Unibroue 16

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
4.09 | pDev: 9.05%
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by justintcoons:
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3.57/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Aged a little over a year. Vintage 2009.

A: Pours copper with orange highlights. One finger head that dissipates slowly with good lacing. Good amount of carbonation left.

N: Apples, caramel, honey, cocoa and maybe cinnamon?

T: Pink lady apple, generous amount of Belgian funk, plum, sour apple, honey, brown sugar, toffee, cough syrup and citrus. Earthy and grassy finish with a bouquet of spices (coriander, black pepper).

M: Creamy and semi-chewy.

D: Although a very complex beer it's rather pungent and the spicy finish is overpowering.

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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle that has been kept in a temperature controlled cellar environment for 1.5 years.

Appearance: Slightly hazed brown orange body with a 1 finger beige crown that shows a little retention and lace.

Smell: Belgian candy sugar, banana notes, pale malt, some red fruit notes.

Taste: Pale malt up front with a touch of sweetness that transitions towards a small belgian yeast and hop wave which then gives away to a slightly sugary sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with nice fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Surprisingly good for 10% abv


A: Same
S: Malt is sweeter and more pronounced, banana has softened but is still a major contributor, red fruit notes not so noticeable now.

Taste: Sweet malt and banana action.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation has softened a bit.

Overall: Drinking well right now!

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep golden amber, quite clear with just the faintest haze, with a tall beige head that settles at a leisurely pace to a creamy, somewhat rocky cap. Legs of lace remain behind on the walls of the glass.

The nose possesses a rich underlying malty quality that intermingles with wonderful floral and spicy notes, with quite a fruity character: banana and berry notes are present, as well as some citrus.

A medium body with a middling level of carbonation pulls within it caramel malt flavor with a bit of graininess in the middle; citrusy, somewhat earthy and herbal hop notes mingle with pears, all surrounded by a distinctive yeasty spiciness and a bit of alcoholic warmth. Quite dry, leading into a long, dry, spicy and somewhat sweet finish.

Superb and delicious, and quite drinkable as well despite the high level of alcohol, this nearly two year-old bottle has suffered nothing with its age. Quite magnificent, and well worth cellaring a while longer to see how things change and mellow with time.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had a chance to crack one of these old bad boys open! Out of a caged, 750 ml bottle this beer was a hazy, orange/amber color. The head was a tremendous, puffy pillow of khaki bubbles that retained itself well and left sheets of sticky lacing. The aroma was rich and complex, lots of ripened fruit, sweet dough, floral hops, rich malts (caramel and chocolate). The flavors were equally deep and fulfilling. At first I was struck by the sweet malts aforementioned followed by a tingly pine and citrus hops. As the beer began to warm more flavors came through, pineapple and grapefruit, sugar cookie-like dough (another sweet malt variation), and toffee. When the beer approached room temperature I finally began to taste the alcohol. The mouthfeel was very smooth and the body medium/full but not heavy. It proved to be a very rewarding beer and I would put on par with the Old World classics; genuinely world class and worth cellaring.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: Definitely a lot of oxidation happening here. Stale sugar, particularly brown sugar, with some cardboard. A fairly potent orange peel note, which is actually nice.

T: This is intensely sweet, but I suppose it works out alright. Lots of fruit character such as oranges, pears, apples, maybe strawberries. Some caramel, too, just for good measure. It's still quite oxidized, despite what good flavors that are there.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Despite the flaws, this one wasn't horrendous. Some decent points to it, which was pleasant in what was a lackluster lineup overall.

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Photo of dakid618
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass(poor choice of glassware for this beer). Pours a opaque reddish-brown color with two fingers of fizzy white head. Smell is very sweet with hints of cherries. Taste is equally fruity with hints of cherry and grapefruit. Very thick and sweet. Too sweet and heavy to drink too much of but the taste is very good.

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Photo of jlb307
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle and drank from a snifter

A: Dark amber color. Opaque with a grand tan head.

S: Somewhat fruity, but could really detect the alcohol. Yeasty and malty.

T: Nice tasty brew with a long finish. The alcohol somewhat overpowered the hints of berries and orange.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Very good.

D: Surprizingly easy to drink. Bring a buddy!

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Photo of Zadok
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful deep orange amber with a slightly off white head of about 1 finger in height.

Wow, very nice sweet smell, light malts and an array of fruit.

Initial flavor consists of light malt and medium fruits. Alcohol definitely makes a play on this one. Fruits linger in the middle such as red grapes and some cherries. A bit unbalanced in favor of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation.

Another very good brew from Unibroue. The alcohol in this one is definitely a deterrent from consuming too many, not only in ABV but also in the flavor. Could have used a designated drinking buddy in consuming this one.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML into a snifter

P: Light gold from the bottle, and looks deep copper in the glass. Head is off-white, loosely compacted with small bubbles and is a bit airy. Sinks to a thick halo with a thin film on top.

A: Very fruity nose to this one. Smells like ripe bananas, apples, and raisins. Also some sweet malts and a touch of spicy cloves.

T: This is deliciously complex! Husky bill of sweetly toasted malt is the sturdy spine that holds this beer upright. Fruits are layered upon the malt with flavors redolent of bruised bananas, apples, raisins, and plums with a honey-like sweetness underneath. Spicy on the back end from the cloves and other spices that really seem to accentuate the fruits. Belgian yeast comes through on the finish for a nice and spicy authentic-tasting aftertaste.

M & D: Medium-bodied, smooth, aggressively carbonated for a nice prickly bite. Drinkability is great because of the depth of flavor, but the ABV ain't taking no shit from no one.

Notes: This has a really nice complexity and depth of character to it that I really, really love! It's fruity, spicy, malty sweet, and downright powerful. Another great treat from the geniuses at Unibroue. Highly recommended

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Photo of grayburn
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge head, heavy lace, golden hazy color.

Layers of fruit, especially apricot, in the nose. Perfect smell, I cannot begin to dissect this.

Very dry fruit, oaky, like an excellent champagne, only better. Heavy malt, intricate hops...the alcohol sneaks up on you though.

Heavy carbonation, nice tannic balance, Extremely clean and crisp.

I love this beer, The alcohol is unbelievably well hidden. I love this beer. Move over Miller High Life Lite, This shit is the champagne of beers.

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Photo of wheatman106
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color, formed a thick white head with medium head retention. Also created mild lacing throughout.

S: Had a weak aroma, fruity, notes of barley.

T: Opens with noticeable carbonation, barley and fruit drive the middle of the beer to a quick finish. Experience a moderate alcohol taste from middle to finish.

M: Light and carbonated.

D: Medium. Decent for what it is.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden color with an effervecent white head. Real bubbly.

The aroma is very malty and a little sour.

The flavor is the same, pretty sour.

Not a big fan of the style, but, it was pretty good.

Full bodied, smooth, a little alcohol sting.

Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Pamola
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into Duvel tulips.

Appearance- significantly darker than the 15, both in the beer itself, which is now a very cloudy, rich amber color, and also in the head, which is a darker form of pale buff. Very rich, enticing color, but not what I would expect, given the style.

Smell- even better than the 15; very deep, rich fruit aromas, especially oranges and pears. Spice is there, to balance, and the vaguest notion of hops and alcohol are in the scent, but the aroma is more like a fruit salad than a beer.

Taste- fruit is definitely there, but the main taste is balanced with much more spice, and also much more hops. The swallow is full of pears, followed by oranges, with a slightly dry spiced-hops aftertaste. The flavors are very different then the 15, but very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- rich and full, like the 15. Very satisfying, juice-like weight. Smooth going down, much smoother than the 15.

Drinkability- Not as high as the 15, with the heavier load of spice giving the beer a flavor that builds up on the palate a bit more. That said, this is a very enjoyable beer, and I would be happy to have it again soon, if not tonight.

Notes- I picked up the Unibroue 15 and 1 both last week, and had the 15 yesterday and this today. Having them both, back to back, I would have to say that I preferred the 15, but would not hesitate a second to buy more of either. The 15 definitely seemed more in the "Belgian Strong Pale" type, though, while this is more in the middle somewhere.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pear is right! I purchaed this beer, and didnt thing I'd drink it for a few years but decided too finally open it...

Smell: Pears...Sweet sweet pears....
Taste: Interestingly, at first I didnt pour the trub(or bottom of the bottle) into my glass...me and a friend tried and noted strong pear and apply sweetness....no bitterness...then, we shook the bottle and poured it it...Amazing, it added so much complexity. The apple and pear where still there but it melded with aspicey bitterness...this beer was complete...amazing...started sweet with apple and pear..then, developed into a bitterness that quickly turned into a spicy comfort...Such an amazing beer...i wish I had another, doing 1 review doesnt do it justice....

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 750mL into a glass. Re-review.

A: Pours a dark amber orange with huge fluffy head. Good retention, with good lacing.

S: Banana, orange rind, peppers and cloves, and caramel. This is well oxidized at this point; the aroma gives off aromas of candi sugar with a strong sherry note. Mild cardboard / paper to it. I still find it pleasant on the whole, but I have a feeling its best days are behind it.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. A light backbone of toast, banana, and clove gives it a weizen-like impression at first, but it develops into a larger profile of orange rind, apples, pears, and earthy yeast. There is a general sweetness that almost covers the clove in the finish; at times I liken it to candi sugar and at other times to honey, but I'm convinced in the end that this is the oxidation at work, as it is often sherry-like. Some cardboard in the aftertaste, though nothing too bad.

M: Medium bodied, with slightly high carbonation. But it's not overcarbonated like I find most Unibroue offerings to be. I'm guessing the age has tempered it a bit. Has a sweet finish.

D: Fairly drinkable. I'm generally not impressed with Unibroue's BSPAs, but this one was pretty good. I think I held it a bit past its peak, but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.
An aggressive pour produced a very tall khaki head which receded after a few minutes, leaving behind a lace curtain. The beer is a beautiful translucent amber; reminds me of brand new motor oil.
The 16 initially smells like apples with a faint secondary aroma of hops. Very faint. It took me a moment to determine the final aroma that I detected...alcohol, but not in an overpowering odor.
The taste is very similar to the aromas. Initially sour apples, followed by a faint bitterness and a subsequent taste of warming alcohol. As the beer warmed, I began to notice a yeast/bread taste as well.
The beer was very thin in the mouth with a medium carbonation. Some might think this a negative, but I think that the mouthfeel combined with taste is almost perfect.
This beer is extremely drinkable. It's a beer that I might dream about on a hot day while I was mowing the lawn. Not only a delightful alcoholic treat, but something to quench a thirst.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, burnt orange with a creamy, fluffy 1 finger head. Leaves no lacing and leaves hint of foam atop the beer til the glass is finished.

S: Very nice orange and spice aroma. Also some passionfruit and a floral hop scent. Very refreshing.

T: Grapefruits and a mild spiciness with a hint of white grapes and oranges. A touch of alcohol but well masked for 10 percent. Hops are there but well balanced. Leaves a creamy-bitter aftertaste. It is a rush of sweetness that gently fades to a spicy-alcoholy warmth.

M: Medium body that has a lively fizz to it.

Overall, A very well balance brew. This brewery is magnificent. They are truly artists. Every beer I have tried from them is very gracious and elegant.

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Photo of shufon
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of talkinghatrack
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - bright, opaque caramel

s - fruity with a hint of its ABV peeking through. Warm and inviting.

t - A hit of cider up front then malts with tangy swallow. Almost no hops. Some mouth numbing with a warming sensation. An almost smoky finish.

m - medium body. Bubbly like a champagne but oddly not annoyingly so.

d - this bomber is going down nicely. Normally I would knock a beer for mediocre ABV masking but this Unibroue is decent and we're talking 10% ABV. I get a sure hit of alcohol but it doesn't strike in that harsh vodka feeling that accompanies other beers. Good finish on a good sipper.

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Photo of dismal
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally popped this one open. When I got the cork out there was a very nice pop that came with it which was reassuring. Poured it into two pint glasses (split it with my brother) and it poured a very nice hazy orange color with yellowish highlights. Had a nice big white head that had good retention and left decent lacing down the glass. The smell was pretty typical of Belgian beers, kind of yeasty, spicy, some orange and fruity. The taste was a lot like that. I think I was picking up a lot of orange in the taste as well as other fruits. Very nice taste, I really enjoyed it. The mouthfeel was good, not thin at all or anything. For a higher ABV this was very drinkable. I liked this one a lot. I would have loved to of tried it fresh but with a couple years on it was still great. Awesome beer and another great offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of Gigantis
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most Unibroues, you must pour carefully to avoid overflow. Once poured, it is a decidedly amber color with a plentiful and frothy head. The lacing is great. The beer is darker and redder than I expected.

I didn't get much from the smell. I had it in a tulip to try and accentuate, inasmuch as possible, whatever aromas I could glean. There wasn't much. Slight rind and some malty caramel. Pleasant, just not all that exciting.

It's got a very fruit-oriented taste. Lots of bananas, pears and musky orange rind. It's got a good, yeasty finish with some clove and peppery spice at the end. Not too complex, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel reminds me a Farmhouse, like Ommegang's Hennepin. This one's got a little bit more zest. It's pretty well-carbonated which I did not mind. I'm thinking that the aging may have taken care of some of that, for which I am thankful.

It's pretty goddamn drinkable! I did not know until visiting the site, that it is 10% abv. I should have figured it was something like that, but it hides it completely. Based on taste alone, I would have thought it more along the lines of 7-8%. I was easily able to consume the whole bottle, though I was a little light-headed afterwards!

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, yielding 2 finger off white head that dissipates pretty slowly. Beer is a slightly cloudy amber with medium carbonation.

Smells of malts, yeast, spices and bananas. great smell.

Tastes of malts, yeast, spices and bananas. did I just repeat what I said about the smell??? Tastes how it smells. Rolling over the tongue reveals the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Mild carbonation.

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV. Ill have two pours of this tonight since mothman can only handle one (lightweight).

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two year old bottle from store stock; unknown storage conditions. Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a clear red orange amber. Two finger medium active head and lacing. Nice fruit aroma of apples, plums, oranges, caramel malt, a hint of Belgian spices. Taste follows with nicely integrated light and dark fruit, caramel malt, light citrus and Belgian spicing. Medium, almost creamy body Unusually mellow and satisfying finish for Unibroue, which can have a bitter spicy finish. This is an excellent Belgian strong ale. I'd have categorized it as a dark strong ale, but whatever. Wish I had another! If it's like most Unibroues, this two year old bottle is at its prime and tastes like it.

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