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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 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 t0rin0
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought one of these 750 ml bottles from liquorama a couple weeks back and another tonight at Hi-Time in Irvine, don't remember which one I'm drinking right now.

The beer pours a nice orangy pale ale color with a fair amount of yeast swimming around in there. Most of the yeast does settle to the bottom within a minute or so. The foam is a nice 1 inch and white and fluffy but it dies rather quickly and leaves absolutely no lacing. Very belgian indeed.

It smells strong of spices and belgian ale. I'm not quite good enough yet to tell exactly wich spices are in there but the yeast is very prominent in the aroma. The taste is nice and malty and heavy on the yeast flavor. Also theres some alcohol taste in there, possibly candy sugar as its very sweet. I think that despite being a year old, this beer might benefit from more aging. The aftertaste is hard to figure out, similar to the initial flavor but theres something else in there. After browsing through these reviews, I'm wondering if there may actually be some pepper in there.

There was an adequate amount of carbonation as the it foamed a bit upon pulling the cork as well as pouring but the carbonation left the beer with in a couple of minutes. It's not that bad though, this beer is still very good with out the CO2. It had a nice thick body to it and went down nicely.

I still have anniversaries 10-14 in the fridge to try so depending on how those are, I might try and find some more of this to age. Only have so much room in the fridge after all.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't wait til these come out every year. This years' is more polished and well rounded that those in years past. Very fruity and estery in the aroma and taste. Citrus, spicy, peaches and pears, and with an alcoholic kick. Not as hot or fusal as last years or past years. Candy and honey sweetness takes off the rough edges. Quite bready and yeasty into the finish. Light and warm to the mouth. Big carbonation stings the toung a bit. Finishes lightly sweet, fruity, and warm. Well worth the try.

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Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark golden color with a bountiful head that leaves loads of splashy lacing

Smell: Banana yeast esters, along with some coriander and white pepper

Taste: Starts with a light fruity banana flavor; after the swallow some depth of flavors (caramel, coriander and pepper) kick in to provide a nicely balanced finish; as the beer warms, there is a distinct barnyard tinge that kicks in

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: A much more subtle version of Fin du Monde - much easier to drink, too

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty and hazy beige color ale with a big white foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of Unibroue typical yeast with a nice spice mix. Taste is quite spicy with some pepper with a slight dry finish with some distinctive yeast, which is all very pleasant. Body is full and beer seems not to be too filtered which I appreciated. Alcohol was well hidden and overall balance was remarkable. Overall, this is a very nice strong Belgian ale and way better then expected – the bottle had been aged for close to 8 months, which may have help with the meshing of the flavours.

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

Poured into a snifter. Drank this beer recently, but did not taste old at all.

Color was a cloudy pale yellow. Head was full and fluffy, leaving great lacing.

Aroma was very fruity with some spices. The main smell was of bananas. Taste was similar. Some mix of cloves and earthy hops added as well. A very complex taste that made me want to keep drinking more.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. It is extremely easy to drink for a beer at 10%. Normally the alcohol would show here, but it was complete hidden.

Overall, this is one fine beer, especially for being a couple years old. I picked it up on sale for $8 and it was definitely worth the price. If you find one on sale, I suggest that you pick it up.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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 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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, light caramelized malts and apples along with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of caramel, apples & spices and estery with a bready Belgian yeast flavor and a significant alcohol sting. There's a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little slick, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, after having 16 & 17 a few months ago, I really didn't notice very much difference among the 3 beers. Overall, it's a good, strong Belgian to sip on for a long time and a good candidate to age, but I wouldn't expect the beer to improve with age.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold gold infused with orange juice. Abundant swirling yeast and lots of rapidly ascending bubbles can be seen immediately after the pour. The beer looks remarkably like a shaken snow globe. Too bad the soft, unsticky lid and the nearly clean glass are such downers.

The aroma follows the style guidelines to a 'T'. It's ripe orchard fruity (Golden Delicious apples and apricots) with an invigorating spiciness from all those circulating yeast. No letdown here.

Amazingly enough, I've only had one other BSPA from Unibroue (the solid Don De Dieu). 15 is more than solid. It's comparable to some of Belgium's finest, yet still falls a fraction short of world-class. It's also one of my favorite beers from these guys.

Thankfully, they've actually allowed some of the malt sugars to survive. In my opinion, too much Unibroue beer is overattenuated (thin and dry), which is the same 'problem' with most Jolly Pumpkin beer. This offering, though, is nicely sweet early, tangy in the middle, and snappy and dry late. Appreciable alcohol? None.

Fruitiness is perfectly complemented by zesty ground clove and white pepper spiciness. At two years and seven days of age, 15th Anniversary ale is drinking exceptionally well right... about... now! Actually, it probably has a few years left on it. Since it's unlikely to improve, why wait?

The mouthfeel, like all the rest, is in sublime balance. On the one hand, it's lightly viscous with just enough mouthcoating to provide flavor linger. On the other hand, it's expansive and well-carbonated without venturing anywhere near fizzy. In a word, it's Belgian-like.

Even though I'm not a huge fan of Unibroue (at least relative to their reputation), 15 is incredibly enjoyable beer. It's a fantastic BSPA with no shortage of depth and complexity. If you're aging a bottle, drink it now. If you're lucky enough to find it on the shelves, buy all you can carry. Excellent biere.

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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 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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a hazy golden orange. Head is tall and thick, with a high level of retention. Aroma is enjoyably spicy with an underlying sweetness. A sip starts very spicy which rounds into a nice, candi sugar laced malt. Very fresh and flavorful, but not as complex as expected.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded orange gold with a thin white head. Nose is fading, tight citrus, with what seems like Tang when I really, really pull for a good fragrance. Flavor is smooth. Subdued, yes. But lively still in some places. Matured fruits, smooth sweet tone, yeast influence in the mix to balance things out. Smooth liquid feel. Carbonation is still going fairly strong. Overall this is still going well. I can dig it.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden marks the look, and it's blessed with a big, bubbling bone-white froth atop...

Aroma: hoppy, ...lightly citric, sweet'n'sour...but, rather non-descript...yeah...

Taste: hmmmm, but it's hot, and alcoholic..."only" 10%? Big, fat booze oozing out...light fruit enjoys the stage of the palate, but that blistering booze blasts past all that.

Fullish body, long, lingering fruity finish, huge alky-hol...I'm finding a Unibroue beer that's fine, but that I'm just not crazy about. ...this is weird...ah, well, life does go on...

Very crazy...any other beer, or brewer, I'd be nuts on it, but there's a certain sublimity missing, and that disappoints significantly....

I do like it, though... just got a little too drunk on it, too quickly...hic!

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

07/13/06- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Purchased earlier in 2006. Poured into my Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance- Super golden-blond in color. Looks somewhat greasy if that makes sense. Numerous large bubbles rise to the surface. Full one inch plus rising head. Leaves behind various streaks and light chunks of lace.

Smell- A very large metallic scent come through at first pour. THe smell fades, but is still a bit noticable at the end of consumption. A bit of corriander, some belgian yeast and mild spices are also included. THe metallic scent ruins most of it though.

Taste- Odd, the metallic taste was not noticable in the beginning, but was at the end...exact opposite than the scent. Honey like flavoring mixed in with heavy corrinader, sugar and a bit of white pepper. The metal wasn't as bad in the taste as the scent though.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, well carbonated and a fuller mouthfeel. Nice coating effects.

Drinkability- Stamp out that metal effect and you have yourself a perfectly fine brew. As is, just about average at best. A bit disappointed.


Just like the Edition 2005, this beer has improved with a bit of age. Metallic notes are just about gone and the sugary flavor as well as corriander and white pepper really come through. Much better beer now and much more drinkable. Will bump this up as well in rating.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a 2" head that lasts a bit. No lacing develops.

Smell: yeast, pepper, and hints of tart fruits are easily detectable.

Taste: flavor follow the nose, as yeast, green grapes, tart apples, pepper, and a nice bitterness rounds out a slightly doughy maltiness. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: decent but the alcohol will creep up on you here. Very flavorful and enjoyable beer that wil not bore you.

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

Caged and Corked

I've had this bottle for almost a year.

Poured into a Unibroue Chalice a nice cloudy pale yellow color, awesome carbonation, huge two-finger plus creamy white head, which then leaves some awesome creamy sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is malty, yeasty, fruity (citrus), some spices. The taste if very nice, mostly malty/yeasty, nice touch of fruits and spices. Medium body, a nice well rounded complex brew. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Unibroue, highly recommended.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick fizzy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful pale malt scent along with a very nice yeast fruitiness. It's warm and dry with some excellent earthy notes. The taste is good. It has a very dry and earthy pale malt flavor with just the right amount of yeast esters to create a perfect fruity finish. It's warming on the way down, but crisp in the swallow. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. I'm glad I finally got the chance to pick it up. Thanks, Finger Lakes Beverage!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden with a fine head that sticks around.

Smells yeasty, estery, with bananas and clove, dried apple, and a metallic finish.

Flavor is sharp and a little prickly at first with various hard to identify fruit flavors- probably apple, banana, cherry. The finish is long and creamy.

The mouthfeel is good- both crisp and creamy.

Drinkability is very good, especially considering the 10% abv. Very smooth and pretty interesting.

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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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