Unibroue 16 - Unibroue

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 280
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter

P: Light gold from the bottle, and looks deep copper in the glass. Head is off-white, loosely compacted with small bubbles and is a bit airy. Sinks to a thick halo with a thin film on top.

A: Very fruity nose to this one. Smells like ripe bananas, apples, and raisins. Also some sweet malts and a touch of spicy cloves.

T: This is deliciously complex! Husky bill of sweetly toasted malt is the sturdy spine that holds this beer upright. Fruits are layered upon the malt with flavors redolent of bruised bananas, apples, raisins, and plums with a honey-like sweetness underneath. Spicy on the back end from the cloves and other spices that really seem to accentuate the fruits. Belgian yeast comes through on the finish for a nice and spicy authentic-tasting aftertaste.

M & D: Medium-bodied, smooth, aggressively carbonated for a nice prickly bite. Drinkability is great because of the depth of flavor, but the ABV ain't taking no shit from no one.

Notes: This has a really nice complexity and depth of character to it that I really, really love! It's fruity, spicy, malty sweet, and downright powerful. Another great treat from the geniuses at Unibroue. Highly recommended (1,204 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large corked bottle poured into a goblet.

Golden brew, lighter without the sediment, with a very nice, tan creamy head that is very compact and holds very well, leaving nice lacing.
Nice yeasty aroma, quite typical of Unibroue, fruity with lots of orange, sweetish malts, cardamom.
Medium bodied, creamy and soft on the palate, it has a nice flavor profile that starts sweet, evolves spicy and finishes dry. Lots of fruits with an orange predominance, bread, caramel and bubblegum, some tartness.
Quite easy to drink; not on the top of my list of best Unibroue beers, but another very good beer from a brewery that rarely disappoints. (639 characters)

Photo of naterock
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a smokestack goblet, amber in color with a lot of floaties from the bottle conditioning. a suprigingly thick head to begin with the leaves quickly.

smell is like carmalized nuts or apple cider ate a strong malt sweetness. very complex yeast profile.

taste is very sweet with a nice spicy apple like flavor and it finishes with a nutty toasted malt.Very complex and wonderful.

mouth is clean and smooth with no real heavy carbonation which is a nice change of pace. drinks slow because of the complexities and grows as it warms. (542 characters)

Photo of SpecialK088
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dokel

A-Deep cloudy copper almost a cider like look

S-Fruity but not an overly sweet nose with notes of roasted nuttyness and malt

T-Like the nose it is very fruity but suprisingly enough its not overly sweet at all. Great notes of roasted nuts and sweet malt and hops. Very complex and well balanced.

M-Very smooth and complex. Medium body, good carbonation.

D-Very easy to drink for how thick and rich it is I could see myself getting this as a treat every so often. (501 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, purchased from City Beverages in Winston-Salem, NC. I picked up a bottle of the 15 while I was here, 'cause, hey, I hadn't seen it anywhere in a long time, and I figured I should remedy my oversight in failing to pick it up earlier. But then I figured, wait, I haven't seen the 16 anywhere in a while either ... might as well remedy that, too. Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dull, hazy, not too attractive orange body, but what're really impressive about this one are the carbonation and the head. A huge amount of fast, crisp, fine-bubbled, and active effervescence streams upwards towards the bubble nest that provides the basis for the creamy, foamy offwhite head. I've seriously been sitting here staring at it for ten minutes - no significant fade. The result is great retention and great stickage. Very impressive, despite the color.

Aroma: Tart, sour pear and apple notes are my first impression. Honestly, I think it smells a little acidic, unpleasantly so. Plenty of other sweet, earthy notes, too, some honey-like, spicy sweetness, but it's not doin' it for me.

Taste: A little odd. Very tart, with lots of sour, fruity-esque notes - pears, apple peel, golden apples, citrus - that's cut by a fair amount of candi sugar, but not quite enough to make the taste of this one balanced. It's estery, light, and makes you do that thing where you exhale and it's just like you had a mint. But a very strange, Belgian mint. There's a kiss of earthy yeast (at least, now that I've poured the last of the 750 mL into the 22 oz. glass), some light, pale malt, and a big ol' handful of spices, white pepper, coriander, cloves. Nothing too impressive here - it's just a straightforward Belgian pale, and a little too puckering, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Good Belgian style mouthfeel - that is, big, even, smooth, crisp but even, fluffy, and all of this obviously the result of tons of effervescence. That said, it doesn't quite work with the flavor profile, which I don't want quite thrown in my face to the extent that this mouth does.

Drinkability: This beer has many of the right components, but it's just a little too tart, too sour, too acidic. Honestly, the first note I get out of it is - and bear with me - stomach acid. It has that definite tart, earthy, vinegary taste. I just wasn't a huge fan of this one. At 10%, it's not entirely drinkable, either - just a little too big, too much, too tart, too green. Preferred the 17 and the 15 to this one. (2,503 characters)

Photo of rayjay
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4.5's all around; it is one killer beer, absolutely rock-solid strong ale. Alcohol is craftfully hidden, and perfect balance is made on all accounts.

Oxidation is very present, but in a good way. Although it's Belgian in style, it's got all the great qualities of an aged English bottle-conditioned barley wine. Full bodied with a finely textured mouthfeel. Soft carbonation.

Hazy and dirty blond with a firm head and stellar lacing. Hopping is just right, certainly enough to overcome the sweetness but still barely there. Aroma is mildly dusty, and full of Munich malt. Some fruit, like dried apricots.

Awesome beer from a brewery I rarely drink from; in fact this was a gift beer. Thanks and cheers! (706 characters)

Photo of grayburn
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge head, heavy lace, golden hazy color.

Layers of fruit, especially apricot, in the nose. Perfect smell, I cannot begin to dissect this.

Very dry fruit, oaky, like an excellent champagne, only better. Heavy malt, intricate hops...the alcohol sneaks up on you though.

Heavy carbonation, nice tannic balance, Extremely clean and crisp.

I love this beer, The alcohol is unbelievably well hidden. I love this beer. Move over Miller High Life Lite, This shit is the champagne of beers. (486 characters)

Photo of TomGavin
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful, celebratory Belgian strong ale from my favorite Canadian brewery. This ale when poured, has a deep ocher hue and a khaki fluff head. The aromas are dense and complex with seasoned fruit, touch of cookie dough, followed by caramel malt and flowery hops. The flavors are quite diverse with sugar cookies, orange hop tang, tart caramel apple, and coriander. The mouthfeel is oily, full bodied and delivers one of the finest Belgian inspired ales I've ever tried. A highly recommended beer that will continue to improve with age. (538 characters)

Photo of talkinghatrack
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - bright, opaque caramel

s - fruity with a hint of its ABV peeking through. Warm and inviting.

t - A hit of cider up front then malts with tangy swallow. Almost no hops. Some mouth numbing with a warming sensation. An almost smoky finish.

m - medium body. Bubbly like a champagne but oddly not annoyingly so.

d - this bomber is going down nicely. Normally I would knock a beer for mediocre ABV masking but this Unibroue is decent and we're talking 10% ABV. I get a sure hit of alcohol but it doesn't strike in that harsh vodka feeling that accompanies other beers. Good finish on a good sipper. (600 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/28/2007 (bottle):

Pours a reddish brownish colored body, with a smooth head, off-white in color, and somewhat lasting. Has a very sugary flowery aroma, with some alcohol. Sweet, refreshing, and flowery taste. Some warming from the alcohol. Very sweet. Good as it warms up more. (289 characters)

Photo of dakid618
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass(poor choice of glassware for this beer). Pours a opaque reddish-brown color with two fingers of fizzy white head. Smell is very sweet with hints of cherries. Taste is equally fruity with hints of cherry and grapefruit. Very thick and sweet. Too sweet and heavy to drink too much of but the taste is very good. (351 characters)

Photo of MEsquandoles
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 into Duvel tulip. Loud pop of the cork.

Very carbonated. Thick head even after it subsides. Well-carbonated all the way through. Pretty color. A brilliant reddish amber with some orangey-gold coming through.

Smell is of cork. Duvel-esque, yeasty, champagne-like. Some caramel. Some fruit too; I guess pear the most.

Taste is little sweeter. Some plum, pear, sweet peach, and fig. Brown sugar. A little to sweet for me. I wish I had more to say about the flavor, but it's unfortunately not that complex to me. There is a slight hop presence considering it's been aged almost 2 years - an initial bitterness.

It's thick, but the sweetness detracts from taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability for me. I will still finish the 750 though. This is no drain-pour. The champagne qualities are pleasant.

I can't really think of anything else like this beer. It's like a Imperial Biere de Garde. Unfortunately, the look and mouthfeel are by far its best qualities to me.

I remembered this being a more hoppy Unibroue beer and liking it fresh. We may be in an in-between period here for aging. I kinda wish I had let it go longer considering I have no more... (1,154 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into my Duvel tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a deep, chill hazy, dark amber color with a 2.5" towering, bone colored head. The head eventually settled down to a 1/4" cap, but could easlily be fluffed up with a quick swirl of the glass. Just a few streaks of lace.

S= A dizzying array of aromas flowed from this beer, such as sweet bakery malts, caramel, rich orchard and citrus fruits, alcohol, and a thick vinous character that was out of this world.

T= Very good malt profile, sweet and bready, followed by more rich sweetness in the form of ripe fruits and caramel. Some spiciness in the middle as well as a creeping vinous note. Hops were pretty much absent other than a vague base bitterness keeping the sweetness from growing too strong. The alcohol dried the finish and allowed the richness to last in my mouth for at least 30 seconds after each swallow.

MF= As in many of Unibroue's offerings, the perfectly crisp carbonation made my day. The body was a big medium and felt silky on the tongue.

D= There is no way to call a beer this good anything but very drinkable. It is big and it is beautiful! I will definitely buy this again. (1,194 characters)

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into Duvel tulips.

Appearance- significantly darker than the 15, both in the beer itself, which is now a very cloudy, rich amber color, and also in the head, which is a darker form of pale buff. Very rich, enticing color, but not what I would expect, given the style.

Smell- even better than the 15; very deep, rich fruit aromas, especially oranges and pears. Spice is there, to balance, and the vaguest notion of hops and alcohol are in the scent, but the aroma is more like a fruit salad than a beer.

Taste- fruit is definitely there, but the main taste is balanced with much more spice, and also much more hops. The swallow is full of pears, followed by oranges, with a slightly dry spiced-hops aftertaste. The flavors are very different then the 15, but very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- rich and full, like the 15. Very satisfying, juice-like weight. Smooth going down, much smoother than the 15.

Drinkability- Not as high as the 15, with the heavier load of spice giving the beer a flavor that builds up on the palate a bit more. That said, this is a very enjoyable beer, and I would be happy to have it again soon, if not tonight.

Notes- I picked up the Unibroue 15 and 1 both last week, and had the 15 yesterday and this today. Having them both, back to back, I would have to say that I preferred the 15, but would not hesitate a second to buy more of either. The 15 definitely seemed more in the "Belgian Strong Pale" type, though, while this is more in the middle somewhere. (1,508 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep golden color with a huge head. I was a bit surprised at the size of the head, due to the high alcohol content.

Smell was very yeasty with a lot of malt as well. Can also detect just a hint of alcohol. Reminded me a bit of the smell of bread dough.

Kind of sweet, with some toffe notes. Not as complex as some I've had from Unibroue, but not bad either. Has a bit of a hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was not bad, I think the carbonation helps a lot. Fairly solid for this style.

Overall, probably the least impressive offering from Unibroue, although even a weaker offering from them is still a good beer. It won't replace Duvel as my favorite Belgian strong ale, but a nice one to try. (701 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, burnt orange with a creamy, fluffy 1 finger head. Leaves no lacing and leaves hint of foam atop the beer til the glass is finished.

S: Very nice orange and spice aroma. Also some passionfruit and a floral hop scent. Very refreshing.

T: Grapefruits and a mild spiciness with a hint of white grapes and oranges. A touch of alcohol but well masked for 10 percent. Hops are there but well balanced. Leaves a creamy-bitter aftertaste. It is a rush of sweetness that gently fades to a spicy-alcoholy warmth.

M: Medium body that has a lively fizz to it.

Overall, A very well balance brew. This brewery is magnificent. They are truly artists. Every beer I have tried from them is very gracious and elegant. (712 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful sunset orange with a billowy ivory colored head. Retention was fair while it left only subtle small traces for a lacing.

s: The nose displayed a big fruity aroma of apples and pears against a soft floral hopping and rich candy sweetness. Yeasty attributes with some musky oranges rounds things out here.

T: There is a nice smokiness overall with the fresh fruit coming out nicely for flavor (apples pears). Warm fruit highlights the complexity of the many ongoing flavors the flow together nicely including ripe sugar plums, raisin, green apples, and some dried tropical fruitiness. A nice citrusy hopping adds subtle hints against a bready backbone with just a slight hint of smokiness.

M: The mouthful was dry and crisp, very champagne like with a moderate zip of carbonation. The body was light, almost juice or wine like with a slick texture. Some alcohol warming is detected.

D: Another incredible drink by unibroue, goes down very easy. Fruity with a rich complexity and very crisp makes this a very enjoyable experience and one you will surly enjoy and get your moneys worth. Only the abv will hold you back from this one. (1,158 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of this today at the Wine Gallery in Brookline. It was nice to see it, as I was unsure of whether or not I was going to be able to get it again. Color on this beer is a glowing strawberry blond, with about two fingers worth of white head. Sweet fruit is the first thing that comes to mind after taking a big whiff. Later, some sugar water comes through, chalk, pepper; it has a very minerally disposition, if that makes sense. On my last smell, scents of fresh honey and caramel come to mind. Taste has lots of sweet caramel, sugar cane, tiny hop bite, peach nectar, overall very sweet. There is no doubt that this is a strong beer, as the alcohol can be tasted easily. Body doesn't necessarily feel big on the palate, but there is a sort of slickness that together with the alcohol makes it seem more full bodied than it really is. Drinking this one is a bit harder than I remember, which is a result of the blatantly unhidden boozy character of it. This strikes me as interesting when considering the fact that this beer has some age to it. This is a very complex brew. It almost seems to have developed some Belgian dark ale traits that I did not detect when drinking it fresh. Very nicely done. (1,216 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a nice white head. Musty-sweet aroma with spice. Big taste. Alcoholic and malty, with a sherry overtone. Fair amount of sweet fruit. Raisins, fruit, and syrupy sugar in the back. More of a liquer-like flavor with the body of a beer. Long finish. Nice. (268 characters)

Photo of Klgkenny
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.
An aggressive pour produced a very tall khaki head which receded after a few minutes, leaving behind a lace curtain. The beer is a beautiful translucent amber; reminds me of brand new motor oil.
The 16 initially smells like apples with a faint secondary aroma of hops. Very faint. It took me a moment to determine the final aroma that I detected...alcohol, but not in an overpowering odor.
The taste is very similar to the aromas. Initially sour apples, followed by a faint bitterness and a subsequent taste of warming alcohol. As the beer warmed, I began to notice a yeast/bread taste as well.
The beer was very thin in the mouth with a medium carbonation. Some might think this a negative, but I think that the mouthfeel combined with taste is almost perfect.
This beer is extremely drinkable. It's a beer that I might dream about on a hot day while I was mowing the lawn. Not only a delightful alcoholic treat, but something to quench a thirst. (993 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden color with an effervecent white head. Real bubbly.

The aroma is very malty and a little sour.

The flavor is the same, pretty sour.

Not a big fan of the style, but, it was pretty good.

Full bodied, smooth, a little alcohol sting.

Pretty drinkable. (275 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of jlb307
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle and drank from a snifter

A: Dark amber color. Opaque with a grand tan head.

S: Somewhat fruity, but could really detect the alcohol. Yeasty and malty.

T: Nice tasty brew with a long finish. The alcohol somewhat overpowered the hints of berries and orange.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Very good.

D: Surprizingly easy to drink. Bring a buddy! (377 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had a chance to crack one of these old bad boys open! Out of a caged, 750 ml bottle this beer was a hazy, orange/amber color. The head was a tremendous, puffy pillow of khaki bubbles that retained itself well and left sheets of sticky lacing. The aroma was rich and complex, lots of ripened fruit, sweet dough, floral hops, rich malts (caramel and chocolate). The flavors were equally deep and fulfilling. At first I was struck by the sweet malts aforementioned followed by a tingly pine and citrus hops. As the beer began to warm more flavors came through, pineapple and grapefruit, sugar cookie-like dough (another sweet malt variation), and toffee. When the beer approached room temperature I finally began to taste the alcohol. The mouthfeel was very smooth and the body medium/full but not heavy. It proved to be a very rewarding beer and I would put on par with the Old World classics; genuinely world class and worth cellaring. (942 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.52/5  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. (2,016 characters)

Unibroue 16 from Unibroue
91 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.