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 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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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bubbles, fluffy white head that faded pretty fast to a film. Murky, golden wheat colored beer with hardly any carbonation bubbles. The aroma reminds me of a hopped up wit beer. Zesty lemon and grass flavors along with a good helping of citrus hops. Although there isn't much carbonation visible in the beer, it tingles your tongue and keeps the flavor from sticking. The hops create a slightly bitter after aftertaste that mellows as the beer warms.

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Photo of counselor
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big beer from a big bottle. Pours a slightly hazy straw/pale yellow with a moderate head. Smells musty, damp haylike with slight hop citrus aroma. Tastes are sharp at times and malty at other times, tastes predominately of the yeast, but with alternate appearances by creamy malt and then lemony hops. The alcohol is always present in the background. Good mouthfeel and nicely carbonated. Felt very "warm" after the full bottle, nice beer to sit by the fire and relax.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy bright gold/yellow. Small ring of head develops but leaves nice lace on the goblet.
Aroma is yeast, citrus, orange, lemon, corianded and other spice.
Flavor starts slowly with a nice sweet malt start then movs into a spicy, yeasty and lemony/citrusy middle then reaches a crescendo of taste with a kick-ass alcoholic punch. Very complex and incredibly tasty.
Mouthfeeil is very alive and really nicely balanced.
The alcoholic kick at the end is very noticeable but adds to, rather than subtracts from the beer. Very nicely warming beer on a super cold and snowy Michigan night.
Highly recommended for Trippel lovers.

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Photo of Winter
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy golden with an ample white head. The head reduces in size after some time and leaves a swirling, whispy cloud-like pattern across the top of the body. Aroma consists of bananas, green grapes, yeast and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Initial flavors of banana and yeast up front. A fruitiness emerges toward the middle. Pear and spices detected also. Finishes clean with a peppery alcohol flavor. Extremely smooth and crisp for an 11% abv strong ale. Remarkably delicious!

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Photo of clvand0
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came in a corked bottle. Pours a yellow color with a fluffy white head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy with fruits, honey, and some malts. The flavor was mildly sweet with the alcohol playing a big part in the flavor. The alcohol is smoothly blended with the fruit and honey tastes. It is fairly easy to drink and will knock your socks off if you're not careful.

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Photo of Zorro
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy Gold color.

Has a pleasant fruit smell. Apples mostly.

Mild flavored and slightly sweet, you can taste the alcohol in this. It has a bit of bitterness near the end. Also has a mild Banana taste to it like a good German wheat beer. It really warms your throat and stomach.

Medium Carbonation.

Mouth feel is good.

A good beer but not really worth the $9.70 I paid for the bottle.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy orange capped by a thick, fine grained head of white. Spicy aroma is fruity and malty. Taste is perfect. Orange, lemon, clove and bannana are all evident. Malty flavors, especially wheat, also make an appearance before a honey flavor sneaks in at the end. Hopped perfectly to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is another triumph, beefy, but not at all syrupy. Carbonation adds to the crisp feeling of the beer. I could drink this all night, or at least till the 11% ended the night for me. Theres worse ways to end the night. A truely amazing brew.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Spicy yeast typical of Unibroue, but not as spicy as La Fin du Monde. Alcohol became more apparent as the beer warmed.
Appearance: Rich hazy orange with full carbonation at pour. As the beer sits, it starts to clear and become more of a golden color. White multi-sized thin head that gave minor lace but kept a constant carbonation flow going. Beer gushed in slow motion on opening, nothing major, but did flow out of the bottle before I could pour. Heck, it even laced the bottle!
Flavor: I’m not worthy. The yeast/spice in the nose takes the forefront, much like in most of the Unibroue line (Maudite, La Fin, etc.) There are some mild fruit notes, citric lemon/lime deep in the background. Malt? Hops? They are invisible to me. This is so perfectly balanced that only the spices and yeast tastes, with the slightest hint of alcohol come through.
Mouthfeel: Alcohol numbing is prevalent in this medium/heavy-bodied beer.
Overall Impression: Wow. This is a celebration of the art of brewing. Perfect balance. Heavy alcohol, but the taste is well hidden. Classic Unibroue spiciness. Clean pure taste. I’m on my second chalice about 45 minutes in, and I’m stupefied. The perfect Saturday afternoon mellow. Pair this with pungent cheese, fish, chicken, or all by it’s self. I grabbed a second bottle to age, actually, I grabbed a second bottle to taste, one’s been aging for a good 9 months now. If you haven’t experienced Unibroue, seek it out. Order online and pay shipping. Road trip to Canada and buy it. YOU MUST HAVE THIS BEER!!! Ahem, Strongly recommended.

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

Presented in a very cool looking 750ml bottle with a cork and cage. Smells very strongly of alcohol, but has hints of hops and floral. The taste is dominated by alcohol, but does let other flavors show through. Spicey, sweet, and fruity, this beer goes through a progression of flavors as it warms. A unique experience, to be sure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted side-by-side with an aged bottle of "10". The 11 appears very much as the 10 did in it's youth. The 10, however, has cleared greatly; become a touch more effervescent; and lost some of its head retention (?). It's also dried quite a bit; and not only does it appear like Champagne now, it also smells a bit like it with notes of white grape and apple. But I digress... The 11 pours a slightly hazy, yellow-gold with orange tints beneath a massive head of bright-white foam that's bolstered by the masses of very fine bubbles that rise and swirl from beneath. Although the huge head eventully subsides, it keeps a tight 1/8" lid throughout the goblet. The nose offers sweet sugar that's only mildly candyish (more like plain table sugar), cookie dough, some delicate phenolics, mild clove, and a touch of citrus rind. The mouthfeel is initially zesty on the tip of the tongue and upper lip, but it foams so much as to become airy before crossing the palate. The flavor is very much like the aroma, restrained but beckoning another taste; offering sugar-coated slices of apple and pear alongside astringent white grape with a background of candied ginger, mild vanilla, honey, and subdued spice. The combination of alcohol and carbonation warms as it runs through the throat and into the stomach. It finishes with some sweet, honey-ish and candy-like malt, a subtle spice, and a touch of gentle bitterness. A most regal brew!

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I love the appearance. It's a nice golden creme with a soft white head. It smells yeasts more than anything else with some spices and fruits in back scene. Complex taste. You know you're on something serious when you take the first sip, the malt owns a kingdom well kept in heat by the legendary guard that is alcohol.

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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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Photo of byrd
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a good sized white head that recedes pretty quickly to a bubbly lace. Loads of carbonation rising to the surface that perpetuates the lace until the very last drop. Golden amber in color with only a slight haze on the first pour from the bottle. Aroma of light clove and coriander with a slight sweetness of honey and a hint of citrus. The start is short and smooth with a honey and candied sugar sweetness. Light carbonation picks up and a slight alcohol tingle is present. Spices pick up towards the end with notes of coriander, clove, and pepper. Finishes a bit tart balancing things out wonderfully. There’s a bit of a warming sensation as it goes down. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it in no way takes away from the drinkability of this brew. "11" easily lives up to its reputation. I had no problem polishing of a full 750 on my own on a relaxing Friday evening at home.

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as unique and tasty as other Unibroues. The 11% was noticeable, otherwise drinkable with food. At least two to finish this beer, and not before the meal. Therefore a smaller bottle than 750 ml would make sense.

Wonder what this will be like if aged for two or more years.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/03. Pours out with a fluffy white lacey head, settling over hazy golden liquid. The nose is malty with a Belgian Tripel character to it, fruity and potent with laid back hop presence. The taste is light-bodied and effervescent, with a soft malty/fruit note with big alcohol notes up front. Slight pear flavor with nice hoppiness noted too. Finishes light, dry and quite potent. Well made and very drinkable for it's stregnth.

Thanks to Pabobcat for the bottle!

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Photo of drewbage
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from ye old classic Unibroue 750ml.

Beer pours deep yellow with a tall white crispy head and an amazing clarity for bottle conditioned Belgian ales.

The aroma is huge with notes of butter, citrus and black peppercorns. Closing aroma is sugared peaches and mint.

Beer flavor is sharp spicy and agressive with a large front charge of carbonation. As the beer finishes there is a sugared lemon sweetness that leads into a long slow alcohol warming all the way to the stomach.

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