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La Seigneuriale | Unibroue

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339 Ratings
La SeigneurialeLa Seigneuriale

Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - clear bubbly copper, tower of tan head held endlessly
S - yeasty esters of sour peach and herbs, leafy, and a bubblegum hint
T - leafy green and mild citrus hops meld well with yeasty esters, touches of mint bubble gum, cracker grain malt
M - light with creamy carbonation, crisp and clean all the way through with a minerally dryness on the finish
O - this is enjoyable to drink, so fresh and clean that it leaves you thirsty and satisfied in a great way

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Photo of smekermann
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Pours a dark rich honey amber that almost grades into russet, with ample billowing Duvel style foam. One is immediately struck by the strong yeasty esters, phenols, fruit, brown spices, and bready malt aromas, and the taste is even more complex. I get quite a lot of banana, which combines with crystal malt sweetness to yield a banana bread effect, cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves, a more fragrant noble hop perfume, some apple, a whole ton of yeast really. A yeast forward beer that veers into cloying at times, whereas Duvel stays fruity and crisp. The finish is dry, reasonably bitter, and very earthy, calls to mind ginseng or even fresh potatoes or other root vegetables. You've got several takes on spice all vying together and I can't say the whole thing is as balanced as maybe it should be, but it ain't dull. There are medicinal notes and almost a fermented honey vibe like mead. Sweetness and earthy bitterness linger for a long time and I get some overly ripe tropical fruit and grassy green hops. Fairly bubbly but less assertive carbonation than I was expecting, which is fine in terms of letting the nuances shine forth. I laud the complexity even as I wonder if the finish is overly variegated and dank. Unibroue does not produce a bad beer. This one is very good but not a world beater (cf. their dark ale and tripel offerings).

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of SebD
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready Belgian yeast, peppery spices, tart apples, cloves and bananas.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bready Belgian yeast, pepper and cloves, some banana, tart apples and some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This lovely ale pours a hazy amber with a thick white head into my tulip glass. Smells boldly of burnt brown sugar, candied fruits, apricots, orange peel, caramel and coriander. Tastes just as it smells. Big sugary notes balanced by a faint bitterness. Caramel, candied fruits, pineapple and spices are present throughout the taste. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. I frickin love this ale. I have a bottle I plan on aging as well.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ssmack
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured half of a 750 ml bomber into a Duvel tulip.

The colour makes this a real stunner. A dark reddish amber with an inch and a half of white head that slowly disappeared. Low carbonation streams and lacing.

A rich, very spicy aroma of yeast, phenol, bread.

The spiciness dominates the taste as well. Cloves, pepper, cinnamon and mild hops. Good sweet maltiness holds the spices up. But there is alcohol in the aftertaste.

Round mouthfeel but no carbonation.

Perhaps not as out going as the other Unibroue's but I really enjoyed this one. Now if this would stick around at the LCBO....

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

La Seigneuriale from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 339 ratings
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