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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 BeTheBall
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper color in my Duvel glass with a foamy two finger head. Minimal lacing down the glass as she emptied. Aroma was slightly tart and sweet at the same time, with some hops in the background. Taste was at first a touch tart, but balanced by hops to dry it out, almost like candy in a way. Very tasty, and very good with my dinner as a pairing. Mouthfeel was full. Drinkability is good, thanks to rich flavor and aromas.

Photo of cavedave
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this dusty bottle on a local store shelf

It pours a very cloudy golden, topped by a huge off-white head that sticks around. Some nice lace hugs the snifter.

A very yeasty tart aroma contains vinous notes, some spicy alcohol, a bready sweet, hints of floral hop, and just a hint of bitter at the edge.

It has a full flavor, well blended after four years, that starts tartly yeasty, and goes on to join with bready sweet, peach, pear, and even a bit of a wine grape flavor. It finishes semi-dry, as spice and alcohol join the mix. As it warms a light bitterness adds even more dry to the finish. Nice flavor!

It is a bit too carbonated, but the light mouthfeel is a plus, and the well integrated alcohol leaves a clean taste on the palate.

It is not as drinkable as the Premier League of BSPA, but with 4 yr.'s on it it is quite easy sipping.

Impression: An excellent beer, but I wouldn't put it in the top five of Unibroue's excellent offerings.

Photo of dtivp
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had purchased this beer a couple of years ago and decided to pull it out of the beer cellar on a nice evening with a friend.

Poured a golden amber with a nice white and some lacing.

Aroma of yeast, sweet fruits and honey.

Taste of yeast, tropical fruits, honey and some wheat.

Light body beer with moderate carbonation. The alco was present but did not dominate the beer.

Not my favorite Unibroue, just a little too sweet for me.

Photo of Kinsman
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chalice. Born on date: January 6, 2006. Drinking it at 4 years, 3 months, and 2 days.

Brilliant hazy amber color with lighter golden highlights in the thin part of the glass. Lots of sticky off-white head with ample retention just sitting on top like a crown.

Aroma is yeasty, a bit sweet and a bit spicy. Body of the malt comes across as sweet and fruity, and any presence of hops seems to have faded away into history.

First touch on the lips... wow. Up front on the palate is fruity, reminiscent of apple cider. Candi sugar adds a bit to the body, before spicy notes round out the finish. Clove-like flavors would be most noticeable, and the yeast character seems to add to this.

Four years seem to have smoothed this out to one amazingly well rounded brew. Alcohol is cleverly hidden behind the body of complex flavors. With a crisp, dry, and light mouthfeel, one can easily forget that this is 10% abv.

This is really my first chance to have something thats been aged 4 years, and what a great choice. Results like this make beers currently cellaring a bit less tempting.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with two fingers of fluffy/bubbly white head and a bit of lacing
S - Belgian yeast, alcohol, candied sugar, light fruitiness and a bit of wheat
T - Pungent yeast flavors take over with a slight booziness, some wheat and a touch of fruit
M - Medium-bodied, well carbonated, refreshing
D - The alcohol is there but certainly not what you'd expect with 10abv, somehow Unibroue has really mastered that. It's refreshing...and dangerous.

Photo of Tilley4
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was stoked that my local bottle shop got some of this in.. I figured this would be long gone by now.. I had the 16 a few weeks ago and it was absolutely amazing... Incredible... Here's hoping this one will astonish me as well..

Poured into a Chimay goblet....

Pours a wonderfully beautiful golden blonde with a thick head... Lots of evident carbonation as evidenced by the steady stream of bubbles rising to the top.. Semi murky but I don't see any evident yeast...

Huge boozy aromas rolling off of this one... This is almost vinous-like actually.. I am getting quite a bit of tart apples as well and maybe even some leather and a little funk... I might even detect a little floral hoppiness here. Very interesting aromas when melded to gether and I'm curious as to how this will one will come together...

The first sip... A very well blended creamy feeling deliciously dangerous brew this one's going to be.. There's a wonderful fruitiness here that has me thinking crisp tart apples at first which quickly melds into this malty sweetness that isn't at all cloying or over the top... It's a wonderfully constructed beer as it is.. I'm wondering what this was like a little younger.. As it is, it's delicious and very different..

It's damn dangerous though.. After one goblet full, I was rolling.. and there's still half the bottle left.. This might hurt the drinkability some but not a lot...

Unibroue continues to impress the hell out of me with their offerings... I've just started developing a palate for Belgians and this is a damn good one... It's different than the 16 was.. The 16 actually tasted younger and a little crisper than this but this one has aged beautifully and developed a flavor all its own...

Photo of blazin5050
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml born on 1/6/06 poured in to a Trois Pistole Goblet

Appearance is a bright amber with a pure white foam head of about 3/4 inches that fizzed away within the next few minutes.

Smells of candy sugar, yeast, honey, caramel and what I believe to be hinting toward passion fruit and cherries come through immediately. Definitely will be a malty one!

On the palate the beer is not as sweet as I had expected, a good honey like character with the same cherry and passion fruit juicy character I noted earlier with a light but prevalent hop finish. This beer is awesome!

The body is close to whole milk with a slight oily character and a gentle carbonation.

At 10% this monster is surprisingly well balanced with the sweetness and body, but is not a beer that I could have more than 1 of. A great after dinner drink as suggested by another reviewer and definitely 1 to share with friends. I wouldn't want to open 1 of these 750's just for myself at least. Cheers!

Photo of drumrboy22
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a Unibroue chalice. Beer was a hazy orange color, with a three-finger white head. Moderate carbonation and very light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was apple, pear, fresh grains, yeast and grapes.

Taste was honey, wheat, banana, yeast and light tropical fruits.

Mellow, easy drinking beer. Has aged gracefully. Very nice beer.

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

Received this as a gift. Hmmm...beer with a cork and cage. That's a new one for me. 750 ml bottle that has a date of January 6, 2006. (What does that mean?) Poured into a pitcher to keep the lees away.

A: Cloudy golden orange with a good 1 finger head.

S: Sweet and fruity but I can't tell which kind of fruit.

T: Very sweet more like a soda or liqueur with some hop bite in the back of the throat.

D: Drank this before dinner but would have been a much better after dinner drink due to the sweetness.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Max's Ravens and Rare beer event last Sunday. This was one of the VERY few beers I drained and wanted more of.

Clear copper with a thin white head that recedes to a ring leaving no lace. Solid.

Rich brown sugar, honey, jaggery, with a touch of spice (mace?). Mildly fruity, this is really deep and complex.

Opening sweet with honey, sugar, brown sugar and fruit (pears), this is very well balanced and integrated. Mildly bready and spicy (nutmeg too), this beer is quite excellent. Low in bitterness with a dry and fruity finish, this is solid. Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation, the exceptionally balanced and flavorful finish makes this one beer I thoroughly enjoy. Despite the 10% ABV, I'm finding myself very happy drinking this.

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

Available during the recent rare beer festival at Max's.

The beer pours a dark gold honey color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer smells great, with a lovely interplay of honey, cherry and clove. The beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet, which it is, but the amount of spice in this beer keeps it from becoming heavy, tiring or cloying. The beer has a full mouthfeel, and for the amount of alcohol in this beer, drinkability is quite good.

No surprise here. Just another fine beer from Unibroue.

Photo of bminor7
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml from the boutique of Unibroue's ever-intriguing Fourquet Fourchette restaurant in Montreal, QC, Canada. If you're in town (so to speak) do check it out. You won't ever forget it! There, in late summer 2006, I was also able to pick up a magnum of Unibroue 10th Anniversary La Fin du Monde, which is something I have not opened yet, or see on this site so far.

Kind of a big moment since I've been holding onto this for a few years. Date on a label on the reverse is 06/01/2006. Running up the side of the bottle is yet another date, 01/06/2006.

A - golden brown. foam dissipates to a very slight layer atop. tiny bits of lees suspended throughout, cloudy.

S - banana, clove. tart, as most people have indicated. some fruit in there. unique.

T - fig, that tartness, raisin. belgian yeast. toasty spice. bitterness in the aftertaste. sweet, but not cloying. gets better with some warmth, though by that time i was completely hammered.

M - light/medium body. low carbonation.

D - this beer is huge at 10%, so tough to finish the 750 alone, but i struggled through admirable. the complexity in flavor helps immensely. the last time i had a Unibroue this strong was Terrible about 3 years ago, and that was 10.5%. do share these if you have another willing party. took me almost 3 hours by myself (though having a River Horse Tripel Horse about an hour prior did not help).

All in all this beer has massive character...probably not easy to find anymore, but get it if you can, because there will never be another Unibroue 15!

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

Appearance: Orange/yellow body, thin white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy to the point of opacity.

Smell: Sweet, tarty, hints of raisins, grapefruit, almost jammy. Very interesting.

Taste: Strong with Belgian yeast. Again, very tarty. A nice alcohol burn on the way down, but without astringency, almost more like a liqueur than a beer. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, low carbonation, low hops. Coats the palate, though.

Drinkability: Definitely worth a try if you can find it. Soon I'll try the 17.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with capra12 and wheatman106.

P: Served from a 750ml bottle with no real label. As with all the Unibroue anniversary beers, just the name of the brewery and the number "15" etched with gold lettering into a dark brown bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a 2-finger head which dissipated quickly. Cloudy and translucent with a blood orange color. Light lacing left on the side of the glass.

S: Malt, Belgian yeast, spices, Pear, and some sort of green unripened fruit that I couldn't identify.

T: Had the signature Unibroue taste. Begins very sharp perhaps because of the high carbonation. Malts, Belgian yeast, with a fruity bouquet that lingers at the finish.

M: Sharp and course with a medium body. There's just a little too much carbonation to this one.

D: I do enjoy the Unibroue anniversary series but out of those, this was not one of my favorites.

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

A delicious beer. Less sweet than, say, Unibroue Seignoriale or Unibroue 16, with expected Unibroue yeast aroma and flavor. Great sour, cidery smell with powerful, dry effervescence that bursts on the tongue creating and nice mouthfeel. Good, golden malt flavors, mildly acidic on the nose, almost like a pinot grigio mixed with Maudite. Just light enough, not bland. Good buy if you can find it.

Photo of Derek
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bottle was a gusher, so something had been fermenting the residual sugars. Yellow with a white head, no retention or lacing.

S: Plenty of tropical fruit, phenolic spicing & a slight hint of barnyard funk.

T: Tropical fruit, citrus rind, quite spicy, earthy mineral, modest bitterness, warming alcohol. Hints of underlying funk remind me of Orval.

M: Overly attenuated & extremely dry.

D: Very digestible, but I'm not loving the flavour.

Photo of bobsy
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We did a blind tasting of 4 BSPAs - Unibroue 15, 16, 400eme and aged Duvel - this one came in fourth.

The appearance is light gold with obvious carbonation, but the white head is only fleeting and no lace is produced. Interesting malt-heavy aroma leans towards honey grain and sweet malt, but also has a nice yeasty breadiness to it. The taste followed the nose closely, but with the interesting addition of marzipan flavours, and with a slightly reamped up spicy yeast character. The body was exceptional, with just the right level of carbonation and fullness, and with a great drying finish.

Cheers D.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 750mL into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy pilsner/straw/gold color with a fair amount of suspended sediment (oops). Surprisingly, the head is only half an inch, and it recedes over a matter of 10 minutes into a cap on the beer, fueled by slow bubbles up the glass. No lacing down the glass, but a fizzy cap remains for the entire drink.

S: I get a lot of green apple, citrus, earthy Belgian yeast, bready malt, floral hops, and spice.

T: Exactly as the nose goes. This one definitely benefits from warming up. Initially a green apple sourness with lemon rind. It is then offset by an earthy and Belgian candy yeast, with bread and a little caramel coming in. Floral hops and a nice little clove kick in the finish, but it turns into a noticeable alcohol sting.

M: Medium-bodied, but just higher than medium carbonation. This is the perfect level of carbonation, IMO -- Unibroue beers tend to be overcarbonated, which detracts from their taste. This one is closer to being carbonated properly -- not so much burping -- but it needs to lose some more bubbles to get in the right range.

D: Meh. I generally don't care much for Unibroue's pale offerings, and this is no exception. I didn't have it fresh when it came out, so I can't say how it held up. It's an all right beer and wasn't worth it to me at $12.

Photo of Gmann
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the 17 so I decided to pick up the 15 & 16. Littled worried about the 15's age but it poured very well so no worries. Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a cloudy yet bright orange color, average white head settling into a ring. The aroma is of musty grapes, flowery and spicy, perhaps some prunes? Fruity sweetness in the taste. Some pineapple, green apple, and light raisin/prune; a touch of coriander gives the brew some spice. Typical Unibroue flavor with hints of white wine. The feel is light and very fizzy, sweet. It held up very nicely for a brew that is over than 3 years old. A nice brew, good sweet balance and by that I mean not cloying. Not too much coriander either. If you are on the fence about buying this brew due to age, pick it up.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, light caramelized malts and apples along with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of caramel, apples & spices and estery with a bready Belgian yeast flavor and a significant alcohol sting. There's a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little slick, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, after having 16 & 17 a few months ago, I really didn't notice very much difference among the 3 beers. Overall, it's a good, strong Belgian to sip on for a long time and a good candidate to age, but I wouldn't expect the beer to improve with age.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded orange gold with a thin white head. Nose is fading, tight citrus, with what seems like Tang when I really, really pull for a good fragrance. Flavor is smooth. Subdued, yes. But lively still in some places. Matured fruits, smooth sweet tone, yeast influence in the mix to balance things out. Smooth liquid feel. Carbonation is still going fairly strong. Overall this is still going well. I can dig it.

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

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into my New Belgium globe style glass. I picked up this 3 year old bottle from a decent store for $5.99!

A= This ale poured a chill hazy deep gold color with a 2" snow white head. The head settled to a solid 1/4" cap that stayed all the way to the end. Just a few streaks of lace.

S= Sweet malts flash in quick, then get replaced by candi sugar and tropical fruit. Fruitiness was solid but not cloying - Sort of a tropical fruit Pez (but in a good way). Midway the yeast really asserts its funk aroma and takes the sweetness down a notch. Mild alcohol scent on the end of each sniff.

T= Solid pale malt base layed down a biscuity sweetness, followed by a heady blend of apricot/mango and green apple/pear. Midway there is a bit of spiciness and then some chalky yeast character. Finish was pleasantly tart and dry toward the end. Very little alcohol taste, yet the warming of the throat and chest was there.

MF= Medium body and the signature Unibroue effervescent crisp feel. IMO, these guys wrote the book on beautiful Belgian carbonation.

D= Very drinkable strong ale here. One could say dangerously drinkable. I will be on the lookout for more "pre-aged" bottles of this one!

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

Bottle from City Beverages, Winston Salem, NC. Poured into a 22 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a light orange amber, slightly hazy, absolutely loaded with floaties - tons of suspended yeast, evenly distributed, perfectly in suspension here - and absolutely full to the brim with fine-bubbled and incredibly mercurial effervescence. The initial two-fingers of snow white head fades to about a quarter-finger and then refuses to go lower than that. The lacing erupts ever so frequently after successive sips, throwing very infrequent solar flare-esque ... flares of lace up into the air.

Aroma: Tons of green apple and citrus in the nose, along with tons of other spare fruits - pear, apple skins, cherries - spice phenols - not offensive of medicinal - and earthy, faintly bready yeasty notes.

Taste: Incredibly fruity, phenolic, sweet, and yeasty. It's almost cleansing, how fruity and spicy it is. I get very strong pear and apple notes, grape skin, tons of cinnamon, pepper, and spicy phenolic notes, a soft and slightly, faintly roasted backing malt backbone, bready, but very yeasty, earthy. There are honey overtones here, as well - perhaps they taste of honey because of the definite clove, white pepper-esque phenols that always make pale notes taste like honey.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly huge-bodied, with tons of carbonation in a medium body to begin with resulting in a huge, fluffy, light, sort-of-even-but-really-how-even-can-you-be-with-this-much-carbonation sort of body. It's very soft, but still very crisp.

Drinkability: This beer ... is good. Yes. It's good. It's a sweet, spicy, fruity Belgian strong pale, with the fruit and phenols certainly growing stronger as this one ages. I can't necessarily imagine it getting much better - it's already getting the point of "past balanced", well on its way to "hope you like candied, spiced fruits!," but still. The 10% abv is nowhere to be found, as well. Hmmmm.

Photo of Vixie
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a fairly solid white head. Fairly typical look for this style, but the head lasted longer than I expected.

Smell at first is very much like apples. As the beer settles, can detect the yeast and a bit of a bread smell. Kind of reminds me of the smell of a fruit bread, like if you baked a bread and had apple baked in.

Taste is a bit fruity, maybe a bit floral as well. Quite a bit of carbonation going in it. There is spice as well, some pepper, a touch of coriander. Quite a bit of warming going down.

The carbonation really helped the mouthfeel, it's quite active in my mouth. Nothing too outstanding here, without the carbonation would probably be on the thin side.

Overall a decent beer, but not a great one. I still think Duvel is my favorite of this style, and this one to me didn't quite measure up to it.

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

750ml bottle purchased at D's a few months ago. Last night before another seven day a week marathon of school/work. Decided to go for something big that I was looking forward to. Poured into my Chimay chalice.

A-Body is a very hazy, translucent golden yellow. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy head that eventually fades to a thick collar and leaves behind some lacing in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the cloudiness is thick and dynamic with darker yeast sediment and cloudiness moving about the body.

S-Smell is soft but very good. A spicy Belgian yeast comes through accenting a big fruitiness (apple, pear, lemon). Soft floral hops are noticeable in the background as well as the slightest hint of phenols.

T-Taste is very subtle and mild. A fruitiness (as described above) comes through first and is the highlight of the flavor upfront. This has an accent of just a hint of floral hop flavor as well as a substantial bready yeast backbone. Spicy Belgian yeast really comes through for the finish as well as a slight accent of both floral hop flavor and bitterness as well as a hint of alcohol. What lingers is soft fruitiness and spiciness.

M-Medium to high tingly carbonation and a very smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is a very good BSPA that with its aging has developed a pretty mild, soft character. I would imagine that when this was fresh the floral hops really shined...but the alcohol was also much more noticeable. This BSPA...at least at this stage is drinking like a soft Tripel. Its very good and I am happy that I bought it. Would purchase again if I saw it again. The 10% ABV is well hidden though this does drink like a 7%...so its not completely hidden. Unibroue is an awesome brewery that doesn't get the credit it deserves.

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Unibroue 15 from Unibroue
90 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.