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 allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a duvel glass, it settles with a hazy walnut color and a substantial 3 fingers worth of foam. Fruity esters figure prominently in the nose, with a touch of additional medicinal yeast character and light hops. Flavor is quite interesting: at first I detected just some soft malt and fruity yeast character, but a gentle, complex spiciness becomes apparent as the taste develops and lingers. The spices aren't really identifiable, though it feels like cinnamon might be one of them at the end. There are hints of vanilla as well.

Subtle, tasteful, and complex--a very nice beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of ojiikun
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nice, big wineglass. Pours darker than typical for a 'Belgian Pale', but pleasingly even orange. Head is even but quick-fading with little lace. What bubbles there are - big, loose.

Smell is apple cider, unibroue yeast, bubblegum, corriander, kiwi fruit. The tiniest bit gamey or funky.

Tasted is much dryer than most unis with mild hop bitterness, warmer spices, a touch of chocolate, meaty or smoky body like a german dunkel.

Mothfeel is bright and astringent at first bug surprisingly moist when warmed up. Boozy on the lips.

Not as drinkable as some unibrous, but very enjoyable. Flavours are well expressed despite dryish body. A bit more acidic that the usual offerings from the Canadians. Wish it had a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick off-white head over a clear with huge bubbled orange/tan body.

Nose has those distinct Belgian/Unibroue yeast and ripe fruit smells. It’s interesting as it sort of rides between golden and dubbel in smells. Mixes of ripe golden fruits but with hints of darkness as well. Phenols, fresh grain and lots of sour ripe fruits.

Taste is medium bodied with a very simple and drinkable palette. Strong fruit tastes that focus very strongly on Pear and pear peel but brings out a lot grapefruit rind and orange as it warms. Lots of yeast as well with hints of spices like cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg and even some ginger. Bitterness really starts to come through in the back-end and as it warms and actually dominates after a while. Finishes with a dry bitterness and peel sort of taste but still with lots of fruit.

What an intriguing beer. Reminds me very much of maudite but with loads of added citrus. Very drinkable and just another great beer to add to the Unibroue line.

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

Into a tulip glass, pours an orangy amber with pretty good head to start with, sticks around for a bit, settling down into a thin foam with a collar around the drink, some lace left behind at the top. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy, light fruits, yummy malts, just the faintest flowery hop, and a little yeasty perhaps. Taste is similar to the nose, a pretty tasty beverage, the alcohol slightly warming, the mouth smooth and lightly carbonated, lots of fruits, lots of sweets, lots of yums. Another Unibroue that I like but not love.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light amber color topped with a massive white head that melts very slowly to a creamy, sticky lacing.
Aromas are typical Belgium but slightly subdued.
While the taste is typical Belgium as well in the yeast and malt treatment, there is also the presence of grapefruit peel hops and Christmas-like spices...cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
Mouthfeel is creamy...not thick...just creamy from the extensive carbonation.
Aftertaste beginning with the swallow is lots of cinnamon spice, cardamom, and bitter citrus peel hops.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Has a copper/amber body with a tan head.
S- Light burnt malts come through the most. Hops, honey, and almost a burnt popcorn come through also.
T- Light toffee malts, burnt popcorn and malt, grass hops, a medium bitterness, and a light caramel flavor all blend together in this brew. The burnt flavors come out on top of everything though.
M- Smooth with a medium body and low carbonation.
D- It is good but not one of Unibroue's best. They have a lot better stuff out there IMO.

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

Pours from a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass. Gigantic, soapy white head that sticks around for days. It's honey orange gold, multi-layered like a bomb pop or a chunk of amber, very nice and hazy.

Smells of very strong spice. Corriander, mostly, along with big nodes of apples and a light hint of black pepper. Strange enough, there's little yeast presence.

Tastes of spice up front--kinda generic for the style but still good, various peppers, lemon, and a bit of ginger. This is followed up by a middle of very ripe fruit, pears and mushy apples, especially. Dulled fruit. Free of any tartness and only mildly sweet. The yeast comes through (finally) in the finish, lingering long and bittersweet.

These newer Unibroue beers are all very good, but it's getting harder and harder to distinguish them from each other. I wish one would just step out and do something a little different. But I'm really just nitpicking. This is still a superbly crafted beer from a wonderful brewery.

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Photo of bditty187
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, dusty-old peach in hue with a smattering of tan/amber highlights; beige foam, at the apex there was almost two fingers of head. The bubbles quickly fell to a half finger cap that stuck around a bit before fading to a soapy collar. Lacing was absent. WTF. Is it my glass or this beer? Slightly above average appearance, overall; I’d like better head retention and lacing.

The nose is somewhat restrained but quite pleasant. Sweet malty notes with kisses of toffee and caramel; something about the maltiness is very “Belgian.” Who knew there was a Belgian malt aroma? Candied fruit… peaches, apples, grapes skins, melon with just a dash of a tropical fruit medley. Nice. Hints of spice (not hoppy); seems alcohol free. Malty finish; bready, figgy with a dash of pepper and bread. Moderate potency; chatty… I find the nose to be a cross between Kwak and Gulden Draak. Inviting.

Dry palate; much drier then the nose led on. I am a tad bummed. Cracked, dried rye bread; caramel candy, toffee hints, and grains initiate the aromas. There are cloves in the middle, hints of bubblegum, apples, melon, plums, and even some raisins; plus some nondescript spiciness. I taste more hops then I smelled, which is nice, but they just play a supporting role. Balanced. A smattering of alcohol is found at the finish; kind of biting but pleasant. While there isn’t a whole lot of depth the flavor profile is quite nice. Tasty. I like it!

About medium in body, lively carbonation enhances the perception of fuller mouthfeel. Actually, the mouthfeel is ideal for this beer. The aftertaste is great, somewhat clean but peppery and malty at the same time with random spiciness. I want to take another sip.

As I just implied, this beer is drinkable. Damn drinkable really. Maybe the dryness and biting alcoholic finish makes this a [traditionalists stop reading] a session beer! IMO, this is in the upper half of the Unibroue line-up, which is saying something. I really want to try this again. I didn’t find it a great beer but I liked it. It just jives with me. My 750ml was purchased in Omaha; I want another. Worth a try.

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

I was suprised to find this at a little convienence store on the NH/VT border just leaving Brattleboro, VT for $5.99 I had just bought the Dogfish Head version of this style (Pangaea) at The Brattleboro Food Co-Op for $8.99.

A 750 ML bottle poured (twice) into an oversize wine chalice. (Best before 7/31/09)

AP: A gentle pour results in a hazy orange-tinted light amber color with a massive two-finger thick, frothy and totally even off-white head. There are some area's of orange-ish brown spots popping through on the mostly-off white colored head. Displays excellent retention.

Nose: Yeastie, wheatie and doughy Malted scent> Sweet fruit i.e Banana and dark berries> minor citrus notes of lemmon.

Taste: The Malted flavor is upfront with a yeastie, doughy and wheatie effect with some subtle peppery and spicey notes underneath and a sweet, dark berries and citrus hop flavors to round it off. There is an earthy "wet" leafy hop flavor in the aftertaste. The balance here is very good.

MF: This is a very crisp, clean and lively feel. Light to medium body, has a smooth effect from the constant frothy head that leads to a sticky feel on the palate.

DA: Unibroue make a very clean and pure tasting beer, this one is no exception, easy to drink at 7.5 %.

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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 TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new brew from Unibroue, poured from a 750ml bottle into an Orval chalice. It had the appearance of Oerbier, hazy opaque dark orange color with a thin white foam. You can smell above all the aroma of Unibroue house yeast, with all the fruity esters it brings out in the beer. Based on smell alone it would be hard to separate from Maudite. The taste isn't all that different from Maudite either, maybe a little stronger in flavor. Nice fizzy feeling and strong lasting flavors.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Highly carbonated golden color with reddish hues throughout. Very foggy. A large head of orange/white foam billows above and remains consistant. Streams of bubbles race toward the top.

S: Strong notes of belgian yeasty dough, with noted dark fruits and candied sugar qualities.

T: A dry malty note is met with sour dark fruits and assorted peppers. Rather spicy overall. A touch of refined sugar toward the finish is quickly washed away with a tart estery flavor I can't put my finger on.

M: Bubbly. High carbonation. A smooth powdery quality is present. Medium light body on the palate. Not bad.

D: Fair. I've failed to be overly impressed with Unibroue's new offerings since the take over. This one is slightly better than Chambly Noire, but it still can't hold a candle to La Fin du Monde or Don de Dieu.

Notes: Pass on it. There are better belgians out there, and many of them are made by Unibroue.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this belgian pours a light-medium brown with a two finger thick rocky cream colored head, wicked busy with alacritous carbonation throughout

S - yeasty and malty up front, with secondary whiffs eliciting spicy clove and citrus aromas

T - nice flavors, a well blended citrus/spicy flavor underneath a big frothy malty yeasty flavor

M&D - a great beer, the smoothest Unibroue offerign ive have, with a particularly wet finish, not too dry, spicy, or overpowering, with a slightly chewy mouthfeel, overall a very nice brew

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Photo of Higravity
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Smoking Joe's in Pittsburgh.

Pours a soft amber if a little cloudy that gives a generous head. The smell is full of lovely yeast phenols and light sweet malt bits. Lots of taste seems squeezed into the beer itself and small taste melt over and over on the tongue until the spit dilutes it. Nice full dense carbonation give a lovely body and it is very drinkable and any rate.

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Photo of cabsandking
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dusty orange/brown color starting with an enormous fluffy head and dwindles to a respectable large bubble cap. The nose consists of sour light fruits, grapefruit pith, flowery hop esters. Taste is yeasty, sourdough bread, fresh cut hay, mellow phenols. Grassy hops offer a little bitter, peppery flavor. Citric orange rind and other fruits like peach, apple, and pear notes drift around between sips. Nice medium carbonation and mouthfeel is frothy and cloying. Faint nutty malt sweetness. Much of the flavors are found in the finish. Another Unibroue success.

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

I would consider this a good example of what Unibroue does. It was a 750ml bottle, with a best before 7/31/09 on the label. It was a cloudy red/orange color with a medium head. Light fruits and malt in the aroma. It tasted the same, with a little bit of spice. a nice, mellow beer. Fun to drink.

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Photo of xav33
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unibroue Seigneuriale
750 bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Recent brewing, corked out 12/06

Poured a murky light brown, with amber highlights, with an average fizzy somewhat diminishing off-white head.

Smelt of strong sweet oranges, bananas, tutti frutti, and cloves, with light vanilla and buttered toffee.

Taste was upfront bittersweet strong cloves, ginger and other spices, mushroomy yeast and sweet bread pudding followed by more of the same, with an accentuated bitter and pungent tastes, on a long finish. Palate was medium to full bodied, softly carbonated, although a bit prickling at times, creamy, moderately astrigent and lightly alcoholic.

Overall, the taste of cloves is fantastic here: prominent, but not overbearing on the other qualities of the beer. Excellent overall, but I'm a huge cloves fan.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red amber with a giant white foamy head. A nice looking beer with very good lacing. The smell is Belgian candy sugar and spices with,sweet malt, and fruit.pears,apples,and dark fruit. The taste is like the smell with candy sugar,lemon,fruit,pears,dark fruit, and sweet malt. The m/f is light hiding the alcohol well and mixing all the flavors very well. A real good drinking beer from one of the best. Cheers.

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

Dredged ochre brown with a massive topping of lightly tinted, tanned foam thats quite crunched and bubbly. Eventually gives way to a more creamier, compact look, and then to a powdery skim and broad collar ring. Not much lace sticks however, just a few spots that slowly either fade and drop back into the collar.

Aroma starts of dark red pears and apples with a yeasty estered spice of dryness. Tends to grab a bit more darker fruits with plump green raisin and ripe date and fig notes. The yeasty dryness also gathers a bit more strength as it sits.

Taste is fruity with a simple malt tone of some raisin, date, grape, and fig. Nice twist of cirtus throw in as well as the yeast is well mannered and balanced in with its tenderly soft dryness. Spice is added in just right with a cinnamony ginger cookie dough noting the middle and some finishing touches within the drying length.

Feel is about medium with a gradual build as it goes. Fulfilling malt sweetness and fruityness to its hold with solid finish of yeasty dryness mixed with cookie dough-like spices and notations.

A keeper of brew by the folks at Unibroue. Another solid Belgian thats much like the others they tend to make.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another ale style that is hard to catoragize, I just know it has
so much going for it, it tastes like nothing you find in the states,
its familar to one of my other favs from this brewery Maudite but
it has its own delicious characters going on. Highly carbonated
(the bottle almost landed me on the ground) but its got some
taste that is well balanced, fruity, it has so much of the Belgium
style I love.
I'm not an expert in these beers but its a treat when you can open up one of these beauties, its quality stuff.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first time I've ever seen this beer in my neck of the woods.

Appearance- The hue makes me think of cinnamon for some reason. A deeper medium amber with a well incorporated haze wo go with the head. No lacing. Hard to see the carbonation.

Smell- Sweet malts with a hint of some cinnamon as well mixed with a little brown sugar. But with these scents aside, a little bland compared to other Unibroue selections.

Taste- Hints of foreign spices that you'll only find only in European deserts and coffee cakes. Seasoned malts and light hopping make a good Belgian balance to this yeasty good brew.

Mouthfeel- Sweet, but stern in the Belgian tradiotons. Smooth and medium bodied. Like the average Joe's Belgian, from Belgium. If that makes sense.

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

Poured a muddy brown with a thick huge creamy head.

Smell has the typical Uni Yeast odor along with a nice crisp apple smell and some light banana as well.

Very tart and fruity taste. Apple, banana, and cherries are all there along with a nice bit of yeast with a decent spicyness.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a very dry finish.

Overall is very tasty and balanced, easy to drink and good!

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: beautiful dark blonde with a moderately frothy white head on top. The nose is full of light fruits: apricots, and the textbook Unibroue yeast

Flavour starts off sweet and grapey, and then a spicy aspect, partially from the yeast, comes in and takes over. Definite pepper aspects, sort of a pale version of Maudite. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel, nice, full, good tangy bitter aspects. Drinkability, good, as is standard for Unibroue.

Another tasty light offering from Unibroue...

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La Seigneuriale from Unibroue
3.91 out of 5 based on 336 ratings.
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