Unibroue La Résolution

Reviewed by on December 31, 2014 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Unibroue

  • Origin: Chambly, QC, CA

  • Rated On: December 31, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 10.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

As 2014 gasps its last, I’m certain that the majority of you have not yet considered any New Year’s resolutions, as of yet (I sure haven’t).  So here is a splendid offering to help with that, from Québec’s Unibroue – a strong, dark Belgian-style ale, spiced in the holiday tradition, and named just right.

This 750ml, corked and caged black bottle pours a murky, dark chestnut brown colour, with a teeming, rising tower of puffy, densely foamy, and sort of creamy beige head, which leaves some pervasive streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it genially sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, minty menthol, ginger snaps, a further bit of clove and nutmeg spice, edgy dried dark fruit – raisin, dates, and prunes, I guess – earthy Belgian yeast, a touch of woody maple syrup, and mild leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is grainy, gritty caramel malt, an ethereal, but bordering on corporeal gourd-like fruitiness (which may just be a mind-trick of all that actual ginger, clove, nutmeg, and all-spice swirling about), more tangible black orchard fruit, slightly phenolic yeast, discount cola, faint white pepper, and subtle weedy, floral, and pleasantly soused hops. The carbonation is quite pervasive in its tightly-rendered frothiness, and outright fizzy at times, the body a decent enough medium weight, which seems a bit tame for the style, and generally smooth, the yeast relenting once in a while to reveal a nascent creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness and spiced bread character fighting to remain pertinent, as the alcohol edge starts the honing process in earnest.

A pleasant rendering of Unibroue’s strong dark ale, now mit seasonal affectations! However, they keep up the mystique, by hinting and suggesting at flavours and nuances, without really coming out and saying so, and that is just as this beer goes – back in October, I got pumpkin/harvest ale stuff, but now it has subtly morphed, chameleon-like, into more familiar territory for the style. Worthy of checking out now, for sure, as long as your resolutions allow for it.

Brady White

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