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Unibroue 11 - Unibroue

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154 Reviews

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 169
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 154 | Hads: 169
Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: With very little pop on the cork, the beer poured almost like a soft drink with the head dissipating within seconds of the pour; the body was a murky golden color with not a bubble in sight

Smell: Malty banana and candy sugar nose with a touch of coriander spice

Taste: Starts out very bready with plenty of candy sugar and light fruit flavors; definite green apple tart flavors kick in and the finish has a spicy cinnamon clove character

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some carbonation left

Drinkability: Quite good after three years in the bottle

Thanks, Kindestcut

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been sitting in my basement for about a year. It was one worth waiting for. Huge sweetness in the belgian malt, wheat, and candy sugars. Great creamy texture and wheat-ey color. Cloudy and soft to the look and the feel. Exceedingly spicy and hot as the beer goes down. Finishes with serious spice and heat while retaining the flavor and sweetness in the orriginal sip. A treat for the senses and a demand of respect. Sure to keep improving with age.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 I’ll try to get my hands on some leftover and see what it could once it is aged a bit more.

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Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a murky golden straw color with essentially no head to speak of.

S: Not too pleasant to start off. Lots of cardboard with some alcohol. This is followed up with a sweet honey-like aroma as well as some floral and herbal notes and yeast.

T: Starts off really sweet like a mead along with some toffee and caramel to remind you this is a beer. There's still some cardboard oxidation and alcohol, but also a very strange herbal flavor.

M: The body is medium with a pretty low level of carbonation.

D: Like the 10th Anniversary, this one is pretty much dead.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Jason
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 03/25/11 notes. Shared with a few friends, poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and very light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, apples, and fruit malts.

t - Tastes of apples, faded fruity malts, Belgian yeast, light spice, light bread. A little sweet.

m - Medium body and no real carbonation in the mouth at all.

d - Overall a decent beer, but a little bit past its prime. I could tell by the low carbonation and the faded fruit taste that its past its prime, but still a solid beer. I would recommend drinking this one now if you still have one as I don't think it will get any better.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden color is the first thing that greets the eyes, followed by a volcanic head, pure white and dazzling.
Aroma is very clean and fresh, and abounds with zesty citrus flavors. On first taste, a bold wave of hops buzz the palate, and firmly set up occupation in the mouth.
What's the ABV? I'm feeling it! Oh, yeah, "11". Now, it's kickin'!
The flavor and feeling is dazzling, uplifting, delicious. Never had a witbier this strong before.
Very hoppy, extraordinarily yeasty, and another fine accomplishment from Unibroue.

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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this brew at a recent tasting. Unibroue 11 is circa 2002/2003 putting this beer at a few months shy of 9 years old at the time of opening.

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a mini snifter, this brew appears a clear golden color with a white bubbly fizzy head that quickly recedes. Closer inspection reveals some tiny particulate floating through the body and additional pours into my glass get more and more hazed.

The aroma of this brew is apple meets pear skins. It smells of grass, light skinned fruits, a touch of sulfur and a slight indication that this might be peppery and "tart." The taste is sweet bready malt, a bit high in residual sweetness giving a flavoring that is somewhat like candy. The fruits mentioned in the aroma are present in flavor: pear and apple. The finish is dry ad spicy with a peppery note as expected from the nose.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a light, enjoyable level of carbonation. It is easy drinking with a spiced dryness that encourages more frequent sipping. This brew did not at all seem like it was 11% or "over the hill" I believe this was a well kept bottle that could have been held on to for a few more years yet. Thanks again for sharing Jason!

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Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a hazy gold color with a white lace head. The aroma was fruity. There was an essence of banana lingering. The taste was excellant. Again, it had a nice spiciness to it; fruity to the palate. The mouthfeel was great; nicely carbonated. This is a low bodied beer. It was very refreshing.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

05/25/06- Purchased at Ledger’s Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Beautiful etched glass as usual. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden, clouded and yeast infested. Full one inch of small bubbled foam rises to the top of my glass. Lacing is above average with a semi-ufo circle in the middle.

Smell- Really lacking of any strong scent. Has light scent of corriander, spices and sweet tropical fruits. Scent is there, but it really doesn’t assert itself as much as I would like.

Taste- I’ve had this brew before and it’s about as good as it can get. Tons of coriander, orange, lemon and some tropical flavors. Almost seems like a bit of papaya. Nice and sweet, but not cloying. Even tastes like a bit of hop bitterness afterwards.

Mouthfeel- Prickling and sharp carbonation. Slight sugary and fuller feel. Very crisp.

Drinkability- After a hard day of play in the sun, this beer more than hits the spot. It catches up on you quick though, When it’s hot you will find it hard not to chug it because it’s so refreshing. One of my all time favorite beers

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy Gold color.

Has a pleasant fruit smell. Apples mostly.

Mild flavored and slightly sweet, you can taste the alcohol in this. It has a bit of bitterness near the end. Also has a mild Banana taste to it like a good German wheat beer. It really warms your throat and stomach.

Medium Carbonation.

Mouth feel is good.

A good beer but not really worth the $9.70 I paid for the bottle.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage '03 bottle, courtesy of egajdzis...
Appears a hazy orange gold with a tiny white head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mild cork, peachy mango, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spices with pepper & cardamom standing out.
Taste is of the same with some alcohol & cork mixed in the taste.
Mouthfeel is of sweet peach & yeast that is typical of most of the Unibroue brews.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a white head, leaving some lace, the carbonation is not overpowering. Cloudy yellow but no hint of yeast. Sweet malty flavor with just a hint of hops, very tasty brew. The alcohol is high but not overpowering. Medium to full body and a creamy texture, $8.99 for a 750ml.

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Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this at Bottleworks in Seattle. Although it was nicely refridgerated, the outside of the cork was a little mossy.

A: Clear yellow, with a little white head. It seems to have lost some of its fizz over the years.

S: Bready malt and caramel candy.

T: Bready, caramel, some cotton candy-like esters, caramel, with a little white wine flavour.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Quite good.

It's too bad I wasn't able to sample this when it was fresher. The Frigrante bottle was dated 03/03 as well, and it just blew this one away!

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with some yeast flecks and spotty lace. Mild aromas of bready, malt and fruit. Mellow flavour that has a bit of caramel adding to the malty, yeasty character. Spice in the finish. Quite smooth with low carbonation. Overall, pretty mellow. Seems like it's past its prime now, but still quite enjoyable. Thanks Derek!

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Big thanks to my boy Jethro for pulling this one out.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber, first glass is relatively clear, medium sized white head forms, slowly settles to a thin ring, few lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, lots of apple character, pears, honey and caramel, very fruity, apricots, white grapes, some spiciness, alcohol is almost nonexistent.

Taste is similar, sweet apple tart, coriander/cinnamon like spice, honey and caramel sweetness, pears and apple, quite sweet still, but has a nice fruity and toasty finish, alcohol has disappeared.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Didn't get too much oxidation out of this, and was holding up very well. I think I still liked this one fresher, but definitely an aged treat. Thanks Ron!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is cloudy golden. Carbonation looks to be moderate. You can literally hear the nice sized creamy white head fizzle down to a thin coating. Lacing is adequate. Nose is yeasty, fruity, doughy and slightly malty. Aroma smells like fresh baked bread at times. Taste is fruity and yeasty first and foremost. Some ethanol fumes are definitely part of the equation. A dash of black pepper is thrown in for good measure. It contains a subdued spritzy kind of a mouthfeel. Body is about medium. Drinkability is no better than average due to the lingering aftertaste of alcohol.

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Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color; the head is prodigious in size, the texture spumous, the color a bright white. Aroma of malt, over ripe pineapple, citrus crisp and clean, some light yeast tones also noticed. Start is ambrosial, loaded with malt and the top middling in its feel on the palate. Finish is modestly acidic, the hops perfect in their understated presence, slightly tart and quite dry aftertaste, the big ABV, warms the “tummy”, but does not shock the senses, well maybe after the second bottle you might be numb.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: Pours a cloudy blonde/gold color with a thin white head. Thin and quick lacing and very effervescent. The aroma is very wheaty with a bit of citrus and malt too. Slick body with lots of alcohol up front, with intermittent fruity and malty flavors making themselves known. The finish is very fruity and sweet. An interesting Canadian Belgian but really nothing to write home about.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold-peachish color with a medium-full white head and decent slow carbonation. Nice spicy Belgian yeasty aroma and flavor; very similar to La Fin Du Monde but with a bit more alcohol character in both aroma and flavor. Full-medium bodied with a bubbly character; a touch of alcohol on the dry finish but certainly not as much as you would expect for the ABV... nice dry finish.

'10-10-2002' silk screened above the UPC (bottled?)
Purchased: 11/23/02
Tasted: 01/21/06

($7.99 / 750 ml /25.4 oz tall straight brown lithographed wine style bottle, corked, and caged)

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Photo of RoyalT
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. There’s also some orange as well, along with a lot of peppery spicing. I’m thinking more like a hot pepper – something red (no green vegetal flavors here). The yeast makes up the body of this ale although there’s a hint of something bitter that I can’t make out.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated and very smooth for an 11 ABV. I can’t 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 couldn’t identify. However, I was floored by the lack of stingy alcohol notes in this brew. Unibroue amazes me.

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Unibroue 11 from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.