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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Photo of Jesse13713
1.65/5  rDev -57.6%
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 Moneypenny
2.38/5  rDev -38.8%
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 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 Luk13
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, already almost two years old, even though this has become a regular product at Unibroue. Very aggressive carbonation in the glass, but no gush from the bottle. Nice clear gold color with abondant and pillowy snow white head. Nice berry and belgian yeast aromas with a bit of spice. Taste is pretty in your face yeasty and loses points for aggressiveness but is overall pretty interesting. The palate is put off by the over aggressive carbonation, yet I detected no signs of infection here.

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Photo of elricorico
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with an oversized white head. Second glass even foamed right over. Some sticky lacing, reasonable retention. Head is just too much though.

Smells of citrus, orange and apricot with a touch of yeastiness. Somewhat sugary sweet as well.

This is a fairly sweet BSPA, seems like a fair chunk of candy sugar to the flavour. Mandarin orange and a flowery finish. It's okay, but really seems artificial.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, and the carbonation is almost flat, as if the oversized head just drained all liveliness from the body.

This one didn't excite me at all. Getting through the bomber was not the pleasure that it usually is from Unibroue.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Popped open a bottle while decorating the Christmas tree. Wanted to make sure and try the limited (though I am not sure how limited) beer celebrating 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec as I am a fan of many of Unibroue's other beers. Unfortunately, I did not find the beer worthy of the occasion it was meant to celebrate.

The beer pours a hazy, honey yellow. The small head subsides fairly quickly.

The smell of yeast dominates, reminding me of fresh bread. Their are faint citrus and banana notes as well. The yeast dominates the nose.

The carbonation is fairly high, though not to the level of Duvel.

As for taste, much as with the smell, the yeast dominates. There is a slight spicyness, but overall the taste is very subtle and very dry.

The beer is quite drinkable, mainly as there are no strong flavors to act as a deterrent. It is not sweet and flavors are very subtle. Alcohol is strong - not absurdly so - but well hidden. I wonder if this beer might be better paired with food than drunk on its own?

In conclusion, Quatre Centieme is an enjoyable beer, but certainly nothing memorable. I was slightly disappointed, but mainly because of how much I enjoy La Fin du Monde, Chambly Noire, Terrible and other Unibroue brews.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle - Pours a cloudy light orange yellow color. Smells nicely of citrus and doughy yeast. Average carbonation. First taste is rather spicy with lemons and other spices present. Nice malt backbone. Mouthfeel is good as I am guessing it is bottle condition. Not bad at all.

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Photo of yesyouam
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unibroue Quatre-Centième is a clear, very sparkling, light golden ale with a fluffy white head. It smells like a Unibroue: dough and lemon and a phenolic note. It has a light body; very sparkling with a dry finish. It leaves the mouth a bit chalky. The flavor is phenolic with notes of lemon, coriander and lemon pepper. It's pretty mellow. Is this a wheat ale?
(rated Oct 11, 2008)

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Brewed to honour and celebrate thw 400th anniversary of Quebec City, I'll toast to that!

Pours out a bright hazy apricot hue, quick spongy cap of white head that settles quickly to a foamy cap.

Yeasty spicy phenols predominate the aroma, light citrus, faint wheaty malt.

Flavour is pretty mild, light grainy malt, mild spice, more of an orange character near the finish. A rebound of light phenols in the aftertaste. Not much to the whole thing actually.

Mouthfeel is light, though smooth and rounded.

An imprint of Sleeman once again perhaps. I mean the Unibroue 17 proved that they still had their mojo when they wanted to rock the Casbah like they used to in their glory days, but this offering, especially for such a magnanimous celebration, falls short of anything but mediocrity.

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Photo of Shadman
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

local liquor giant had this in stock...I'm all about celebrating anniversaries as this is the 100th since my ukrainian GGD stepped off the boat headed west towards his free land.

Very pale aprocot in color, hazy/opaque, with a very fizzy white head that quickly faded to a ring with a small coral atoll of foam in the middle.

Phenols, with a faint pear-like fruitiness...certainly not worth 400 yrs...?

wow...did Unibroue brew this is or Big Rock? Talk about playing it safe. Alcohol bites up front followed by a fairly mutet attempt @ some pear-like fruitiness follwed by a strong, yet nicely spicy dryness.

For a brew so high in ABV I automatically expect a fuller mouthfeel...this beer doesn't have it. Fizzy and quite light.

Hope this isn't a trend for this breweer as they once out Belgianed the Belgians @ times.

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Photo of charlzm
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 09/27/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood CA through Brian's generosity.

Hazy light golden brew with a thin skin of white foam atop the surface.

Aroma is a busy, chaotic melange of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, turpentine and bacon grease.

Very effervescent in the mouth, providing a parching, almost burning mouthfeel which interferes with my taste buds. The beer itself is light-bodied.

Flavors are back-loaded and more subtle than aroma; somewhat sweet and spicy up front with strong bitterness, a metallic character and smoke at the end.

Over-carbonated (as Unibroue tends to make their beers, it seems) and not especially enjoyable.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle- pours a light golden with excellent clarity and a fluffy three finger white head. lacing is thick and soapy. Nose- unibroue signature yeast is at forefront, also apple juice. Taste- same spices from the nose, pale malts- a watered down la fin du monde without the body and texture. Has a aspirin like bitterness that doesn't sit well. Finishes with the same odd bitterness. Not one of my favourites from this brewery.

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

25.4 fl oz brown bottle; corked & caged. Served in a goblet.

Clean, pale lemon in color beneath a carbonation-filled white head that recedes outside-in after a moment. Patches of ringed lacing with decent strength.

Mild Belgian candied-sugar sweetness that doesn't quite cover a bland, wheat-filled backbone. Slightly phenolic with faint lemon zest. Notes of metal.

Notes of citrus prior to an uneventful, slightly sweet Belgian sugar. Faint banana with a mounting musty clove spice. Grain-filled wheat that is rather pronounced at mid-sip and carries on, with a touch of metal, throughout the aftertaste.

A light, medium in body; very active carbonation; dry and active.

Weak flavored is all that I can really report on this offering. Unbalanced and weak, allowing noticeable flaws to take hold of the palate.

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Photo of brdc
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Large corked bottle, poured into a goblet.

Hazy light golden brew, good white fluffy head that shows average retention and lacing.
Yeasty aroma, along with vanilla and earthy notes.
Quite thin, which makes it drinkable, but not nearly enough to be called strong pale ale. Pleasant taste, yesty, grainy, mild hoppy bite, but lacks depth as much as it lacks body.
Good enough for a regular belgian style pale ale, mediocre for a strong pale ale.
Unibroue is one of my favorite breweries, but Quebec deserved a better commemorative brew.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Cloudy lemon / straw color with active carbonation up the middle. Huge fluffy white head that lingers and lingers, leaving thick lacing down the glass.

S: Sour apples, orange/citrus, some grass, cloves, and coriander. A characteristic smell of lighter Unibroue offerings.

T: Apples at the front, with hints of peach and banana. Some grass and weizen bitterness in the middle. A sweet champagne-like finish. No alcohol detected.

M: Slightly thin-bodied, or at least feels so due to the generous carbonation. Too much bubbly; this would stand to benefit from being a bit crisper.

D: Decent, but not great, Unibroue offering. They have other stuff I prefer more. I enjoyed this but I won't seek out another.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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 liquidindian
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into Chimay chalice

Appearance is a pale yellow, with considerable haze. Almost like pressed apple juice. Head retention is somewhat lower than expected for the the style.

Smell is sharp and fruity, with prominent pear and apples esters. Smells like a beer from Unibroue... same yeasty acidity. Faint pils malt notes under the fruit.

Taste is slightly spicy up front, almost like an Imperial Wit might taste, with subtle fruity notes competing for preeminence. Sweet, with some bready malt, with the characteristic Unibroue acid bite bringing up the rear. Minimal hop bitterness (acceptable for style)

Mouthfeel is thin and sharp, with a fizzy carbonic bite mid-tongue. Overall body is less than most Unibroue beers, but given ABV of 7.5%, this is not a surprise. Finish is dry and clean, with an acidic closing note.

Drinkability is very good - smooth, clean and light, with a refreshing, palette-cleansing acidity. High carbonation, with some creamy palette sensations, and some alcoholic hotness on the tongue (but not unpleasant or burning).

Overall, another nice Belgian from Unibroue, but this beer really does not break any new ground, and in fact seems to retreat from some of the more interesting places that Unibroue beers have traveled before. A bit thin a watery, and the poor head retention did not impress. A nice beer, but not worth repeating - I will stick with my La Fin du Monde!

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Photo of abrand
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml caged bottle poured into a goblet on Memorial Day weekend.

Pours a golden color with very thick frothy head that lingers. Nose is sort of musky, with hints of citrus typical of a unibroue beverage. Taste is also musky and watery. Not all that great. Mouthfeel is light bodied and drinkability is fairly low.

I have aged this beer for a year under very good conditions. I drank one fresh and wasn't impressed and not impressed after one year of sitting. I have one more bottle that I will try 1 year from now and edit if necessary.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The ale is one of Unibroue's palest offerings, rivalling only the Blanche de Chambly in that department. The body is straw colored, a dead ringer for a pils. A loud pop on opening didn't carry into the pour, conjuring up a miniscule head.

S: The nose is typical Unibroue, heavy with fruity flavors that are by-products of the yeast. Candi sugars and the yeast both conspire to hide the malt side, but its grainy base is evident.

T: A touch of anise, rather fleeting and on the back side of the sip, greeted me. I admit that I wasn't expecting that. Dried fruits are semi-sweet, depleted of some sweet sugars from the yeast. Coriander adds a citrusy zest, a sweetness that is followed by a warmer pepper heat. The taste is pretty average for Unibroue's standards. A low level of carbonation further mutes the flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is restrained, exhibiting most of the characteristics of a Unibroue offering without the pizzazz that that better ones have. A little more zip, flavor-wise, would be nice.

D: Don't get me wrong, the ale is drinkable, never hitting a negative note. It just doesn't push new boundaries like Unibroue's best do.

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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 goblue3509
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a big almost four finger head which recedes slowly and leaves a tight head with some lacing. The aroma is of bananas, some citrus, clove, and a bit of yeastiness. The taste follows suit with a clove taste giving way to a touch of yeast and some spiciness. The end brings about a slight floral hop bite. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Overall it was solid but not spectacular. It was a little disappointing coming from a brewery that I really like. The aroma was faint and the taste left me wanting a little more out of it. I would try it again but wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I saw this on the shelf at my beer store and was very intrigued. It was the only bottle left, so I'm not sure if it was just lost in the clutter and they put it out or what. The bottle says 2008 (the 400th aniversary fo Quebec City), so I'm curious if it's been sitting around aging for 2 years or something. Nonetheless, Unibroue usually does a great job.

It pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour. It almost renids me of the colour of apple juice, which isn't the most appealing thought to me, but I'll take it. There is a nice finger of bubbly head that shows no signs of going anywhere. This beer is extremely effervescent, with tons and tons of bubbles floating up to the top.

The aroma is mostly faint with a bit of yeasty spice coming through. It has a bit of a flowery aroma too, which is quite nice. The aroma isn't very overpowering when compared to other Unibroue beers.

The flavour is a but underwhelming! Like the aroma, it lacks the intensity I have come to anticipate from Unibroue. It's sweet and slightly fruity to start, but quickly fades into a floral aroma that fills the mouth. It is very light tasting, and the alcohol is warming, but not very present in the flavour.

Overall, this is a bit of a lackluster offering from Unibroue. It is a refreshing Belgian-style ale, but It doesn't have a lot of character. The drinkability is high, however.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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 CortexBomb
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unibroue is a hard brewery for me to rate at this point. I've had their normal brews in my regular rotation for several years, and I've many of the specials that have come down the pike. About 2 years ago, the special beers stopped tasting all that special to me, and I've actually started preferring their normal beers. Such is the case with Quartre-Centieme.

Pour is textbook Unibroue, golden yellow with a beautiful frothy head. Huge carbonation. Wonderful, textbook Unibroue aroma. Mouth is bubbly and full as a result.

The flavor is only average for them though. Spice is dominant, but not an abrasive spice, almost earthy. A light touch of pear. Finish is very dry and a bit grassy.

Overall, as I seem to be saying with this brewery a lot, if this was my first thing by them I would probably rate it higher, but vis a vis the other stuff that is out there and the other stuff they've released, it's really a lower to mid-level beer. I would rather just have a Don de Dieu in most situations. It's worth a try if you're an Unibroue fanatic, but if you miss it I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif from Unibroue
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