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La Seigneuriale - Unibroue

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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 khiasmus
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Orange with cream colored head that lasts forever. Slightly cloudy due to the swirl and pour of the yeast.

S- Malt, cane sugar, fruity esters, toffee, malt, caramel, spice, white pepper, plum, so much more....

T- Initial sweet malt, then some maple and almond, some citrus, a bit of spice and pepper, finish of smooth malt, honey, and then a smooth alcohol and sweet sugar/malt finish. mmmm.

M- Smooth, but a tad thin. Carbonation is good, as is the thoroughly smooth finish with a tad of warmth.

D- mmm. Once again. Very good.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden dark-yellow, not one of Unibroue's better looking beers. A nice head forms upon pouring, but it settles into a barely noticeable lace that circles the glass for the remainder of the serving. Grapes, figs and bananas overtake the aromas while the beer has a much sweeter taste than most of the brewery's offerings with a hop bitterness and dryness following that up. Muted fruity taste has a nit of a champagne-like taste to it; reminds me slightly of a Bière de Garde in that respect. A good taste and a drinkable beer, but all in all though, this is not one of Unibroue's better offerings.

Photo of RedHaze
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, with a best by 07-31-09.

Pours a hazy dark copper with a frothy two finger head. The foam settles slowly to a thick cap, but despite the significant amount of foam, it doesn't really leave any lace behind.

Smell; toasted caramel malts, with an earthy/woody undertone. There's a bit of licorice in the here, as well as a nice peppery and yeasty spiciness.

Taste; it starts of a touch sweet with some caramel malts and some fruity notes. It then becomes very yeasty and earthy with those woody note that were present in the aroma. The finish has some pepper, and other spices, with just a touch of a drying funkiness that reminds me a bit of a Saison.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very creamy carbonation, with a very good drinkability.

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

750ml corked & caged bottle. Pours a medium amber with a quickly dissipating tan head that continues to effervesce up the center of the glass. Smells of phenols, pepper, and bubblegum. The taste is strong pepper & spice up front, with earthy flavors following and a slightly bitter finish. None of the sugar promised by the bubblegum flavor comes through. The mouthfeel is trademark unibroue, silky with nice carbonation. Drinkability is good but limited by the bitter finish. My palette warms to it a bit over time. A good brew, but not my favorite by this VERY good brewery.

Photo of phisig137
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color, with a two finger fluffy head. Poor retention leave behind only a thin ring of foam around the glass.

Aroma is dominated by yeast phenols. Spicy, peppery, and suede like aromas.

Flavor is much the same, dominated again by the spicy yeast. Spicy hop finish is dry and lingering. Very little in the way of any malt flavors. The showcase here is that oh-so-distinctive Unibroue yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a decent beer. Unibroue rarely disappoints me, especially for the price. This however isn't the greatest one out there. Still good, but not nearly as good as some of their other offerings. Sometimes I wish that unibroue would find a second yeast strain. The one they have is great, but it does get a little tired, and gives all of their beers the same distinct flavor. Not a bad thing, I'd just like to see what they can do with another strain.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep copper, with a dense white head that quickly drops in to a few stray bubbles that are kept alive by the high carbonation of the beer. a quick swirl of the glass and there is an inch of carbonation and the processes repeats.
the aroma is very spicy, with a firm body of malt, hints of candy sugar.
the flavor is spicy; coriander and cardimon maybe, citrus, malt, high carbonaion makes it seem light, biscuity, peppery, herbal.
what a interesting beer.

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

BBD 07-31-09

Pours an effervescent orange/brown with a tight 1" sand colored head. Super head retention& average lacing

S: Pear, honey & grass notes

T: Apple skins, grapes, & a little oaky dryness up front. Phenolic & alcohol notes follow as this warms. Slight sourness follow, that doesn't really float my boat at all. Breadyness & dates follow as this warms up some more, that's more like it! Finishes dry, jammy, fruitty, lemmony hops & with a little pepper, plus bandaid notes

MF: Spritzy & a little syruppy at the same time, some alcohol burn

Drinks a bit slow, due to some flavors that I don't like, many belgian freaks will like this more than I did, worth a try though. I assume aging this a while will only improve this

Photo of Rudgers73
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip, it yields a huge light-tan head that fills a good half of the glass. It slowly settles to a rocky, thick head like all of the other Unibroue beers do so well. The smell is rather grapey compared to the other Unibroue beers I've had so far. It has a semi-cloudy body that is a deep amber-orange color. Moderate-to-vigorous carbonation. The taste is full of complexity and flavor. Rich with berries and fruit, moderately apparent alcohol ester-ish taste, and a tart ending. The aftertaste has figs, bananas, and a tongue tingling alcohol burn. The mouthfeel would have had a 4.0 if it hadn't had such a burn to it. The La Fin, and the Don both have more alcohol and little-to-no burn. Maybe a cellaring is due? Overall, a very nice sipping beer. Right in line with the other Unibroue beers. What a solid beer company.

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

A 750 mL corked and capped bottle bought at Well's Discount Liquors.

A: The ale is a darker orange color with some browner milk chocolate hints. The head was large, around 1.5 fingers without much retention.

S: The aroma is candi sugar sweetness with the funkiness of the Unibroue house yeast.

T: The ale has a subtle tartness that dries the mouth just before a candi sugar sweetness. Some darker malts add a dubbel-like depth to the flavor. The yeast adds a unique, dry flavor on the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet with a pleasing finish.

D: Very drinkable, another winner from Unibroue.

Photo of Quej
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - This is a dark cloudy brown with lots of thick cream-coloured head. The head is not the thick froth of a stout, but lots of bubbles maintained by the heavy apparent carbonation. In light it shines through a beautiful golden colour. Great looking beer.

S - The smell was largely of yeast and strong alcohol. It has a slight citrus smell, in particular grapefruit. As it warms, the alcohol smell comes to dominate.

T - Immediately the strong typically-Unibroue-tasting yeast explodes on your palate with its accompanying strong bitter hops. Grapefruit and other citrus begins to emerge with the rather strong malt flavours. This beer lingers very nicely in the mouth, but can tickle the throat with its strong alcohol percentage. Great tasting beer despite lacking the typical 'belgium' sourness that strong Belgian style IPA's tend have.

M - The strong alcohol can be a bit harsh on the throat and burn oh so slightly. It is very carbonated, and slightly rough. It has a lot of body from the strong malts, despite its high alcohol content.

D - I think this beer is too strong and carbonated to be very drinkable, but I had no problem putting back a 750 mL bottle of it rather quickly.

This is a great beer, representative of its style, but it is rather hard to have lots of. It is a great beer you can sip and enjoy tasting, but not something you can, or would want to, get smashed on. Probably one of my favourite beers by Unibroue, and that's saying quite a lot.

Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a medium cloudy amber color and formed an foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation was present, practically boiling. An aroma of yeast, clove and pepper. The flavor was of malt, caramel, some bread elements and a touch of chocolate. The finish was medium light and slightly creamy with a sweet finish. Not their best rendition, but still a good beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

Pours a murky amber/copper color with a huge, creamy tan head that thins but maintains. Minor lacing on the glass.

Yeasty/bready aroma with a sharp floral hop smell.

Yeasty flavor upfront leading into a nice medium bitterness with a floral hop flavor. Falls a little flat at the finish, leaving a rather dull aftertaste.

Medium body, full carbonation.

Another solid brew from Unibroue, although not one of their very best. Completely drinkable, I consumed the entire bottle with ease. However, there are several other Unibroue beers that I would purchase again before this one.

Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle with a best before date of 7/31/09. Pours a cloudy medium amber with a 2-3 finger head, good longevity and good lace. Aromas of apples and tart fruits in general, mixed with honey, some yeastiness and phenols as well. Starts off sweet but quickly fades into a tart fruit and honey like maltiness. Bready with a decent hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Fairly easy drinking. A good beer, not a great one but very nice indeed.

Photo of jordanmills
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml into a pint glass. Pours a thick, opaque golden with a lot of fluffy head. Smells sharp and spicy, no sweet. Tastes a little sweeter, though, a bite of alcohol, a tad harsh. Feels fairly thick, finishes lighter and sharper. I'd probably go for variety. It's good but not excellent.

Photo of geexploitation
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold, really more of an amber, with bright golden highlights and a luscious cap of foam that fades over time to a collar. Cloudy with roused yeast. Aroma full of phenolic and estery compounds, mostly bananas, along with a juicy, light candi sugar sweetness and a hint of raw alcohol. On the palate, a bit of a harsh note comes through where there should be softness. Pale malts, minor fruitiness at the front, then rising hop bitterness at the middle and into the finish. Smooth phenols come out at the finish as well. Mouthfeel has some bracing bitterness and plenty of acidity, along with a bigger body than I expected from the style. Overall, this is a very good, but not excellent strong pale ale.

Photo of HardTarget
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: List 7.5% abv., ale on lees.

Aroma: Peppery, fruity leaning toward peach and plum, and some vanilla. A nice complete smell

Appearance: Very hazy amber glass holds a creamy head that lasts and leaves loopy lace.

Flavor: Earthy, a bit of wood, mild fruit, and the classic Unibroue yeast. A tough one to describe, a fairly straight forward Tripel.

Mouthfeel: Bit fizzy, medium carbonation

Overall Impression: Good drinking! Fruity peppery yeast characteristics were the most notable elements. A nice addition to the Unibroue choices here in Texas.

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

Poured this one into a Duvel glass, it has a hazy golden color and a nice, rich head.
It has a pleasant smell, that smell I cannot identify but is present in most Unibroues, presumably their yeast, along with alcohol, malts, and some other unidentified spices.
Taste is malty, but less pronounced and lighter bodied than the other strong pales from Unibroue. Touches of alcohol, cinnamon, mildly bitter hops and yeasts, lots of yeasts.
Good beer, easier to drink than average Unibroues, although less pronounced taste.

Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a duvel glass, it settles with a hazy walnut color and a substantial 3 fingers worth of foam. Fruity esters figure prominently in the nose, with a touch of additional medicinal yeast character and light hops. Flavor is quite interesting: at first I detected just some soft malt and fruity yeast character, but a gentle, complex spiciness becomes apparent as the taste develops and lingers. The spices aren't really identifiable, though it feels like cinnamon might be one of them at the end. There are hints of vanilla as well.

Subtle, tasteful, and complex--a very nice beer from Unibroue.

Photo of ojiikun
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nice, big wineglass. Pours darker than typical for a 'Belgian Pale', but pleasingly even orange. Head is even but quick-fading with little lace. What bubbles there are - big, loose.

Smell is apple cider, unibroue yeast, bubblegum, corriander, kiwi fruit. The tiniest bit gamey or funky.

Tasted is much dryer than most unis with mild hop bitterness, warmer spices, a touch of chocolate, meaty or smoky body like a german dunkel.

Mothfeel is bright and astringent at first bug surprisingly moist when warmed up. Boozy on the lips.

Not as drinkable as some unibrous, but very enjoyable. Flavours are well expressed despite dryish body. A bit more acidic that the usual offerings from the Canadians. Wish it had a bit more carbonation.

Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick off-white head over a clear with huge bubbled orange/tan body.

Nose has those distinct Belgian/Unibroue yeast and ripe fruit smells. It’s interesting as it sort of rides between golden and dubbel in smells. Mixes of ripe golden fruits but with hints of darkness as well. Phenols, fresh grain and lots of sour ripe fruits.

Taste is medium bodied with a very simple and drinkable palette. Strong fruit tastes that focus very strongly on Pear and pear peel but brings out a lot grapefruit rind and orange as it warms. Lots of yeast as well with hints of spices like cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg and even some ginger. Bitterness really starts to come through in the back-end and as it warms and actually dominates after a while. Finishes with a dry bitterness and peel sort of taste but still with lots of fruit.

What an intriguing beer. Reminds me very much of maudite but with loads of added citrus. Very drinkable and just another great beer to add to the Unibroue line.

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

Into a tulip glass, pours an orangy amber with pretty good head to start with, sticks around for a bit, settling down into a thin foam with a collar around the drink, some lace left behind at the top. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy, light fruits, yummy malts, just the faintest flowery hop, and a little yeasty perhaps. Taste is similar to the nose, a pretty tasty beverage, the alcohol slightly warming, the mouth smooth and lightly carbonated, lots of fruits, lots of sweets, lots of yums. Another Unibroue that I like but not love.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of BlindPig
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Has a copper/amber body with a tan head.
S- Light burnt malts come through the most. Hops, honey, and almost a burnt popcorn come through also.
T- Light toffee malts, burnt popcorn and malt, grass hops, a medium bitterness, and a light caramel flavor all blend together in this brew. The burnt flavors come out on top of everything though.
M- Smooth with a medium body and low carbonation.
D- It is good but not one of Unibroue's best. They have a lot better stuff out there IMO.

Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass. Gigantic, soapy white head that sticks around for days. It's honey orange gold, multi-layered like a bomb pop or a chunk of amber, very nice and hazy.

Smells of very strong spice. Corriander, mostly, along with big nodes of apples and a light hint of black pepper. Strange enough, there's little yeast presence.

Tastes of spice up front--kinda generic for the style but still good, various peppers, lemon, and a bit of ginger. This is followed up by a middle of very ripe fruit, pears and mushy apples, especially. Dulled fruit. Free of any tartness and only mildly sweet. The yeast comes through (finally) in the finish, lingering long and bittersweet.

These newer Unibroue beers are all very good, but it's getting harder and harder to distinguish them from each other. I wish one would just step out and do something a little different. But I'm really just nitpicking. This is still a superbly crafted beer from a wonderful brewery.

La Seigneuriale from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.