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Unibroue 16 - Unibroue

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280 Ratings

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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: taez555 on 02-16-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 280 | Reviews: 239
Photo of spinrsx
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle - Thanks to Pushkinwow for sharing

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a small size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head was gone in a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, yeast, spices, dates/plums

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dates/plums/raisins, yeast and a mix of spices. It ends with a sugary sweet aftertaste and the alcohol seems almost non existent.

Overall - Another fantastic beer that drinks more like a quad/barley wine than a BSPA. The aging has does wonders for it and I'd love to be able to drink beers like this all the time.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of danedelman
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just picked this bottle up thinking it was the newest one but wrong. Love Unibroue

A-dark amber with a tall fluffy white head

S-lots of brown sugar, molasses, candi sugar and dried fruit. Like a belgian dubbel. some cherry notes as well.

T-a dryer of what I smelled above. very mellow and smooth. one of the best inthis style I have had. Unibroue is always my favorite!!

M-little on the syrupy side but still wonderfull.

Will be searching out another bottle of this one!!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two year old bottle from store stock; unknown storage conditions. Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a clear red orange amber. Two finger medium active head and lacing. Nice fruit aroma of apples, plums, oranges, caramel malt, a hint of Belgian spices. Taste follows with nicely integrated light and dark fruit, caramel malt, light citrus and Belgian spicing. Medium, almost creamy body Unusually mellow and satisfying finish for Unibroue, which can have a bitter spicy finish. This is an excellent Belgian strong ale. I'd have categorized it as a dark strong ale, but whatever. Wish I had another! If it's like most Unibroues, this two year old bottle is at its prime and tastes like it.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ikantspel
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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)

Photo of kwjd
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
3.57/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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