Édition 2005 | Unibroue

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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 corby112
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chestnut brown almost black color with very faint burgundy edges when held to a light source and a massive frothy, pillowy beige head that lasts forever leaving large chunks of soapy lacing all over the glass.

Chocolate malty aroma with hints of dark fruit, candi sugar, haelnut, hops and alcohol. Lots of dark fruit notes, plum, raisin, date, fig, dark cherry and grapes.

Extremely smooth and well balanced with the perfect amount of choclate maltiness balancing out the dark fruit notes. The ABV is very well masked by the dark fuit notes. Dark cherry, raisin, plum, date, fig, candi sugar and subtle hops all make an appearance with a very slight dry hop finish. Excellent!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled bottle out of my celler. Opened 7/7/09 and shared with friends (like any good beer should be). Poured into a snifter. Cork comes out with a loud 'pop'.

Beer pours a dark deep brown with a two finger head that quickly subsides to film and then nothing.

Smells of plum and raisin.

First sip... Beer is lighter in the mouth than expected. Carbination is still there. Raisin is the first flavor I pick out. Sweet malt. Little evidence of alcohol at first. Plum flavors become more pronounced as I drink down. Alcohol and some background bitterness come up near the end of the glass.

Mouth is lighter and more carbinated than expected but good.

A good belgian strong ale. Would like to have compared it to what it was like freshly brewed.

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Photo of koolk
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 mL crown sealed bottle. Purchased in Dec 04 in Vancouver, Canada. Lugged back to Australia, cellared then drunk Jun 09. Ah, Memories...Something worthy of review #200

Pours an attractive mahogany-brown colour. Initially a nice head that dissipates quickly, yet laces well.

Nose is initially muted, but after a while is starts to show some cheesy lees aromas with a hint of dark dry fruit. Some dark chocolate wafts in, but overall the aroma is starting to smell like aged strong Belgian style beer. Hard to describe, but obvious when smelt. Opens with time/warmth - more spice, coffee, wood and raisins. Getting port like.

Palate is the highlight, with a very distinctive Unibroue feel and profile to it. A strong deep cherry, almost candied cherry, flavour that lasts and last. Some dark raisin fruit flavours as well. The sweetness on the finish gives is a feel of an off dry wine. Lovely.

Mouth feel is top notch. Has as broad palate that is long and full. As noted, fairly sweet, but works within the style.

Not even a hint of the 10% alcohol on this. Yes, it has warmth, but no heat to be seen. Really good stuff. Possibly a year or two past its absolute peak, but very enjoyable and moreish nonetheless. Fantastic stuff and worth the wait.

Really impressed with the results of cellaring beer.

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged 3 and 1/2 years in the beer fridge.

Pours a very dark brown. 1-finger head quickly fades with no retention. Minimal lacing. Lots of carbonation present.

Very sweet nose. Musky fruit, predominately cherries.

Tart fruit taste. Startes out slightly sweet. Slightly bitter finish, more from the tart than hops. Lot of body here, but again more from the cherries than anything else.

Not bad, but maybe a tad past it's prime. Aged pretty well, though.

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

Poured in a Duvel glass from a 2005 vintage cork finished 22oz bottle

Pours a dark brown with a thin off whitecream colored head

Very soft nose, maybe from the aging? Some raisin and fruit and a bit yeasty in the back note

Sweet and spicy, the alcohol is very mellow for a 10.5% beer, a bit of dark fruit and some apple notes. A bit sherry-like, an interesting beer, not sure if I have over aged it or not. Carbonation is good, leaving me wanting a bit more

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 750mL into a glass. Courtesy of a trade with drgonzo3705. Thanks buddy!

A: Pours an opaque chestnut brown that lightens to ruby and gold at the edges. An aggressive pour yields about an inch of off-white head that recedes quickly into the collar of death, which leaves some washes of lacing down the glass during swigs.

S: Tons of dark fruits here: raisins, figs, plums in particular. Reminds me of port and has that alcohol sting to accompany it. Some dark malts as well.

T: As expected, a big and rich dark fruit flavor. Lots of raisins in particular, but there is a sweet and earthy character imparted by the mix of Belgian yeast, figs, and plums. Some graininess toward the end. A slight warming effect but no alcohol burn.

M: Slightly watery. Has very low carbonation for the style, and especially for an Unibroue. It's not totally flat, but it is definitely lacking. Then again, this was brewed in 2004, so that's entirely expected.

D: I love the flavor of this one. I generally find Unibroue's dark ales to be phenomenal, but this is definitely up there in terms of flavor profile. With some more body I could see it being a fantastic barleywine. I don't think I'd get any more bottles, as it seems to have peaked, but I would love to see the recipe reused for something else. My only complaint is that it was very sweet by the end. Needs some variety or contrasting character.

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Photo of UA8
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 2005 edition opened 5-13-09

A- Pours a nearly opaque mahogany color that when held to the light emits ruby hues. Thin tan head forms upon pouring.

S- Smells like a glass of wine somewhat. The front notes are dark juicy fruits and figs/ dates. There are touches of dark malts and yeast in the background as well.

T- Leads with some spice notes to start, maybe a touch of cloves and nutmeg. Midpalate is sweet and tart dark fruits (plums). Finishes with yeast twang and dark malts notes.

M- Medium to medium high viscosity. Light carbonation.

D- I would give the drinkability a higher score but its a pretty rich beer and I fairly certain that I wouldn't want any more than just the 750 of this in one sitting. However the beer is very tasty and complex I would recommend you pick its up if you run across one.

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Photo of adamette
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 750ml corked bottle into my clean, clear Gulden Draak tulip. No "best by" date observed by me.

A Pours with a generous 2 inch light brown head that dissipated within a minute to my surprise to a single ring around the top and some trace in the middle. Body is nearly black but in front of direct light there is a hint of a dark brown and ruby hue. This is a very dark beer none the less.

S Nice sweet malt as I see a distinct pattern with Unibroue beers. Most of them (certainly in this style) are huge sweet malts with low hops profile. I say "bravo!" I certainly smell the alcohol but it is the sweet, dark malt that is primary here.

T Yep, a big dark malt, yeasty Belgian Strong Dark Ale which serves as a tribute to the Belgians that it is emulating. These characteristics were observed in the smell and the taste does not disappoint. There is a long period aftertaste of yeasty grains that is welcome as well.

M Huge, on the order of a Westy but a nice smoothness is also in the feel.

D I will finish this bottle (if I do not it goes to waste!) but this is a sipper for sure. It is intended as a celebratory apertif, not as a guzzler. It is right on target for the style.

The 12th and final Unibroue beer in my series. What a great ride it was and this is a tremendous brewery. Raftman and La Fin du Monde are likely my favorites from them.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Still opens with a nice pop.
A: Pours a very, very dark garnet (looks black, but the red tinge becomes apparent with backlighting). Fairly thin (1/2 cm) tan head.
S: Nice fruit and malt notes...but primarily fruit which is a pleasant surprise. Cherry, plum, raisin, and some citrus. Candi sugar notes too.
T: Follows aroma fairly well, but slightly weaker in strength of taste. Fruit forward with a hint of malt in the background. Hint of belgian spice and nutmeg too.
M: Surprisingly not heavy...I would call it medium bodied. Very smooth and silky mouthfeel.
D: Decided to finally take this out of the cellar and pop it open. Glad I did. Dangerously drinkable. ABV is very well hidden. Definitely more complicated than the typical belgian strong dark ale (seems to defy pigeon-holing to one style).

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Photo of yesyouam
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jan 29, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with a thin, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is that of raisin, plum, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. There may be a hint of spruce and earth. It has a nice, full mouth feel with small, soft bubbles. The flavor is moderately sweet with lingering alcohol and prunes. This is very much like Trois Pistoles but a bit more refined, a bit sweeter, a thicker texture and more focused flavor. It has the dark sweet flavor of prunes and raisins but the flavor doesn't explode the way Trois Pistoles does. It kept me warm on a snowy night.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 3/7/08. Bottle. Pours dark brown with a light white head. Aroma of tart raspberries. Taste is less sour, more dark fruits (raisin, prune) and Belgian yeasts. Occasional tartness and strong alcohol presence. Light palate. Eh, I think I prefer the 2004 Edition.
8/4/7/3/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked & caged courtesy of hero27 - thanks Eric! Into the Ommegang chalice you go...

Deep dark raising-colored body with maple/ginger thin head that comes and goes. Moderate carbonation still visible.

There's a bit of carbonated, sweet spice (clove, raisin) with a little mild funk - not brett - just a bit of age on it - some spicy ginger is in there tool.

This one's nice and mild now. The fruit is there...raisins, plums...some tanginess and sourness from a little age- alcohol still here but muted. A little carbonation brings out the flavor. Still complex after some time and warmth - slight earthy feel emerging - carpe that diem!

One of the more comforting concoctions you'll encounter. Carbonation provides a good brightness against the layers of complexity from abundant malt and yeast electricity, slight sour fruit funk and mild alcohol, spice and dried fruits. Finish provides a nice kick but is quite even.

This still has enough heft in the tank to make it a sipper but it runs most likely cleaner than in its early days. Getting a little tight in spots but holes fill in well. Clock is ticking but still solid.

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Photo of bobsy
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich oak with a small tan held, that soon devolved into a wispy cap with some lacing. Lots of dark fruit in the flavour - port soaked dates, raisins, caramelised apple and a nice spicy yeast which hints at mulled wine. Perhaps the most fruity of all the Unibroue beers I've tried, which isn't a dedicated fruit beer. Slightly drying mouthfeel, with medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable, with the alcohol well-hidden. For such a strong brew it goes down extremely smoothly, and begs to be drank quicker than it should!

It was interesting to try this beer, and see how a few years have effected it. I didn't have the chance to try this when it was new, yet time seems to be kind to this, and I'm sure it will stay good for a while longer if kept in ideal conditions. Thanks to Derek for keeping this in those ideal conditions and then sharing!

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Photo of elinash
3.09/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a dusty bottle of this beer because I wanted to see how it's held up over the years.

It poured relatively flat with no head at all, only a 3mm appearance of head that disappeared to nothing. Immediately, it looked thick and syrupy.

The alcohol is coming off on the nose, but on the plus side- there are figs and currants/ dried fruits in the nose.

Mouthfeel is almost completely flat. I think this bottle just didn't retain it's CO2. There wasn't much of a pop when I released the cork.

Taste is butterscotch (diacetyl) and caramel/ raisins. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.

It might have been better to drink the beer my glass was made for- Gulden Draak. However, I'd wager to say this was just a bad bottle. I can imagine it in a better state. Either that, or it didn't get better with age, as some reviewers expected.

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Photo of Vixie
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark color, nearly black. Had a nice tan foam head that lasted longer than I expected due to the high alcohol content.

Smell was sweet, brown sugar, fruity notes as well.

Taste was very fruity, almost a spiced apple taste. Reminded me of a baked apple with cinnamon and brown sugar. Had a lot of warming at the finish.

Mouthfeel was about average, I expected a bit more from this style, but enough there to let you know this is a strong brew.

While not up to the level of others I've had from this brewery, still a very good beer. Even an average beer from Unibroue is better than most beers you're going to try.

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Photo of Morphoenix
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Chimay goblet. Appears a very, very dark brown with surprisingly little head. Smell portends various dark fruits, with cherries and raisins present. Taste follows smell; lots of dark fruit with enough depth to make this one interesting. Mouthfeel is very much to style, with a middle-of-the-road viscosity. A perfect brew for this chilly and rainy autumn evening. Easy drinking, and quite the creeper. A treat in every sense of the word.

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Photo of notafood
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone tulip - very dark brown with a full buff colored head. Smelled rather dark and fruity, noticeable alcohol aroma. Reminds me of grapes, cherries, and other tart/semi-sweet fruits. A touch of syrup and sugars. Tastes tart up front and then sweet and kind of malty. Has an aged, earthy nuance. Alcohol burn. A bit carbonated for this style, still a good finish and overall mouthfeel. I burped and it made my eyes water. A damn strong beer, a 750 is a little too much for me. Great for sharing with a friend on a winter day.

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Photo of charlzm
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 8/26/08.

Very cloudy beer, still carbonated well after three years in the bottle. A smallish head formed in the glass and stuck around.

Aroma of cherries and port wine. Acidic.

Flavor is somewhat sweet, though not exceptionally so. Black cherry and red grape flavors with a spiced aftertaste. Slightly sour without funk. Tart. Some wood notes as well.

Mouthfeel was slightly dry.

This beer held up quite well and I am happy that my friend both failed to drink it for three years and shared it tonight.

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Photo of giblet
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i screwed up. i should have boughten two of these and aged one. oh well. it poured nice with a medium dark color and about two inches of head. aroma was nice fruits with hint of malts. taste was well rounded and malty fruity with nice finish. the abv is there too. i wonder how well this would age after another year...excellent lacing down the glass.

enjoyable. suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of winterlight
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I was concerned at first – it poured with nearly no head, only the smallest ring of bubbles around the glass. Color is a deep reddish brown, with a slight cloudiness. No lacing, just a small ring of foam.

Smell: A deep malty sweetness, cherries, and an unexpected funkiness.

Taste: Wow, not what I was expecting. This is far from the usual strong Belgian character that Unibroue is so well known for. This beer has a real Oud Bruin flavor, with an alcoholic kick! A slight sourness, deep musty malts mixing with fruits like cherry and blackberry. It’s earthy, slightly sweet on the tongue, but finishing long, pleasantly alcoholic and dry. I haven’t had a beer with this complex sweet / sour thing coming from anywhere but Belgium. This is an extraordinary beer. Reading the other reviews, I wonder if this bottle was handled strangely. But thank the beer gods that the depanneur I got this from has 7 or 8 more – I’m picking up a few of these babies, and enjoying this one again.

This beer was not at all what I was expecting. I’m well versed in the Unibroue lineup, living as I do in Montreal. But this beer has quite different characteristics from any that I’ve tried from this exceptional brewery. I wish that Unibroue had a regular lineup beer like this one.

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Photo of meatmallet
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick tan head that didnt last as long as most Unibroue products. Smells of dark fruit especially plum, spice, alcohol, and malt. The taste was plum and spice with something else I cant quite put my finger on. I will open another bottle soon and try to track it down. Light bodied in the mouth with a slick feel. Overall I enjoyed it. Easy to drink for a 10% er.

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Photo of daledeee
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this the other day with some reservations. Three year old beer and I don't know how it's been stored !?!

Once I popped the cork, my fears were placed at rest. The smell was nice and fruity and fresh.

This pours nearly black with a small head that goes away.

The nose is not real strong but plums and sugars or syrup are evident.

The taste is nice. Dark fruit, specifically plums or prunes with some sweetness and tartness. An underlying malt character is present as well. Leaves the mouth with a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice with some bite. Drinkability is good. Very warming due to the ABV.

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Photo of Cakanator
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml from the haus. I nabbed this one as I already have two in the basement so I thought I' give it a go to see how long I can hold them for. Pours extra dark medium size head. Looks and smells wonderful but then once I tried it and felt the slight alcohol burn on the finsh I knew this needed a little more time. Much like anything that is a little young it showed room for improvement over the next year.

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Édition 2005 from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 240 ratings