Unibroue 15 | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ypsifly on 02-17-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
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252
Reviews:
213
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
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Photo of EPICAC
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up two 750 mL bottles of Unibroue 15 at Downtown Wine and Spirits a couple weeks ago. I decided to have one tonight and save the other for cellaring. I let this warm up to around 45ºF and served in one of my Duvel Tulips.

Appearance: The pressure inside the bottle shot the cork across my room. Pours a hazy amber-golden, with a thick fluffy head, and large champagne-like bubbles that stream from the etching at the bottom of my tulip. Good head retention, with patchy lace clinging to the side of the glass. The head eventually fades to a thin layer, but reemerges readily upon swirling.

Smell: Upon opening and pouring I noticed a strong earthy yeasty smell. In the nose there's a light sweetness, an orange-cream aroma, bananas, peppery spice, and a light graininess.

Taste: When the carbonation dies down sweet malts are evident upfront. These are eclipsed by a citric tartness that becomes evident in the center. I also get fruity notes of sour apple and banana. Finishes with a nice bitterness, with notes of spice and alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Vigorous carbonation, medium-bodied, smooth, with a slightly oily feel. The finish is mildly dry.

Drinkability: Despite being 10% alcohol by volume, this beer is delicious and easy to drink. I'll have to go back to DW&S and buy them out of this one.

Overall: A great example of the style. It's hard to compare to the other beers in this series since I haven't had them in so long, but overall very enjoyable.

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

The beer was poured into a 20 ounce wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: The beer was a chill hazed copper coloration. The head was off white and quickly resolved to a foam. There was very thick sheets of lacing on the glass. When the yeast pour was completed the beer became cloudy copper.

Smell: The beer smelled like an insane mixture of bannana and doughnut sweetness. The yeast announces itself with authority. The beer has a nice supporting cast of peppery coriander, lemon zest, cloves, mint and vaguely of bazoka joe chewing gum.

Taste: The beer delivers a big time yeasty wheaty combination. There is a very good candied belgian sugar combination. There is spice as per the smell.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium full. The beer is well balanced. The alcohol is well hidden in both the taste and the smell. This is just one execellent beer treat.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden and foggy, like a glass of juice. The head on this is billowing, reminds me of a Duvel.

S - A sweet nose with an obvious dash of alcohol, very aromatic.

T - Yeasty, sugary, hoppy, and a few other things with y's on the end. The alcohol is stronger when cold, and seems out a bit when it warms up. Belgian Strong Pale Ale is half right/half wrong to describe the taste, it is a little light for the style.

M - Pretty smooth with a light razor touch from the carbonation and alcohol. A good mix on the mouth.

D - Drinkability was good, but for whatever reason it is a slow drinker. That and the 10% ABV sure don't help. Anywho, drink up.

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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 bennetj17
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange/goldenrod color, hazy, 3/4 inch head, some retention. Aroma of spicy orange/lemon, cloves, wheat, belgian yeast, and alight alcohol fume. Nice spicy citrus taste, bready malt flavor, with a finish that is slightly sour and bitter. The alcohol blends well at 10%. Light to medium bodied with nice carbonation, I would have liked it to have bit creamier mouthfeel. Not enough overall complexity in the flavor as it doesn't change alot from beginning to end. It still is a nice Belgian Pale and worth trying...

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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 BeerBuilder
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy golden-orange color with a three fingers foamy off-white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. It has a heavy, steady flow of carbonation.

The aroma is yeasty, and peppery, with a big blast of pineapple. Nice tropical fruit aroma behind the yeastiness.

The flavor is spicy, lemony, and peppery, with the tropical fruit flavors, but not as strong as in the nose. Good solid malty base.

It is light in body and highly drinkable for its strength. She warms the chest and belly though. She is gonna sneak up and kick my ass. Not a bad beer, but was looking for more in the flavor.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my wide, shallow Rochefort goblet a rich mostly clear gold with a fuzzy yellow-white head. I suspect the head would be thicker and have better retention were a tulip glass used. Lacing is minimal to none, but it gives off a nice, richly glowing aura nonetheless.

The smell is intense - It hit my nose as soon as the beer was uncorked, and grew stronger upon hitting the glass, wafting up to nearly fill the room. Hmmm... WOW.. Duvel has some serious competition here. Matter of fact, it smells better. I'm making the decision now. Intense aromas of lemon, orange, and banana are mixed with light clove and bready yeast - it makes my mouth water very hard. It's got all the best characteristics of Belgian yeast with none of the unpleasantness I sometimes encounter. I honestly think Unibroue does Belgian better than Belgium.

Ummm, I'd better hurry up before I finish the glass, or I won't be able to do a proper review! it's so damn tasty, I'm just quaffing it down! There is tons of peaches and apricots in the flavor, deep, rich - yet very light, very easy to drink, smooth and happily alcoholic. Slight spice balances the zippy, sweet fruitiness. All I can say is - it's delicious.

Alcohol is warm, but not intrusive, and the body is light, bright, and happy. It leaves a slightly dry, slightly sticky aftertaste. Good stuff.

Final thoughts: Well - I think I've got a new favorite strong pale Belgian.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 at Bauer Wine and Spirits.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with a one finger fizzy foamy white colored head that has huge bubbles.

S: Aromas of bananas, mango, red fruit (raspberries and strawberries) combined with faint wonderful bready malts. Spicyness and bready malts makes this a wonderful smelling offering from Unibroue.

T: Tastes of fruit (bananas and red fruit) and bready/nutty malts predominate the palate. Huge carbonation level up front takes away from the taste a bit but the wonderful fruit notes still peek through. Not the full bodied flavor I was expecting, although its still good.

M & D: Mouthfeel is suprisingly just ok as the carbonation levels dominate the flavor, taking away from what could be a phenomenal brew. Drinkability is high even though the mouthfeel isn't great. Tasty, but could be better 15th anniversary brew from this brewery. Pretty good, definately worth a try although if you haven't had a Unibroue before, try the La fin du monde.

Notes: Even though this was a pretty good brew, I was expecting more. There just wasn't enough body/flavor--too much carbonation.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dense, cloudy golden color with a decent foamy white head that sticks around for about half the brew.

Smell: Spicy notes interwoven with hints of bread and vanilla with some alcohol in the background.

Taste: Some surprising nutty flavors up front that give way to spicy, fruity Belgian yeasty flavors. Hints of vanilla in the background and a strong alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied that is nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a pretty strong brew, but it goes down easy despite a very present 10%. Good thing I have a BA roommate to split it with!

Great brew from Unibroue. I'm glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of taez555
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright yet opaque golden yellow body with a thick fluffy white head.

Nose was a wave of fruity flavors. Yeast, bubble gum, banana, tropical fruits, apricots, pears, wheat, soft bread and alcohol. Almost smells like beautifully big german weis.

Body was big thick and slightly medicinal. Big micro fine bottle conditioned carbonation. An interesting mix of flavors. A numbing sort of spice and yeast flavor. Bright fruits that all mesh together in a fruit punch kind of mixture in that no fruit stands out yet they all just blend. Apricots, pears peaches, some butter, apples, and bananas. Sugary with some warming alcohol notes.

A great beer. Nothing overly new though, sort of tastes like a slightly different version of la fin du monde, or edition 2004. Still... I like it

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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 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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Unibroue 15 from Unibroue
4.04 out of 5 based on 252 ratings.
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