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La Seigneuriale - Unibroue

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 330
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-17-2005

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12/2013 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Having had it explained to me that this is the "hoppiest" brew they make it sets me at ease as it has been my least fave of all the Unibroue product I've tried.

Unibroue, It's not you...it's me. I am hop averse. Regardless this is still a drinkable, worthwhile beer.

11/10/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Quite spicy. Not the usual bready nose I know from Unibroue, but a very drinkable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $7.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well. Pours with a nice white 3" thick head that lasts and lasts. Dark gold almost amber color.

S- Caramel and yeast. Not much else but that is pretty good considering that we are speaking of just 2 ingredients.

T- Open and light. Almost a white hint. Enjoyable and refreshing. Not like the higher alcohol suggests.

M- Very good. Dry and light kind of like a white beer. Noir de Chambly is similar

O- Very good. Enjoyable blend of ale and white

Food Pairing

This hybrid beer went well with... Pizza! This time was hot peppers, green olives, pineapple and pepperoni


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Photo of peensteen
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber ornage colour, 1.5 fingers white head, little lace. Smell is fruit, green apples and ripe banana, signature unibroue yeast, touch of noble hop as well. Taste is like the nose yeasty with lots of fruit, banana, candy apple sweetness balanced by a light bitterness, a bit of spice in the finish, well balanced and quite nice. Medium carbonation, full-medium body. Solid stuff here, a nice belgian pale ale that drinks fairly easy, could see myself having this again.

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Photo of Fader
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - A nice very cloudy amber, with an aggressive head that slowly dissipates, leaving a slight lacing that slowly breaks away.

S - A very nice smelling beer, a deep aroma of spice and a very slight booze scent.

T - A very deep spicy start, with booze breaking in throughout, with a yeasty crescendo, and an almost sour/bitter finish.

M - A bubbly start, that quickly disappears.

O - Solid beer, but was expecting more from this brewer.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - clear bubbly copper, tower of tan head held endlessly
S - yeasty esters of sour peach and herbs, leafy, and a bubblegum hint
T - leafy green and mild citrus hops meld well with yeasty esters, touches of mint bubble gum, cracker grain malt
M - light with creamy carbonation, crisp and clean all the way through with a minerally dryness on the finish
O - this is enjoyable to drink, so fresh and clean that it leaves you thirsty and satisfied in a great way

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark rich honey amber that almost grades into russet, with ample billowing Duvel style foam. One is immediately struck by the strong yeasty esters, phenols, fruit, brown spices, and bready malt aromas, and the taste is even more complex. I get quite a lot of banana, which combines with crystal malt sweetness to yield a banana bread effect, cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves, a more fragrant noble hop perfume, some apple, a whole ton of yeast really. A yeast forward beer that veers into cloying at times, whereas Duvel stays fruity and crisp. The finish is dry, reasonably bitter, and very earthy, calls to mind ginseng or even fresh potatoes or other root vegetables. You've got several takes on spice all vying together and I can't say the whole thing is as balanced as maybe it should be, but it ain't dull. There are medicinal notes and almost a fermented honey vibe like mead. Sweetness and earthy bitterness linger for a long time and I get some overly ripe tropical fruit and grassy green hops. Fairly bubbly but less assertive carbonation than I was expecting, which is fine in terms of letting the nuances shine forth. I laud the complexity even as I wonder if the finish is overly variegated and dank. Unibroue does not produce a bad beer. This one is very good but not a world beater (cf. their dark ale and tripel offerings).

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Photo of SebD
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready Belgian yeast, peppery spices, tart apples, cloves and bananas.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bready Belgian yeast, pepper and cloves, some banana, tart apples and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This lovely ale pours a hazy amber with a thick white head into my tulip glass. Smells boldly of burnt brown sugar, candied fruits, apricots, orange peel, caramel and coriander. Tastes just as it smells. Big sugary notes balanced by a faint bitterness. Caramel, candied fruits, pineapple and spices are present throughout the taste. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. I frickin love this ale. I have a bottle I plan on aging as well.

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Photo of biegaman
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such an abundance of carbonation, it's a wonder I had to develop blisters on my hand trying to pry the cork out. Bubbles are unflagging in the glass, continuously bustling and constantly replenishing the foamy white head. Seigneuriale is a very deep but radiant orange tone.

The aroma has all the warmth and comfort of Christmas and smells like it too; it is heavily perfumed with strong flavours of orange peel and spice (including tree needles and myrrh). Citrus and grated fresh ginger create additional 'zing' for the more typical notes of pepper and coriander. Leave an open bottle in the washroom as potpourri.

The holiday spices and flavours continue on the palate, which is marked by a spruce-like, almost minty quality. An amalgam of crème brûlée, vanilla, canned pineapple and fruit cake is enhanced further by a honey and apricot glaze. For something so airy and effervescent this has some awfully decadent flavours. It doesn't lose a thing with warmth.

The beer's lightness can attributed to an abundance of fine but tenacious bubbles (the same that offered no help with the cork). This drinks light as a cloud, its aftertaste gentle but spirited with notes of flowers, grass, candied fruits and ginger spice. Unibroue's yeast is notoriously assertive but I have to believe they've used some kind of spices too.

Unibroue La Seigneuriale has a singularly captivating yeast that flatters all the way through with a medley of absolutely ambrosial flavours. Even amongst Belgian examples this beer ranks first-class (as do the majority of this brewery's offerings). I've mentioned Christmas a few times and, indeed, I can think of few things better to find wrapped up and under the tree.

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Photo of ssmack
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured half of a 750 ml bomber into a Duvel tulip.

The colour makes this a real stunner. A dark reddish amber with an inch and a half of white head that slowly disappeared. Low carbonation streams and lacing.

A rich, very spicy aroma of yeast, phenol, bread.

The spiciness dominates the taste as well. Cloves, pepper, cinnamon and mild hops. Good sweet maltiness holds the spices up. But there is alcohol in the aftertaste.

Round mouthfeel but no carbonation.

Perhaps not as out going as the other Unibroue's but I really enjoyed this one. Now if this would stick around at the LCBO....

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Hazy chestnut copper with a tall and very puffy head. Good retention in the form of a thin blanket with minimal lacing down the glass.

(4.0) S: Fresh grass, cloves, banana, orange, and cane sugar. Very potent and inviting with a bold spice element.

(3.75) T: Dry grass, lemon zest, tart citrus, spices, and some sweet tropical elements. The focus is more towards a bitter and dry grassy taste as opposed to a sweeter cane sugar profile, which equates to a higher drinkability.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a moderate-high carbonation. Rather clean with a bit of slickness.

(3.75) D: This is real nice and a great summer option as it’s a bit drier and lighter tasting than other Unibroue options. Now if only they could carry their other offerings I’d be set.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured dark orange with strong carbonation and a two finger fluffy white head. Bright. Decent lace rings and a great finger of retention. Became totally cloudy with yeast added.

S - Sweet spice, orange, honey, sweet notes. Quite mellow, subtle, and inviting.

T - Orange, sweet malt, sweet spice, yeast, sweet flavours.

M - Strong carbonation, medium to full body, and a nice sweet honey like finish.

O/D - Nice little Unibroue beer. Most of their typical flavours are shown off and it's well done. Not the most complex of the style, but it seemed appropriate. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light copper colour with two fingers of bubbly, foamy white head.

Smell - Yeast, clove, banana, fruity esters, spices.

Taste - Strong yeast strain along with the trademark banana and clove flavours, and fruity esters. Light hops.

Mouthfeel - Nice dry finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Another excellent Belgian strong ale by Unibroue. Glad to see this one come to Alberta.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork and caged bottle poured into tulip

A- Light blonde amber with three fingers of white head that stays around for a while but doesn't stick

S- Sweet malts, honey and caramelized banana, cloves and pepper, peach and plum

T- Light malts with honey, ripe bananas, spices of cloves and pepper and orange rind

M- Medium bodied, dry up front but sweeter finish, medium carbonation

O- A very easy drinkable pale, alcohol is hidden, would work well with lots of food, sweetness is a bit on the high side for my liking though

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Giant 4 fingers of soapy bone head settling down to a cratered blanket. A hazy amber honey brew a few lazy streams of carbonation.

S: Sweet malts with honey and caramelized bananas. Spices of cloves and white pepper paired with standard Unibroue bready yeasts.

T: Pale malts with honey, bready yeasts and ripe banana. Strong presence of spices of cloves and white pepper.

M: Medium bodied with slight syrupy feel on the tongue. Low to moderate carbonation that leaves a mild buzz.

O: An enjoyable easy drinking pale ale that pairs well with many dishes, from bbq to creamy pastas or cheese platters. The alcohol is very hidden. While not comparable with some other Unibroue offerings, I will definitely pick up another for a summer patio dinner.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 17/5/13

A hazy bronzed amber with a large loose soapy three finger off white head that hangs around for quite some time but doesn't stick it just leaves a few random patches

S Unibroue yeast is always nice, clove and banana reminds me of a Hefe, some spice I can't place, over-ripe fruit, peach and plum perhaps and I swear I get a little peat, no idea where that's coming from but once I found it I couldn't shake it. Woody earth with some brown sugar and vanilla, smells very complex and I'm loving it

T talk about going WOW to meh, the nose just doesn't follow through in mouth, some rind and slightly sour notes I didn't find on the nose, grainy with a little booze, disappointed that the smells complexity's toned down but it still tastes decent but I'm surprised how different it is from the liquid gold I was smelling

M leaning towards full for the color, foams up just a little but not to airy, yeasty fruit lingers on the finish and just a little slick after the fact

O smells great but didn't quite match that level in the other areas, decent brew but I may have got too excited for a Unibroue brew that I haven't tried

solid brew but considering who brewed it I thought it would be a tad better, I'm still happy with my purchase considering the price point but I'd probably grab a different Unibroue next time around

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey-gold with some muddy tinge and an ample, airy head. Good retention and gloppy lacing.

Smells kind of toasty overall, but is really heavy on their yeast, bananas, lemon zest and bread.

Nice and smooth. Orange rind and vanilla ice cream. Subtle, but pretty sweet after a bit.

Dry and hoppy up front, good carbonation. Gets sweeter and heavier on the malt/yeast as you go along.

Nice. Not too in-your face. Definitely sweet, but there is a nice balance. It doesn't get to be too much. Refreshing and crisp. Not bad. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had a bottle of a imperial Hefe that tasted too hot and one dimensional for a strong summer style. While this is not a wheat beer it does taste like an imperial hefe in the citrus notes and the light spicy notes on the finish. This is a well balanced beer that has a lighter touch than some of the bigger Unibroue beers and one I will drink more often.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. First I've seen of this particular offering in Alberta, and it was a pleasantly surprising find on the shelves of my hometown's bottleshop (wait, there's a bottleshop in my hometown?!).

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thin, loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a few blobs of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy pale malt, earthy yeast (yup, that Unibroue house stuff), under-ripe banana, softly spicy clove, green apple skin, and a bit of peppery alcohol. The taste is fruity semi-sweet pale malt, somewhat sour yeast, raw sliced apples, tame coriander, white pepper, and a soft grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too tacky to be considered all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the drupe fruitiness ramping it up a notch over the flailing malt, as the yeast and hops keep a low profile.

An agreeable, if not overly complex big Belgian pale ale, the perceived strength kept well at bay. As usual for this brewer, a solid, somewhat accelerated intro to the style - glad I finally got a crack at it.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

341ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for $2

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/yeast, bananas

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some breads/grains, lemons, and faint hops. There is also some ripe banana and a bit of a maltiness. It ends with a fruity yet spicy aftertaste.

Overall - This brewer can do no wrong. While it tastes similar to the other Unibroue beers, it has some nice nuances to it. It has some great ripe fruit flavours and a touch of malt to balance out the yeast. It's kind of like a mix of a trois pistoles and a maudite. I'll buy some more while it's available.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 341ml bottle to a tulip

A: Dark honey color topped with rather bubbly yet dense white head with about two fingers of thickness. Retention is good as is lacing making for a very nice presentation.

S: Green apple skin and bready yeast so typical of Unibroue offerings.

T: Once again green apple skin with a very bready character. Pale pitted fruits are available as a some Belgian spice like character. Cloves are made very prominent as well .Hoppiness is lower than i would have liked in a Belgian strong pale. Bitterness is appropriate but actual hop flavor is sub par. Very reminiscent of other Unibroue beers with a more toned down vibe making it refreshing yet still slightly intriguing to the palate.

M: Crisp yet filling due to the high carbonation that is present in most other beers of this style. Very bubbly and fizzy.

O: Good beer but nothing outstanding in comparison to Unibroues other beers. I'm happy I've got more in my fridge but would take their other offerings over it any day.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: a cloudy deep copper with a two finger head that disappears after a short time leaving some lacing.

S: cloves, sweet, yeast and spices

T: follows the smell, but with a dryness. It also has some grassy notes.

M: strong carbonation, medium body and a subtle sweet finish.

O: Unibroue has yet to disappoint me. While not on the same level as Fin du Monde or Maudite, this is a nice beer. I have always been a fan of the yeast profile that Unibroue offers and this beer brings it again. A nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Pours a deep yellowing orange. This is some variation on a Belgian strong pale ale. The smell offers, smoke, funk, fruit and cloves. The taste also has a big spice component mixed in with the usual assortment of fruit notes. The finish is quite dry and bitter from quite an assertive (for Unibroue) hop presence.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bier Markt in Toronto. I take it this beer has been brought out of retirement. Surprised to find it on tap.

Light brown/reddish in colour, with a moderately-sized off-white head. Head fades quickly, leaving moderate lacing.

Bready biscuit scents are prominent in the nose, with some softer apple and apricot notes. A bit on the faint side.

Light fruit is the focus of the flavour. Apple. apricot. Classic Unibroue yeast flavour, bready. Grassy hop flavours as well.

Medium bodied, moderately to highly carbonated. A bit irritating. Bready.

Overall, very much a Unibroue beer. I like their signature flavour, and thus like this beer. Not the best in their lineup, but certainly good.

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Photo of henskejk
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 7/31/2009 on the bottle, drank on 1/12/2012.
Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark orange with some brown, cloudy appearance, very small amount of white head forms

S - a lot of fruit with a ripe to overripe character

T - Some of the fruitiness of the aroma translates to the taste, with a bit of flavor which i believe can be contributed to the yeast and a little bitterness

M - Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation

O - enjoyable, curious as to what it tasted like when it was fresh

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La Seigneuriale from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.