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Unibroue 16 - Unibroue

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274 Ratings

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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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

cripsyxpanda, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled December 2009. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a nice 2 finger light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a lacing cap. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, candi sugar, plum, raisin, apricot, molasses, biscuit, apple, and yeast spices. Some nice and interesting aromas. Taste of caramel, plum, apple, molasses, gold raisin, candi sugar, biscuit, and spicy yeast. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, molasses, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very smooth drinking for 10%; with only a slight warming on the finish noticed. Good balance of flavors and spiciness. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale. Interesting mix of flavors that come together very well.

superspak, Jan 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Pamola, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

mikereaser, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Stouttyme, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Mudawg, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

amstelcat, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

shufon, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ikantspel
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

date of december 2009 on bottle.

poured into a duvel tulip. beautiful cloudy amber color with a medium head that leaves a thin lacing.

nutty and coffee smell with some dark toasty maltiness.

tastes as good as it smells. alcohol is slightly present but not overpowering. almost tastes more like a quad than a BSPA.

go does pretty easy and the carbonation kinda settles after awhile

ikantspel, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of drperm
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage. Purchased in 2008; opened 18/8/2011

In the glass, it displays a handsome dark cloudy apricot-copper colour. The foam is antique white, ample at first before settling down to a 2mm ring with largeish bubbles and nice lacing.

The aroma is predominately sweet: dessert-bread, raisins, apricots, clementines, caramel, rhubarb, and a faint hint of licorice. The ghost of a hop aroma lies buried in the midst of the fruit.

The taste is quite nice. The fruit-tart dessert trope remains, but a nice tart-bitter snap at the end ties it together. I can only imagine that three years ago this brew possessed more hop bitterness as well as more prominent alcohol heat. Even as time in the cellar has mellowed it out, the 10% ABV is still letting is presence be known.

The mouthfeel is slightly sweet and packs a punch; this will surely flex its muscles if you're not careful. The time in the cellar has not done harm to a wonderful scrubbing-bubbles carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent cellarer and a noble brew. Fantastic on its own, if a bit daunting; it would also serve admirably as a champagne substitute, or with dessert -- either cream-and-fruit based, or cheeses.

drperm, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue 16 | 750 ml. | 10.0% ABV | 2009 vintage

Brewer: Unibroue
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Glass: chalice

Dull golden-orange with an frothy off-white head that settles down nicely into patches of foam.

Very fruity--plum, raisins, and spice.

The fruits burst through, more tropical than in the nose. The aftertaste is deeply alcoholic, sugary, and punchy.

Lathery foam and swirling carbonation make this as fun to swish as it is to taste.

Quite well balanced. I'm surprised how well the alcoholic flavor is integrated into the main taste of tropical fruits.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: December 2009
Served: August 3, 2011

Price = $7.95 at The New Beer Distributors (NYC)

BeerNemesis, Aug 04, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says December 2009, so I bought this pre-aged by over a year. Pours a bright orange colour with thick white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but there is lots of lacing on the glass. Smells of apples, caramel, brown sugar with some Belgian yeast. Nice sweet flavour, some bitterness is noticeable in the aftertaste. Very smooth mouthfeel. A really nice Belgian style ale, a steal at $9.

kwjd, May 14, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Aged a little over a year. Vintage 2009.

A: Pours copper with orange highlights. One finger head that dissipates slowly with good lacing. Good amount of carbonation left.

N: Apples, caramel, honey, cocoa and maybe cinnamon?

T: Pink lady apple, generous amount of Belgian funk, plum, sour apple, honey, brown sugar, toffee, cough syrup and citrus. Earthy and grassy finish with a bouquet of spices (coriander, black pepper).

M: Creamy and semi-chewy.

D: Although a very complex beer it's rather pungent and the spicy finish is overpowering.

justintcoons, Feb 20, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Muddy amber/brown, slight gold hue under a one finger solid white head slow to dissolve leaving very thick lace.

Piney and citrus hops lead, toffee malts, earthy and grassy hops, hints of dark fruits, slight ester.

Tart, pine and citrus lead. sour finish. belgian yeast, dark fruits, slight clove, earthy bitter undertones.

Medium carbonation, smooth body,

Solid beer, not awe inspiring but impressive and above average.

breweryaprntc13, Jan 31, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Special thanks to ahalloin for bringing this retired brew to a tasting.

A: Mildly cloudy, golden color, with about a 1-2 finger head that stayed fairly present throughout the session. The carbonation was substantial.

S: Mildly metallic, with tons of "moderately" dark fruit notes (eg. plums) , and with a decent scent of fresh filtered water. Boozy? Hell yeah!

T: On the taste, there wasn't much fresh about it. Not only did I get more metal, but I would even go as far as calling it "rust-like"... about like drinking previously frozen water off a lamp post. As I got into the session, this undesirable quality decreased. Pilsner-esque, with a bit of plum and mango notes.

M: Carbonation has never been an issue with Unibroue .... in this category, this fine brewery is about as good as it gets! Thick enough for this style, but the overpowering booze killed the day and then some. This was probably due to age.

D: I had a discussion with another BA at the session about describing something as oxidized vs. metallic in terms of taste. I often use the term metallic interchangeably and perhaps I shouldn't. Nevertheless, this one was past its prime.

Chaney, Dec 23, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 750mL into a glass. Re-review.

A: Pours a dark amber orange with huge fluffy head. Good retention, with good lacing.

S: Banana, orange rind, peppers and cloves, and caramel. This is well oxidized at this point; the aroma gives off aromas of candi sugar with a strong sherry note. Mild cardboard / paper to it. I still find it pleasant on the whole, but I have a feeling its best days are behind it.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. A light backbone of toast, banana, and clove gives it a weizen-like impression at first, but it develops into a larger profile of orange rind, apples, pears, and earthy yeast. There is a general sweetness that almost covers the clove in the finish; at times I liken it to candi sugar and at other times to honey, but I'm convinced in the end that this is the oxidation at work, as it is often sherry-like. Some cardboard in the aftertaste, though nothing too bad.

M: Medium bodied, with slightly high carbonation. But it's not overcarbonated like I find most Unibroue offerings to be. I'm guessing the age has tempered it a bit. Has a sweet finish.

D: Fairly drinkable. I'm generally not impressed with Unibroue's BSPAs, but this one was pretty good. I think I held it a bit past its peak, but it wasn't bad.

Arbitrator, Dec 22, 2010
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

Brewed to celebrate 16 years--what about celebrating the survival of two buyouts?

Hazy and tawny, with a bubbly effervescence that holds together in a thick lather of foam. Big bready yeast aroma, hints of ripe plum and raisins, and a spicy backing in the nose. Semi-crisp; a creamy medium body. Extra-spicy, with a fresh yeast tone throughout. In the aroma and flavor are suggestions of cotton candy, bubble gum, rosewater and a faint taste of berry. Creamy malt character. There's a sweetness to start and a biscuity flavor from middle to end. Hops are minimal, allowing the spicy phenols to push for balance. Fruity, with warming esters. Faint suggestion of clove and cinnamon, black pepper and lemon rind. A bready maltiness comes though as the beer warms up a bit. Finishes with a thick, spicy malt flavor.

A big, bold Belgian-inspired Ale, with more balance compared to previous years' offerings--certainly more palatable. By far, this is Unibroue's best an- niversary beer to date. Pair this with a wedge of Humboldt Fog cheese and water crackers.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Unibroue 16 from Unibroue
91 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.