Unibroue 15 | Unibroue

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Unibroue 15Unibroue 15

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ypsifly on 02-17-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 252 |  Reviews: 213
Reviews by drumrboy22:
Photo of drumrboy22
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A well aged beer by now I picked this up on a whim today.Poured into a large tulip glass a deep hazed golden with some orange/brown tint a large clingy fluffy white head atop leaving broken rings of lace behind as it inched slowly down.Citrus and toasty grain hit up front in the nose followed by a touch of phenolic yeast and a herbal note,again the citrus mainly orange and lemon start out flavor wise followed by a touch of medicinal flavor,its quite yeasty but not overdone and underlying toasty grainy qualit holds thru and lingers the alcohol will sneak up on you after a bit.A style I dont go after much but tonight it sounded good and this fit the bill well as it aged nicely.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a nice, translucent, glowing orange in color with a dangerous head that can sneak up on you with an impatient pour.

Smell – This is a yeasty brew for sure. I love that strong yeast character of the Unibroue beers. The hops are very light and leafy; hardly a factor. The spicing is very light as well. It’s almost straight white pepper at first but then picks up some sort of herbal character. It’s definitely a fun beer to smell.

Taste – The yeast almost makes this hefeweizenish. The malts are light and unstructured, and the hopping is more familiar now. It’s a classic Unibroue Belgian mix.

Mouthfeel – This BSPA is medium-bodied with the "just right" carbonation and a little bitter flirting at the very end.

Drinkability – This is a lighter version of the style which made it quite drinkable and easy flowing. It’s most definitely much better at cellar than fridge temperature.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle with the date 1/6/06 on the label. It poured a slightly cloudy orange with a medium head and some nice carbonation. It had a sweet/fruit/spice odor, along with some grain and some yeast. It had a fruity (citrus) taste, with some warming spice taste. A fair amount of carbonation, otherwise good mouthfeel. A drinkable beer, but not an outstanding one. Maybe I was expecting more.

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Photo of smbarz
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy straw color with a huge fizzy white head that quickly goes down to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is slightly sour and tart yeastiness, bready malts and some banana and cloves.

The flavor is sweet and slightly tart and fruity malts and bananas and cloves with a musty dry finish that is slightly bitter. More sweetness comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK Belgian - nothing special. It's kind of like a trippel, but a little too sweet.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork easily twists away, permitting a good bit of gunsmoke to escape from the bomber. The body pours into a goblet a hazy honey gold color, topped by a couple fingers of white foam. Retention is good and the lacing is decent, but not exceptional.

Aroma is light colored fruits, mostly white grapes, yeast, bubblegum, coriander, and pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is lively, and there is a mild peppery alcohol bite.

Tastes very similar to a La Fin Du Monde. Spicy, yeasty in a Belgian sense, fruity with fresh white grapes, a hint of ripe banana peel, and spicy with coriander and pepper. Some candy sugar and hot alcohol lurk in the background. Some pleasant notes of bitter herbal hops emerge as it warms. Finishes clean with a spicy alcohol bite.

Very well done. An apt anniversary Belgian style pale ale for this Canadian brewery that shows it still has legs in spite of its takeover by Sleemans.

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Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, caged and corked, no freshness dating or vintage info. Nice looking gold etched graphics. Pours medium hazy soft golden amber, with a very long lasting near white head and leaving behind, fine stringy lacing. Exciting citric (lime), fruity, floral nose. This is a strong, flavorful brew, with notes of more citrus, doughy malts, yeasty herbaciousness, and quite present hoppy drying notes. Fine creation in brewing. Big time brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Byeast
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation- corked and caged 750ml , golden labeling denoting that this is the brewery's 15th anniversary.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy , creamsickle orange. The head was of medium size when poured , then dissipated to a patch of creamy lace in the center and a ring , supplied by a constant rising carbonation.

Smell: Belgian candied fruitiness , some creamy citrus , bit of spice , some yeast.

Taste: Creamy fruitiness intertwined with a sweetish malt background , a fair dose of medicinal phenolic quality , hint of spice , some light citrusy notes , a bit of yeast , very light hop bitterness , definate note of spirit like alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: very creamy , active carbonation.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Although the alcohol is noticable , it is not to harsh. The taste is somewhat similar to a La fin do monde , with less fruity flavor , and a more noticeable alcohol. It is a nice brew , and worth a try imo.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent BSA, with trippel leanings. Pours cloudy gold with a thick white head and good carbonation. Aroma is heavy with candi sugar, bananas, and yeast. Can be a littel faint, especially for a BSA. Apples, sugar, and spice hit you up front, but mellows into a nice spicy taste, heavy with yeast and clove. Velvety mouthfeel but not heavy. Some alcohol burn as the beer warms. Very, very nice.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Pours a slightyly cloudy peach color, with a hazy gold tint. The three finger white head is fluffy, but not very stiff and dissipates quickly into a one finger ring on the surface, leaving a little lace. A water spout of bubbles spurts up through the center. It resembles La Fin du Monde.

The smell is malty, with a little citrus and spice. The flavor is very fruity--orange, pears, apple, and berry, with malt and clove spicing, buried hoppy accents, and a slight surge of alcohol. Again, somewhat resembling La Fin du Monde--but not as good, I think.

The mouth is light and fruity on the front, then dries out on the back just before the alcohol makes itself known. Good carbonation, but not as complex as I was hoping. It's very drinkable however, light and sublely spice, and the alcohol is pretty well concealed for 10%.

Not the best of Unibroue, not the best of the style. But enjoyable and drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of Dizzy
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into Chimay goblet, light orangish-yellow with a white fizzy head which dissipates quickly. Smell is spices and hops. Flavor is yeasty, fruity and hoppy. Mouthfeel dominated by prickly carbonation and alcohol burn. This one drinks very easily considering the alcohol content.

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Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy light brown-orange color with a large creamy head of almost an inch in height. Laces in slipping sheets. Pineapple aroma with a sharp undertone and more of a yeastiness than is typical of many Unibroue entries. Light body and plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Starts off sharply, peach maltiness but with lemon and cracked black pepper. The initial fruit wears off quickly and there's quite a bit of aridity and astringency to the back end of the profile. It doesn't seem very bright in the finish, flattens in some aspects while maintaining a bitter and rather harsh edge. Eh, doesn't strike me particularly, the aroma actually seemed to promise a bit more.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a murky straw yellow body with a hint of orange. The carbonation sends this beer into a boil it is so thick. The head is a thick creamy light yellow mat that turns rocky with lots of big bubbles popping through.

S- Even when I'm pouring this beer the notes of banana and bready yeast come through. As I take a closer sniff, I notice a spicy note with some green hops. It smells like a good wit beer with a note of cloves and some orange in the background.

T- Will it is still a little cold the flavors are very soft with a slight cooked corn flavor coming through with some faint citrus and spice in the finish. The finish has a very carbonic acid taste with some alcohol warmth. As it warms more of the bubblegum notes come through with a slight pale malt flavor in the beginning. There is also a faint hint of Kefir lime leaves in the spice aswell as more perfume flavors in the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but a lot of the texture I would attribute to the fizz.

D- This beer has lots of things going on but they don't quite jive. It has some aroma qualities of a wit and some light flavor notes of a saison with some alcohol of a strong pale ale. The mouthfeel was very full and I wasn’t expecting that in this beer.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML Bottle (1/1/06). Nice Darkish amber color, Sweet Malted,yeastie smell mixed with hints of fruit and vinigar with olives. The Alcohol % is well hidden in this complex nose.

Very Flavorful, ranging from sour fruit to sweet, yeastie malts to Earthy hop, feels very light on the palate to spite it's strong alcohol content. Fermented grapes, pineapple, fruity Belgian-like yeast, smokey herbs and sweet figs. Overall, very pleased with the depth and charechter of this one. Feels crips and very active with streaming bubbles and a constant smooth head that make it very enjoyable on the palate.

Very good for the style. Not a bad choice for review #1.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy golden yellow with an average sized head. This beer has a ton of carbonation. The smell is Belgian sugar, lemon, wheat, and orange. The taste is crisp and sweet. The Belgian sugar really stands out in this beer. Other flavors include lemon,hops, coriander, pepper, and maybe pinapple? A very tasty brew. The m/f is light and well balanced. The mixture is perfect. This is a very good beer. Any fan of Belgians should pick this up.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL corked and caged bottle stamped in gold.

Crisp and bubbly gold-straw in color with a quicky dissipating white head and strong carbonation. Aromas of dry wheat, soft fruits, and candy sugar. Flavor is light but complex - crisp and dry up front, sparkling on the tongue. The alcohol content then takes over, leaving the mouth slick and warm in the finish but somehow without being heavy or intrusive. Elements of soft fruits (apple, apricot, peach, lemon), Belgian yeast, some pepper, more wheat.

Effortless to consume, like fleetingly crisp velvet (if that makes any sense at all, which I'm not sure it does).

A masterfully light, complex brew.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just when it looked like Unibroue was going into near retirement mode come one of my new favourites from them.Big pop in cork. A saison in sight and spicy aroma. lace. Clean crisp spicy and orange taste, with refreshing carbonation that kicks into finish with hop bitterness on aftertaste. What did I pay? It was worth it.

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Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked & caged (I'm pretty sure this is the only package it's available in).

Opens with a pop! It pours a cloudy orange-yellow body beneath a massive head of fluffy white foam. It eventually dies down, but flumes of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass maintaining a tight 1/4" of bright white foam throughout the goblet. It also leaves very nice, thin but solid walls of lace throughout at least the first half of the glass.

The aroma is certainly not immense, but it is alluring. It's yeasty, and a touch spicy (clove and mild black pepper) over sweetish, lightly candyish malt. Mild fruity notes of orange and lemon give it some zest.

It's medium bodied and initially zesty in the mouth, but as it warms and some of the carbonation is released it becomes remarkably soft and smooth.

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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with capra12 and wheatman106.

P: Served from a 750ml bottle with no real label. As with all the Unibroue anniversary beers, just the name of the brewery and the number "15" etched with gold lettering into a dark brown bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a 2-finger head which dissipated quickly. Cloudy and translucent with a blood orange color. Light lacing left on the side of the glass.

S: Malt, Belgian yeast, spices, Pear, and some sort of green unripened fruit that I couldn't identify.

T: Had the signature Unibroue taste. Begins very sharp perhaps because of the high carbonation. Malts, Belgian yeast, with a fruity bouquet that lingers at the finish.

M: Sharp and course with a medium body. There's just a little too much carbonation to this one.

D: I do enjoy the Unibroue anniversary series but out of those, this was not one of my favorites.

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Photo of beer64nut
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of russpowell
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours effervescent honey with a livey 2.5 fingers deep head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Apple skins & alcohol

Big fruiity apple taste followed by alcohol burn, lemon & slight hop pepper taste follows. Big time breadiness takes hold along with a honey taste. some piney/citrussy hops linger at the edge of the some what booz/banana peel finish.

MF: Suprisingily light & effervescent. Would've guessed this to be about 7.5-8.0 abv. A touch too carbonated, time will take care of that

Drinks very easy for strength & will only get better with age. Nice night cap!

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Photo of emalc
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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