Édition 2005 | Unibroue

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Édition 2005Édition 2005

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rastacouere on 11-03-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DIM
2.71/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

a: This anniversary offering is dark ruby color with orange and amber highlights. It pours with a big foamy, fizzy white head that leaves lots of lace in it's wake.

s: Nothing subtle here, sugary, sour cherries soaked in alcohol. There is a hint of something bitter as well.

t: The taste mirrors the smell, unfortunately. Sweet, almost peaty, cherries dominate. The alcohol comes on a bit too strong and there is an unpleasant sugary after taste.

m: Decent syrupy body, but the carboantion is a bit too agressive.

d: I was excited to find this in a recently assembled variety case from Unibroue. All the other bottles were relatively fresh, so I can only assume unibroue had this cellared properly. Regardless, there was nothing actually wrong with it, I just found it to be one-dimensional at best.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.06/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass from a caged and corked 750 brown bottle. 2005 edition logo on the front.

Appearance - Poured a dark brown with a touch of redness to it. Nice dark white one finger thick head.

Smell - I get some medicinal esters, a malt sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Ever the faintest bit of spice too.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Crisp up front, and then it flows into a sweet malty smoothness. On first sip I pick up a tangy floral taste with a little bit of spice in it. Smooth sweet malts come through as the beer settles in. Some dark candied fruit, maybe cherries? Got a little creamier as I got to the end and it warmed a little. A warming alcohol finishes it off in the end.

Drinkability - A poor mans Trois Pistoles. A decent brew, but Unibroue has much better to chose from. Pick one up if you're curious, but limit yourself to the one.

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

Bottle. Spicy, herbal, malty aroma, reminiscent of Belgian dubbel and saison. Opaque, brown/black color with a frothy, mostly diminishing tan head. Very fine bubbles in head with minimal lacing. Flavor a complex mixture of acidity, bitterness, herbal and spicy flavors with some fruitiness and a slight soy sauce overtone. Some warming from the 10% alcohol. Aftertaste also a complex blend of the flavor components, sourness, spice and alcohol being the most prominent aspects. Effervescent mouthfeel that coats the mouth for several seconds after each sip with a long finish. Very complex. Not as immediately likable as the Unibroue Edition 2004, but with each sip, this beer became more and more interesting, Tastes like a mix of dubbel, saison and oud bruin.

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Photo of jtm3
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice, hazy purplish color into the glass.

S: Sweet, Dark Fruits dominate, with a slight booziness quality. Also picking up on some more subtle hints of other flavors that come out later in the taste.

T: After a surprisingly mild start, the aroma flavors come through along with some chocolate, some tobacco, and a little more booze. There is a sour touch in there as well against a malty background. Very mild aftertaste with some of the dominant boozy fruit lingering a bit.

F: Syrupy and fizzy.

D: Not bad for 10%, but not going down as well as I thought it might.

All in all, this beer lived up to expectations. A few things keep it from being superb, but a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden sugar brown with a big white fluffy head of foam, it sure looks good, but the aroma is just that same zesty unibroue yeast in the foreground with some fruit and bread in the backend. No hops really to speak of just a hint of spiciness from the battered boys. Taste is fizzy and boozy as hell, yeasty as all get out and fruity as jam. Three words: Sugary, Sweet, Thick. Mouthfeel is spritzy/syrupy and HOT as hell in herr, for reall diggs! Drinkability is low as I get bored and would rather just drink something better....YAWN!

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Photo of BMoney575
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-2-08
Bottled on 11-23-04
Reviewed from notes.

Pours a thick, deep red, with a foamy head and clingy lacing.

Smell is very fruity and old (in a good way), lots of booze, with a little maltiness in the back.

Taste is just like the smell, fruity and old, with a sizable malt balance.

Mouthfeel is a little too watery, detracts from the big flavors.

Drinkability is good, alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of AlexF
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Une de mes dernières bouteilles... dommage.

L'édition 2005 d'Unibroue est brune foncée avec une carbonatation presque nulle. Dommage, car c'est le seul défaut marqué de cette bière.

Au nez, la bière encore froide laisse échapper des arômes de raisins qui s'estompent durant le réchauffement du liquide. Un côté caramel est définitivement présent.

En bouche, l'édition 2005 se sépare en deux version. Froide, elle est vineuse. On croirait boire un vin bien boisé longuement vieillis, sucré et agréable. Lorsqu'un peu plus chaude, des saveurs de caramel brûlé sont présentes. (qui me font penser à la tire éponge que mon père mangeait dans ma jeunesse... ça existe encore?) Complexe, et très agréable!

En bouche, l'édition 2005 est ronde et moelleuse. Une meilleure carbonatation, (elle est uniforme sur toutes les bouteilles que j'ai goûté (>5)) aurait peut-être aidé à donner une meilleure note, puisque c'est le seul défaut.

Les éditions spéciales d'Unibroue semblent toutes manquer de vivacité liée à la carbonatation. Très dommage puisqu'au goût, ces bières sont exceptionnelles.

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

This beer has the most outstanding color Ive seen in quite a while! Its a dark purple color. The smell is that of dark fruit with a taste of the same! The mouthfeel is nice and full which makes for a nice drinkability. I like this beer so much more than the 2004. This beer has a complex plum taste.

Overall, this beer has surpassed my expectations!! I would consider this again! For the price this beer is fantastic!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours from 750ml caged and corked bottle a clear very deep amber/brown with reddish hues and a very small head of foam...but it has some good lacing. After a few minutes, the foam and lacing are gone.(except a broken ring around the glass)

The smell is of caramel malt, dark fruit, some spice, and some alcohol.

The taste on first sip has the dark fruit up front, plum raisin tofee, followed by sweet malt and some alcohol. This is definitely on the sweet side but not overly so yet I hesitate when I before I take my next sip. I just don't find it all that tasty or drinkable. It has a syrupy mouthfeel and the finish has a slight citrus kick to it but overall it's on the watery side. I'm glad I got to try it but I can't recommend it.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed by this offering from Unibroue. Most of their beers meet with success IMO but few stand out. I guess I disagree with Jason on its brilliance.

A: Poured a nice brown, typical of a dubbel or quad (i.e. belgian strong dark). Thin head due to the bartender pouring my first glass. This was corrected on a second pour and the sticky lacing remained for the rest of the beer.

S: Prunes, plums, raisins. Lots of purple fruits come rushing to mind but it does not end there. You can detect more tropical notes (papaya?, guava?) if you sniff a little closer. Get too close and you will pick up on the alcohol as well.

T: Very akin to the smell. The only difference is I never really noticed the alcohol. Cellaring this beer for 3 years has done great work to mellow its bite.

M: Smooth and creamy, reminiscent of any abbey dark ale.

D: I am debating going back to Trappeze again tonight so I can get one more before he sells them all.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Ampersands. Can't speak for how well its aged since I didn't have it when it first came out, but I think it has held up over time.

Pours a dark brown with some red hues when held up to the light, not too much head, in fact there's barely any hint of carbonation, no lacing along the glass.

Smell is deep with fruit and spice, large hints of caramel, fairly herbal with some alcohol in the background.

Has a malty taste that accompanies the fruit and spice, pretty sweet yet is warming to the belly, carbonation is a bit low and soft, not sure if that's because of the age.

Edit: Drank my last bottle on 3.16.10 and added some more notes to my review, score remains unchanged though.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cool, my first retired beer, how cool is that?! anyway bottled on 11-23-2004 so its over 3 years old. pours a very dark color, has little head, or carbonation. smells of smoke, and prunes or something. smells aged i guess. hard to explain, has a very unique scent to it. like a weird licorice odor. taste is odd as well, i'm not a huge fan... its not bad, not good, just kinda bizarre. mouth feel and drink ability are ok, not a huge fan of this one, it isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Brad007
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Produced on 11/23/04. Found this bottle and absolutely had to have it!

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin one-finger head. Aroma is strong and delicious with hints of raisin, plum and grape. That's the best I can describe it at least. Love the aroma. Taste is elegant and quite relaxed. I detect raisin upfront and then the beer fades into a raisin/plum note at the back of the throat with a dryness that has even a bit of chocolate/grapeskin feeling to it. The alcohol has mellowed since as well.

Hard to describe but as this beer has aged, the flavors are far more complex.Very nice ale by the way. I encountered two bottles of this and might buy the other bottle for aging purposes. However, I wonder if the flavors will get far more complex than this?

Regardless, a pleasant and delicious surprise to encounter.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Produced on 11-23-2004, this one's been cellared for just over two years. Paired with a generous wedge of Chimay cheese, and served at cellar temperature in the brewery's large tulip glass.

Appearance- Wow... just watching the beer pour right out of the neck was so interesting... murky and raisinesque, even while keeping the lees completely at bay. It's real dark, more than most BSDAs I've sampled... the head climbed confidently to three fingers, then flattened quickly to a thin mat.

Smell- Dark, rich pruney fruits with notes of leather and tobacco... there's even a cloak of wet leaves and earthworms. Gross? Hardly... this reminds me of a really aged Flanders Oud Bruin from Belgium, with its indications of wild yeast and funked out aromas. Can't wait until this warms further.

Taste- Awfully complex, richer and with more layers of taste than I would have ever expected. The upright, extended bottle conditioning in the basement has really done this beer well, intensifying the malts and bringing out every nuance in the fruity, spicy character. Prunes, figs, leather, all of which appears in the nose, integrate seamlessly and very nicely on the tongue. So intense are the flavors that the alcohol is reserved solely for the belly! And this cheese is a perfect complement.

Mouthfeel- Slick while keeping the fizzle alive and refined, this is a joy in the mouth. Rare is the Unibroue texture *really* enjoyable with most of their year-round beers, but this is teetering on exceptional. Its foamy, cascading flow perfectly accentuates the fullness of flavor that this beer offers.

Drinkability- Almost two hours into this tasting, I'm in no hurry to make this disappear. This could be a meal substitute... actually, it *is* one for me this evening... sip it all night, with a smelly Trappist cheese by its side. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bouteille de 750ml. avec bouchon de liège

belle bière de couleur brune foncée et opaque, la mousse est mince et brunâtre, nez épicé, bouche piquante, alcooleuse, à mon sens moins bonne que la 2004, l'équilibre y est, la finale est épicée, bonne bière.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Hazy brown color. Small head formed but just left a ring, and some sudz at the top. Some lace but very little.

smell - Cherry notes, with spices.

taste - Very sweet with a cherry taste. Not the same as a lambic though, mor elike a barleywine.

mouthfeel - Carbonation preset, more then a medium body.

drinkability - I drank a full glass, but after awhile it started to get too strong for me. Don't get me wrong, first taste was real good. I guess I'm just a light weight.

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Photo of garbercury
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ron at Vintage in Boardman, Oh. for the birthday gift...

A--Poured deep mahogany brown, not a lot of head or lacing.

S--Smell the spices and alcohol...

T--Spicy and distinct, alcohol is very apparent.

M--nice mouthfeel, silky.

D--Always love to try new Belgian style beers. Did not overwhelm me but not too bad.

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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 macster
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany brown with minimal translucency. Creates a nice tight, thick beige head with admirable retention throughout the glass. No lacing observed.

Rich, complex aromas of raisins, figs, anise, ripe plums, chocolate, along with a touch of faint clove, citrus, dark rum and banana in the background.

Silky smooth and full mouthfeel with an unexpected slightly diminished fine carbonation for a Belgian Ale. Nevertheless an enjoyable texture on the tongue.

Taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark dried fruits, dark brown sugar, chocolate, freshly baked dark bread; then gradually slides into a presentation of spices (clove, anise and coriander come to mind), roasted Belgian malts and a touch of late appearing hops. Alcohol is fairly muscular but not at all intrusive. Very warming and flavor enhancing.

Finishes warm and sweet like a fine dessert. A great sipper.

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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 BigJTrucker
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up this bottle at the Utah State Liquor store on Ft Union Blvd. Review from notes taken about two weeks ago.

Pours a deep mahogany color. Light tan head setles fairly quickly.Carbonation is low to none. The Smell? ABSOLUTELY amazing! Has a nice sweet aroma remeniscent of grapes or a gavurtz/ice wine etc. Tastes is also very nice. A bit of grape or raisiny sweetness, but not too much as to be overpowering. I'm not sure if i'm detecting the hops or not, it seems to be so well balanced. Very smooth and sweet mouthfeel. This brew drinks SO easy, it's taking every bit of will power i have NOT to open the 2nd bomber of this i picked up.

*NOTE* I ended up giving the 2nd bomber to my brother. I'm thinking about asking for it back. It was THAT good!

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled again August 21, 2007. 750 ml Corked and caged bottle.

Pours an opaque ruby red/brown, brilliant colour in the light, one finger tan head, settles fast, few lace spots, thin ring/layer results. Smell is crazy, sweet and sour, chocolate, toffee, bready yeast, spices, funk, really neat. Taste is bread, chocolate caramel, sour spice, sweet brown sugar, yeast, spices and chocolate in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Really taken on a different dimension, super smooth, 10% is not detectable. It's turned into a different beast, and the play between the sweet/sour, and spices/chocolate is really neat. I detected sourness in my original review almost 2 years ago so I don't think its due to age. I just think its really integrated now, fantastic beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark brown, almost black color. The head is one inch in height (which seems small for this style, but might just be because of this bottles age). What there is of a head recedes within less than a minute. The aroma is very intense. Caramel, dark spices, anise, and a whif of alcohol. The aroma is very complex. I could smell it all day without ever taking a sip, and be perfectly content. The taste is a bit mellower than the aroma, but still very intense. Anise, and spice box intermingle with each other perfectly. The mouthfeel is the silkiest I have ever experienced. Carbonation is fine and of a moderate level. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I hope to get the oppertunity to drink it again.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked 750ml bottle, poured into a goblet.

This is dark with only a thin tan head that disappeared quickly. Smell is of dark fruits and some roast malt. Thick and bready on first taste. The dark fruit stays with you throughout, with little surprise in the finish. No hops present in this Strong Dark ale but that's not a big surprise. It's very nice and drinkable for a 10%+ beer. Alcohol hidden nicely by the age of this brew.

Good sipper to share with a friend or hog for yourself if the need to open it arises.

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

Picked up a 750ml bottle in early December 2006 from Magnum's for $8.49. Production date is 11-23-2004.

Beer poured a cloudy burgundy color with an off white head. Nose grows sweeter as it warms. HInts of dark fruits and sour apple predominate. Taste is a wonderful medley of ripened plums, prunes, roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and in the unique aftertaste a spice that I cannot quite put my finger on. Moutfeel is light to medium bodied like most Unibroue beers, well carbonated, and exceptionally smooth. Overall drinkability is very good. The high abv is well masked. This brew could take the place of a fine after dinner liqueur!

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Édition 2005 from Unibroue
4 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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