Archive for the ‘Unibroue’ Category

This was the beer that Val ordered at Uno’s. They had very few beers on tap that were 6% and below, so it did limit our options. But, this one looks interesting to me, even before I knew it was a relatively new beer to the States. Val is a sucker for a fruit beer, so I knew she would be interested in the beer, despite the fact that she ended up not liking it at all.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Available in Canada starting April 2014 and throughout the Unites States in Fall 2014. Limited seasonal release. Bottle of 750 mL and draught.”

Random: The Unibroue logo on the address bar looks like the Unilever logo. I assume that this isn’t intentional, but their beer doesn’t normally taste like soap to me.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated almost instantly. No lacing was left on the glass. The body was a light yellow color that was incredibly hazy. The nose was filled with tart cranberry and some wheat. The taste was reminiscent of a cranberry soda. There was tartness present as well. A limited amount of wheat was present as well. It had a thin body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long and fruity. This was an alright beer, but nothing amazing, but I ranked it highly at the time of drinking it because it went really well with my pizza. Cranberries are one of my favorite things, especially in the Fall or Winter, so this beer was exciting to order, but wasn’t anything all that exciting. With that being said, I wouldn’t rush have it again, but it was much better than other offerings from the Ephemere line.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Unibroue Raftman

Posted: July 22, 2014 in Belgian Pale Ale, Reviews, Unibroue

I haven’t had a Unibroue beer since 2012. I don’t know why I’ve waited so long, because they tend to put out really well-crafted beers. This one happened to be on tap at Chickie’s and Pete’s, where the other half and I ended up at dinner after house hunting last week. I didn’t think that I’d ever seen this specific beer on tap, so I had to try it.

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ABV: 5.5%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, this beer should have these flavors, “Smoked malt whisky, low acidity masked by a caramelized apple flavor with a taste of fine yeast”

Random: I am seriously addicted to crab fries. They could be one of my favorite junk foods of all time.

This beer poured with a thick, nitro-like, off white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark yellow color with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose had Belgian yeast and light spice with nutmeg and a touch of peat smoke. The taste had light citrus and golden raisin. There was a touch of prune as well with some green apples. I didn’t get much of the smoked malt whisky that the brewery said would be there, which was incredibly disappointing. It had a medium thick body and high carbonation. The finish was long with citrus and a touch of caramel apple sweetness. This wasn’t a bad beer by any means, but it wasn’t impressive either. It’s still worth a shot though.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Unibroue Maudite

Posted: November 15, 2012 in Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Reviews, Unibroue

When I got to my future mother-in-law’s apartment, I was thrilled to see a beer gift set in the fridge waiting for me. It was a bomber of Maudite paired with a Unibroue snifter glass. Who could say no to that? So, once we put the kid to bed, I cracked open this bomber while catching up on The Walking Dead.

ABV: 8%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Characterized by a robust maltiness and spiciness that is counterbalanced by an assertive crisp hop finish.”

Random: It’s way too hot down in Florida. I’m actually excited to get back to the cold.

I apologize for the crappy picture. I couldn’t turn more lights on because I was afraid of waking the child. This one poured with a thick, two finger off white colored had. It lingered for a long time and left decent lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark chestnut color with plentiful carbonation visible. The nose was big. It had a bit of a sour smell, but also clove, allspice and red grapes with other fruity notes. The taste started with seltzer-like carbonation that was a bit distracting. The taste was relatively dry and had a significant yeast characteristic to it. I wish it tasted more like the nose. There really wasn’t a lot of fruit to it. The only one that I got was some red grapes. Some malt also came through as the beer warmed. The body was on the lighter side of the style. The finish was long with some booze warming and yeast. I expected this beer to wow me, given who brewed it, but it just wasn’t my thing.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

This was the second brew that I had at Twin Light. According to the owner, this beer is one that is usually only available in Canada. It was actually incredibly difficult to find any information about this beer online. The label on the tap handle was really pretty with a blond girl on it. I love their label art. It really fits their beers. So, anyways onto the brew.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website the beer should have the following flavors, “Crisp acidity of lemongrass followed by sweet honey and notes of pepper, with a sharp, floral finish.”

Random: The Phillies are really annoying me this year. They need to get their act together.

This brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden yellow color with moderate carbonation visible through the cloudiness. The nose had notes of lemongrass, lemon and some bready yeast. It was really bright. The taste was very light and crisp. I got a decent amount of lemon citrus as well. The finish was relatively long with lemongrass. The body was on the light side with moderate carbonation. I was really impressed by this one. It was a flavorful saison that brought in lemongrass (which I love) and bready yeast and citrus, but remained light and crisp and was a very easy drinker. This was a brew that went down easy and I would search out again in a second. Go find this one!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Today wasn’t a bad day, despite it being a Monday. I had a webinar at work in the morning for a few hours, which really made the day go by pretty quickly. There really wasn’t anything else interesting to report. Given the fact that I have Friday off this week, I bet the rest of the week will drag. I decided to take Friday off because tomorrow, I have the Fire Academy, which means that I can’t take the ball and chain out on Valentine’s Day (although I’m meeting her afterwards). So, Thursday, we’re going to this restaurant that I’ve really wanted to try and then I can sleep in on Friday. So, anyways, onto the review. This is a brew that I’ve had once before, but I really don’t remember how I felt about it.

ABV: 9%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Trois-Pistoles is a town in and the seat of the Les Basques Regional County Municipality within the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec. It is also the county seat. The town is located on the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River. A ferry crosses the river to Les Escoumins on the north shore. The port facilities are also used by fishing boats and scuba divers. The town is the site of the University of Western Ontario’s annual French immersion program, which has existed since 1932. It is the oldest such program in Canada.”

Random: It looks like the Eagles are going to franchise my boy, Desean Jackson. Nice!

This brew poured with a two finger, thick white head that dissipated relatively quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was a dark brown with more visible carbonation than I expected to see. The nose started with a bit of dark fruit (especially fig), brown sugar, caramel and bready yeast. The taste started with the dark fruits that were apparent in the nose. I also got some spice to it with a decent amount of sweetness. The body was towards the heavier side with some prickly carbonation. The booze became apparent on the end of the beer, which lasted for awhile. This was just a fantastically complex beer that I really enjoyed. Get your hands on this beer now!

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

This is a brew that I was definitely interested in trying. I’ve had some really nice offerings from the brewery and I really got my start into craft beer through fruit beers. I haven’t had a fruit beer in awhile and I wonder if I’m going to enjoy it as much as I would have a year ago, when I wasn’t a hop head.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the Unibroue website, “As its name suggests, Éphémère is an ephemeral ale that comes and goes with the seasons. It was developed as a series to feature a seasonal fruit in a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale. The label depicts a fairy, an ephemeral spirit associated with fruits picked at the peak of ripeness during each harvest season. She first appeared in the spring of 2001 and has since been celebrated on a variety of seasonal fruit ales featuring apple must, cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, and raspberry. The apple version, first created in 2002, is without a doubt the most popular version. It is the only one to be distributed year-round and sold in the United States.”

Random: I can’t wait until baseball season starts. I’m seriously in withdrawal.

This brew poured with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was crazy carbonation on this bad boy. The body is a hazy orange color. The nose was all fruit, specifically granny smith apples. It almost smelled like a soda. Mild malt also made a very brief appearance. The taste was crazy carbonation that overwhelmed the brew. Then, I got definite apple juice with a slightly tart aftertaste. Some mild spice also came out in the flavor. The finish was way too quick. Wow, this was really a light beer. It almost reminded me of a champagne or alcoholic apple seltzer. The carbonation takes away from the beer. This wasn’t a horrible beer, but it was just too light for me. Maybe it would make a good summer beer…?

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

Posted: July 17, 2010 in Reviews, Tripel, Unibroue

The last beer of the night at Parc. I had read a bunch of great reviews about this brew and had it on my list to try. It didn’t hurt that the bottle looked pretty cool too.

ABV: 9%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to Unibroue’s website, “To this date, La Fin du Monde has earned more medals and awards, including some of the world’s highest honors, than any other Canadian beer.”

Random: Nicole thought that this was a Belgian beer. Actually, it’s Canadian

As I said before, I’ve heard a lot of great things about this brew. La Fin Du Monde basically translates to “the end of the world.” Interesting name for a brew. It was served in a bottle and poured into a glass. It poured a cloudy orange color with visible carbonation. On the nose, I get mandarin oranges and despite the fact that I thought I was crazy, Nicole agreed. On the first sip, I got some citrus with no bitterness. Despite the 9% ABV, the booze was well hidden, making this an almost dangerous brew. I also got some lemon. The carbonation helps with the drinkability, but it is very velvety and goes does with no problem. This is definitely a sipping beer. I also found that it had a hint of spice. In my notes, I kept putting words like “pleasant,” “wonderful” and “amazing.” I also kept saying it after every sip. This beer is well-balanced and easily at the top of my personal favorite list. If you haven’t tried this, do yourself a favor and go get it. You won’t be sorry.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0