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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 danielharper
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange/yellow body, thin white head that dissipates quickly. Hazy to the point of opacity.

Smell: Sweet, tarty, hints of raisins, grapefruit, almost jammy. Very interesting.

Taste: Strong with Belgian yeast. Again, very tarty. A nice alcohol burn on the way down, but without astringency, almost more like a liqueur than a beer. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, low carbonation, low hops. Coats the palate, though.

Drinkability: Definitely worth a try if you can find it. Soon I'll try the 17.

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

A delicious beer. Less sweet than, say, Unibroue Seignoriale or Unibroue 16, with expected Unibroue yeast aroma and flavor. Great sour, cidery smell with powerful, dry effervescence that bursts on the tongue creating and nice mouthfeel. Good, golden malt flavors, mildly acidic on the nose, almost like a pinot grigio mixed with Maudite. Just light enough, not bland. Good buy if you can find it.

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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 bobsy
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We did a blind tasting of 4 BSPAs - Unibroue 15, 16, 400eme and aged Duvel - this one came in fourth.

The appearance is light gold with obvious carbonation, but the white head is only fleeting and no lace is produced. Interesting malt-heavy aroma leans towards honey grain and sweet malt, but also has a nice yeasty breadiness to it. The taste followed the nose closely, but with the interesting addition of marzipan flavours, and with a slightly reamped up spicy yeast character. The body was exceptional, with just the right level of carbonation and fullness, and with a great drying finish.

Cheers D.

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

I enjoyed the 17 so I decided to pick up the 15 & 16. Littled worried about the 15's age but it poured very well so no worries. Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a cloudy yet bright orange color, average white head settling into a ring. The aroma is of musty grapes, flowery and spicy, perhaps some prunes? Fruity sweetness in the taste. Some pineapple, green apple, and light raisin/prune; a touch of coriander gives the brew some spice. Typical Unibroue flavor with hints of white wine. The feel is light and very fizzy, sweet. It held up very nicely for a brew that is over than 3 years old. A nice brew, good sweet balance and by that I mean not cloying. Not too much coriander either. If you are on the fence about buying this brew due to age, pick it up.

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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 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 spointon
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into my New Belgium globe style glass. I picked up this 3 year old bottle from a decent store for $5.99!

A= This ale poured a chill hazy deep gold color with a 2" snow white head. The head settled to a solid 1/4" cap that stayed all the way to the end. Just a few streaks of lace.

S= Sweet malts flash in quick, then get replaced by candi sugar and tropical fruit. Fruitiness was solid but not cloying - Sort of a tropical fruit Pez (but in a good way). Midway the yeast really asserts its funk aroma and takes the sweetness down a notch. Mild alcohol scent on the end of each sniff.

T= Solid pale malt base layed down a biscuity sweetness, followed by a heady blend of apricot/mango and green apple/pear. Midway there is a bit of spiciness and then some chalky yeast character. Finish was pleasantly tart and dry toward the end. Very little alcohol taste, yet the warming of the throat and chest was there.

MF= Medium body and the signature Unibroue effervescent crisp feel. IMO, these guys wrote the book on beautiful Belgian carbonation.

D= Very drinkable strong ale here. One could say dangerously drinkable. I will be on the lookout for more "pre-aged" bottles of this one!

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

Bottle from City Beverages, Winston Salem, NC. Poured into a 22 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a light orange amber, slightly hazy, absolutely loaded with floaties - tons of suspended yeast, evenly distributed, perfectly in suspension here - and absolutely full to the brim with fine-bubbled and incredibly mercurial effervescence. The initial two-fingers of snow white head fades to about a quarter-finger and then refuses to go lower than that. The lacing erupts ever so frequently after successive sips, throwing very infrequent solar flare-esque ... flares of lace up into the air.

Aroma: Tons of green apple and citrus in the nose, along with tons of other spare fruits - pear, apple skins, cherries - spice phenols - not offensive of medicinal - and earthy, faintly bready yeasty notes.

Taste: Incredibly fruity, phenolic, sweet, and yeasty. It's almost cleansing, how fruity and spicy it is. I get very strong pear and apple notes, grape skin, tons of cinnamon, pepper, and spicy phenolic notes, a soft and slightly, faintly roasted backing malt backbone, bready, but very yeasty, earthy. There are honey overtones here, as well - perhaps they taste of honey because of the definite clove, white pepper-esque phenols that always make pale notes taste like honey.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly huge-bodied, with tons of carbonation in a medium body to begin with resulting in a huge, fluffy, light, sort-of-even-but-really-how-even-can-you-be-with-this-much-carbonation sort of body. It's very soft, but still very crisp.

Drinkability: This beer ... is good. Yes. It's good. It's a sweet, spicy, fruity Belgian strong pale, with the fruit and phenols certainly growing stronger as this one ages. I can't necessarily imagine it getting much better - it's already getting the point of "past balanced", well on its way to "hope you like candied, spiced fruits!," but still. The 10% abv is nowhere to be found, as well. Hmmmm.

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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 PittBeerGirl
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at D's a few months ago. Last night before another seven day a week marathon of school/work. Decided to go for something big that I was looking forward to. Poured into my Chimay chalice.

A-Body is a very hazy, translucent golden yellow. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy head that eventually fades to a thick collar and leaves behind some lacing in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that the cloudiness is thick and dynamic with darker yeast sediment and cloudiness moving about the body.

S-Smell is soft but very good. A spicy Belgian yeast comes through accenting a big fruitiness (apple, pear, lemon). Soft floral hops are noticeable in the background as well as the slightest hint of phenols.

T-Taste is very subtle and mild. A fruitiness (as described above) comes through first and is the highlight of the flavor upfront. This has an accent of just a hint of floral hop flavor as well as a substantial bready yeast backbone. Spicy Belgian yeast really comes through for the finish as well as a slight accent of both floral hop flavor and bitterness as well as a hint of alcohol. What lingers is soft fruitiness and spiciness.

M-Medium to high tingly carbonation and a very smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is a very good BSPA that with its aging has developed a pretty mild, soft character. I would imagine that when this was fresh the floral hops really shined...but the alcohol was also much more noticeable. This BSPA...at least at this stage is drinking like a soft Tripel. Its very good and I am happy that I bought it. Would purchase again if I saw it again. The 10% ABV is well hidden though this does drink like a 7%...so its not completely hidden. Unibroue is an awesome brewery that doesn't get the credit it deserves.

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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 WalrusJockey
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle int Duvel tulips.

Appearance- thick white head, as per style. Golden auburn color, as per style. Above average to slightly high amount of floaties.

Smell- crisp, juicy, hoppy, sweetness, and a hint of spice.

Taste- oranges burst onto the palate in a juicy rush, followed by malt sweetness and a hint of spice. Swallow is warm and bready, with a slightly astringent, dry, clean aftertaste. There is a slight taste of hops, enough to round out the flavors and no more. Also a hint of alcohol warmth is present in the flavor, but it is faint, and even fainter considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel- light and juicy. Very similar to a carbonated apple juice. after the swallow it is a bit parching, but that passes quickly, and is actually nice, as it clears the palate and resets the mouth.

Drinkability- very high. I could drink this all night. Although, if I did, I would be on the floor, because it hides 10% inside, somehow.

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Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 17, 2007
15 pours a dim gold with a firm, creamy white head that lasts all night. The lacing is supreme. The aroma is of blood orange and wooden hops. It has a thick, smooth, slick body-- It's chewy! The flavor is sweet and sour and bitter-- all at once and all tied together nicely. (c'est Unibroue!) Throw that on a carpet of warm alcohol and you have "15". I love beers like this.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/22/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a huge, thick foamy head. Aroma is so good! Light fruits (raspberry), yeast, lemon, some spices. Nice and sweet. Flavor of initial spices in the mouth followed by tart fruits, oak, sour fruits, spices apple. Light and spritzy in the mouth, This beer has aged quite well. I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty this beer was. Pick some up if you still can! Awesome, awesome.
9/4/9/4/16 (4.2/5)

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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 jujubeast6000
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 6/29/2006 (750mL bottle dated Jan 6/2006):

Pours a light amber translucent color, very fizzy, very fine bubbles. Smallish head, somewhat diminishing, very fine bubbles. Very sugary, fruity aroma, grapes, some pineapple, floraly. Very sweet, flowery taste, grapes, some of that pineapple taste, but only some. Very fizzy mouthfeel, warming, very sweet. Cellering longer might do this better.

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Photo of phil7568
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this one for a while. I purchased one bottle nearly two years ago and I've been waiting for a special occasion. Well, I guess a boring mid-week night has become a special occasion.

Price tag is still on the bottle. I paid $8.99.

This pours a nice pumpkin orange.

This is a delicious beer. A rich black pepper spiciness is soon overwhelmed by a pleasent fruitiness. The finish is all apple. Carbonation is perfect.

This is an amazingly refreshing brew. I can't believe this is 10%. I sure wish I had more.

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Photo of Night
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a well-rounded, hazy orange with large amounts of yeasty detritus. Huge golden-eggshell head starts out tightly knit and breaks down into large, foamy bubbles; shrinks but stays solid. Leaves behind some large arcs of lacing alongside spots here and there. Aroma is heady with lots of alcohol warmth and Unibroue's signature yeasty profile. Earthy and musty, with a light touch of mint. Undertones of dark fruit, apricots, and apples. Mouthfeel is juicy with a present but gentle carbonation. Flavor is clean and malty with lots of lighter fruits and a smooth wash of earthiness, dark fruits, and bitter/must. Balance between sweetness and yeast is very nice. Notes of apricots and pistachios. A touch of spice and saltiness. Very clean and refreshing; extremely drinkable considering its relative booziness. Finish is gentle and lightly woody with an aftertaste of dust and light fruit sweet-sour.

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

Presentation: 750 brown bottle, champagne cork with cage; the date January 6, 2006 was embossed on the side, (I'm assuming that's the bottling date, not the best before) poured into an unibroue tulip blass.

Apperance: Pours a crystal clear golden orange-yellow color, tons of carbonation rising inside. Some sediment starts to come out the more I pour. The head formed a creamy off-white 2-3 fingers thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: Fruity, mainly oranges and apricots, and some spices.

Taste: Fruity, again apricots, balanced with a black pepper spiciness up front. It turned sweet in the middle with some candied sugar coming through. The finish was sweet and fruity, apples now, and lingered nicely. As the bottle gets closer to the bottom the unibroue yeast comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: For a 10% abv beer it was surprisingly light. Still full bodied, but more crisp than I would've imagined. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: Two years of aging and it's still a damn good beer. Not my favorite of their offerings, but if you see one for sale I'd recommend grabbing it.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have had this beer in my fridge for the better part of a year now, so I think that it's about time to review this sucker.

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy orange golden color with a huge and seriously active off white head of pillowy bubbles that was almost dancing after the pour. After a little less than a minute, the head had faded back into the beer and was maintained as a small ring around the top of the beer by bunches of bubbles rising.

Aroma: The aroma is really citrusy with a dry minerally presence that is giving the hops a accent that would lead you to believe that this beer is going to be pretty bitter. I am sure that Unibroue wouldn't do that, but that is what my nose is telling me. You can smell that this beer has a bit of age on it, but I have kept it in the most ideal conditions, myself.

Taste: The flavor is nothing like the aroma suggested. There is a very clean and noticeable malty sweetness that is almost honey-like. The hops are definitely there, but the sweet malt is in charge. There are a whole lot of supplemental flavors in here to accentuate, but for the most part it is pretty clean and showcases the hops and malt pretty well. IN the finish there is some spiciness from both hops and the alcohol, and the alcohol stays with you till the end as a not-so-subtle warming that lingers on the back of the throat forever.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and I expect no less from Unibroue. It lacks a bit of depth and complexity when compared to some of the rest of their line-up, but this beer is still outstnading to drink nontheless. If it were a regular offering, I would probably take their La Fin Du Monde over it as a regular beer, but this one should not be "dissed". Give it a go if you find it on the shelves.

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

Consumed 05/30/08.

Appearance is best described as sedimentary; within the fairly light golden hued fluid, there is significant suspended particulate matter. A white one finger head sits atop the surface.

Aroma is spicy yeastiness with some citrus notes.

Flavor and mouthfeel are Duvel-esque: well carbonated, juicy fruitiness, sweet pale malts and spicy yeast. Unlike Duvel, there is quite a bit of dryness and bitterness on the finish. The alcohol is more noticeable than Duvel as well, though still restrained for the strength.

Two and a half to three years in the bottle have been good to this beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A large pillowing white head forms that takes a minute to recede. A bit of patchy lace.
S: The aroma is what I would expect for a BSPA. Fruity malt: peaches, apples, and some plumbs. Just a bit of musk/funk that is typical for the style. Overall, very pleasant.
T: A sweetness and tartness that follows the style, but it does not dominate. A wonderful fruitiness that follows the nose. The more sips I take, the more I like this beer. I actually detect some sherry notes as well. Complex.
M/D: A medium body that is light and creamy. Carbonated just to my liking. Most examples of this style are way over-carbonated. Not this one. Very easy and smooth to drink. The 10% ABV is almost unnoticeable.

Unibroue sure nows how to make Belgium Pale Ales. The style usually leaves me wanting more. This beer whoever is great. There are a lot of wine and sherry flavors that I can't describe accurately. There are so many complexities. One sip reveals some great fruity flavors. Another sip reveals some woody sherry notes. Amazing.

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Unibroue 15 from Unibroue
4.04 out of 5 based on 251 ratings.
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