Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif | Unibroue

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Quatre-Centième Brassin CommémoratifQuatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AlexF on 06-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 287 |  Reviews: 228
Reviews by drperm:
Photo of drperm
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
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 RoyalT
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This is a very light orange in color with a nice, white head that went down rather quickly.

Smell - There's some big orange and a good amount of medicine cabinet in this nose. I get a little bit of yeast trying to make it's way out but that Tang-like orange aroma just took over the nose.

Taste - The big Tang-like orange flavor is here at the taste as well along with a hint of medicine again.

Mouthfeel - This was less than medium-bodied but not light. The carbonation was sub-par for the style and a definite disappointment.

Sinkability - This is probably my favorite Belgian non-Belgian brewery in North America and I was really looking forward to trying this new release but I just couldn't find much to enjoy about it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

This beer was brewed to celebrate 400 years of Québec City and those who've put the "joie de vivre" into it.

Pale, yellow-colored beer that's cloudy at first, but clears up as the beer warms. Nice tight, creamy white lace that stays until the last drop. Fresh hay, unripe pineapple, white pepper and a hint of floral and mineral aromas in the nose. Very fresh, lively and creamy on the palate with a zesty and fizzy carbonation, and light citric flavor up front. Sweet beneath, with toasty and bready malts, a slight sugary note, floral nectar and peaches. Fruity esters; soft banana undertones. Faint suggestions of minty hops way in the back. Peppery. The beer dries up with some wheat tannins and yeast in the finish, along with some light green banana pith.

While Quatre is certainly not a bad beer, it simply smacks of past Unibroue beers and doesn't offer us anything unique--like the city it's supposed to be honoring. Fairly middle of the road, but Unibroue fans will no doubt want to give this one a try.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle served in a tulip glass. This beer was a pale yellow color with a quckly disappearing white head. The aroma was mainly fruit, banana I think, with a smattering of spice. The taste was also primarily fruity, but also had a degree of breadiness. Couln't really taste any spice. Pleasant enough, not outstanding.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical large bottle, caged and corked Unibroue presentation, this one pours quite light golden amber, semi cloudy, moderate off white head that does not stick around real long and leaves just a smidgen of lace. Nose is of sweet tropical fruit, vanilla and hard sucking candies. Yeasty, sweet brew, with more ripe tropical fruit notes, very mild pepper way in the back ground along with the mild hop balance. Easy drinking and pleasant enough stuff, H/E I like more spice and hops in my BSPA.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: huge head, high carbonation, clear, apple juice gold

Smell: like a Unibroue--cardamom, light Belgian spices, citrus, orange and apple

Taste: it follows the smell--cardamom, light Belgian spices, citrus, orange and apple

Mouthfeel: light, smooth, sweet with a slightly bitter end, light carbonation

Drinkability: I want to finish the full bomber but one is enough in a sitting. It is a very tasty Belgian and will have it again.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Kraken
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on Fantasy Football draft night, thankfully before the rowdy masses arrived.

Poured from a beautifully adored corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour yields a lively 3 finger pure white head. Decent head retention, and very little it any lacing. Poured a light golden amber with a fair amount of sediment.

Nose- To be honest fairly dissapointing as I was expecting something unique. Slightly metallic, with the standard Unibroue Yeastiness.

Taste- Hints of citrus, with at light malt sweetness, picking some breadiness. Light hop bitters in the finish. Doesn't pop, but decent, I was expecting more.

Mouthfeel- Perhaps a bit under carbonated, and a bit thin, although very smooth.

Drinkability- Good, 7.5% is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of chickenm
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottle from 2008, poured into a La Fin Du Monde glass. Cloudy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with lemon, sugar, and yeast. The flavor is quite sweet as well with more lemon and citrus, yeast, and some light spices. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This beer was very enjoyable, I wish I had more of these.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a lemon-yellow body with a super carbonation of big bubbles. There is a big bubble dish soap head of white that last for a short time.

S- This beer has a light soapy yeasty note with a bright lemony hint at the finish. There are some light musty notes that come through as the beer warms but otherwise the smell is very clean.

T- The light lemony dry hint with a club soda taste and a wheat note. There is a faint mellow peppery hint with a soft bubble gum note at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp texture and a fizzy finish that clean any aftertaste away.

D- This beer tastes like a Saison with Hefe yeast characteristics. There was really not much flavor good or bad that was interesting a but of a disappointment for an anniversary beer.

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Photo of pwoods
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's($2 cheaper than at Party Source, I might add...), poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a lemon flesh yellow with a bit of clouding. A 2 finger loose head forms and holds for a couple minutes. A few wisps of lacing.

S: Lightly sweet malts with sweet fruity esters. Crisp floral hops with some added citrus. Subtle yummy Belgian yeast.

T/M: A healthy dose of bittering hops accompanied by more spice from the Belgian yeast. Some more of the sweet fruits and malts. Malts have a bit more grain and wheat flavor and very clean. Alcohol is light and goes well with the zesty yeast. Body is light and crisp. A bit of drying in the finish.

D: Light and easy drinking. It's a decent brew but I thought Unibroue would have brewed something a bit more special for an occasion like this. Idk, just my opinion.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a medium hazy apple juice yellow, with lots of thin billowy white head, that melts away slowly, leaving a bit of lacing. It smells of spicy banana, cloves, and bready yeast. The taste is yeasty white fruit, black pepper, and a clingy malt sweetness. The carbonation is on the low side, and the body is fairly solid, and it finishes clean, but with more of that yeasty sweetness, and a bit of alcohol warming, which somewhat limits the drinkability factor.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle cage and cork.

A frosty-white golden color, quick and rushing carbonation that creates a 1/4" deep white-head, very fuzzy looking head.

The aroma is made up of sweet, sugar-coated strawberries, honey dew mellon and Mandarin oranges. A tangy, herbal and wheatie yeast and a hop aroma that is very interesting. A good balance of herbs and fruity sweetness.

A zippy, sharp and light feeling ale that is full of hearty wheat and green veggie herbs. The balance of a sweet and light wheat malt and fruity bachdrop is really very well done. clean feel and refreshing, good complexity but not extreme. The finishing flavor is a tangy, slighty medicinal edge and almost sour-grape effect. Fruity herbs and greens with a zippy, light feel. Unibroue, Allagash and The Cambridge Brewing co. are the best brewers to get American/Canadian Belgian-style brews. This brew is a fine example of that.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very yellowy/light orange color, slightly cloudy with a big fluffy white head that hangs around for a little while and leaves pretty good lacing.

Nose is ALOT of belgian yeast, some wheat like flavors, spices, pepper, some light fruits, maybe pear and slight white peach.

A very nice and fairly complex flavor profile. Belgian yeast dominates up front. Light fruits, apple, pear, peach rise up through the middle along with some light peppery spice notes. A real peachiness in here towards the finish that I like alot. More complex than I expected here. The finish is nice and dry, and has a slight floral complexity to it. Light fruit lingers on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, as is not uncommon with Unibroue. Slightly overcarbonated as well. As is not unc...nevermind. Overall there is really not much to complain about here.

Drinkability is very good, as it should be for the abv. Could be helped by some mouthfeel adjustments, but really quite good.

Overall a very enjoyable belgian style pale from those crazy Quebecois. A really like the subtle yet complex light fruit action in here, almost peach juicy. Lovin it. The usual Unibroue quality, nothing mind blowing, but a great representation of the style. Good beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoggy golden orange with rippling jets of carbonation feeding an ample cream-colored head. Rentention and lacing are both adequate, but not extrordinary.
Honeydew melon, pear, wet sandstone, hay, pepper, and powdered sugar aroma. It definitely smells like a Unibroue, but perhaps a touch softer with the signature yeast flavors.
Softly fruited upon entering the mouth, and all dusted with candy sugar. Pears and melons, and small glints of things more tropical. A hay-like dryness ambles in, toting peppercorn, then cloves. The hay then rides, lingering, in the finish.
The mouthfeel is beautifully soft for a beer as carbonationed as this is. The bubbles act as a buoy, propping the feel up and giving it perk. Once it settles, it thins a good deal.
This is in all ways pleasant, and utterly drinkable. Some of the bullying qualities of Uni's yeast (love it or hate it or bored with it) are soothed here, yet still readily id'ed.
Interesting selection for a commemorative offering, as this probably has more mass appeal than many of their core brands.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cellaring it for about a year certainly helped. A tasty spiciness, a tad sweet (Belgian candi), and very drinkable, this was very pleasant with supper on a warm night. Smooth mouthfeel, a bit of fruit esthers and not too yeasty. Light body and decent head, a bit of lace. Between a pale Belgian and a strong overall.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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 CanuckRover
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear straw with a nice pure white head. Head settles fairly quickly, but leaves a thick film that lasts throughout. Good lacings.

Light fruit on the nose along with some funk from the Unibroue yeast.

Pretty light all around. Fruit like peaches and apricots with a little bit of citrus freshness. Noticeable hop bitterness, not altogether pleasant actually. Yeast gives a dry, almost dusty finish.

Quite a bit of carbonation, almost sparkling.

Meh. Would have expected something much more interesting for the occasion, but ends up being a mediocre Belgian ale. Getting the yeast into your glass adds to the complexity, but not worth writing home about.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful bottle with a painted label, cork and cage seal, and text on the back explaining that it's been brewed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Quebec; one of the most beautiful and friendly cities in all of the world!

Perhaps I should have let my bottle sit a bit longer so that the yeast would have settled into a nice compact cake, but I did not.

As it was, it poured a cloudy straw-gold body beneath a thick head of frothy bright-white foam. The head slowly receeded, compacting into a densely creamy quarter-inch thick lid that held remarkably well and left short walls of solid lace about the glass.

The nose was noteably yeasty amidst a sweetish, grainy malt base with notes of vanilla and candy. Background hops accentuated it, coming off more like a cool breeze across a field at twilight than any specific variety or aroma.

In the mouth it offered the supple, velvety caress of superbly tiny bubbles from natural bottle-conditioning. It was gently bristly, yet it also foamed up a bit to become soft and smooth. Medium-light bodied.

The flavor was fairly straightforward, and basically echoed the aroma. The emphasis is on the clean, basic, and lightly sweet pilsner malt base. There's most likely some sugar used as well as it's not that grainy or full-flavored. There are some very mild hop flavors present, and they appear herbal and delicately grassy in the background. The yeastiness is also kept to a restrained subtleness with only minor notes of vanilla, fruit (mainly apple), and very low-key spice. The bitterness, as you might have surmised already, is low; and this is a very precisely balanced and delicately flavored golden ale. It's characteristics are far more noticeable within the first few sips before they seem to start to meld together quite readily. That said, despite its strength of 7.5% alcohol by volume, it's a remarkably easy to drink and enjoyable beer. The alcohol is never noticeable.

It's light and golden in many ways, encouraging ready and repeated consumption; and there's also enough flavor and - "joie de vivre" shall we say (referencing the text on the back of the bottle) - to keep it interesting. In a way, it's almost not even like a beer at all, and I would think that this could easily fall into favor with non-beer drinkers - or act as a substitute for Champagne at numerous events. I enjoyed mine 'sans nourriture', but I could easily imagine it paired with a simple omelette, garden salad, light cheese and bread, or many non-greasy main course dishes. Very well done. Impeccably balanced towards the soft side; and well worth trying at the price being asked!

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is hazy golden blond with 2 fingers of creamy white head (impressive retention) in my Unibroue tulip.

Nose is faint lemongrass.

Taste is quite nice; a bit understated for a Unibroue, but there's some mellow caramel and a trace of that lemongrass from the nose. Faintly appley.

Mouthfeel is delightfully rich and creamy.

Overall good; another solid Unibroue, but not a common one. A faintly more bitter Fin du Monde, perhaps.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden orange color with a nice white head that leaves a good amount of lacing and retention.

S- The perfumey aroma is sweet and floral with some spices, apple, banana, hints of lemon and yeast.

T- The taste features some fruity malt and spices and hints of citrus. There is a good amount of sweetness in the taste, but it isn't overpowering.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- The alcohol is noticeable, but this is a pretty tasty brew that is rather drinkable despite the ABV.

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Photo of brewfuture
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly opaque straw/yellow color. Head Dissipates as it warms. Malty aroma with honeyed mild fruit character. Smells like a Belgian! Low hop aroma and flavor. Taste is balanced, yet leaning ever so slightly to the sweet side then saved by the one-two punch of yeast and alcoholic warmth. Mild spiciness that increases with the temperature. Some citrus and drunken stone fruit flavor. Lingering aftertaste of vegetal flavor from what I may wrongfully identify as phenol (almost starchy). Could be a malt flavor. Nearly perfect carbonation. Medium to full mouthfeel makes the beverage dangerously easy to drink.

This beer re-opened my eyes to the high quality very affordable belgian style beers made by this wonderful brewery.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange with a big white head.

Aroma isn't super-strong, but I'm getting apples, pears and the distinctive Unibroue yeast.

Flavor is estery and of course exhibits the trademark spiciness provided by the familiar house yeast. Almost citrusy on the finish.

Mouthfeel is juicy and refreshing. The effervescence and lighter body make this a thirst-quenching strong ale.

Drinkability is high given the abv. They should think about brewing this stuff on a regular basis, because it really hits the spot on a hot day.

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Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 287 ratings