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La Seigneuriale - Unibroue

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88
very good

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-17-2005)
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
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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).

CalgaryFMC, Sep 12, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

cam477, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fuzzy orange-amber body with a thin lace. Aroma of yeasty fruits and spice. Cardamom and clove. Touches of orange. Taste reminds me instantly of other Unibroue beers, particularly Maudite. Apples and mango candy, bubble gum, oranges, spice, ginger, and wood. Very spritzy mouthfeel. Too spritzy. Otherwise light and balanced, leaning towards dry. Drinkable and clean.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 07, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

beerhunter13, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would consider this a good example of what Unibroue does. It was a 750ml bottle, with a best before 7/31/09 on the label. It was a cloudy red/orange color with a medium head. Light fruits and malt in the aroma. It tasted the same, with a little bit of spice. a nice, mellow beer. Fun to drink.

lordofthewiens, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Unibroue presentation, caged, corked, best before dating the whole bit, opens and flows, medium cloudy softly orangey amber, with a long lasting tan head. Leaves big time, classy looking lacing, nose is strikingly of oranges, pepper, yeast, nice. Soft and instantly enjoyable, fruit, spice , yeast and Belgian (style) goodness. Soft on the tongue, easily enjoyable. An instant favorite, went very well with a salad, some nuts and creamy after diner cheese. I love the style, so a well done version like this one really makes me happy, happy, happy. Well done and well worth at least several tries.

Billolick, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass,the color looked like that of apple cider,very cloudy,mirkey.A creamy off white head,lacing the sides of the glass and very retentive.Could not see carbination thru the opaqueness of the beer.
An intense clove aroma,also fruitty,spicey,cinnamony,and a bready yeast aroma,yet fresh and clean a very nice inviting aroma.
The taste was very clovey,spicey,with a smooth clean bitterness.Nicely balanced and with a pleasing tartness.
A bit light for the style,very carbinated,prickley and a bit grainey texture with a very nice dry finish.
A drinkable beer for the style,nice and clean,with a pleasant clove presense. Would love to drink this beer again

jcdiflorio, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, caged and corked. Pours a hazy copper color. Off-white three finger head is quite frothy, many peaks and valleys of large bubble foam, leaving a sticky sleeve of lacing around the inner rim.

The aroma is of Belgian yeast and dried fruit piqued by some spicy notes.The flavor is a bit sour and flat--though I was drinking some Pedro Ximénez sherry prior to sampling this; its syrupy character may have coated and dulled my tongue a bit. Though the flavor is mainly comprised of sour apple, raisin, and a hint of grapefruit--and the alcohol is rather in your face.

It's rather light in bodied and well carbonated, though features less malt and yeast than one might expect. It's a bit harsh and sour to be all that drinkable. Not one of Unibroue's best efforts.

Osiris9588, Jul 09, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky medium brown appearance with orange highlights. Tall pile of frothy foam in a snifter glass. Laces are thick but incomplete. Aromatic fruity aroma, peaches and a little pineapple with a strong black pepper tang. Lively carbonation, mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Flavor begins slightly diminished with a slug of yeast to it. Some overbearing astringency is present as well. Mid mouth, some additional complexity emerges, flesh fruit and slight clove. Finishes dryly with a good sense of bitter at the close. The end is more interesting than the beginning, overall, slightly overcarbonated to my tastes.

ADR, Oct 30, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To the beer I can't pronounce with diction or cognition...It appears a cloudy amber brown deep copper tone with a loarge off white beige head forming large bubbles it leaves nice full even bands of lacing between ech sip. Aromatics contain heavility spiced layers with heavy clove and citrus peel notes as well as a real herbal tea like note bringing floral notes with sweet spicy christmas bread notes quite lively overall Unibroue always impresses. Flavor has evident alcohol along with full on spice tones really clovey with raisinand spice bread notes evident yeasty profile and leafy eathy rustic tone. The Mouthfeel is medium bodie ale with effervescent carbonation while the spices last long and thick on the palates surface. Drinkability is decent althought I feel this would greatly improve with a bit of age on each bottle...I love Unibroue even here after the original takeover years.

WVbeergeek, Oct 26, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a dense deep golden oak colored body with tiny bubbles sticking to the glass. There is a thick rocky head that last for a good bit of the beer, sliding back into place after each sip, then it fades to a sticky film.

S- This beer has a huge apple cider slushy nose with some hints of cola and a soft fusel alcohol hint.

T- The dry pale malt taste is overtaken by apple pulp flavors, and then a little lemony prune note comes out. There is a light bitterness in the finish that increases as the beer warms but is not distinctly hops or grain bitterness.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and no real alcohol heat just a faint fusel hint on the exhale.

D- This beer is dry with a lot of apple flavors while still being pretty thin on flavor and complexity. I was hoping that there would be some support by the yeast but it just wasn't there.

rhoadsrage, Jul 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost exactly the color of apple cider, cloudy, with a bone-white head. The smell is very earthy and sour, with yeasty esters. Lots of banana-like flavors, sweet, with tartness and spices. Mouthfeel is more or less medium, and alcohol is not noticable. Drinkability is fair. Overall, I'm not sure I would call this a dark ale, because there are no typical dark fruit flavors. On the other hand, it doesnt have the herbal/grass or spice of a true belgian pale ale either. I'm don't think either are the intended style.

zjungleist, Oct 31, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light amber color topped with a massive white head that melts very slowly to a creamy, sticky lacing.
Aromas are typical Belgium but slightly subdued.
While the taste is typical Belgium as well in the yeast and malt treatment, there is also the presence of grapefruit peel hops and Christmas-like spices...cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
Mouthfeel is creamy...not thick...just creamy from the extensive carbonation.
Aftertaste beginning with the swallow is lots of cinnamon spice, cardamom, and bitter citrus peel hops.
Unusual.

IntriqKen, Feb 19, 2007
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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.

biboergosum, May 12, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was suprised to find this at a little convienence store on the NH/VT border just leaving Brattleboro, VT for $5.99 I had just bought the Dogfish Head version of this style (Pangaea) at The Brattleboro Food Co-Op for $8.99.

A 750 ML bottle poured (twice) into an oversize wine chalice. (Best before 7/31/09)

AP: A gentle pour results in a hazy orange-tinted light amber color with a massive two-finger thick, frothy and totally even off-white head. There are some area's of orange-ish brown spots popping through on the mostly-off white colored head. Displays excellent retention.

Nose: Yeastie, wheatie and doughy Malted scent> Sweet fruit i.e Banana and dark berries> minor citrus notes of lemmon.

Taste: The Malted flavor is upfront with a yeastie, doughy and wheatie effect with some subtle peppery and spicey notes underneath and a sweet, dark berries and citrus hop flavors to round it off. There is an earthy "wet" leafy hop flavor in the aftertaste. The balance here is very good.

MF: This is a very crisp, clean and lively feel. Light to medium body, has a smooth effect from the constant frothy head that leads to a sticky feel on the palate.

DA: Unibroue make a very clean and pure tasting beer, this one is no exception, easy to drink at 7.5 %.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 23, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red amber with a giant white foamy head. A nice looking beer with very good lacing. The smell is Belgian candy sugar and spices with,sweet malt, and fruit.pears,apples,and dark fruit. The taste is like the smell with candy sugar,lemon,fruit,pears,dark fruit, and sweet malt. The m/f is light hiding the alcohol well and mixing all the flavors very well. A real good drinking beer from one of the best. Cheers.

jmz62565, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Magpie14
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clouded burnt orange body with some brown hues. Initially, a foamy bleach white head formed and just a thin layer of foam remained. Unfortunately no lace to mention

S: fruits of apricots, oranges, and a whiff of bananas. This is paired with a yeast/bread with cloves and spice

T: flavor profile is much like the nose and very well mannered. Flavors are soft and rather light with a delicate toasted malty character. A loaf of bread laced with caramel and sprinkled with cloves. The spices push through the strongest in the flavor profile

M: fizzy and light in the body, goes down well. Feels like a good Belgian style body

D: not a bad brew. I would pull for a stronger malt profile and maybe a bit more candy sweetness. Nice and light with decent flavors

Magpie14, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seigneuriale is on odd, odd version of a belgian pale. Pours a hazy orange brown with good head that retains at about half a finger. The nose is of apples and spices. The first taste is of light fruit with some cobbler taste, and pie crust with spice. Very fizzy and way more carbonated than a belgian strong pale should be. The spices stand out on the finish. Aftertaste could linger for longer. The mouthfeel is decent but the overcarbonation is slightly abrasive. Drinkability is good, could pound as its thin, and the abv is low. Good beer, on the better half of the unibroue selection.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 21, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gradated beverage that is honey-gold at the bottom of the glass growing increasingly foggy terra-cotta upwards. The head is the typical Unibroue monstrous pillar of soiled linen yellow-white, plenty of height and plenty of stickiness.
It crosses the nose with a slightly more acidic lean than its stablemates. This has that pear-green apple-ruby red grapefruit-lime vinousness of Sauvignon Blanc, then focusing on apple cores and darkened with a bit of cedar mustiness, and burrowed into a deep honeyed graham graininess, and sprinkled with multicolored peppercorns.
It enters the mouth with a graininess that sweetens towards that same Sauvignon Blanc from the nose, lightly tart fruit, lime, grapefruit, pear, and green apple. The house Unibroue Yeast brings peppercorns, and further fruitiness via apricot, plantains, melon, and kiwi, all very familiar to fans of the line. With attention, caramel and dough will emerge, but fruitiness remains King. Hopping is minor and only balances the punch-like notions. It ends dry, with brittle grass.
It's a fully fluffed medium body, and carries the weight swiftly down the throat.
Call me a sucker for Uni's pale beverages. It carries much of the same yeasty Unibroue familiarity, but the slightly acidic lean of this makes it stand out. It's like a slightly tarter, lighter, table-version of La Fin Du Monde. I can't help but like that.

cokes, Mar 10, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently Unibroue is no longer making this beer. The bottle I bought was made in 2008.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber/copper in color. Had a nice two finger foamy tan head that left very little lacing behind.

Smell: The scent of this one is very sweet and malty with a whiff of alcohol. Very faint hops detectable.

Taste: The taste up front is sweet malts with hints of apple and spice. Very little hops flavor present. Finishes with a sweet lingering coating on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slippery on the tongue. Light carbonation, which works fine for this sweet and flavorful beer.

Drinkability: This is a very good BSPA, but I like the other BSPA's that Unibroue makes a little better (Maudite and Don de Dieu). But this is a very drinkable beer that would probably gain more complexity and flavor with some cellaring. I may pick some more up before it's gone to do just that. Love the Unibroue beers.

ChopperSmith, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ain’t it just like a blond, or a Kolsch. light Creamy and citrus orange lemony and vanilla and banana pear yeast and light spice. Nicely hopped - good balance, however on the sweet side of the scale. Medium mouthfeel.This was a bottle of the Retired version. Had the new version and it was more yeast and metallic, maybe would get the same rating but not as tasty.

Sammy, Mar 26, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue's La Seigneuriale pours a hazy auburn-orange body beneath a massive head of creamy off-white foam. It settles very slowly to a thick-fingers worth; and beyond that it still holds well, finally dwindling down to a wide-collar and whispy surface covering midway through the glass. The lacing is quite impressive, and leaves thick walls of clingly lace that hold seemingly forever. I wonder if the glass were poured, and then not touched, how long would it take the lace to slide back down into the glass?

The nose is malty, yeasty, and gently spicy. I detect what I'm pretty sure is cardamom, giving a bit of a sweet cola-like note, and perhaps a bit of a woodiness (cedar) or lightly licorice-like character as well. Some mild hops flutter in the distant background.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and creamy smooth with a very-fine-bubbled natural carbonation from bottle conditioning.

The flavor initially offers malt with a touch of light caramel to it; threaded through with yeasty fruit, and wrapped in a thin silky scarf of flavorful spice. The spice builds, the fruitiness fades, and it becomes sweeter as it warms in the mouth. At mid palate the alcohol begins to show, and the yeastiness and hops become more evident. Honeyish notes appear at the swallow, remnants of the initial malt; and it fades away rather non-chalantly, leaving a dusting of soft spice and a hint of herbal and grassy/leafy hops behind.

Impressively rounded, well-balanced, and drinkable; Unibroue has produced a remarkable, strong and lightly-spiced version of an everyday Belgian pale ale. It makes an excellent accompaniment to lighter meats (fowl, pork), and pairs well with sweeter vegetables (glazed carrots, yams, cut corn). It makes an excellent after dinner tipple as well. Quite enjoyable!

NeroFiddled, Feb 09, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as close to Unibroue instructions as possible into a Unibroue tulip for 1.5 fingers of lively fluffy off-white head. Hazy amber body and decent lacing.

Nose is of Belgian yeast and apple/grape juice, but not vinous.

Taste starts complex, malt, toffee, fruit (white grape?), biscuity yeast, and spice-- a tad sour with a decently rounded finish, but somehow the flavour dips off in the middle. It's got the signature Unibroue backbone, but tastes different than anything else I've had by them; definitely worth a go.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard and not over-carbonated by any means (I believe it's bottle-conditioned), but somehow it takes a lot to impress me these days. I feel like it ought to be more substantial.

Quite nice. My first impression was fantastic, but it kind of wore off. If you like Unibroue, this is definitely one to try (I prefer it to Trois Pistoles and maybe Maudite, but not to Don de Dieu or Fin du Monde). Quite drinkable and would go well with duck.

NB: I have reason to suspect this may have been stored on its side at some point; not idea for beers on lees (as Unibroues are). The cork was dry when I extracted it, though, and I had to use a corkscrew.

zaphodchak, May 14, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a brownish amber color with a huge off-white head that features excellent lacing and retention qualities. It seems that the head would stick around for days if you let it (I don't think I would be able to actually do this experiment because I drink this one so quickly).

S- The aroma consists of dark fruits (mainly prunes, plums and raisins), hints of spices and Belgian yeast. The aroma is fantastic! It reminds me of a Belgian dubbel more than anything else.

T- The taste follows the aroma, with a very malty base consisting of dark fruits and hints of spices as well. There is also hints of a faint nuttiness as well. Very good stuff.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Seigneuriale is some great stuff. Another solid beer from Unibroue that is recommended.

cjgator3, Dec 05, 2008
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La Seigneuriale from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.