Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
3.92 | pDev: 10.46%
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 228 | Ratings: 287
Photo of Moneypenny
2.38/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Minimal head that dissipates quickly. Cloudy, boggy orange color. Smells like a Christmas cookie when swirled in the Tulip glass. Brewed in 2008. Maybe this beer, which I bought this past Monday, shoudln't be on the shelves. I don't think it's the style of beer I object. Beglian Strong Pale is my favorite style just about. I think this brew is past its prime. So if you're a time traveler (sorry but I stayed up late to watch Interstellar last night) and you can use a worm hole to jetison back to 2009, by all means buy and drink now. But if it's 2015 where you are as it is where I am, DO NOT BUY. I never pour beer down the drain. Until now.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2008 and consummated 2015 one may think that it had lost its charm but this had plenty of carbonation and flavor.

The nose was a bit spicy, almost peppery, with some yeast, esthers, bubblegum and Apple cider.

The flavor came across with a strong Apple and light yeast characteristics. There was a touch of banana and wheat malts but the Apple remained throughout. Crisp yet dry this was a fabulous surprise.

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Photo of barczar
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairly estery and spicy. It's a bit of a blur from a night of bottle sharing. Good yeast presence, but any hop character has faded. Malt is complementary.

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Photo of seedyone
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11/21/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Dated 2008. Consumed 2013. This has to be one of the finest beers I've ever had. Bar none. Please tell me I don't have to wait until 2018 for another! Where do I start? Aroma? Nothing outstanding but appealing nonetheless. Pour? head was a bit shallow & lacing practically none existent. But just wait until this hits your tongue...smooth, lovingly sweet yet bitter. A love affair from the first sip. seek this out if you can. Otherwise wait til 2018. :^(

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am sampling a 6 year old bottle that has been in my cellar since its purchase.
Pours a clear copper hue with fizzy bleached white head that foams up 2 cm and fades to a sturdy edge layer and a few wispy islands. A little slow gush of foam on the opening.
Aroma is white wine grapes, biscuity malt and a pretty good boozy dose. Aroma is complex and appealing, definitely has a vinous quality to it.
First sip reveals an average to light body with very fine fizzy carbonation that tingles on the palate throughout the sampling.
Flavor is some white grapes and pears, fairly sweet overall and the booze that made a showing on the nose is nowhere to be found on the flavor.
The beer is very smooth and easy to drink, flavor is complex yet light and airy.
I am enjoying this and wish I had an additional bottle in the cellar to share with good friends.
IF you have any of these bottles aging, it is probably time to drink now and enjoy.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Rich, yeasty aroma with lots of spice and a champagne-like effervescence. Notes of white wine and green apple.

T- Has a more traditional Belgian flavor to it with the fruity esters playing a delicate role along with the spice. Very drinkable and a bit sweet with minimal bitterness. Notes of pear and more green apple.

M- Crisp and bright with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Good but doesn't stick out above many of Unibroue's other excellent brews.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, bright yellow with a puffy, white head that dissipates leaving a few little patches of bubbles with minimal lacing.

Really fresh citrusy smell on the whole. Yeasty with the smell with some really strong notes of hay and some cloves.

Tastes crisp and refreshing. A little sweet but not suffocating, it helps that it is really bright tasting.

Really fresh tasting up front with a lot of crisp carbonation, mellow and a bit sweet in the middle the tiniest hint of stanky hops with an earthy finish with some fresh-cut grass and warm yeast flavors.

This is a really nice beer. I don't know that it is the best beer I have ever had, but it was good. Definitely ideal for a hot day. Unfortunately, at 7.5% it is a little stiff (not terrible though). Worth trying!

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Photo of drperm
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle in September, 2008. Sometimes there are bottles in my cellar that are marked "special occasion," and end up achieving almost sacred status to the point that I second-guess any potential occasion to open them. And sometimes, it's simply necessary to say, "what the hell" and open those bottles up.
My 2008 bottle of Quatre-Centième was one such of these, which, after staring at me in the fridge for 7 days (after having stared at me in the cellar for 12 months), finally won the battle of wills tonight. Glad I opened it. It's a delicious beer, not a holy relic.

The nose is subtle but bright hominy with a faint earthy spring grass hint that was probably more pronounced 5 years ago.

The taste is wonderful in an understated sort of way. Balanced, warming, with just a miniscule hint of musty-farmhouse sourness at the end. Delicious.

PLENTY of carbonation remains after 5 years, and it's pleasantly scrubby and spritzy on the palate.

A winner with food (Thai/Vietnamese, as long as not too spicy, OR artisanal cheeses and charcuterie) or all alone by itself. I'm sad I only bought one bottle of this 5 years ago.

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Photo of SebD
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a beautiful semi-cloudy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian Yeast, pears, apples, lemon and a light spiciness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some bready yeast, apples and pears, some lemon and a peppery spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a chalice style glass. The foam was minimal over a very hazy orange beer.

In the nose I get decently fruity characteristics. I smell apple and some pear. There is a decent amount of sweetness here.

The flavoring also sweet. You continue to get the fruity characteristics. I also pick up some caramel and toffee in the background. The flavor is somewhat complex, while stil having pretty good balance.

This is another very good beer by Unibroue. I continue to be impressed by what they put out.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle picked up at Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau. 2008 edition in honor of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City.

Poured into my Duvel chalice. Light golden honey, somewhat clear, decent half inch of foam, some lacing

Nose is quite yeasty, bit of fresh malt (grainy), herbs, lemon zest, a touch of sweet fruit.

Not a bad pale, dry finish, herbal, lemon rind, and a strong yeast component. Certainly seems as though time has mellowed this one.

Carbonation is still harsh, stinging my lips. Lighter bodied, dry.

Not one of Unibroue's best, that's for sure. A decent pale ale, but nothing special. May be the aging, or my expectations.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2008

A: Golden light orange in color, pours a small white head which evolves into nice lacing, moderate internal carbonation, translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, elements of citrus fruits, apple cider, yeast, certainly has a twang too it

T: Much akin to the nose, fruity and yeasty, moderately fragrant, touch of alcohol, aging has definitely made the brew less flavorful, but still good taste

M: Quite smooth, definitely easy to drink, mild fruit/yeast aftertaste, not lingering or overpowering whatsoever

O: A decent belgian overall, certainly has lost some of its vigor due to aging, still worth a try, I'd have to recommend a later vintage, of course

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Photo of uno99
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rarity here in Ontario, This bottle comes straight from a Montreal Bottle shop. Nov 2011 bottle.

A: Typical Unibroue presentation. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pouring instructions, temperature recommendations and other bollocks. Beer pours bright yellow with a fresh looking white head. Doesn't seem to stick around long though and lacing is nowhere. Par for the style here.

S: The expected Unibroue yeast is always present in their beers and this is no exception. If its not broken why fix it though? Lots of citrus and banana/clove. Grass, pear and oak. Don't forget to smell the cork. Quite lovely!

T: Quite typical Belgian Pale here, almost saison in profile. Very pleasant spiciness. A bit of pepper, pine, and apple.

M: Exactly the semi-dry mouthfeel you want from a Belgian pale. Almost triple-like in dryness. Makes it easy to drink quickly should you choose to do so.

Overall: Unibroue can't seem to make a bad beer, sort of "boring" in that regard. Very dependable brewery and this keeps in line with their standards.

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Photo of Jesse13713
1.65/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Review taken from notes a month ago. 750ml bottle into Maudite tulip glass. The pressure in the bottle was immense. All I did was press my thumb lightly against the cork and it nearly shot my dengus head off.

Appearance - A huge explosive head that nearly erupted over the lip of the glass. Cluttery lacing with a head that quickly falls. An opaque, dull brown with yellow hues.

Smell - Heavy fruit notes. Reminds me a bit of the smell of Maudite. Citrus notes and light malt in the background. The faint spice of clove tickles the nose.

Taste - Baaa. Many of the fruit notes transfer over to the taste. Unfortunately, they taste rather rotten instead of having preserved their freshness. The malt and hop characters are far from sweet. Rather, they are bitter and leave me disappointed. There is a faint caramael and clove spice that do little to save the brew.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I couldn't drink the entire bomber myself. I saved the remainder in the bottle, but it became soon forgotten in the back of my fridge. Mouthfeel is spankingly befouling. A smooth, light burn that glistens with could-have-beens. i would much rather drink any other Unibroue brew.

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Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Traditional Unibroue yeast, clove/spices, lemon/orange citrus.

Taste - Strong yeast flavour with the clove/spices up front, followed up with a light refreshing fruitiness - citrus and banana.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat fluffy with a crisp finish.

Overall - An enjoyable Belgian strong pale ale by Unibroue. Once you get past the traditional yeast flavour, the brew shines through with unique fruit flavours.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled December 8, 2011

Beer is light golden with a very large white head. Dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell consists of light fruit (apple, banana, pear), Belgian yeast, honey, a bit of spice.

Taste involves some bready malt, yeast, honey, light fruit- apple and pear most notably. A bit of alcohol heat.

Medium bodied, low to mod carb. Feels a bit light.

Overall, not bad but not great. Certainly not one of Unibroue's better offerings.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quatre-Centieme(2008) pours a golden color, with a nice lasting white head. There are nice sweet aromas, yeasty, alot of Belgian sugars, citrus notes. The taste is full of Belgium sugars, is often sweet, hints of citrus. Sugars are way to overpowering, clean like a pale ale, but has a witbeir taste. Overall its not bad, it is just a little overpowering with the "extra" flavors.

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Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2008 presumably. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with ok retention, that reduces to lacing ring that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, apple, pear, apricot, pepper, floral, clove, lemon, caramel, honey, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of grape, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, biscuit, floral, clove, caramel, yeast spices, and slight butterscotch. Lingering notes of apple, apricot, grape, pepper, clove, biscuit, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance with good complexities. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden, with hardly any warming present after the finish. Very smooth to sip on as well. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; and extremely smooth to sip on.

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Photo of Boto
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2008 vintage: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was an inch of a dense, white foam on top. No lacing. This one has a nice nose. Yeasty, bready, wheat and peppery spices are the main ones. Maybe a touch of lemon and banana also. The taste is quite good. Medium to full bodied, yet an almost lighter feel to the taste. Touch of lemon, peppery spice, wheat, yeastiness. Another nice beer from them.

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Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich and yeasty concoction. Has the family resemblance, with the distinct flavor that is not quite like any Belgian. Sugary taste along with the spicy yeast. More buttery than others in this category, I would say. Creamy bubbles and a nice appearance, more like champagne. Golden color and nice lacing in the Ommegang chalice.

This is a little sweet after a few sips, but the IBU is only about 10. I don't get as much bitterness from the Belgian flavors as some other examples. Makes me think of cream soda and apples. Quite an interesting beer to try, but I wouldn't pay a lot for it.

No telling when this was made. If it's a 2008 leftover, it's remarkably good, but Unibroue is no help on whether they're still brewing this.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage, poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

I'd write in immitation of the language of Fathers and Crows, of Chawain's explorations and promises, trading iron for beaver pelts, and making war on the Iroquois, subjecting the Huron to the rule of the Roy and bringing the Black Gowns in his wake. But those sorcerers and seekers drank blood (of Christ) rather than ale - so I'll end my digression before it begins.

A clear sunglow liquid fills my glass with a fury of micro-bubbles supporting a raft of even fine ivory foam. Dense stiff-peak lacing grips the rim tenaciously.

Jammy esters greet your nose, with hints of white grapes and custard followed by a gentle spicy yeastiness.

Fairly sweet palate entry with honey, pears, and other winter fruit flickering in and out of focus. Mild bitterness accompanies a faintly grassy addition of hops leading into the mineral-laden champagne-like finish. Faint herbal quality emerges as the beer warms. Alcohol is not overwhelming, but stands out more than it should.

Medium-bodied, creamy, effervescent mouthfeel. Again, a tiny bit hot from the alcohol.

I'm uninspired to visit the city memorialized by this ale based on the latter's merits; a decent, but unremarkable ale that improved little through age. But the allure of history trumps my good sense, and I'd probably empty my wallet again to have a beverage dedicated to "where the river narrows." Don't let the name deceive you, for it is there that many enter The Stream of Time.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 39 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip glass. No born date.

Pours a hazy wheaty orange with a thick, fairly quickly dissipating 3 finger white head. No lacing.

Smell consists of some Belgian yeast and some banana maybe? Decently projected.

Tastes of Belgian yeast, fruit bouquet and spices. The mouthfeel is a pillowy plushness with a fair degree of tiny champagne bubbles tickling, more than sparkling.

Overall, an equally plush, if just as light offering to the Unibroue line up. Not the most intensely flavorful beer, but something that I would love to return to if it was not so difficult to find. There are surely better Unibroues though.


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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a nice golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The head settles down and leave a little lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has plenty of Belgian yeast aromas and mixed fruit coming off of it. The taste had the same aspects to it, it's a little on the sweet side but it's still pretty well balanced. The mouthfeel had a decent body to it along with a pretty good drinkability. Overall it's just anouther pretty freakin good brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" white head that dissipated quickly over golden straw coloured liquid with very good clarity.

S: Yeast, apples, pears and citrus hops.

T: Apples, pears, and yeast up front which transitions to a faint taste of raisin and white wine similar to a German Riesling.

M: Medium viscosity with a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: A sweet beer whose appearance was not up to typical Unibroue standards but was tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of papat444
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Major foam that takes a long time to settle, easily 10-15 minutes. Body is the color of pineapple and is a bit cloudy.

Smell: Lemon, orange, herbs, mild mint and flowers.

Taste: Herbal bitterness, flower leaves, citrus, hint of orange, dry fruit and the yeast brings out some banana & pineapple.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, active and refreshing.

Overall: I liked it. Typical Unibroue beer that is well made but does play it safe.

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Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif from Unibroue
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 287 ratings