Unibroue 16 | Unibroue

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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 taez555 on 02-16-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 282 |  Reviews: 240
Reviews by ikantspel:
Photo of ikantspel
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

date of december 2009 on bottle.

poured into a duvel tulip. beautiful cloudy amber color with a medium head that leaves a thin lacing.

nutty and coffee smell with some dark toasty maltiness.

tastes as good as it smells. alcohol is slightly present but not overpowering. almost tastes more like a quad than a BSPA.

go does pretty easy and the carbonation kinda settles after awhile

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its been quite awhile since I have had a Unibroue offering I have a fondness for them they were really the first brewery that I kinda delved into back in the day in Michigan.Anyways this poured into a oversized wine glass a hazed amber/burnt orange color with a huge blooming white head left multiple rows of lace as it settled slowly,fruit and more fruit in the nose I picked up some definent banana and sweet cherry along with a bit of apricot intermingled with some clovey phenolic tones.Flavors are again fruity banana again along with cherry a bit overripe pineapple a vodka-like alcohol presence is felt as well.I like it honestly not a huge fan of the style but this is nice its pretty bold but it will bite ya if your not careful.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

Brewed to celebrate 16 years--what about celebrating the survival of two buyouts?

Hazy and tawny, with a bubbly effervescence that holds together in a thick lather of foam. Big bready yeast aroma, hints of ripe plum and raisins, and a spicy backing in the nose. Semi-crisp; a creamy medium body. Extra-spicy, with a fresh yeast tone throughout. In the aroma and flavor are suggestions of cotton candy, bubble gum, rosewater and a faint taste of berry. Creamy malt character. There's a sweetness to start and a biscuity flavor from middle to end. Hops are minimal, allowing the spicy phenols to push for balance. Fruity, with warming esters. Faint suggestion of clove and cinnamon, black pepper and lemon rind. A bready maltiness comes though as the beer warms up a bit. Finishes with a thick, spicy malt flavor.

A big, bold Belgian-inspired Ale, with more balance compared to previous years' offerings--certainly more palatable. By far, this is Unibroue's best an- niversary beer to date. Pair this with a wedge of Humboldt Fog cheese and water crackers.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with December 2008 stamped on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass, this beer is amber in color with a thick white head. A sweet fruit aroma, smells like a Belgian. Decent taste: fruity, some tartness. A little yeasty. A fun beer to drink, although it tastes a lot like other offerings from Unibroue.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Typical Uni presentation, opens with a moderate "pop", etched on the side of the bottle is "December 2007", best before dating? This one pours cloudy dark plum/amber under an initially huge darker tan head. Settling to a thick film and leaving ample sheeting and string lacing. Nose is of the expected yeasty goodness. Notes of pepper, more nutty yeasties, Belgian phenolics, threads of dancing alcohol, some gin, sour apples and lingering dense layers of spice. As expected this is a nice, complex offering from Unibroue. Go get some while its still around.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy brown-orange color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the caramel malt and green apples. I also get a little bit of yeast mixed in.

The flavor is a mix of toffee, green apples, candy and brown sugar, alcohol and yeast. The flavor is very nice and is well balanced between the malt and fruit flavors.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a nice white head. Musty-sweet aroma with spice. Big taste. Alcoholic and malty, with a sherry overtone. Fair amount of sweet fruit. Raisins, fruit, and syrupy sugar in the back. More of a liquer-like flavor with the body of a beer. Long finish. Nice.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Mildly cloudy orange/brown color. Nice retention and some lacing.

Smell - Nice flowery yeast, bananas, cloves, spices, raisins, cherries, pears, and apples.

Taste - It starts crisp and full. Full of malt and the citrus flavors. The spices slowly creep in adding a really nice depth and complexity. The sour cherries make a nice appearance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Smooth but crisp on the tongue.

Drinkability - This is an increibly drinkable brew despite the ABV. Complex and accessible. Recommended.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a dense apricot colored body with long strands of tiny bubbles to a thick egg-white creamy head that last for the full beer.

S- The smell is a sweet cream cheese like cheese cake or tres leches with a light honey caramel malt hint.

T- The caramel malt is sweet with a note of butter followed by a soft honey and molasses note that is slightly yeasty or perfumed. There are notes of dry citrus and spice at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a touch of fizz that cleans the sweetness at the finish.

D- This beer has a rich complex sweetness that has some nice compliments of yeast.

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Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Melchizedek
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely clear light amber, with a well-developed, dense beige head that settles to an even cap.

Aroma is full of yeast, phenols, light fruits. A little bitterness as of lemon zest, maybe a note of green apple skin, and a boozy sweetness. Light on the tongue, tart, with a surprising bitterness. Alcohol is pretty noticeable, though not obnoxious; gives a warmth and an additional edge to the aggressive taste. Yeast character comes back through, and then that apple-peel tartness. A slight candy-sugar sweetness balances things, along with a light maltiness in the finish.

Not sure this one's ready just yet. Laid down for a while to mellow, I think it would exploit its champagne-like character more effectively.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500th review!

- Biggest, baddest beer in the fridge? Check.
- DDC tulip glass? Check.
- Lovely co-drinking partner in crime? Check.

Let's have at 'er...

This beer pours a hazy dark golden hue, with multiple fingers of foamy, soapy white head, which leaves very thin webbed lace around the glass. It smells of caramel malt, cloves, some banana, and yeast. The taste is caramel/toffee/candy sugar - the sweetness is readily apparent - then some cloves and light white pepper, and some warming alcohol. The carbonation is fairly restrained, the body a bit light, but quite smooth and rounded, and it finishes off-dry, the caramel malt sweetness, and a wee bit of yeastiness, persisting. The big ABV is quite nicely integrated, just a twinge of heat in the end.

The even sweetness and minimalist yeast profile make this my favorite Unibroue offering to date, in terms of drinkability. Onward and upward...

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep thick/hazy orange color and tight tan head. Large. Nose is at first soft but as it warms up becomes deep and complex. Tangy tropical fruits, flowers, berries, and glazed bread malts. Very pleasing, deceptively thorough aroma. Taste is like that too somewhat. Similar candied tropical, fruity Belgian-like flavors + yeast come together with a thick but light maltiness. Not very bitter at all, very lightly and brightly carbonated as expected. Drinkability is where it should be for a beer of this gravity and complexity.

Very worth the try and also very unibroue-like.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML Caged and corked bottle. Best before 12/09

AP: Semi-cloudy, rusty brown color with a two finger deep head that's foamy and pourous with excellent retention.

Nose: Herbal, spicey semi-sweet malted nose, buttery biscuits and boston cream pie with a spicey, herbal hop.

Flavor: Spicey and peppery yeast with a brown sugar malt and a earthy hop flavor that is balanced out very well. The malt charechter is big, semi-sweet and creamy. There's a classic herbal and slightly leafy hop finish.

Feel: Full bodied, heavy and substantial with the heavy malt and foamy head, but also provides a crisp well-carbonated hit.

DA: Very easy to drink despite it's 10% abv. Almost a year ago today I started reviewing beers on BA with my first being Unibroue 15.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a giant white foamy head. This beer has a ton of carbonation and leaves good lacing while disappearing quickly. The smell has a sweet malt aroma along with alcohol,apples,vanilla,and a spicy pepper. The taste has the flavors of alcohol,sweet malt,pepper,and apples. The alcohol is strong,but not overwhelming. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. This is a good beer,but really not that memorable.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml champagne style bottle with cork and cage.

Skillfully uncorked with a loud POP and lots of "smoke" pouring out. Very dramatic.

Pours into a globe glass with good amounts of carbonation and head. It lingers for a couple of minutes but settles to just a slight covering over the top. Very little lacing present.
Color is a hazy golden red color. Not what I expected from a "strong pale ale" but more the color of a quadrupel. Nice nonetheless.

Aroma is rich in yeast and malt. Apples, figs, and some spiceiness come out.

Flavors of spice, fruits, and yeast with considerable alcohol on the finish. The complexities of this beer are what I usually associate with true Belgian Trappist ales which makes this all the more enjoyable over the corse of an evening. Lots to discover and appreciate as the beer warms and opens up.

Mouthfeel is a downfall only in that it is high in carbonation (but still appropriate for the style) and alcohol burn, which shouldn't be surprising at 10%, but these days, is often better disguised in American imperial styles.

Overall, a very impressive belgian style beer from outside the Kingdom of Belgum. I also enjoyed the Fin de Munde and look forward to tasting other offerings from Unibroue.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked & caged bottle, aged approximately one year.

Pours a hazy, deep apricot in color with a thin film of beige bubbles. Light carbonation as tiny bubbles seep to the surface.

The aroma is soft and subtle, with candied fruit and wild yeast. The taste follows accordingly - beet sugar, yeast, candied apricots, plums, and a touch of banana, with a mere hint of the alcohol peeking through.

A delightful slow sipper, soothing to the palate, warming the belly, and seducing the mind.

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangey colour with significant off-white head. CItrus yeast aroma. Taste of the same, saison-like. Very drinkable, smooth and above-average mouthfeel, with creaminess and toffee in the finish. I like these anniversary editions, I find the yeast more palatable than the typical Unibroues. And it's a pale. After cellaring for about nine months, perhaps the yeast has mellowed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the 17 is out and I've only just now gotten to the 16!!! Of course, this is really just the "10" from a while back with a new label so who's fooling who? Well, I'm not fooled, but I'll take it anyway. It's just so fresh and appealing, who could turn it away? And, less expensive than a lot of Belgian imports :)

750 ml bottle, corked & caged. Golden lettering on brown glass. Beautiful presentation... (can I get anything for this empty on e-Bay?).

It pours a slightly hazy golden body with orange highlights beneath a full head of fluffy white foam. The head retention is very good as it's bolstered by the tiny bubbles rising quickly from below, but it eventually dies down to a more approachable size. Decent lacing with solid walls and then hefty splashes and smears as you progress through the glass.

The aroma is bold. It's yeasty, sweetish, chalky, and a touch spicy (clove and mild black pepper) over straight-forward, sugary malt. Fruity notes of orange and lemon abound. Some mild alcohol intrudes.

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 sweetish at first, and very much orange-like. There's some spice. It's malty, and beyond that there's plenty of crisp apple with a background of candied ginger, mild vanilla, and more 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.

Quite nicely done! Certainly worth trying, and definitely worth sharing with friends.

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Photo of beer64nut
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent caramel/orange with 4 fingers of offwhite head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Appleskins& white pepper

T: Appleskins, candy sugar & a little tangerine up front. Oaky dryness, figs & brown sugar follow as this warms. Tobaacco like hops notes, warming booze, & little maple syrup are there as well. Finishes with caramel, sticky candy notes, dryness, more apple peels, boozey warmth, herbal hop notes, dough, lemony hops & honey sweetness & more dryness. Not quite on stlye, but tasty none the less! Very complex to me; other may perceive this as too busy

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & slick

Drinks slow, but when you consider the abv, what do you expect? I'm sure this would go down better if temperature here was about 50 degrees cooler by the fire. Liked this better than last years & I'm sure will age nicely

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an extremely cloudy and creamy golden orange with a thick lite tan head. There are visable sediment particales throughout the glass, the heaviest settling on the bottom of the glass.

S - A wonderfull sweet bouque of vanilla, carmel, fruits and citrus. There is a noticable amount of spices as well. A heavy fermented and boozy aroma follows.

T - Not what I expected after the nose, the sweet flavors are not as noticable and the heavy fremented flavors come through stronger than expected, there is a kick of booz as it warms your chest on the way down.

M - Heavy with a creamy and spicy palate, good amount of carbonation keeps things lively.

D - Fantastic beer, but better only once in a while.

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Photo of bditty187
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dark peach-tawny bronze liquid resided below a short-lived off-white head. At the apex the head was only one finger tall. Sadly, the head retention wasn’t very impressive, a dollop of soapy foam floated in the middle while a thin ring hung to the edge of my glass. Sadly, there wasn’t any lacing of note. Still, overall, this is an attractive beer but falls short of greatness like every Uniboue beer.

Red apples, a touch of sour mash fruit along with a smattering of spices. Fairly malty nose, IMO, it is similar to Des Rocs Triple Imperial. Unibroue 16 offers more spiciness and more orchard fruit aromas. Moderate potency… chatty but subtle with the intellect it offers. At first sniff the nose isn’t that special but there are a few layers of goodness to deconstruct… marshmallows, pepper, fresh bread dough, cherries, grapes and a hint of plums, a splash of alcohol, and other nuances. Lovely!

Peppery, warm, and fruity… cherries, plums, dates, apples, grapes, pears! It is an overload. Okay, no it isn’t. The malt bursts in the middle, sweet with a faint bread/nut/caramel taste (which I like). The alcohol arrives shortly thereafter as does the pepperiness. Much like the nose the malt reminds me of Des Rocs Triple Imperial but the ramped up pepper and fruit make this beer unique. Hot and sharp (peppery sharp) finish but it returns sweet in the aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

Low carbonation coupled with a medium/medium-full body creates a mouthfeel that fits this beer very well. Sip and savor!

Why is this listed as a BSPA? Seriously. Unibroue 16 and La Fin Du Monde are the same style? Sure they are. I’m not a style Nazi but the BA listing is misleading. Anyway… is this beer drinkable? Yes! I’m purchased a few 750ml of this nectar. Damn good, IMO. It is between Terrible and Unibroue 16 as my favorite beers from this Canadian brewery. Purchased in Omaha… get some!

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Photo of BeerZack
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky orangish brown (in the best way) with great foam.

Smells of sugar and dark fruit, cranberry-grape, and maybe some hops.

Sweet bready yeast flavors with grapey notes.
For the alcohol in this beer, the taste is awesome. Seems a lot of times high alcohol beers either taste like ethanol or like heavy syrupy sweetness- this beer manages to keep a somewhat delicate flavor without cloying sweetness.

Nice soft creamy mouthfeel. This is one of the good off-Belgium showings.

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Unibroue 16 from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 282 ratings