Even after yesterday's less than enthusiastic sampling, I thought it would be wise to finish off the last of my Unibroue collection. It comes in the "standard" (for Unibroue and Chimay, anyway) 750mL brown bottle with a corked top. It has no labelling, instead with just the essential information printed on the bottle: 10.5% alcohol/vol, dark ale on lees. In a way, it's a coup for minimalistic labelling, in that less is more. Together with the name, it gives the beer a "this is gonna kick your ass" vibe.
When opened, I was surprised that there was no spicy aroma. Instead, there was an immediate hit of fruitiness followed by caramel and chocolate. It poured an opaque dark brown (almost black), with a large tan-coloured head. I could not see any bubbles in the beer, but they must have been there because the head lasted a long time. The only aroma I could detect after the pour was a strong fruitiness.
The first sip was sharp. There was an immediate burning from the alcohol and carbonation. After the burning subsided, there was a fruity aftertaste. The beer was only mildly sweet, and not very bitter. The important thing to note is that there was none of the spiciness that I dislike in the other Unibroue beers I've tried. This makes me very happy. I believe Unibroue has redeemed itself with this beer. I liked it a lot.