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Unibroue 16 - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
91
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274 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 02-16-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangey colour with significant off-white head. CItrus yeast aroma. Taste of the same, saison-like. Very drinkable, smooth and above-average mouthfeel, with creaminess and toffee in the finish. I like these anniversary editions, I find the yeast more palatable than the typical Unibroues. And it's a pale. After cellaring for about nine months, perhaps the yeast has mellowed.

Sammy, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14%

djrn2, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.7%

zestar, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a huge head that retains and laces with the best of Belgium

Smell: Banana bread and the Unibroue yeast strain dominate, but there are also some other fruity elements, such as lemon curd, plum and mango in there as well

Taste: Opens with a spice bread flavor, that adds both banana and pepper/clove elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors continue to develop, with a touch of bitter hop as well

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with foamy carbonation

Drinkability: This may be one of Unibroue's better efforts

brentk56, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sparkling kumquat with bold marigold borders. The ecru colored crown is appropriately Belgianesque in size, but it doesn't quite have the character of a world-class ale. The foam is smooth and leaves no more than a few streamers of suds. A good look, not a great one.

The nose is chock full of yeasty esters. Interestingly, there's more bubblegum and orange than in most versions. The color and the aroma would suggest that 16 is a bit darker than the average BSPA, without coming anywhere near a BSDA.

Talk about a cornucopia of fantastic flavor! Any Belgian-style ale that is this brash, this bold, this dizzyingly complex is more than all right with me. 16 is amazingly delicious and deserves to be brought back from the graveyard of forgotten favorites. Time to drink these anniversary ales sooner after the release so additional bottles are still available.

Specific flavors include sugar cookies with orange zest and a drizzle of melted caramel, bubblegum, juicy pineapple, tart apples, coriander and a pinch of clove. Sweet is first, spicy second and bitter third. This might be my favorite Unibroue brew.

It's hard to say what age has accomplished, but my guess is that it's helped to smooth things out a little bit. Alcohol is nowhere to be found on the palate. For reference, the bottling date is December '06, and the 'enjoyed the hell out of it' date is October '08.

The mouthfeel, while pretty good, is the chink in the armor that prevents 16 from being considered worthy to stand toe-to-toe with Belgium's best. It delivers an enjoyable silky smoothness and a lovely candi sugar slickness on the back end, but more mouthfilling volume would have put it into the big leagues. Nitpicking? Probably.

It's settled. Unibroue 16 is my favorite beer from one of the New World's best breweries. If these guys can figure out the finer points of carbonation, improvements in appearance and mouthfeel will allow them to be compared to planet Earth's best, not just North America's best. Highly recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of spices and Belgian malt is really enticing as well as the standard Unibroue yeast. Taste is spicy with a good semi-sweet Belgian malt base as well as the typical Unibroue yeast. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. So another great Belgian strong ale from Unibroue but still wishing they would try their hand at something else.

Phyl21ca, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally, the 16 available in Central KY. I always rush into these aniversary beers without letting the mature properly. But, the breweries keep putting them on the shelves, so I drink them, and review what I experience. The pour delivers a typical-Belgian loosely knit, large carbonation and efforvesence, and abundant head retention that struggled to hang in there. A nice copper / orange hue, and fairly clear despite bottle conditioning. Aromas are sweet and spicy, malty and sugary, peppery and tart, with a hint of woodiness and nuttiness. Sweet alcohols swirl about the glass and create a juicy, fruity scent. The taste is as complex as the aroma with emphasis on the candy sugars, berry tartness, and alcohols. Over-rippened peaches, pears, apples, oragnes, and appricots blend well with a fresh raison and bread / dough flavor, giving depth and richness. Alcohols set the tone for the textures with a hot, evaporative sensation, falling into fusal textures at times. Finishes fruity, sweet, and hot. Mildly astringent going into the finish. Age is sure to be kind to this brew. I look forward to revisiting in a few years to see.

BEERchitect, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh what a wonderful Belgian. Poured a deep hazy orange with a huge white billowing head, that lingered forever and finally dissolved into a half inch layer of wispy head. Great lacing through the glass and just a wonderful overall appearence Smell was highly spiced with drak fruits, plums, apples, pears and a hint of nutmeg, cinnamon and alcohol. The feel was remarkebly smooth, perfect and wonderful. Great carbonation, silky feel and just great going down, soo smooth. The taste was full bidied and soo complex my words will not due it any justice. Full of soo mnay flavors I did not even know where there. Pears, apples, figs, bread, grain, grapes, I could go on. This was a classic in every sense of the word. I enjoyed every last sip and would love to have it again, seek it out if you can!

mikesgroove, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Definitely a lot of oxidation happening here. Stale sugar, particularly brown sugar, with some cardboard. A fairly potent orange peel note, which is actually nice.

T: This is intensely sweet, but I suppose it works out alright. Lots of fruit character such as oranges, pears, apples, maybe strawberries. Some caramel, too, just for good measure. It's still quite oxidized, despite what good flavors that are there.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Despite the flaws, this one wasn't horrendous. Some decent points to it, which was pleasant in what was a lackluster lineup overall.

womencantsail, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its been quite awhile since I have had a Unibroue offering I have a fondness for them they were really the first brewery that I kinda delved into back in the day in Michigan.Anyways this poured into a oversized wine glass a hazed amber/burnt orange color with a huge blooming white head left multiple rows of lace as it settled slowly,fruit and more fruit in the nose I picked up some definent banana and sweet cherry along with a bit of apricot intermingled with some clovey phenolic tones.Flavors are again fruity banana again along with cherry a bit overripe pineapple a vodka-like alcohol presence is felt as well.I like it honestly not a huge fan of the style but this is nice its pretty bold but it will bite ya if your not careful.

oberon, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -14%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Opaque amber with a peach-colored head that falls into a ring.

Smell - Ripe, fresh fruit; banana to citrus rind. Bready with faintly noticable yeast and alcohol.

Taste - Apricot, peach, banana, malted wheat and a touch of lemon. Sharp bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty chewy and heavy on the tongue. High carbonation and slightly drying.

Notes - This is great stuff - probably the best of the Unibroue anniversary beers I've tried.

largadeer, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice. An orange/burgandy color with a pillowy, tan, 2-3 finger head. Left some very nice lace.

S - It smelled of orange, dried fruit, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted malty, nutty and spicy. There was a hint of fruitiness ans it was slightly bitter.

M - It is sharp, bubbly and warm on the tongue. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is another fine Unibroue beer. They never disappoint.

zeff80, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500th review!

- Biggest, baddest beer in the fridge? Check.
- DDC tulip glass? Check.
- Lovely co-drinking partner in crime? Check.

Let's have at 'er...

This beer pours a hazy dark golden hue, with multiple fingers of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves very thin webbed lace around the glass. It smells of caramel malt, cloves, some banana, and yeast. The taste is caramel/toffee/candy sugar - the sweetness is readily apparent - then some cloves and light white pepper, and some warming alcohol. The carbonation is fairly restrained, the body a bit light, but quite smooth and rounded, and it finishes off-dry, the caramel malt sweetness, and a wee bit of yeastiness, persisting. The big ABV is quite nicely integrated, just a twinge of heat in the end.

The even sweetness and minimalist yeast profile make this my favorite Unibroue offering to date, in terms of drinkability. Onward and upward...

biboergosum, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the 17 is out and I've only just now gotten to the 16!!! Of course, this is really just the "10" from a while back with a new label so who's fooling who? Well, I'm not fooled, but I'll take it anyway. It's just so fresh and appealing, who could turn it away? And, less expensive than a lot of Belgian imports :)

750 ml bottle, corked & caged. Golden lettering on brown glass. Beautiful presentation... (can I get anything for this empty on e-Bay?).

It pours a slightly hazy golden body with orange highlights beneath a full head of fluffy white foam. The head retention is very good as it's bolstered by the tiny bubbles rising quickly from below, but it eventually dies down to a more approachable size. Decent lacing with solid walls and then hefty splashes and smears as you progress through the glass.

The aroma is bold. It's yeasty, sweetish, chalky, and a touch spicy (clove and mild black pepper) over straight-forward, sugary malt. Fruity notes of orange and lemon abound. Some mild alcohol intrudes.

It's medium bodied and initially zesty in the mouth, but as it warms and some of the carbonation is released it becomes remarkably soft and smooth.

The flavor is sweetish at first, and very much orange-like. There's some spice. It's malty, and beyond that there's plenty of crisp apple with a background of candied ginger, mild vanilla, and more spice. The combination of alcohol and carbonation warm as it runs to the stomach. It offers an intensely long lasting finish of sweet honey-ish malt, light spice and gentle bitterness.

Quite nicely done! Certainly worth trying, and definitely worth sharing with friends.

NeroFiddled, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

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

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

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

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, not sure how much age has helped this one, but it's a decent Belgian to drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel/orange with 4 fingers of offwhite head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Appleskins& white pepper

T: Appleskins, candy sugar & a little tangerine up front. Oaky dryness, figs & brown sugar follow as this warms. Tobaacco like hops notes, warming booze, & little maple syrup are there as well. Finishes with caramel, sticky candy notes, dryness, more apple peels, boozey warmth, herbal hop notes, dough, lemony hops & honey sweetness & more dryness. Not quite on stlye, but tasty none the less! Very complex to me; other may perceive this as too busy

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & slick

Drinks slow, but when you consider the abv, what do you expect? I'm sure this would go down better if temperature here was about 50 degrees cooler by the fire. Liked this better than last years & I'm sure will age nicely

russpowell, May 14, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, dark orange/amber, with a big, puffy, cramy-toned head, sitting in a Kasteel chalice. Looks great and smells...

...even better! That rich, ethereal yeasty Belgian aroma I adore! Spicy, sweet, fruity, but something else entirely. Love it! Orange pith meets pomegranate, mango and grapefruit.

Sizzles on the tongue, jumps with citrus and spice, dazzling, and highly carbonated, a real spritz on the tastebuds. Zesty and delicious, like any good Belgian Pale Ale ought to be. Lovely,...hoppy, bittersweet, slightly tart...a real mess in the mouth, but I like it like that!

An unique beer, and a wonderful offering from Unibroue....I may have to go back for more! This delivers a flavor unfound in so many others, and so affordable from Unibroue...delicious! I'm loving it!
Long, lingering citrus-y,hoppy finish, full bodied..and is it really 10%? Hoo daddy, oh, yeah....

very nice...happy 16th...

feloniousmonk, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bottle at the Abbey, ABC in Harrisburg, PA.
Decanted cool from a corked and caged brown 750ml into a tulip.
A - A medium copper w/ highlights of light brown. A full inch of off white tan head crowns the ale and a moderate amount of lace sticks.

S - Woody malty and sweet w/ a yeasty herbal aroma.

M - Full rich and sweet w/ plenty of carbonation slightly candy-like in the big sweet finish.

T - Dark Sugar w/ a big herbal, anise and coriander spice profile. Nice, sweet malts w/ a dry sugary aspect, light cherry notes w/ a hint of nutty dry wheat flavor. A tinge of medicinal and alcohol flavor appears in the warm finish.

D - A sweet and sugary flavor pervades the overall taste that is candy-like. A pleasant flavored ale w/ nice strength and spice - something fitting for a beer occasion. I would certainly enjoy another bottle of this treat from Unibroue.

Slatetank, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an extremely fruity yeast ester scent along with a nice pale malt aroma and subtle earthiness. The taste is also great. It has a very smooth pale malt flavor that goes down with ease and finishes quite fruity with limited warmth. The esters are incredible. It really makes the beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer. It's very drinkable even at 10%. I find the 16 to be more enjoyable than the 15, IMO.

WesWes, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the caramel malt and green apples. I also get a little bit of yeast mixed in.

The flavor is a mix of toffee, green apples, candy and brown sugar, alcohol and yeast. The flavor is very nice and is well balanced between the malt and fruit flavors.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sampled April 2007
Pours with a frothy, large bubbled, amber-tinged, tan colored, initially three-finger thick head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, fully reddish colored beer. The aroma smells of earthy spices (coriander clove and a touch of herbal character) as I pour this into my glass. As I go in for a deeper draught of the aroma I get notes of figs, prunes and raisins all of which contribute to the sweet concentrated fruit aromatics found in this beer. Underneath this is some toasted malt character as well as notes of biscuits and caramelized fruity malt.

The taste is fairly sweet, but it is in no way sticky. It picks up a really rich, fruity note reminiscent of raisins and perhaps some figs as the flavors linger on the tongue in the finish. Despite its richness, the beer is not that heavy; there is a medium fullness to the beer, but it is still fairly drinkable. There is a strong, earthy spiciness here that is probably from the characteristic Unibroue yeast. It is not quite as strong as the Chimay yeast, but it is still quite distinctive and at times distracting.

This beer would be awesome if it weren't for the earthy-spice notes that are just a bit too overpowering. Still it is a reasonably enjoyable brew, just one that could be better.

Gueuzedude, May 02, 2007
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Unibroue 16 from Unibroue
91 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.