Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire | Unibroue

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Ale Gâteau Forêt-NoireAle Gâteau Forêt-Noire
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Ale Gâteau Forêt-NoireAle Gâteau Forêt-Noire
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by teromous on 10-23-2018

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Ranking:
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Reviews:
7
Ratings:
19
pDev:
4.83%
 
 
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2
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8
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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid the price on this one only available as a four pack so around $3.50 a single into my branded tulip.
A - A bouquet of head on this one 2 inches of deep mocha head. Beer itself was dark the definition of Belgium dark ale.
S - Smell is house yeast and some sweet/tart cherries as expected love some cherries. Not getting much dark fruit or chocolate from the aroma. I sip.
T - Well the flavor is light full of carbonation so it would probably age well. Tart effervescent cherry flavors with some chocolate malts wouldn't call it cake really just a heightened fruit taste like an imperial Ephemere.
M - Very bubbly smooth body drinks very light reminding me of a light La Terrible.

Overall not bad went into this beer expecting a Belgium dark cherry ale and got it but everyone saying it taste like cake is crazy. Still a good anniversary ale!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a dark reddish orange with a two finger khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, cherries and a hint of chocolate; fresh and tart cherries dominate. Flavor is mild malt, fresh and tart cherry, red berries, clove, dark chocolate, raisins, red wine, and light vanilla and bready yeast. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation. Wow, they knocked it out the park with this. The aroma led me to expect a cherry forward light Belgian, perhaps a more robust Ephemere, but the flavor is complex and well balanced. They hit the mark for Dark Forest Cake, with good interaction of cherry and chocolate, but backed by a more classic Belgian dark ale body. Cherry is really the more dominant flavor, but there is plenty of interesting fruit character as well. Sweetness and tartness are in harmony. I'm glad they rereleased this one to a greater market; the original 25th Anniversary Ale was completely different south of the (Canadian) border and had me confused after visiting the Unibroue website which described the anniversary ale as a cherry chocolate Belgian. Well, I enjoyed the original incarnation and am equally pleased with this one. I hope it becomes a regular offering.

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Photo of McBraniel
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ssitron
4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass; bottled on 9/6/2018, best before 2023. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of huge juicy red/black cherries, raspberry, fruit skin, raisin, plum, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, red apple, red grape/wine, coriander, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of banana, bubblegum, chocolate, cocoa, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with amazing balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, cherry juice, spices, sugar, and dark/bready/light roasted malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge juicy red/black cherries, raspberry, fruit skin, raisin, plum, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, red apple, red grape/wine, coriander, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and toasted brown bread; with light notes of banana, bubblegum, chocolate, cocoa, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy bitterness; peppery yeast spiciness; and cherry tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of red/black cherries, raspberry, fruit skin, raisin, plum, fig, date, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, red apple, red grape/wine, coriander, peppercorn, clove, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted brown bread, light chocolate/cocoa, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cherry juice, spices, sugar, and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness, and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness, tart/tangy fruit, and carbonation. High carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly crisp/sticky/acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mild warmth of 10.5% after the finish. Overall this is an amazing fruited/spiced Belgian strong dark ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, cherry juice, spices, and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV; with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tart/drying finish. Not overwhelming on any aspect. Perfectly balanced yeast, spices, cherry juice, sugars, and malt complexity. Minimal residual sweetness from crisp/drying carbonation. A highly amazing offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The name of the Beer translates to Black Forest Cake Ale.

Deep brown colored ale with a medium to near large Light brown colored head.

Smells of tart cherry pie and chocolate with molasses and raisins. Scent of raspberry. Scents of coriander, cardamom and fresh black pepper.

Starts out tart and tasting mostly of cherry with some sugar glaze. Notable chest warming effect. Mild bitterness. Chocolate is there but the cherry is stronger. But it doesn't quite taste like Black Forest Cake.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad ale. But it isn't quite Black Forest Cake.

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TLA
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calraven
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

25th Anniversary fruited strong ale from our friends up north.

The packaging had me expecting something along the lines of Rodenbach Grand Cru. The pour and aroma quickly dispel such an expectation however: the pour is deep dark and the aroma, while pierced with cherries, is primarily that of a strong belgian dark ale: stouty and yeast-heavy.

Tastes fantastic. Cherry juice up front, light and organic without being too tart, moving into a middle of porter grain with equal parts char and chocolate. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly boozy, with yeast taking hold by the back end of the sip and cherry juice lingering on the aftertaste. Very unique and very excellently composed.

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Photo of brutalist
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue "Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BB 09-06-23 JO61822270FL"
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Very dark brown (35 SRM), almost black in a full glass, with clear dark mahogany and ruby highlights beneath a finger-thick head of creamy khaki colored foam. Very good head retention and better than average lacing.

Smell: Cherry, clove, dark sugar, soft spice, light herbs.

Taste: Cherry, brown sugar, stronger spiciness than the aroma suggests, clove, light herbs, moderate bitterness (20 IBUs), golden caramel, bready malt. The alcohol never shows.

Feel: Medium-light in body with an effervescent, airy carbonation.

Overall: Quite nicely balanced between sweetish and fruity and spicy, bitter, and herbal.

Review# 6,363

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of car2gr4
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great flavor and smell for this anniversary beer. Glad I got to taste it

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of teromous
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the front shoulder of the bottle: BB 09-06-23 JO6182155QFL"

Appearance: It pours a tan color and fills the glass with a blackish dark brown. It has a medium-large, fizzy, light khaki head that has good retention. It leaves a slim bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a bit of a cola scent with some banana chips, dates, and a touch of brown sugar.

Taste: It opens with a bit of a coffee-like earthy character that quickly ramps into this cherry flavor. It arcs over to this light bit of caramel sweetness and then it finishes with this hint of cocoa, red wine, and raisin bread.

Mouthfeel: It's fizzy and tart and interesting at every corner of the palate. The mouthfeel fits perfectly with this beer.

Overall: It is expertly well crafted and loaded with flavors and aroma. The neck of this beer said that it is best before 2023 and this really is the kind of beer that is worth aging. It is worth buying a bunch and trying a bottle each year. I really enjoyed it and I would highly recommend it.

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Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 19 ratings