Unibroue 10

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
4.33 | pDev: 9.47%
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A 750ml bottle with a starkly simple presentation – which is highly effective. A brown glass bottle with the name of the beer, and a few other simple words in a calligraphic type font gold lettering. Basic, but highly effective in pronouncing and establishing the quality of this beer. No fancy advertising or packaging here, this beer clearly speaks for itself.

After the cage was removed, it did require a determined tug to extract the firmly entrenched cork which was marked (dated?) 2-1. A sharp monotone “thrupp” followed by a ghostly wisp of light white-grey gun smoke which instantaneously vaporized.

Highly active, the head raced up the glass releasing citric aromas as it formed into a white colored mass. Eventually the head settles to a 1” depth in the form of a smooth collar, massive lacing is prominent and some oversized bubbles are noted on the surface. Like other Unibroue beers I have had, the first glass is almost clear and the subsequent ones have an ‘ever-so-slightly’ hazed complexion from the yeast sediment. The color is a light golden-orange one and looks very inviting. This beer looks familiar?!?! Ah! I know! Its appearance has a strange resemblance to a “Belgium Tripel”.

Aromas are gorgeous; it reminded me again of when I worked in a Bakery as a Student, hot freshly baked bread, with hints of lemons, like a wheat beer on steroids. The seductive nose begs you to drink this beer. Smells are refreshing.

Tastes are also of fresh bread again, some light grain, lightly roasted malt and a strong lemony trait that runs through the beer from start to finish. Highly drinkable, is this really 10% ABV??, Wow, some accomplishment because you could be easily fooled into thinking it was only 5-6%. A well-balanced, refreshing, high quality, clean drinking, crisp beer that is *very* quaffable. I could drink 2 or 3 of the 750’s easily that’s for sure.

Yet another highly accomplished beer from Unibroue, who are fast becoming a favorite of mine.

Feb 05, 2003
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PlinytheFarter from Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%

Dec 05, 2011
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jfcaa193 from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Feb 19, 2012
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AlNelson from Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%

Aug 31, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle that was corked and caged, no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazed pale yellow golden, streams of tiny bubble rush to the top and show lots of activity. This activity holds the white lace strong and lets the lace to stick all over the glass.

Smell: Big yeast doughy, and estery aroma. Fruity with citrus peel, apple skin and faint pineapple. Lightly phenolic with a spicy backbone.

Taste: Exceptionally crisp, nearly bone dry with a moderate body. The crispness is from a high level of carbonation, it is brisk and has a bite. This bite comes from the dry graininess and spiciness from the alcohol and phenolic flavours that give suggestions of clove and nutmeg. Hop bitterness shows some spicy flavour that help to further cleanse the palate. Alcohol character is quite powerful with big fruity esters and mild solvent flavours. Fruity with traces of tropical fruit. Graininess runs with a nutty yeast flavour and goes far into the after taste.

Notes: This is one big alcoholic brew, in the same lines as Duvel or Lucifer yet stronger. Certainly worth a try and if you are into Belgian Style Pale Strong Ales this is a really good pick. A nice ripe block of aged cheddar with rye crackers would make a nice treat.

Apr 10, 2002
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beerluvr from Canada (ON)

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellared since 10/02. Poured with a crisp snow white head over very effervescent golden liquid. Nose is sweet with yeasty/citrusy fruitiness/ Taste is first sweet and lightly fruity, then some alcohol flavors become apparent... this beer is light and lively on the palate though. Slight tartness noted in the finish along with some hop dryness. Altogether a deliciously drinkable strong golden ale.

Feb 16, 2003
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Murph from Arizona

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has the typical hazy look of Unibroue. Slightly tangy on the palate with a clean finish. Bubbly with a slightly weak head. Great tasting, the oranges and coriander come through very nicely. All around a great brew but what else is expected from this great brewery.

Feb 08, 2002
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frank4sail from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at a Michael Jackson Tasting in Phila., PA in 2002 and had to keep going back to their table for more. Bubbly, hazy, thick white head with surdy lace. Very smooth with citrus and spice notes. Very drinkable for a 10%ABV.. be careful it sneaks up on you;) These guys (girls) brew great belgian beer.

Apr 16, 2002
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mattmaples from Oregon

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tad cloudy but it has some great flavor. Fruity orange, coriander and I was getting more of a phenoic spicyness then a pepper. It has a great intensity, loads of flavor and 10% alcohol makes it rather aggresive and tasty.

Feb 08, 2002
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, opaque orange-yellow with a nice fluffy head. Cirtrusy, spicy. Similar to Don De Dieu, but a tad bit crisper in mouth feel due to the tight carbonation. Delicious, and with 10% alchohol, mellows the day right out.

Oct 27, 2002
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faernt from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was happy to hear the pop of the cork when I opened the bottle. It's somewhat old, but quality and little cellar disturbance prevail. I bought this as a "freshie" and only moved once since. The new cellar is a bit more stable than the old one. The temps here vary from 55 to 65 throughout the year. The old cellar was actually the pantry and varied from 60 to 72. I've never had an ideal cave and I suppose that the lack of constancy and temps moving above 55 are contributors to accelerated aging, but this one has made it through.

The taste is "PUT TOGETHER" I really like a beer that is comfortable with itself. I mean that the components respect each other. This can happen with the initial choices a brewer makes and then it can happen in the bottle over time. Unibroue makes good beer,fresh and it's good to taste an aged special that has come to respect itself.(I have old friends that resemble this beer)

The beer has head. I see it in the bottle now. It's about 1/8" high. The glass has subsided to a respectable skim. It looks like a deep gold triple and has a slight tartness that balances the sweetness that immediately pursues it. The flavors are fruity and spicy and balanced. I can't pull flavors out of a taste as well as some, but mango is near here on the back of my tongue. There is enough tartness to generate a substantial saliva response. (Spit is serious.)
(My neice told me that Barbie is serious too.)

The appearance is beautifully clear. It is a very good example of the Belgian style. I feel that, in its maturity, it has become more that the initial offering. I have mixed feelings about cellaring. This beer keeps me putting good, bottle conditioned, 8% (and up) ABV examples away for later.

Feb 17, 2008
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John from New York

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL. bottle. Hazy golden appearance with dense white head. A thin, tight layer of foam lasts until the bottom of the glass. Classic traits of a Belgian style strong pale/trippel. Fruity, spicey with a peppery hop bite. A very drinkable 10% abv brew suitable for Unibroue's 10th anniversary.

Apr 01, 2002
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beerguy101 from California

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Medium head, once the initial opening volcano subsided. Aroma is malty, yeasty, citrusy and fruity. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. It's malty, yeasty and citrusy. Very typical of a Belgian Triple. Flavors are softly fruity and citrusy, with hints of spices like coriander and clove. Well balanced. Very tasty. The 10% alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Very nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth and a little dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Sep 30, 2003
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Andy from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mixed feelings regarding this brew. Hazy yellow color with deep foaming white head. Slightly hefe-weizen like clove notes in aroma, very fresh smelling. Aroma is not sharp but deep, broad and rich. Aroma never quite turns the corner to being truly weiss like. Taste of fruit (McIntosh apples). Just wasn't as good as I expected. Will sit on my other bottle and re-review

May 09, 2002
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Viking from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold colored beer, with a thick head that hangs around for the long haul. Spicy aroma and flavor. Yeast becomes prominent as the beer warms.

Mar 17, 2002
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hazy golden straw colored brew pours like a champagne. The fizziness is apparant from the start. The beer appears to be highly carbonated from the looks of it. Gas bubbles surface at a rapid clip. Huge bready characteristics on the nose. Yeastiness is also evident in conjunction. Even though the beer is highly carbonated, it doesn't render it hard to drink. Rather, this light bodied high alcohol brew goes down somewhat effortlessly. The taste consists of light alcohol, yeasty breadiness, some fruity esters and a nice doughy characteristic.

I'm starting to see what all the hype is about with Unibroue. Even though Belgian style beers aren't amongst my favorites, the Unibroues that I have tasted have all been high quality.

Sep 03, 2002
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Uni-10 has a rich, bright golden color, with a touch of haze. The head was white, tightly packed, and about 1" to start before easing down to a fine, thin layer. There was some lacing, but not an exemplary amount. I found aromas of yeast and a peppery-like spiciness, very reminiscent of good Belgian pales and Trippels. I quite enjoyed the mouthfeel. The body was medium-plus, and the smoothness on the tongue was creamy. Not creamy like a Storm King, for example, but "bubbly-creamy"; smooth but with a tight, fine carbonation on the tongue. Some good malts make a decent base, and I get a pleasant yeasty flavor. As-in the aroma, a tasty, pepper-like spiciness comes through, notably in the finish. I also noted a distinct warming in my belly after my first couple of sips from the alcohol, yet it is not intrusive in the flavor at all. Though I think it could be perhaps it bit more complex in aroma and flavor, it is none-the-less a very well made bier! Prosit!!

overall: 4.35
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


Nov 23, 2002
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maxpower from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked caged bottle. Cloudy hazy creamy yellow color, nice big foamy clean white head, yeasty, fruity aroma loaded with spice. Bready malty fruity flavors, full and soft palate, sweet yeasty alcohol finish, pretty damn good.

Dec 31, 2002
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oberon from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all liked the bottle it came in,black with gold lettering.The appearance was also great huge head nice golden /yelow color,lace stayed for a longtime.Smelled of yeast,bread baking true to the style.Had a yeasty lemony tart flavor and I agree like many others reviewing this one it is very easy to drink.I love this brewery and get as many as I can from here.

Feb 08, 2003
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Thrasher from Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not so wild about this. First pour gave way too much head. Basically just tastes like alcohol. Feel the burn going down without any exciting beer flavors to enjoy. Resembles champagne both in acute bubbliness and tart graininess. If you love champagne this is the beer for you. An impressive brewing achievement, I suppose, but if I wanted something that reminds me of champagne, I'd just buy champagne. Also, too much alcohol taste for me to really get into.

May 12, 2002
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ADR from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Blew its cork on its own, after the basket was removed...

Hazy sedimented orange peach color, lots of froth -- an inch to start with and very crystalline lacing effects. Slighly vinegary aroma, a nose of dry white wine and a bit of yeast. Astringency of aroma plays very well with honey-like malt sweetness and a soothing sense of candy sugar. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a hop free finish. A nice sense of alcohol, not overwhelming but balancing the sweetness away from cloying. Frankly the vinegar and cheese-like first aromas are the only detraction to this one.

Feb 21, 2003
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden straw in color. Big, creamy white head loudly fades to just an edging.
Loads of spice and yeast on the nose. Coriander and citrus fruit. Some pineapple. Somewhat bready.
Taste starts with some green apple sweet/sourness. Some grape notes as well as a healthy dose of spice. Clove and pepper. Faintly musty yeast asserts itself, with some grainy and doughy notes. Solvent-like alcohol appears. Turns blisteringly dry towards the finish. Faintly grainy aftertaste, otherwise very clean.
Gets better as the 750ml bottle empties. The yeast sediment seems to mask the sometimes obtrusive alcohol. The last glass is smooth and delightful. Pour it and let it sit for a few minutes, as the carbonation is initially quite high. Once this settles, it feels wonderful in the mouth.
The alcohol pops up from time to time, but for the most part, it is well hidden. Very drinkable. Very nice.
I expected a world-beater for their 10th anniversary, and I almost got it.
It is a great brew, but I think I prefer Don and Fin just slightly over this one. But this is a lovely treat nonetheless. All hail Unibroue!

Jul 25, 2002
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kwill from Texas

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden with an inch of white head that quickly disappeared into lacy trails. Smell is a typical Belgian ale, but with a bit less floral/sweet aroma and a definite note of alcohol.

While the smell and appearance are good, the taste is even better. The flavor is citrus sweet a bit of spice . Mouthfeel is full of carbonation and finishes dry.

Another excellent beer from Unibroue. 10% alcohol that you can't taste, but can definitely feel. It is unfortunate that the beer costs so much because I could really get used to drinking this one regularly.

Mar 09, 2003
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aracauna from Georgia

3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow with an orange tint. Head has unusually large bubble, but it fades to a thin small bubbled foam later one. Very citrusy, mild spiciness with some estery notes getting stronger towards the bottom of the bottom. The fuzzy mouthfeel from the carbonation (similar to Chimay Red) makes it a little more difficult to drink that it should for such a light beer.

Jun 23, 2002
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Wildman from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow gold color and formed a huge foam white head that left circular lace as it slowly subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, clove and various other spices that I couldn't place. The flavor was of malt, clove and citrus. The finish is touch sprite. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to try this one, but I lucked out.

May 16, 2003
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