Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif
Unibroue

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 10.46%
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
287
From:
Unibroue
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews: 228 | Ratings: 287
Reviews by Moneypenny:
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 choyhosoi
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a glass

A-looks like a cloudy hefe with a big white head

S-sweet scent with some floral notes.

t-very smooth with hardly any aftertaste it tasted like watery champagne.

m/d-this is a great beer for a sunny day it just seems to go down like water.

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

750 mL bottle

A: Clear golden under a nice inch worth of head. No lace, no retention.

S: Malty, surprisingly fruity, vinous. Some earthy tones, notes of hay, hint of spice, yeast.

T: Malty, hint of yeast and pretty good amount of bitterness in the finish. A bit vinous taste as well.

M/D: Nice light body, bit of prickly carbonation. Drinkability is fine, easy to go down and the 7.5 is nowhere to be found. Overall, a solid beer.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 into my Duvel tulip.

Two finger white head on pale yellow amber body. Distinctive Unibroue yeast on the nose, pilsner malts, and mild hops. Has very strong resemblance to La fin du Monde in taste and smell. Almost just like it but maybe missing a third fermentation. Taste has good carbonation and body is solid. A very solid beer, would like to pick this up locally if it every became available.

Picked up at a Whole Foods in El Segundo, CA.

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Photo of MTNboy
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has a hay like grassy aroma with a lot of malt. There is not much for hops the flavor or the aroma. The first pour from my 750ml bottle had an excellent head but as to be expected that died down with the bottle even with a stopper. It has wonderful lace and is very carbonated. It has hazy pale wheat beer look to the body. It has very clove wheat taste with some citrus. Thin in the body despite the carbonation.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very clear golden color with a finger of white head. Some lacing was present.

S: Very yeasty with a ton of bread in the nose. Has that very distinctive Unibroue yeast smell. Some hints of light fruit but very faint and in the background.

T: In a lot of ways it reminded me of a wheat beer. Very light with the yeast really dominating. The taste was hollow and really lacked complexity.

M: Light body with a nice amount of carbonation.

D: Super easy drinking but not that enjoyable. A rather bland Belgian pale ale. I really expected more. Their normal releases are much more enjoyable.

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Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of morimech
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that stuck around for a long while. The head does eventually settle to a thick cap that leaves moderate amounts of lacing. Has a slightly vinous aroma. Light fruit and some cloves are also detected. The yeast really makes itself known in the flavor. A lot of spice in the flavor. There is a slight fruitiness that balances nicely with the spice. The alcohol is barely detectable. Light body with a lively carbonation but still maintaining a soft texture makes this a delight to drink. Rivals some of the greats in mouthfeel. I found this a very good ale by Unibroue. One of my favorites by them.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating the 400th birthday of Quebec...in 2008.

Cloudy golden body. An aroma similar to apple cider: fruity and slightly tart. Cider in the flavor too, some tartness, yeasty spice, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, brioche, lemon zest, soft toffee and nutty notes. Light, easy drinking, refreshing, crisp.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely clear orange amber with a very thick and rather persistent fluffy white head that leaves only minimal lacing. Fruity aroma is mainly apple and banana and has firm malty and yeasty notes. Mouth-filling flavor has tones of apple, malt, banana and yeast as well as hints of caramel and butterscotch. Smooth, full-bodied texture has a subtle tingle and leaves a mild but persistent fizz behind. Happy 400th birthday, Quebec City!

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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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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked open this beauty celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Quebec to celebrate my 400th review on BA.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a thin white cap resting on top.

Bright aroma of cloves, corriander, lemon zest, yeast, green apple, and a hint of country earthiness.

The taste is very Belgian with the yeast, lemon zest, green apple, black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves. Sweet, with a bit of breadiness up front, while the finish is clean. The 7.5% alcohol is well-hidden.

Medium bodied, dry and crisp, with a sharp carbonation.

What better way to celebrate a 400 than with a 400! I knew coming into this that I'd like this beer from Unibroue. It did not disappoint.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle, the beer pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head. The carbonation is vigorous, almost as if it has alka-seltzer dropped in. The nose is slightly yeasty, with some spice and wheat lingering on the backside. The flavors of this brew are intense for one of Unibroue's lower-gravity releases. Spices, fresh-baked bread, and candied fruits dominate at first. It finishes with a light floral hop character. The beer overall is medium-bodied, and is very crisp and clean. It finishes very quickly, and after a few seconds, I am ready for another sip. This was a very unique special release from Unibroue. It was more of a session beer for me. with all of the complexity and ease to drink, I wish I had some more of them to sit and sip on all night.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle corked and caged. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Bright and very appealing golden yellow golor. Fluffy yellow head and some lacing. Sediment abound...white blanket continues to coat the top of the brew throughout the entire pour...

S- Smell was very winey and spicey.

T- Taste was of citrus flavors (Pineapple, apple, banana), belgian spices nicely rounding this one out. Big yeast presence here and no detection of alcohol. Is there some sour notes? Maybe, I sure am getting some of that tartness..

M- Mouthfeel was light and very easy to finish the bottle because of this...

D- Easy drinker here. Nothing cloying, nothing overbearing. This was a solid brew from unibroue. However, this was not a standout at all. Good, not great. I did enjoy it.

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Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of soupyman10
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on the repeated recommendations of Tim at the Wine Specialist. I'm a Unibroue fan anyway, so it wasn't like I was that opposed. Pours a light orange-yellow color with a nice big bubbled white head that dissolves down surprisingly quickly. No lacing on this fella. Nose is excellent. A solid, balanced mix of sweet candy malt, yeast, and fruit. Light bananas. Slightly spicy, but not particularly notable on that side. Taste is very good. Nice bouncy carbonation up front brings on sweet malt with a hint of spiciness, yeast, and nice rolling fruit. Maybe not as big a flavor as I would have hoped, but nice and smooth - more drinkable than some of Unibroue's "huge" beers. Definitely apples in there, with those bananas showing up again. Medium bodied, with appropriate carbonation. Overall, it's nice, although it's not nice I look for in Unibroue beers. Not quite up-to-snuff, in my book, but quite drinkable given it's comparable normalcy. Lemme get a Fin Du Monde, quick.

Wine Specialist / 750 ml / $10.99

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my (huge) Duvel Tulip glass

A- As far as BSPA's go this one looks wonderful. Nearly opaque foggy light golden yellow body with a big 2+ finger white head. Head very slowly subsides completely (probably because I'm slow...for most people a good 1/2 finger would be there the entire time). Very little lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic. Some bubbles can be seen slowly rising to the top.

S- Nose is somewhat mild. A nice balance of yeast, spices, floral hops and a sugary sweetness.

T- A mild fruitiness (maybe apples or pears) upfront with a sweet bready yeast backbone and an accent of floral hops. The floral hops are a bit more intensified (but still mild) for the finish which, other than this, is rather clean and dry.

M- Medium tingly carbonation and a smooth yeasty mouthfeel that is good but a little thinner than I like.

D- This is a good brew but it isn't as good as most of the Unibroue staples. I'm happy to have tried it. It was on my wants list until I found it around here. Milder than most of the Unibroues a far as spiciness is concerned.

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Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Served in a 750 mL bottle and poured into a snifter.

A: pours golden orange straw, hazy, with a foamy 2 finger head; very good lacing.

S: baked bread at the start mixed with a yeasty, cinnamon clove aroma, a small amount of candy-like aroma as it warms up.

T: a very spicy palate to this, with a dominating clove flavor throughout. As the beer warms, the clove flavor slips back, and a bready, coriander flavor with a hint of orange is detectable. It does end on a fairly sharp clove note that dovetails with an alcohol flavor. As I taste this, the beer seems to fit better as a saison than a Belgian strong pale.

M: not as dry as many saisons and Belgian strong pales, slightly heavier with medium carbonation.

D: A good beer but not as easy to throw back as a Duvel or a Saison DuPont; definitely felt it toward the end of the 750.

other notes: from a style standpoint this doesn't fit either the Belgian Strong Pale or the Saison perfectly, although the saison in general seems to be a better descriptor.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky pale-golden ale with ample carbonation and a one-finger head.

Aroma is very fragrant with a hint of apple and citrus. A subtle breadiness lies underneath but otherwise, the aromas from the yeast dominate this brew.

Taste is smooth and bready with slight hint of apple and citrus in the middle. Very subtle and even a bit of hop bitterness is present if not much.

Mouthfeel is mild and a bit chewy. Reminds me of a loaf of bread at the back of the throat. Decent mouthfeel.

Definitely another drinkable ale from Unibroue. It seems mellow and easy to enjoy. Worth a shot.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color into a snifter,fizzy with light head. Smell is yeasty and phenolic with a large apple presence. Taste is very light with more apples. Very light and extremely drinkable, but not very complex. Decent but not one of my favorite from Unibroue.

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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 SirChugsAlot
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle

A: Pours a bright straw color with a small amount of head that quickly dies down to almost nothing

S: Sweet floral like with hints of banana and malt

T: Taste of banana, clove and slight hints of black pepper & fruitiness

M: This is pretty well balanced. A little more carbonation that i normally like, but other then that it's smooth

D: Overall i think that the carbonation is a little much for me. Good beer for a time to time but not an everyday drink for me.

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Photo of brantadid
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color into my DT snifter. A nice 2 finger fluffy white head formed. Tons of sticky lacing left behind. Tons of champagne like bubbles pour from the center of the glass.

She smell if very aley with some sweetness up front.

Flavor explodes onto the front palate with a combination of sweet maltiness and extremely high carbonation. Layers of flavor in this beer. Sweet maltiness gives way to a slightly hoppiness that is elevated by the high carbonation. Good spiciness with allspice and nutmeg. Nice gentle warming on the back palate from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is extremely light. I attribute that to the very high carbonation. If not for the carbonation the sweetness and spiciness might be overpowering. It makes for a very nice balance.

A great sipper. I'm happy I have plenty of this to keep me warm through the winter.

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