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Unibroue 16

Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Celebrating our sixteenth anniversary. Extra strong beer on lees, 750 ml.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Well, well what do we have here. I might be a little fluish right now, but that is not going to stop me from drinking, and whenever I drink something new I really try to record it here. A deep amber, honeyed pour brings forth sweet candied sugars, prevalent malt and a tickling spiciness. Flavors are rich and delicious. Certainly the sugars work for this one, exposing light caramel, candi sugar, hints of vanilla and warming fruits dancing in the background. The finish is classically phenolic, spicy belgian; this one in particualr alluding to an enticing touch of ginger and baking spice. Mmmm. I think I will add another "M" as well. Very smooth, full-bodied and artfully crafted. Yup, these guys rock. And if you don’t agree with this, well the large, elegant 750mL bottle makes for a perfect club I can bludgeon the proper opinion into your soft, soft skull. Cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishead (28) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2007
750ml bottle - chalice. Poured out a somewhat bland, reddish-brown. Nothing really jumping out at me. I picked up several bottles to lock away in storage, and imagine it will get much better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2007
One of Unibroue’s better offerings of late. There’s a lot going on here, and it’s kept well under control. The body’s pale amber, slightly cloudy, with a frothy white head. The aroma is sweet caramel, yeast, vanilla, wheat, warm spices, cherries and citrus fruits, and a slight touch of alcohol. When swirling this through the mouth, the individual flavors that are reflected in the aroma show up individually, then in various combinations. It finishes on a sweet/tart note with a low alcohol burn. Certainly worth investigating some more.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Its reassuring floral spiciness and yeast-driven breadiness benefits from the appropriately expansive Belgian-style carbonation to whip up an impressively classy mouthfeel. Unibroue haven’t reinvented the wheel, but they’ve brewed yet another excellent Belgian Strong Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thick head of tight-bubbled foam comfortably reigns atop the mesmerizing orange-red fire.
-Yeasty spiciness and subtle sucre d’orge sweetness evoke Unibroue-déjà-vu in the nose.
-It finishes dry and delicately spicy.
-Alcohol shows up a bit, but only to warm the back of the sip.
-I don’t think you can say something wrong about this, unless you speak about your personal tastes. It is seamless and perfectly brewed.

Bottle; rather fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2007 Wow, I’m lucky #13 to rate this. What an honor, since that is the number I wore as an all state baseball and football player in Central PA! As a tribute to Fred Eckhardt, I listened to this beer, and it sounded like a sizzling steak! The head was brobdingnagian, and the glass looked like vanilla milkshake residue when I finished, but let’s not put the cart before the horse here. The pour was turbid deep reddish brown with a 3-finger, creamy, well retented off-white head that got bigger and badder with every repour. I got aromas of caramel malt, Wheaties, pumpernickly bread, figs, cherries, hops, citrus, cabernet, and cognac. The palate was lively as hell, with carbonation all over the place, and flavors of caramel malt, citrus, hops, some funky figgy fruity yeasty notes, brown sugar, cabernet, and a finish that got more floral and spicy and Bell/black peppery as it warmed. This one has well hidden alcohol, is very complex, and is one that I sure hope Capone’s saved me more of. Well done by Unibroue, which I thought had been bought be Sleeman, but now I see Sapporo as the brewer. Damned if I didn’t catch some sesame/ginger oils in this as well. Bravo to Unibroue for doing this one the way it deserved to be done. This one matched well with my Guhrka Regent cigar, and I’m sure it would meld well with an aged cheddar, regardless of whether it talked to you as much as it did me or not.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
My first ever attempt at drinking a Unibroue. Usually I’m not much of a Belgian beer fan, but this was very good. Amazing fruity concoction and a creamy aftertaste. Definitely effervescent on the tongue. Thanks to the Pittsburgh Beer Society for this one! Great choice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Hazy copper color with a taller heavy cream colored head that fades to a fingers worth of foam. Certainly smells like a Unibroue. Mild caramel and cream, hints of wintergreen and lightly herbal hops. Orange blossoms and trace of bubblegum as well. Soft and quite bubbly across the palate. Lots of light fruit tickling the tongue. A quality fruit salad, with some citrus and pineapple to perk it up. Some spices of mace and cloves weave there way through the taste. Malt really comes out in the finish and linger. With just a glimpse of alcohol. While at times it seems simple, it has enough dimensions to make this a very enjoyable brew. A nice sweet sixteen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2549) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Bouteille de 750 ml. Orange brumeuse, bon collet avec un peu de dentelle. Arome malté de petits fruits, agrume un peu sûrette et quelque épice. Goût caramelisé sur le coup, suivi par des sensations d’épice et d’alcool plaisant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Bottle: The aroma consists of yeast, flowers, fruit, orange peels, grapes, smoke, and pepper. Pours a mostly transparent copper (just a touch of haze) with a large off-white head with good retention. The flavor starts with moderate dose of yeast and oranges. There’s a light lemon flavor in the middle. It finishes moderately smokey with moderate doses of orange peel, spice, and floral bitterness. The carbonation is rather lively, but not overly prickly like some Unibroues.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2007
this is a heady beer, and on top of that, the head doesn’t recede...at all. this deep amber brew has that sweet hop aroma combined with some yeast character as well. that is complemented by a mild floral aroma and a touch of oak. i get an abundant amount of fruit on the nose that is reflected quite well in the taste. also - the taste has a mild bittterness to it, non-offensive; perhaps it’s the flavor of salt. the finish is part sweet and another part spicy. as it warms, the alcohol is more noticable. it’s beers like this that really set the bar one step higher for which all others are to be judged. i like this one, but only about as much as like the others i have tried.

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