As I was going to be publishing the various BrewViews for the SANTÉ MES AMIS! – A TRIBUTE TO UNIBROUE section of our website, I always hoped for the chance to revisit their QUELQUE CHOSE specialty ale.
To my delight, my request from Unibroue’s Master Brewer Jerry Vietz was answered. The last time I enjoyed Quelque Chose was back on New Year’s Eve, 1999 heading into the new millenium. So when I received the package of all the Unibroue specialty ales back in October 2018, imagine my surprise in discovering that Jerry sent not only one, but two different vintages – 2002 and 2009 respectively!
This BrewView is nearly 2 decades in the making. We enjoyed both on December 25, 2018, and again on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2018. Here we go!
BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: Unibroue Style Strong Cherry Beer – (Similar to Rouge des Flandres)
First time brewed: 1996
Origin: Chambly (Québec) Canada
*Not currently brewed
** It was the only Unibroue ale that was not carbonated or refermented, so it is intentionally flat. So for those of you who have a bottle and believe the ale is defective because it is “flat”, it is not!
Nose: INTENSE AROMA OF RIPE CHERRIES WITH ACCENTS OF CINNAMON, CLOVES, HONEY AND VANILLA.
Flavor: PERFECT BALANCE OF SUGAR AND ACIDITY THAT HIGHLIGHTS RIPE CHERRY AND SPICY NOTES.
Fermentation – TOP
Color – RUBY RED
SRM – NA
Clarity – LOW
Head – NONE
Bubbles – SMALL
Effervescence – VERY LOW
IBU – 20.5
Body – MEDIUM
Aftertaste – SHORT