Unibroue 11 | Unibroue

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Unibroue 11Unibroue 11

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 12-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.35/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This brew did have a good head to it. I thought it had a spicy aroma to it. The presence of carbonation was evident in this brew. The first taste of this brew left me with a burning, stingy feeling in my throat. This was a brew that I definitely was unimpressed with as I did not enjoy the overall taste of it.

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Photo of TheDM
2.67/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This brew poured a very nicely envigorated head of white small foamy bubbles with a mild lacing. It's body is a carbonated cloudy straw yellow color. It has an aroma of citrus malts and hops. After my first sip I wondered if I was going to like it. It did not have a very good taste. Then it settled down a bit and the strong alcohol content began to sink in. It had a burnt flavor. I am not sure how good this brew was. Perhaps it was not stored well. I may haveto try another one at a later time, but sadly, I was not impressed with this sample.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.74/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearly a bad cork job, as the beer came out almost flat, but strangely not very oxidized. The appearance was pale amber, and had a lot a chill haze. The taste was like an apple cider, tart-sweet, and fruity. The alcohol was well hidden. Normally I would not write a review of a bad bottle, but with Unibroue’s cork quality control problems, bad bottles may be the norm in some case. If the carbonation had held up, this would have been quite good I believe. Strangely still drinkable when gone flat. Mine was bottled on March 3, 2003. If you see a bottle with that date, caveat emptor.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
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 womencantsail
3/5  rDev -28.4%
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 angrybabboon
3.06/5  rDev -27%
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 Dogbrick
3.1/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: Pours a cloudy blonde/gold color with a thin white head. Thin and quick lacing and very effervescent. The aroma is very wheaty with a bit of citrus and malt too. Slick body with lots of alcohol up front, with intermittent fruity and malty flavors making themselves known. The finish is very fruity and sweet. An interesting Canadian Belgian but really nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.12/5  rDev -25.5%
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 mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
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 winomark
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a melodious champagne cork like pop, this brew pours a hazy medium yellow with some orangish tints. A frothy, bone white head rides high in the glass. Aromas of green apples, mild bananas and spice fight for attention. Mild nose overall, but quite nice. Palate follows the nose, with more of the tropical tones being most prevelent. The alcohol content is well controlled, but noticable by a warming finish. Mouthfeel is both creamy and light due to sufficient carbonation. Long, lingering finish. A very nice beer. Quite drinkable even with the higher alcohol level. Yeasty notes really add depth and character to this brew. Well done. Too bad this was my only bottle.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the better belgian beers I have had. I am not a huge fan of Belgians.

The appearance was good. It had a nice head but it faded fairly fast.It left a very nice lace on the glass. It was very clear.

The smell was very spicy with some alcohol.

The taste was typical Belgian Pale. Nothing very outstanding here.

The mouthfeel was pretty good. The cabonation was subltle leaving it very smooth.

Drinkability was pretty low since it was 11% however I did have over half of my 750ml bottle because no one else was drinking it.

Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
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 cro250klr
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this over the weekend with a dinner dish of veal, duck, garlic and herb potatoes and asparagus. I'm partial to the dark storng belgians i.e. Kasteel, Rochefort, but my friend suggested this. I've had the Uni 10 before, so I agreed.There is no comparison. I don't know if the bottle was bad, but it had no head. While I don't like the fizz bombs, a little more carbonation could have helped this beer. It poured like, and had the mouthfeel of, a Dogfish Head Festina Lente. Given the type of beer this is, I don't think that was Unibroue's intention. The taste was there and the 11% wasn't over powering so I'm thinking it was just a bad bottle. A good Belgian dark would have been a better choice at the time, but, I love the high abv's so I'll give this another shot. Perhaps with a fish dish.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unibroue 11 is meant to be aged. I'm certain that with a year or two under its belt, it could be amazing. Young, it's just not that great. The appearance and color are both very nice. Aroma is yeast, ripe fruit and alcohol. Taste is a lot like La Fin only richer and a little more complex. The alcohol really detracts from this beer overall as its not hidden whatsoever. Every sip is like taking a shot. I drank this at room temperature so maybe that's part of the problem. Overcarbonation makes it difficult to swallow and numbs your tongue. I might get another bottle and age it for 2 or 3 years.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle Poured a hazy golden yellow, with a fairly massive head and lots of lacing on the glass. Tart aroma immediately hits the nose, followed by banana, and wheat. Taste is slightly sweet, smooth, with lots of good carbonation. There is some spiciness thrown it that shows through in the finish, along with the alcohol warmth. I'll have to drink more just to get all the subtle flavors.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is cloudy golden. Carbonation looks to be moderate. You can literally hear the nice sized creamy white head fizzle down to a thin coating. Lacing is adequate. Nose is yeasty, fruity, doughy and slightly malty. Aroma smells like fresh baked bread at times. Taste is fruity and yeasty first and foremost. Some ethanol fumes are definitely part of the equation. A dash of black pepper is thrown in for good measure. It contains a subdued spritzy kind of a mouthfeel. Body is about medium. Drinkability is no better than average due to the lingering aftertaste of alcohol.

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of ark57
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a slight hazy golden ale with a tremendous rocky head. The aroma has flowery hops and some citrus. There is lemon and grass noticeable in the taste and the carbonation is a bit harsh. Also some solvent like notes are in the background. Not a bad beer, but I think it should be aged for a little while longer and it could be a great beer.

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Photo of mjc410
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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 rkhaze
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was in the cellar for about a year and a half. The cork almost fell out with no pressure. The beer poured semi flat but luckily the contents were fine. A slight haze to a mid blond body set off by a yeasty fruit nose. This was a smooth beer that has rounded off all edges and gained some complexity in the midbody. Very tasty and very considered in the new balance of flavours due to age.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle – Purchase in 2003 and drank in 2004. Poured a blond brew with a huge white head with above standard retention. Nose is subtle alcohol with some malt, a bit like a mix of barley and wheat. Medium carbonation with an above average body. Taste is bit too strong on alcohol for my liking but I guess it is to be expected for those special anniversary beers. The mix of spice is great with also some fruit (apple?) and a bit of sweetness underneath it all. Overall, this is a great beer and I’ll try to get my hands on some leftover and see what it could once it is aged a bit more.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle.

An extreme ale. It is just not my style.

It pours a foggy golden yellow. A great bubbly head and awesome lacing. A bone yard as far as the lacing is concerned. The scents are tangy and lemony. Some wheat and alcohol persist as well.

The flavors are very white wine. There is a lemon zest. Some crisp clove and a malt background. Very sweet and fruity. Heavy on the alcohol.

A very biting on the palate ale. Carbonation gives it a hard to swallow quality. It can be drunk easily enough. A wonderful ale. It is just not my style. Too tangy and fruity.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle born on March 3, 2003 poured into a chalice.
Pours a murky deep blond with a scant head. Laces pretty consistently and well.
Smells delicious, something between a tripel and quadrupel in character.
The taste is also something between a tripel and quadrupel with an initial sweetness of a quad but an overall character of a tripel. I mostly enjoy the flavor except for some grapefruit characteristics that come through, most noteabley a sour/bitter finish and tonguefeel.
Kinda smooth for 11% but the alcohol seems a bit too present, perhaps because of the noted sour/bitterness.
It's definately worth a try. It might be your thing, but I don't think I'll be shelling out the cash for this one again.

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Photo of shippos
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

clear pale yellow golden body with a vibrant white head. fruity aroma with the typical zesty spicy belgian aroma. explosion of co2 followed by a sweet malty character and a warming alcohol presence. has a zesty corriander taste with a spicy finish. excellent beer but was kinda difficult to get through the rest of the 750ml bottle I had. age would this beer wonders.

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