, flavorful brew. With the 2 years on the bottle a nice marriage of flavors is evident. This is well worth a taste if you get a chance to grab one. I recommend this as it is another fine Unibroue ale. It was a pleasure to share w/ 3 friends.

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Photo of Jason
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly muddled mahogany color with a decent sized off-white head.

S: Starts off with sweet caramel and dark fruits. Perhaps a regular ol' BSDA without herbs? The rest of the nose is toffee, chocolate, and a bit of roast. Yes, a regular BSDA.

T: Flavor opens up with brown sugar, plums, cherries, raisins, and caramel. There's a mild chocolate flavor to it as well as a bit of a spice note, seems to be all-spice. Pretty tasty, actually.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation to it.

D: A pretty solid beer, especially for being five years old. I wouldn't mind ticking this one again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is dark brown with a chestnut glow. The light brown head is medium-sized and creamy. Retention is decent. Aroma is of dark fruity malt with a touch of earthiness. Some belgian sugar smell is noted along with some yeasty zest. Flavor is of fruity malt with sugary sweetness. Mild yeasty zest is noted throughout. A touch of alcohol is noted in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly dry. Overall Edition 2005 lacks enough depth of flavor for greatness and seems somewhat restrained. Not a bad beer at all, just nothing special either.

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Photo of stakem
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle I shared with friends. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears brown to mahogany in color with a quick dissolving head. Some ruby coloration when held to the light. A swirl revives some bubbles that collect around the rim and spotty lace is left on the glass.

The aroma is vinous with hints of dark candy sugar. Molasses and brown sugar with a burnt aspect more like toffee and caramel. As it warms up, those burnt sugary notes almost smell like toasted marshmallows with a faint amount of oxidation poking through.

The flavor is dark and fruity with a warming amount of booze impact. A mild oxidative touch is present mildly like paper before blending into a sweet sugary malt flavor. Plenty of vinous notes, brown sugar, molasses and tangy alcohol. More raisin character comes out as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. For being nearly 8.5 years old at the time of this sampling (bottled Nov 2004) I thought it was holding up very nice. The people I shared it with really enjoyed it. Just a mild amount of oxidation is showing with plenty of alcohol and maltiness to keep it interesting. I enjoyed this bottle significantly more than the more recent batches of their "numbered ales."

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Photo of jwc215
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Production date of 11-23-2004, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that immediately becomes a disappearing swirling patch.

The smell is of caramel, dark fruits, and spicy yeast.

The taste is of caramel, dark fruits, spiciness and woody notes. Peppery, but alcohol is fairly mild for abv level. Sweetness is balanced by the coriander-like/pepperish spiciness and dark fruitiness. It has a sweet, warming finish with a slightly medicinal aftertaste.

Light-bodied, bordering on watery (from lack of carbonation?) - makes me wonder if this aged gracefully, as it is not quite consistent with most other offerings I've had from this brewery.

Pretty easy to drink for abv level, and with a promising aroma and taste, it just lacks the zest that I have come to expect from this brewery. Good, but not great. I've had better from this great brewery. Still-in-all - very glad I had the chance to try this one (almost three years after it was made.)

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in our trade!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tawny chestnut, with bristling cocoa head, a fine, well-lived, if thin 1/4"...
aroma is sweet and spicy, cola, nuts, maple, anise, ..gets more complex as it opens and warms...whiskey speaks up, sandalwood and leather...
Drink, already...an arresting flavor greets the tongue...unheard-of, and bafflingly complex...just one taste, and I can't think of another beer like it...time to get deeper and see what else we can see...all those flavors in the nose reappear, and become better integrated... a rich, malty affair, with indiscernible hop content, a delicious melange. Full-bodied, long, nutty finish...
I like this one, I like it a lot...I'm still picking up 2004's to save for the future, and now there's a new one to tend to.
This is such an unusual brew, and so taste-eriffic, I gotta give it props!...and snag some more for future visitings!

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Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, corked and caged with "2005 on the top metal piece. Wooha, this is more bold/large/flavorful/assertive brew from those Belgian brewers from Canada @ Unibroue. Pours a rich tone of dark mahogony. Murky. Head is long lasting, fluffy and pillowy. Lots of well developed and stringy lacing. Nose is of dark malts, raisins,alcohol. Boldly flavored with notes of leather, smoke, figs and raisins .Also boasts a buttery mouthfeel and obviously contains healthy amounts of candi sugar. Strong with alcohol present, but not overpowering. of course, my wife would probably not agree with that last statement. This is strong, hearty stuff, and not for everybody.
I'm sure a year of two in the bottle could only make this brew better.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/13/06- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Has been aged in my cellar for a good 6 months or so. Poured into my Don De Dieu tulip.

Appearance- Brown with a touch of auburn highlights on the top rim of the pour. 1/2 inch head, shinks most of the way down before all disappears. Very light lacing at best.

Smell- The cork had a fantastic vinous scent. The beer was nice, but the cork was better. A touch of licorice, but mostly some plums, prunes and a few raisins. Has a bit of an odd chlorine like scent?

Taste- Sweet, but not the caramel type of sweetness I was expecting. Slightly drying, with a mixture of raisins and plums...maybe a few dates. Maybe even a touch or corriander. Ummm, banana as well.

Mouthfeel- Drying, tad malty afterataste....definite banana aftertaste. Higher carbonation level.

Drinkability- Possibly needs a bit more aging. Maybe a year in total. Have another in my second cellar I will hold onto for a while. Maybe try it in 2007 or '08. Good, but probably better with some waiting.


Has matured quite a bit. Lots of grape flavors in both the nose and the taste. Metallic concept has almost passed, leaving lust a tad in the nose and taste. Significantly better. Will raise this one up a notch.

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Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark, black color with a thin offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is perfect. It has a nice toasted, black malt scent with some yeast fruitiness and loads of crystal malts. The taste is awesome as well. It has a very smooth and rich dark malt flavor that boasts of crystal, patent, and roasted malts along with a fruity yeast finish; very tastey. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It has tremendous aroma and flavor; a kick ass drinker.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark ruby red, nice carbonation, head disapates quickly, nice lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of plums, grapes, malts, yeast, slight citrus.

T - The taste is nice and tangy, slight sweet malts, very tasty. Not much of an alcohol taste at all.

M - Medium body, well balanced with a nice carbonated feel.

D - Very drinkable. Another awesome brew from Unibroue. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New years eve beer. 2005 meets 2009 (even though this was brewed in 2004).

a. Lively pop of carbonation, took a while to get that cork out. Poured from a bomber into chalices. A nice brown body with a short livid off white head.

s. Strong fruity alcohal with slight bready maltiness.

t. A nice experience featuring light ripened fruits and clean alcohal with vanilla bourbon notes. A bit sour. Fruitiness borders on ripe soft apple, maltiness is caramel like. Sweet and just a slight bittering balance.

m. A bit slick and chewey, medium bodied with a good burn.

d. This is a big, beautiful, strong ale that has stood the test of time. I think it may have peaked though and would reccommend drinking this if you still have it. Excellent.

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Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Rahman's in Montreal, March of 2006. Shared finally February 2007 at an age of at least 2 years.
Great head that only very slowly faded out. Nice colour, a classy dark burgundy brown. Much of the malt has faded from the aroma, leaving the alcohol considerably uncovered. A sweet brandy like smell. Or even closer to a sherry. The body, however, has held up well, although a little on the thin side by makeup. It certainly doesn't taste like 10%. A very apple/pear like dimension, plenty of dried, over-ripened fruit in the taste. The flavours don't come across as overly appealing to me personally. Some stickyness last in the form of an aftertaste from malts. A real, authentic honey taste, really sweet honey notes. Still trace amounts of yeast, though much has faded. Maybe light spice in there somewhere.
To its credit, especially for something 10%, this drinks fantastically. It's become very mellow with age. Enjoyed.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled September 2005
Pours an opaque dark, deep, brown color with a light brown colored head. The aroma is a mix of spicy notes and dark fruit; I smell notes of figs, burnt raisins, clove, hint of ginger, a bit of cardamom, but it is predominantly that of dark fruit. The taste is dry up front, but quickly picks up a rich fruity sweetness reminiscent of prunes and figs. The aroma finishes with a subtle spice note that has notes of cardamom, a hint of nutmeg, perhaps some wintergreen as well. The finish has sharper spice notes reminiscent of white pepper and perhaps a bit of ginger.

As the beer warms up I expected the fruit notes to become a bit more dominant over the spice notes, but in actuality they remain in about the same balance, if not even the spices taking a bit of an upper hand. The whole thing becomes softer and mellower throughout, except in the finish which becomes spicier with a bit of alcohol in it as well. Actually in the end I like this beer on the cooler side, around 50*F.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown brew with a very strong tan head.

Smell is fruity with coriander and pear scents but pineapple. Malt scent is subdued, mostly honey and brown sugar.

Taste is mildly sweet with a big hit of coriander up front. Noticeable alcohol flavor and very pleasant warming in the chest, This is a beer I will have to remember for Christmas time. Lots of fruit flavor and this one is big on the pineapple flavor. Apple shows up in the flavor too.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK drinkable, this is a good Belgian style ale but not a great one. I spent $9.25 on this; it is not superior to Ommegang for half the price.

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Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a fine brew.

A: Clear amber/brown, with a touch of tan head.

S: Sweet caramel and fruit, with a prominant aroma of alcohol.

T: Prune, fig, raisin, very Belgian. Balanced to slightly to the sweet side, but with a dry, slightly acidic finish.

M: Light to moderate body, moderately high carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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