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:
No notes at this time.

Added by AlexF on 06-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
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 bylerteck
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours with a hazy/cloudy golden/blonde colour with strong carbonation. One finger white head is thick and fluffy. Mediocre retention and lacing with a bit of each.

S - Orange and yeast with a hint of lemon. Mild.

T - Orange and banana. Yeast. Some mild spice. A fair amount of nice subtle fruits. Good lemon and pear or apple there too. Sweet malt is appopriate and works with the peppery spice and fruits. A little candi sugar is there also I think.

M - Strong carbonation with a full body and a fruity, orange/lemon finish. Moves to dryness in the end.

O/D - Not a bad one from Unibroue. Not their best offering and I don't know why they're venturing into this style with beers that are more solid and reliable than this. I recognize the speciality of the release, but I don't see this as viable in the long-term when they have beers of similar style/ABV that are better. Yet, it's very drinkable with no alcohol present in the flavour and it's complex enough to keep you interested.

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Photo of eat
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden body with visible carbonation. Thin cover of bright-white head with some lacing. Looks like Unibroue.

Unibroue yeast, astringent, lemon, bit of candy sugar, light coriander and alcohol on the nose.

Pretty sweet up front with sugary malt. More of a mineral character than most Unibroues along with astringent grain, yeast and light spices (coriander and cloves) through the middle. The finish is drying and bitter, presenting herbal hops.

The body is a little on the thin side, carbonation isn't as high as usual for this brewery.

After trying the majority of Unibroue's regular offerings I find that they're all so similar that you might as well just pick your favourite and stick with that one. Aside from Unibroue 17, which seems to stand apart completely, most every Unibroue just seems like a slight variation on the previous one. Although this example fits right in amongst their lineup, this is not one of my top couple favourites from this brewery so I doubt I'll be picking it up again.

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Cloudy light orange, fizzy 1/4 inch head that dissapeared fast. Looks like a wheat summer ale honesty.

Smell - Yeasty, floral hops, some apples, lemon, orange, grapefruit. Some sugars and spices like corriander comes out.

Taste - Floral hops and yeast, with a peppery and minty taste. Much in the vein of la fin and trois, this beer is a tamed down version. Smooth and lowered alcohol adds to the drinkibilty. Lots of lemon and grassy-like spices stand out.

Mouthfeel - Not alot of bite but plenty enough to feel on the tounge. Palette gets coated with yeast and hops. Not much warmth from alcohol. Pretty simple and smooth.

Overall - Sort of a light version of la fin and trois. Good flavor, easy to drink, just not as flavor strong and tsateful as la fin. This might be a good starter for unibrowe beers, or maybe for someone that cant handle all the flavors of there other beers but, i wouldnt pick this over la fin if both was on the shelf.

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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 uturn
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

I’ve had this beer sitting in my cellar for 2 years. It was 1st released in 2008 in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Quebec.

A: The cork popped with a nice loud “pop” and poured a light golden yellow with a fluffy 2 finger head. There was a thin and small lacing left on my glass.

N: The nose was sweet with lots of yeasty notes like bananas, lemons, cloves and some spices.

T: The taste closely resembles the nose with a mixture of bananas, cloves, hints of lemon and spices all being on the sweeter side with only a mild hint of the alcohol

M: This beer had medium mouthfeel and was quite refreshing with a pleasant carbonation level.

D&O: The drinkability was as easy as it gets.

Overall I felt that this was good beer and would recommend it to anyone who like a Belgian strong pale ale, but is not nearly as good as most of the other beers I’ve had from Unibroue.

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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 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 webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 oldp0rt
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off, i'm not quite sure why this beer is classed as retired. I live in Quebec and they still brew this beer. The shelves are always full and I bought mine this week.

The beer is delicious. Pale in color and pretty cloudy.

I enjoy trying out beers and realized that I still hadn't given this one a shot. Not the best Unibroue beer out there but no regrets in trying this one. Goes down very nicely just had a 710ml with my supper.

So if you like Unibroue, Belgian beers or just beer in general I suggest you pick one of these up before they actually stop brewing it.

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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 DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quatre-Centième is a homage to the amazing town of Québec City. And what more iconic Quebecois brewery to make the beer than Unibroue? As a fan of Québec City and Unibroue, why the hell did it take me this long to purchase a bottle? Luckily, even in 2011, it's still on some SoCal shelves. Better late than never, one hopes. On to the beer:

That eggshell colored head is fluffy and has good retention on top of the apricot flesh colored body. There's a load of banana in the aroma, and smaller aromas of peppermint and apricot. Melded together, it is a joy to smell.

Not bad at all in taste. I should note that I held the anticipation of a greater intensity. Light candied apricot is the first thing tasted. Pear jumps into the scene. Crème be banana echoes around, light spice too. Some alchol sensation makes notice and warms the stomach. It's well carbonated, though controlled as it is.

Not having Four Century Commemoritive Brew fresh, I have no idea if what I'm drinking now is better or worse than when Québec City celebrated its 400th Anniverasry. It's certainly acceptable and alive today. That said, I wouldn't pick up a second bottle to drink unless I brought it into Aux Anciens Canadiens for a hearty meal of caribou and other assorted game meats.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy yellow/gold colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't tell how much carbonation is showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - wheat, cloves, breads/grains, lemon

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and it feels very light and lively on the tongue . Most of the flavour consists of light bananas, breads/grains, and cloves. There are also notes of lemon and green grapes. It finishes with a lemony/clove aftertaste.

Drink - This is nice beer that is little bit more sessionable than some of the beer in Unibroue's line-up. That being said, there really isn't anything very exciting going on taste wise. Still refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of kjyost
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased in Quebec City in July / 10. Poured into a large wine glass.

A: Clear yellow body, as expected but the head is fizzzy white, ,a little lower than expected (~1 cm max) and has no retention nor lacing.

S: Very nice typical belgian nose. Spicy, with a bit of pear and apple.

T: Decent taste, a bit of bready, but dominated by black pepper with a bit of green apple beneath it. The pepper is too strong and overpowers the slight spice from the hops that is apparent.

M: Much too low on the carbonation. Beyond that the beer lingers well.

D: Not bad overall, even though the individual scores are weak. I love belgians though so I think I can overlook many of the faults... Drank well and light for a higher ABV brew...

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle into snifter. Right off the bat, looks like another winner from Unibroue. Pale golden body topped by a generous white fluffy head. Nose is belgian all the way, nice yeast funk. No super intense spicing or malting on the tongue, but a nice crispness that isn't always present in BSPAs. Finishes well, very warming. Solid example of the style. Is it Unibroue's most impressive beer? No, but it's a goody.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy pale yellow, head dissipated quickly leaving little covering with a decent lace ring
S - subtle banana and sweet peach, ginger, grainy malt and some alcohol
T - sweet fruity notes of peach, melon, and banana, some ginger and a bready malt note
M - high carbonation with a sweet bready feel, but the alcohol definitely kick you
D - a decent Belgian offering, but not really special compared to their other brews, still worth a try

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

Bought a bottle when in Montreal at Depanneur Peluso. From what I was told this a two year aged bottle. Great shop by the way.
Appearance: pour a very nice golden color with about 1" to 1/2" of head. Hazy and great.

Smell: I could smell the beer as soon as it exited the bottle. When I did smell it. It had a straw and hay smell at first. Then it transform into a melon.

Taste: At first it tart and sweet. Almost like granny smith apples. A bitterness stays in your mouth. I guess that is the where the "pale" comes from. It finishes dry and tasty

Mouthfeel: Medium body. somewhat complex

Drinkability: Very enjoyable. At 7.5% abv it goes down nice and easy. Overall I really enjoy this beer. It is not world class but will still have me trying other Unibroue beers. I would buy another one if I had the chance.

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

I was pleasantly surprised to see this in a Montreal grocery store next to bottles of LFDM & Maudite.

Pours an attractive hazy yellow with a crisp white carbonated head. Some lacing is left behind as the head recedes to ring of foam.

Beautiful nose on this one.. lemon zest, apples, pears and some spice make it complex and enjoyable. Ensure you pour it into a chalice so you can get your nose in deep.

The taste is, for my money, what I think a BSPA should taste like - with the caveat that this is almost too fruity and treading on the boundaries of a witbeer or hefe. It's full of fruit, lemon zest, yeast and spice. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the crisp carbonation but it's very well done and comes across as refreshing. Drinkability is advanced as a result.

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Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden body with a decent white head that doesn't last or stick.

S- Lots of fruity notes, but not overly sweet fruits (tart apples, apricots) a touch of earthy yeast.

T- Follows the nose with a nice mix of fruits that aren't overly sweet like apricots, apple skins and gourds like pumpkin and squash.

M- Medium body with a refreshing, easy carbonation.

D- Really nice beer with some interesting flavors; a little off for the style, but really good none-the-less.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue has many more beers than most of us are typically aware of. But the Quatre-Centieme is not considered one of their specialties, it is a lesser known classic that begs for some well deserved attention. Classic though does not mean a lack or heritage. This beer was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Quebec City, a city which has welcomed a widely diverse range of immigrants since 1608.

So what you have here is a vintage Belgian-style strong golden ale crafted by arguably the best Belgian-style brewers in Canada. It comes in a classic Belgian 750ml corked bottle, is 7.5% and tells you very little about the beer itself. It was actually a bit of a mystery until I was able to read a bit about it on Uniboue's website - but even before that I was excited. I have had a few of these commemoration beers from Unibroue before, and these guys know what they are doing. When they create a beer in honor of their heritage, they mean business. Plus, I consider them to be the best Belgian-style brewers in Canada.

Although I am familiar with the style, and know Unibroue very well, I still was unsure of exactly what would come from this bottle. Their strong golden ales can range anywhere from pale and spicy, to amber and malty. They all have the same characteristic earthy yeast and effervescence, but they are also all independently unique and distinct.

I gave the bottle a gentle turn on its end to take a look at the yeast that I expected to be present. And sure enough, there was a smooth flurry of fine misted yeast pouring through the beer. This may not be a good idea for everyone - doing this startles the yeast so that when its poured, each glass will be able to enjoy some of the flavors that it provides. Typically it creates an earthier, slightly funkier beer that appears less clean. I know that sounds odd, but for my palate it really suites the style. But the only way to know if you will like it or not is to try it. So pour some without disturbing the bottle, then give it a twirl, and pour again in a separate glass. Compare for yourself.

I opened the Quatre-Cientieme cool around 8C (45F) and emptied it into a Unibroue Tulip. The pour was hugely lively showing a rush of exuberant carbonation and foam right from the second it hit the glass. A pale golden beer slid out of the bottle gently, but as it curled against the glass it simply erupted with life. I had to slow my pour significantly to allow beer to actually form without be rushed into foam.

Eventually I was left with about 2 inches of a hazy golden straw colored beer, and 4 inches of a dense, but airy mountain of head. The beer was opaque with signs of yeast floating in it and rich yellow and bright copper colors shining everywhere. The head was hugely pillowy with both a tight pack of bubbles, and a airy scattering of larger ones. Don't be discouraged by a pour like this, it is fitting for the style - see the definition of it in a Duvel.

The nose is wide and complex showing first a sweet, fresh pale malt aroma, then fading into fruit and spice. Soft lemon, banana, apricot, and green apples are gentle and floral on the nose, while spices of pepper, coriander, and ginger dance lightly in your nostrils. The yeast is very obvious and brings its own unique spice and earthiness to it.

Opening up to this beer and getting past the huge blockade of foam lets in a cool and tingling splash of classic Unibroue Belgian Ale. Instantly you feel the perfect balance of pale malt sweetness, dried fruit, yeasty esters, flowers and herbs. Its a cool and quenching beer given the natural effervescence of it, but it really brings a warming sense of spicy malts. White pepper, coriander, maybe a hint of ginger and lemony thyme show through in the back - spice here plays a balancing act both bringing down the earthy funk of the beer, and accentuating the malt sweetness.

Going back to the Quatre-Centieme I can pick up a smooth creamy flavor of wheat, dried apples, apricots and still more floral yeast. The overall construction is masterful, and I am willing to bet with another year in the cellar it would show even greater depth and complexity. The mouthfeel is amazing; it has a creamy smooth effervescence that is light and easy on your palate. The alcohol is warming but not boozy, and the flavors of perfectly interwoven - this is an excellent beer.

It finishes crispy with a spicy end and was completely appetizing and gently quenching. I would enjoy this beer with French onion soup, spicy chicken, curries, or fruit based desserts.

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

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with two fingers of head which did not quit. Head held strong for a solid couple minutes, and a ton of visible carbonation.

S - Bit of an orange citrus scent on this one, but very complex with sweet fruits (banana, orange and mango) and spices (cloves, nutmeg and coriander).

T - Much like the scent, the flavour on this one is quite complex. Orange, peach, lemon and some grassy malts are noticeable on the tongue. The spices also come through with a strong clove presence.

M - Very light, goes down smooth. Based on the amount of visible carbonation in the glass, I thought it would be a little too carbonated, but it was nicely balanced.

D - Wonderful offering from Unibroue. I've overlooked this on several occasions, and was glad I finally picked it up. I wouldn't have a problem recommending this to anyone.

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

750ml bottle poured into a chalice

pale, hazy golden colour with a frothy white head

aroma - green apples, pears, yeast, ginger, cloves

taste - similar to the nose, pears, green apples, citrus, belgian yeast

mouthfeel - light bodied, medium carbonation, this is refreshing

drinkability - this goes down pretty easily

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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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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It poured pale golden yellow in color with a rather large white head. The head didn't last very long, but it left nice lacing patterns.
S: The smell isn't that strong but there are some fruity aromas. Apple cider stands out in particular; there are also notes of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste is relatively fruity and has some underlying bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate, well carbonated and a little dry.
D: It's relatively easy to drink; had I not shared the bottle I could have easily drank the whole thing myself.

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Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif from Unibroue
3.89 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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