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

From a summer purchase for my ale cellar I bought 3 but I couldn't put off trying this in a youngish state.

wonderful look to it: hazed gold with a billowy white cap and wonderful lacing

....great nose: fruity, musk melon over biscuits and aromatic tobacco.

Nice mouth to this one sharp yet silky...soft ripened fruits and wheaty biscuit dough with some resinous hopping and light sweetness. Finishes drying and bittering.

I like this offering I suspect a good deal of wheat malt was used . I will look for ward to sampling it in a couple of years.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Unibroue tulip.

A - Poured a cloudy golden yellow with nice and even carbonation. A frothy white head was present (not as intense as many other unibroues, but way more than your average beer)...and slippery lacing.

S - Citrusy. Banana. Apple.

T - Cloves and spices added to the flavors in the nose. Really nice and soft BPA...very juicelike. Coriander. Saison-like.

M - Even. No bite at all. Lively carbonation. Clean and crisp after vibe.

D - Very smooth and a very easy drinker.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle corked and caged poured into matching Unibroue glass april 11 2010

A cloudy golden yellow with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S a fair bit of earthy spice with a little yeast and a little honey

T not far from the smell but more yeast and a small amount of tropical fruit

M a mild explosion takes place in your mouth with loads of bubbles expanding between your lips

D a solid beer with little doubt, well rounded but not great in any areas either

a good beer against most brewers but from Unibroue I was expecting a little more. not by any means a bad beer but I had to pay more for this then their regular line up that is IMO better then this

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

Golden straw color with a quarter inch white head that remains.
Smell is heavy on Belgian yeast. Malts and spicey notes follow, along with figs and ginger. Orange, faint lemon, and plum as well.
Taste is again heavy on Belgian yeast. Very similar to the nose, with more spice notes and malts coming in after. Figs, raisins, and ginger, with some more orange.
Mouthfeel is crisp and medium-to-light in body. Slightly dry finish.
Drinkability is good. Low alcohol presence and solid beer overall.

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

Poured into a tulip glass, cloudy banana in colour with a foamy, frothy head that laced the glass nicely. Carbonation visible. Looks nice.

Fruity, yeasty and floral on the nose with a fair bit of banana to match the colour.

Tangy banana flavours mixed with a fruity citrus. Not as complex as some of the other Unibroue beers, but still really good.

Mouthfeel is medium with perfect carbonation to match the taste. A mild creaminess manages to pervade the citric tartness. Good balance.

This is crazy drinkable...7.5% abv, and goes down really easy. It would be refreshing on a warm summer evening. Good thing I have another to save until that occasion comes along.

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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 kwjd
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow colour that start with a tick head. The head quickly dissipates and leaves only a tiny bit of lacing. The smell is of banana, bubblegum and wheat. This tastes very refreshing. It has a very light banana flavour with some of the yeastiness. Maybe a bit of orange in there too. This is incredibly smooth and drinkable. I just wish I had saved this bottle for a warm summer day, so I may go back to Quebec to buy more before the summer.

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Photo of mobyviacheslov
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer celebrates the diverse culture of quebec, and the beer is very representative of diversity. There is a blend of a belgian wit and a saison here, that is refined and wonderful.
A - Golden, darker than most Belgian wits, which this most closely resembles. Thick, white head that hangs around for a while.
S - Candied fruit. For those familiar with Unibroue brews, the look and smell was much like a La Fin Du Monde.
T - Light and subtle flavors. The standard citrus of a Belgian wit is very obviously apple flavored here. There is also a white pepper bite to it that is fantastically balanced with the sweet fruit. There is also a resounding bitterness that reminds me of a saison. All these flavors are subtle, and well balanced.
M - Thin and carbonated. I would like a bit more creaminess to counter the bubbles, but it is certainly refreshing, and the carbonation helps pop the flavors.
D - For 7.5%, there is no alcohol flavor. The beer is extremely refreshing, and the 750ml bottle will be a cinch to put down. A good summer refresher.
Serving style: Unibroue brand balloon glass, served at 50deg.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.94/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 23rd August 2008, enjoyed 1st March 2010.

Appearance: Hazy soft gold, huge slightly off white bubbly head with good retention but leaves almost no lace.

Aroma: Yeasty, with a smooth mix of orange, banana, coriander, and high quality sugar. Enticing and refined.

Taste: Surely has benefited from its age. Orange, banana, and subtle coriander come through in a rich, fruity taste that also has hints of tropical fruit and syrup. A soft, slightly floral hop balance that lends no bitterness; only complexity. Even a hint of wood in here. 7.5% abv is well hidden. The taste is extremely refined, considerably more so than other Unibroue beers (which are very good) but the bottle fermentation over the last year and a half really shows how the flavour can develop and improve over time. Delightful.

Mouthfeel: Typical Unibroue and true to the style: crisp, medium bodied, good carbonation, refreshing, slightly dry. Silky too, possibly from age.

Drinkability: Pass me another. And put some in the cellar. Amazing.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a beaten egg white head that leaves a few squiggles down the sides of the chalice

Smell: Bready, with peppery/gingery yeast and a variety of fruit elements (peaches, apricots and bananas)

Taste: Right from the get-go, the peppery/gingery phenols take a crack at the tastebuds, bringing the stone fruit, coriander and banana flavors along for the ride atop the bready backbone; after the swallow, there is a bit of citrus pith along with hints of candi sugar that linger into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: Although this tastes similar to a lot of the other Unibroue BSPA offerings, it has a beguiling character that makes it a bit more refreshing and easy to drink than some of the others

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Light grain. Plenty of bubbles rising. Really smooth surfaced white head looks great and is a stable two centimeters.

S- Lemon. Yeast smell is quite aggressive compared to yeast taste.

T- Lemon. Clove. Soft yeast. Orange. Banana. Tastes like summer. Edit: I tasted another bottle about two weeks later and noticed this is pretty sour.

M- High carbonation with full mouthfeel. Pretty filling. Great tingle a bit like a champagne.

D- Very good especially considering the alcohol content.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.
Bottling Date: 01/31/2008.

A: Poured a cloudy lemon-yellow. Three-inch head with great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of yeast up front, followed by citrus peel and a hint of vanilla.

T: Mild dry citrus flavors with some grains and vanilla in the finish. Wish it was a little more complex after sitting for 2 years but it still tastes pretty good.

M: Clean, crisp, and dry. Almost like a champagne. Really refreshing.

D: Wish I had saved this bottle for summer, but I guess that means I'll have to go out and buy another bottle! Not Unibroue's best offering but still very good nonetheless.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating the 400th birthday of Quebec...in 2008.

Cloudy golden body. An aroma similar to apple cider: fruity and slightly tart. Cider in the flavor too, some tartness, yeasty spice, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, brioche, lemon zest, soft toffee and nutty notes. Light, easy drinking, refreshing, crisp.

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Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awful pretty pour. Dark gold, medium haze, perfect tight white head that's like soap and champagne.

Smells like an American Saison. Big spices--really nice spice profile, actually--but combined against a slightly ersatz tasting malt and yeast blend. This is like a nice springtime walk only it's indoors. Good, but slightly medicinal.

Tastes a lot more balanced and organic. Giant spices start things off. White pepper, cloves, imitation vanilla. This fades into a malt yeast spice background that's actually really good. Light citrus, big vanilla, medium pepper with some banana on the aftertaste.

Yet another great beer from Unibroue.

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

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Hazy gold with moderate carbonation. A dense eggshell head has good retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: A nice balance of pepper, apples, coriander, and orange was quite pleasing.

T: A spicy pepper and coriander bitterness is the most dominant aspect. The beer is fruity in the middle with orange, apple and green grape flavors. Finishes dry and tart with a flash of lemon and lingering coriander.

M: Medium body is grainy and somewhat dry. Carbonation level feels about right.

D: Overall, this was a very nice beer. I had it after a long day and found it to be a nice nightcap.

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

Beer is an attractive gauzy golden color. Cloudy with a 1 cm head that dissipates and leaves an attractive lacing. The aroma is citrus and some yeast. The taste is of citrus, lemons, and some spice. The citrus is quite assertive. Not very hoppy. The beer is heavy, quite full-bodied, and well carbonated. This beer was good, but I was expecting more. Given the strong citrus taste, perhaps this is better as a summer beer. We were drinking it on a bitterly cold night in December. It's also possible that this beer didn't age well. All in all, mediocre to good.

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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious juicy BSPA. Hazy gold with soft head, moderate retention and appreciable lacing. Good carbonation. Smell is sweet malt and grains. Melons and light citrus. A nice dollop of Belgian yeast and attendant fruitiness. Taste is just fabulous with a spicy white pepperiness that sets off the melon and honeyed fruit notes wonderfully. Coriander and malt play. Nice malt core. Finish is clean and dry with a cinnamon and pepper hanging out on the palate. Feel is super creamy and light. Carbonation jjust wonderful. This drinks like a Belgian blonde but it has more kick so be careful.

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

From the 750 ml. corked bottle no. 8-230804569. Sampled on November 22, 2009. Retirement did this one wonders. It has been sitting and fermenting for a while. It pours hazy peach-pale yellow with a decent fizzy head that simmers down after a minute or two. The aroma has a dash of spice and citrus, floral hops, and wheat. Enticing. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A nice mildly spiced, wheaty, and mildly hopped brew with a thin malt sensation. This was a great brew to drink while reading "Champlain's Dream," David Hackett Fischer's fabulously researched biography of Samuel de Champlain, to whom this brew is dedicated.

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Photo of HopBacchus
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A corked bomber with a commemoratory label on the back is the story of the brewery

Pours a murky orange, this beer is very cloudy. Small frothy white head with very little lacing.

Fruity and Belgian, lemonspice, citrus and coriander overall the scent is very light

Follows the nose well balanced with a lemony wheaty flavor and a tad bit of sourness very little hop presence banana is also here

Could use more carbonation and body its slightly watery

Very drinkable for a fairly strong beer its light bodied

its a pretty good brew but I'm not gonna lose sleep over the fact that i won't be able to find it again

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Photo of ToddT
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow topped with a large off white head. Head fades quickly to a cap but leaves almost no lace on the glass. Second pour from the bottle was very hazy.

S- Fruity and sweet with a few notes of Belgian funk in the background. Orange citrus, banana, coriander, and pepper spice are the most prominent notes. The aroma is very light.

T- A well balance mix of fruit and spice. Orange and lemon are offset with coriander and pepper for a nice counter point in taste. Malt, a backbone of banana, and floral esters carry through to the finish which is dry and with a slight note of sourness.

M- Light in the mouth , but could use more carbonation seem to be lacking here.

D- At 7.5% ABV it's not crazy strong but no slouch either. The alcohol really doesn't come though anywhere in the taste but you'll feel it about halfway through the bottle

Good one, too bad it's a special brewing and I probably won't find it again.

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Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy light orange/yellow body. Off white head.

Smell: The smell doesn't have a lot going on. It's like pale wheat ale with some vague fruitiness.

Taste: Much like a witbier, but without any spices. Has a little sourness.

I was expecting this to be a better beer, since how it's marking such a momentous occasion for the city of Quebec. C'est la vie.

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Photo of peabody
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear yellow liquid with one finger of white suds. No lacing at all.
Smell is allspice and yeast and black pepper.
Taste is sweet mellow pumpkin spices and caramel sugar.
Mouthfeel is sticky. Lots of sugary caramel feel.
Drinkability is pretty good here if you can get it.
Mabey just a tad too much sugar.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a wonderful clear pale lemon color with moderate carbonation producing a 2 inch thick billowy white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Soft citrus hops off-set by a sour lemon cream note.
T: Lemon citrus hops with a bit stronger sour background than in the aroma. A step back there. With warming, some spice comes through.
M: Very clean and crisp mouthfeel. Light body...wish it lingered longer on the palate.
D: Quite easy to drink, but I wish it had more complexity. Certainly a nice summer/picnic brew. Personally I like any number of their strong dark ales better...oh and La Fin Du Monde of course.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy lemon, yellow color. There is a nice sized foamy white colored head with great retention, not much in the way of lace. Aroma is of fruity, musty, yeast and spice.

Taste is what you would expect from the aroma. Lots of spice, and fruity yeast. There are some grassy hops in there as well as a fainty lemony citrus pressence. Not a bad BSPA but I was expecting more of this being a commemorative beer.

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Quatre-Centième Brassin Commémoratif from Unibroue
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