Unibroue 11

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
4.29 | pDev: 11.66%
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle, with a simple but highly effective presentation. A basic shaped brown glass bottle with the name of the beer, and a few other words in metallic gold calligraphic type font lettering.

After the cage was removed, a firm grip was required to manually remove the firmly entrenched cork which was marked (dated?) 2-3. A loud thud resonates in my Apartment, whilst the light gun smoke quickly disperses.

Extremely active when poured, the massive carbonation fights hard as it comes out of solution to form a huge white covering. The head is smooth, and uniform in consistency. The clear golden body of the beer is simply gorgeous at first, not even the run-over of the lees that later on cloud the beer cannot detract from its supreme majestic presence.

Aromas are awesome; like the ‘10’ it so reminded me of when I worked in a Bakery as a Student, the nose is that of hot freshly baked (French??) bread when it is ripped apart by hand, mixed with hints of lemons. The salacious nose begs you to drink this beer. Smells are very refreshing, wholesome and clean.

Fresh bread is also inherent in the taste. A light grain introduces some light roasted malts and a strong lemony trait that runs throughout the beer from start to finish. The alcohol is always there, but it is always in the background. It lends a mildy warming presence throughout the beer that peaks towards the middle, and lingers in the finish. Highly drinkable for an 11% ABV beer and **very** "Belgium".

Unibroue 10 with fuel injection and a Turbo.

Yet another “5-Star” beer from Unibroue.

What can I say? apart from the fact that this beer is “Incredibly Impressive”

Feb 23, 2003
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ViveLaChouffe from Georgia

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.

Dec 14, 2005
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byrd from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a good sized white head that recedes pretty quickly to a bubbly lace. Loads of carbonation rising to the surface that perpetuates the lace until the very last drop. Golden amber in color with only a slight haze on the first pour from the bottle. Aroma of light clove and coriander with a slight sweetness of honey and a hint of citrus. The start is short and smooth with a honey and candied sugar sweetness. Light carbonation picks up and a slight alcohol tingle is present. Spices pick up towards the end with notes of coriander, clove, and pepper. Finishes a bit tart balancing things out wonderfully. There’s a bit of a warming sensation as it goes down. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it in no way takes away from the drinkability of this brew. "11" easily lives up to its reputation. I had no problem polishing of a full 750 on my own on a relaxing Friday evening at home.

Dec 01, 2003
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rkhaze from California

3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge white head.
Smells of pale malt, lots of yellow and orange fruits, tropical and otherwise. A candy sweetness and tart yeast presence. There was also a smidge of alcohol.
Taste was about what the smell promised with the addition of a pleasant mustiness and a bit of hops. Unfortunatly the alcohol seemed to really come through in the taste. More in a raw way than a complimentary one. Really warmed/burned the stomach.
Light bodied with a creamy, highly carbonated mouthfeel.
The alcohol jolt hurt the drinkability for me.
I've had this cellared for a year and it still seems young and harsh.

Aug 21, 2004
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NickLovesBeer from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and in a 750 mL brown bottle Unibroue 11 looked fairly mysterious. Unibroue pours a pale amber color with a thick creamy head and great retention laced with bubbles. Smells of exotic fruits most notably bananas and honey. Although Unibroue 11% abv. it is incredibly smooth and well worth the cost.

Oct 24, 2003
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Crosling from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy Peach.

Some amazing stuff in this aroma. Lemon tarts, tangerines, honey, mint and cookie dough.

This is lovely tasting beer. First comes the melon, banana and other tropical fruits followed by a candy sugar and lemon. The alcohol is hidden so well. Very creamy. Very smooth.

Awesome stuff.

May 18, 2004
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear light golden with a nice white head that fell very rapidly but remained wispy at the edges of the surface to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong fruity pineapple when first poured from the bottle. After the head fell back the aroma was more subdued with a candy aroma and some light spicy phenolics from the higher alcohols.

The flavor was light with a fruity pineapple and citrus and contained a lightly spicy flavor. The flavor did not contain any harsh alcohols which was surprising in an 11% beer. The lightness in the flavor was surprising and refreshing. The light fruity and spiciness were well achieved.

The finish was dry with a light fruitness and spice that lasted into the aftertaste. The body was medium full but the carbonation level was fairly low. The alcohol warming after consumption was very high. You could drink this pretty well, but the warming let's you know this beer contains a higher level of alcohol.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. The bottle date was Jan 9, 2003.

Apr 02, 2005
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merlin48 from Kentucky

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

750ml bottle, caged and corked. The cork was easily removed by hand, with a resounding "plop" sound. Pours into a goblet a hazy, golden yellow colour, with a silky, white, head that quickly falls into patchy lacing that form islands around the goblet.
Aroma has bubblegum, apricots, mandarin oranges, and coriander. Pungent, earthy, yeasts add a hint of mushrooms to the bouquet. A whiff of alcohol is difficult to ignore.
Mouthfeel is satiny, and well carbonated. Impressions of a fine Belgian pale ale here.
Taste is complex. There is a pear and apricot fruitiness that really impresses. The signature Unobroue yeast takes over the middle, however, and imparts a bready component, as well as a slight yeasty mustiness. Coriander and white pepper are always around to keep this one dry and even. All the flavors weave around quite well, and make this a very enjoyable Belgian style, strong pale ale. Alcohol warmth is notable here, and one shouldn't let the complexity of this one make you forget that this is a big "beer". The 11.0% abv will sneak up on you.

Mar 07, 2004
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beerceller99 from Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

75 cl. bottle dated March 3, 2003 . Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head that has black speckles in it. Has a citrusy, yeasty, spicy smell. Super strong taste of lemons, limes, black pepper, and tart malts. Medium bodied with a lively, zesty mouthfeel. The 11% tries to hide itself but ultimately comes through in the finish as a pleasing belly warmer.
A Wit beer on steriods.

Notes; bought a case of this in 2003 and have found two bottles so far that were dead flat. A great beer otherwise.

Oct 17, 2004
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CRJMellor from Arkansas

4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy bright gold/yellow. Small ring of head develops but leaves nice lace on the goblet.
Aroma is yeast, citrus, orange, lemon, corianded and other spice.
Flavor starts slowly with a nice sweet malt start then movs into a spicy, yeasty and lemony/citrusy middle then reaches a crescendo of taste with a kick-ass alcoholic punch. Very complex and incredibly tasty.
Mouthfeeil is very alive and really nicely balanced.
The alcoholic kick at the end is very noticeable but adds to, rather than subtracts from the beer. Very nicely warming beer on a super cold and snowy Michigan night.
Highly recommended for Trippel lovers.

Jan 27, 2004
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Rastacouere from Canada (QC)

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I love the appearance. It's a nice golden creme with a soft white head. It smells yeasts more than anything else with some spices and fruits in back scene. Complex taste. You know you're on something serious when you take the first sip, the malt owns a kingdom well kept in heat by the legendary guard that is alcohol.

Dec 08, 2003
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counselor from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big beer from a big bottle. Pours a slightly hazy straw/pale yellow with a moderate head. Smells musty, damp haylike with slight hop citrus aroma. Tastes are sharp at times and malty at other times, tastes predominately of the yeast, but with alternate appearances by creamy malt and then lemony hops. The alcohol is always present in the background. Good mouthfeel and nicely carbonated. Felt very "warm" after the full bottle, nice beer to sit by the fire and relax.

Feb 18, 2004
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as unique and tasty as other Unibroues. The 11% was noticeable, otherwise drinkable with food. At least two to finish this beer, and not before the meal. Therefore a smaller bottle than 750 ml would make sense.

Wonder what this will be like if aged for two or more years.

Dec 01, 2003
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palma from New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Cork came out with a dead pop. Poured a hazy burnt yellow. Minimal size head.

Nose: Big fruit. Big yeast. Orange juice. Sugar water. Subtle alcohol fusels that are noticeable but not the least unpleasant.

Taste: This is a very flavorful beer. A lot going on here and not the slightest bit timid. Sharp citrus flavors. Strong yeasty flavor. Apples, oranges, caramel and some banana. Finish tastes darker, bready, burnt sugar. Some dark malt flavor comes through - nice, especially for such a light colored beer. Aftertaste consists of a light sour flavor that lingers on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. This beer is smooth man. You'll like it.

A very drinkable strong pale. I like this ten times better than Unibroue 10. I also like drinking this beer a little colder than the norm - around 45.

Aug 19, 2005
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Jul 03, 2013
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Billolick from New York

3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle with cork and cage. I cought a flat bottle. Nothing upon opening the cork and no head. Boo. Nose was fruity and vinious. Clearly a strong and flavorful brew. Notes of vanilla, spice, yeast, rum. Medium body. Long, alcoholic finish. I need to try anouther bottle of this quality sipper to do it justice.

Jun 20, 2004
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Zorro from California

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy Gold color.

Has a pleasant fruit smell. Apples mostly.

Mild flavored and slightly sweet, you can taste the alcohol in this. It has a bit of bitterness near the end. Also has a mild Banana taste to it like a good German wheat beer. It really warms your throat and stomach.

Medium Carbonation.

Mouth feel is good.

A good beer but not really worth the $9.70 I paid for the bottle.

Jan 04, 2004
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FormatKid from Tennessee

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this 750ml bottle at Bacchus in Chattanooga. Held on to this one the longest out of all the beer I picked up there. Bottled on date of January 2003 making this a bit older than a year.

Pours into the goblet a hazy vision similar to mango juice. A lively, fizzy head rolls up a good three fingers high but recedes rather quickly to a thin lingering layer. Ultra fine carbonation bubbles sizzle quickly to the top.

Smell is sweet and delicate. Through the signature Unibroue yeast smell I can detect hints of tropical fruit (mango?). I detect the essence of pears and fresh pepper as well. Alcohol is on the nose and it bites at me.

Taste is amazing. Starts off with a peppery zing, which follows into a tart, sweet, fruity explosion. Sweet oranges, pears, and bitter apples are all apparent to me. That sweet, musty yeast flavor creeps about the edges of my tongue. A beautifully delicate apple aftertaste is left in my mouth. Mouthfeel is light and zippy, it dances playfully across my pallate. Alcohol is somewhat noticable, but not what I'd expect from something with an 11% ABV. Even though the alcohol is not that evident in the taste, I can almost instantly feel the warmth trail down my throat and spread across my belly.

This beer really does it for me. I can only hope there's some left next time I head up to Chatt because I'd really love to see what this would taste like in another year or so.

Apr 17, 2004
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watermelonman from California

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a great gold color but carbonation seemed to be lacking. I'm not getting any lacing out of it either.

The smell is pretty strong, mostly consisting of esters and alcohol. The taste is very good, almost like a blend of La Fin du Monde and Blanche de Chambly in some ways. The mouthfeel was lighter than expected but unique and pleasing. Drinkability took a small hit, but some of that may just be in the mind with that alcoholic smell playing into things. Overall, it does a great job of blending its alcoholic content.

It's definitely potent, and it's definitely good.

Jul 09, 2004
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skaughty from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: nice hazy gold
smell: citrus and coriander
taste: perfect combination of spice and citrus
mouthfeel: great mouth action
drinkability: Drinks thicker than it looks. Alcohol well contained
impressions: Wow! Get thisone while you can (esp. since Sleeman's acquisition of Unibroue will narrow the specialty annuals)

Apr 27, 2004
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chugamugofsud from Oregon

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.

Jan 23, 2006
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jan 01, 2006
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meathookjones from Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml with a bottled date of 10-10-02. Pours out a cloudy golden orange with a tall white foamy head that leaves plenty of sticky lace in rings and clumps. Big sweet fruit notes come on strong with some apples and pears. Notes of funky yeast and a very light spice. Some alcohol also peeks through. Taste starts off sweet with similar fruit notes as the aroma. A bit more spice than the aroma though blends well and helps to keep the sweetness in check. Alcohol is definitely showing through. Fairly smooth and quite warming. This is pretty drinkable stuff even with the alcohol showing through. I’m not sure how this was fresh but its pretty good right now.

Oct 28, 2005
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DrJay from Texas

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!

Jan 28, 2006
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

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!

Jan 05, 2010
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