Saturday, March 27, 2010

Unibroue Quelque Chose

Unibroue Quelque Chose
Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving Type: Bottle
Purchased at 99 Bottles

Heated this beer up to 160ºF on my stove, then poured into two glasses which my wife and I split. Initially 160º is too hot to hold on to, so the glass sat on my desk while a breathed in the aromas.

Aroma: Rich dark cherries dominate the aroma of this beer. The thick cherry aroma has almost a syrup quality, and in part smells not unlike cough medicine. Though not completely. Absolutely no hop aroma. Malt character pushes through slightly with some biscuit notes.

Appearance: Deep ruby red to burnt copper with brilliant clarity. A frothy head forms after being poured from my cooking pot into the glass. The head holds fairly well with airy white bubbles, though fades to a ring around the glass after a brief period.

Flavor: Initial bite of fusel alcohol up front on the palate with deep cherries quickly following. Tart cherry juice blends with dark fruits of prunes moving into the middle flavor profile, while the alcohol adds a touch of spice as well. Alcohol spice may be confused with the cherry tartness, it’s somewhat hard to tell. Finish is dry with another acidic visit from the cherries.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with no carbonation. Cherry complexity add to the body with the perception of a syrupy feel, but this fades reasonably quickly into the dry finish when the beer bites the back of the throat with a small alcoholic sting.

Overall: The first sip of this hot beer, and you really do have to sip it slowly at 160º, causes you to take a step back because it’s such a unique flavor and means of serving a beer. What other beer calls for a serving temperature of 160ºF? While the cherries make up most of the flavor, it comes off a bit unbalanced and lacking some malt complexity. Though as you warm up to the beer and take time to consider what it really has to offer, the tart cherry aroma and flavor blend well with other dark fruit complexity. The alcohol spice cleans up the beer well in the end, but be prepared for some medicinal qualities to this warmer.

I rated this beer a “B” on BeerAdvocate.

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