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 jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy dark amber color. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Nose is sweet and yeasty, starts sweet with a raisiny, bready taste and finishes spicey; the high ABV is not noticeable. Good beer to savor. $7.99 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine. Brewed 11/23/2004.

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Photo of Truh
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out with the old and in with the new with this one on 3/10/2005. 1 pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked bomber poured twice in an Allagash snifter.

Vigorous pour results in a huge, two-inch froth that settles to a covering curtain of misanthropic bubbles. Deep, dark burgundy hue that seems impenetrable, but not black; some light action is discernible around the glass’s outer surfaces. Dark fruit on nose of black cherry, plums, and raisins with a phenolic hint and a relative lack of noticeable alcohol. Raisiny, vinous sherry notes bang immediately, followed by a core raking sweetness of corn syrup and/or molasses and light brown sugar. Liked this better than the previous year’s edition.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is dark dark brown and slightly hazy through the light. huge billowy head in tulip which dissipates oh-so-slowly into a subtle layer of bubbles.

scent is mild, yeasty and citrusey.

the flavor of this beer is bready with typical heavy accents of green apple. sugary yeast flavors as well with a nice alcohol warming in the finish. another success from unibroue, and needs some mellowing in the cellar. holds up to the 2nd tier of belgian darks.

way too drinkable.

edit: thanks to phyl21ca for shipping me this "rare" bottle.. excited until it came out on the CT shelves the very... next... day!!!! doh! still waiting to enjoy that fringante!

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Photo of ghurux86
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark amber brown, very dark with a nice tan head. head dwindles to a thin layer but stays for a very long time, laces a little but not much.
smell is pretty good, malt, hints of grapes and chocolate and alcohol.
taste is malty and grape up front with the alcohol bringing up the rear, maybe some hops in the back end as well. alcohol is definitely noticed but masked fairly concidering the ABV.
mouthfeel really good, pretty heavy bodied with a low-medium level of carbonation which is suprising considering the giant head.
drinkability-i'd have it again, but not all night, 10% is pretty strong and drinking this all night would put me out.
overall a pretty good brew to say the least, definitely worth a try and i do prefer this one over 2004.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this from the "secret stash" of the beer rep at a tasting at the Cock and Bull pub in Sarasota, FL. Thanks, Mike. Pours a dark ruby red with good head but no lace to speak of. Smell is fruit (cherry), malt, spice and alcohol. Taste is rich, dark fruit, malt, spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied, like drinking port, rich and warming. Drinkability is good but, so much ABV, one is enough.

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Photo of amicar
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a browned head. The remaining lacing clings to the glass as if to life...
Smells spicy and sharp on the nose; limited aromas here to really appreciate.
Taste is very nice; malty, caramely; a tiny bit sweet; some slight tart undertones and a touch of roasted/ burnt flavors underneath it all as well.
Alcohol is there, but the solid mouthfeel helps to hide it a little.
The mouthfeel is really perfect- the most solid 5 i've ever given. Nothing feels more wonderful in the mouth than this one;
As for drinkability, yes, it goes down happily, but I have a feeling tomorrow will have at least a 'touch' of a headache; this sucker can knock you down fast.

Overall, very nice; However, even with the perfect mouthfeel, it gets dinged a little on several fronts, especially the smell- just not much there. Also, it's not so different from Le Terrible that I can differentiate it easily. Although a really very good beer, I can't say it's better than the other dark strong ales from unibroue to go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a small off white bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. A distinct Unibroue yeast is present in the smell along with malt and a slight aroma of plums and dark chocolate. A flavor of malt, dark fruit and slightly hint of chocolate. The body is medium light and the finish is a touch sprite with some sweetness. This is similar to last year and probably would do better with some aging.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well well well, I am not very impressed with that edition at all.

Looks is dark amber, red in color with strikes of blonde and reddish that you can clearly notice. A nice big generous head, with a nice eggnog color that stays with you all the time and left an oily leftover on the glass.

Smell of spices, coriandre and alcohol, thats about it I can notice.

Taste is very alcoholic, you can feel the alcohol and the warm of it, spices are very present, ginger, coriandre also. But the alcohol presense is quite there and warms you up.

a nice mouthfeel in mouth, and a very drinkable beer for the cold fall nights!


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Photo of Goldorak
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 27dec2004

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, opaque, like most of Unibroue's fine products. The head is bubly, clingy and patches of head in the center of the glass, along with some lacing, lasted all the way down.

Smell: That strong, unmistakable Unibroue yeasty smell, but darker, and with an alcohol finish.

Taste: I had trouble detecting anything more than the yeasty, bready taste, and the warmth of the alcohol that feels good coming down. High carbonation and full bodied, and a nice bitterness. In my opinion, it's a good Beer, but it may be a bit young to jump to conclusions. It's obvious this baby will get better after a few months in the cellar, and a hell of a lot better after a few years.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review of the new year, seems only fitting to rate this beer.

750 ml corked brown bomber with a classy burnished gold silkscreened ''Édition 2005'' label on the bottle.

Very rich and warm chestnut brown colour with reddish caramel highlights through a slightly hazy liquid. The foam is generous and spritzy but leaves in a hurry and leaves no belongings. A vigorous and sustained bead rises to create small patches of thin foam on the surface of the brew.

The aromas are a complex of malt, candied sugar, holiday spices and bready yeasty notes up front with not much order to the whole experience. These are followed by hints of bread and honey stuck between wafts of yeast. All in all very complete but still brash and young. Signature Unibroue beer.

Medium to full bodied with a firm and sparkling texture, the first sip offers a jumble of fruits (bananas, pears...) malt, spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon...) and candied berries, followed by a renewed roundedness of the malt in the middle. The spices chime in once again and add welcome balance to the sweetness of the aforementioned elements, before being overtaken by tart notes of yeast and a light alcoholic bitterness. A long aftertaste reveals hints of fresh baguette and chocolate loaf.

I don't think I could have had a better beer to ring in the new year. I think this brew is somewhat underrated by my local acolytes. They should take the time to rediscover this now and lay some down as, with some maturity, Édition 2005 will reveal its finesse and sophistication with some age.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a "trois pistoles" chalice, from a 341 ml bottle in Unibroue's annual 12 bottle "taster pack".

As usual, Unibroue does not deceive. Wonderfull belgian, cherry-ish taste, well balanced malty smell and numbing, mouthwatering mouthfell, all exellent. Spices and a hint of bitterness that keeps you wanting more. Aftertaste reminds me of black coffee. Exdllent brew! I'm gonna grab a couple more 750 ml's for the cellar.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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 canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight out of the mixed 12 pack comes a real gem. Big Belgian nose with a burnt malty flavour. Almost spicy with fruit notes this beer is big and bold. I felt that there was complexity that makes this a cut above the regular Unibroue beers. A cellar would make this an even better beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chestnut brown body, apparently quite fizzy. Head is initially diminishing as pouring, off-white. Fortunately for appearance’s sake, on the second pour, there was a nice 1cm well laced foam that lasted a long time (not hard with all that carbonation). Aroma is mostly dominated by the typical unibroue yeast. It has malty notes of creamy dry bananas, mold, dates etc, but seems like déjà vu and lacking character. Taste presented the same characteristics but more developped. Generous fruitiness (cherries, grapes, figs, dates) comes out on a woody, herbal and spicy (nutmeg, cloves, sage) display. Yeast supervises the flavor development and provide an off-dry tartness that I can’t make up my mind as to whether I enjoy it or not. Slight roasty astringency in he finish. Despite the fact that this never tastes 10%, the beer has let me down a bit overall I must say, I was glad to see it’s not just another unibroue blonde, but it’s never approaching Trois-Pistoles depth and complexity nor La Terrible’s malt richness and sensuous thickness and I don’t see how aging will change that. What we have seems more like a boosted irrésistible noire with the same yeast profile than the Terrible without much individual character. Still a good beer though. Let it warm though, not only does it look better and gives more head, the aroma becomes far more expressive, the taste feels more like a warming christmas ale (though it also feels sweeter, flavor which it was already very generous with) and the body gains a creamy maturity from the surprisingly thin-medium fizzy initial mouthfeel. IMO, this would do better with thicker malts providing not only a more elegant fruitiness and support to the intense carbonation, but also giving it a cigar/earthy balancing finish all while adding aromatic pleasure.

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Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 240 ratings