Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif | Unibroue

Quatre-Centième Brassin CommémoratifQuatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif
BA SCORE
3.89/5
287 Ratings
Quatre-Centième Brassin CommémoratifQuatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
287
pDev:
10.54%
Bros Score:
3.2
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Photo of soupyman10
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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 jwc215
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into Unibroue tulip glass:

Pours hazed light golden with an initially large white head that immediately descends to a thin cover, then vanishes after sipping. No lacing sticks. The final pour resulted in a thin lasting patch, though, but still with no lacing.

The smell is yeasty with some spiced apple and a hint of banana and bubblegum. Yeasty, fruity, spicy.

The taste is of bready yeast, a general fruitiness that becomes orange/lemon peel as it progresses with a bubblegum sweetness. Alcohol gives a warming kick. There's some spiciness, but this one lands squarely in the sweet category, through the finish.

The initial effervescence soon fades to be close to watery though holds on to medium-bodied. The same holds true of subsequent pours - effervescence almost forceful at first, then fades pretty quickly.

My initial reactions on each level soon descended a bit across the board. It has potential that, like the carbonation, falls a bit. In the end, it's a nice brew - yeastiness almost dominates, but since it's a nice yeast strain it makes it a pleasant sipper. The head retention and carbonation could hold out longer. All-in-all, nice but not one of my favorites of the brewery.

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

A- Hazy yellow in color. The head was loose and left the glass quickly. The color reminds me of the Vitus as far as color goes.

S- I smell clove and banana, wait a second this isn't a hefe, but it smells like one. However, I am smelling some citrus with this along with a hint of pineapple. Smells sweet.

T- This is sweet, and the taste of clove is very much there having relations with the banana. I wonder if they are using a different yeast for this beer then what they normally use for most of their beers. This really does taste like more like a hefe. I'm very much reminded of the Vitus.

M- This feels good in the mouth, not too thick. This does get a touch foamy in the mouth, but not too bad.

D- Easy to drink, this is going very well with the nice warm evening.

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Photo of brantadid
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of spointon
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml corked and caged brown bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a light golden color with a slight chill haze and a 1" snow white head. Lots of active carbonation release.

S= I found relatively muted aromas of ripe fruits (pears and peaches) alongside a malty sweetness, spicy notes, and the classic Unibroue yeast funk.

T= This was a very tasty ale, reminiscent of orchard fruits, lemon grass, and peppery spice up front. In the middle the malt backbone came forth only to dissappear again behind the funky yeast and the warming alcohol finish.

MF= Medium bodied. High marks for nailing the classic Belgian effervescence. Crisp on the tongue.

D= Simply excellent. I would easily put it in the same league as Duvel, and look forward to having this again soon.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a hazy yellow body with a half inch of off-white head. Smells like orange, grapefruit, lemon, pith, hints of coriander. Tastes sweet, with grapefruit and lemon playing dominant roles, and spice and caramel malts supporting. Light mouthfeel, but not thin, with moderate natural carbonation. Super drinkable considering the complexity and alcohol (which is virtually unnoticeable in either the flavor or aroma). One of Unibroue's best offerings to date for sure, and a no-brainer considering the price!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very light gold in color with a huge frothy, cloudy white head. Smell is spicy, peppery and the typical Unibroue yeast. Taste is more of the peppery flair and some lemon zest to boot. Very good light belgian that has a crisp taste with a good amount of carbonation. Decent taste and good beer.

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

The beer pours a rich dark gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get light honey, cherry, butter and white pepper. The beer smells as if it will be moderately sweet with some attractive underlying spice. The flavors on the palate pretty much replicate the nose, and the beer is surprisingly light on it's feet. The beer is moderately sweet, but there is just enough hops to keep it from becoming tiring or heavy. Mouthfeel is light and very smooth. Abv. is very well disguised in this beer and drinkability is pretty good.

A very solid beer from Unibroue, albeit perhaps not quite as impressive as some of their other offerings.

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

750ml corked bottle served in a chalice. Bottle conditioned. Poured a slightly hazy pale gold. Quickly dissipating head, but plenty of carbonation. Spicy aroma with some citrus and sugary sweetness. Fairly dry, medium bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. Lots of spicy flavors, some wheat, a little fruit. Very easy drinking. Another solid Unibroue beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice cloudy honey body with nice wheat color. Extremely thin head. Moderate to ample carbonation rising through body.

Sweet, cinnamon sugar aroma combined with warmth and mild pine hops. Decent amount of yeast electricity. Well-balanced.

Light-bodied, clean taste with sweet natural honey, cane sugar and mild ginger & clove with sparse coriander. Candied ginger is quite prominent here. Malt and alcohol form a backbone but they are not in the forefront.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clear. Carbonation cleanses the palate of extra sweetness. Yeast and grain backbone provides depth of finish.

This is a little hefty but has ample flavor to match its weight, while drinking quite cleanly. Palate is very solid and this is an enjoyable effort to savor.

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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 medic25
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking label on a 750ml bottle (no surprise coming from Unibroue). Served in a tulip glass, pours a hazy dark yello with a soft white head. Aroma is that great yeasty scent I've come to expect from this brewer. Taste is a nice blend of yeast, fruit and sugars; a little sweeter than some similar offerings out there. This beer goes down extremely easily; certainly worth picking up a few.

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Photo of froghop
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy golden yellow with a small white head, good lacing.

smell of fruit, ripe banana, bread yeast, and a touch of citrus.

taste is of banana bread, spice, and fruit, ends slightly dry and a tad sweet, but not over sweet.

overall a good beer from a good brewery.

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

Appearance: pale straw yellow with the slightest cold hazed look to it. Nice foam head that doesn't retain much and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Very light and full of pineapple but not sugary sweet as you might think when you hear pineapple. I rather enjoy the smell.

Taste: This one is a pretty balanced smooth and refreshing belgian style pale ale. No alcohol tinge at all. Pineapple notes come to the palate as they did when smelling. The spice / clove note is extremely subdued.

Mouthfeel and drinkability: Perfect amount of carbonation and a smooth blended flavor go down even easier. Could drink this all summer long.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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 rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a straw color with small head, light not aggressive. very light hop and many complex esters and herbs... all seeming to hang in the malt, like the wheat of a hef. the density is surprisingly steady giving it a consistent medium body throughout. well after the foam has dissipated the carbonation carries the palete. taste of fruit, apple, orangepeel, and pineapple and light herb, clove and wheat. that light hint of wheat flavor seems to carry and subdued certain flavors and bring out others, given the food you drink it with.

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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 ALESwhatCURESya
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked $7.99

As the cork released, a large release of CO2 popped. The beer pours out a magnificent golden straw color with a pure virgin white head that was as light as soap foam. Not as much lacing as I expected, but there was a decent film that remained in my Delirium snifter. The nose is much like a toned down La Fin du Monde. Big pepper and coriander notes and the always-present Unibroue house yeast. Slight hints of wet cork and orange zest. To me, this is like candy in a glass. The taste starts out with a sweet clear sugar sweetness. As it moves down onto the tongue, the spices come out and a soft chalkiness finishes. The body is so light and smooth that is seems as though nothing passes but the flavors are wonderful. The lively carbonation adds a bit of acidity to the mouthfeel, but does not interfere. This is not one that blows me away with explosive flavors, gravity, or bitterness, but it is one that is superbly crafted and follows the long-standing reputation that Unibroue has created.

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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 DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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 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 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 3Vandoo
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shy orangish amber in colour, very cloudy with a dood carbonation. Good head retention with a foamy head.

Fruity flavours comming out, with yeasty touches, with shy spices and hops.

taste wise, nothing special, yeasty flavours followed by spices with shy ginger, peppermint and orange peel flavours.

It is a hybrid???

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium to pale straw color with just s small smattering of head that soon dissipates. Aromas are characteristic Unibroue; lots of subtle fruity and spicy esters, clove and orange peel dominant. Very little to no hop aroma and just a touch of bready notes. On the palate, this beer just really doesn't go anywhere. It doesn't have the flavor sustain like FdM, and really just seems like a beefed up Blanche. Flavors are substantial and include some nice toasty malt notes, plenty of the afformentioned spices, finishing dry and crisp. There's certainly nothing wrong with this beer, but just by how the 16th Ann. came out, I was hoping for them to at least meet that beers' greatness.

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