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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Reviews: 240 | Ratings: 331
Photo of juju7
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue are yet to disappoint me. Orange, amber, cloudy with fluffy, persistent head. Smells very inviting with fresh baked bread-like yeastiness and peachy stone fruits and plenty of spice. On the palate, this is so creamy it's almost sinful. Similar yeast and fruit flavours coming through beautifully. If you like Belgian style ales there isn't much to dislike about this beer.

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Photo of grayburn
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red with some slight orange notes around the edge. Large head fades to zip pretty quick, lacing is minimal.

The smell is dominated by some sour apple, there is a little bit of funk going on as well, not quite what I was expecting but not bad.

The taste is again a large dose of sour apple, some nice pepper notes come in to balance things out, a bit of alcohol in the finish as well.

A medium body that is just a bit undercarbonated.

The drinkability is nice, all of the beers from Unibroue that I have had have been good or better, this being near the bottom of the pack.

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Photo of Vixie
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a full head. The head was mainly tan, but had a hint of orange as well.

The smell was very much a mix of citrus and a hint of floral. There's also quite a bit of spice that comes as well, more a peppery spice.

To me it tasted a lot like it smelled, citrus was there, but the pepper seemed to become the most dominant taste. This is possibly the most peppery beer I've ever had. There's a touch of hops in the aftertaste.

Feel was a bit on the thin side, the carbonation did help a bit, but nothing stood out in this area.

Not quite up to the level of other Unibroue beers, but even a less than outstanding beer from them is still worth trying. Not one I'll be drinking a lot of, I think if the citrus was more dominant, would have been better. Still, and interesting offering.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great Belgian Pale, and is a bit surprising.

Has a cloudy rust color with a head that keeps itself a live for some time.

Smells surprised me the most, with a major citrus scent and some follow up of Belgian yeast strains.

It has the taste that I can really enjoy however, with just a bit of the hops and sweetness but major Belgian yeast flavor mixed with a citrus flavor.

I love Unibroue and their brews, and this is second in line to the Trois Pistols. Re fermentation!

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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 birchstick
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light copper color, with a decent head that dissipates quickly. There is also a lot of lacing, seems like there is a lot of carbonation.

S - a lot of fruits, especially pear and green apple. There is a hint of spice as well, but not as much as in other

T - palate follows the nose. Lots of tart, dry fruit and it finishes with a caramelized brown sugar. I was expecting this to be a little bit sweeter and spicier, given its style.

M - medium-bodied--there wasn't as much carbonation burn as I thought there would be, and it leaves a bit of a tingle on the tongue after I swallow.

D - pretty decent drinkability. Not too high of an abv, and a good taste to make it enjoyable throughout its consumption. Not the best Unibroue, but it is still pretty good.

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Photo of bminor7
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky brown with plenty of head formation...lacing does not stick. Immediately smells of a mysterious fruit...guava seems to make sense here. A bit of a sour aftertaste and very little hop bitterness to speak of - the fruity flavor dominates.

Although I was excited to try this, I agree with other reviewers that it is not one of Unibroue's stronger offerings. Personally my favorites are La Fin du Monde, Maudite, and Trois Pistoles.

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

Bottle from my girlfriend- A deep and murky/muddy caramel pour. Leaves nice spotty lace and has a frothy beige cap. Nose is quite yeasty followed by a blast of tropical fruit, like guava and mango, some pear and apricot too. Lots of spices here meet a decent amount of floral hops. Tastes of dark pit fruits, in contrast to the nose of the lighter tropical fruits. Dark plum and prune, with pear running up the back. Solid spicing and hopping balance the fruity sweetness. Creamy and dangerously drinkable. Excellent.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in my Bruery tulip. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a three inch off-white head that fizzed and popped as it slowly receded into a solid, quarter inch cap; some slashes of lacing, but somewhat weak legs. Candi sugar and light fruit (perhaps tangerine and apricot) dominate the nose. Taste is consistent with nose and finishes somewhat dry. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly - a little too much carbonation, and the sensation follows from start to finish; consistency fell between light- and medium-bodied. Nice Belgian Pale. A solid B+ in my book; however, could have been an A- if it was a little less effervescent.

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

750ml undated, cork-top bottle poured into it's reccomended glass.

Pours an airy, white head which doesn't stick around for long. Quickly dissipates down to a thin blanket of foam. Not the most attractive colour, kind of a murky swamp water orange/brown. Though it shines a nice bright orange if you hold it up to the light.

Smells better than it looks: nice sweet caramel, candy, light roasted malt and cream with some faint hops and interesting sweet tomatoes in the background. I only wish the smell was stronger; other than that it smells great.

I was expecting this one to be a typical Unibroue but it's more unique than I expected. It definitely tastes like Unibroue but is easily distinguishable from their other offerings. The nice sweet caramel from the smell is less dominating in the taste but still very present. More hops come out in the flavour than in the smell. Some light roasted malt. Along the same lines as Maudite but lighter and more refreshing. Only the slightest alcohol presence while it's in your mouth, smooth on the way down.

I see people complaining all the time about Unibroue's carbonation and this one has to be the most carbonated I've tried. I like the high carbonation with this one though, it's not too heavy a beer and the carbonation adds to it's refreshingness. Is that a word? If you're really not into the extreme carbonation, you won't like the feel of this one. I, personally, don't really mind.

While I wouldn't say it's among the best Unibroue's I've tried, it's certainly not the worst. I would definitely buy this again if it was widely available but this is actually the only bottle of Seigneuriale I've seen around for months. Are they fazing this one out? Not as interesting as some of their stronger beers but more refreshing in exchange. Great Unibroue for the summer.

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

A- Pours a clear golden color with a monster foamy white head.

S- Sweet and fruity. Notes of sweet apples.

T- Sweet and fruity, almost apple ciderish. Plenty of grassy hops/apple peel in the finish. Sweet upfront, a bit bitter in the finish.

M- Dry, medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate.

D- Excellent. A fairly basic brew, it's no Duvel, but... one that goes down way too easy. Another winner from Unibroue.

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Photo of natelocc787
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was very disappointing. Unibroue makes some of my favorite beers but like Blanche de Chambly this one meets the "average" mark.

The pour was okay, a bit crisp and clear.

The nose was okay as well with fresh fruit and yeast apparent.

The taste was like apples-golden apples. This could be a beer/cider. Not very complex and not very tasty compared to others from this brewery.

Mouthfeel was thin, crisp and overly carbonated.

I had a 750ml corked and couldn't wait to try it. My brother came through and wanted to try a good beer and this was what I brought home. Man I should have gotten the Terrible for a buck more.

This beer does not leave a lasting impression.

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

Deafening pop launches the cork to regions unknown. I won't be seeing it until one of the cats brings it out who knows when. Foam starts to push out whether I'm ready for it or not, so, to the pour!

Huge pile of fluffy cream colored foam consumes half of the Duvel tulip and is very slow to fall, leaving a shiny meringue island in the glass. The beer is a surprisingly murky deep gold-amber with copper hues at the edges. Not a beauty, but interesting nonetheless.

Aroma, as impatient as the foam, hits me before I can get bottle to glass. Wafting tropical fruits and alcohol. Once I can get my nose in it, there is plenty to do. Esters of banana, mango, papaya, pear and apple. Some spicy phenolics (allspice), and floral hops. Sugary malts with suggestions of spice cake and fresh white bread. Alcohol throughout is well integrated with no fusels.

Hits the tongue with rich spice and fruit reminiscent of a good English winter warmer. Orange and allspice with a hint of clove coupled with herbal floral hops. Balance is just a little bitter. Woody drying finish with warming alcohol and tropical fruit lingering after. I should make it clear that all of this spiciness is not like a spiced xmas ale. This is all in the yeast, malt and hops. Full of subtlety with the yeasty esters and phenolics very well blended with the malt and hops. This really hits the profile of a big Belgian Pale Ale that displays a distinct English malt and hop heritage with the unique ester and phenol characteristics of a Belgian yeast.

Medium full body and well carbonated. Nice creamy mouthfeel, big enough to be a little sticky. Full and dry enough to both reward and refresh the palate, but definitely not a quencher. It would almost seem to be a fault that the alcohol is a little assertive for a 7.5%ABV beer, but it is never harsh or boozy and actually adds rather than detracts from the overall mix and balance of flavor.

I have long been a fan of Unibroue, but there beers have been hit and miss for the past few years. Seigneuriale is very much a big hit with me.

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

Poured from 750ML into Unibroue tulip glass. Best before 7/31/2009 marked on the bottle.

A: Glowing amber coloring with huge, exquisite head that dissipated quite slowly. Heavy lacing apparent. Very nice looking brew.

S: I get some cherry tones in the nose. After warming I got some sweet apple tones as well. Very nice nose.

T & M: Very interesting brew, not exactly what I was expecting but I still really enjoyed it . Relatively light bodied. Taste is mostly sweet malt tones with a nice crisp finish. The fruit tones that I get on the nose also come through in the taste.

D: Quite drinkable, I will be seeking this beer out again. A nice Belgian beer for the summer compared some of the other Unibroue offerings.

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Photo of Lukie
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a honey bronze, with a nice thick bubbly off-white head. Almost champagne like, but not over the top like some other Unibroue Beers are. It is thick and sparkles of popping bubbles can be noted on the sides of the glass. Appearance is outstanding.

Dried sugary fruit seems to be the most dominant of smells. Sweet apricot, crisp green apple, and an underlying note of cinammon.

Sweeter malty character, almost borderline a rich English Ale, more-so then of Belgian "descent". Sweet Apricot, caramelised Apricot, and dry alcohol finish. This is amazing.

Not as intense as some of the other Unibroue offerings, which can in a way be a good thing. The sweetish Apricot flavours, and subtle dry alcohol make this an amazing beer to drink. Maybe borderline my favourite alongside Don de Dieu and La Fin Du Monde.

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

Appearance: Deep copper/bronze colored brew, pillowy head of brown bubbles with decent staying power. Some lacing effects, moderate carbonation.

Smell: Candi sugar, apricot, undertones of floral.

Taste: Follows up on the promise of the nose - sweet without being cloying, hoppy and fresh. Mid-swallow the beer sort of vanishes behind alcohol and fizz, but it returns (albeit modestly) on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light and substantial all at once. Some bitterness on the tongue at the swallow, otherwise quite smooth and warm from the high ABV.

Drinkability: Good sipping beer, well thought out and crafted.

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Photo of Drew966
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Seigneuriale pours a hazy orange with a big white head from a corked and caged brown 750 ml bottle. The aroma is malty and a touch fruity. The flavor has a lot of malt, a touch of caramel, fruity along the lines of pear or peach a touch of spice. Alcohol is not particularly noticeable but it is present. Tastes like a pretty good version of a Belgian. Recommended.

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Photo of Epicedion
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy, almost glowing but opaque amber. Pours a nice fluffy head that settles down to a light coating, leaving almost no lacing.

S: Some sort of fruit. I want to say oranges. It's diluted by a vaguely sweet grain smell. There's some alcohol behind it if you go looking.

T: Not fantastic. Good. Sweet malt but not overly strong, not alot of hops. Pretty much no spice or bitterness. This beer is also pretty one note. I'm looking for complexity but I don't find any. You may think I'm crazy, but this beer kind of tastes like salt water taffy. Not too sweet, and a little weird. It's not -bad-, but there's not alot here that makes me want to come back. The taste is fine, it just doesn't go anywhere. And seriously, salt water taffy.

M: Good carbonation, good medium body, and very smooth. You could ask for a nicer feel but you probably wouldn't get it.

D: Polishing off a bomber is easy. Polishing off two would be work. Not just because of the alcohol, but this beer's flavor doesn't change or have any depth to keep it interesting.

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Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from 750ML corked bottle purchased for $5.99 at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with a Best by date of 7 31 09 into my clean, clear silver rimmed Chimay goblet.

A Nice frothy very light brown head over an orange brown opaque body that has a bit of a glow to it when placed in front of direct light. It is a bit different from other BSPA's but I like this look.

S Sweet malty with Belgian yeasts. Really smooth smelling and inviting. On target for style.

T A grainy malt without any sickening sweetness and very little if any hops bitterness. This is a nice, really smooth Pale Ale. It is more earthy, smooth and grainy than other BSPA's that I have had but remains true to style and a pleasure.

M Its smoothness sets it apart from other BSPA's and it retains a bigness too. A bit of a kick of alcohol in the mid taste raises the mouthfeel bar.

D I will not have a problem finishing the 750 ML bottle (two Chimay Goblets) but I probably would not care for much after that. This beer is not intended, IMO, to be entirely drinkable. It is a sipper.

Notes: As I continue my week plus of Unibroue sampling this one returns the brewery, in my mind, to great form after the underwhelming Blanche De Chambly.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clouded burnt orange body with some brown hues. Initially, a foamy bleach white head formed and just a thin layer of foam remained. Unfortunately no lace to mention

S: fruits of apricots, oranges, and a whiff of bananas. This is paired with a yeast/bread with cloves and spice

T: flavor profile is much like the nose and very well mannered. Flavors are soft and rather light with a delicate toasted malty character. A loaf of bread laced with caramel and sprinkled with cloves. The spices push through the strongest in the flavor profile

M: fizzy and light in the body, goes down well. Feels like a good Belgian style body

D: not a bad brew. I would pull for a stronger malt profile and maybe a bit more candy sweetness. Nice and light with decent flavors

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

I picked this one up the other day as for me it seems to be harder to find. I was going to try the Don de Dieu but figured that one seems to be more readily available so my thoughts where lets give this one a try. Pours to a nice orange color, with some copper highlights. Big thick head that had nice retention, left a fair amount of lacing though I thought there would be more? The aroma is very nice , normal Unibroue yeast aroma comes to mind at first. Fruit is there as well as a nice but subtle spice. Very inviting aroma! The taste, while good, just did not seem to be there for me. The spice comes out more here, I seem to notice that first, clove. Also present is the yeast which seems to give a slight fruit like ester, apple, at least that is where I think it is coming from. Slight sweetness that reminds me sightly of brown sugar. As I started to say the flavors are good but for me they seem to be missing a little something, does not stand up to the aroma. I would get some of the other strong ales that they offer before I get this one again.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/14/2007 (bottle BB 07-31-09):

Pous a medium brown color, very cloudy. Smalllish head, quickly diminishing, off-white color, very creamy. Vepy floral, dark fruit, perfumy, heavy. Sweet smelling. Floral, fizzy fruity taste. Not as fruity as the aroma. Dark heavy tasting. Tastes like a Belgian sttrong. Some smoke.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer. Bought in Chambly.

Tasted 1 september 2008.

Pours as an orange beer. The beer is opaque. Not much clarity in the liquid.

Smell is nice. Spices in the smell and the typical smell of Unibroue beers.

The taste is very good. I taste a fruit but I can't say which one. This is a complex beer for me. Hard to come up with the taste.

For sure, this is a refreshing beer that I can drink all night! Very good. Wish I could get this one easily. I haven't found it in Quebec City yet... Maybe I need to search more!

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rocky three fingers of chiffon floats above a cloudy, pumpkin-orange ale.

A sweet, slightly sour cough drop of orange with cedar and grapes.

This is a moderately acidic beer, predominantly flavored like pineapple.

Soft carbonation provides life to this medium-bodied beer that lightly coats the palate.

Perhaps best with a full meal and family.

Date consumed: 2 September 2008

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