Unibroue 11 - Unibroue
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.22/5 rDev 0%
Package: 750ml corked and caged brown bottle. Elegant gold lettered label. Dated above UPC symbol “Jan 9 2003” and the cork stamped “2-6.”
Cost: $6.99 per bottle at Bottle King (Some mail-ordered at $7.99)
Presentation: tulip glass at 50º
Appearance: Vigorous pour resulted in a lasting, moderately loose, dry, off-white head. Body resolved to a hazy golden-straw color.
Smell: Vibrant panoply of aromas, dominated by lemon zest, coriander, yeast, and multi-grain breadiness. Fairly dry bouquet threw a head-fake to the tastebuds.
Taste: Sweet upfront after the relatively dry nose. Honey, floral, and tropical fruit flavors swamped the mouth. Only after the initial flood of sweetness did the spice, citrus, banana, bread, and yeast flavors re-emerge from the deluge. The flavors lasted forever, buoyed along on the soft sweetness that dominated the finish.
Mouthfeel: Aggressively carbonated for such a high ABV, but not harsh. At first the body seemed very full due to the sweetness, but thinned out as the carbonation made its presence known. Warming.
Drinkability: I failed to make this bottle last as long as I'd wanted, as it was so smooth and easy-drinking for such a “spirited” beer. You may not taste the alcohol but it will make its presence known soon enough! A beer for savoring that tests your willpower.
I was really looking forward to opening one of these, since I loved the Unibroue 10. I ordered 2 via mail order since I couldn’t find it around here, but when some showed up at my local making self-control superfluous, I got the green light. As mentioned, I was surprised at how sweet this seemed. I remembered the 10 as being drier, nuttier, and more complex at the same stage. I'll try another 10, but as it has aged a year, direct comparison is impossible. The 11 also suffered in following the recently reviewed Allagash Tripel Reserve, which was more complex, though lower in ABV. The 11 is not a bad ale, but I prefer the 10. I laid down a few 11’s for aging, so we’ll see how they mature; but now I'll be buying more 10's at a $1 less a bottle now that I've had the 11.
Bottom Line: A good strong ale, all the more so for its 11% ABV and smoothness; but perhaps over-hyped for its strength. Doesn’t represent the value that Unibroue once did.
03-10-2003 14:56:47 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev 0%
Appearance Cloudy yellow body with a giant head that laced like crazy.
Smell Smells like a strong weitzen with a lemon in it. Big yeast and wheat along with sour fruit and a hint of spices.
Taste This is very different. The lemon flavor kicks into high gear, almost like a Sprite on steroids. Theres also some orange as well, along with a lot of peppery spicing. Im thinking more like a hot pepper something red (no green vegetal flavors here). The yeast makes up the body of this ale although theres a hint of something bitter that I cant make out.
Mouthfeel Nicely carbonated and very smooth for an 11 ABV. I cant pick up a hint of alcohol on the tongue.
Drinkability After tasting, I drank the rest of this bottle with a lamb-based Lebanese dish. My salad (all vegetables out of my garden box) was dressed with olive oil, lemons, and a lot of fresh mint (typical Arabic salad). This beer went exceptionally well with it.
Comments I felt overmatched in this tasting. There were too many flavors and smells that I couldnt identify. However, I was floored by the lack of stingy alcohol notes in this brew. Unibroue amazes me.
08-17-2003 02:39:08 | More by RoyalT
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
With each beer from Unibroue I taste I become more convinced that this is one of the top 10 breweries in the entire world. I have yet to have had a beer from them that has not impressed me in some way or another. With the Unibroue 11, I feel that the brewery has elevated themselves into serious consideration for the title of single best brewery. It's that good.
Initial pour shows some serious carbonation, creating a very active beer whose pour results in a massive white head. I would guess that it would subside to a sticky lace, but I simply didn't have the patience to wait that long. The beer itself is a beautiful orange-gold with a very slight hazing (chill? yeast? wheat?). A seriously attractive brew!! I started drooling just looking at it. Aromas are strong, with some tropical fruit notes on top of the appetizing honey-malt bread smells (like a fresh baguette with honey but no butter). There are citric and herb hints and a tiny whisper of alcohol present as well. No off notes in the nose at all. Perhaps it was the smell that made me lose my mind and drink before the head settled!!
The first taste is ambrosial - smooth, with the tropical fruit, and honeyed bread notes from the aroma continuing into the taste. The citric/herb notes are more dominant here than in the smell and serve well to tie together the fruits, malts and grains. The strength and complexity of the flavors, combined with the aggressive carbonation, does an excellent job of camoflaging the alcohol, though there is a "snap" and warmth in the finish that should clue you in to the sting in the tail of this beast of a beer. The flavor profile is weighted towards the middle of the palate and the taste, resulting in a beer that teases, explodes, and then tapers. Perfection in a bottle. The only reason that I wouldn't consider giving it a higher score for drinkability is the 11% ABV combined with the 750ml bottle. It's just never going to be a session beer for me (call me a lightweight if you want).
Anyone who thinks that there are no great (not good, but truly great) Belgian style beers from outside Belgium needs to try this beer. It's truly and authentically Belgian in style, and near to perfection in its execution. Lovely, seductive, intoxicating and oh so dangerous.
04-06-2003 13:30:17 | More by SamuraiJack
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
750 ml brown bottle that was corked and caged, no freshness date though this is a strong bottle conditioned beer so age will only add to the beer.
Substantial amount of chill haze to bring a light dusty orange hue, perhaps mostly from the use of wheat which forms and holds a thick creamy tiny bubbled lace. Excellent head retention.
Smells a bit minty with ripe exotic fruit, faint solvent alcohol and a honey bready maltiness. Very aromatic.
Unbeleiveably smooth and hard to be convinced that it is a 11.0% abv brew. The alcohol is there but hidden within the plumy and passion fruit flavours. A minty lemony herbal note hits in the middle and melds well with the sweet maltiness that throws suggestions of raw honey and Portuguese sweet bread.
One of the best brews from Unibroue yet! If you liked Unibroue 10 you'll love this one.
12-01-2002 12:16:26 | More by Jason
4.22/5 rDev 0%
750ml bottle, caged and corked. The cork was easily removed by hand, with a resounding "plop" sound. Pours into a goblet a hazy, golden yellow colour, with a silky, white, head that quickly falls into patchy lacing that form islands around the goblet.
Aroma has bubblegum, apricots, mandarin oranges, and coriander. Pungent, earthy, yeasts add a hint of mushrooms to the bouquet. A whiff of alcohol is difficult to ignore.
Mouthfeel is satiny, and well carbonated. Impressions of a fine Belgian pale ale here.
Taste is complex. There is a pear and apricot fruitiness that really impresses. The signature Unobroue yeast takes over the middle, however, and imparts a bready component, as well as a slight yeasty mustiness. Coriander and white pepper are always around to keep this one dry and even. All the flavors weave around quite well, and make this a very enjoyable Belgian style, strong pale ale. Alcohol warmth is notable here, and one shouldn't let the complexity of this one make you forget that this is a big "beer". The 11.0% abv will sneak up on you.
03-07-2004 22:37:20 | More by merlin48
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
Large bottle with cork and cage. I cought a flat bottle. Nothing upon opening the cork and no head. Boo. Nose was fruity and vinious. Clearly a strong and flavorful brew. Notes of vanilla, spice, yeast, rum. Medium body. Long, alcoholic finish. I need to try anouther bottle of this quality sipper to do it justice.
06-20-2004 21:24:41 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
This beer poured a hazy hay color with little to no head, which went into a little lacy head on the sides of the glass.
The aroma was that of a crisp, strong fruity bubble gum scent. At first, the aroma seems a bit strong, but it mellows out nicely.
The bottle I had continued with the fruity bubble gum taste that went down smooth and finished with a few quick bubbles. It is a very easy beer to drink and tastes great. This would easily be a great beer for someone who is new to good beers to try as it is not overpowerful for 11% nor is it very esoteric in taste.
04-03-2003 04:41:24 | More by DrunkenPanther
4.6/5 rDev +9%
Deep shadowy gold color with a very nice building head that "tats" like a Belgian maid. Aroma is magnificent, like a bowl of tropical fruit. Overall, a sense of pineapple flavor seems to be the over riding impression, but estery sub-banana and peach are also apparent to the malts. Nice duration to these jazzy flavors. Carbonation is about perfect for style, body is soft like rain water. While hops are not really apparent, theres a good deal of spicy ginger and a bit of wheatiness to counteract the fruit. Alcohol is subtle, not burning. A very fine brew...
01-08-2003 09:26:13 | More by ADR
4.78/5 rDev +13.3%
Wow!!! What an amazing representation of a Belgium strong ale, our friends located in Chambly are truly gifted brewers who have put their own twist on so many classic belgium style beers. However from my experience with Unibroue so far this beer is the pinnacle of greatness from their repertoire. The mixture of spices, malt, and gentle touch of hops blend so well together to create one unique drinking experience to be had by all beer lovers. Appears a true golden yellow vibrant tone with a white full head of creamy foam, but I must say not much lace going on here. Aroma is full sweet malty with a touch of slightly floral hops, and very aromatic mixture of spices from Unibroue. Also I must note the alcohol phenols coming through with some nice apple cider like tones. The taste is a sweet strong ale with an array of alochol on the tongue balanced by sweet buttery notes of apple, raisiny goodness. One must note the extraordinary texture that this medium to full bodied beer eminates through the palate are the buttery silky textures felt with each sip for a smooth finish. The drinkability of a beer like this is amazing because once you finish off a 750 ml bottle of this you can' t help but yearn fo another. An all time favorite of mine that is a down right classic and is well deserving of it's spot on the top 50 rated this beers produces. If only it wasn't 11% abv.
06-03-2003 14:47:30 | More by WVbeergeek
4.83/5 rDev +14.5%
This blonde ale is very high gravity but it does not overpower the palate. It has a high quality mouth and slightly fruity finish that very Belgian, much like a nice Leffe Blonde. Not a Bud drinkers brew, but one for the most seriuos enthusiast. In my top 5 beers.
09-03-2003 15:02:45 | More by DarrellK
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
This poured to a great gold color but carbonation seemed to be lacking. I'm not getting any lacing out of it either.
The smell is pretty strong, mostly consisting of esters and alcohol. The taste is very good, almost like a blend of La Fin du Monde and Blanche de Chambly in some ways. The mouthfeel was lighter than expected but unique and pleasing. Drinkability took a small hit, but some of that may just be in the mind with that alcoholic smell playing into things. Overall, it does a great job of blending its alcoholic content.
It's definitely potent, and it's definitely good.
07-09-2004 02:50:23 | More by watermelonman
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
Polluted golden body with a silcone-enhanced off white dome.
Big, plump exotic fruit in the nose. Pineapple, mostly, but clementines and white grapes appear as well. Big wheat aromas to boot, and a rough-talking blast of alcohol.
All the services advertised in the smell are delivered. Everything in the nose appears in the flavor, but is much more developed.
Intially, the fruits enter. A three way fornication amongst pineapples, pears and mangos. White wine-ish grapes videotape the ordeal. Next scene features spices, ready to get it on. Pepper and hints of ginger wait for your 1-900 call. Wheat is on the on line. Ohh baby..spicy, and clovey. Yeast arrives and soothes everything out. Stays nearly sugary sweet throughout, but that is what you are paying for. Amazingly soft-bodied. A quick jolt of alcohol, and she's out the door.
Literally pillow-talk for the mouth. Smooth and soft, Steady rising carbonation and intermittent pricks of alcohol keep things arousing.
Goes down as fast as you want it to.
I'll be a regular client around here.
12-23-2002 23:11:38 | More by cokes
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
Not as unique and tasty as other Unibroues. The 11% was noticeable, otherwise drinkable with food. At least two to finish this beer, and not before the meal. Therefore a smaller bottle than 750 ml would make sense.
Wonder what this will be like if aged for two or more years.
12-01-2003 13:56:03 | More by Sammy
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
Tasted side-by-side with an aged bottle of "10". The 11 appears very much as the 10 did in it's youth. The 10, however, has cleared greatly; become a touch more effervescent; and lost some of its head retention (?). It's also dried quite a bit; and not only does it appear like Champagne now, it also smells a bit like it with notes of white grape and apple. But I digress... The 11 pours a slightly hazy, yellow-gold with orange tints beneath a massive head of bright-white foam that's bolstered by the masses of very fine bubbles that rise and swirl from beneath. Although the huge head eventully subsides, it keeps a tight 1/8" lid throughout the goblet. The nose offers sweet sugar that's only mildly candyish (more like plain table sugar), cookie dough, some delicate phenolics, mild clove, and a touch of citrus rind. The mouthfeel is initially zesty on the tip of the tongue and upper lip, but it foams so much as to become airy before crossing the palate. The flavor is very much like the aroma, restrained but beckoning another taste; offering sugar-coated slices of apple and pear alongside astringent white grape with a background of candied ginger, mild vanilla, honey, and subdued spice. The combination of alcohol and carbonation warms as it runs through the throat and into the stomach. It finishes with some sweet, honey-ish and candy-like malt, a subtle spice, and a touch of gentle bitterness. A most regal brew!
12-14-2003 23:23:11 | More by NeroFiddled
4.05/5 rDev -4%
Bottled 1/03. Pours out with a fluffy white lacey head, settling over hazy golden liquid. The nose is malty with a Belgian Tripel character to it, fruity and potent with laid back hop presence. The taste is light-bodied and effervescent, with a soft malty/fruit note with big alcohol notes up front. Slight pear flavor with nice hoppiness noted too. Finishes light, dry and quite potent. Well made and very drinkable for it's stregnth.
Thanks to Pabobcat for the bottle!
11-30-2003 19:14:11 | More by beerluvr
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
Big thanks to bring for "bring"ing this beer to a tasting. You're the man, Barry.
Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head leaving a ring around the glass as it settles.
Aroma is very pleasant with honey, pale malt, spice, yeast, and mild sherry oxidative notes. Hey, it is over 6 years old.
Flavor is good and sweet with pale malt, lots of honey and spice, Belgian yeast, and a little light fruit, especially apple and pear. Sherry is definitely in there as well, but there's not too much of it.
Nice and sweet on the palate with medium body and mild carbonation that belies the age of this beer. 11% ABV is very well-hidden.
Drinkability is pretty high. This beer is very good overall.
11-23-2009 06:33:32 | More by nickd717
4.72/5 rDev +11.8%
Every thing I look for in a beer and more. The color and carbonation are perfect. Just the perfect blend of hops. The high ABV can barely be noticed. It goes down smooth, no bad aftertaste. Terrific. Perfect. Did I say I liked it?
12-24-2002 08:17:14 | More by bewareOFpenguin
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance: Briliant bright yellow in colot with a thick 1 funger thick head. there is plenty of lacing with lots of continuous carbonation.
Smell: Slightly sweet smelling with a yeasty aroma that I find to be typical of all of Unbroe's beers. There are hints of bannana and other various fruits
Taste: Strong and bold but with a light finish. There is a slight alcohol taste at the end but not much for something that is 11%. Very well masked.
Overall: a breat tasting beer with lots to offer!
05-23-2004 03:27:30 | More by Elemental
4.55/5 rDev +7.8%
Pale tawny-honey in hue, hazy, there is tremendous effervescence that restocks a magnificent and mammoth white foamy head. The retention was excellent as well, as the liquid was removed via my mouth, thick globs of unorganized lace was produced. The bouquet is spritzy, peppery with mild yeast funkiness, lemons; the nose seems a tad restrained. Still the invitation cannot be ignored: drink-up sucka! Awesomely flavorful palate, it is complex yet soothing and soft but somehow aggressive without being forceful, this is a marvelously well-crafted beverage. There is plenty of spiciness and pepper upfront; the alcohol is most noticeable in the middle, herbal with lemon notes linger throughout. Also there are influences of clove and faint rose peddle flavors and coriander/orange zest hints. Needless to say there is a lot going on in the flavor department. The impact of the carbonation is tantalizing and a fabulous aid in accelerating of the flavors. Medium body with an almost perfect mouthfeel. It is dangerously drinkable, what a great beverage! Recommended, it is almost as good as Duvel. God Bless Belgium oops, I meant Canada. My 750ml corked and caged bottle was purchased in Kansas City.
07-11-2003 10:52:36 | More by bditty187
2.3/5 rDev -45.5%
This brew did have a good head to it. I thought it had a spicy aroma to it. The presence of carbonation was evident in this brew. The first taste of this brew left me with a burning, stingy feeling in my throat. This was a brew that I definitely was unimpressed with as I did not enjoy the overall taste of it.
04-21-2003 23:03:21 | More by hotstuff
4.53/5 rDev +7.3%
Bought this at a bar to take home, only to find it the next day for the first time ever in a beer store for half the price a paid for it!! Murphy's Law I guess. So was it worth it?
The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a nice creamy looking head. The smell is sweet, fruity and yeast is evident. After the reading the recent "Beer Gas" thread i'm a bit concerned about my septic tank!! The beer has that signature Uniboue taste (yeast?), with the 11% hidden great!! (and dangerously). Nice fruity taste but not too sweet, not syrupy at all and just pleasant to drink. I don't know if it's the yeast or what but they make highly drinkable stong ales. This beer really seems to be a high powered La Fin Du Monde , which is also a great brew. I guess "La Fin Du Monde Magnum" or "La Fin Du Monde ICE" doesn't sound too good, so they came up with this...great brew and worth every penny. You can't go wrong with this brewery!
03-30-2003 17:34:43 | More by avylover
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Fast, brief head barely leaves a skim, but the strong carbonation actually makes a swirling, boiling current in the body of the beer.
Aroma is slightly yeasty, with some sweet candy mixed in.
The body is not so much cloudy as opaque -- a single, creamy chunk of light butterscotch gold.
Moderately chewy, great snap of spice balanced by malt. Ending taste is slightly burning maltiness.
The lacing is odd. Very thick where it occurs, but it only occurs in a few places in the glass.
Not very drinkable, though -- bring friends. Finishing up a single bottle of this is a bit much for a little guy. Frankly, this would have been better as a single 12 ounce bottle.
05-23-2003 20:28:22 | More by Darkale
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
Bottle Purchase in 2003 and drank in 2004. Poured a blond brew with a huge white head with above standard retention. Nose is subtle alcohol with some malt, a bit like a mix of barley and wheat. Medium carbonation with an above average body. Taste is bit too strong on alcohol for my liking but I guess it is to be expected for those special anniversary beers. The mix of spice is great with also some fruit (apple?) and a bit of sweetness underneath it all. Overall, this is a great beer and Ill try to get my hands on some leftover and see what it could once it is aged a bit more.
03-05-2004 20:52:27 | More by Phyl21ca
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
Pours a hazy bright gold/yellow. Small ring of head develops but leaves nice lace on the goblet.
Aroma is yeast, citrus, orange, lemon, corianded and other spice.
Flavor starts slowly with a nice sweet malt start then movs into a spicy, yeasty and lemony/citrusy middle then reaches a crescendo of taste with a kick-ass alcoholic punch. Very complex and incredibly tasty.
Mouthfeeil is very alive and really nicely balanced.
The alcoholic kick at the end is very noticeable but adds to, rather than subtracts from the beer. Very nicely warming beer on a super cold and snowy Michigan night.
Highly recommended for Trippel lovers.
01-27-2004 15:49:22 | More by CRJMellor
Unibroue 11 from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.