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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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Mudawg
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of shufon
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of grayburn
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
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 Lukie
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened to celebrate my 24th birthday. And to commemorate all the good Unibroue has given to Australia, that will sadly be going away soon.

Pours out a dark woody orange/off brown, with a 2 inch thick bubbly head. This slowly fades into a nice lacing around the edges of the glass. For a 2 year old beer... nice.

Subdued caramel gives way to orange toffee. Hints of orange-like chocolate/caramel/toffee. A strange blend that is hard to distinguish, but is along the lines of sweet orange marmalade toffee... and such. haha.

Big rich toffee notes give way to a thick orangy-like caramel, and slight spice notes. It's a really creamy, sweet, marmalade orange like flavour. It's noticeable, but hard to explain. Just really well done. Not a mis-match of flavours, everything is joined together into one smooth long lasting flavour.

For 10% this is remarkably easy to drink, with those alcohol notes probably becoming subdued through some age in the ol' cellar. A delicious beer, which shows off the mastery of Unibroue.

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Photo of JayStewart
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amber-golden color. Huge head. Used Duvel glass. First pour. Fruity, mild. Peppery. Nice, but not distinctive. Chewy, Second pour. Cloudy, apricot color. Smooth, creamy. Apricot, oranges, tangerines. Needs yeast to be complete. Warming, complex. Even smoother. Bigger head. Now we're getting there. Yummy, chewy. Did I say warming? Third pour. Even smoother. You need the yeast! Incredibly smooth. Final comment for Unibroue anniversary ales -- age one year, really nice. Age two years -- incredible!

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Gehrig
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can't exactly say that I've sampled nearly as many beers as the great many connoisseurs here at BA, not by a long shot. That said, I've run through more, different beers in the last several months than I previously thought possible, or even healthy. Ultimately, that's been a very good thing. I understand far more about beer not only through my own experiences, but especially by what I've read at this magnificent website and from many highly informed readers, than I could have possibly considered beforehand. Today, I grabbed a few beers that I've tried and greatly enjoyed. Yet I wanted to make sure I was sampling a few new beers (for me) this week. Considering how much I enjoyed Unibroue 15, and how much of it the great Neil St, Piccadilly had of it and #16, I figured #16 was worth trying, and #15 was worth stocking. Mission accomplished on both, with great results to start.

16 is a gem, yet another magnificent offering from the greatest Canadian brewery I've experienced. This too merits cellaring. Cider orange-brown in body, 16 supports one and one-half fingers of white foam throughout the duration of the Ommegang 10th Anniversary glass; stellar presentation. The nose is intoxicating in and of itself--berry, apricot, caramel, chocolate more lightly, and some ginger. The taste, to me, is almost perfect--plenty of berry, apricot, grape, and orange all neatly balancing sweet and tart, but mixed with cinnamon and ginger. Phenomenal, greatly representing the BSPA style. The exquisite mouthfeel is the clincher. In typical Unibroue fashion, the carbonation is rich. Combined with the smooth texture, 16 is ideal in mouthfeel, the ideal blend.

The 10 ABV catches up soon enough, but this is one beer not to miss. $7 a bottle is an absolute steal for the quality one acquires. A can't miss. Do yourself a favor and grab a couple of these--chill and have one, cellar the other.


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Photo of roblowther
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked, caged bottle. Just the way I like it. Poured into a Duvel glass. Very carbonated, with streams, nay rivers of bubbles rushing up the side of the glass to join the dense, very thick, creamy head. The beer is a hazy golden brown. The smell is sweet, bubblegum and roses. Starting to sound like a chick beer. The taste is fantastic! Sharp at the very front, followed soon by a caramel malt with notes of licorice and a peppery finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, the bubbles held in check by a silky texture. Wow. The drinkability is great. A warming alcohol finish but not too obtrusive. At 10% this is a dangerous one. Once again, I salute my bretheren from north of the border!

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Photo of acrawf6
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark orange amber with a nice foamy tan head. This one is a bit darker than others like it from unibroue.

Smell. Nice bouquet of aromas, lots of fruits, especially fresh green apples. Under that is some lavender that seems to go with the yeast aroma i always get from unibroue products. Has a nice spiceness to it with a little cinnamon, nutmeg even a touch of lemon zest. A very nice aroma.

Taste. Spices and the apples really come out. Lavender that is slightly soapyi is the first thing i get at it hits my tongue. This is the first time i have gotten this from a beer, but i am getting a lot of cajun spices with a little lemon with it. The apples are there as well, with some other fruits that are darker, such as a touch of prunes. Aftertaste is warming with some cinnamon flavors.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the fuller side of medium. It is always hard to pinpoint the body of this style for me, as the carbonation always alters the body for me. But it does seem fuller than others in its style, carbonation is very lively. I think its balance and overall mouthfeel is quite nice.

Overall, I think this is an incredible beer! Great and complex flavors. One that i plan on getting pretty often this year.

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Photo of spointon
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into my Duvel tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a deep, chill hazy, dark amber color with a 2.5" towering, bone colored head. The head eventually settled down to a 1/4" cap, but could easlily be fluffed up with a quick swirl of the glass. Just a few streaks of lace.

S= A dizzying array of aromas flowed from this beer, such as sweet bakery malts, caramel, rich orchard and citrus fruits, alcohol, and a thick vinous character that was out of this world.

T= Very good malt profile, sweet and bready, followed by more rich sweetness in the form of ripe fruits and caramel. Some spiciness in the middle as well as a creeping vinous note. Hops were pretty much absent other than a vague base bitterness keeping the sweetness from growing too strong. The alcohol dried the finish and allowed the richness to last in my mouth for at least 30 seconds after each swallow.

MF= As in many of Unibroue's offerings, the perfectly crisp carbonation made my day. The body was a big medium and felt silky on the tongue.

D= There is no way to call a beer this good anything but very drinkable. It is big and it is beautiful! I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of GeoffW
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass, really nice lacing with a decent head. Very dark for a pale, nice and cloudy.

Smell is nice and sweet. Good floral notes with a little bit of honey, i think.

Taste is phenomenal. Very floral with just the right amount of bitter and a good aftertaste. The alcohol isn't detectable at all.

Drinkability is awesome, I could take down 3 of these in an afternoon.

Easily one my favourite beers out there. This stuff gives Duvel a run for its money.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with fiery streaks in the body. Big fucking head of white froth. It becomes rocky as it recedes and leaves big globs of lace on the glass walls as I drink. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Sweet, doughy bread notes mix with quite a hefty peppercorn aroma that intrigues me. I like pepper. On the palate, I first notice a nice doughy bread-like malt base. Then I get some heat. Spicy in nature, but definitely not of the high octance, higher alcohol nature. Which is good. Yeast adds some nice estery properties and a little fruitiness. Mouthfeel is perfect. Lightly carbonated, slightly effervescent and light-medium in body. Alcohol is appropriately integrated and this is highly drinkable. Another great beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours just a fantastic deep cherry orange with a big, frothy, in-your-face head and wow, what a great way to break in my shiny new Duvel glass. The head retention is fantastic, and the lacing isn't half bad either.

The aroma is freshly sliced apples, whipped cream and a strong caramel/toffee with just a tinge of Belgian funk. Slightly rubbery. Some honey. A tinge of spice. Smells great. I'd pay just to sniff this beer.

But it gets better.

The taste is incredible. Malty, apple esters, sugary, just full and flavorful with some nice underlying spiciness and phenols keeping the sweetness in check throughout. The sweetness lingers in the aftertaste in the best possible way with almost a ghost of vanilla smoothing out the edges. The alcohol is present and numbs the tongue a little, but that's just fun.

This is medium bodied with a nice light amount of carbonation, nice and soft and smooth. There's some really mildly warming alcohol, but it's restrained.

Yeah. So this beer rocks and why am I more than a little sad that this is the only time I will likely ever have it?

Got this as part of a CanBif from notdan. Thanks dude!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sparkling kumquat with bold marigold borders. The ecru colored crown is appropriately Belgianesque in size, but it doesn't quite have the character of a world-class ale. The foam is smooth and leaves no more than a few streamers of suds. A good look, not a great one.

The nose is chock full of yeasty esters. Interestingly, there's more bubblegum and orange than in most versions. The color and the aroma would suggest that 16 is a bit darker than the average BSPA, without coming anywhere near a BSDA.

Talk about a cornucopia of fantastic flavor! Any Belgian-style ale that is this brash, this bold, this dizzyingly complex is more than all right with me. 16 is amazingly delicious and deserves to be brought back from the graveyard of forgotten favorites. Time to drink these anniversary ales sooner after the release so additional bottles are still available.

Specific flavors include sugar cookies with orange zest and a drizzle of melted caramel, bubblegum, juicy pineapple, tart apples, coriander and a pinch of clove. Sweet is first, spicy second and bitter third. This might be my favorite Unibroue brew.

It's hard to say what age has accomplished, but my guess is that it's helped to smooth things out a little bit. Alcohol is nowhere to be found on the palate. For reference, the bottling date is December '06, and the 'enjoyed the hell out of it' date is October '08.

The mouthfeel, while pretty good, is the chink in the armor that prevents 16 from being considered worthy to stand toe-to-toe with Belgium's best. It delivers an enjoyable silky smoothness and a lovely candi sugar slickness on the back end, but more mouthfilling volume would have put it into the big leagues. Nitpicking? Probably.

It's settled. Unibroue 16 is my favorite beer from one of the New World's best breweries. If these guys can figure out the finer points of carbonation, improvements in appearance and mouthfeel will allow them to be compared to planet Earth's best, not just North America's best. Highly recommended.

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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 zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an amazing beer. It pours a hazy amber color that smells of fruits and sweets. It has a very nice, fluffy and somewhat dense head with good retention.

Medium to full body.

The taste is amazing; acidic and sweet fruits...maybe even some dark fruits. A lot of floral flavors come out as well.

Overall, amazing beer...Unibroue doesn't disappoint.

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

4.5's all around; it is one killer beer, absolutely rock-solid strong ale. Alcohol is craftfully hidden, and perfect balance is made on all accounts.

Oxidation is very present, but in a good way. Although it's Belgian in style, it's got all the great qualities of an aged English bottle-conditioned barley wine. Full bodied with a finely textured mouthfeel. Soft carbonation.

Hazy and dirty blond with a firm head and stellar lacing. Hopping is just right, certainly enough to overcome the sweetness but still barely there. Aroma is mildly dusty, and full of Munich malt. Some fruit, like dried apricots.

Awesome beer from a brewery I rarely drink from; in fact this was a gift beer. Thanks and cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with a huge head that retains and laces with the best of Belgium

Smell: Banana bread and the Unibroue yeast strain dominate, but there are also some other fruity elements, such as lemon curd, plum and mango in there as well

Taste: Opens with a spice bread flavor, that adds both banana and pepper/clove elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors continue to develop, with a touch of bitter hop as well

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with foamy carbonation

Drinkability: This may be one of Unibroue's better efforts

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