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La Seigneuriale | Unibroue

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La SeigneurialeLa Seigneuriale

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kbub6f on 03-17-2005

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ain’t it just like a blond, or a Kolsch. light Creamy and citrus orange lemony and vanilla and banana pear yeast and light spice. Nicely hopped - good balance, however on the sweet side of the scale. Medium mouthfeel.This was a bottle of the Retired version. Had the new version and it was more yeast and metallic, maybe would get the same rating but not as tasty.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured rather dark orange in color with a thin white layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: The smell is rather sweet and has aromas of fruits and yeast. Notes of apple cider stand out in particular.
T: Like the aroma, the taste is also sweet with flavors of tart fruits and spices. The combination of fruits and spices tastes somewhat similar to applesauce.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and rather smooth.
D: The beer was very easy to drink and I would definitely have it again if they continued to make it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed last night at Pazzos with the owner, a Unibroue representative, and some great beer enthusiasts. This is another impressive brew from Unibroue. Naturally, very Belgian, and with some impressive Wit-like softness. Strong pale and wheat malts and that classic twangy Belgian yeast. Very fruity (peaches, pears, appricots, mangos), estery (clove, bananna, papaya), and spicy (pepper, corriander, orange peel). Less hot and fusal as Unibroue beers usually get, rather very soft, abundantly carbonated, and smooth. Very dry in the finish with a clean fruity quality. Thanks Karl.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. First I've seen of this particular offering in Alberta, and it was a pleasantly surprising find on the shelves of my hometown's bottleshop (wait, there's a bottleshop in my hometown?!).

This beer pours a hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thin, loosely foamy ecru head, which leaves a few blobs of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of grainy pale malt, earthy yeast (yup, that Unibroue house stuff), under-ripe banana, softly spicy clove, green apple skin, and a bit of peppery alcohol. The taste is fruity semi-sweet pale malt, somewhat sour yeast, raw sliced apples, tame coriander, white pepper, and a soft grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too tacky to be considered all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the drupe fruitiness ramping it up a notch over the flailing malt, as the yeast and hops keep a low profile.

An agreeable, if not overly complex big Belgian pale ale, the perceived strength kept well at bay. As usual for this brewer, a solid, somewhat accelerated intro to the style - glad I finally got a crack at it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color and I was able to raise a nice Belgian head, but the retention was not as good as I expected and the lacing was slipshod

Smell: Complex malt and yeast character, with a creamy clove aspect that wafts atop the apples and figs; some alcohol also detected

Taste: Tart apples, up front, with a burgeoning clove flavor that complements the developing dark fruits; rather peppery, by mid-palate, with subtle hints of mocha; graham cracker sweetness, after the swallow, with all of the earlier flavors blending together in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Hard to think of this as a BSPA, as it verges into the BSDA territory, although I think my bottle may be an older version as I suspect it may be around three years old; nevertheless, a rather nice sipper

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a red colored beer with a huge head with excellent retention. Carbonation is perfect with lots of bubbles coming back on top minutes after the beer was poured. Aroma is comprised of a very enticing mix of spice and some sweet fruit such as orange. Wow, this one really does it for me and it’s a shame that this brewery was bought by Sleeman and those are the last bottle we will see.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before date 7-31-09

A - Poured out a very cloudy, light brown/copper color with a two-finger, tan head that left light trails of lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and dried fruits (plum). There were also caramel notes and a candy sugar aroma.

T - Somewhat sour upon first sip. It mellows a bit. Powerful dried fruit flavor and sweet maltiness.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is another good begian-style brew from Unibroue.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big creamy head fades at a med pace light lacing, semi hazy golden orange nectar color.

Nose wow fruit, apple and pear galore, apricot, light cherry, Belgian golden yeast, light golden malts, light floral aroma.

Taste starts with sweet sugar, light candi sugar, light molasses, sweet Belgian golden malts, and a light floral hop bitterness. Then fruits, apple, pear, apricot, white raisin, fig, etc. light yeasty almost chalky like flavor, hint of booze and decent sweetness. Finishes a bit drier, lots more fruit and Belgian yeast sugars, and a nice toasty like malt.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, good carb, hint of booze.

Overall great, nice fruits, sugars, yeast flavors, Belgian malts. Very tasty as expected from Unibroue.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, best by 07/31/2009. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a fairly dense 2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some small bits of lacing cling to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, raisins, apple, grape, and spicy yeast. Some nice aromas with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, molasses, biscuit, citrus, grass, and spiciness. Initial taste in the front tastes just like dulce de leche, very unique stuff. No bitterness noticed; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium body and fairly high carbonation; with a creamy mouthfeel with big prickly carbonation as expected for a bottle conditioned brew. No alcohol noticed except for a slight warming after the finish. Very nice drinkability with great balance of flavors. Overall, a very interesting and excellent Belgian ale. Glad I got to experience this because it is now retired.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue's La Seigneuriale pours a hazy auburn-orange body beneath a massive head of creamy off-white foam. It settles very slowly to a thick-fingers worth; and beyond that it still holds well, finally dwindling down to a wide-collar and whispy surface covering midway through the glass. The lacing is quite impressive, and leaves thick walls of clingly lace that hold seemingly forever. I wonder if the glass were poured, and then not touched, how long would it take the lace to slide back down into the glass?

The nose is malty, yeasty, and gently spicy. I detect what I'm pretty sure is cardamom, giving a bit of a sweet cola-like note, and perhaps a bit of a woodiness (cedar) or lightly licorice-like character as well. Some mild hops flutter in the distant background.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and creamy smooth with a very-fine-bubbled natural carbonation from bottle conditioning.

The flavor initially offers malt with a touch of light caramel to it; threaded through with yeasty fruit, and wrapped in a thin silky scarf of flavorful spice. The spice builds, the fruitiness fades, and it becomes sweeter as it warms in the mouth. At mid palate the alcohol begins to show, and the yeastiness and hops become more evident. Honeyish notes appear at the swallow, remnants of the initial malt; and it fades away rather non-chalantly, leaving a dusting of soft spice and a hint of herbal and grassy/leafy hops behind.

Impressively rounded, well-balanced, and drinkable; Unibroue has produced a remarkable, strong and lightly-spiced version of an everyday Belgian pale ale. It makes an excellent accompaniment to lighter meats (fowl, pork), and pairs well with sweeter vegetables (glazed carrots, yams, cut corn). It makes an excellent after dinner tipple as well. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle with a bottled on date of 10/30/06, into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky amber color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, apples and dark fruits, light malts, spice and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and fruity with a strong compliment of Belgian yeast. It’s well-balanced with a mild hops presence and a little bit of spice as well. The after-taste is yeasty and sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this beer as I bought this beer as a clearance item and, despite their reputation, I didn’t like the one other beer that I’ve tried from Unibroue. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked this beer as much as I did. It’s well-worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

La Seigneuriale has a typically Unibroue-like amount of carbonation and a correspondingly massive crown of creamy, ecru colored froth. The beer itself is all kinds of gorgeous. Dark orange suffused with cherry juice becomes bright orange becomes ripe lemon as the eye travels from the center of the glass to its edges. Only a less than wonderful looking cap (once it begins to melt) and a serious shortage of lace are negatives.

The nose is full of ripe orchard fruit (apricots especially), along with loads of clove-like yeasty spiciness. There's just a hint of toast and caramel underlying the other aromas, putting this big ale squarely in the BSGA (Belgian strong golden ale) category.

If the metallic vibe of the first few mouthfuls ever disappears, we might have some pretty good beer here. This bottle is barely more than 2 years into its brewery estimated 3 years of viability, so age shouldn't be a factor. Time and warming help, though a background stainless steeliness remains.

The flavor profile could be broader and deeper. It doesn't feel like there's much support, much 'oomph' behind the various flavors that are bathing the taste buds. I've found the same to be true of some of Unibroue's other offerings.

More malt and more malt sweetness would be a good place to start. Candi sugar anyone? La Seig is too highly attenuated and is too thin, too bitter and too dry as a result. If you love Jolly Pumpkin beer, you'll probably be right at home. While those complaints sound serious, I've probably overstated the case. This is still enjoyable beer in the end.

Specifics include lightly toasted wheat bread, steely caramel, unsweet apricot jam, bitter orange and a generous dusting of ground cloves. Warming knits things together more completely, but it can only do so much.

The unibrewers at Unibroue would do themselves a huge favor by learning how to bestow a Belgian-like mouthfeel on their Belgian-style beer. This offering is too light and too fizzy early.... then too lackluster late. A lightly creamy expansiveness would go a long way.

La Seigneuriale is a play on words meaning 'the divine ale'. That's a fantastic name, but if a brewery is going to make a claim like that, they better back it up with a beer that is equally fantastic. Tomme Arthur could probably knock something similar out of the park.

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD 07-31-09

Pours an effervescent orange/brown with a tight 1" sand colored head. Super head retention& average lacing

S: Pear, honey & grass notes

T: Apple skins, grapes, & a little oaky dryness up front. Phenolic & alcohol notes follow as this warms. Slight sourness follow, that doesn't really float my boat at all. Breadyness & dates follow as this warms up some more, that's more like it! Finishes dry, jammy, fruitty, lemmony hops & with a little pepper, plus bandaid notes

MF: Spritzy & a little syruppy at the same time, some alcohol burn

Drinks a bit slow, due to some flavors that I don't like, many belgian freaks will like this more than I did, worth a try though. I assume aging this a while will only improve this

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To the beer I can't pronounce with diction or cognition...It appears a cloudy amber brown deep copper tone with a loarge off white beige head forming large bubbles it leaves nice full even bands of lacing between ech sip. Aromatics contain heavility spiced layers with heavy clove and citrus peel notes as well as a real herbal tea like note bringing floral notes with sweet spicy christmas bread notes quite lively overall Unibroue always impresses. Flavor has evident alcohol along with full on spice tones really clovey with raisinand spice bread notes evident yeasty profile and leafy eathy rustic tone. The Mouthfeel is medium bodie ale with effervescent carbonation while the spices last long and thick on the palates surface. Drinkability is decent althought I feel this would greatly improve with a bit of age on each bottle...I love Unibroue even here after the original takeover years.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caork-caged bottle, best by 07-31-09, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours orangeish amber with a thick, foamy white head that thins and stays without leaving much lacing.

The smell is of black pepper, caramel/toffee with banana/orange/strawberry blend fruitiness. Spicy yeast and earthy tones are in the mix.

The taste is caramel with herbal (almost medicinal) spicing and black pepper. The fruitiness becomes subtle with green apple skin appearing as it warms/progresses. There is an alcohol kick, though it is not masking. Finishes dry and spicy.

Mediumish-bodied with some initial effervescence that becomes mild. Metallic tinges hit the palate and go into the aftertaste. Somewhat astringent.

The metallic notes and vinuous-like dryness slow it down. A very good brew overall, but I can't say it's one of my favorites from this brewery.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, deep amber hue, adequate, if disappearing froth above...

Aroma is hoppy, sweet, malty, very Belgian, immediately reminds me of Maudite...another sniff: dark fruits, loads of spices, quite lively, and very lovely. I like it.

Taste: mmmm! More of the same detected in the nose, the spice, the malt, the dark fruit, the deliciousness...the similarities to Maudite...?
A bit of a wheaten feel to the texture, too....don't know if I'm right or not, though...tastes great, can't argue with that...

A very nice beer, this, plenty of spice, would make a nice dinner accompaniament...medium bodied, long, fruity finish, plenty of hops to keep you burping...another very delicious, utterly uncategorizable brew from Unibroue. Hats, or...chapeaus, I should say, off to them!

I will return to this one, it was enchanting.

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Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Unibroue presentation, caged, corked, best before dating the whole bit, opens and flows, medium cloudy softly orangey amber, with a long lasting tan head. Leaves big time, classy looking lacing, nose is strikingly of oranges, pepper, yeast, nice. Soft and instantly enjoyable, fruit, spice , yeast and Belgian (style) goodness. Soft on the tongue, easily enjoyable. An instant favorite, went very well with a salad, some nuts and creamy after diner cheese. I love the style, so a well done version like this one really makes me happy, happy, happy. Well done and well worth at least several tries.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/20/08- Consumed during my two week Montana vacation.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Best by date on the bottom of the label.
Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Medium golden colored pour, light yeast particles in the pour as well. Large rocky one inch plus head with a full 1/2 and inch staying power. Chunks and light patches of lace remain.

Smell- Lots of yeast and lots of confectioiers sugar. Clove, corriander and white pepper also in the nose.

Taste- Very yeasty attributes. Considerable sweet with floods of powdered sugar. Clove and nutmeg combine with white pepper and lots of corriander.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, but smooth and creamy with a full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This could pass for an imperial witbier if there was such a thing. I found more qualities towards a wit than a pale ale. Very good though whatever the style.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, amber/maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of tart malt, acid, yeast, and citrus. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, yeast, acidity, slight citrus, and slight hops. Overall, very high level of carbonation and tartness hurt the drinkability, but still a good body and blend.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with some yellow highlights. Short 1/2" head last a bit. Spotty lacing developed.

Smell: yeast, pears, plums, and hint of grassiness.

Taste: this brew is a bit bready with plenty of pear and other ripe red fruits, yeast, pepper, hints of alcohol, and mild bitterness. In the background there is a soft hint of earthiness and grassiness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is surprisingly short.

Drinkability: I found this beer to be very enjoyable and easy to quaff. This is no means a session beer but more like a slow sipper you can drink all night.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear amber hued color (really the color of actual amber) and is topped by a three finger thick, tan colored head that is made up of large bubbles. The aroma is a mix of spicy yeast notes and a soft, slightly tart fruitiness. I can pick out aromatic notes, grains of paradise, a bit of ginger, dusty black-pepper, and earthy note reminiscent of damp slightly metallic loam, green apples, pear, a touch of woody mushroom (though only a touch). As I get used to it I get some richer fruit notes towards the end that remind me of raisins, prunes and even some notes of brown sugar and caramel. The aroma is actually quite fantastic, and even a bit intriguing.

The taste is quite a bit drier than I was expecting. The dryness accentuates the spicy character in the finish and brings out notes of ginger, a definite note of clove, perhaps something similar to ginger, and a musty almost cellar like note. The beer finishes with a bit of tartness that brings out the sour apple and pear notes. As the beer warms, a bit a soft sweetness begins to pick up that reminds me of brown sugar. This beer is quite light, and despite a bit of yeast-derived phenolics and astringency in the finish, is quite drinkable.

The taste does not quite live up to the aroma, but it is still quiet nice; and I like that the sweetness is predominantly held in check, which really lets the spicy notes to come through. This is really quite an enjoyable beer in the end. It does not quite live up to the level set by the opening notes in the aroma, but it is still quite nice in the end.

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Photo of biegaman
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such an abundance of carbonation, it's a wonder I had to develop blisters on my hand trying to pry the cork out. Bubbles are unflagging in the glass, continuously bustling and constantly replenishing the foamy white head. Seigneuriale is a very deep but radiant orange tone.

The aroma has all the warmth and comfort of Christmas and smells like it too; it is heavily perfumed with strong flavours of orange peel and spice (including tree needles and myrrh). Citrus and grated fresh ginger create additional 'zing' for the more typical notes of pepper and coriander. Leave an open bottle in the washroom as potpourri.

The holiday spices and flavours continue on the palate, which is marked by a spruce-like, almost minty quality. An amalgam of crème brûlée, vanilla, canned pineapple and fruit cake is enhanced further by a honey and apricot glaze. For something so airy and effervescent this has some awfully decadent flavours. It doesn't lose a thing with warmth.

The beer's lightness can attributed to an abundance of fine but tenacious bubbles (the same that offered no help with the cork). This drinks light as a cloud, its aftertaste gentle but spirited with notes of flowers, grass, candied fruits and ginger spice. Unibroue's yeast is notoriously assertive but I have to believe they've used some kind of spices too.

Unibroue La Seigneuriale has a singularly captivating yeast that flatters all the way through with a medley of absolutely ambrosial flavours. Even amongst Belgian examples this beer ranks first-class (as do the majority of this brewery's offerings). I've mentioned Christmas a few times and, indeed, I can think of few things better to find wrapped up and under the tree.

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Photo of Zorro
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored beer edging towards red with a tall tan colored head.

Moment you pop the cork you are hit with a caramel apple aroma. Apples and candy with spices, caramel, ginger and clove.

The taste starts out neutral with just a little cake batter sweetness. Slight banana flavor and a bit of brown sugar, flavor is a bit subdued.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Hate to not like a Unibroue beer but this one is bland. Smells great and tastes watered down.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: H246

A: Clear copper-bronze (a real pale, not a blonde), plenty of off-white head; some retention; some leg tries to cling to the glass, but it doesn't leave any lace.

S: Yeast (earthy-mineral); candied fruit, light spicing & breadyness (Christmas bread?), hint of toffee.

T: Sweet caramel flavour is balanced with a good bitterness; earthy-orange; biscuity; dark toffee; hint of nuts.

M: Light to moderate body has some residual sweetness; carbonation is moderately high (the cork had a nice pop).:

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Fatty for this...
Appears an orange/peach amber with a small white cap. No lacing.
Smell is a complex aroma with bubble gum, light mulling spice, tropical fruit, vanilla. This is a chameleon that changes more and more with each whiff.
Taste is of the same complex aromas.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, and well rounded, along with a candy sugar likeness that kicks mucho butt.
Drinkability is so nice that it's hard to follow up with anything else.

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La Seigneuriale from Unibroue
3.91 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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