After considering how successful my last experience with this brewery was, I decided to go back for more and picked up another mixed six-pack. While most of the beers in there were known to me, this one stood out as a tantalizing special treat.
Beer Name: Ale Gateau Foret-Noire
Brewery: Unibroue (Chambly, Canada)
Style: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Description: Originally brewed to celebrate Unibroue’s 25th Anniversary, this decadent brew was inspired by black forest cake. Find out more about the story and specs here.
Appearance: Deep mahogany body with a thick, foamy beige head.
Smell: Boozy dark fruit aromas, highlighted by plumb and raisin.
Taste: The opening was sweet, again featuring a healthy showing of dark fruit. Initially, this gave way to a second burst of hot, yeasty sweetness led by dark cherries but unfortunately obscured behind aggressive carbonation. After sitting in the glass for a few minutes the bubbles mellowed out significantly, allowing chocolate and cocoa notes to come through while the cherries on the end intensified.
Mouthfeel: On the whole a the body was a little bit less than medium and very effervescent to start. As mentioned above, however, the carbonation did level off a bit after a few minutes.
Hype: None. I was just looking for some beer to fill my fridge when I happened upon another Unibroue mixed pack.
Overall: I was a bit worried about this one after finding the opening carbonation way over the top for the style and taste. Once that initial rush of bubbles subsided, though, I found this an enjoyable, yet very sweet, dessert beer to sip at.