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Unibroue 15 - Unibroue

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Unibroue 15Unibroue 15

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 249 | Reviews: 212
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I forgot about this one in a dark corner of the basement, and was a bit nervous about how well it aged. Popping the cork yielded a whiff of alcohol and berry. Pouring yielded light copper body with a very sparse layer of foam. Mouthfeel is prickly with a good bit of carbonation that is unexpected based on the weak head. A bit of alcohol is evident, fruity with a touch of tart and just enough bitter to balance things out. Glad I hung onto this one, it held up very well.

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3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 into a duvel tulip

pours a magnificent amber. antique white head. with slightly heavy carbonation.

heavily tart and yeasty smell. some spice barely creeps in

kinda tart at first. alcohol creeps in a balances it out. sweet bready yeast aftertaste. almost like butter cookies.

this is the first time ive ever had the mouthfeel as the top. after a few sips this brew gets GOOOD. thank you to whoever cellarred and posted this on ebay. CHEERS

Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very cloudy dark amber in color and appears a little milky. It poured with a thin head that faded away very quickly.
S: The nose has strong fruity aromas.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite fruity. Flavors of apples and pears seem to stand out in particular; there are also hints of spices and sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and sticks to your tongue like a comfortable blanket. Aging definitely improves the mouthfeel of this beer.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. Nevertheless, it’s a good beer to sip and savor.

Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

703rd Review on BA
Bottle to Oswg
750 ml c/c
Bottle date of 1/6/06

Thanks to stan @ Lone Hill for this one

App- A light golden orange with a one finger very noisy bubbling crackling head. Not a ton of leg/ lace either. 2nd pour way to much sediment but was expecting it.

Smell- Ahhh, that famous Unibroue scent. Full, rich, spice, yeasty. This was quite big on the nose 5 years on.

Taste- Unibroue does a grand job with the Belgian Strong.... This one was strong, balanced and a little yeasty. Five years was still very quenching, refreshing and tasteful. More of a pepper note a little nutmeg.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A spicy yeasty note remains.

Drink- For me this is an under the radar forgotten in grand scheme of things type of brewery that does good beer. 5 years on this one holds up quite well. Id love another bottle.

Photo of kwjd
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a store in Howell, Michigan. I'm assuming this isn't new, so i twas nicely aged by the store already. One I pop the cork the bottle starts gushing. I wish I had my glass near by, because it kept gushing over the counter until I could get my glass to pour the beer. Pours with huge white head, as you'd expect after the opening. Very hazy pale orange colour. Lots of floating yeast is visible even though I only poured about 1/3 of the bottle. Smells quite fruity, of peaches and apple, with some citrus. Lots of yeasty aroma too. The flavour is quite sweet. This is a delicious Belgian ale, though I would have preferred less gushing.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/12/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, spices, yeast, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, spices, and yeast.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation

d - I thought this was a very nice beer. I liked the smell a lot, but I think the taste is a little bit past it's prime. I don't think this one is going to get any better so if you're sitting on a bottle, I say drink it now. Still good and glad I tried it; would have again.

Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear golden-orange color with a very short lived white head.

S: A really cidery nose that is super dry. I get mostly apples and white grapes, with maybe a touch of pale, cracker type malts. A bit of a sugar note is the only real sweetness to the aroma.

T: Starts off with a semi-sweet white wine flavor and the same apple juice/cider character. There's a definite alcohol presence to this beer, and it's quite light overall, so not much to hide it. Surprisingly, not as dry as the nose would lead you to believe.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Seems that this one has aged very strangely. Wasn't awful, just wasn't really too overwhelmed by it either.

Photo of smbarz
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful deep translucent gold. The head retention is fleeting.

The aroma brings to mind dried orange peel and dates with slight yeasty notes laced in.

The taste reveals a gentle sweetness and fruity esters that play with brown sugar, fig, and dates. It has a very Belgian flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, teetering on full with a noticeable effervescence that you can feel in throughout the first few sips. This makes me want another sip! This beer ends with a clean finish.

The overall drinkability of this beer is exceptional. This could be a beer that you could sit with for a couple hours on a hot summer day or a beer that you could put with an array of foods. I would suggest fowl with a duck confit, or desert with a cream brulee.

Photo of StephenRich
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For 4 years this beer has sat eagerly in my cellar. It was pushed to the back a long time ago, and had only seen the light of day a few days ago when I brought it forth, out of exile. Although I would hardly consider it exile, more like thoughtful maturation. It is the Unibroue 15, a Belgian-Style Tripel which Unibroue crafted to celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2006.

This beer was designed by one of the best brewers of Belgian style beers this side of Belgium, and beer after beer they always blow my mind. I have had a few of the anniversary Unibroue Vintages before, so I was very excited to try this one; it would be the oldest I have ever be able to enjoy. I didn't really know how long I would save it for, and really, it probably would have enjoyed its rest for a few more years. But with my brother and some good friends over I decided that the time was right, and I would let this magical beer shine.

The 15 comes in a classic Belgian style 750ml corked bottle at 10% abv. It is bottle conditioned of course, and along with its higher alcohol content makes it an excellent ageing candidate. I was really very excited for this beer. If you have never had any of Unibroue's beers before you really should. They have a delicious range of classic ales, and a remarkable line of complex and mouth watering specialty beers.

I opened the 15 up cool around 10C (50F) and poured it gently into a Unibroue Tulip. The pour was smooth and silky but with lush and rumbling life. It built and amber orange beer shinning with golden yellow, copper, and bright bronze from every angle. The beer was totally opaque swirling with yeast and bubbles, and while not dark, would let no light through it. A deep and wide haze formed inside the beer hinting at its complexity and round flavors. A fluffy white head formed two inches above the beer, with the bubbles exploding relatively quickly as the fresh air pierced their cell walls.

The nose was mellow sweet with lush and sticky malt flavors that brought on a wide complexity of aromas. Juicy orange, light brown sugar, hints of tart apricot, pale malts, butterscotch, applesauce and a yeasty fresh spice all tickled off my nose with smooth grace. The aromas showed great warmth and gentle spice with a gooey malt, and dried fruit backbone. The slight yeast brought forward a classic tripel aroma, but it was more subdued than I would have normally expected, hinting at this beers age and maturity.

As I rose the glass to my lips the aromas become more powerful and I could taste them on my tongue even before they got there. The first wave of the 15 was incredibly smooth and creamy brining a thick spread of malt sweetness and fruit flavor. Pale and light crystal malts marry with orange flesh and apricot in a warming harmony as light citrus and spice fade along behind.

Light brown sugar, yellow raisins, plums, prunes and dates are all a light shadow in the big pale malt and orange sensations but are easily noticeable with yeasty zest, sweet lemon tartness, and spice. Mashed apples glide in from the sides and show a rotten green apple flavor that works perfectly with big malts and Belgian yeast. I know rotten apple sounds wrong, but it is right here, and works its magic in this beer.

This beer was bottled on January the 6th, 2006 - so was therefore 4 years, 7 months and 2 days old when I opened and enjoyed it. It showed massive complexity and maturity at every angle. I was astonished at how creamy and silky the mouthfeel was, but a light and effervescent carbonation kept it light on its feet and fresh in your palate. The more I sipped this beer, and especially as it warmed, new and delicious flavors would make their way in. I started to get vanilla, orange zest came out further, cinnamon and clove began to show, and more and more yeast brought fresh earthy flavors.

This beer was a masterpiece, and I severely wish that I had more bottles of it. It showed amazing balance, lush and distinct flavors, and a sublime mouthfeel, and a clean and satisfying finish. I imagine that when younger the 15 probably showed more tart, and sharp flavors with a ripe fruit sensation. Age has really created a smooth and elegant beer with a terrific range of flavor and complexity. Truly a world-class beer, thank you Unibroue!

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Unibroue 15 from Unibroue
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