Unibroue 10 | Unibroue

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Unibroue 10Unibroue 10
112 Ratings
Unibroue 10Unibroue 10

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 100
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.

 670 characters

Photo of SheepNutz
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a fairly light gold color with three fingers of head. There is a little bit of lace left on the glass. The smell is sweet and malty, with white grapes and hints of alcohol. The taste is also fairly sweet, with pear and grapes. Lots of alcohol on the finish, and a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability fairs well too for a 10% brew. Another great one from Unibroue.

 455 characters

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

One of my favorite Unibroues; too bad they don't make it any more. I scored a few bottles of this at my local beer store, $4.99 for a 750! Too bad they're all gone...

It had a gold body, with an off-white head. Aromas of lemon, clove, pepper, honey, ginger. Tastes of malt lemon, honey, clove, pepper, ginger. It had a smooth mouthfeel, with light carbonation. It finished with lemon, leather, grapefruit.

A truly complex beer, seek it out if you can...

 459 characters

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue 10 was served from an elegant 750 milliliter bottle, in a Duvel tulip. Upon pouring, an ample white head formed, then slowly resided to become an everlasting fine white blanket. The beer was a hazy golden straw color, with streams of bubbles originating from several spots around the glass. The aromas from the beer were powerful and seductive, drifting several feet away and catching the attention of an innocent bystander. This complex nose was beaming with notes of coriander, pear, apple, dry yeast, Cava Champagne, and a touch of alcohol. With eagerness, I moved to taste the brew. The lightly sweet honey-like malt base had a slight tartness to it, and carried a striking collection aromatics that essentially matched the nose...most notably pear and coriander. It finished mildly bitter, with a smidgeon of clean honey sweetness. The full and rather silky body was supplimented with the appropriate carbonation. Another wonderful beer from Unibroue.

 965 characters

Photo of Mitchster
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opens with a champagne pop and forms a head in the bottle, ready for the pour. Brilliantly clear light golden in color, with perceptable specks of debris (cork or yeast?), forming a large, sea-foam like head with excellent retention and good lacing. There is debris visible on the peak of the head. Aroma is immediately vinous, and after a minute of breathing, becomes more aromatic of the typical Unibroue dry clove spiciness, apple juice, mild dustiness, alcohol, faint acetone, and bing cherries. Mouthfeel is initially bright and dry with a decievingly light body. Carbonation is strong. Taste begins with apple juice, clove, yeast, and bread dough, melding into a corky woodiness, alot of acetone, and followed by spicy alcohol in the semi-dry finish. Burps taste like mandarin oranges. As it warms, caramel, pale malt, vanilla, and honeydew complexities surprise me in their prominent guest appearance. The alcohol... perceptable in mentation, not in gustation.

This is a rich, complex, and satisfying brew, right up there with Unibroue 11. This is one of those beers that really shine at slightly below room temperature. This is a beer to bask in...a beer that is as equally savored in silence as with a close friend over conversation.

 1,246 characters

Photo of masterbruewer
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden with almost a champagny look to it. Decent head that fades to lace quickly.

The smell was doughy and yeasty but pleasant and sweet. Pardon the comparison, but this is what I thought of when I read "Champagne of Beers" on my first bottle of Miller.

The taste was solid, sweet and bubbly. A hint of malty and fruitiness, but an overbearing taste of sweet dough.

The mouthfeel was very much like champagne, light and bubbly.

This was a very drinkable beer, but with its high alcohol content, it's not one to drink a lot of in one setting. I shared this with family on Christmas Eve. It's a great celebration beer.

 645 characters

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been patiently waiting for me in the cellar for awhile. Hazy bright yellow in color with a bright white head. Not as many champagne like bubbles as I expected. The smell is yeasty and spicy. Flavor is much more explosive than it looks. Citrusy sweet, but not overbeering, and then a bit dry in the end. Alcohol seems to hit me more in the beginning and end, but nothing in the middle. A bit dry as well.

Absolutely amazing. I have another bottle in the basement which i will save for a bit.

 508 characters

Photo of Starchild
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’m very impressed with 10. Light head but enough foam in my Caracole chalice. Then smooth silky flavor, hints of apple, clove, and even some yeast. It really reminds me of champagne. This tastes like a super charged hoegarden. Is this beer really ten percent? I’ve cellared this beer for 6 months so maybe that’s why it’s so good. I’m very intrigued by aging all Unibroue brews. Man, most likely one of the best Belgian pale ales I’ve ever had.

 451 characters

Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This poured a lovely, hazy golden color. Big frothy white head that died down rather quickly. The aroma contains yeast, cloves, hint of lemons & banana, others as it has a complex aroma. The taste is excellent. Medium bodied, A little fruity, with wheat and breadiness to the taste. Very smooth. Right up there with Duvel. Another fine beer from Unibroue.

 369 characters

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle served at cellar temp. in a Duvel tulip. 1st glassful was without yeast, the 2nd was with the yeast added.

Appearance: 1st glass: Clear golden yellow topped with a substantial, but not wasteful, white head. Lots of bubbles and streamers the whole way down. A small head remains all the way throughout and leaves nice little blobs of lace on the glass, but nothing incredible. 2nd glass: the color becomes cloudy and more of a burnished gold. The head is a bit smaller and the lacing is stronger, but not by much.

Smell: 1st glass: Pepper, coriander, lemons, oranges, musty yeast and tropical fruit notes. 2nd glass: Same, but the fruity smells become stronger, as does the yeast. Wow!

Taste: 1st glass: Nice fiery and spicy taste of alcohol. Not brash at all. Lemony, peppery, coriander, apricot, yeasty, and bready. 2nd glass: Same as above, but the alcoholic taste becomes subdued (to it's benefit). The fruit and yeast tastes become a bit more pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Both glasses: Incredible warming sensation of alcohol, quite smooth. Remarkably crisp from all the carbonation.

Drinkability: Both glasses: Awful in the archaic sense of being full of awe. I figure that's an appropriate term for the peeps that brought us Terrible (which also has a positive archaic definition). This beer is further proof that Unibroue doesn't know how to make a bad Belgian Strong Pale Ale. If you somehow see this bottle lying on a shelf somewhere's buy it. If you are already lucky enough to have some of these lying around, good on ya.

Other: Very close to perfection. It would've garnered a 5, but the lacing was not as good as I was hoping. I choose one helluva doozy for review #200. Glad I have 2 more bottles for this.

 1,747 characters

Photo of marburg
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Weakly golden color with a torrent of swirling bubbles -- highly carbonated -- and a beautiful rocky head that begins quite large and slowly sinks to a strong lacing.

Pear, orange peel, a bit spicy and clove-like in the nose. Definitely a lot going on here. Granny Smith apples? Wicked. Exotic. Peppery. It all translates very well to the palate. Very dry and alcoholic. Layers of complexities here -- gnawing on whole cloves, light apple flavors, bits of orange rind. Dried fruits. Alcohol snaps this thing up and lends a bit of a lingering shadow. Absolutely awesome.

 572 characters

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?

 353 characters

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely, lovely stuff this be. From the time the cork leaves until the bottom of the glass this is just a joy.

The beautiful amber color is joined by a lovely cream-shaded head of great foam. Very good lacing throughout. The aromas are multiple and seem quite complex, from the lovely apple cider sense to the fruity candy smell to the malty caramel smell late in the game.

Tasty as can be this brew is tart and lovely leveling in each taste to a sweety malty finish that reminds of its base. Each taste asks for a follow and the good clean feel that is lighter than expected encourages this as well. If it weren't for easily missed acohol this would be drinkable over a long haul; as it is, it must only be savored in short sessions.

 739 characters

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.

 1,305 characters

Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

 486 characters

Photo of beerinator
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light golden. Great white retentive head.

Aroma: Banana maltyness. Slight wiffs of cheese, earthy notes. Hints of other fruit besides the banana. Great depth of aroma.

Taste: A lot of fruit flavor present. Saisonish. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10% beer. No obvious notes of alcohol presence. The spiciness and fruitiness are very pleasant. The mouthfeel is great. Every sip of this beer brings something different to the palate.

Notes: Much fruitier and spicier than the Unibroue 11. Would a good accompaniment to a salad, or with cheese and fruit.

 580 characters

Photo of beergeek279
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle. The color is golden, with a creamy white head. The smell is very apple-ish. The taste is slightly apple sweet, very yeasty, and with hints of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a few of these.

Though I generally prefer the U-11 to the U-10, this is still a quality brew. The supplies of the U-10 will be running out soon, so get yours while you can. Unibroue makes another quality beer; the only question I have is...when does U-12 arrive?

 510 characters

Photo of paceyourself
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a year since i had some Unibroue 10 and that is to long. This is a wonderful brew, my favorite from Unibroue. The soft white head sits on top of the light golden brew for a short time before it disappears. The aroma seems milder and less spicy than i remember but the yeast is still very much present. Being ten percent i thought the alcohol would assert itself more but it doesn't, instead the gentle malt flavors held my attention. A dry finish was near perfect ending, now i'm beginning to feel the ten percent.

 524 characters

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.

 1,526 characters

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.

 545 characters

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)

 784 characters

Photo of Dantes
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 750ml corked and caged brown bottle. Elegant gold lettered label.

Cost: $5.99 per bottle at Bottle King

Presentation: tulip glass at 50º

Appearance: Vigorous pour resulted in a lasting, meringue-like, dry, ivory-colored head. Body resolved to a hazy golden-straw color.

Smell: A subtle palate of aromas dominated by nuttiness, lemon zest, coriander, yeast, and multi-grain breadiness. Very refined and complex.

Taste: Less sweet upfront than the Unibroue 11 (possibly the result of age). Honey, floral, and tropical fruit flavors (banana, orange, and lemongrass) mixed with the drier nuttiness, yeast and freshly-risen dough. The flavors lasted forever, finishing with a rich, slightly maderized dryness.

Mouthfeel: Very finely carbonated, resulting in a silky mouthfeel and complementing the complex flavors. Body is deceptive; seemingly light and fine, but very filling with a warming, long-lasting finish. Warming.

Drinkability: Very easy-drinking despite its deceptive ABV, but not something to gulp. An extremely good beer as an aperitif, with cheese, fruit, and other hors d’oeuvres.

For me, the Unibroue 10 still reigns over the 11. I find it to be more complex and less cloying than the 11, which tasted sweet on first tasting. Although this particular example was aged, I don’t remember the 10 being so sweet when I first tried it. This is already one of the classic beers and an extremely good example of what some brewers can accomplish when they really pull out all the stops, while respecting traditional styles. If there were one word to describe it, it would be refined.

Bottom Line: Probably my favorite Unibroue offering so far.

 1,694 characters

Photo of jcalabre
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled 24 June 2002. This reminds me of the Grand Cru that Celis made while they were around. It has a beautiful pale yellow color and a beautifully complex taste, it's a truly wonderful beer. It's worth stashing some of this away for a yr or two.

 259 characters

Photo of WanderingFool
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first, I did not think I was going to enjoy this beer, because of it's spicyness. However, after a few sips the flavor mellowed a bit which was a plesant surprise. The beer pours a hazy bright yellow color, like a hefeweizen, with a thick foam snow white head on top. The head dissolves very slowly and leaves a spiderweb pattern of lace on the glass.

An aroma of clove and citrus enters the nose before each sip of this medium bodied, silky smooth beer. Every sip begins spicy (clove or coriander?) and is quickly followed with citrus (orange?) flavors. There seems to be a light malt in the background holding things together. The finish is a bit strong with a hint of alcohol. A sticky palette and spicy flavors remain behind.

This beer hides its 10% alcohol well and is very tasty, escpecially after it warms in the glass a little bit. I'm going to have to get another bottle to cellar and a couple of bottles of the Unibroue 11 while I'm at it.

 958 characters

Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

 380 characters

Unibroue 10 from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 112 ratings