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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 CortexBomb
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy golden with a strong white head on top of it. This is textbook Belgian pale goodness. Smell is strongly of light fruits...pears in particular, and a strong wheaty tone is also present, along with a general estery aspect. Strong.

Taste starts out sugary sweet, and then rushes into the pear and esters from the nose. A spicy tinge also infests the flavour on the back of the tongue, and the malts are also present, lending body and a certain creaminess. The spice in this beer is unlike the usual, more peppery aspect that seems to be present in Unibroue's beer, this is more light, friendly, I'm at a bit of a loss to describe it. Finish is lightly hoppy, and the sweet spicy aspect of the flavour lingers. Quite tasty.

The mouth on this is what I would consider good for the style, there isn't a lot of hop action, but the mouth is full and completely enjoyable. It coats your tastebuds with Unibroue goodness. Drinkability is also very good, an easy drinking and very tasty beer.

Overall, despite some apparent missteps since the Sleeman's takeover, 15 is vintage Unibroue; great flavour, easy to drink, a pleasure to have in my goblet. Cheers for 15 great years guys!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light peach with flashes of gold. Delicate, carbonated head that leaves a centered, semi-intact sheet. Light, dimpled lace.

Musty, candied sweetness. Heavy peppered spice with a delicate whaff of diacetyl. Citrus, fruity esters.

Moderate candied sugar that engulfs a heavy spiced flavor profile: pepper, smokey corriander. Sweetened fruit: light banana, rounded pineapple. Very carbonated, slightly dry finish with an aftertaste of powdered sugar, alcohol, and corriander.

A light, medium bodied; sweet and creamy, but cut with a decent amount of carbonation.

The alcohol presence is fairly deceiving for a big ale so light on the palate. Easy drinking, but nothing too exciting in terms of flavor.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Looks good, which is typical for the Unibroue beers. The aroma is very fruity - mostly light fruits - and has a lot of spice and sweetness. Smells pretty good. The flavor has some spice as well as a little malt sweetness followed by a lot of light fruits. Some lemon and graininess in there. The mouthfeel is on the heavy end of moderate and the drinkability is good for the level of alcohol.

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

Found a couple of bottles on my last beer run. Had to buy them of course!

A - Golden straw color with a large head. Very carbonated. Settles down in a bit with a steady rising bubble in the glass.

S - Inticing. Banana, honey hint of alcohol but not overly warm.

T - Very similar to the smell - belgium candi sugar, banana, a nice spiceyness from the yeast and a warming feel of alcohol.

M - Light to the tongue. Remarkably light and well rounded considering some other brews I've had in the same style and ABV.

D - Great brew to enjoy. Surprises you with how well hidden the ABV is. I am definitely getting more of this to enjoy now and stock the cellar for future years enjoyment. Get it while it's still available.

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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 akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. The ale is chilled, but I am taking my time with it.

Appearance: The ale has a nice golden color to it. It pours slightly hazy and with moderate head. That head does not last long though and there is little lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a very strong fruit nose. Peaches are the first fruit that really jump out at me. There is also a strong pepper presence in the ale. Overall, it smells quite good.

Taste: The ale has a good clean taste, but there are too many flavors trying to assert themselves. The ale has characteristics of La Fin du Monde with a great deal more spice and fruit. Again, peach is predominant, as well as cassis and apple flavors.

Mouthfeel: The preponderance of fruit flavors make for an interesting mouthfeel. It is right up there with the best that Unibroue produces.

Drinkability: While losing points for the high abv, the beer wins points for the mouthfeel and aromas. This is a one-off release, so grab it while you can.

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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 weeare138
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a hazy light orange with a small head that quickly fades into a foamy collar.
Smell is of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, pear, clove, mild bananas, and slight funk from the yeasty esters. Reminds me a bit of La Fin du Monde that hasn't really finished fermenting yet.
Taste is of the same aromas listed with the signature Unibroue taste.
Mouthfeel is mildly hot but the yeast comes through to show signs of greatness if, and only if, aged.
Alcohol is a bit present but me thinks this will be a winner in the future. Sit on this one says I. Arrrr.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super clear and bright, light golden color wtih a finger of head that falls to a solid coat over top. Good cascade of bubbles flow from the bottom of the glass. Nose is nice and fruity. I get notes of pineapple, mango, and some moderate banana. Behind this, there is a healthy dose of spiceyness and a puff of alcohol. Nice smell. Flavor is a little more subtle than the nose. Solid banana, light lemon, just a touch of graineyness, and a touch of spiceyness from the yeast. Very tasty. Feel is thick, with a nice healthy carbonation that cuts it down and keeps drinkability good. Overall, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Its a bit there in the nose, but not in the flavor. I think this one will blend a little better in the flavor as it sits for a while, but this is still nice. I like it.

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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 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 goodbyeohio
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sweet ass looking bottle.. 750ml with gold silkscreen. crunked out for sure.

this beer looks alot like la fin du monde in its rich yellow hue, investing in a core of orange. lots of bubbles and a thin, sudsy foam resting atop. looks nice in the unibroue tulip.. the rate at which the bubbles travel give a nice aura of viscosity to the lightly-colored brew.

this beer smells alot like la fin du monde in its honey sweetness mixed with bready yeast.. accented by lemon rind and the faintest hint of athletic sweat.

this beer tastes.. well.. pretty unique for unibroue! (with a distinct nod to LFdM). big bubbly champagne mouthfeel is observed immediately, definitely 'rich' with carbonation. this helps carry the dry alcohol presence, which also brings back sense-memories of the french sparkler. silky aftertaste of mellow hops greenery and a bitterness in the throat follows a meaty, albeit low-excitement, belgian generic strong pale flavor. lots of belgian malt and cantaloupe along with a garbled botanical sweetness. like a jacked-up duvel or golden monkey. wish this had a little more taste excitement, maybe time would open up those sweet, floral flavors that i know are there but are masked by the confusion in the glass.

leaps and bounds beyond the 05 doesn't really mean much, but that it is. seems like a nod to americans and their embracing of the us unibroue flagship, la fin du monde. "you like it, here's the imperial version!"

now its good, given a year or two this could rank up there with the top unibroue beers.. let's just wait and find out. still worth a try fresh.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked, caged, and silkscreened 750. "Celebrating Our Fifteenth Anniversary." Poured into a Maudite tulip.

Slightly hazed apple juice with about a finger and a half of white foam that is a bit noisy as it settles to a few centimeters. Nice lace effect of layered webs.

The nose is a little sweet with some peppery warmth from the alcohol. Juicy with apples and cherries backed by a good dose of chalk and clove.

Tastes sweet overall. The alcohol is noticeable upfront but its not a put off. Its just not as masked as it is in La Terrible. The sugars come through as if there was a bit of raw honey thrown in. There is also a tart, almost puckering flavor in the middle that seems to push the alcohol back and allow for the sugars and some of the chalk from the yeast to come through. Dry to tart finish with the alcohol coming back in a warm, somewhat boozy, exhale. This is a big beer and you can taste it. This beast knows its limits and backs off before going to far.

Full mouth that has a good pucker effect with lots of carbonation. No residual oils or sugars. A clean finisher. I will by more bottles of this, possibly a case if I can,and see how this one does over time as I would like to see what will happen to the alcohol flavors.

A beer worthy of the Unibroue label. C'est fort, pourtant bon.

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