La Seigneuriale | Unibroue

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Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 03-17-2005

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Photo of henskejk
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 7/31/2009 on the bottle, drank on 1/12/2012.
Reviewed from notes.

A - Dark orange with some brown, cloudy appearance, very small amount of white head forms

S - a lot of fruit with a ripe to overripe character

T - Some of the fruitiness of the aroma translates to the taste, with a bit of flavor which i believe can be contributed to the yeast and a little bitterness

M - Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation

O - enjoyable, curious as to what it tasted like when it was fresh

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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 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 brucato
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This brew appears to glow, with a tawny color in the base of the glass, appearing almost blonde away at the edges. It is pleasantly cloudy. This was the most enticing looking glass from Unibroue I have seen.

S: Seigneuriale has a mild aroma that was deceiving. I anticipated a more mild taste. The smell is sweet and yeasty.

T: I have high expectations from Unibroue. Many of my favorites come from this brewery. This rivals them all. Seigneuriale has a slight sour taste that is perfectly balanced against a sweet flavor that tastes almost as much of caramel as it does of fruit. There are notes of what seems like a subtle coriander flavor. This is very complex and flavorful, but not powerful.

M: The perfect amount of carbonation for me, and with a sweetness that does not come with a syrupy feel.

O: This is a worldclass beer that I was happy to get a hold of. Please bring this back, Unibroue!

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as close to Unibroue instructions as possible into a Unibroue tulip for 1.5 fingers of lively fluffy off-white head. Hazy amber body and decent lacing.

Nose is of Belgian yeast and apple/grape juice, but not vinous.

Taste starts complex, malt, toffee, fruit (white grape?), biscuity yeast, and spice-- a tad sour with a decently rounded finish, but somehow the flavour dips off in the middle. It's got the signature Unibroue backbone, but tastes different than anything else I've had by them; definitely worth a go.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard and not over-carbonated by any means (I believe it's bottle-conditioned), but somehow it takes a lot to impress me these days. I feel like it ought to be more substantial.

Quite nice. My first impression was fantastic, but it kind of wore off. If you like Unibroue, this is definitely one to try (I prefer it to Trois Pistoles and maybe Maudite, but not to Don de Dieu or Fin du Monde). Quite drinkable and would go well with duck.

NB: I have reason to suspect this may have been stored on its side at some point; not idea for beers on lees (as Unibroues are). The cork was dry when I extracted it, though, and I had to use a corkscrew.

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Photo of RickS95
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery brown color with a thin offtan head. There is slight retention and little lacing as the head dissipates.

It has a champagne-like nose, with a bit of citrus.

I'm not sure I'd consider this a pale ale, at least not the kind I'm used to. I picked up some citrus notes in the taste, but there was litle in the way of a hoppy bite.

It feels a bit like a champagne at different stages. Early on, there is a fruity champagne feel. Then it sours a bit before finishing dry and champagne like again.

I've been a fan of everything I've had from Unibroue except this one. The bomber I had was just beyond the 'best by' date and that could be the problem. I'd like to have another bottle to see if a fresher one tasted better, but since this is no longer brewed, I can only go with what I've got.

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Photo of kwjd
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After I opened this I realized it said best before 07/31/09, hopefully it is still good. Pours a murky dark orange colour with thick white head. Really nice head retention with some mild lacing. Smells of apples, brown sugar and lots of Belgian yeastiness. Flavour is quite sweet, with almost a hint of tartness. I am not sure if this has gone off a bit, but it still is quite nice. Smooth mouthfeel. Another nice beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of JimLetson
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked and caged 750mL bottle into my big snifter. The bottle says best before 07.31.2009, so let's see.

Appearance - a deep golden brown. It's a bit hazy. The head is off-white, billowy-cottony, and drops quickly, leaving a ring of lace about a finger and a half above the surface of the liquid.

Smell - the moment I popped the cork, a strong apple scent filled my kitchen, like I had just cut some fresh ones up. Actually putting my nose in the glass, however, more malt comes through than apple. How strange. After a couple of whiffs, apple comes back, but this time it's not fresh apple. It's dried apple chips, like you would get in a trail mix, and it smells like they got a little wet. If we're going by just the scent from a foot or two away as you pour it, this thing gets a five. We're not, though, so it doesn't.

Taste - some apple, some cinnamon, some off-flavours (hey, it's almost two years older than it "should" be). It reminds me of a really heavily spiced apple jelly I made this past fall, minus the old beer off-tastes. In addition to the apple, there are also nondescript fruity flavours, and some yeastiness once the apple and spice get past your tongue. Finally, there is a little bit of maple syrup, a very little bit, that kind of comes through on the end. Not bad, but the smell of wet apple chips does come through into the taste, and makes the finish and aftertaste stranger than I'd like.

Mouthfeel - very bubbly. The carbonation has that prickly sharp feeling, and for me, that helps to balance out the strong sweetness of the beer. I think that without the bubbles, this beer would be sticky, cloyingly sweet, and far less enjoyable.

Drinkability - OK. The wet apple chips thing is still bothering me, and I don't see it getting any better. I wish I had tasted this a couple of years ago, when it was still in its prime.

I can definitely see that this beer would have probably been yummy a few years ago, but I think it's suffered from improper store-aging. There was a bunch of this on the shelf last time I went to Beers of the World. I almost bought two. I'm not sad that I bought one, but I'm sure glad I didn't get another.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle date: 07/31/09

Once the wire catch basket is untwisted and pressure is applied, the appearance is a cork ejaculating from the phallic neck of a chubby bomber from Canada. And then the beer comes. Cloudy, amber, superbly retained head. A real looker from uncorking, to dumping, to draining.

The nose is green apple skin and yeast with some sour dough and jammy fruit and a dribble of bubble gum. Nice wafts this way come.

Sweet flavors dominate the palate with a subtle offness and a nearly cloying level of sweetness. A bit sour and vegetal as well.

The mouthfeel is fluffy and bouyant.

The drinkability suffers due to the less than impressive flavor profile. This one might be past its prime.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy, golden amber colour with a small, off-white head.

Apple, pear and peach aromas play with a hint of nutmeg to create a nice, sweet, fruity and spicy aroma.

Dry yet sweet malts play with fruity esters and some nice phenols to create a good interplay of flavours.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

A solid Belgian-style ale with lots of flavour and some interesting fruitiness I don't get from La Fin due Monde.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-dark opaque amber with a nice cream colored head

S-Belgian wheat and spices with peaches in there as well, strong scent

T-mmm a complicated beer. Belgian spices and peach hit upfront. it leaves with an alcoholic peach flavor. very interesting indeed, not comparable to the great Belgian pale ales however.

M-high carbonation with a dry finish

D-this bottle is meant to be shared. its fun to have but i'll never have a second one. something about the taste makes it exhausting

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a frothy off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of some fruitiness and a bit of yeast spice.

Tastes of the bright fruits with some underlying spice. Fruits are characterized by apricots, apple, and pear with a good amount of sweetness. Yeast notes round out the ending with some clove spice. Everything is pretty well balanced, but could be more assertive overall, the style isn't strong for nothing.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation. While not bad, I would prefer it to be a bit fuller.

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

I was a bit concerned as to how well this would hold up, as it was quite beyond the "best by" date - no worries, as this held up in admirable strong pale ale style. Hazy, light caramel color with peppery, prickly carbonation. A bit light in the mouth, with stolid malt and tinges of apricot - the overall impression was Duvel with a touch of Orval.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tangelic, resting on clouds. The cork pops out angrily, spewing beer all over our dear friend's counter, the glass is filled, the gush slows and the room is alive with aromas of fresh fruit. There is a serenity..

Sweet mango and apricot, cut into that. Little bit of spice but the fruits are amazing. It drinks beautifully, not overly sweet and full of that fruity lushness. So delicious (best before 7/31/09) I can't believe my compadres do not want more. (Brutal local Iron Chef victory the night before - many mini mead tasters). I heroically drink nearly the entire bottle to myself, my heart light with joy.

A fantastic beer with a few years on it, I really enjoyed it, my best experience with Unibroue so far.

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Photo of pitasoup
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. first pour was nice amber, slightly hazy with nice head. i was disappointed that there was noe lace. initial impressions were of a deeply flavored but "standard" unibroue brew with belgian yeasty dominance and slight overcarbonation. when cold the first glass of this resembled a generic brown ale with coriander spice and belgian yeastings. but letting the rest sit for an hour+ to warm up brought out the brilliance. the second half had delicious smells of banana, apple, apricot, the heartiest fruit smells ive ever had from a non-intentional fruit beer. the taste was still hearty, smooth but full bodied and finished with earthy hops. very solid beer, definately better when warm. alcohol notes were not present until warm...but still minimal due to the complex flavors that evolved later in the beer

-notes from 02/07

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle (bottled on 7/31/09) into an Unibroue tulip.

A - Poured an orangish reddish brown with a thinner head than I'm used to for a Unibroue beer, but stil frothy with somewhat sticky lacing. Very foggy and not much carbonation that I can see in the glass.

S - Candied maple syrup all the way. Somewhat reminiscant of the DFH extreme beers. Not all that appeasing since I relate that smell to some extreme beers that I wasn't wild about. A bit minty.

T - Sweet and thick tasting. A touch minty. A bit of caramel. Orange and peach.

M - Thick and syrupy, but not overly like some of the DFH that this reminds me of. In fact, pretty smooth and juice-like for a beer with these qualities. Touch of a tingle and cooling mouth vibe.

D - I'm a very big fan of Unibroue. This is one I won't be drinking again. Just not my bag. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I look for.

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

Pours a deep reddish-brown, the colour of scorched earth. Head is great when first poured but sinks. Body is murky as well because of a slight cloud in the brew. Light bead, lace is unimpressive. It almost had me until the lace.

Nose is ridiculously sweet, too sweet in fact. Huge boiled lolly aroma with hints of marmalade, peach, red apple, even red jelly beans. There's a hint of piquancy behind, maybe cinnamon, in fact definitely cinnamon, at the back. It's probably just the Belgian yeast strain, and that saves it from being really overly sweet. In fact, it is growing on me a bit. It's too sweet, but it's a nice complex, sweetness.

Taste is quite rich, sweet, Belgian. A lot of orange marmalade on the front with peaches, apricot and plummy richness, a hint of beautifully ripe cherries as well, then the sweetness dissipates by the mid. A lot of wine and oak come through then, with a hint of dark chocolate. Finish is woody, slight grain husk bitterness and a slight ground coriander flavour. Gentle lick of alcohol on the back gives off a mild tequila flavour actually, nicely bitter with some spicy hops and booze. Yeah, a lot better than the smell. Still not quite mind-blowing, it has a nice rounded flavour and a fairly nice steady palate journey.

Nicely foamy feel, with a lot of body, great amount of thickness. A bit ashen and dry on the back though, which is a shame.

Yeah, pleasant beer, but the noticeable alcohol adds a sharpness on the finish which lowers consumption level slightly.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me by @laituegonflable, purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne and transferred back to Sydney. Possibly one of my last Unibroue beers in Australia given their new policy on exportation. Sob.

Pours a cloudy burnished murky brown, with a filmy but thick head of off-white foam. Some lacing, but the retention in the head isn't great. But otherwise, not too bad.

Big caramel and burnt toffee notes on the nose, very sweet and rich. A little hint of something slightly spicy and round, with a bit of butter fullness. Quite belgian in style. Rich and delicious.

Taste is full and sweet, with some slight acidic notes of currant midway through the palate. Finish is lingering with toffee notes, certainly round and full to the finish. Very delicious all the way through, very few, if any, unpleasant notes - it's all full of pleasant, well balanced deliciousness. Mouthfeel is excellent, matching the roundness and slight acidity really well.

Surprisingly drinkable given the rich, full flavours. It's really smooth, with a crispness from the latent acidity - a really, really lovely drop.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how old the bottle is, but it has a best before date of 7/31/09. Caged and corked, opens with a pop and foam slowly pours out with more than enough time to catch it.

Pours a hazy/muddy red color with a thin cap of a head, not lacing.

Smell has that similar Unibroue feel to it, Belgian yeast is quite strong with light fruit and and a floral aroma.

Taste has a soft yet assertive carbonation, slight astringency in the aftertaste, yeast is very present but the dark fruit helps offset any odd flavors.

Surprised this is no longer made.

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Photo of Samichlaus
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into Allagash flute. Best By 1/23/11.

Saw this at the store lost in the back of the cooler. Didn't realize it was no longer brewed.

A: Pours a translucent amber slightly peppered with yeast. Thick, white, three finger head. Head dissipates into a few bubbles. No lacing.

S: Dark fruit comes through beautifully. Very floral. Bready yeast character. A little catty.

T: Dry bready yeast character up front that I seem to find in all Unibroue beers. Nice but subtle fruitiness. grass and spicy hop character that shines in the finish.

M: Full bodied. Slightly chewy. Starts sticky then dry in the finish with the stickyness coming back after a few seconds.

D: Drinkable and tasty, but for me a bomber was enough for today. To bad I won't have the chance to get another someday.

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

Apparently Unibroue is no longer making this beer. The bottle I bought was made in 2008.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber/copper in color. Had a nice two finger foamy tan head that left very little lacing behind.

Smell: The scent of this one is very sweet and malty with a whiff of alcohol. Very faint hops detectable.

Taste: The taste up front is sweet malts with hints of apple and spice. Very little hops flavor present. Finishes with a sweet lingering coating on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slippery on the tongue. Light carbonation, which works fine for this sweet and flavorful beer.

Drinkability: This is a very good BSPA, but I like the other BSPA's that Unibroue makes a little better (Maudite and Don de Dieu). But this is a very drinkable beer that would probably gain more complexity and flavor with some cellaring. I may pick some more up before it's gone to do just that. Love the Unibroue beers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since this beer is no longer brewed I guess I am pretty much one of the last to get to drink it! Awesome!

Got this in my big bottle variety pack for 50 bucks full of Unibroue beers that are over a year old.

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750 ml bottle.

A - Nice hazy brown orange in color with a bit of head. Lost of yeast sediment so I don't think it really should be aged but would still be drinkable.

S - Once opened it has smells of oak and apple and slight hops.
T - Bread and oak hit the tongue with a apple crisp.
M - Smooth and very drinkable. Held up great for a bottle that's over a year old .
D - Well because it's never going to be made again (boo!) I can't see myself finding it again but it was great to taste a retired Unibroue beer!

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

Poured a 3-year old bottle stored in a cool basement...

Like all of the UNibroue, pours a wonderfull color with a fantastic head, excellent laxing. Slightly amber and cloudy as I poured a touch of yeast in.

Smell: Spicey, star anise, minerally hops.
Taste: Dense sweetness quickly turns into a brandy or congac like flavor. Strong hops develop, but unique, not a typical hop bitterness.

Like all unibroue, this is an interesting beer, Very unique beer from one of the top breweries in the world.

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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very cloudy. Light brown and very earthy. One-finger head with Good retention and decent lacing.

Nose is very nice. Bready, yeasty, earthy, brown sugar, caramel, and molasses all jump out at you. Quite complex.

The taste profile mimics the nose, which is always a nice combination. Strong earthy flavor with the caramel and molasses chiming in. Also getting peat and tea on the back end. Again, very complex.

Feel is incredibly thick. Creamy with a slight fizz to it.

Tastes much stronger than the ABV suggests. Not an easy drinker since the beer is so thick, but well worth seeking out.

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La Seigneuriale from Unibroue
88 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.
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