Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif | Unibroue

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Quatre-Centième Brassin CommémoratifQuatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif

Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample: 1 bottle 2008

A: Golden light orange in color, pours a small white head which evolves into nice lacing, moderate internal carbonation, translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, elements of citrus fruits, apple cider, yeast, certainly has a twang too it

T: Much akin to the nose, fruity and yeasty, moderately fragrant, touch of alcohol, aging has definitely made the brew less flavorful, but still good taste

M: Quite smooth, definitely easy to drink, mild fruit/yeast aftertaste, not lingering or overpowering whatsoever

O: A decent belgian overall, certainly has lost some of its vigor due to aging, still worth a try, I'd have to recommend a later vintage, of course

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Photo of uno99
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rarity here in Ontario, This bottle comes straight from a Montreal Bottle shop. Nov 2011 bottle.

A: Typical Unibroue presentation. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pouring instructions, temperature recommendations and other bollocks. Beer pours bright yellow with a fresh looking white head. Doesn't seem to stick around long though and lacing is nowhere. Par for the style here.

S: The expected Unibroue yeast is always present in their beers and this is no exception. If its not broken why fix it though? Lots of citrus and banana/clove. Grass, pear and oak. Don't forget to smell the cork. Quite lovely!

T: Quite typical Belgian Pale here, almost saison in profile. Very pleasant spiciness. A bit of pepper, pine, and apple.

M: Exactly the semi-dry mouthfeel you want from a Belgian pale. Almost triple-like in dryness. Makes it easy to drink quickly should you choose to do so.

Overall: Unibroue can't seem to make a bad beer, sort of "boring" in that regard. Very dependable brewery and this keeps in line with their standards.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy pale straw with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Traditional Unibroue yeast, clove/spices, lemon/orange citrus.

Taste - Strong yeast flavour with the clove/spices up front, followed up with a light refreshing fruitiness - citrus and banana.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Somewhat fluffy with a crisp finish.

Overall - An enjoyable Belgian strong pale ale by Unibroue. Once you get past the traditional yeast flavour, the brew shines through with unique fruit flavours.

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

Bottled December 8, 2011

Beer is light golden with a very large white head. Dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell consists of light fruit (apple, banana, pear), Belgian yeast, honey, a bit of spice.

Taste involves some bready malt, yeast, honey, light fruit- apple and pear most notably. A bit of alcohol heat.

Medium bodied, low to mod carb. Feels a bit light.

Overall, not bad but not great. Certainly not one of Unibroue's better offerings.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2008 presumably. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with ok retention, that reduces to lacing ring that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big grape, apple, pear, apricot, pepper, floral, clove, lemon, caramel, honey, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of grape, pear, apple, apricot, pepper, biscuit, floral, clove, caramel, yeast spices, and slight butterscotch. Lingering notes of apple, apricot, grape, pepper, clove, biscuit, and caramel on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance with good complexities. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden, with hardly any warming present after the finish. Very smooth to sip on as well. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Nice complexity and flavor balance; and extremely smooth to sip on.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Boto
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2008 vintage: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was an inch of a dense, white foam on top. No lacing. This one has a nice nose. Yeasty, bready, wheat and peppery spices are the main ones. Maybe a touch of lemon and banana also. The taste is quite good. Medium to full bodied, yet an almost lighter feel to the taste. Touch of lemon, peppery spice, wheat, yeastiness. Another nice beer from them.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich and yeasty concoction. Has the family resemblance, with the distinct flavor that is not quite like any Belgian. Sugary taste along with the spicy yeast. More buttery than others in this category, I would say. Creamy bubbles and a nice appearance, more like champagne. Golden color and nice lacing in the Ommegang chalice.

This is a little sweet after a few sips, but the IBU is only about 10. I don't get as much bitterness from the Belgian flavors as some other examples. Makes me think of cream soda and apples. Quite an interesting beer to try, but I wouldn't pay a lot for it.

No telling when this was made. If it's a 2008 leftover, it's remarkably good, but Unibroue is no help on whether they're still brewing this.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif from Unibroue
3.89 out of 5 based on 287 ratings.
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