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Unibroue 10 | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 100
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle purchased direct from the brewery. Aged 1 year before opening, today.

Appearance: a cloudy pale-golden pour. big white head off the top that fades down to a ring. Lots of active carbonation.

Smell: Noticeable honey sweetness in the nose with an underlying spiceness.

Taste: Opposite of the nose. Here i found a peppery spice off the top followed by a raw-honey sweetness. Great matliness backs up the complex flavours and gives this beer exceptional body. A slightly dry and nutty finish that was remeniscent of a white port.

Mouthfeel: Lively and bursting with flavours. A wonderful fuzzy & dry finish.

Drinkablilty: Much better than what i tried 1 year ago when this brew was born. An absolute treat. (i should have saved this for my 100th review)

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of many beers we sampled during our Opening Day '04.

Cloudy straw-colored in appearance. Very fizzy white head. The first glass poured was clear. Aromas are bready, citrusy (orange) in character. Is there coriander...even pepper in this? A yeasty unndertone supports everything else. Flavor is complex to say the least. Quite yeasty, with lots of orange in the flavor. Cloves, bannanas, spices complete the package. Finishes with just a bit of fizziness before a long-lasting ABV-warming "orangeness". Very smooth and cream mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. Very...even dangerously drinkable. Excellent.

Muchos gracias to WeeFishHeads for this wonderful beer.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.73/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden hazed beauty in a robust 20oz tulip shaped glass with a magnificant foaming white head leaves great batches of belgian style lacing, wow. Aroma: Sweet rich honey fused with deep belgian candy sugar tones, with an evident alcoholic nose phenolic tones of fruit some exotic citrus and tropical tones very nice, what a big but quaffable beer we have here. Tase: Well, date on bottle says 03-03-2002 I'm guessing bottling date this stuff is smooth after more than year later this beer holds together so nicely excellent flavor profile packed with the most heavenly combonation of syrupy malt so sweet but bread and honey seared fruit tones all add to the complexity of this Belgian style ale. The characteristic bready yeast from Chambly does this beer's flavor much justice adding a great edge of doughiness and being responsible for the phenols during fermentation I praise it. Mouthfeel: Considerably thinner in body when compared to the Unibroue 11, but still substantial creamy smooth texture in a medium body masterpiece. Drinkability: Is downright amazing the aging of this beer over a year has done has probably mellowed the flavors a bit but whatever the case is this beer's enjoyment level for me was an all time high just great can't say much more than I love both the 10 and 11.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow and white 3 finger head. Almost champagne like carbonation. Light lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, spices, pepper, lemons, oranges, and tropical fruits (pineapple?).

Taste: The yeast and spices provide the major flavors here, but they aren't overpowering as the fruits provide a wonderful balance. A nice alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied. The carbonation provide a nice crisp feel.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite BSPA. I wish I had more of these lying around.

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma, yeasty taste, yeast floating on attractive white wine like appearance. Bottled february 2002, so 3 years and a bit to let the yeast calm down. Spicey backbone, like a Golden. Malt not prominent. Carbonation still kicking. Good Belgian style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow to deep golden with orange tints. Flumes of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass keeping a tight 1/8" of bright white foam throughout the goblet. Certainly not an immense aroma, but alluring: sweet, orange, lemon zest, clove. Intensely zesty mouthfeel; so much so as to leave a tingle on the upper lip. It becomes extremely creamy as the beer warms. The flavor is very much like the aroma, restrained but beckoning another taste; offering sugar-coated slices of apple with a background of candied ginger, mild vanilla, and unbelievably balanced spice. The combination of alcohol and carbonation warm as it runs to the stomach. It offers an intensely long lasting finish of sweet honey-ish malt, light spice and gentle bitterness. A sublime but complicated brew!

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Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of beer64nut
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kwill
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 years old bottle - Light brown/yellowish brew with a great head that stayed on for a while. Good body with alcohol taste a bit distinct. Very complex mix of spice with a sweet aftertaste. Anotgher great belgium inspired brew from Unibroue. I also noted an incredible amount of lees at the bottom of the beer and wonder if it might be due to the aging?

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Photo of Murph
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of MJR
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a semi-hazy, pale yellow with the faintest orange highlights. An off-white head starts out thick and foamy, but subsides to a persistent, thin cap. Carbonation bubbles constantly fight their way to the top...lots of fizz here.

Smell: Has a big earthy, yeasty aroma with lots of esters. There's some various fruits in there: pear, apple, orange peel, and a bit of pineapple. Wonderful smell!

Taste: Starts very dry and crisp with a big sweet, fruity flavor. Lots of Belgian candy sugar in this recipe... There's a nice organic, slightly musty, yeasty flavor that adds a bit more complexity to a fairly complex beer. Just like in the smell, there's a lot of fruit showing up: pear, apple, pineapple, and orange peel. A touch of honey in there too. Goes down with a great balance between the organic, doughy flavor and the fruitiness. They did an amazing job of hiding the 10% alcohol content...it's barely noticable.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp with a medium mouthfeel that gets thicker when/if you let the yeast dregs in your glass (I do!) Goes down very smooth, while your taste buds demand another sip.

Drinkability: Remarkable good for a 10% brew. I could drink several of these and not feel it until I went to stand up and noticed that I couldn't walk! Unibroue does a fantastic job of playing the 'hide the alcohol' game!

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Photo of hyuga
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this one for a long time! According to the Unibroue website, this is actually a tripel, not a pale strong ale. Pours a hazy orange/peach colored liquid with a big white Belgian froth floating atop it. The froth settles quickly, leaving patchy lace. Fruity esters in the nose, along with a little pepper and acidic citrus. Complex and flavorful on the palate as expected! Fruitiness and citrus hit first, with a hint of pepper making your tongue tingle. A little raisin floats among the acidic citrus and fruitiness in the middle, along with a tiny bit of yeast character. Slight bitterness hits here as well. A bit of cork character is noticeable as well. A bit of leafy character in the aftertaste. Tingly spice finish with a bit more yeast. Tingly mouthfeel as well, something I love in a Belgian. It does seem more like a tripel to me. Whether the cork presence is desirable or not is up to you, I personally think it adds a bit of complexity that I like. I've always loved the smell of the cork from a freshly opened Belgian beer. Back to the beer, the 10% abv is almost completely undetectable! I find that astounding. This is one amazing beer. One word description: "grandiose". Definitely 10th anniversary special reserve material. I need to stock up on this before it's gone!

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Photo of Garin
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a big billowy white head that left some lace on the glass as it receded. The beer itself was pale and peachy, and slightly cloudy.

Lots of pears, pineapple and tropical fruit in the nose.

The flavour is spicy and fruity. Again, I get lots of pineapple with the smooth bready malty flavours. Some citrus peel bitterness blends with alcoholic warmth. Lots of depth and intrigue here.

It feels warm, rich, and silky. The bright carbonation is refreshing. As usual, it's another dangerously drinkable delight from Unibroue.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a clear gold with a thin, fizzy white head.

Smell: The smell is an absolutely stunning mix of apples, spices, faint hops and a nice alcoholic tinge.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is less complex than the smell would have you believe, but it's still enjoyable. The fruitiness of the smell is gone, the spice is up, the malts really come in (not heavy though), and the alcohol is very present. The alcohol balances it out nicely though, and makes it almost thirst quenching. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: This is another quality Unibroue product. A wonderful example of a Belgian Pale that is well balanced, smooth, and enjoyable. The drinkability is a little low based on the alcohol. Other than that - killer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml brown corked and caged bottle, classy Unibroue 10 in gold lettering all there is for a label. Appearance is that of a hazed peach, big foamy head that eventually settles to a ring, and leaves coils of lace in its wake. Nose contains nutmeg, sweet citrus and malt, and something tropical, like papaya or pineapple. Flavour is out of this world for a 10% abv ale, and this one has been aged for quite a while. Peppery cloves, sweet bread, tart citrus, some marmalade, big boozy finish, but not too overpowering. In fact after the boozy bite passes this is a very smooth ale, and after a while the bite disappears completely. It is quick to tunnel its way over my pallet, through my gullet, and straight into my belly and my heart (aw shucks!). I prefer this much more to the Unibroue 11, THIS is pretty much the epitome of a finely brewed, bottled and aged ale as far as I'm concerned, and my first all 5 rating. Unibroue 10 scores points for subtlety where others of its style try to bulldoze their way over the palate, and that sort of refinement deserves some noteworthy merit. For once I feel the final product equals more than the sum of its parts. If you can still find it, buy it, horde it, cherish it, and after all that is said and done, drink it and be merry and bright. Still, after all of that poetic rhapsody is said and done, all I can really say to do this beer any justice is to sum it up as liquid sex and spiritual ecstasy rolled into one and corked in a bottle. Find it, have it, love it.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! What a head, quite fizzy, been a fermenting me thinks, it’s been cellared for a while. Cloudy yellow-orange in color as I said a huge head, white and the lace clings to the side of the glass in sheets. Nose is "yeasty and fruit sweet, with underlying hints of malt", a spectacular aroma to be sure. Start is sweet, the top full and clingy, the finish is delectably carbonated and the hops delicious in their pleasing bite. Malt dry alcohol bitter aftertaste and the big old 10% ABV, warms the “Tummy”. As I just drank my last one, I know where to find some more, so on the list it goes to replenish my stock.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Score another for Unibroue - I can't wait to get ahold of the 11, as well.
Pours out (into my wheat/lager 1/2 litre glass) with the usual voluminous Unibroue head. Since there was so much of that, I decided to taste it. Think about the meringue off of a lemon meringue pie. It's creamy and tasty, with a light hint of lemon. The colour is a rich gold, clear on the first pour (without yeast), and a little cloudy on the second pour (I let some yeast in this time). It's like a pilsner with a large head - quite nice for a tripel.

The aroma - bread and butter, with the same hint of lemon as was evident in the tasting of the head. Very satisfying.

Overall, this beer took a couple minutes to grow accustomed to - I haven't had many tripels lately, and the flavour is richer and less biting than with most. First off is a buttery diacetyl flavour. That's light though, like in french bread or pastries. Not baguettes, but croissants or pains aux amandes or whatever. Side note: I can't wait to get back to France for some pains aux amandes et chocolates (that would be pastries with chocolate and almond paste - f*cking amazing). Following the butter is the light lemon I described in the head. The citrus is very nicely subdued and subtle in this. Finish comes through a little sour, a little bitter - do I detect a faint note of hops? - and finally with a sweet note from the candi sugars.

Mouthfeel: typical, excellent Unibroue bottle conditioned - small bubbles in abundance. It lingers well after the beer has left the mouth. This gives a slight peppery feel to the drink, which is well placed. Think lemon-pepper seasoning on your supper.

Drinkable? After the first couple of minutes acclimatizing myself to the style again, I was happy to drink this and nurse the big bottle for a couple of hours (drinking alone - as long as I don't overdo it, I'm not an alcoholic, right?)

Overall. I place this above La Fin, because I'm partial to the less citrussy and acidic feel of this. As a result of trying this - I have to try the Terrible, Fringante, and Ephemere I have waiting in the cellar (closet) and I need to get a part time job so I can buy beer (and food), and I need to make another little trip into Montreal (and Chambly). Short of Raftman (still the ultimate session beer), this is possibly the best Unibroue I've tried to date. And anyone who knows Unibroue knows that this is saying a lot.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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