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Unibroue 16

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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Celebrating our sixteenth anniversary. Extra strong beer on lees, 750 ml.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2007
First off, I suggest pairing this beer with a meal. On a clean palate, it had a really sharp sourness after the mid-palate that was pretty intense. Once I paired it with some steak and baked beans, the beer mellowed quite a bit on the palate and ended up being a very enjoyable experience. Dark orange color. Perfect Belgian foam. Bubble gum and spicy yeast nose, fairly nice. Really complex and flavorful beer. Hints of curacao and pepper, along with an array of fruit. Impressive brew, the best Unibroue anniversary beer since 11.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Pours a very hazy, dark amber color. Frothy, off-white head leaves come good chunks and plenty of lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet fruits, like pear and apple, some orange and subtle spices as well. Flavors are complex, dry and spicy, with earthy malts, similar fruits and a good dose of alcohol warmth. This beer has potential to develop some great complexity with age. Another tasty yearly release from Unibroue.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3978) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Pours very dark amber with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is quite spicy with aspects of pepper and hops. There is also some fruit (on the dry side), cola like notes, yeast funk and traces of hazelnut. Medium body with quite a bit of sharp carbonation. The taste starts out with sharp dry fruits, earthiness, some woodiness, earthy herbal traits and tea. The finish brings out spices and extra woodiness that has a papery slant and dry nectar fruits. The papery slant is actually okay, it is not in the oxidized sort of way. It is hard to believe this is 10% - very will hidden. In a way this seems like a beef-up version of Seigneuriale. While Seigneuriale was fine, this is significantly better. Another winner from Unibroue.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2007
Aroma:spice,yeast,light alcohol... Appearance:Hazy cooper,good head... Flavor:Yeast,spicy,orange zest and light alcohol... Nothing new from this beer the same unibroue finishe than the 10,11,2004 and the 15....

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2007
The pour reveals a very slightly cloudy copper color with forcefull lines of small bubbles going up and a thick, bubbly, offwhite head that diminishes to a medium layer. At first, the aroma is mostly peppery, spicy, after that some fruits get noticed and they’re followed by slightly toasted malt and doughy yeast. In the aroma the elements were one after the other but in the case of the flavor it’s more of a mixed pot where everything is with everything, there’s a solid, slightly toasted malt, the malt is joined by spices(including pepper), doughy yeast and some fruits, the alcohol level is high but it’s barely detected, the whole thing finishes very dry. This beer doesn’t contempt itself in bringing pleasure to the nose and tongue, the mouth in general is satisfied by the full body, vinous texture and almost lively carbonation. If this beer is a sign of things to come under the Sapporo ownership I look forward to see the rest because this beer is superb and has a lot of class.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Copper(5) : 5     Still(1)->Volcanic Sparkling(5) : 4
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 4     Lasting: 5     Lacing : 4
Aroma:
Intensity : 4  
Yeast : 4   Bread : 2   Dough : 2   Esters : 4   Phenols : XX   Dusty : XX   Spicy : 3   Apple : XX   Banana : 3   Tropical Fruits : 2   Brett : XX   Barnyard : XX   Leather : XX   Wood : XX   Vinous : 2   Cheese : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX
Malt : 3   Pilsner : XX   Pale : XX   Vienna : XX   Biscuity : XX   Toasty : 2   Hay : XX   Caramel : XX   Honey : 5   Cereals : 3   Grainy : XX   Wheat : XX
Hops : XX   Noble(1)->American(5) : XX   Leafy : XX   Perfume : XX   Orange : XX   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Herbal : XX   Grassy : XX   Piney : XX
Notes : Pepper : 2   Cloves : XX   Coriander : XX   Ginger : 1   Orange : 3   Earth : XX   Vanilla : XX   Oxidation : XX   Bubblegum : 2
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Sourness : 1   Acetic : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : XX   Farmy : XX   Complex : 3   Length : 3
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : XX   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : 4   Mineral : XX

Comments: A very sweet, comforting and enjoyable copper Belgian ale. Warming alcohol does not assault while pleasant clover honey maltiness encompasses various fruit esters. Extremely smooth mouthfeel and paradigmatic Belgian appearance.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2007
Drank in a tulip glass. 750ml dated 12-04-2006. Nice off white thick frothy head and a copper red poor. Aromas of caramel, bananas, all spice, orange zest, pine, raisins, cherries, cinnamon and cassis. Caramel fruity taste with a twist iof ginger. The warmer it gets, the aromas get alot more obvious. Very creamy even mouthfeel. Very nice balanced between the sweet and bitterness. This beer is very young still but has much to gain with age. Very good all around, this has ALOT of potential.


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