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La Seigneuriale - Unibroue

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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Photo of scruffwhor
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first time I've ever seen this beer in my neck of the woods.

Appearance- The hue makes me think of cinnamon for some reason. A deeper medium amber with a well incorporated haze wo go with the head. No lacing. Hard to see the carbonation.

Smell- Sweet malts with a hint of some cinnamon as well mixed with a little brown sugar. But with these scents aside, a little bland compared to other Unibroue selections.

Taste- Hints of foreign spices that you'll only find only in European deserts and coffee cakes. Seasoned malts and light hopping make a good Belgian balance to this yeasty good brew.

Mouthfeel- Sweet, but stern in the Belgian tradiotons. Smooth and medium bodied. Like the average Joe's Belgian, from Belgium. If that makes sense.

scruffwhor, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a muddy brown with a thick huge creamy head.

Smell has the typical Uni Yeast odor along with a nice crisp apple smell and some light banana as well.

Very tart and fruity taste. Apple, banana, and cherries are all there along with a nice bit of yeast with a decent spicyness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a very dry finish.

Overall is very tasty and balanced, easy to drink and good!

bashiba, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of CortexBomb
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: beautiful dark blonde with a moderately frothy white head on top. The nose is full of light fruits: apricots, and the textbook Unibroue yeast

Flavour starts off sweet and grapey, and then a spicy aspect, partially from the yeast, comes in and takes over. Definite pepper aspects, sort of a pale version of Maudite. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel, nice, full, good tangy bitter aspects. Drinkability, good, as is standard for Unibroue.

Another tasty light offering from Unibroue...

CortexBomb, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy dark apricot in color. Head is a massive off white mass that leaves little to no lacing.

Smell is rich with yeasty spices. A little grainy with bannana and lemon. Hints of tropical fruit and a strong maltiness.

Taste is sweet malt and stinging spices up front. I'm getting corriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg. A bit of lemon grass, then the herbal hops bring a blast of bitterness and a slight medicinal quality. Tangerine and apricot make an appearance in the finish bringing mellowness and balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and spritzy from the generous carbonation.

Another tasty treat from Unibrou. Flavor is balanced and pleasant. The citrus sweetness really shines in this brew. As it warmed, the malt profile became much stronger. This is closer to a belgian pale than a dark in my opinion. I'm looking forward to trying this one with a roast duck over Christmas. Very nice.

Blakaeris, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The hazed orange body is capped by a thick, frothy white head. It has great retention. And the lace patterns are intricate and full. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, bready and cedary. Carbonation is lively on the tongue. Maybe a bit too lively. Body is about light-medium. Taste is estery and fruity. A little of that bready yeastiness. Spicy as well. Quite delicate and simplistic in nature. But enjoyable nonetheless.

Bighuge, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Unibroue. Love how they keep churning out brews dedicated to neat aspects of history.

A - Hazy golden brownish brew with a robust tan head.

S - Unibroue's distinctive Belgian yeast, ripe fruits, light touch of spices.

T - Fairly similar to the nose. a bit more of the malty profile comes through in the taste along with a bit of Belgian candi sugar.

M / D - medium bodied and well carbonated. Felt amost buzzy in the mouthfeel for the first half of the glass. Easy to drink and mild considering the 7.5% ABV.

If the price is low I'd buy another. While good, it does not replace my other more preferred brews of theirs. Worth a try.

barleywinebrewer, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This ale pours with large amounts of off-white head that lasts throughout most of the glass. The body is a very hazy orange and golden honey color.

Light, fruity smells of apricots and pears provide initial scents that lead to a strong yeast profile. Bananas and cloves add more sweet / spice smells with a pronounced wheat malt aroma. Very floral and enjoyable with a notable pepper spice.

The initial flavors of this beer present a black pepper spice mixed with coriander. There are a few fruit flavors of apricot and cantaloupe. The yeast really dominates and overpowers this ale with long, oak flavors. Not quite what I expected from what I smelled.

Mouthfeel is rich and highly carbonated along with a very spicy feeling on the tongue. Unfortunately, the yeast really kills the palate and dulls the flavors.

Driankability is only average. The yeast content just overpowers everything. I can only pick up on oak flavors towards the end of the bottle. This will be a once and done which is very disappointing for something from Unibroue.

Budlum, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed in the center, toffee orange, almost peach in color, with a large, foamy, just off white head. A lot of Belgian yeast in the aroma, fruity and estery, bananas, some dark fruits like plums and dates, quite sweet and juicy. The flavor was almost wheaty and zesty, I think from the spice in play. Fruity flavors as well, and almost a candy like sweetness. Hops are there to balance and accent, maybe add a touch of citrus flavor and zest. Pouring the second half of the 750mL bottle, the Belgian yeast and banana flavors came more into play, maybe even some grapes, raisins, and tangerines. The candy like sweetness persists throughout the whole beer. The alcohol is there and noticeable, but is quite gentil, no kick to it. This would be a great choice to pair with a meal or dessert.

dfried, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive caged & cork 750 mL. that pops open with a mad loud *thwip!* and gunsmoke ensued!

Mad props to the big Canuck "U" for making another killer appearance beer! Hazy crimson topped with a settled ivory whipped headcap.

Spicy clove nose with cinnamon and pie crust scents followed by some almond wafts. Finally a touch of lemon grass whets my palate.

First swigs: Peppery dry light anise with a Belgian dough middle. Easy flavor palate. Root beer follow through and a tangy lemon peel sour kiss.

Feel is a straight up Uni frothy medium bodied beer with a fast finish that leaves a dry wake in its path.

Last swigs: A black liquorice Belgian Strong with frothy feel.

blitheringidiot, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, deep amber hue, adequate, if disappearing froth above...

Aroma is hoppy, sweet, malty, very Belgian, immediately reminds me of Maudite...another sniff: dark fruits, loads of spices, quite lively, and very lovely. I like it.

Taste: mmmm! More of the same detected in the nose, the spice, the malt, the dark fruit, the deliciousness...the similarities to Maudite...?
A bit of a wheaten feel to the texture, too....don't know if I'm right or not, though...tastes great, can't argue with that...

A very nice beer, this, plenty of spice, would make a nice dinner accompaniament...medium bodied, long, fruity finish, plenty of hops to keep you burping...another very delicious, utterly uncategorizable brew from Unibroue. Hats, or...chapeaus, I should say, off to them!

I will return to this one, it was enchanting.

feloniousmonk, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle.

Dark gold to amber in color. Very hazy. Huge white head.

Aroma was fruity and floral. I could not pick up any specific characteristic for the malt contribution.

Taste was sweet, reminded me of apples and pears. Bitterness balanced the sweet well, primarily as an herbal/grassy type of flavor.

Medium in body, with rather high carbonation. Finish was drying.

Overall, OK, but not one of my favorite Unibroue offerings. I will probably try this again at some point down the road to see if my opinion changes.

, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a quite hazy and carbonated murky golden orange, like lemony iced tea. Two fingers of light tan head settle to a bubbly quilt. Fossils of lacing date the inside of the glass.

The aroma supplies an underlying bracket of toasted grain, mellow with caramel and joined by raisins, apple, and banana. Clove and anise mesh with a soft floral note to stand down a thin stream of alcohol.

Upon sipping, there's a solidly sweet maltiness, almost cloying, that boasts raisin, dried apricot, and biscuit. An edge of clove spice nudges tart apple and plays against a sherry-like alcohol presence. The grain renews with a lesser sweetness and vague berry touch. The finish crisps and bitters with a fairly refreshing snap. It's unremarkable but markedly tasty.

Medium bodied, the carbonation and spices enliven the malt mildly across the palate.

That's quite a name, and a challenge to pronounce, but it's easy enough to drink. A little sweeter than espected, the spicy ledge counters it capably and quite well. The ABV is notable but is no real obstacle. So the thing is, I don't have to say it, even correctly, I just have to drink it, and I'm okay with that.

Foxman, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
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
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber in color with a frothy head, much like other Unibroue offerings. Quite a nice looking beer overall. Nose is very fruity and complex, many layers of scents happening here. Taste is immiediately Unibroue-like, must be the yeast strain. Lots of calm citrus flavors, not over the top at all. There are some spicy elements here as well, cinnamon and nutmeg I think. An undercurrent of vanilla as well. There is a certain detracting element though, an off-putting bitterness that seems to distract from the other flavors rather than working with them; odd. Moutheel is medium but very carbonated, fairly good. Drinkability is not bad, I had no problem drinking the whole bottle at all and I might try this again in the future but having said that I don't feel the need to do so very soon.


Gaisgeil, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of ADR
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
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a crazy, fizzy head of three fingers plus, tan in hue, and eventually recedes to one finger with good retention and good lacing. Body is a hazy amber brownish yellow, sort of like unfiltered apple cider. Looks good.

Smell - cloves and bananas from the yeast upfront. Horse blanket and sour apples under that.

Taste - like the smell. Horse blanket and sour apples wahsed through with cloves and bananas, although all these flavors are rather subdued, almost weak. A sour and not likeable metallic taste on the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly puckering from sour taste.

Drinkability - this is not a bad ale, but not great. I dislike the metallic sourness.

ultralarry2006, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
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
Photo of rodrot
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy reddish amber color with a huge frothy head. Aroma was very spicy: clove, pepper, anise and possibly cinammon in the nose. Taste was also very spicy, but with quite a bit of fruit mixed in. Tropical fruit(mango), banana and raisin bready flavors along with a light to medium bodied mouthfeel make for an easy drinking experience. Alcohol was not evident in aroma or taste. This is a pretty interesting offering from Unibroue, but it's definitely not a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. It reminds me more of a dunkelweizen or even a weizenbock. Oh well, Belgian style beers never go by the book anyway.

rodrot, Oct 24, 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 GCBrewingCo
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy pale golden amber with a frothy quickly dissipating head which worked as best it could to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and spicy with a strong candy characteristic. The spices were pepper, cinnamon and clove most notable. The candy aspect contained a caramel and a light bit of corn. The aroma contained a bit of citrusy fruit.

The flavor was mostly spices when the beer first contacted the palate. The flavor was earthy and the spices present were pepper and clove. The candy characteristic of the aroma was in the background of the flavor which was dominated with earthiness and spice. The flavor was fruity with some citrus and still retained the cooked corn flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting earthy, spicy and lightly fruity characteristics into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a very high carbonation. Just a smidge of warming was notable after consumption. An ok spiced beer, but not a new favorite. Too many spices and not enough character to back them up.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed last night at Pazzos with the owner, a Unibroue representative, and some great beer enthusiasts. This is another impressive brew from Unibroue. Naturally, very Belgian, and with some impressive Wit-like softness. Strong pale and wheat malts and that classic twangy Belgian yeast. Very fruity (peaches, pears, appricots, mangos), estery (clove, bananna, papaya), and spicy (pepper, corriander, orange peel). Less hot and fusal as Unibroue beers usually get, rather very soft, abundantly carbonated, and smooth. Very dry in the finish with a clean fruity quality. Thanks Karl.

BEERchitect, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Explodes out of bottle pour very slowly or all you get is a white foam. Head fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Very good carbonation and medium bodied. Yeasty nose. Starts almost sweet with a spicey yeast flavor, hints of sourness at finish. $6.49 for a 750ml bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH. Best by 07-31-09

jdhilt, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. The brew is an oranged tea color. Two fingers of very light tan head falls to around a finger, with tons of chunky lace clinging to the sides of the glass. The brew is very hazy, and the carbonaion is moderate. Aroma is a little light. There are nice spicey yeast qualities, with a subtle banana estery undetone with candied sugar sweet tones, but it all seems a little distant. I will see how it comes through with more time to warm. The flavor is interesting. The notes from the aroma are all there, with a nice alcohol spiceyness that really adds a nice dimension. The banana fruityness blends with a nice raisiney fruityness to really give a nice flavor. There is a nice very mild bitterness on the finish from noble hop. Lots going on there, but it is also a little muted just like the aroma. Mouthfeel is light with a very strong carbonation. This one has a really nice light feel for a pretty strong brew. Overall, I like this one. Even though the aroma and flavor are muted, it still conveys a good deal of complexity.

kmpitz2, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank a lot of Unibroue in last six months and never saw this until recently, so naturally I had to give it a try. Poured into to my Chimay chalice a musty reddish amber hue with high lights from beneath. The head was nice and white, leaving wave like lacing all the way down. Smelt of warm bread, nice fruit esters, predominantly banana and grapefruit maybe even hints of apple, some spice and Belgian yeast. Tasted so smooth on the tongue, velvety, with hints of malt, a nice musty thickness, wonderful fruit and spice pallet, some caramel and toffee notes, with a tinge of alcohol warmth only felt residually, but completely hidden other wise. Definitely a Belgian style brew, I might even call this more of a tripel then a BSPA, this is good stuff, thanks again Unibroue.

mmcave, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Tbone
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New version that just became available in Chicago (bought at Sam's).

Pours a cloudy copper. Highly carbonated to the point of fizzy. I repoured it hard into a pitcher and it filled with a 40 oz of head that died quite quickly.

A bit of fruit and bubblegum in the nose.
A fairly complex flavor palate of apple, smoke, bannana, bubblegum and the familiar Unibroue yeast. There's also a peppery spice bite to it.
I was told by the Unibroue rep that this was their new "hoppy" beer.
Well, its certainly not close to other hoppy beligians like Houblon or De Ranke, but maybe its got a bigger hop bite than other Unibroues.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery (yes, I released all the carbonation, but I'd rather have it thin than like soda water).

Alot of Unibroue's are hard to distinguish from each other. You can tell this is Unibroue, but its more unique than alot of the lineup.
I'd get it again.

Tbone, Sep 22, 2006
La Seigneuriale from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.