Unibroue 11

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
4.29 | pDev: 11.66%
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of WanderingFool
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cellar aged. Very clear amber with no foam. Light fruit aroma with some honey mixed in. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Flavors of apple, honey, oak, white grapes. Sticky sweetness. Still some heat in the finish. It has white wine character, but is still a beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.12/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle. Big thanks to t0rino for the trade bottle. 10/10/2002 date.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a slightly burnt orange color. Head is a small bright-white collar. No cap. Minimal carbonation in the pour.

Smell: Unibroue yeast. A slight funky tartness coming from underneath. Clove and banana. Vaguely peppery. Apricot, yeast, pear, and some crisp red apple. So much yeast. Some caramel and breast notes. Fruit and yeast. Did I mention it's yeasty.

Taste: Marmalade. Pear and apricot. Red apple skin. Big hit of Unibroue yeast. Clove, banana, some underlying bubblegum. Mealy fruit. Vaguely biscuity. Overcooked and caramelized malt sweetness. Building punch of yeasty clove. As it warms some crazy sweetness comes out. Sweet yeast and clove. Sugary. Almost candi sugar levels of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Minor carbonation. Body is medium and smooth. Easy drinking. Probably the best part of the beer.

Overall: Wait, 10 years on a Unibroue beer makes it not awful? Barely.

I was 15 when this beer was released. It drinks decently, but that's about all I expect from Unibroue at this point.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cheers to whomever sent this beer in a trade to me and Goblinmunkey7 (I should look this up later)

Note: Bottled 10/10/2002, when I was 15...

Consumed 2/8/13

Appearance: Hazy, medium amber with an off-white head - decent carbonation, even after all these years - leaves some lacing

Smell: Strangely, it's not bursting with Unibroue's signature yeast - some potent off-flavors, like solvent alcohol and acetone - but aside from that, some fruity esters like banana and apple - some spices - oxidized malts and cardboard

Taste: Well... I probably would have been better off if I drank this when I was 15 - solvent alcohol, cheap vodka, and acetone - maybe some paint fumes as well - oxidation and moldy cardboard - but there are some good flavors here, too - caramel, lightly toasted malts, bananas, and apple - some grassy and herbal malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lightly carbonated, sticky, feels old

Overall: Scored with a massive handicap due to the age

I would like to hope that I've aged better than this beer. Maybe it was good once, but it's probably 10 years past its prime. Interesting, at the least.

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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sharing this brew at a recent tasting. Unibroue 11 is circa 2002/2003 putting this beer at a few months shy of 9 years old at the time of opening.

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a mini snifter, this brew appears a clear golden color with a white bubbly fizzy head that quickly recedes. Closer inspection reveals some tiny particulate floating through the body and additional pours into my glass get more and more hazed.

The aroma of this brew is apple meets pear skins. It smells of grass, light skinned fruits, a touch of sulfur and a slight indication that this might be peppery and "tart." The taste is sweet bready malt, a bit high in residual sweetness giving a flavoring that is somewhat like candy. The fruits mentioned in the aroma are present in flavor: pear and apple. The finish is dry ad spicy with a peppery note as expected from the nose.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a light, enjoyable level of carbonation. It is easy drinking with a spiced dryness that encourages more frequent sipping. This brew did not at all seem like it was 11% or "over the hill" I believe this was a well kept bottle that could have been held on to for a few more years yet. Thanks again for sharing Jason!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 03/25/11 notes. Shared with a few friends, poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and very light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, apples, and fruit malts.

t - Tastes of apples, faded fruity malts, Belgian yeast, light spice, light bread. A little sweet.

m - Medium body and no real carbonation in the mouth at all.

d - Overall a decent beer, but a little bit past its prime. I could tell by the low carbonation and the faded fruit taste that its past its prime, but still a solid beer. I would recommend drinking this one now if you still have one as I don't think it will get any better.

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Photo of womencantsail
3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a murky golden straw color with essentially no head to speak of.

S: Not too pleasant to start off. Lots of cardboard with some alcohol. This is followed up with a sweet honey-like aroma as well as some floral and herbal notes and yeast.

T: Starts off really sweet like a mead along with some toffee and caramel to remind you this is a beer. There's still some cardboard oxidation and alcohol, but also a very strange herbal flavor.

M: The body is medium with a pretty low level of carbonation.

D: Like the 10th Anniversary, this one is pretty much dead.

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Big thanks to my boy Jethro for pulling this one out.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber, first glass is relatively clear, medium sized white head forms, slowly settles to a thin ring, few lace spots stick.

Smell is nice, lots of apple character, pears, honey and caramel, very fruity, apricots, white grapes, some spiciness, alcohol is almost nonexistent.

Taste is similar, sweet apple tart, coriander/cinnamon like spice, honey and caramel sweetness, pears and apple, quite sweet still, but has a nice fruity and toasty finish, alcohol has disappeared.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Didn't get too much oxidation out of this, and was holding up very well. I think I still liked this one fresher, but definitely an aged treat. Thanks Ron!

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Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to bring for "bring"ing this beer to a tasting. You're the man, Barry.

Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger white head leaving a ring around the glass as it settles.

Aroma is very pleasant with honey, pale malt, spice, yeast, and mild sherry oxidative notes. Hey, it is over 6 years old.

Flavor is good and sweet with pale malt, lots of honey and spice, Belgian yeast, and a little light fruit, especially apple and pear. Sherry is definitely in there as well, but there's not too much of it.

Nice and sweet on the palate with medium body and mild carbonation that belies the age of this beer. 11% ABV is very well-hidden.

Drinkability is pretty high. This beer is very good overall.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Yellow orange like the 10 I just had. A little white head but not much.

S - Fruit and alcohol though the alcohol is present it is not overpowering.

T - Fruity and spicy. The alcohol leaves a nice warmth in the throat but is not overpowering like the smell.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - As with all of the others, great. This is a perfect example of why this is my favorite brewery.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - following a rather uneventful uncorking, it poured a pleasant clouded peach color with a bare covering of bubbles. They don't last long, leaving a weak ring behind.

Aroma - the nose has an inviting, melon-like fruitiness, soft yeast and alcohol to add some complexity and roundness as well.

Taste - yeast and candi-sugared grains dominate. A warm boozy flavor warms the belly and downright feels good.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, subdued carbonation. A prickly, peppery heat at the back of the throat following the swallow.

Drinkability - a fine sipper, but I think some of its finer complexities have aged out. Well preserved to be sure and tasty, but I probably shoulda popped this back in '05.

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Photo of mjc410
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 2 Aug 2006

Poured into a Chimay chalice, the beer is a bright and mysterious golden yellow. It's a little hazy, but you can clearly see the bubble column rising from the glass's etched fleur-de-lis in the center. The fairly vigourous pour yields only the slightest head, which recedes to lacing very quickly. The nose is sweet and light. Aromas of candi sugar, pear, flowers, and alcholic spice arouse the senses. The taste is at first spicy and clean in the mouth, although the alcoholic character increases significantly as it warms. There is also a wheat twang, reminiscent of a hefe, but much less potent. It becomes cloying if sipped too quickly. There is only a slight bitterness. While the body feels medium-thin to me, it manages to feel syrupy as well. The carbonation, however, is nice, along with the massive warming sensation. Overall, the drinkability suffers from being too alcoholic and sweet, even after all these years.

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Photo of Budlum
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle dated January 9, 2003.

Very tough to open and no "pop" assistance from the beer. Light quarter inch of head served in to a chalice quickly diminishing towards the edges. Brilliant orange and amber body. A truly great color. Simple, yet impressive bottle.

Very fruity and alcohol laden on the nose. Strong citrus oils, esters, lemon zest and sweet yeast of the American pale wheat ale style. Rich with coriander and ginger. Notable alcohol presence tingling the nostrils.

Rich and malty with an exlposion of fruit and spice. Driven by a citrus zest with the strength and spice of a saison. Fine yeast flavors as the beer warms to about 55 degrees. Sweet brown sugar noticeable in the malty finish. There is a slight alcohol tingle that is very minimal and disguised for an 11.0 ABV brew. The malty finish is loaded with banana, clove and coriander towards the very end of the finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent with a noticeable alcohol "heat" and effervesence reamaining after 3.5 years of cellaring. The mix of so many flavors almost cleanses the palate after each sip.

Drinkability is wonderful. There are new flavors and experiences packed in each sip. You'll want to keep sipping!

An excellent brew by the genius that is Unibroue. The qualities of a strong Belgian ale, Belgian triple, hefeweiss and notable barleywine are all found in one beer. Certainly, cellaring has paid off in dividends. There are still a few to be found and buy if given the chance.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

05/25/06- Purchased at Ledger’s Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Beautiful etched glass as usual. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden, clouded and yeast infested. Full one inch of small bubbled foam rises to the top of my glass. Lacing is above average with a semi-ufo circle in the middle.

Smell- Really lacking of any strong scent. Has light scent of corriander, spices and sweet tropical fruits. Scent is there, but it really doesn’t assert itself as much as I would like.

Taste- I’ve had this brew before and it’s about as good as it can get. Tons of coriander, orange, lemon and some tropical flavors. Almost seems like a bit of papaya. Nice and sweet, but not cloying. Even tastes like a bit of hop bitterness afterwards.

Mouthfeel- Prickling and sharp carbonation. Slight sugary and fuller feel. Very crisp.

Drinkability- After a hard day of play in the sun, this beer more than hits the spot. It catches up on you quick though, When it’s hot you will find it hard not to chug it because it’s so refreshing. One of my all time favorite beers

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lustrous gold, with a finger's width of creamy white head. Nose brings to mind white grapes, lemon, and orange. Taste is full of bubblegum flavors, lemon, syrup, and orange. I never got the feeling that this brew connected with me though. It tastes honestly good, but not engaging if that makes sense.
Mouth is very thick and pleasing. I could drink this easily though it would also be easy to be tempted by more complete offerings.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage '03 bottle, courtesy of egajdzis...
Appears a hazy orange gold with a tiny white head. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mild cork, peachy mango, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spices with pepper & cardamom standing out.
Taste is of the same with some alcohol & cork mixed in the taste.
Mouthfeel is of sweet peach & yeast that is typical of most of the Unibroue brews.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From notes) Pours a very strong, cloudy orange with a light, white head. Smells like wine, with hints of citrus and floral notes. The floral scent transfers beautifully to taste, and citrus and other fruits are also present. There is a slightly metallic finish. It is a medium beer with a smooth, dry finish. A fantastic choice that leaves you wondering what else the brewery has to offer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light gold-peachish color with a medium-full white head and decent slow carbonation. Nice spicy Belgian yeasty aroma and flavor; very similar to La Fin Du Monde but with a bit more alcohol character in both aroma and flavor. Full-medium bodied with a bubbly character; a touch of alcohol on the dry finish but certainly not as much as you would expect for the ABV... nice dry finish.

'10-10-2002' silk screened above the UPC (bottled?)
Purchased: 11/23/02
Tasted: 01/21/06

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been sitting in my basement for about a year. It was one worth waiting for. Huge sweetness in the belgian malt, wheat, and candy sugars. Great creamy texture and wheat-ey color. Cloudy and soft to the look and the feel. Exceedingly spicy and hot as the beer goes down. Finishes with serious spice and heat while retaining the flavor and sweetness in the orriginal sip. A treat for the senses and a demand of respect. Sure to keep improving with age.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Bottled Jan of 2003.

A - Pours a very hazy opaque golden yellow color with a nice bubbly head. Head subsides to a little capper rather quickly.

S - Very nice on the nose. That Unibroue yeast is there but rather subdued. A fruity aroma with smells of banana and granny smith apple. I definitely like the smell.

T - The fruity taste is there and the beer also has a decent amount of peppery spiciness. Sweet overall but not overbearing. A nice flavor to sip on. The alcohol is concealed well but some warming is definitely present from the 11% ABV. A nice flavor.

M - The decent amount of carbonation along with a certain slickness (best word I can come up with) suits the tart fruity taste very well.

D - Definitely an intriguing Belgian pale. The flavor is very different fromt heir other brews, which keeps me coming back for more. A very nice sipper that would complememt many meals well.

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with some yeast flecks and spotty lace. Mild aromas of bready, malt and fruit. Mellow flavour that has a bit of caramel adding to the malty, yeasty character. Spice in the finish. Quite smooth with low carbonation. Overall, pretty mellow. Seems like it's past its prime now, but still quite enjoyable. Thanks Derek!

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Photo of Derek
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this at Bottleworks in Seattle. Although it was nicely refridgerated, the outside of the cork was a little mossy.

A: Clear yellow, with a little white head. It seems to have lost some of its fizz over the years.

S: Bready malt and caramel candy.

T: Bready, caramel, some cotton candy-like esters, caramel, with a little white wine flavour.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Quite good.

It's too bad I wasn't able to sample this when it was fresher. The Frigrante bottle was dated 03/03 as well, and it just blew this one away!

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Photo of chugamugofsud
2.98/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours honey with lots of lace, seems to have a lot of thickness to it. It smells wonderfully spicey with a lot of sweetness, but it is not very drinkable. It is too heavy and sweet on the pallate for my tastes; however, if you like thicker, almost christmas ale-like productions, this one is not horrible.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide mouthed 20 ounce goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a slightly murky honey coloration. The head was thick and off white fluffy. There was thick lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: This beer was full of fruity sweetness punctuated by a nice lemon cross smell. Very pleasing biting smell of coriander and other spicy goodness present.

Taste: The beer had a nice malty fruity lead in. That gave way to a spicy biting yeasty treat that left my mouth ready for more.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a meduim bodied beer. There is no hint of the alcohol in the taste or smell. The alcohol hits you like a ton of bricks latter in the bottle. This beer is 11%. Oh what the hell. This is a well execueted big beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: With very little pop on the cork, the beer poured almost like a soft drink with the head dissipating within seconds of the pour; the body was a murky golden color with not a bubble in sight

Smell: Malty banana and candy sugar nose with a touch of coriander spice

Taste: Starts out very bready with plenty of candy sugar and light fruit flavors; definite green apple tart flavors kick in and the finish has a spicy cinnamon clove character

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some carbonation left

Drinkability: Quite good after three years in the bottle

Thanks, Kindestcut

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright, "sunshiney" gold. Two-finger ivory head. Some fine light lacing. Smells of spicy clove and pepper. Quite peppery. Sour apple and yeasty.

Very bready in the mouth. Yeast and spice. Apple and alcohol up front. Peppery. Nutmeg and vanilla underneath. Mouth is quite sticky. Quite a long alcohol burn in the aftertaste. Vanilla finish. Really good stuff. Find it if you can, still good and could stand to age longer.

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