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 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 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 Budlum
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +8.8%
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 -7.4%
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 -5.3%
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 +0.2%
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 +8.6%
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 +0.2%
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 +1.9%
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 -6.4%
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 -4.1%
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 -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 nlmartin
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +1.9%
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 +2.1%
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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Photo of unknownlamer
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a 750 of 2003 with Uncultured.

Poured this into a Brewer's Art Chalice. It has a nice light gold color that was fairly cloudy. The head wasn't very large, and it faded quickly to a ring that persisted the entire way down, but that didn't leave much lacing.

The nose was of tart fruit with a hint of very light spicy hops. The taste was sweet and fruity with a bit of a spicy finish, and a mildy tart (apple peel like) after taste.

This hides the 11% alcohol *very* well. I couldn't taste it at all. Very smooth and tasty.

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Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of markman
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue 11:

At nearly three years old (bottled January ’03) I’m not sure what to expect, and I never had it fresh so…

Very little noise when “popping” the cork…a bad sign perhaps? Minimal ½“ head, especially for a BSPA, with a slightly cloudy, but brilliant, gold color. There ain’t much to the nose either: sorta fruity, kinda yeasty, not extraordinary in any way, but nice. The taste develops slowly into a candy-slick, fruity (apple, pair), mildly spicy, and very drinkable brew…with no hint of the 11% ABV. It took ½ a Unibroue chalice-full or so to warm up to this brew, but it’s drinkability eventually hooked me. Very nice sipper, and I suspect it may even be enjoyable to the Champagne drinkers at your next holiday party.


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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 Sephiroth
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found a companion for my only other sample of this just last night. Thanks to the IN BAs for providing me with the whereabouts of this one.

Bottle date of 10-10-2002. Score! As much as I have looked forward to trying this, I just hope that the cork has held up. The pop was light, but it allayed all my fears. I poured this into a tulip. It has an inch, maybe more, of head. It is a very light golden yellow. The second and last pour creates two inches of foam.

The nose is complex. A fruity smell from the yeast is followed by lime and orange. The taste begins with lime and orange in the front. These give way to sweeter apples and even cherries. For as light as the color is, I sure do taste some dark malt flavors in this one.

The mouthfeel is thick, and coating does not seem the proper term. I would say cloying, except I am enjoying every aspect of this beer, including its cloying mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. I am slogging through the bottle in no time.

Unibroue is one of the finest breweries in the world. Their special releases are meant to be aged, and this specimen gives me hope for the many of their beers that I am storing.

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Photo of palma
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light peach color with awhite foam head that falls fast to a ring with some light lace.

Aroma is bready malt and a whole orchard of fruit bananas, apricots, peach, orange, melon pineapple seems like them all mingled together very nice.

Taste is bready malt fruity the above all thrown in a blender mix lightly sweet with the malt for a couple of seconds of heaven the turn lightly tart. The lightly tart flavor blends with some grassy hops and the earthy lightly spicy Unibroue yeasts. The light spice in the finish seems like clove and coriander not sure if its spice or just the yeast.

Mouthfeel is medium, and light at the same time really a nice feel for a Strong Pale Ale.

Drinkability is good one of the better Pales I have had anyway, much better the the 2004 edition, or maybe it just needs to age another couple of years like the 11. Found at the Liqour Barn in Lexington they had a few left if I was there again I would certainly pick some more up.

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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 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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Unibroue 11 from Unibroue
4.19 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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