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Unibroue 15 - Unibroue

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ypsifly on 02-17-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 249 | Reviews: 212
Photo of TastyTaste
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's been 8 months without a Unibroue. Way too long.

Appearance: Medium gold, streams of carbonation rise through the hazy body. Big white head, fades slow to about 1/2".

Smell: Huge rich fruit, pears, apples, pineapple, yeast (banana), black pepper. Good mix, recognizable as a Unibroue.

Taste: Sour citric and spicy yeast. Smooth in the backend, a little sharp up front. Not the best BSPA from this brewer, for sure, but I am guessing that age would do wonders.

Drinkability: Not a bad to sip on, but a little rough, again, age would do this well.

Photo of AlexJ
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must say I was expecting something along the lines of the excellent 11and instead got a mutated Fin Du Monde.

Clear golden yellow pour with the usual and impressive Unibroue head. A billowing puff of frothy white suds that clings a while before retiring.

Aroma is sweet, mushy golden malts, honey sweetness, ripe banana, wheat, apples, pinapple, bubblegum, and the pervasive Unibroue yeast note that requires no furthur investigation.

Flavor remarkablt similar. Strong wheat and candi sugar notes with tropical fruit, clove and pepper, Juicey Fruit gum, and a heavy yeast note that is really starting to get old in some of these Uni special releases.

Body is big, sugary, and syruppy. Theres' enough fluff from the carbonation to make a slick, creamy mouthfeel. Too sweet, to much alcoholis heat, and not enough complexity to pull it all off. I think a manditory 3 year celler sentance may do this bottle justice.

Photo of Franchise
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blood orange leaving a thin white lace that disappears quickly. The body is cloudy and moderatly carbonated with a slight alcohal presence. The smell is spicy, wheaty, musty, fresh cut grass, with a pale malt honey notes. The taste is sweet upfront, honey and a sharp hop bite that perfectly matches the sweetness in the brew. This is another great offering from Unibroue.

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, no freshness dating or vintage info. Nice looking gold etched graphics. Pours medium hazy soft golden amber, with a very long lasting near white head and leaving behind, fine stringy lacing. Exciting citric (lime), fruity, floral nose. This is a strong, flavorful brew, with notes of more citrus, doughy malts, yeasty herbaciousness, and quite present hoppy drying notes. Fine creation in brewing. Big time brew, highly recommended.

Photo of acrawf6
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy orange with a small white head.

Smell. Sweet with a candy strawberry pez aroma. It also has a small citris aroma and slightly yeasty.

Taste. I initially get a coriander taste to it, almost pineapple as well. I also get a slight saltiness to it with all the sweetness. But i'm making this sound bad, but it's not at all. there is also a small amount of a spiced apple in the taste. Aftertaste is a little sweet, and the alcohol really comes out with a warming sensation, especially in my nose.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation like normal. Body is around medium. Nice balance.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, but i would choose La Fin Du Monde any day

Photo of kmo1030
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazed golden with a thick white head that lasts and laces well.
very bready yeast aromas, with some pepper, light citrus
yeasty to the taste too, with a lot of doughy goodness, but also a good dose of fruit, pear, sweet apple sauce, a tiny bit of pineapple, citrusy orange and a dash of lemon. quite pepery too. can be a little remeniscent of a wheat. probably about a 4.25, but i'm rounding down.
medium bodied, but very light and fluffy in the mouth.
a real tasty easy drinking, but big beer, and not at all over the top, which is refreshing these days. very solid.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 750ml cork and caged brown glass bottle, the type always used by Unibroue. Has a simple presentation, but a very characteristic one that not only has a trademark Unibroue “look” reminds me of some of the Allagash specials. The obverse of the bottle has a silvery-gold metallic printed frontage. The calligraphic text ‘Unibroue’ has a reverse ‘15’ inset in a rectangle, with the words ‘celebrating our fifteenth anniversary’. Listed at 10% alc./vol.

Appearance: Soft marmalade orange with a gentle pastel dusted tangerine torso. Lots of streamers run the gauntlet, rising quickly and collecting underneath the expansive head. Surefire off-white head is very active and immensely confident on the pour and subsequent top-ups; it rises quickly but settles slowly and gently whilst always retains a uniform cross-section. Once topped up, the Goblet of ‘15’ sat on my desk but was far from docile, it has all the life of a Larva-Lamp, the head slowly rescinding with the feisty streamers reflecting the light and projecting a shimmering golden-shred body. Attractive.

Nose: Gorgeous spicy hops, baking dough and a certain yeast character that seems to remind me of earlier Unibroue 10 and 11. Finishes with mild hints of white pepper. This disappears as it warms and develops a lovely herbal quality and fruity tangerine background that sits extremely well with the spicy hops and yeast. Solid aromas!

Taste: Fruity start with some traces of freshly cut Apple slices and soft Pear skins. The herbal laden spicy hops middle the brew and introduce some sweetness and a resilient yeasty aspect that reminds me of a wheat beer at times. Finish has tangerine and fruity hops which linger, for some time.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a forceful conditioning which supports the hardy carbonation levels, yet these never over run the palate. The texture is finely distributed and readily spreads itself over the tongue and cheeks imbuing a sense of well being. An enjoyable 10% libation that dares to entice you to sink a whole 750 without any fear of reprisal, I may end up sleeping in tomorrow though.

Drinkability: A wholesome treat from start to finish. Refreshing on the palate with a forceful carbonation that is far from dominating and allows the complexities of this brew to shine through. Damn drinkable.

Overall: As with the Unibroue 10 and 11, I am impressed. I am not fan of the darker “terribly boring” brews that Unibroue seem to have knocked out to much fanfare in the past years. Their strengths lie in producing this style of brew for my money. Influenced by the Belgians no doubt, this brew is a tasty fruity and spicy hopped treat that does not disappoint. Recommended. Cellar 1-2.

Photo of jwff
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little out of my price range but Unibroue hasn't let me down yet. Pours a cloudy pale orange at first glance, but when held up to the light it shows off a pear yellow border. Smell is very characteristic of most Unibroue products, namely the yeast. I'm also picking up some wood tones with a nice bubblegum tinge. Taste is primarily yeast and alcohol with some minor hints of sugary citrus and wood . I'm trying to pick up other notes, but Unibroue's yeast strain is so overwhelming that it's hard to look beyond it. Mandarin orange aftertaste. Mouthfeel is gently carbonated, but the overall body of the beer seems to be lacking. A little too sweet and sits in the stomach funny, and I'm also factoring cost into drinkability because with my income this is not an every day beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML Bottle (1/1/06). Nice Darkish amber color, Sweet Malted,yeastie smell mixed with hints of fruit and vinigar with olives. The Alcohol % is well hidden in this complex nose.

Very Flavorful, ranging from sour fruit to sweet, yeastie malts to Earthy hop, feels very light on the palate to spite it's strong alcohol content. Fermented grapes, pineapple, fruity Belgian-like yeast, smokey herbs and sweet figs. Overall, very pleased with the depth and charechter of this one. Feels crips and very active with streaming bubbles and a constant smooth head that make it very enjoyable on the palate.

Very good for the style. Not a bad choice for review #1.

Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a golden yellow, even orange in spots, cloudy and hazy with carbonation. Three fingers of tight, sculpted white head retain heartily and long. Sticky lacing lays taped to the inside of the glass.

The aroma grants a layer of toasted grain sweetness, as well as notes of banana, green apple, vanilla, coriander and clove. A light earthy sourness flirts with an air of alcohol in the background.

Upon tasting, there's a flash of malt and grain sweetness, fruity with apple and berries, and with a creamy vanilla touch along the tongue. A slight mintiness combines with clove and coriander to slide through the middle, in conjunction with a swipe of alcohol. A yeasty tanginess weds a mellow sourness toward the close, and the finish dries aptly to allow a soft bitterness to linger. While multi-layered, it doesn't present as especially busy, and it's capably sassy and tasty.

Medium bodied, the grain and spice and yeast unite to lend a tangible presence on the palate.

Like so many anniversary beers, it's big, but it's also nicely done across the board. And while it may not fascinate, that's mostly because it lulls you with goodness, and it surely does give a solid account of itself. The bigness is well represented in the ABV, but in a fetching, warming way. And in spite of its power, it is a joy to drink, though in moderation. This is something neither MacKenzie brother would drink, and that's fine, because that means more for the rest of us.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out as quite the imputant little Duvel-esque pale straw light hue loaded with bubbles rising to a settled frothy pillowy headcap.

Scents are a doughy Belgian clove and floral note with a touch of fruity lemon esters that are overtaken by the spices. Plenty of vanilla notes compliment the nose.

First swigs: Mirror image of the nose with a powerful doughy and instantly dusty dry finish. A touch of heat in the possibly due to its new age? Some sugary tongue wacking and lashing going on.

Feel is a touch too foamy and frothy. Clean really, but still has a warm gullet feel.

Last swigs: A decent beer but Unibroue has become a one trick pony of late. Remember 2004?

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy pale golden orange with a white and effervescent head which rose tall and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a nice Belgian yeast character that was peppery. The aroma contained a light spice and a light citrusy orange character. Caramel aromas were present with a candy sweetness.

The flavor was nicely crisp with a citrusy presence of oranges and a nice, yet light, peppery spice character. The flavor contained some Belgian yeast characteristics with a bit of candy sweetness in the mix that was not overdone. The bittering in the beer was enough to keep that candy character in check and the spice and citrus level was enough to increase the complexity in the beer.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of citrus and pepper pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly high carbonation level. Alcohol was really only a factor in the warming that occurred post consumption. A slight bit setoff the phenolics in the aroma, but otherwise the alcohol in the beer was well restrained. A nice, easy to consume beer, Happy Anniversary!

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-6-2006

Appearance- A golden honey with hints of light amber. The head is an awesome eggshell colored, two-finger head with good retention and a thick foam . The lacing is reminiscent of Duvel. Nontops bubbles making their way to the top in grand fashion.

Smell- A nice sugary floral bouquet of light fruits, dry-hops, and grass.

Taste- Strats out with a sweet bread graininess. Then the candi sugars inttermingle with the Belgian malts and yeasts that give this beer such a farmhouse flair.

Mouthfeel- A little dry, but overall a very earthy brew. I always have to comment on the carbonation on the tongue gives this brew a special POP! on the tongue.

Photo of scooter231
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is... thick. Honey. Golden and thick. How else can I describe? Hazy, cloudy, don't seem to do it. Thick. Smells like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Hennepinish qualities, La Fin definitely. Oh man, this is sneaky. Tastes like La Fin- but milder, in a good way. Less abrasive. Tasty. Delirium Tremens-esque. Really lovely. Mouthfeel's good. Very drinkable. Sneaky. 10%? Well, now I get it, as I'm falling down. Deeelicious.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a lightly hazy, orangish copper color, it is topped by a frothy, three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. As I pour this beer I get notes of aromatic apples. The aroma is a nice mix of spice and fruit with a hint of a musty note. I get notes of earthy coriander, hints of ginger, sweet apple, pear, some notes of lemon zest, a bit of cork, and a sort of dusty grain note. The aroma on this beer is really quite nice.

The taste is lightly sweet up front with a nice grain note to it. The beer is quite spicy as well with notes of pepper, ginger, an earthy spice note, some clove, and a touch of hot alcohol in the finish. Sharp, lightly tart fruity notes reminiscent of pears and green apples are found throughout the flavor profile of this beer. This beer is eminently drinkable, the 750ml bottle just seems to disappear way too quickly. The beer, while quite drinkable, has a certain fullness to it. In fact the beer really has a palate clinging character to it; lots of flavor from this beer clings to the palate long after it has left. The integration of all of the components of this beer are what really makes this so nice.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 750ml bottle I purchased for $8.59 at Lone Hill Liquors. Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip glass. Had a clouded over tangerine coloring, vigorous tightly spun carbonation and a mountainous white head that left graceful etchings of lace behind.
Nose had a powerful alcohol wallop along with a hearty bready aroma. Tropical fruits and yeast are plentiful and a clove and pepper spiciness is detected with no effort.
Quite fruity up front with candied pineapple and mango. Peppery spice flavor reminds me of getting an order of peppered tropical fruits from a local fruit vendor. Bready malt flavor mid-palate smooths things out but the taste roughens up again as the alcohol bite kicks in at the finish.Medium bodied with a fluffy texture and dry finish.
Ah, I loves me them BSPA's. Even with the potent ABV, this is quite drinkable, dangerously so in fact. Not sure it's worth what I paid, especially when I can get La Fin Du Monde for around $6 per bottle, but worth giving a spin around the block.

Photo of Sephiroth
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with lots of fluffy foam, minimal lacing. Extremely effervescent. Tart, fruity, slightly grainy aroma.

Tastes drier than I expected at such a young age. Apples and pears, slight banana, only slight. Mouthfeel is kinda prickly, but creamy too. Good drinkability, which I expect will improve with age. I'm off to buy a case or two.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL corked and caged bottle stamped in gold.

Crisp and bubbly gold-straw in color with a quicky dissipating white head and strong carbonation. Aromas of dry wheat, soft fruits, and candy sugar. Flavor is light but complex - crisp and dry up front, sparkling on the tongue. The alcohol content then takes over, leaving the mouth slick and warm in the finish but somehow without being heavy or intrusive. Elements of soft fruits (apple, apricot, peach, lemon), Belgian yeast, some pepper, more wheat.

Effortless to consume, like fleetingly crisp velvet (if that makes any sense at all, which I'm not sure it does).

A masterfully light, complex brew.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah another winner (winnah here in New England) from Unibroue. Pours a hazy golden yellow in color. Smells of spicy malt. Tastes very nice, Citrus, dried fruit, spices, a bit yeasty with a hint of alcohol hidden in there (lots of flavors I know) Very drinkable. Overall it's a new fave, more than Edition 2005, much better than 2005. Seek it and enjoy.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a huge frothy off white lasting head, leaves nice clingy sheets of lace in my glass. Pear, pineapple, spicy yeasty aroma. Sweet sugary flavors of pears, lemons and spicy cloves. Medium to full bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, finishes sweet and spicy. Alcohol very well hidden, hard to believe this is 10%.

Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muted golden. Murky looking Thick crop of snow white froth on top. Lacing is full and nice. Your typical Unibroue aroma. Doughy yeastiness. Sweet spicing. Cakiness. Slight pepper. Very good. Mouthfeel is fluffy, airy, light and easy. It dissolves in the mouth. Light to medium body. Nice flavor profile with great subtle complexities. Fruity with pears and apples. A little lemon. Biscuity malts. Fresh yeastiness. Doughiness. No signs of alcohol. Drinking this is effortless.

Photo of DrJay
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed straw yellow colour topped by a big, rocky, white head. The nose is bready and yeasty, with some citrus and a bit of a musty aroma. Sharp carbonation hits you at the start and it's quite sweet. There's some apple in there, along with the standard Unibroue yeast flavour. Fizzy carbonation, medium body. This beer is alright, but certainly not inspired. I questioned whether I was just bored of the brewery at this point, but a recent bottle of Trois Pistoles told me otherwise.

Photo of EPICAC
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up two 750 mL bottles of Unibroue 15 at Downtown Wine and Spirits a couple weeks ago. I decided to have one tonight and save the other for cellaring. I let this warm up to around 45ºF and served in one of my Duvel Tulips.

Appearance: The pressure inside the bottle shot the cork across my room. Pours a hazy amber-golden, with a thick fluffy head, and large champagne-like bubbles that stream from the etching at the bottom of my tulip. Good head retention, with patchy lace clinging to the side of the glass. The head eventually fades to a thin layer, but reemerges readily upon swirling.

Smell: Upon opening and pouring I noticed a strong earthy yeasty smell. In the nose there's a light sweetness, an orange-cream aroma, bananas, peppery spice, and a light graininess.

Taste: When the carbonation dies down sweet malts are evident upfront. These are eclipsed by a citric tartness that becomes evident in the center. I also get fruity notes of sour apple and banana. Finishes with a nice bitterness, with notes of spice and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Vigorous carbonation, medium-bodied, smooth, with a slightly oily feel. The finish is mildly dry.

Drinkability: Despite being 10% alcohol by volume, this beer is delicious and easy to drink. I'll have to go back to DW&S and buy them out of this one.

Overall: A great example of the style. It's hard to compare to the other beers in this series since I haven't had them in so long, but overall very enjoyable.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with the date 1/6/06 on the label. It poured a slightly cloudy orange with a medium head and some nice carbonation. It had a sweet/fruit/spice odor, along with some grain and some yeast. It had a fruity (citrus) taste, with some warming spice taste. A fair amount of carbonation, otherwise good mouthfeel. A drinkable beer, but not an outstanding one. Maybe I was expecting more.

Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden, big white head forms, some lacing, and good retention. Smell is sweet, sugary, wheat, spices, citrus, some yeast and a weird funk. Taste is sweet with lots of citrus, wheat, spice and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation. Tastes like almost everything else Unibroue puts out, except not as good. Not bad, but far from outstanding. Thanks DrJay!

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