Unibroue 11 | Unibroue

Unibroue 11Unibroue 11
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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)

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Added by kbub6f on 12-01-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian-Style beer poured a hazy light yellow with white foam and no lace to speak of. The smell of yeast and fruit filled the nose. The taste was a yeasty, fruitiness, with a hint of spices. Nice carbination without the bitterness. The finish was smooth and pleasant on the palate. Better than 10.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow straw color with a huge pillow of white foam. Strangely, it seemed that the golden color faded away and the yellow and straw were all that really remained at the end of a glass. Yeast and lemon are the first to hit the nose, but white bread is lingering behind them.

This brew is similar to the 10. It is light, not in body, but the malts are pale. The ueast is well-balanced. Lemons aid in the zinging of the carbonation that is felt as it hits the tip of your tongue, slides to the back, and even as it goes down the hatch. Very crisp. The 11% is kept almost completely in the shadows, with only the slightest presence in the end of a swallow. I am very impressed with the way Unibroue hides high abvs in pale brews.

The crisp carbaonation, and the refreshing characteristics of the citrus and yeast keep you wanting more. When the full contents are poured, the yeast adds a vanilla like flavor to the brew that adds even more to the complexity.

A side by side comparison with the 10 is a must after having them both on separate occasions.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Uni-11 is a strong golden/orange color, with a fair amount of cloudiness throughout. The color was actually darker than I thought it would be, as it looked quite pale right out of the bottle. The head was bright white and quite fluffy at the outset, with little prodding to achieve that. It eventually settled down into a creamy, fine 1/4" covering, with excellent lacing to boot! An incessant stream of minute bubbles makes its way upwards through the golden nectar.
The first whiff I took reminded me of something I drank recently in Germany....I believe it was a good Pils.... It has a bready malt aroma combined with what I perceive to be a sharpness from the hops. There is also a mild fruitiness evident, reminding me also of some Tripels. A sharp, peppery spiciness pervades all.
Body was medium in quality, and the abundant carbonation produced a bubbly/creamy type of feel on the tongue.
The flavors remind me, too, of a Tripel. The mild, bready malt in the nose is also present up front in the flavor. A pleasant fruitiness (tropical fruit, to be more precise) is accompanied by a spicy character, with hints of pepper mingling in. I find the 11% abv to be very well hidden. I get only the slightest bit of warming in the belly, with no actual sense of its strength in either the nose or the flavor. The finish is on the dry side, leaving me wanting another sip right off! A lot of swirling of the bottle was required to dislodge the healthy dose of yeasties hidden within. A pour into the glass clouded up the brew even more, and dulled the color somewhat. This also had the effect of giving the bier more sharpness and spiciness, imo. Verrry tasty!!
This is another fine offering from our friends to the north. They don't make anything poorly, do they, eh? Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a lightly hazy golden yellow color; the head is prodigious in size, the texture spumous, the color a bright white. Aroma of malt, over ripe pineapple, citrus crisp and clean, some light yeast tones also noticed. Start is ambrosial, loaded with malt and the top middling in its feel on the palate. Finish is modestly acidic, the hops perfect in their understated presence, slightly tart and quite dry aftertaste, the big ABV, warms the “tummy”, but does not shock the senses, well maybe after the second bottle you might be numb.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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”

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Photo of Wildman
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark gold color and formed a small bubbly white head that left leaving circular lace. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, yeast/bread and citrus. A flavor of malt and cirtus with a touch of spice. A slight warming effect of the alcohol present. Another fine product from this brewer.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer produces a huge fluffy head and appears slightly cloudy amberish yellow. The aroma is quickly noticed with strong citrus and banana. The taste and mouthfeel is simply superb. 11% ABV is warming and enjoyable, not unpleasant whatsoever. I don't detect any hop bitterness at all, just sweetness and a dry finish. I'm very impressed, just like I have been with every single Belgian Style strong pale ale I have tried. This one sticks out to me as being extra smooth for such a high ABV; an amazing beer.

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Photo of paceyourself
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At first this seems to be over carbonated but a quick pour only produces a small head that almosts completely fades. I just noticed the hazy yellow color is the same as bart simpson, which means i need to turn off the tv or stop drinking tonight. I think i'll turn off the tv.
The spicy citrus aroma is a good introduction to a similar taste. The sweet honey, plum and bread flavors are mellow and not overwhelming. The active carbonation is unexpectedly soft and gives a nice mouthfeel. This doesn't taste or feel like 11% to me, very well done and drinkable.

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Photo of LarryV
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious!! Poured with a huge fluffy white head. Subtle fruity notes waft up to the nose, banana, citrus. Smooth and tasty with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. A light spiciness hits the tongue, the warming alchohol follows. One of the best brews I've ever had. Yet another reason why Unibroue is my favorite brewery.

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Photo of mophie
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a terrific beer, and one I was very much in the mood for tonight. It's quite pale in color, moreso that I would have thought given some other reviews. Head is white and fluffy and billowy, not unlike Duvel, though I wouldn't compare these beers beyond that. The aroma is lemony, bready, minty, peppery, intoxicating. Wow.

The taste: I'm not sure the Belgians can brew a better tasting Belgian beer. This is outstanding. Full bready flavor, typical of Belgian strong pale ales, with severe hits of tropical fruit (guava, passion fruit), orange zest, and pepper in a creamy sauce of intoxication (yes, one bottle will do, thank you). I absolutely love it.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue strikes again. This is one pours a hazy golden-peach with a solid white head. The smell is citrusy with a slightly astringent aroma. Once again, Unibroue outdoes most of the Belgians in the taste department. It's got plenty of citrus flavor with a bit of musty Belgian yeast noticeable in the taste. Although the name and bottle are dead giveaways, the smell and flavor give little hint of the considerable alcohol content. The flavor of alcohol is by no means overwhelming an nicely balanced by everything else going on. Again, treat with care: It can be dangerous if drunk at the pace the flavor encourages.

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Photo of ADR
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep shadowy gold color with a very nice building head that "tats" like a Belgian maid. Aroma is magnificent, like a bowl of tropical fruit. Overall, a sense of pineapple flavor seems to be the over riding impression, but estery sub-banana and peach are also apparent to the malts. Nice duration to these jazzy flavors. Carbonation is about perfect for style, body is soft like rain water. While hops are not really apparent, there’s a good deal of spicy ginger and a bit of wheatiness to counteract the fruit. Alcohol is subtle, not burning. A very fine brew...

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Photo of marc77
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden hue w/ a light murk. Porcelain white head rises quickly then halts at a tremendous thickness. Sticky, creamy, and attractive. Vibrant sweet fruitiness dominates the aroma and includes notes of ripe pear and tangerine, plus bright tropical hints of passion fruit and guava. Green apple tartness in aroma emerges after a deliberation. With some concentration, token breadiness, yeast must and spicy alcohol notes are perceptible as well. Cleanly fruity and beautifully aromatic. Clove laced sweetness is perceived initially, then is superceded by pronounced ripe citrusy fruit, including sugary clementines and candied orange peel. Bready, wheaty malt adds a quick snap of dryness, which is immediately offset by continuing sweetness that morphs into an impression of sugared, floral rose water. Mellow banana esters complement the sweetness and continue on the tropical theme of the aroma, albeit at a diminished level. Full bodied for style and despite the massive head and apparent effervescence, carbonation is pleasantly below the norm resulting in a quasi velvety mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is paltry, and thus leaves the overall balance sweet. Finishes with a hint of peppery alcohol, clove and a resurgence of tropical fruit. Enveloping alcohol warmth surfaces from deep in the esophagus. Unibroue 11 is delicious. Perhaps the most fruity Belgian strong I've had, and well calculated at that. The only mar to sheer excellence is fact that residual sweetness was unchallenged. Definitely a brew to be sipped, savored and melt with. I wish I had bought a few more bottles.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First, a thank you to my friend for sharing this beer with me.

Straw yellow in color with a huge fluffy white head. The head stays and leaves a beautiful lace. Smooth and fruity with hints of plums and mild lemons. Extremely effervesent as it dances in your mouth. Clean, crisp and inviting. Everything eventually gives way to a bit of alcohol in the end, more like a warming.

A true treat on Christmas Day! I plan to buy a couple and cellar as long as I can stand it. (Probably won't be too long.)

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Photo of purplehops
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unibroue 11 pours a deep yellow with a white frothy head. The head has staying power and leaves a nice lace pattern on the glass. Effervescent bubble trails continuously rise to the surface. The aroma is floral, citrus, and fruity all at once.Your nostrals are refreshed and cleared by the complexity and blend of the aromas. The taste is clean crisp malt up front with effervescent notes of citrus and subtle hints of green figs. The finish is smooth with pale malt flavors blending with what appears to be biscuit malt flavors. The aftertaste is citrus and fruit with alcohol making a grand entrance. A nice complexity of flavors that keep you coming back for more. The mouth feel is warm and inviting with just enough chew to make you smack your lips (over and over again). Overall a great example of a Belgian style ale. Sort of a cross between a pale triple and a wit beer. The third sip goes straight to your head and then you know what the 11 stands for. Unibroue 11 has officially made my top 50 list.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every thing I look for in a beer and more. The color and carbonation are perfect. Just the perfect blend of hops. The high ABV can barely be noticed. It goes down smooth, no bad aftertaste. Terrific. Perfect. Did I say I liked it?

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Photo of cokes
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Polluted golden body with a silcone-enhanced off white dome.
Big, plump exotic fruit in the nose. Pineapple, mostly, but clementines and white grapes appear as well. Big wheat aromas to boot, and a rough-talking blast of alcohol.
All the services advertised in the smell are delivered. Everything in the nose appears in the flavor, but is much more developed.
Intially, the fruits enter. A three way fornication amongst pineapples, pears and mangos. White wine-ish grapes videotape the ordeal. Next scene features spices, ready to get it on. Pepper and hints of ginger wait for your 1-900 call. Wheat is on the on line. Ohh baby..spicy, and clovey. Yeast arrives and soothes everything out. Stays nearly sugary sweet throughout, but that is what you are paying for. Amazingly soft-bodied. A quick jolt of alcohol, and she's out the door.
Literally pillow-talk for the mouth. Smooth and soft, Steady rising carbonation and intermittent pricks of alcohol keep things arousing.
Goes down as fast as you want it to.
I'll be a regular client around here.

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Photo of Murph
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright golden/orange color with a big, creamy and sticky white head on top that lasts and leaves a great lace. Big candy sugar sweetness opens up with very nice spicy pepper and clove undertones. Big sweetness ushers the brew onto the tongue along with a nice spicy bite that fades off into a creamy sweetness. The 11% alcohol is only perceptible in it's slightly warming qualities. Beautiful medium body with a lightish feeling but the brew is a bit sticky on the tongue and loses some points there. Definitely an excellent brew and better than last year's in my opinion. I'll definitely have to grab some of this up since it is only $6 a bottle at my local Kroger.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Viking
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-gold brew, with a nice amount of CO2 visible in the body. White, tiny-bubbled, almost-but-not-quite creamy head. Excellent head retention, with moderate amounts of lace left behind on the glass. Sweet, spicy, fruity aroma. Lots of hone-like smells, peppery spices, and citrus and apple scents blend well in this one. Big rush of flavor. Starts rather spicy and sweet; spices get a bit herbal in the middle; finishes with smooth fruity taste and a bit of alcohol flavor (not much, considering 11% abv). Nice mouthfeel, zesty throughout and finishing rather oily. One helluva beer from Unibroue. I'll have to get another bottle to cellar for a while (yeah, like I have that kind of patience).

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Photo of Jason
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle that was corked and caged, no freshness date though this is a strong bottle conditioned beer so age will only add to the beer.

Substantial amount of chill haze to bring a light dusty orange hue, perhaps mostly from the use of wheat which forms and holds a thick creamy tiny bubbled lace. Excellent head retention.

Smells a bit minty with ripe exotic fruit, faint solvent alcohol and a honey bready maltiness. Very aromatic.

Unbeleiveably smooth and hard to be convinced that it is a 11.0% abv brew. The alcohol is there but hidden within the plumy and passion fruit flavours. A minty lemony herbal note hits in the middle and melds well with the sweet maltiness that throws suggestions of raw honey and Portuguese sweet bread.

One of the best brews from Unibroue yet! If you liked Unibroue 10 you'll love this one.

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