Our BrewView on Unibroue’s Quelque Chose (Millésimes 2002 and 2009) was originally published on January 5, 2019.
First time brewed in 1996, this strong cheery beer is one that can be enjoyed mulled as an après ski, or on the rocks.
STYLE: Unibroue-style cherry ale. 8% ABV.
APPEARANCE: Ruby red color, no head, no lacing, just liquid. Clarity is low.
AROMA: Massive burst of cherries, along with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, honey, and vanilla.
FLAVOR: Without a doubt, the aromas carried over into the flavor.
MOUTHFEEL: No carbonation, mild acidity, the intense flavors of cherry and spices linger gently.
IMPRESSION: The top glass and bottle picture is a vintage Quelque Chose, bottled August 8, 2002. 17 years later, this liquid developed intense, deep cherry and cinnamon spices. We enjoyed it mulled at 200 degrees F.
The bottom glass and bottle picture is a vintage Quelque Chose, bottled December 18, 2009. 10 years later, this liquid also developed intense, deep cherry and cinnamon spices but had a bit more acidity. We also enjoyed it mulled at 200 degrees F.
The very first time I tried Quelque Chose was on New Year’s Eve 1998. I remember the bottle I had then was fairly young, and had much more acidity. All three experiences were quite joyful. Not currently brewed, the way you’ll most likely find any bottles (outside of Jerry’s personal stash) is from a collector. We enjoyed some of the 2002 and 2009 vintages with and without cinnamon sticks mulled in the liquid. The latter was a better experience.