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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 sleazo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy medium brown with a nice two finger head. Could be more lace.

S-Musty, with some definite citrus in the background.

T-This hits almost like a lambic with a sweet malt backbone. Some cherries, and other sweetness in midsip followed up by a puckeringly tart finish. This i would say qualifies in the tart lambic/gueze region.

M-Crisp light body with good carbonation.

D- Maybe a it too overpoweringly tart to have more than one but delicious.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice. An orange/burgandy color with a pillowy, tan, 2-3 finger head. Left some very nice lace.

S - It smelled of orange, dried fruit, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted malty, nutty and spicy. There was a hint of fruitiness ans it was slightly bitter.

M - It is sharp, bubbly and warm on the tongue. A heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is another fine Unibroue beer. They never disappoint.

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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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Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a medium to dark brown color with an orange hue. Nice head over an inch thick when poured that settles to 1/4 inch. Very nice lacing here. Sweet malty, spicy, and fruity aromas are present. Smells of raisin, plum, banana, clove, yeast, and apple are all here. Big bold taste with sweet malty flavors such as the aforementioned fruits and spice are present. Well balanced. Has a frothy but crisp full bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The 10 ABV is fairly well hidden. Very easy to drink considering the ABV. This beer doesn't really stand out from the rest of Unibroue's offering of this style, but it is just as good as the rest of them too!


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

This is a fabulous beer. I just wish the abv. was lower so I could drink more of it.

The beer pours a lovely dark brown/orange color. There is excellent head retention, with very good lacing. On the nose this beer is loaded with fruit and Belgium spices, reminding me of golden raisans, cherries and pear. Fabulous. On the palate this beer is just delicious. Very sweet, but not heavy or cloying. Incredbibly smooth and rich with a long, lingering finish. The alcohol is very well disguised, but after two glasses (VERY warming) I'm definitely feeling it. The flavor just lasts and lasts, which considering how yummy this beer is, is certainly not a bad thing. Another great beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, poured into a Duvel glass. The color is a very murky orange-brown, with a colossal head of foam about equal to the height of the beer. Slow to settle. Clovey aroma with orange-peel & ripe pear fruitiness. Tart, ripe fruity flavor with a lot of spiciness (do I detect spearmint?) and a very phenolic yeast character. Finish is acidic with a hint of peppery alcohol. Lots of carbonation make for a big mouthfeel; neutral textured.

Typical excellent Unibroue standards in this beer. I'm not sure it's any better than, say, Don de Dieu, but it's certainly tasty.

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

750mL into snifter.

Hazy orange-brown hue with a huge light tan head that never quite settles.

Strong scents of Unibroue's characteristic flowery yeast aroma, hints of banana, some clove, and a smooth creaminess that blankets it all.

Crisp malts set up a light citrus tinge with a stout spiciness. The creaminess is repeating, along with the hints of banana. Some light cherry makes its way in as well. A little bit of light butter comes in from the yeast. Soft phenols throughout. Medium bodied with high carbonation. The finish is mostly a little bit of light fruit flavor with lingering alcohol.

A cross between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale in terms of hue, however it behaves more like a triple. Unibroue calls it a Brown Ale. It could probably be classified as a Belgian Strong Brown Ale. No matter which you choose, it seems pretty unique in its flavor among all Belgian Ales, and still retains its characteristic Unibroue flavors. Very complex. Recommended.

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Photo of wedge
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foggy clay brown, I'm thinking this isn't going to be anything like La Fin du Monde. Lively white head has decent retention. Yeasty aroma of spiced dry fruits...apples and pears. Candied apples and spicy belgian yeast flavors laced with alcohol. Tart center dusted with sweetness and ending lightly bitter. A fair amount of carbonation lightens up a medium slick body.

Decidedly ordinary for an Anniversary beer. Its still worth a try though - a routine Unibroue offering is still good drinkin'. Right now, 16 seems a little young...solid but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

moderately hazed amber brown, with a thick tan head, that falls to a thick film.
the aroma is full of bubble gum, spiced fruit (fig, banana, pear, melon), anise, spicy yeast and alcohol, smoke, and creamsicle.
the flavor follows suit... spiced fruit dominates, with bubblegum, caramel, some tang that wasn't present in the aroma, that's reminiscent of apples. some cinnamon and smoke in there. the creamsicle is also there. overall, apple pie comes to mind, but in a sort of subconsious way. serious clove with warmth
medium bodied, with soft active carbonation.
good drinkability, but a little high on the booze-ohol to get any better than a 4.0. even so, a great drinking experience for sure.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Murky reddish-copper body with a couple of inches of offwhite head that leaves a fair bit of lacing as it slowly dissipates. Smells like citrus, caramel sweetness. Tastes like citrus, pith, roasty caramel, and spices (kind of a cinnamon quality). Tastes great. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. No alcohol taste and little alcohol feeling, making this brew very drinkable for the style and abv. I'm throughly impressed. My new favorite from them!

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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 tommy78
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of the 16th from my local Whole Foods. Pour the beer out and instantly had lots of head. After waiting a few minutes for the head to settle, I checked out the smell and appearance. The aroma was standard for all Unibroue brews: sweet and spicy with a bit of smokiness. The appearance resembled freshly made apple cider. The taste is fruity and a bit spicy. Couldn't taste the figs until a few sips later on. The carbonation, in true Unibroue style, exploded once I sipped it. I prepared a lasagna and the 16th surprisingly completed the meat and veggie sauce. I wouldn't have more that two glasses though. It would ruin the good taste. Another good one from les fabricants des bieres!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Time for me to wax eloquent about the latest Unibroue beer: looks awesome (hazy dark orange color with lots of floating yeasties and thick clumpy foam), smells wicked with the house yeast although a little difficult to distinguish from other Unibroue offerings, tastes delicious while at the same time seeming like several other Unibroue beers. I honestly love what Unibroue does with Belgian-style beers, but it's a little tiring when all of their beers have the same strong characteristics.

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

another classic from unibroue! So why am I feeling less enamored with the new brews done up with the same old yeast. This beer looks great, richer and different than the 15, 05 and 04's I've had over the last few years. It smells good with the distinctive house yeast. It tastes good too. I enjoyed the 750 and would drink another.

So, I won't be adding a stock o these to the cellar. That said, I would drink another. For the price, I think I would buy a regular maudite, trois pistoles or la fin du monde and keep the change. For all these anniversary and one off's, I think those still represent the best Unibroue's for the money.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of spices and Belgian malt is really enticing as well as the standard Unibroue yeast. Taste is spicy with a good semi-sweet Belgian malt base as well as the typical Unibroue yeast. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. So another great Belgian strong ale from Unibroue but still wishing they would try their hand at something else.

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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 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 AlexJ
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber pour, not pale as expected. A decent head forms but doesn't stick around.

Aroma is caramel, candy sugars, and the trademark Uni yeast note with a strong presence of alcohol. There's a bit of damp fruit and subtle spice.

The flavor is similar, but maltier tasting than some other Uni beers, and very boozey. It's not very complex or interesting, hopefully some time will improve it.

Body is medium, slick and sticky. Just not tastey enough to make me want to drink alot of this. The alcohol heat definately detracts some points too. I'm sadly underwhelmed by this offering.

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Photo of taez555
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear, slightly opaque, golden orange body with a huge thick white head.

Nose was an extremely inviting mix of fresh soft caramel malt, yeast, phenols, golden ripe fruit, baseball card bubble gum, soft anise, spice, cinnamon, melon, figs, banana, golden raisins and soft sugar.

Medium to full bodied with a rich buttery golden soft caramel taste that dominates at first. Warm alcohol, yeast, phenols and a syrupy sweetness. A mixture of golden and ripe fruits with a soft spice. Bananas, pear, green apples, tart apples, There's an underlying bitterness throughout and mild earthy hop flavor that give it a nice balance against the malt base. Ends with a lingering earthy dry bitterness and touches of fruits.

Unibroue can't make a bad a beer and this is no exception. Not one of their more stand out beers, but a solid 10% strong golden/pale ale. Yummy.

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Photo of cbl2
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/20/2007 $7.99 750 mL 10.00% Best by December 2009 printed on side.


After an elegant "pop", this pours a murky brown/orange topped by a finger of white head that rapidly settles into a wisp of just a few tight white bubbles.


Lots of fruity esters going on in this one, with pear and apple vying for dominance. Mildly sweet, with some yeasty bread and no hop profile at all. Faint notes of alcohol as it warms.


Smooth and expansive in the mouth, this starts off tangy, with a bit of acidic zing. Apple and pear dominate the flavors here, with just a touch of diacetyl butteriness. Finish is dry, and warming at the same time, as the alcohol makes its presence known. A pleasant, easy to drink beer, though not truly exciting.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh what a wonderful Belgian. Poured a deep hazy orange with a huge white billowing head, that lingered forever and finally dissolved into a half inch layer of wispy head. Great lacing through the glass and just a wonderful overall appearence Smell was highly spiced with drak fruits, plums, apples, pears and a hint of nutmeg, cinnamon and alcohol. The feel was remarkebly smooth, perfect and wonderful. Great carbonation, silky feel and just great going down, soo smooth. The taste was full bidied and soo complex my words will not due it any justice. Full of soo mnay flavors I did not even know where there. Pears, apples, figs, bread, grain, grapes, I could go on. This was a classic in every sense of the word. I enjoyed every last sip and would love to have it again, seek it out if you can!

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

It pours a hazy tea and honey golden amber, and is quite carbonated. Four fingers of foamy beige head virtually explode upward and last and last and last. Walls of lacing plaster the inside of the glass.

The aroma boasts a tangy malt sweetness tempered by a prolific ester-fest of melon, banana, green apple, clove and coriander. Yeast and alcohol crisp the air capably.

Upon sipping, a sinewy toasted grain sweetness mates with a mild dusty bite. Banana and clove float forth along with a deeply crisp Granny Smith apple edge. A tongue-tingling lemon citrus twist opens to a gusty flare of alcohol. A baked crust earthiness highlights a grain encore before the residual sweetness turns crisp and lingers in a dry, moderately bitter finish. It doesn't grab, but it holds well in typical Unibroue fashion.

Medium bodied, it coats, slides about, and moves from carbonated lubrication to a spicy end glow.

It's identifiably Unibroue, but it doesn't really stand out as a special anniversary brew. Still, without that preconception, it is a reasonably nice beer. The ABV is muscular, and while decently incorporated, it's always out front, and while it warms and swims, the pleasantness is mitigated by the very definite limitations in place. So it's a fizzy, punchy beast, it's pretty nice, and better luck on the next celebratory edition.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark color for a Belgian pale -- it's a reddish amber, cloudy with stirred-up lees, topped by a bright white, large bubbled head that leaves little lacing but lasts and lasts. Pretty light in the aroma department -- some spice, malty sweetness, and a hint of fresh fruits. On the palate, the fruits come out in force, especially at lower temperatures -- they're big, juicy, bubble-gum inflected notes of strawberries and raspberries. At warmer temperatures, the spicey, sweet flavors come out more, with savory spices like nutmeg and allspice leading the way. Mouthfeel is pretty light, highly carbonated, and refreshing. Overall, this is a very tasty Belgian pale ale. The fruit notes are tasty, as are the spice notes, and the sweetness, carbonation, and zesty mouthfeel accentuate those notes. Very good. This paired fairly well with some cheapish Manchego cheese from the supermarket.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see the Unibroue anniversary editions still offered here in AB. Although, well, we'll get to that...

Comes in the usual 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle, silver foil label of 16 this time around. Pours out a hazy caramel amber, marmalade tones when held to the light. Loose spongy off-white head on the pour that settles to a thick creamy cap.

The aroma is very yeasty, spicy and dusty and rather dry. However there are sweetish notes of dried fruit, figs, currants and apricots.

Upon first sip I get reminiscences of the immortal Unibroue 10, but not quite on the same par. In fact up front I think it's the presence of the candi sugar that eventually showed up after the 10 aged a few years that is setting off this memory. This stuff is fresh, and the candi sugar is right there in your face. Hmmmm.... Spicy yeasty phenols are very present as well. The malt is fairly light and fig-like in it's sweetness, it seems as if the majority of the flavour profile of this anniversary outing relies heavily on the yeast presence.

The mouthfeel is smooth, yet somewhat lighter in body and consistency than its predecessors, even the 10 and 11. It does suit the flavour profile however, but I find that lacking in presence as well, watered down if you will. The Sleeman effect in effect once again perhaps...

I'll admit it, I'm rather disappointed with this anniversary edition. I found last year's lacking as well, and I'd hate to think that this shall be the new trend from now on, although I'm only going on 2 years worth of trend thus far. However those have been the 2 years that Sleeman has been the Papa Bear owner and influence on this brewery since it was bought out. Hopefully we'll all get the chance to sample an offering from next year's anniversary edition, and hopefully my theory will be proven wrong.

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Photo of MAB
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Edit: April 20, 2009
I bought two bottles when it came out; one was drunk right away and reviewed below. The other was set aside for a couple of years. Big improvement. The flavors have all blended together a bit and mellowed out, while the sugar has converted to alcohol more completely.

The original review had a rating of only C+; I've updated that today.


Talk about a disappointment!

I missed out on the 15th anniversary ale (a good thing, maybe) but caught the #16. I expected more; sadly, I got foamy and oversweetness:

The beer poured all head (it sat upright for more than a week in one place, so it wasn't shaken). It eventually went down into a liquid form- a nice light orange-y brown color. Still a ton of bubbles, both on top and coming up from below (yes, it was a clean glass; no detergent, chips, or flaws).

The smell was mostly of the yeast- a light bread like aroma which was nice but lacked any other notes that I could detect.

The taste was, in a word, sweet. No hop balance. No malt flavor. Very little alcohol burn (I expected a bit more from a 10% brew). It was like Mountain Dew and a splash of vodka.

A huge letdown- the worst Unibroue I've ever had (and I don't like their "Ephemere" or the "Quel que Chose" very much).

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