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Unibroue 11 - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

168 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-01-2002)
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Photo of GClarkage
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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

GClarkage, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lustrous gold, with a finger's width of creamy white head. Nose brings to mind white grapes, lemon, and orange. Taste is full of bubblegum flavors, lemon, syrup, and orange. I never got the feeling that this brew connected with me though. It tastes honestly good, but not engaging if that makes sense.
Mouth is very thick and pleasing. I could drink this easily though it would also be easy to be tempted by more complete offerings.

TheBungyo, May 07, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

weeare138, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of Opethsprite
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From notes) Pours a very strong, cloudy orange with a light, white head. Smells like wine, with hints of citrus and floral notes. The floral scent transfers beautifully to taste, and citrus and other fruits are also present. There is a slightly metallic finish. It is a medium beer with a smooth, dry finish. A fantastic choice that leaves you wondering what else the brewery has to offer.

Opethsprite, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
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)

RBorsato, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Bottled Jan of 2003.

A - Pours a very hazy opaque golden yellow color with a nice bubbly head. Head subsides to a little capper rather quickly.

S - Very nice on the nose. That Unibroue yeast is there but rather subdued. A fruity aroma with smells of banana and granny smith apple. I definitely like the smell.

T - The fruity taste is there and the beer also has a decent amount of peppery spiciness. Sweet overall but not overbearing. A nice flavor to sip on. The alcohol is concealed well but some warming is definitely present from the 11% ABV. A nice flavor.

M - The decent amount of carbonation along with a certain slickness (best word I can come up with) suits the tart fruity taste very well.

D - Definitely an intriguing Belgian pale. The flavor is very different fromt heir other brews, which keeps me coming back for more. A very nice sipper that would complememt many meals well.

EStreet20, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

DrJay, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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!

Derek, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of chugamugofsud
2.95/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours honey with lots of lace, seems to have a lot of thickness to it. It smells wonderfully spicey with a lot of sweetness, but it is not very drinkable. It is too heavy and sweet on the pallate for my tastes; however, if you like thicker, almost christmas ale-like productions, this one is not horrible.

chugamugofsud, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide mouthed 20 ounce goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly murky honey coloration. The head was thick and off white fluffy. There was thick lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: This beer was full of fruity sweetness punctuated by a nice lemon cross smell. Very pleasing biting smell of coriander and other spicy goodness present.

Taste: The beer had a nice malty fruity lead in. That gave way to a spicy biting yeasty treat that left my mouth ready for more.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a meduim bodied beer. There is no hint of the alcohol in the taste or smell. The alcohol hits you like a ton of bricks latter in the bottle. This beer is 11%. Oh what the hell. This is a well execueted big beer.

nlmartin, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  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

brentk56, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright, "sunshiney" gold. Two-finger ivory head. Some fine light lacing. Smells of spicy clove and pepper. Quite peppery. Sour apple and yeasty.

Very bready in the mouth. Yeast and spice. Apple and alcohol up front. Peppery. Nutmeg and vanilla underneath. Mouth is quite sticky. Quite a long alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Vanilla finish. Really good stuff. Find it if you can, still good and could stand to age longer.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of unknownlamer
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a 750 of 2003 with Uncultured.

Poured this into a Brewer's Art Chalice. It has a nice light gold color that was fairly cloudy. The head wasn't very large, and it faded quickly to a ring that persisted the entire way down, but that didn't leave much lacing.

The nose was of tart fruit with a hint of very light spicy hops. The taste was sweet and fruity with a bit of a spicy finish, and a mildy tart (apple peel like) after taste.

This hides the 11% alcohol *very* well. I couldn't taste it at all. Very smooth and tasty.

unknownlamer, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml with a bottled date of 10-10-02. Pours out a cloudy golden orange with a tall white foamy head that leaves plenty of sticky lace in rings and clumps. Big sweet fruit notes come on strong with some apples and pears. Notes of funky yeast and a very light spice. Some alcohol also peeks through. Taste starts off sweet with similar fruit notes as the aroma. A bit more spice than the aroma though blends well and helps to keep the sweetness in check. Alcohol is definitely showing through. Fairly smooth and quite warming. This is pretty drinkable stuff even with the alcohol showing through. I’m not sure how this was fresh but its pretty good right now.

meathookjones, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of markman
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue 11:

At nearly three years old (bottled January ’03) I’m not sure what to expect, and I never had it fresh so…

Very little noise when “popping” the cork…a bad sign perhaps? Minimal ½“ head, especially for a BSPA, with a slightly cloudy, but brilliant, gold color. There ain’t much to the nose either: sorta fruity, kinda yeasty, not extraordinary in any way, but nice. The taste develops slowly into a candy-slick, fruity (apple, pair), mildly spicy, and very drinkable brew…with no hint of the 11% ABV. It took ½ a Unibroue chalice-full or so to warm up to this brew, but it’s drinkability eventually hooked me. Very nice sipper, and I suspect it may even be enjoyable to the Champagne drinkers at your next holiday party.

Cheers…

markman, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
2.73/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearly a bad cork job, as the beer came out almost flat, but strangely not very oxidized. The appearance was pale amber, and had a lot a chill haze. The taste was like an apple cider, tart-sweet, and fruity. The alcohol was well hidden. Normally I would not write a review of a bad bottle, but with Unibroue’s cork quality control problems, bad bottles may be the norm in some case. If the carbonation had held up, this would have been quite good I believe. Strangely still drinkable when gone flat. Mine was bottled on March 3, 2003. If you see a bottle with that date, caveat emptor.

rajendra82, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found a companion for my only other sample of this just last night. Thanks to the IN BAs for providing me with the whereabouts of this one.

Bottle date of 10-10-2002. Score! As much as I have looked forward to trying this, I just hope that the cork has held up. The pop was light, but it allayed all my fears. I poured this into a tulip. It has an inch, maybe more, of head. It is a very light golden yellow. The second and last pour creates two inches of foam.

The nose is complex. A fruity smell from the yeast is followed by lime and orange. The taste begins with lime and orange in the front. These give way to sweeter apples and even cherries. For as light as the color is, I sure do taste some dark malt flavors in this one.

The mouthfeel is thick, and coating does not seem the proper term. I would say cloying, except I am enjoying every aspect of this beer, including its cloying mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. I am slogging through the bottle in no time.

Unibroue is one of the finest breweries in the world. Their special releases are meant to be aged, and this specimen gives me hope for the many of their beers that I am storing.

Sephiroth, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of palma
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Cork came out with a dead pop. Poured a hazy burnt yellow. Minimal size head.

Nose: Big fruit. Big yeast. Orange juice. Sugar water. Subtle alcohol fusels that are noticeable but not the least unpleasant.

Taste: This is a very flavorful beer. A lot going on here and not the slightest bit timid. Sharp citrus flavors. Strong yeasty flavor. Apples, oranges, caramel and some banana. Finish tastes darker, bready, burnt sugar. Some dark malt flavor comes through - nice, especially for such a light colored beer. Aftertaste consists of a light sour flavor that lingers on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. This beer is smooth man. You'll like it.

A very drinkable strong pale. I like this ten times better than Unibroue 10. I also like drinking this beer a little colder than the norm - around 45.

palma, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light peach color with awhite foam head that falls fast to a ring with some light lace.

Aroma is bready malt and a whole orchard of fruit bananas, apricots, peach, orange, melon pineapple seems like them all mingled together very nice.

Taste is bready malt fruity the above all thrown in a blender mix lightly sweet with the malt for a couple of seconds of heaven the turn lightly tart. The lightly tart flavor blends with some grassy hops and the earthy lightly spicy Unibroue yeasts. The light spice in the finish seems like clove and coriander not sure if its spice or just the yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium, and light at the same time really a nice feel for a Strong Pale Ale.

Drinkability is good one of the better Pales I have had anyway, much better the the 2004 edition, or maybe it just needs to age another couple of years like the 11. Found at the Liqour Barn in Lexington they had a few left if I was there again I would certainly pick some more up.

mntlover, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was in the cellar for about a year and a half. The cork almost fell out with no pressure. The beer poured semi flat but luckily the contents were fine. A slight haze to a mid blond body set off by a yeasty fruit nose. This was a smooth beer that has rounded off all edges and gained some complexity in the midbody. Very tasty and very considered in the new balance of flavours due to age.

canucklehead, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle born on March 3, 2003 poured into a chalice.
Pours a murky deep blond with a scant head. Laces pretty consistently and well.
Smells delicious, something between a tripel and quadrupel in character.
The taste is also something between a tripel and quadrupel with an initial sweetness of a quad but an overall character of a tripel. I mostly enjoy the flavor except for some grapefruit characteristics that come through, most noteabley a sour/bitter finish and tonguefeel.
Kinda smooth for 11% but the alcohol seems a bit too present, perhaps because of the noted sour/bitterness.
It's definately worth a try. It might be your thing, but I don't think I'll be shelling out the cash for this one again.

ommegangpbr, Apr 24, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear light golden with a nice white head that fell very rapidly but remained wispy at the edges of the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong fruity pineapple when first poured from the bottle. After the head fell back the aroma was more subdued with a candy aroma and some light spicy phenolics from the higher alcohols.

The flavor was light with a fruity pineapple and citrus and contained a lightly spicy flavor. The flavor did not contain any harsh alcohols which was surprising in an 11% beer. The lightness in the flavor was surprising and refreshing. The light fruity and spiciness were well achieved.

The finish was dry with a light fruitness and spice that lasted into the aftertaste. The body was medium full but the carbonation level was fairly low. The alcohol warming after consumption was very high. You could drink this pretty well, but the warming let's you know this beer contains a higher level of alcohol.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. The bottle date was Jan 9, 2003.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of winomark
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a melodious champagne cork like pop, this brew pours a hazy medium yellow with some orangish tints. A frothy, bone white head rides high in the glass. Aromas of green apples, mild bananas and spice fight for attention. Mild nose overall, but quite nice. Palate follows the nose, with more of the tropical tones being most prevelent. The alcohol content is well controlled, but noticable by a warming finish. Mouthfeel is both creamy and light due to sufficient carbonation. Long, lingering finish. A very nice beer. Quite drinkable even with the higher alcohol level. Yeasty notes really add depth and character to this brew. Well done. Too bad this was my only bottle.

winomark, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy, lighter golden color. There is a minimal amount of carbonation and head. The aroma is quite nice. There are notes of citrus, yeastiness, and some banana. The taste is quite good. The alcohol is not present at all. Some breadiness, yeastiness, clove, banana. All the characteristics of a very good trippel. All around, a very good brew!

Boto, Jan 23, 2005
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