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Édition Limitée Carnaval De Québec 2006
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Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale
Limited (brewed once).
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
No notes at this time.
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
This is a one-off release from Unibroue in support of the Carnaval de Québec, the biggest winter carnival on earth.
The appearance is its strongest point. Pours deep mahogany with no real light refraction reminescent of a Trois Pistoles or a Chambly Noire. A huge billowy head of caramel coloured foam adorns the beer and shows respectable retention but no significant lacing.
Aromas are very faint and do not exhibit the trademark esters that one is used to encountering in Unibroue products. A faint trace of malt and spice mingle with some weak charred notes and a surprising hint of sesame oil in the finish? Interesting but not impressive.
As for the flavour profile and the mouthfeel they, too, are far from what I have come to expect over the years from Unibroue. Thinly textured and somewhat watery in mouthfeel the Carnaval is nowhere nearly as flavourful as other brews of this alcohol percentage like the Raftman for example. Faint hints of spice and a trace of brett are noticeable up front but are followed by very little other flavours. Maybe some java notes in the middle and a barren finish.
I am starting to believe that it is no longer Unibroue's bag to brew beers with an alcohol content below 6% without adding fruit flavours to compensate for the lack of flavour within. I am also firm in the belief now that the Sleeman takeover was a negative event in the story of this now tarnished brewery. With offerings like the Chambly Noire, Cerezo, and San Antonio, Unibroue no longer has bragging rights to being North America's premier Belgian Brewery.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2006 01:45:46 |
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