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 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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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 Boto
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy, lighter golden color. There is a minimal amount of carbonation and head. The aroma is quite nice. There are notes of citrus, yeastiness, and some banana. The taste is quite good. The alcohol is not present at all. Some breadiness, yeastiness, clove, banana. All the characteristics of a very good trippel. All around, a very good brew!

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow. A head shows up for about 2 seconds, before disappearing completely. Of course, at 11%, you can't expect too much head, but there isn't even that much lace here either. Could improve here, for sure.

Smell is nice, with honeyed citrus, and, in particular, lime rind/leaves. For some reason, the lime really jumps out at me.

Taste is boozy, with hot alcohol notes and more non-descript citrus. A little bit of hops peeks through as well, amazingly.

Mouthfeel is thinner than I would have thought, and is uneven. Not thrilled here.

Drinkability is fine, with a 750 being just about what one could either desire/stand.

All in all, not a bad experiment, but not wowed. Go get a bottle, but it won't blow your mind.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Hefe
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in snifters with dinner on 9/13/04. Dinner was salmon steaks with blood orange sauce, petit filet mignon, saffron rissoto, and grilled asparagus. The beer was cellared for almost a year and held up admirably.

Appearance: Hazy luminescent gold with a thin rocky head that fades to thick sticky lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, banana, coriander, pale candish malt.

Taste: Initially sweet palate, opens to an expansive flavor profile. Clove and coriander along with a bready/yeasty thing are the high notes here, underneath are the fruity estery flavors, peach, banana, apricot, golden plum. Arich thick malty base holds it all up. The finish is slightly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel: Full, but a touch sweet and sticky.

Drinkability: The alcohol is fairly well masked, making this an excellent beer for pairing with food.

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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 crookedhalo
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl cork and caged bottle with a marking of 2-6 on the cork. Cellared for about 9 months. Pours a reasonably clear golden color with a touch of orange highlights. Off-white colored head that dissipated after a short while, yet leaving a thin layer of foam from its steady stream of carbonation. Some malty, husky, wheaty, breadcrumby and yeasty aromas mixed with faint fruit esters in the aroma. Some suggestions of spices like coriander, ginger and clove come into play in the aroma, too. Rather candi and honey-like in its husky malt profile with a yeast and light hop character that interplays with a significant alcohol punch, leaving a fruity, astringent, estery and drier finish. Pretty darn tasty and surprisingly drinkable for being 11%. There's a lot going on in this beer which I feel masks its higher ABV. I've had this a few times and it's aging quite nicely.

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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 dave750
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color with a heavy steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Topped by a white, tall, thick head that has decent staying power and leaves erratic sheets of lace.The modest aroma is of bananas at first but finishes with a stronger zesty, minty alcohol influence.
A bold roasted malt and slightly bitter grainy hop flavors are joined by candy sugar, toffee and black pepper at mid-taste. Finishes with a nice medicinal alcohol warmth and a resurgence of bitter hops.Medium-thick body with excellent carbonation and balance.
A great beer. It goes down easy even with the big alcohol presence.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Jables
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golden colour with a creamy, fluffy bright white head that absolutely screamed, "Drink Me Now G D U". So I did.

Aroma had a Gueuze-like character of sweet tart like sourness on the nose. I also detected fruitiness, fresh peaches, apple cider, and even some strawberry, very summer actually. Also some spiciness as well lightly peppery, and some lemon peel for certain.

Upon tasting it had an absolutely beautiful flavor of soft pale malts, a distinct belgian yeast, candi sugars, light on the alcohol (especially for an 11% abv beast like this one). Some light tartness was also imparted on the tongue. Dry finish and excellent balanced marked this brew.

Silky smooth carbonation and a great body accentuate wonderful drinkability and good complexity making this a top tier beer for certain.

NOTE: I bought this well over a year ago and cellared it myself under, controlled conditions, results were exemplary upon aging.

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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 Elemental
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Briliant bright yellow in colot with a thick 1 funger thick head. there is plenty of lacing with lots of continuous carbonation.
Smell: Slightly sweet smelling with a yeasty aroma that I find to be typical of all of Unbroe's beers. There are hints of bannana and other various fruits
Taste: Strong and bold but with a light finish. There is a slight alcohol taste at the end but not much for something that is 11%. Very well masked.
Overall: a breat tasting beer with lots to offer!

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Photo of Crosling
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of tar
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the corked and caged 750 ml bottle a hazy golden to straw yellow, with a thick foamy white head composed of many fairly large bubbles. The thick head lingers for some time, leaving a bit of sticky lacing on the glass. Smells of fresh cut grass and lemon/citrus fruits. There is an underlying scent of alcohol, which is not surprising given the 11% abv it contains. Nice grassy taste with some hops and a dry finish. The alcohol which comes through a bit in the aroma is masked fairly well in the taste, although it does become more prevalent as the beer warms (which it certainly will if you're drinking a 750 ml alone). Good mouthfeel and quite drinkable--definitely a beer to have again if it can be found.

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