Unibroue Maudite – Belgian Strong Ale at 8% ABV | 22 IBU

Unibroue Maudite Belgian Strong Ale at 8% ABV | 22 IBU (C$2.58 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 341 ml, bottle date 11-Aug-2016, acquired 15-Feb-2017, reviewed 21-Feb-2017)

Appearance: clear medium to deep amber with two fingers of fluffy ivory head, excellent retention and soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: brown sugar, banana, cloves, dried fruit. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-low bitter, light spice. (8/10) Palate: medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, warming lightly spicy finish. (4/5)

Been about two years since I last had this, and I saw a mixed dozen that included Terrible, so figured, what the heck. Not to mention, the last one I had was a couple of years old, while this one’s only six months old – making it the youngest example of this one I can recall having – so I wondered whether there’d be any differences. And… well… no, not a lot. Well, to be fair, it looks better – better head development, retention and lacing. Other than that, no, not a whole lot that I can identify. The mixed dozen had two of these, so the next one will go into the cellar for at least three or four years, and we’ll see what happens then. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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