25 Anniversaire | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blonde de L'Enfer (Blonde from Hell) is brewed to to celebrate Unibroue's 25th Anniversary. Staying true to our tradition of Begian style inspiration with a touch of Québécois culture, we crafted a nonconformist take on a classic style, the Belgian Golden Ale. These ales are traditionally namesake after hellish demons due to their lust for power and in reference to the beer's deceitful drinkability. Our golden 25th Anniversary ale is such a wolf in sheep's clouting. Brewed with a unique Belgian yeast strain, this sinfully smooth refermented specialty ale is artfully crafted for a delicate balance of spice, malt and hop flavors with a fine champagne-like effervescence. A truly infernal brewer's to be enjoyed responsibly.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 41
Photo of -steve-
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waited a year to crack open this baby. Wasn't sure how long it would keep in the bottle.
Beautiful frothy head, lots of bubbles of different sizes and foam sticks to the side of glass with tons of lacing. Dark, opaque brown. Beautiful scents of cherry and chocolate on the nose. Definitely getting the black forest cake vibe. Bam! Like biting into a black forest cake! This is sublime.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy dark brown, opaque and thick, pouring a boisterous, fluffy head the colour of cappuccino foam, good retention.
Aroma is vibrant dark cherries, like a black forest cake, some acidity.
Flavour is acidic dark berries - cassis, cherries - pure and intense, like a jam that held back on the sugar, feels like sweetness is just from the fruit; that sweetness is balanced by slight sherry/balsamic vinegar taste; lengthy, dry finish leaves you hankering for another swig, it's a delight; medium body and carbonation.

Everything they could have hoped for in an anniversary beer - amazing flavour, great feel, true to style. Love it. Like cherry coke.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Aromas of candi sugars, yeast, and fruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has sweet flavors of fruits such as apples and apricots with some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The best way I could describe this beer is it seems like a maltier version of a Belgian Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of quadmad
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$9.90 for a 750 ml bottle at the LCBO. Bought this last Christmas so 13 months old. Pours with a thee finger head which lasted more than 10 minutes. Excellent lacing. The cherries come through on the back of the palate. I will have to try some Christmas cake with the second half of the bottle. Well done Unibroue.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate ruby; raspberry, dark candy sugar + brandy; bread crust, big cherry skins, a tart hit, some chocolate bark, pomegranate + gentle wood, cream soda + spice finish.

4 4.5 4.25 4 4.25

Silky. Heat buried, cherries multifaceted but not too sweet, not heavy because Belgian. Delicate + considerable. Top brewery.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared a bomber/thanks to Jeremy. Pours a deep auburn dark cherry colored beer with slight ruby accents to light. Frothy but otherwise brief and unremarkable head; quick dissipation. Didn't catch anything special in the nose; muted dark and dried fruits, booze. Taste was sweet malty and syrupy. Some seed/berry spices (allspice; clove) noted that gave a little complexity; not distracting. Rich with biscuit and figs/fruit/ jammy cookie like. Enjoyed it though did not completely hide the big ABV. Mouth feel was full and smooth; soft to moderate carbonation. All in all a nice play on a slightly decadent Belgian; dark, warming and inviting.

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Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has spicy and slight malty hints
T-The taste follows the nose with spicy and slight malty flavors
M-A medium bodied well balanced beer
O-A nice golden ale

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep rosewood color with cherry red glints. The chunky eggshell head lasts a short while, but leaves lots of lace trails on the glass. Cherry, raspberry, stwawberry jam mixes with toasted toffee and rum in the nose. The taste is very fruity with a cherry cough syrup medicinal character. Cookie dough and butterscotch in the back. High alcohol presence, immodest even for the strength. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a moderate carbonation. The finish is low on bitterness and malty and fruity.

An interesting Strong Belgian Dark Ale. Very fruity but a bit too medicinal and boozy.

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Photo of beertunes
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cork and caged 750 poured into 12oz goblet. Poured a barely translucent reddish-black color with over an inch of dark khaki head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was awesome, lots of dark cherry, hints of other dark fruits, and a bit of brighter cherry.

The flavor was the same, but better developed and defined. very nice cherry flavors, a bit of funk, and a nice yeast tang on the finish.

The body was fuller than medium, but the lively carbonation helped keep the beer from being sticky on the tongue. There was a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was excellent, I could have easily killed the bottle by myself. Overall, an excellent brew. A must-try.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown and slightly amber, the first pour is see through and loaded with soda like carbonation. Topped with 3 fingers of beige head.

Smells of Belgian yeasts, slightly smokey like bbq sauce, cherries, dark fruit, figs and prunes.

The taste is very cherry forward, with hints of dark chocolate, prunes, vanilla, and raisins.

Medium to thick body, with lots of carbonation. Slightly sticky feel.

Got at LCBO, drinking in Muskoka, March 11th, 2018. Really good brew.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forget the Black Forest gimmick, this has nothing to do with it. This is a straight forward sour beer, a style that is highly regarded and Unibroue doesn't want to miss the boat. Yes, of course the cherry is strong, it supposed to be. But do you taste batter? How about whipped cream? Of course not. Silliness.
Anyway, I am not a fan of lambic beer, but I thought Unibroue was tame enough to make this tolerable for me. Those who love the style will find it no doubt underwhelming however.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar, sweet caramelized malt with some sweet cherry juice notes. Taste is also a good mix of candi sugar with some yeast ester, some caramelized malt with some cherry juice. Body is full with good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. Base beer is really interesting but cherry taste ends up being overwhelming and lacks attenuation.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle - not quite sure how something coming in at 10.5% ABV wouldn't be considered a BSDA, but whatevs.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark orange-brick brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some sudsy defrosting back window lace around the glass as it very slowly dissipates.

It smells just like Black Forest cake - seriously - bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and sweet 'n sour cherries (ok, maybe a bit of the house yeast, but one could chalk that up to the cake part). Anyways, the taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, medium cocoa powder, some tart cherry and raspberry fruitiness, earthy yeast, a bit of free-range roasted esters, and some musty, leafy, and gently soused-up floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-mollifying frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a nice fruity creaminess jostling for position here. It finishes off-dry, with the malt, chocolate, and cherry essences still messing with my mind (not to mention that other brain-bending component, largely unnoticeable).

Overall - whooooooweeeee, what a stellar brew! I'm clinically disposed to heavily doubting the marketing babble on beer labels, but here Unibroue has gone and stepped in as the exception that proves the rule. This is indeed Black Forest cake in a glass, with the 21-proof booze measure playing the part of the traditional kirsch addition for grown-ups. Fucking great, great stuff!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost opaque dark brown color with a copper hue. Thick foamy and creamy light brown 3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, soft legs and not much swirl reaction but good lacing. Flavors of fruit cake, chocolate, cherries, berries, coffee, Belgian yeast, and herbal hops. Slick and smooth medium body with a moderate crisp. Strong strength finish, slightly Porto like, a bit roasted and earthy, with a rich fruity feel. Good freshness and intensity for the ABV, alcohol is well hidden. Nice festive beer. Overall high quality craft.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a full three fingers of head. Retention is amazing, and there is some fantastic lacing.

Smell has that classic unibroue yeast as its base. Then you get cherry, dark malts and some chocolate to finish it off.

Taste follows the nose, with a nice semi tart cherry leading the way. Then you get some chocolate and it's all melded together with that yeast.

Feel is nice, medium body with medium/high carbonation. There is no sense of the booze in this beer.

Well Unibroue promises a black forest cake taste, and it delivers. This is an enjoyable dessert beer. I would recommend that Unibroue fans give it a whirl.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed another bottle of this yesterday. 750 ml cork and cage bottle for $9.95 CDN from the LCBO. Missing theReserve 17 this year, but hoping this will make up for it. Served cold (ish) into a chalice.

Appearance - Dark brown in color, fluffy and creamy finger plus of tan head. Great staying power and plenty of lacing at the edges of the glass.

Smell - Chocolate cake indeed. Light and fudge-like with chocolate and many cherries playing a role in the aroma. Certainly smells like a well made Black forest cake, with the yeastiness translating into a doughy cake mixture aroma-wise.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, chocolate,and cherries most prominent, but some powdery doughiness, makes me imagine that there is actually a slice of black forest cake in front of me. Tiny bit of vanilla for added complexity.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and effervescent, medium body with makes drinking this seem like a light and airy cake, nicely baked. Booze is nearly invisible, hard to believe that this clocks in at 10.5%.

Overall - A wonderful take on a chocolate cake in liquid form and stacks up really well with all of the vine Unibroue dark Belgian style ales. Worth a sample or three, and aging this a year could make it even better. Superb!

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Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a warm chestnut brown/red with three fingers of frothy cream-coloured head.

Smell - Belgian yeast, dark fruits (raisin, plum, cherry), hint of cocoa, spicy hops, candied sugar, roasted malt.

Taste - Liquid Black Forest cake! Great flavours of natural cherry and roasted chocolate malt. Spiciness from the hops and yeast give it a touch a tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Finishes smooth and tart.

Overall - Another excellent anniversary beer by Unibroue that does exactly as it advertises, creating a beer that is reminiscent of a classic Black Forest cake. All flavours work cohesively and create a dangerous treat (that ABV is sneaky!).

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Photo of Gasp262
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I look forward to any new release from Unibroue. I think this replaced the Grand Reserve 17 this year, so I should stock up and perhaps cellar some of it. This version is nice, a fine sipping beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours with an extra frothy, yet bumpy looking head that contains off white and pinkish hues....it starts about two fingers thick and settles down into a thick-ish layer covering the abyss of dark chocolate colored liquid with coca cola hues around the rim! Lacing is quite amazing with a wrap around of silky, beer pictures around the side of the glass. Clarity is good for a dark beer and looking from underneath, there is a medium splurge of carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S- Huge cherry....tart cherry that is! There is a sweet and tart cherry juice combination happening and this is all balanced out by chocolate covered bing cherry, toasty caramel malts, oak wood, and wet Earthy/smoked exotic hardwoods. The finish has a lingering tartness that reminds mes of fresh orchard fruit aged in a whisky barrel.

T- Heavy chocolate and cherry that reminds of original recipe black forest cake. I'm not sure what else I'm getting but perhaps some woodiness, bourbon whisky/rum barrel, and some balancing malt. The finish is fruity and unique.....

M/O- Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. Alcohol is subdued yet noticeable and I don't know if this resembles black forest cake in its' dessert like greatness but its passable.....it's definitely different and I don't mind it but I'm undecided if I'd go after this one again....glad I tried it.

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Photo of Derek
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy to finally see another anniversary brew!

This one is certainly different, but I liked the cherry, which nicely mingled with the chocolatey malt and restrained spicing hyeast seems a bit tamer).

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25 Anniversaire from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 41 ratings