Unibroue 15

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
4.05 | pDev: 9.14%
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of jzlyo
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is a complex mix of dark fruit/raisins and fruit. The flavor is dark fruit, mild raisins, yeast, malts and a mix of mild funk and warming alcohol in the finish. From my college days, wish this wasn't a one-off special, it was awesome.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a cellar temp into a snifter. Figured it was time to go after this one after many years maturing in the basement. The beer pours a clear but sediment laden copper hue with a fizzy eggshell white head of 1 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer rapidly after the pour.
The aroma is evident immediately with citrusy fruit and spice notes leading the way, I get some cloves and pear with a little musty funk buried in for good measure. I also get bready yeast notes that mix with the fruitiness to remind me of scones or muffins.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation and a little bit of a stickiness on my lips after the sip. The carbonation leaves a lingering feel on my tongue. I also get many burps from one sip, didnt think the carbonation was very high, but rethinking that now.
Flavor is sweet and spicy with toffee, pear, white grape, and then moves to cloves and some black pepper. the carbonation lingers on my palate after each sip, amazing.
Flavor is also some grain and bread with a little musty blanket on the finish. As the beer is warming now, I also get some anise, which i personally dont like as a flavor, but I suspect many would approve of in this beer.
I dont get any warming alcohol or other hints of the booze and this 10%er goes down a little too easy IMO.
Glad I sat on this, would be happy to have another downstairs, but I do not. Unibroue and the anniversary beers are usually good for many years and this one continues that trend. Bon Biere de la Quebec!

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly funky, earthy aroma with a decent balance of zesty spice, bready yeast, grassy hops and estery light fruit notes. Some pepper and clove followed by hints of bread, banana and bubblegum. Subtle earthy straw/hay character along with more banana, pear and apple. Seems to have held up well and still smells pretty nice.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with tight carbonation and a slight creamy texture. Heavily spiced up front with some pepper, clove and coriander lingering over the musty funk, bready yeast, light fruit and earthy hop notes into a dry, slightly tart finish. Strong bread/yeast presence with sourdough flavor followed by sweet banana, apple and pear flavors. Some earthy, grassy hops toward the end of the palate balance things out and prevents it from becoming too sweet. There's also some subtle alcohol sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is very well masked.

I didn't know what to expect going in but this beer has held up surprisingly well. Complex, flavorful and well balanced. Very slight oxidization but is still drinking very smoothly and the high alcohol content is toned down, giving off little to no heat. I'm having no problem going through this 750ml rather quickly.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle - Thanks to Pushkinwow for sharing

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a small size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head was gone in a few minutes.

Smell - Malts, raisins/grapes, yeast, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapes/raisins, and apples. There is also a fair amount of yeast and spice and a bit of a honey sweetness. It ends with a fruity and spicy aftertaste.

Overall - I really enjoyed this one and even though it is an older bottle the flavours were still very vibrant and full. The booze was well hidden and the beer is extremely drinkable. I'd like to have a few bottles of this in my cellar for special occasions.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottle date of 1/6/2006. Pours a very hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a fairly dense 1-2 finger off white head with decent retention that reduces to a thin cap of lace that lingers. Some slight bits of lace on the glass. Aromas of big banana, orange, honey, grape, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, clove, and yeast spices. Some nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big banana, orange peel, grape, honey, pepper, toffee, butterscotch, clove, molasses, apple, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, citrus, toffee, butterscotch, clove, molasses, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink for 10%, but is still a bit of a sipper. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale. Tons of great balanced flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to drink for the gravity. Definitely highly enjoyed this one. This has held up very nicely over 6 years.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I forgot about this one in a dark corner of the basement, and was a bit nervous about how well it aged. Popping the cork yielded a whiff of alcohol and berry. Pouring yielded light copper body with a very sparse layer of foam. Mouthfeel is prickly with a good bit of carbonation that is unexpected based on the weak head. A bit of alcohol is evident, fruity with a touch of tart and just enough bitter to balance things out. Glad I hung onto this one, it held up very well.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 into a duvel tulip

pours a magnificent amber. antique white head. with slightly heavy carbonation.

heavily tart and yeasty smell. some spice barely creeps in

kinda tart at first. alcohol creeps in a balances it out. sweet bready yeast aftertaste. almost like butter cookies.

this is the first time ive ever had the mouthfeel as the top. after a few sips this brew gets GOOOD. thank you to whoever cellarred and posted this on ebay. CHEERS

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very cloudy dark amber in color and appears a little milky. It poured with a thin head that faded away very quickly.
S: The nose has strong fruity aromas.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite fruity. Flavors of apples and pears seem to stand out in particular; there are also hints of spices and sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and sticks to your tongue like a comfortable blanket. Aging definitely improves the mouthfeel of this beer.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. Nevertheless, it’s a good beer to sip and savor.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

703rd Review on BA
Bottle to Oswg
750 ml c/c
Bottle date of 1/6/06

Thanks to stan @ Lone Hill for this one

App- A light golden orange with a one finger very noisy bubbling crackling head. Not a ton of leg/ lace either. 2nd pour way to much sediment but was expecting it.

Smell- Ahhh, that famous Unibroue scent. Full, rich, spice, yeasty. This was quite big on the nose 5 years on.

Taste- Unibroue does a grand job with the Belgian Strong.... This one was strong, balanced and a little yeasty. Five years was still very quenching, refreshing and tasteful. More of a pepper note a little nutmeg.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A spicy yeasty note remains.

Drink- For me this is an under the radar forgotten in grand scheme of things type of brewery that does good beer. 5 years on this one holds up quite well. Id love another bottle.

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Photo of kwjd
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a store in Howell, Michigan. I'm assuming this isn't new, so i twas nicely aged by the store already. One I pop the cork the bottle starts gushing. I wish I had my glass near by, because it kept gushing over the counter until I could get my glass to pour the beer. Pours with huge white head, as you'd expect after the opening. Very hazy pale orange colour. Lots of floating yeast is visible even though I only poured about 1/3 of the bottle. Smells quite fruity, of peaches and apple, with some citrus. Lots of yeasty aroma too. The flavour is quite sweet. This is a delicious Belgian ale, though I would have preferred less gushing.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 02/12/11 notes. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, spices, yeast, and fruity malts.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, spices, and yeast.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation

d - I thought this was a very nice beer. I liked the smell a lot, but I think the taste is a little bit past it's prime. I don't think this one is going to get any better so if you're sitting on a bottle, I say drink it now. Still good and glad I tried it; would have again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear golden-orange color with a very short lived white head.

S: A really cidery nose that is super dry. I get mostly apples and white grapes, with maybe a touch of pale, cracker type malts. A bit of a sugar note is the only real sweetness to the aroma.

T: Starts off with a semi-sweet white wine flavor and the same apple juice/cider character. There's a definite alcohol presence to this beer, and it's quite light overall, so not much to hide it. Surprisingly, not as dry as the nose would lead you to believe.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Seems that this one has aged very strangely. Wasn't awful, just wasn't really too overwhelmed by it either.

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Photo of smbarz
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful deep translucent gold. The head retention is fleeting.

The aroma brings to mind dried orange peel and dates with slight yeasty notes laced in.

The taste reveals a gentle sweetness and fruity esters that play with brown sugar, fig, and dates. It has a very Belgian flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, teetering on full with a noticeable effervescence that you can feel in throughout the first few sips. This makes me want another sip! This beer ends with a clean finish.

The overall drinkability of this beer is exceptional. This could be a beer that you could sit with for a couple hours on a hot summer day or a beer that you could put with an array of foods. I would suggest fowl with a duck confit, or desert with a cream brulee.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For 4 years this beer has sat eagerly in my cellar. It was pushed to the back a long time ago, and had only seen the light of day a few days ago when I brought it forth, out of exile. Although I would hardly consider it exile, more like thoughtful maturation. It is the Unibroue 15, a Belgian-Style Tripel which Unibroue crafted to celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2006.

This beer was designed by one of the best brewers of Belgian style beers this side of Belgium, and beer after beer they always blow my mind. I have had a few of the anniversary Unibroue Vintages before, so I was very excited to try this one; it would be the oldest I have ever be able to enjoy. I didn't really know how long I would save it for, and really, it probably would have enjoyed its rest for a few more years. But with my brother and some good friends over I decided that the time was right, and I would let this magical beer shine.

The 15 comes in a classic Belgian style 750ml corked bottle at 10% abv. It is bottle conditioned of course, and along with its higher alcohol content makes it an excellent ageing candidate. I was really very excited for this beer. If you have never had any of Unibroue's beers before you really should. They have a delicious range of classic ales, and a remarkable line of complex and mouth watering specialty beers.

I opened the 15 up cool around 10C (50F) and poured it gently into a Unibroue Tulip. The pour was smooth and silky but with lush and rumbling life. It built and amber orange beer shinning with golden yellow, copper, and bright bronze from every angle. The beer was totally opaque swirling with yeast and bubbles, and while not dark, would let no light through it. A deep and wide haze formed inside the beer hinting at its complexity and round flavors. A fluffy white head formed two inches above the beer, with the bubbles exploding relatively quickly as the fresh air pierced their cell walls.

The nose was mellow sweet with lush and sticky malt flavors that brought on a wide complexity of aromas. Juicy orange, light brown sugar, hints of tart apricot, pale malts, butterscotch, applesauce and a yeasty fresh spice all tickled off my nose with smooth grace. The aromas showed great warmth and gentle spice with a gooey malt, and dried fruit backbone. The slight yeast brought forward a classic tripel aroma, but it was more subdued than I would have normally expected, hinting at this beers age and maturity.

As I rose the glass to my lips the aromas become more powerful and I could taste them on my tongue even before they got there. The first wave of the 15 was incredibly smooth and creamy brining a thick spread of malt sweetness and fruit flavor. Pale and light crystal malts marry with orange flesh and apricot in a warming harmony as light citrus and spice fade along behind.

Light brown sugar, yellow raisins, plums, prunes and dates are all a light shadow in the big pale malt and orange sensations but are easily noticeable with yeasty zest, sweet lemon tartness, and spice. Mashed apples glide in from the sides and show a rotten green apple flavor that works perfectly with big malts and Belgian yeast. I know rotten apple sounds wrong, but it is right here, and works its magic in this beer.

This beer was bottled on January the 6th, 2006 - so was therefore 4 years, 7 months and 2 days old when I opened and enjoyed it. It showed massive complexity and maturity at every angle. I was astonished at how creamy and silky the mouthfeel was, but a light and effervescent carbonation kept it light on its feet and fresh in your palate. The more I sipped this beer, and especially as it warmed, new and delicious flavors would make their way in. I started to get vanilla, orange zest came out further, cinnamon and clove began to show, and more and more yeast brought fresh earthy flavors.

This beer was a masterpiece, and I severely wish that I had more bottles of it. It showed amazing balance, lush and distinct flavors, and a sublime mouthfeel, and a clean and satisfying finish. I imagine that when younger the 15 probably showed more tart, and sharp flavors with a ripe fruit sensation. Age has really created a smooth and elegant beer with a terrific range of flavor and complexity. Truly a world-class beer, thank you Unibroue!

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Photo of BeTheBall
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy copper color in my Duvel glass with a foamy two finger head. Minimal lacing down the glass as she emptied. Aroma was slightly tart and sweet at the same time, with some hops in the background. Taste was at first a touch tart, but balanced by hops to dry it out, almost like candy in a way. Very tasty, and very good with my dinner as a pairing. Mouthfeel was full. Drinkability is good, thanks to rich flavor and aromas.

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Photo of cavedave
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this dusty bottle on a local store shelf

It pours a very cloudy golden, topped by a huge off-white head that sticks around. Some nice lace hugs the snifter.

A very yeasty tart aroma contains vinous notes, some spicy alcohol, a bready sweet, hints of floral hop, and just a hint of bitter at the edge.

It has a full flavor, well blended after four years, that starts tartly yeasty, and goes on to join with bready sweet, peach, pear, and even a bit of a wine grape flavor. It finishes semi-dry, as spice and alcohol join the mix. As it warms a light bitterness adds even more dry to the finish. Nice flavor!

It is a bit too carbonated, but the light mouthfeel is a plus, and the well integrated alcohol leaves a clean taste on the palate.

It is not as drinkable as the Premier League of BSPA, but with 4 yr.'s on it it is quite easy sipping.

Impression: An excellent beer, but I wouldn't put it in the top five of Unibroue's excellent offerings.

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Photo of dtivp
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had purchased this beer a couple of years ago and decided to pull it out of the beer cellar on a nice evening with a friend.

Poured a golden amber with a nice white and some lacing.

Aroma of yeast, sweet fruits and honey.

Taste of yeast, tropical fruits, honey and some wheat.

Light body beer with moderate carbonation. The alco was present but did not dominate the beer.

Not my favorite Unibroue, just a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into chalice. Born on date: January 6, 2006. Drinking it at 4 years, 3 months, and 2 days.

Brilliant hazy amber color with lighter golden highlights in the thin part of the glass. Lots of sticky off-white head with ample retention just sitting on top like a crown.

Aroma is yeasty, a bit sweet and a bit spicy. Body of the malt comes across as sweet and fruity, and any presence of hops seems to have faded away into history.

First touch on the lips... wow. Up front on the palate is fruity, reminiscent of apple cider. Candi sugar adds a bit to the body, before spicy notes round out the finish. Clove-like flavors would be most noticeable, and the yeast character seems to add to this.

Four years seem to have smoothed this out to one amazingly well rounded brew. Alcohol is cleverly hidden behind the body of complex flavors. With a crisp, dry, and light mouthfeel, one can easily forget that this is 10% abv.

This is really my first chance to have something thats been aged 4 years, and what a great choice. Results like this make beers currently cellaring a bit less tempting.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with two fingers of fluffy/bubbly white head and a bit of lacing
S - Belgian yeast, alcohol, candied sugar, light fruitiness and a bit of wheat
T - Pungent yeast flavors take over with a slight booziness, some wheat and a touch of fruit
M - Medium-bodied, well carbonated, refreshing
D - The alcohol is there but certainly not what you'd expect with 10abv, somehow Unibroue has really mastered that. It's refreshing...and dangerous.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was stoked that my local bottle shop got some of this in.. I figured this would be long gone by now.. I had the 16 a few weeks ago and it was absolutely amazing... Incredible... Here's hoping this one will astonish me as well..

Poured into a Chimay goblet....

Pours a wonderfully beautiful golden blonde with a thick head... Lots of evident carbonation as evidenced by the steady stream of bubbles rising to the top.. Semi murky but I don't see any evident yeast...

Huge boozy aromas rolling off of this one... This is almost vinous-like actually.. I am getting quite a bit of tart apples as well and maybe even some leather and a little funk... I might even detect a little floral hoppiness here. Very interesting aromas when melded to gether and I'm curious as to how this will one will come together...

The first sip... A very well blended creamy feeling deliciously dangerous brew this one's going to be.. There's a wonderful fruitiness here that has me thinking crisp tart apples at first which quickly melds into this malty sweetness that isn't at all cloying or over the top... It's a wonderfully constructed beer as it is.. I'm wondering what this was like a little younger.. As it is, it's delicious and very different..

It's damn dangerous though.. After one goblet full, I was rolling.. and there's still half the bottle left.. This might hurt the drinkability some but not a lot...

Unibroue continues to impress the hell out of me with their offerings... I've just started developing a palate for Belgians and this is a damn good one... It's different than the 16 was.. The 16 actually tasted younger and a little crisper than this but this one has aged beautifully and developed a flavor all its own...

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Photo of blazin5050
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml born on 1/6/06 poured in to a Trois Pistole Goblet

Appearance is a bright amber with a pure white foam head of about 3/4 inches that fizzed away within the next few minutes.

Smells of candy sugar, yeast, honey, caramel and what I believe to be hinting toward passion fruit and cherries come through immediately. Definitely will be a malty one!

On the palate the beer is not as sweet as I had expected, a good honey like character with the same cherry and passion fruit juicy character I noted earlier with a light but prevalent hop finish. This beer is awesome!

The body is close to whole milk with a slight oily character and a gentle carbonation.

At 10% this monster is surprisingly well balanced with the sweetness and body, but is not a beer that I could have more than 1 of. A great after dinner drink as suggested by another reviewer and definitely 1 to share with friends. I wouldn't want to open 1 of these 750's just for myself at least. Cheers!

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a Unibroue chalice. Beer was a hazy orange color, with a three-finger white head. Moderate carbonation and very light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was apple, pear, fresh grains, yeast and grapes.

Taste was honey, wheat, banana, yeast and light tropical fruits.

Mellow, easy drinking beer. Has aged gracefully. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Duxx
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this as a gift. Hmmm...beer with a cork and cage. That's a new one for me. 750 ml bottle that has a date of January 6, 2006. (What does that mean?) Poured into a pitcher to keep the lees away.

A: Cloudy golden orange with a good 1 finger head.

S: Sweet and fruity but I can't tell which kind of fruit.

T: Very sweet more like a soda or liqueur with some hop bite in the back of the throat.

D: Drank this before dinner but would have been a much better after dinner drink due to the sweetness.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Max's Ravens and Rare beer event last Sunday. This was one of the VERY few beers I drained and wanted more of.

Clear copper with a thin white head that recedes to a ring leaving no lace. Solid.

Rich brown sugar, honey, jaggery, with a touch of spice (mace?). Mildly fruity, this is really deep and complex.

Opening sweet with honey, sugar, brown sugar and fruit (pears), this is very well balanced and integrated. Mildly bready and spicy (nutmeg too), this beer is quite excellent. Low in bitterness with a dry and fruity finish, this is solid. Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation, the exceptionally balanced and flavorful finish makes this one beer I thoroughly enjoy. Despite the 10% ABV, I'm finding myself very happy drinking this.

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Photo of John_M
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available during the recent rare beer festival at Max's.

The beer pours a dark gold honey color with OK head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer smells great, with a lovely interplay of honey, cherry and clove. The beer smells as if it will be fairly sweet, which it is, but the amount of spice in this beer keeps it from becoming heavy, tiring or cloying. The beer has a full mouthfeel, and for the amount of alcohol in this beer, drinkability is quite good.

No surprise here. Just another fine beer from Unibroue.

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Unibroue 15 from Unibroue
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 252 ratings