Unibroue 25e Anniversaire – Belgian Strong Dark Ale at 10.5% ABV | 20 IBU

Unibroue 25e Anniversaire Belgian Strong Dark Ale at 10.5% ABV | 20 IBU (C$9.59 at Quarry Park Calgary Co-Op, 750 ml, packaged on 19-Oct-2017, acquired 12-Dec-2017, reviewed 26-Jan-2018)

Appearance: clear brown with one fat finger of fluffy beige head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (5/5) Aroma: chocolate, cherries, grainy malt, dark berries, candi sugar. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry warming & lightly spicy finish. (4/5)

Well, the label says this is inspired by Black Forest cake, and damn, if it ain’t pretty much Black Forest cake in a glass. Intense flavours of chocolate and cherry, without the sweetness being overwhelming at all. The alcohol content is also very well integrated, manifesting only as a mild warming finish. All in all, a very well-balanced and easy drinking beast, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens when I let the second one cellar for a year or two. (17/20)

8.5/10 #ryansbooze