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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 marcobrau
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't tried this particular Unibroue yet. La Seigneuriale is poured from 750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass with the typical Unibroue high volume of carbonation. The head is bright white, rises quickly and falls slowly leaving a persistent collar of foam. The color is a hazy-orange. La Seigneuriale smells good, with a sort of apricot-butterscotch-toffee aroma (heavy on the apricot). The aroma is most certainly devoid of hops. Toffee and caramel flavors are tasted. This beer is very smooth and sweet with some fruity-apricot esters. It finishes sweet; just dry enough to not be cloying. This is a beer for malt heads and those who appreciate estery ales. The potency is also more than the 7.5 percent alcohol would suggest. One 750-ml bottle is certainly more than enough for one person.

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

Pours a dark orange leaving a clear body with carbonation bubbles and leaves a thick creamy tan/orange head. The aroma is fruit, plums, candied sugar, beets, a ton of playful fruit and herbs going on. The taste is sweet upfront highly carbonated but smooth with a gentle alcohol feel finishing fruity and refreshing. I typically love Unibroue beers and this one is no different, quality beer, and I will visit it again.

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

Appearance: Copper-colored, with a touch of haze, a large, persistent white head, thick, glass-coating lace, and profuse, fine streams of carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy aroma of cardamom and cloves, with a slight earthiness, and a note of Belgian candy sugar.

Taste; Opens with a solid sweet malt presence, soon followed by coriander, phenolic alcohol. As the taste progresses, earthy yeast notes become ascendant, as well as a mild herbal and medicinal bitterness, which lingers on well past the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, rather soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Well-crafted and very drinkable, certainly should be tried if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a huge white head that disapated into about 1/4 in. A hazy golden color. The aroma is somewhat sweet, almost like sugar along with some yeast and very little spice. Taste is somewhat melow compared to other Unibroue brews but it does come a little more alive as it warms up which is to be expected. There is a pleasant smoothness with this one. There really isn't to much of a spice in this one for me that others seem to be getting. Caramel sweetness and malts really are the stongest with some fruit in there. Nice dry bitterness in the end. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
Somewhat simple compared to their other brews.

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

Initially clear, this bottle conditioned ale turns a bit murky later on. Copper in color, with little carbonation bubble floating to the surface constantly. Thick off white foam holds for a long time, leaves a collar around the surface of the brew, and great lacing as well.

As much malt as any of the Unibroue offerings, with the characteristic yeast filling out the aroma among notes of spice, finished cedar, and light hopping.

Caramel malt sweetness provides a great balance with the yeast induced flavors, starting with passion fruit and a slight vinous flavor that segues nicely to vague spices. As it warms, the flavors really emerge, especially the sweetness that lasts well into the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body, slightly dextrin in the finish. Bottle conditioning and carbonation pop keep it very sprightly and hide the alcohol very well, though there is certainly a warming character to it.

Extremely tasty, perhaps I'm nitpicking on the scores but I dropped almost each one a half point for lack of fidelity to the stated style. It's not the golden carbonation blaster that I think of with a BSPA, and there is perhaps more of a Maris Otter or Crystal malt than the pale, slightly grainy character I'm used to. Rated purely on merit, this is a brilliant concoction, very drinkable and as close to a session beer as I've had from Unibroue.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, caged and corked. Pours a hazy copper color. Off-white three finger head is quite frothy, many peaks and valleys of large bubble foam, leaving a sticky sleeve of lacing around the inner rim.

The aroma is of Belgian yeast and dried fruit piqued by some spicy notes.The flavor is a bit sour and flat--though I was drinking some Pedro Ximénez sherry prior to sampling this; its syrupy character may have coated and dulled my tongue a bit. Though the flavor is mainly comprised of sour apple, raisin, and a hint of grapefruit--and the alcohol is rather in your face.

It's rather light in bodied and well carbonated, though features less malt and yeast than one might expect. It's a bit harsh and sour to be all that drinkable. Not one of Unibroue's best efforts.

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Photo of medic25
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised to find this beer on the local shelf; hadn't heard of this Unibroue choice. Pours a cloudy orange color with a huge frothy white head my Duvel tulip barely contained. Aroma is spicy and yeasty. Taste is delicious; a little drier than some of the other offerings in this style, and offering nice tastes of fruit, yeast and spices. The alcohol taste is present without being overwhelming. An excellent offering from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of vancurly
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arguably the best Unibrou beer I have had to date. Most are shadows of their trans-Atlantic inspirations, but this one seems to have its own merit.

a: Hazy, marmalade-amber, heavy froth.

s: The smell of a baking blueberry pie...with caramelising syrup, and pastry. Hint of clove aligns beautifully. Like a pie-shop.

f: Musky, phenolic.... cumquaty note that is both citric & bitter. Over-cooked pastry, burnt syrup. Spicy fruit pies...

m: Good body, full palate with a medium bitterness.

d: Rich & rewarding.... could be drunk with fruit pies (obviously), but also creme caramel or a light citrus souffle. Worth the money.

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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 kenito799
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle poured into tumblers (at a hotel)

Glad to try this here in Quebec City.

Pours a cloudy honey-brown with yellowish highlights. Soft white head rises and stays all creamy-looking, lacing is soft and nice, not very sticky.

Aroma is unmistakeably Unibroue-Belgian yeast, fruity sweet and honeyed, some cola. Soft but lively carbonation makes this a pleasure to drink, creamy but full of verve. The taste is honey, brown sugar malty, with nice balance of bubble gum with a solid hoppy bitter backbone. There is a lightness and crispness here that makes it very drinkable, perhaps more so than the heavier Unibroue efforts. Very nice!

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, dark amber color into my tulip glass, with a 1-finger white head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet, toffee, light caramel, apples. Malt in the nose, with a hint of spice.

Taste is very sweet. Caramel. Apples, ripe figs. Malts are prominent. Has that distinct Unibroue taste that I can't put my finger on. Has some attributes in common with a mead.

Mouthfeel is oily and less carbonated than I like in a BSPA. Not too drinkable for me because of the sweetness and lack of carbonation, also the high alcohol content. A decent ale, not Unibroue's best. Try it once at least.

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Photo of Oahu
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from appropriately temperatured bottle to pint glass. Head enormous; fluffy foamy goodness. The color of melted pennies in honey, thoroughly cloudy. Standard Unibroue Yeast base staring at me from the bottom of the bottle.

But alas, all is not well here. Taste is sharply oversweet with an acrid bite. Sours in an uncomplimentary fashion in the mouth. Wet. Malts and Fruits, Malts and Fruits, but not in a good way, in a poorly balanced way.

To the beers credit, I did not know what to expect on this, not like you really know what to expect of it's belgian brethren. But them I like, this one, not so much.

My first disappointment from Unibroue- a sad day.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good Unibroue beer, but nothing too terribly interesting. Pours into my Unibroue tulip to a nice golden color with an amber hue. Fairly clear with hella carbonation and a HUGE off-white head. Washy lace.

The smell is good. Nice peppery spice phenolics with a subtle banana and clove beneath. A little bit of a hay-like malt profile. A bit sweet. Just a tad bit soapy.

The taste is good as well. Very similar to the aroma, though it is much drier than I expected. Huge spice profile. A subtle banana and clove in the finish. Much more of a bitterness than I would have expected as well.

The body is fairly thin with a dry and spicy feel. Decent bitterness with very little hops flavor. Nothing too impressive, but not bad either. I probably won't buy it again in the future, but I'm very glad that I tried it.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Orange with cream colored head that lasts forever. Slightly cloudy due to the swirl and pour of the yeast.

S- Malt, cane sugar, fruity esters, toffee, malt, caramel, spice, white pepper, plum, so much more....

T- Initial sweet malt, then some maple and almond, some citrus, a bit of spice and pepper, finish of smooth malt, honey, and then a smooth alcohol and sweet sugar/malt finish. mmmm.

M- Smooth, but a tad thin. Carbonation is good, as is the thoroughly smooth finish with a tad of warmth.

D- mmm. Once again. Very good.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden dark-yellow, not one of Unibroue's better looking beers. A nice head forms upon pouring, but it settles into a barely noticeable lace that circles the glass for the remainder of the serving. Grapes, figs and bananas overtake the aromas while the beer has a much sweeter taste than most of the brewery's offerings with a hop bitterness and dryness following that up. Muted fruity taste has a nit of a champagne-like taste to it; reminds me slightly of a Bière de Garde in that respect. A good taste and a drinkable beer, but all in all though, this is not one of Unibroue's better offerings.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, with a best by 07-31-09.

Pours a hazy dark copper with a frothy two finger head. The foam settles slowly to a thick cap, but despite the significant amount of foam, it doesn't really leave any lace behind.

Smell; toasted caramel malts, with an earthy/woody undertone. There's a bit of licorice in the here, as well as a nice peppery and yeasty spiciness.

Taste; it starts of a touch sweet with some caramel malts and some fruity notes. It then becomes very yeasty and earthy with those woody note that were present in the aroma. The finish has some pepper, and other spices, with just a touch of a drying funkiness that reminds me a bit of a Saison.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very creamy carbonation, with a very good drinkability.

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

750ml corked & caged bottle. Pours a medium amber with a quickly dissipating tan head that continues to effervesce up the center of the glass. Smells of phenols, pepper, and bubblegum. The taste is strong pepper & spice up front, with earthy flavors following and a slightly bitter finish. None of the sugar promised by the bubblegum flavor comes through. The mouthfeel is trademark unibroue, silky with nice carbonation. Drinkability is good but limited by the bitter finish. My palette warms to it a bit over time. A good brew, but not my favorite by this VERY good brewery.

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Photo of phisig137
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color, with a two finger fluffy head. Poor retention leave behind only a thin ring of foam around the glass.

Aroma is dominated by yeast phenols. Spicy, peppery, and suede like aromas.

Flavor is much the same, dominated again by the spicy yeast. Spicy hop finish is dry and lingering. Very little in the way of any malt flavors. The showcase here is that oh-so-distinctive Unibroue yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a decent beer. Unibroue rarely disappoints me, especially for the price. This however isn't the greatest one out there. Still good, but not nearly as good as some of their other offerings. Sometimes I wish that unibroue would find a second yeast strain. The one they have is great, but it does get a little tired, and gives all of their beers the same distinct flavor. Not a bad thing, I'd just like to see what they can do with another strain.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep copper, with a dense white head that quickly drops in to a few stray bubbles that are kept alive by the high carbonation of the beer. a quick swirl of the glass and there is an inch of carbonation and the processes repeats.
the aroma is very spicy, with a firm body of malt, hints of candy sugar.
the flavor is spicy; coriander and cardimon maybe, citrus, malt, high carbonaion makes it seem light, biscuity, peppery, herbal.
what a interesting beer.

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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 Rudgers73
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip, it yields a huge light-tan head that fills a good half of the glass. It slowly settles to a rocky, thick head like all of the other Unibroue beers do so well. The smell is rather grapey compared to the other Unibroue beers I've had so far. It has a semi-cloudy body that is a deep amber-orange color. Moderate-to-vigorous carbonation. The taste is full of complexity and flavor. Rich with berries and fruit, moderately apparent alcohol ester-ish taste, and a tart ending. The aftertaste has figs, bananas, and a tongue tingling alcohol burn. The mouthfeel would have had a 4.0 if it hadn't had such a burn to it. The La Fin, and the Don both have more alcohol and little-to-no burn. Maybe a cellaring is due? Overall, a very nice sipping beer. Right in line with the other Unibroue beers. What a solid beer company.

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

A 750 mL corked and capped bottle bought at Well's Discount Liquors.

A: The ale is a darker orange color with some browner milk chocolate hints. The head was large, around 1.5 fingers without much retention.

S: The aroma is candi sugar sweetness with the funkiness of the Unibroue house yeast.

T: The ale has a subtle tartness that dries the mouth just before a candi sugar sweetness. Some darker malts add a dubbel-like depth to the flavor. The yeast adds a unique, dry flavor on the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet with a pleasing finish.

D: Very drinkable, another winner from Unibroue.

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Photo of Quej
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - This is a dark cloudy brown with lots of thick cream-coloured head. The head is not the thick froth of a stout, but lots of bubbles maintained by the heavy apparent carbonation. In light it shines through a beautiful golden colour. Great looking beer.

S - The smell was largely of yeast and strong alcohol. It has a slight citrus smell, in particular grapefruit. As it warms, the alcohol smell comes to dominate.

T - Immediately the strong typically-Unibroue-tasting yeast explodes on your palate with its accompanying strong bitter hops. Grapefruit and other citrus begins to emerge with the rather strong malt flavours. This beer lingers very nicely in the mouth, but can tickle the throat with its strong alcohol percentage. Great tasting beer despite lacking the typical 'belgium' sourness that strong Belgian style IPA's tend have.

M - The strong alcohol can be a bit harsh on the throat and burn oh so slightly. It is very carbonated, and slightly rough. It has a lot of body from the strong malts, despite its high alcohol content.

D - I think this beer is too strong and carbonated to be very drinkable, but I had no problem putting back a 750 mL bottle of it rather quickly.

This is a great beer, representative of its style, but it is rather hard to have lots of. It is a great beer you can sip and enjoy tasting, but not something you can, or would want to, get smashed on. Probably one of my favourite beers by Unibroue, and that's saying quite a lot.

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

This beer poured a medium cloudy amber color and formed an foamy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation was present, practically boiling. An aroma of yeast, clove and pepper. The flavor was of malt, caramel, some bread elements and a touch of chocolate. The finish was medium light and slightly creamy with a sweet finish. Not their best rendition, but still a good beer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

Pours a murky amber/copper color with a huge, creamy tan head that thins but maintains. Minor lacing on the glass.

Yeasty/bready aroma with a sharp floral hop smell.

Yeasty flavor upfront leading into a nice medium bitterness with a floral hop flavor. Falls a little flat at the finish, leaving a rather dull aftertaste.

Medium body, full carbonation.

Another solid brew from Unibroue, although not one of their very best. Completely drinkable, I consumed the entire bottle with ease. However, there are several other Unibroue beers that I would purchase again before this one.

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La Seigneuriale from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 341 ratings
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