25 Anniversaire
Unibroue

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From:
Unibroue
 
Quebec, Canada
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.74%
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
22
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 11, 2022
Added:
Dec 02, 2017
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  8
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: To celebrate our 25th anniversary, Unibroue dreamed up a sumptuous ale reminiscent of the classic "Black Forest" cake. Its roasted malt aroma and dark chocolate flavors are the perfect complement to the delicate fruity accents that lead to a slightly tart finish. You're in for a treat with our "Black Forest" without having to give in to your sweet tooth.
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750 mL cork and cage bottle purchased at the LCBO in early 2018; coded K1917 (Oct 19 2017) and served barely chilled. Originally brewed as an anniversary beer (like their Blonde de L'Enfer), and brought back as "Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire" a year later. This is the original release, and it's high time I removed this from my cellar.

Pours a deep, clear chestnut-burgundy colour with crimson red highlights; situated atop is two fingers of smooth, foamy, pale tan-coloured head that lasts for the better part of five minutes. It splatters about a modest helping of stringy lace as it recedes down to a tight, creamy collar and some wisps on the surface - looks fine to me. Good, firm whiff of ethanol on the nose, along with an array of dark fruity notes: raisin, fig, black raspberry, candi syrup, as well as both sour and sweet cherry notes. Maybe a touch of chocolate cake - or maybe the label blurb just put that in my head, I could go either way. Faintly tart.

Even after four years in the cellar, this is a devilishly tasty beer. Relatively sweet throughout, with maraschino cherry, raisin, prune and fig at the forefront, joined by hints of chocolate and lots of candi syrup sweetness. Hints of yeasty spiciness, herbal hops and sour cherry develop towards the finish, which is boozy-sweet with hints of blackcurrant and licorice; clove, alcohol (sherry), sweet cherry, and very subtle chocolate linger into a weakly tart aftertaste. Full bodied - the carbonation is still quite lively, prickling and frothing up on the tongue with each sip, giving this strong dark ale a luxuriously smooth and satisfying mouthfeel. A fine sipper, but this bottle will be more than enough for most people - better off splitting it with someone else (or re-corking it for tomorrow).

Final Grade: 4.24, an A-. Unibroue's 25e Anniversaire has held up unbelievably well over the years, not that I would really expect anything less from Canada's most prolific brewer of Belgian styles. If you still have this bottle in your cellar, you might as well crack 'er open this year, because it certainly isn't going to get any better. I am definitely getting the black forest cake vibe that they mention on the back label, which serves to distinguish it from other beers of its style in the best way possible. Bravo Unibroue, once again.
Jan 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Aug 07, 2020
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Reviewed by -steve- from Canada (ON)

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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.
Dec 31, 2018
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Reviewed by BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.
Dec 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.63 by Monkeybelly from Canada (AB)

Dec 27, 2018
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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.
Dec 21, 2018
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.
Nov 01, 2018
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Sep 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by videofrog from Texas

Aug 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.2 by Agent-86 from Canada (ON)

Jul 14, 2018
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Reviewed by CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
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.
Jun 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

May 02, 2018
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
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.
Apr 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by pkkosmatka from Minnesota

Apr 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.64 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.
Mar 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.74 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Mar 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.92 by ikidunot from Canada (ON)

Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.89 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Feb 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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.
Feb 08, 2018
 
Rated: 2.92 by Tomesco from Canada (ON)

Jan 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
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.
Jan 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Jan 17, 2018
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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!
Jan 16, 2018
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
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.
Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Jotora from Canada (ON)

Jan 12, 2018
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

4.12/5  rDev 0%
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.
Jan 09, 2018
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Reviewed by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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!
Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.66 by Glorithm from Canada (ON)

Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.97 by bryanangusj from Canada (AB)

Jan 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC)

Jan 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.88 by BCborn from Canada (BC)

Jan 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.28 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Dec 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.81 by bubseymour from Maryland

Dec 24, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Dec 24, 2017
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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!).
Dec 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Gasp262 from Canada (AB)

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.
Dec 17, 2017
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
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.
Dec 14, 2017
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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).
Dec 09, 2017
25 Anniversaire from Unibroue
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 41 ratings