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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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Photo of Mitchster
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$9.89 at Big Ten in Lansing, which I suspect is a rip-off as most other Anniversary Unibroues are $7.99 or so. Pours out to a cloudy peach, forming a soapy bone-white head with amazing retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong. The aroma is very much Unibroue, almost exactly the same as La Fin Du Monde, as I just had one a few days ago. For those who are unfamiliar, it's like a triple with lots of cloves and bananas, as well as green apple and papaya. The taste is nearly exactly the same as La Fin, however it is much less sweet (kinda like a triple-light), a touch drier, more peppery (as a result of the alcohol) and the yeast is more noticeable, taking on a bready character. There is something here in the middle of it all which gives it an odd bitterness and a ruddy mouthfeel.

This is a major disappointment from Unibroue. I have been drinking their beers for years and this one just tastes off, oxidized, and doughy. This is also the only one that I've considered dumping down the drain. Instead, I let it sit for 1/2 hour, at which point the alcohols and carbonation mellowed out and made it drinkable and I was able to finish the glass. By the time I had the next glass, I had accumulated some serious heartburn and a massive headache, so I had to throw out the rest of the bottle.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared this one with some friends in Oaktown. WTF, i'm getting so bored of Unibroue these days. Hey I have an idea "yeah what is it?" let's axe some of our greatest beers and introduce some new crappy ones! "Why would you want to do that, dog?". Oh, because Sleemans smacks me around like a little bitch, and our yeast strain is getting kinda old at this point. "Oh yeah, dur". Yeah let's make another anniversary beer that's just kind of lame again and come out with some crappy pseudo black wheat beer as well. "Oh, OK!". Cool. Haha yeah, really cool! NOT!

The Unibroue 10 and 11 were fantastic and they have really just gone downhill from there. The cellared 10 and 11's are still grand but the "Editions" if you will, and this one, are just not worth the time. Golden sugar brown with a big white fluffy head of foam, it sure looks good, but the aroma is just that same zesty unibroue yeast in the foreground with some fruit and bread in the backend. No hops really to speak of just a hint of spiciness from the battered boys. Taste is fizzy and boozy as hell, yeasty as all get out and fruity as jam. Three words: Sugary, Sweet, Thick. Mouthfeel is spritzy/syrupy and HOT as hell in herr, for reall diggs! Drinkability is low as I get bored and would rather just drink something better....YAWN!

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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 biegaman
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A sad, sad case...Sampled fresh. Nice enough looking bottle. Nice little sizzle upon opening. Great head formed of little bubbles. Clear, straw golden. Smells like any other Unibroue products - and there's the beginning of the end of this beer. Yeast WAY too strong, distracting. These guys need to try a new yeast strain. Flavour is pinching, pinsing, and strong. Might improve through ageing (ahh, maybe not) but for any other reason just to lighten the alcohol and fade the yeast. Tangy, orangy notes. Mouthfeel decent presence, little sharp. There is no point to this beer, far better out there (both from the brewery and in this style) Somewhat tasty, but I don't need to drink anymore of this. This brewery is in desperate need of change and continue to disapoint me...thanks Dr.Jay.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The hazy, pale pour out the 750 ml. bomber was topped with a three finger thick beige head. The aroma was quite similar to most other Belgian strong pale ales from Unibroue; i.e., mostly sweet, and floral, with a touch of sweet spice. The taste was strikingly sweet, had a sharp carbonation sting, and finished up with Granny Smith apple peel tartness. I felt the overall experience was a little more tedious than in needed to be. Had there been some more subtlety in the approach, I would have enjoyed the combination of flavors much better.

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Photo of dtivp
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
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 Goldorak
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well well...If it isn't the Beer Canadians weren't supposed to have access to, even though we're the ones who helped keep the ship afloat for all those years...Thanks Barry for bringing up this controversial Beer north of the border! I'd be lying if I didn't say that this one's already got two strikes against it...

Appearance: Opaque blondish with a few peachy notes, head is a nice and compact web of honeycomb bubbles.

Smell: The usual Unibroue yeast profile, but with a rootbeer like tangent.

Taste: Creamy caramel, a bit buttery (DMS?), I found it quite thick and sugary, with a little cooked vegetables (asparagus and cabbage) and just a whole lot of alcohol. To be fair, this was sampled after 4 consecutive 5-star lambics, so maybe my palate was a little whacked, but it really seems like the yeast they use has played itself out, and that they're running short of ideas. Like the Edition 2005, maybe it could gain to sit in the cellar a few years, but I won't go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a rather dull, hazy orange with a huge, frothy white head.

Smell: A very sparkling smell, with loads of sweet candi sugar. Very fruity and yeasty, with a suprising amount of hoppiness. Smells very clean and crisp.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This basically a hotter, unbalanced La Fin Du Monde. Same bubbly, sparkly mouthfeel. Same sweet, fruity flavors, just the alcohol is much more prominent, and this beer seems a lot hoppier, and has a bit of a sour tinge. What gets me is the lack of balance. The flavors are running all over the place, and definitly are an assault on the taste buds.

Drinkability and Overall: Like I said, this is basically a kicked up Fin. Overall I wouldn't say I didn't enjoy the beer, but it's definitly one that needs a few years in the cellar to mellow out. A bit dissapointing for a 15th anniversary brew...

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Photo of bashiba
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very cloudy shady of light orange with a huge, thick, and sticky head.

Smell is a nice strong mix of yeast, pepper, clove, and orange peel.

Taste has a sweet flavor with a noticeable spices and citrus flavors. Very Citrusy with a decent amount of pepper, a sweet alcohol taste is also very noticeable along with a yeastyness, a bit of grassy floral hops in the end, but not enough to bring it back into balance.

Mouthfeel is warm and dry.

Overall a little to sweet and alcoholy for me. I will stick with La Fin when craving a good Unibroue BSP.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
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 DrJay
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed straw yellow colour topped by a big, rocky, white head. The nose is bready and yeasty, with some citrus and a bit of a musty aroma. Sharp carbonation hits you at the start and it's quite sweet. There's some apple in there, along with the standard Unibroue yeast flavour. Fizzy carbonation, medium body. This beer is alright, but certainly not inspired. I questioned whether I was just bored of the brewery at this point, but a recent bottle of Trois Pistoles told me otherwise.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must say I was expecting something along the lines of the excellent 11and instead got a mutated Fin Du Monde.

Clear golden yellow pour with the usual and impressive Unibroue head. A billowing puff of frothy white suds that clings a while before retiring.

Aroma is sweet, mushy golden malts, honey sweetness, ripe banana, wheat, apples, pinapple, bubblegum, and the pervasive Unibroue yeast note that requires no furthur investigation.

Flavor remarkablt similar. Strong wheat and candi sugar notes with tropical fruit, clove and pepper, Juicey Fruit gum, and a heavy yeast note that is really starting to get old in some of these Uni special releases.

Body is big, sugary, and syruppy. Theres' enough fluff from the carbonation to make a slick, creamy mouthfeel. Too sweet, to much alcoholis heat, and not enough complexity to pull it all off. I think a manditory 3 year celler sentance may do this bottle justice.

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Photo of Vixie
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow orange color with a fairly solid white head. Fairly typical look for this style, but the head lasted longer than I expected.

Smell at first is very much like apples. As the beer settles, can detect the yeast and a bit of a bread smell. Kind of reminds me of the smell of a fruit bread, like if you baked a bread and had apple baked in.

Taste is a bit fruity, maybe a bit floral as well. Quite a bit of carbonation going in it. There is spice as well, some pepper, a touch of coriander. Quite a bit of warming going down.

The carbonation really helped the mouthfeel, it's quite active in my mouth. Nothing too outstanding here, without the carbonation would probably be on the thin side.

Overall a decent beer, but not a great one. I still think Duvel is my favorite of this style, and this one to me didn't quite measure up to it.

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Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazed, cloudy orange...big froty white head

S-Yeasty....also some citrus (oranges,tangerines, clementines), and a bit of an apple note as well.

T-Sweet...doughy/yeasty....a little bit of a peppery impression but overall not as spicy as I expected...more of a sweet yeasty flavor...

M-A little too sticky and sweet for my liking....borders on cloying...boozy impression too.

D-This is OK but nothing I would purchase again...just a little too big on the sweetness and booze....

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 750mL into a glass.

A: Pours a cloudy pilsner/straw/gold color with a fair amount of suspended sediment (oops). Surprisingly, the head is only half an inch, and it recedes over a matter of 10 minutes into a cap on the beer, fueled by slow bubbles up the glass. No lacing down the glass, but a fizzy cap remains for the entire drink.

S: I get a lot of green apple, citrus, earthy Belgian yeast, bready malt, floral hops, and spice.

T: Exactly as the nose goes. This one definitely benefits from warming up. Initially a green apple sourness with lemon rind. It is then offset by an earthy and Belgian candy yeast, with bread and a little caramel coming in. Floral hops and a nice little clove kick in the finish, but it turns into a noticeable alcohol sting.

M: Medium-bodied, but just higher than medium carbonation. This is the perfect level of carbonation, IMO -- Unibroue beers tend to be overcarbonated, which detracts from their taste. This one is closer to being carbonated properly -- not so much burping -- but it needs to lose some more bubbles to get in the right range.

D: Meh. I generally don't care much for Unibroue's pale offerings, and this is no exception. I didn't have it fresh when it came out, so I can't say how it held up. It's an all right beer and wasn't worth it to me at $12.

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Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden, big white head forms, some lacing, and good retention. Smell is sweet, sugary, wheat, spices, citrus, some yeast and a weird funk. Taste is sweet with lots of citrus, wheat, spice and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with high carbonation. Tastes like almost everything else Unibroue puts out, except not as good. Not bad, but far from outstanding. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of jwff
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little out of my price range but Unibroue hasn't let me down yet. Pours a cloudy pale orange at first glance, but when held up to the light it shows off a pear yellow border. Smell is very characteristic of most Unibroue products, namely the yeast. I'm also picking up some wood tones with a nice bubblegum tinge. Taste is primarily yeast and alcohol with some minor hints of sugary citrus and wood . I'm trying to pick up other notes, but Unibroue's yeast strain is so overwhelming that it's hard to look beyond it. Mandarin orange aftertaste. Mouthfeel is gently carbonated, but the overall body of the beer seems to be lacking. A little too sweet and sits in the stomach funny, and I'm also factoring cost into drinkability because with my income this is not an every day beer.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer poured a nice golden hay color with a huge white foamy head and millions of tiny bubbles racing to the top. A very nice pour and gives this beer a very attractive look.
S - Malt sweetness, ripe fruit, apples, tart hoppiness, and a few other scents I could put my finger on.
T - Bitter with a sweet and slightly sour finish. The hops were very present and this beer felt slightly un-balanced. I was a little dissapointed in the taste of the beer. However it was fairly enjoyable and worth a try for most people.

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Photo of Derek
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bottle was a gusher, so something had been fermenting the residual sugars. Yellow with a white head, no retention or lacing.

S: Plenty of tropical fruit, phenolic spicing & a slight hint of barnyard funk.

T: Tropical fruit, citrus rind, quite spicy, earthy mineral, modest bitterness, warming alcohol. Hints of underlying funk remind me of Orval.

M: Overly attenuated & extremely dry.

D: Very digestible, but I'm not loving the flavour.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this bottle for a while and I was really looking forward to opening it. The cork practically flew off, which was a first for me with any corked bottle. The head started flowing out of the bottle almost immediately; I poured it into a snifter to see a murky golden ale with great carbonation. The head quickly evaporated into nothing and there was no lacing at all. It had a really sweet alcohol aroma that reminded me of fruits. It has a strong crisp feel when it first hits your tongue, and then it calms down and wraps your mouth with a semi-dry alcohol flavor. You also taste the sweetness in it the moment it hits your tongue, but its aftertaste, which is dry and almost flavorless, has a little to be desired.

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

A: Pop goes the cork and the aggressively carbonated brew began to push forth from the bottle. Quickly into the glass it went pouring a voluptuous suds off white head. Body is a dull apricot gold with so much sediment floating around I wonder if I used a clean glass!

S: Green banana peels, limestone, lemon zest, cloves and floral pollen.

T: Begins with dry clover honey and flowering hops across the front of the tongue. Moves to peppery spices with hints of apricot, guava and some banana. Yeast kicks in next, with moments of coriander, black pepper and cloves. Finishes dry, somewhat cloying from the sweetness that really only gets worse as the beer warms

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel with an explosive carbonation as it slides across the palate.

D: In my opinion, this is just another Unibroue beer that gets lost among the other Unibroue pale Belgian style. Nothing special here.

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

This beer is a lightly hazed golden color with a thick and frothy white head with decent retention. Fair amount of lacing as well. The aroma is yeasty with some pepper and citrus. Medium-bodied with a spicy character of cloves and pepper. Some citrus, wheat and yeast flavors as well. The finish is spicy with a nice orange peel finish. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of CpnYates
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought this beer from Blacksburg, VA's famous Kroger bottled on Jan. 6 2006.
This is a good beer overall, enough people have been acurate with the colors and taste descrptions that i will refrain.
I enojoyed this beer on a monday, with nothing better to do. We drank this out of a few wine glasses. To me it seems its made of appples. the bottle says a 10abv. We liked that, a very wine like beer , and according to others, fitting to this style

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Photo of bark
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is orange-yellow; the finger thick head is airy and off white. The liquid is a bit hazy.

The smell is fruity with quite a log of yeasty notes. Some alcohol and green apples.

The taste is quite sweet. Lots of green apples and other dry fruits and earthy minerals. The aftertaste got notes of apple juice, and some bitter hints. I couldnÂ’t notice any alcohol at all.

The carbonation is strong, the liquid creamy.

This is not my favourite style, however I found this one balanced and well crafted.

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