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Unibroue 16 - Unibroue

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 5
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:
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 kmo1030
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

moderately hazed amber brown, with a thick tan head, that falls to a thick film.
the aroma is full of bubble gum, spiced fruit (fig, banana, pear, melon), anise, spicy yeast and alcohol, smoke, and creamsicle.
the flavor follows suit... spiced fruit dominates, with bubblegum, caramel, some tang that wasn't present in the aroma, that's reminiscent of apples. some cinnamon and smoke in there. the creamsicle is also there. overall, apple pie comes to mind, but in a sort of subconsious way. serious clove with warmth
medium bodied, with soft active carbonation.
good drinkability, but a little high on the booze-ohol to get any better than a 4.0. even so, a great drinking experience for sure.

kmo1030, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Murky reddish-copper body with a couple of inches of offwhite head that leaves a fair bit of lacing as it slowly dissipates. Smells like citrus, caramel sweetness. Tastes like citrus, pith, roasty caramel, and spices (kind of a cinnamon quality). Tastes great. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. No alcohol taste and little alcohol feeling, making this brew very drinkable for the style and abv. I'm throughly impressed. My new favorite from them!

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep thick/hazy orange color and tight tan head. Large. Nose is at first soft but as it warms up becomes deep and complex. Tangy tropical fruits, flowers, berries, and glazed bread malts. Very pleasing, deceptively thorough aroma. Taste is like that too somewhat. Similar candied tropical, fruity Belgian-like flavors + yeast come together with a thick but light maltiness. Not very bitter at all, very lightly and brightly carbonated as expected. Drinkability is where it should be for a beer of this gravity and complexity.

Very worth the try and also very unibroue-like.

tastybeer, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of tommy78
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of the 16th from my local Whole Foods. Pour the beer out and instantly had lots of head. After waiting a few minutes for the head to settle, I checked out the smell and appearance. The aroma was standard for all Unibroue brews: sweet and spicy with a bit of smokiness. The appearance resembled freshly made apple cider. The taste is fruity and a bit spicy. Couldn't taste the figs until a few sips later on. The carbonation, in true Unibroue style, exploded once I sipped it. I prepared a lasagna and the 16th surprisingly completed the meat and veggie sauce. I wouldn't have more that two glasses though. It would ruin the good taste. Another good one from les fabricants des bieres!

tommy78, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Time for me to wax eloquent about the latest Unibroue beer: looks awesome (hazy dark orange color with lots of floating yeasties and thick clumpy foam), smells wicked with the house yeast although a little difficult to distinguish from other Unibroue offerings, tastes delicious while at the same time seeming like several other Unibroue beers. I honestly love what Unibroue does with Belgian-style beers, but it's a little tiring when all of their beers have the same strong characteristics.

TurdFurgison, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another classic from unibroue! So why am I feeling less enamored with the new brews done up with the same old yeast. This beer looks great, richer and different than the 15, 05 and 04's I've had over the last few years. It smells good with the distinctive house yeast. It tastes good too. I enjoyed the 750 and would drink another.

So, I won't be adding a stock o these to the cellar. That said, I would drink another. For the price, I think I would buy a regular maudite, trois pistoles or la fin du monde and keep the change. For all these anniversary and one off's, I think those still represent the best Unibroue's for the money.

barleywinebrewer, Apr 05, 2007
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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML Caged and corked bottle. Best before 12/09

AP: Semi-cloudy, rusty brown color with a two finger deep head that's foamy and pourous with excellent retention.

Nose: Herbal, spicey semi-sweet malted nose, buttery biscuits and boston cream pie with a spicey, herbal hop.

Flavor: Spicey and peppery yeast with a brown sugar malt and a earthy hop flavor that is balanced out very well. The malt charechter is big, semi-sweet and creamy. There's a classic herbal and slightly leafy hop finish.

Feel: Full bodied, heavy and substantial with the heavy malt and foamy head, but also provides a crisp well-carbonated hit.

DA: Very easy to drink despite it's 10% abv. Almost a year ago today I started reviewing beers on BA with my first being Unibroue 15.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with December 2008 stamped on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass, this beer is amber in color with a thick white head. A sweet fruit aroma, smells like a Belgian. Decent taste: fruity, some tartness. A little yeasty. A fun beer to drink, although it tastes a lot like other offerings from Unibroue.

lordofthewiens, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber pour, not pale as expected. A decent head forms but doesn't stick around.

Aroma is caramel, candy sugars, and the trademark Uni yeast note with a strong presence of alcohol. There's a bit of damp fruit and subtle spice.

The flavor is similar, but maltier tasting than some other Uni beers, and very boozey. It's not very complex or interesting, hopefully some time will improve it.

Body is medium, slick and sticky. Just not tastey enough to make me want to drink alot of this. The alcohol heat definately detracts some points too. I'm sadly underwhelmed by this offering.

AlexJ, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear, slightly opaque, golden orange body with a huge thick white head.

Nose was an extremely inviting mix of fresh soft caramel malt, yeast, phenols, golden ripe fruit, baseball card bubble gum, soft anise, spice, cinnamon, melon, figs, banana, golden raisins and soft sugar.

Medium to full bodied with a rich buttery golden soft caramel taste that dominates at first. Warm alcohol, yeast, phenols and a syrupy sweetness. A mixture of golden and ripe fruits with a soft spice. Bananas, pear, green apples, tart apples, There's an underlying bitterness throughout and mild earthy hop flavor that give it a nice balance against the malt base. Ends with a lingering earthy dry bitterness and touches of fruits.

Unibroue can't make a bad a beer and this is no exception. Not one of their more stand out beers, but a solid 10% strong golden/pale ale. Yummy.

taez555, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of cbl2
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/20/2007 $7.99 750 mL 10.00% Best by December 2009 printed on side.


After an elegant "pop", this pours a murky brown/orange topped by a finger of white head that rapidly settles into a wisp of just a few tight white bubbles.


Lots of fruity esters going on in this one, with pear and apple vying for dominance. Mildly sweet, with some yeasty bread and no hop profile at all. Faint notes of alcohol as it warms.


Smooth and expansive in the mouth, this starts off tangy, with a bit of acidic zing. Apple and pear dominate the flavors here, with just a touch of diacetyl butteriness. Finish is dry, and warming at the same time, as the alcohol makes its presence known. A pleasant, easy to drink beer, though not truly exciting.

cbl2, Mar 20, 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 Foxman
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy tea and honey golden amber, and is quite carbonated. Four fingers of foamy beige head virtually explode upward and last and last and last. Walls of lacing plaster the inside of the glass.

The aroma boasts a tangy malt sweetness tempered by a prolific ester-fest of melon, banana, green apple, clove and coriander. Yeast and alcohol crisp the air capably.

Upon sipping, a sinewy toasted grain sweetness mates with a mild dusty bite. Banana and clove float forth along with a deeply crisp Granny Smith apple edge. A tongue-tingling lemon citrus twist opens to a gusty flare of alcohol. A baked crust earthiness highlights a grain encore before the residual sweetness turns crisp and lingers in a dry, moderately bitter finish. It doesn't grab, but it holds well in typical Unibroue fashion.

Medium bodied, it coats, slides about, and moves from carbonated lubrication to a spicy end glow.

It's identifiably Unibroue, but it doesn't really stand out as a special anniversary brew. Still, without that preconception, it is a reasonably nice beer. The ABV is muscular, and while decently incorporated, it's always out front, and while it warms and swims, the pleasantness is mitigated by the very definite limitations in place. So it's a fizzy, punchy beast, it's pretty nice, and better luck on the next celebratory edition.

Foxman, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark color for a Belgian pale -- it's a reddish amber, cloudy with stirred-up lees, topped by a bright white, large bubbled head that leaves little lacing but lasts and lasts. Pretty light in the aroma department -- some spice, malty sweetness, and a hint of fresh fruits. On the palate, the fruits come out in force, especially at lower temperatures -- they're big, juicy, bubble-gum inflected notes of strawberries and raspberries. At warmer temperatures, the spicey, sweet flavors come out more, with savory spices like nutmeg and allspice leading the way. Mouthfeel is pretty light, highly carbonated, and refreshing. Overall, this is a very tasty Belgian pale ale. The fruit notes are tasty, as are the spice notes, and the sweetness, carbonation, and zesty mouthfeel accentuate those notes. Very good. This paired fairly well with some cheapish Manchego cheese from the supermarket.

geexploitation, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see the Unibroue anniversary editions still offered here in AB. Although, well, we'll get to that...

Comes in the usual 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle, silver foil label of 16 this time around. Pours out a hazy caramel amber, marmalade tones when held to the light. Loose spongy off-white head on the pour that settles to a thick creamy cap.

The aroma is very yeasty, spicy and dusty and rather dry. However there are sweetish notes of dried fruit, figs, currants and apricots.

Upon first sip I get reminiscences of the immortal Unibroue 10, but not quite on the same par. In fact up front I think it's the presence of the candi sugar that eventually showed up after the 10 aged a few years that is setting off this memory. This stuff is fresh, and the candi sugar is right there in your face. Hmmmm.... Spicy yeasty phenols are very present as well. The malt is fairly light and fig-like in it's sweetness, it seems as if the majority of the flavour profile of this anniversary outing relies heavily on the yeast presence.

The mouthfeel is smooth, yet somewhat lighter in body and consistency than its predecessors, even the 10 and 11. It does suit the flavour profile however, but I find that lacking in presence as well, watered down if you will. The Sleeman effect in effect once again perhaps...

I'll admit it, I'm rather disappointed with this anniversary edition. I found last year's lacking as well, and I'd hate to think that this shall be the new trend from now on, although I'm only going on 2 years worth of trend thus far. However those have been the 2 years that Sleeman has been the Papa Bear owner and influence on this brewery since it was bought out. Hopefully we'll all get the chance to sample an offering from next year's anniversary edition, and hopefully my theory will be proven wrong.

IronDjinn, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of MAB
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Edit: April 20, 2009
I bought two bottles when it came out; one was drunk right away and reviewed below. The other was set aside for a couple of years. Big improvement. The flavors have all blended together a bit and mellowed out, while the sugar has converted to alcohol more completely.

The original review had a rating of only C+; I've updated that today.


Talk about a disappointment!

I missed out on the 15th anniversary ale (a good thing, maybe) but caught the #16. I expected more; sadly, I got foamy and oversweetness:

The beer poured all head (it sat upright for more than a week in one place, so it wasn't shaken). It eventually went down into a liquid form- a nice light orange-y brown color. Still a ton of bubbles, both on top and coming up from below (yes, it was a clean glass; no detergent, chips, or flaws).

The smell was mostly of the yeast- a light bread like aroma which was nice but lacked any other notes that I could detect.

The taste was, in a word, sweet. No hop balance. No malt flavor. Very little alcohol burn (I expected a bit more from a 10% brew). It was like Mountain Dew and a splash of vodka.

A huge letdown- the worst Unibroue I've ever had (and I don't like their "Ephemere" or the "Quel que Chose" very much).

MAB, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of presario
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled twice at two Calgary festivals and now rating from a full bottle. Sort of a golden copper - orange amber colour. Rich lasting soft foam head. Malty nose, some yeast, maybe a little spicy zest. I’m sure it gets tough creating new anniversary Belgian beers. Malty flavour. Lively mouth feel. Fruity, some apple, pear, grape notes. Somewhat like a Dubbel-Triple cross. Nice and well done but not sure I would pick it over five other Unibroue beers.

presario, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of Wildman
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark amber color and formed a very foamy off white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of yeast, banana, bread and pepper. A flavor of caramel, bread with a hint of pepper. It has a medium body and creamy aspect to it and finishes a bit sweet, yet doughy. Another fine beer from this brewer.

Wildman, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favourite Unibroue limited edition yet, and every bottle I've managed to get my hands on has been a pleasure to drink from beginning to end.

A dense mushrooming head towered over the top of my goblet and topped a hazy amber body. The aroma was typical Unibroue yeast with some phenolic medicinal esters and alcohol.

The flavour was the most subtle I've ever experienced for a beer this strong. Slightly woody, with dried fruits, vanilla and a vaguely medicinal undercurrent carried over from the smell. The alcohol warmed — but never burned — going down.

Tiny bubbles played on the palate, but managed it without breaking up the beer's smooth, almost creamy body. Superb all around.

vanrassel, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with hints of red, and a two finger creamy head. Decent retention falls leaving behind nice lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet, with aromas of fresh honey, caramel, apples, pears, and passionsfruit. Kinda smells like spring. nice.

Flavor is well rounded, balanced, and interesting. Slightly sweet malt caramel and honey flavors up front, and a dry finish that lingers. All throughout, the flavor is dominated by light fruity esters from that oh-so-distinct Unibroue yeast. A dry flolral hop character lingers on the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and moderately heavy. Drinkability is great.

Another fantastic anniversary beer from Unibroue. They rarely disappoint, and this is no exception. Quite nice.

phisig137, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I suggest pairing this beer with a meal. On a clean palate, it had a really sharp sourness after the mid-palate that was pretty intense. Once I paired it with some steak and baked beans, the beer mellowed quite a bit on the palate and ended up being a very enjoyable experience. Dark orange color. Perfect Belgian foam. Bubble gum and spicy yeast nose, fairly nice. Really complex and flavorful beer. Hints of curacao and pepper, along with an array of fruit. Impressive brew, the best Unibroue anniversary beer since 11.

Crosling, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of ypsifly
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 from December 06. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a Trois Pistoles chalice.

Dark burnished copper, a bit dark for a BSPA imho. Tall, billowing head of vanilla that shows tremendous staying power and leaves lots of globby lace.

Very spicy to chalky yeast aromas dominate the nose. Its their signature house strain and fans of this yeast will be very pleased with the nose on this beer. Some hints of sweet malt underneath with some herbal notes from the hops hovering in the background. But its almost all Uni yeast with some slight phenolic in the end.

Dark fruits upfront into a sharp but quick tart flavor. Some chalk comes in followed by a spicy alcoholic heat that is gonna need a couple years to tame and let the other characteristics come through. Lingering spice, some hops and heat in the finish.

The mouth would be fuller but the tart flavors and spritzy carbonation give it the zest that is common in Uni brews. A good one to pair with strong cheeses now as it needs something to chill the heat, but after a few years of proper care this could be a great beer.

ypsifly, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of battlekow
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is a collaboration between me & D$.

Smells like wild spices. Large foaming yeast pillow of a head. Very large.

Half an hour later...

The most dominant characteristic of this beer is the patented Unibroue spicy yeast flavor. D$ thinks it tastes like tulips smell. Mouthfeel is...creamtastic? A creamgasm? Cream-o-rama! Yogurt-like in texture and impression--pleasant. Warms your stomach and spreads to your heart; a comfort beer. We feel like better people already.


Honestly, we have a hard time telling a lot of Unibroue's beers apart. They just have such a distinctive yeast flavor that it tends to overwhelm the subtle malt characters of whatever style they're attempting. But we like the yeast (properly placed, of course). And the moon.

battlekow, Feb 19, 2007
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