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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 Gehrig
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed this at the terrific Neil St. Piccadilly, and since they have a lot more, I intend to stock up. The bottle pops and pitches a cloudy light orange body with thick white froth resting atop. Soon, the head dies down, but also leaves almost no trace of itself on the Ommegang 10th Anniversary glass. The nose is good but not great, with plenty of orange, apricot, and spice present if not boldly so.

The taste is terrific, full of fruit but also nicely offset by pepper and ginger. This is really excellent! I'm equally fond of the mouthfeel, an often overlooked component to a good beer. #15 has a splendid mouthfeel, well-carbonated but also coating the tongue with fruited sweetness. Drinking this is a breeze, almost an afterthought except for the continual reminder of how delicious the beer is.

Excellent, and I'm genuinely thankful that the local Piccadilly has a lot more of it...for now.

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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 dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML black bottle, copped caged and corked from Super Saver in Somerville for $8.99...
A slow, steady pour yieled a nectarine-orange colored-hue with a rising, full head that displayed massive carbonation, but little lacing around the glass... Obvious sediment visible at the bottom of the glass...
Pale, citrus, and fresh-fruit aroma, sweet, enticing, and light...
The taste was bombarded by melon, canteloupe, ripe pears, apples, and florals... Sweet, candied taste with a lot of flavor and character that went down easily...
The 10% ABV was difficult to detect behind a rich combination of fruity flavors...
Easily drikable, with a good mouthfeel make for a good, but not entirely outstanding brews...
Unibroue has certainly produced better, but this is still a solid sample nonetheless...

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

Beer #46 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/15.

A: Yellow-gold body into a tulip glass. A 3" white head doesn't stick around long. Soda-like carbonation is visible as well as tons of yeasties.

S: Nice, nice. Typical Unibroue yeast = spicy, fruity & rustic. The aroma is refined and not as potent as I expected at 10% ABV. Doughy, earthy yeast gives off spicy notes as well as a funky damp wood. The fruit character is nice a la La Find Du Mond w/ green apples, pear & apricot (?) w/ light candi sugar, coriander & wild honey.

M: Med.-full body, med. carbonation. Crisp but silky smooth, a bit viscous.

T: All in all a great beer as Unibroue typically does. A huge sweetness hits right away w/ honey and heaps of candi sugar balanced by the great spices, earhty yeast and light alcohol (pepper).

D: Delicious stuff, glad I got to try it. I liked "16" a bit more but this is still complex and very drinkable. Not their best, but still a very fine beer.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has been around for a while...so I am interested to see how it has aged.

Pours a nice golden color with some orange tint. Huge slightly off-white head that just hangs around. Tons of small carbonation rising. Very impressive start.

Aroma is sweet, grassy, yeast and some hops.

The sweetness really hits me when I take my first sip. Not bad, but definitely sweet. Also has the alcohol, some hay, malts. There is apples and white grapes throughout. The more I drank, the more the sweetness seemed to overwhelm.

Medium body, cleansing and very smooth. Really nice mouthfeel.

Overall, a very nice beer. Goes down easy. But, I think one [bomber] was plenty due to the sweetness. The sweetness just lingered, which wasn't particularly pleasant. Anyway, with its high ABV, if I tried to have more than one bomber I would have paid a steap price in the morning.

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Photo of JayStewart
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apricot color. Consumed January 2008, so two years old. Thick, fine, bubbly off-white head. Yeasty, fruity nose. Smooth, creamy, complex brew. Apricots, tangerines. Great mouth feel. Almost chewy. Nobody outside Belgium does Belgian better than Unibroue. Outstanding!

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Photo of larsee01
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a-- Jan 2006-brewed 750 ml corked brown bottle poured into glass goblet. Color of unfiltered honey. One finger head with respectable lacing. Cloudy and carbonated.

s--First impression is pineapple. Followed by yeasty sourness and typical witbier scents of coriander, citrusy/peachy steel. Mild, but nicely complex.

t--A lot going on here! First off, tropical fruitiness and smoky. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness jump out! Lots of clove. I don't care for clove, but this works. You know, this beer is reminicent of a Christmas ham glaze. Sweet, smoky, spicy, clove. I like Christmas ham. 10.0 ABV? I'd never guess. Tangy yeast makes itself know in finish. Sidenote...my intro into drinking a 2-year-old beer. Interesting! I did drink a 4-year-old Miller Lite one time, but that was accidental and nearly killed me--that's another story.

m--Thick and "coaty". Lingering nicely into spiced sweetbread.

D--Although 10.0 ABV doesn't jump out in taste, I wouldn't dub it sessionable. One 750 ml will leave you satisfied and full, and frankly, ready to move on to something else. Too potent in alcohol and taste to over-do.

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Photo of ASymon13
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm still able to buy this on shelves and I'm still loving it.

It pours a cloudy orangish, with a nice fluffy white head.

The smell comes off with a nice spicyness, with an abundance of some very pleasant sweet fruit notes, and a dash of some bready malts.

The spicyness and sweet fruitiness really come through in the taste but it is still wonderfully balanced. There is a dash of some phenols and the alcohol is felt more than actually tasted. Some hops come through, but they take the back seat to the other flavors.

It is still fairly light bodied and the carbonation is very pleasant and I feel appropriate for the style as it is not overdone.

I usually sip on a bottle of this for almost 2 hours and it never gets old. I definitely will be picking up the last of these when I see them to hold as reserves.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They still have these in Orlando, at least at the old ABC I used to work and visited a couple of weeks ago. Picked one up for old times sake and it was as good as I remembered.
Poured into my large tulip glass and received a large head that left some lacings. The body is a orangeish/blonde hue that is dense; not able to see through that sucker at all, even in the light. Very sweet aroma, flowery, yeasty and fruity. Not tart fruit, but lighter fruits like apples or some tropical fruit that is soft and sweet. The taste is sweet with fruit coming through like apples and hints of bananas and oranges, plus a puffy kind of feeling in the mouth like cotton candy. Kind of reminded of a weiss beer in the fruit-taste regard and that it is spiced nicely. Very smooth but you can still taste the hops and they linger in your mouth. It also helps that this beer keeps carbonating and perhaps I should've saved this one. Hid the alcohol well here w/o making it overly sweet. Too bad unibroue only got to make 15 once, because not only is it one of the better beers I've had it doesn't put a hurtin' on the pocket book either. Then again, they came out with 16 so I can make up for it there.

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Photo of baos
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Says it is retired but there are still bottles of this to be bought at Brew House Liquors In Whiteland, Indiana. I believe I saw several bottles.

A: Full two hands of head in my mason jar. Nice translucent blonde. Ends up with good lacing.

S: Smells almost exactly like apple cider, a little like hard cider. A warm fall smell with a bit of booze.

T: Nice hoppiness with a bit of pink bubble gum stick. Very nice. Big on alcohol but a good : big on alcohol.

D: Maybe a bit boozy, i think one bottle will do you. Need to switch off of this if you wanna have a nice poker beer.

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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 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 PorterLambic
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy apricot/yellow with a big, big barely off-white head over 2" tall.
Smell is fruity with clove, pepper, lemon and orange notes. Very nice balance.
Taste is amazing! Malt, wheat, fruits, sweet, alcohol, orange. OMNEG is there orange. The balance and complexity is un-fricking-believable.
Light effervescence, smooth with a capital "smoo", silky, full bodied but nowhere near overpowering. If you can get hold of a bottle, do it. You will not be disappointed.

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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 mynie
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been holding on to this one for a loooong time.

Pours nearly as purty as does Duvel. Giant white head with glistening champagne bubbles atop candied honey orangeyellow.

Smells of strong white peppers, cloves, black peppers, and wonderfully fiery Belgian yeast. Smells better than Duvel, actually. Woah.

Tastes great but slightly imperfect. All the peppry burniness of a good Belgian Strong Pale is here (like a witbier mixed with fire and caramel), but there's a slightly off medicinal aftertaste that takes things down just a wee bit. Nothing close to ruining the beer, but it does ruin its perfection.

Wonderful. Grab a bottle if you can find one.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer spills from the cork and caged 750ml bottle a beclouded amber orange color with a large creamy white head, with the residual lace a thick concealing sheet. Nose is fruity, oranges and limes, malt sweet with the hops aromatic, crisp like sparkling wine. Front has a sweet and sour effect on the palate, nicely malted, top is medium in feel. Finish has tenacious acidity, hops give a nice finishing spicy bite, and desert dry aftertaste seals itself to the palate, one of their better beers of late.

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Photo of Overlord
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not an impressive appearing beer (I find most pale ales aren't), but quite good ... if you can still find it.

Pours a golden yellow with little to no head, little to no carbonation, and little to no lacing. Tastes of exotic fruits (bananas? mango? orange?), cloves, and some grapefruit-y hops against a strong malt/yeast backing.

Quite delicious, and very drinkable for a 10%+ ABV.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours an agressive head that fades incredibly fast and dooesn't cling to the glass well. It's easy to create a head through swirling for a while, but that fades quickly. For a belgian, WOW. Very unimpressive. Not even hazy, was this beer filtered? Head remains in the bottle and retention is kept there NOTE: last pour of beer was cloudy. Be sure to swirl this beer if you want yeast, it settles at bottom.

Smell: banana pehnol and cloves. Smells champagne like with the dryness.

taste: nice cloviness and belgian spicy and funkiness. Nice dryness to finish. Hop bitterness at the end is dry and makes for a ver please experience. Almost a little bit of grape undertones. A lot going on here.

Mouthfeel is very nice as the beer clings very well.

I could drink this all day. Very well balanced beer.

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Photo of Gasp100
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep gold with a small white head that diminishes very quickly. Almost no lacing on the glass and only a thin film of tight small bubbles remains.
S - Banana, Mango, tropical fruit, sweet candy mixed with citrus, tart green apples.
T - Wow, the alcohol is barely noticeable on this one. The taste is more delicious tropical fruit, yeasty, slightly phenolic with a crisp, tart aftertaste and just a tiny hint of warming alcohol.
M - Sharp, a little gritty but sweet and syrupy at the same time... not "clean" per se but the carbonation level is fine. This dries up in the finish leaving you wanting more.
D - At 10% this is huge, but the alcohol is barely present until a rush of warmth hits your belly after half a goblet.
This is really nice - big, bold and great fruity notes. The yeast works wonders on this brew. I got this for a decent price too, around $7 for a 750ml (aged one year thanks to my liquor store ;) I find some of Unibroue's selection to be too light, wispy and apple/pear but this one is serious and really, really good.

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Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear golden amber color with a 1 finger white head that recedes to a nice covering. Smells of sweet toffee, Belgian yeast and some tropical fruits.

Taste is quite nice. Sweet toffee and Belgian Candi sugar sweetness is nicely balanced by the yeast and a bit of alcohol. Some tropical fruits with a touch of apple. Nicely spiced.

Mouthfeel is a good level of carbonation to help balance the sweetness. This is the best carbonation I've had on a Unibroue beer in my opinion. Nice and rich with a touch of alcohol.

Drinkability is very nice on this. I may have to pick up another bottle.

Highly recommended. My favorite Unibroue beer so far. Give it a try.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle dated Jan. 6, 2006 into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy bright orange with some golden hues. Initial head is a good 2 fingers but drop quickly to nothing.

Smell is citrusy. Orange and some sugary notes.

Taste the typical Unibroue yeast flavor with some sweet citrus in there as well. Just a hint of tart apples in the finish.

A little thin,but not too bad.

Overall, not bad. This is a lesser beer than La Fin Du Monde, but worth a try.

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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 couldn’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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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 Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up today at a liquor store. Thanks to Vermont's ABV law, the bottle's been sitting on the shelf for a while. Bottled on 1/6/06.

This beer poured a nice golden/copper color in my Stroh chalice. Carbonation was vigorous at first and later faded slightly. Aroma is strong and fruity up front with the alcohol showing through already. One sip of this beer provides a warm, fruity essence in which I pick up flavors of apple and spice and later grape. The finish is warm as well. Seems well-balanced to me and it's definitely a sipping beer.

Overall, a nice find at $7.30 a bottle. There's only one other bottle left of this though at the place I got it. Definitely worth the price.

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

Hazy apricot color with a low wispy off-white head and nice active carbonation up the middle. Fruity, yeasty tripel-ish aroma and flavor; a touch of alcohol on the nose but not the tongue. Nice smooth fruity character that leads to easy drinking considering the ABV. Medium bodied and smooth with a fruity finish; not dry at all.

Would have bought again for sure but can no longer find.

Per bottle: "Celebrating Our 15th Anniversary"

Bottled: 01/06/06
Tasted: 04/19/07

($7.99 / 750ml / 25.4 oz tall straight brown wine-style bottle, corked, and caged)

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