Unibroue 11 | Unibroue

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171 Ratings
Unibroue 11Unibroue 11
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
171
Reviews:
155
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
12.17%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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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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Photo of skaughty
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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)

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

This is one of those beers that you pick up and think about for an unhealthy amount of time before you drink it. What situation merrits such a fine beer? I decided to make this beer the actual occasion.

Pours a clean, yellow color, bubbles rising sparsely. The nose has pears, apricots and some other ripe fruits smells - hidden under it is the anticipated alcohol smell, which is deceptively subtle in the nose.

The taste begins much as the smell would suggest. There is an array of fresh fruit brought to the palate, served high atop a naturally eppervescent, full texture of wet wheat and barley. On both the macro and micro levels (from each sip to the entire beer experience), the flavor of the 11% ABV begins to soak in...taking over your tasting little by little.

Although the aroma is pretty clean, this beer finishes gradually - much like the maudite by the same brewery.

This was an excellent beer.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle served lightly chilled in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-twinged yellow topped by a respectably sized white head composed of teensy weensy bubbles. Visible carbonation supports a small layer of foam and a bit of an island in the center of the glass. Splotches and fingers of lacing were left on the glass.

Smell: A heady aroma of pears, oranges, yeast, pepper, coriander, and angel. Rich and intriguing.

Taste: Tangy blast of pepper quickly followed by a bum rush of alcohol, though in a nice way. Aftertastes of yeasty malts, oranges, and peaches.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol is not so well hidden in this as it elicits a noticeable warming sensation on the palate. Medium bodied overall with some lingering aftertastes.

Drinkability: Despite my rating, this will always be a favorite beer of mine. I hope Unibroue finds some way of keeping something like this in their lineup. I've probably purchased something in the neighborhood of 4 cases of this stuff over the years (with 3/4 of a case left over) and have regretted none of them. A bottle (maybe two) will do the average person just fine.

Other: I saved this beer for a milestone karmic event. Go me.

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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 merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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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 SheepNutz
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass with three large fingers of head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity, there's a bit of a sugary smell, and some white grapes and fresh apple in there. A very full aroma. The taste is sweet and fruity, with more of the apple coming through. A little caramel in the middle. The finish is dry and slightly tart, very complex. The alcohol is masked a lot better in this one than the Unibroue 10. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy on the tongue. The drinkability is fair for a brew of such magnitude as well. A special anniversary treat.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a small white head that is busy with sharp, crisp, snapping sound that reminds me of a fountain poured soda. The smell is a pungent spiced fruit and yeast with hints of alcohol in the background. The taste is a bold raison-like flavor laced with spices and slowly transcends into a light yeast and warming alcohol on the tail all the while riding on the carbonation and light hops that peak at the very first taste and trail off at the end. At 11% ABV, drinkability is maxed at 4 IMHO. It is a light bodied beer with a very balanced taste. This brew is very well crafted. This is my 300th review and what a way to mark a milestone! Thanks to Beckie & David for this! Cheers!

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