Beer 251/365 – Unibroue La Seigneuriale

unibroue la seigneuriale

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 7.5%

Purchased at: The Headkeeper – Greensburg PA

What makes this beer different: Funky for a BSPA

Will I be drinking this again: Its retired, but just slightly above average to me.

Grade: B+

7/17/2010: I usually know a good bit about a certain before before purchasing it, but that was not the case with La Seigneuriale. I bought this completely on a whim because of it being vintage, and knowing that Unibroue makes some of the best Belgian beer outside of Belgium. The Headkeeper had a few Unibroue 15’s on the shelves for 10 bones, so I grabbed a couple of those as well.

La Seigneuriale is one of the first beers I have smelled, that is both sweet and sour. Very pleasant smelling to be sure. Candi sugar leads the way for the flavors, with a side of breadyness, a little sour apple, and caramel. Something about this beer makes me think its a semi-sour watered down version of Trappistes Rochefort 8. The flavors are good, just not as intense as they need to be for the style. Upon reading some reviews on Beer Advocate, I don’t think this beer is supposed to be sour. Infection maybe? Either way I think it actually works here. Mouthfeel is very thin, another knock on the beer. All that being said if La Seigneuriale had a little stronger flavors going on, or a thicker body, this might have jumped into the A- range.

Picture of the day: If i were a kid, I would be avoiding this guy like the plague.

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Published in: on July 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 184/365 – Unibroue Ephemere Apple

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

ABV: 5.50%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Sour apple cider

Will I be drinking this again:No

Grade: C+

5/11/2010: Unibroue probably brews some of the best Belgian style beers outside of Belgium. La Fin Du Monde, Trois Pistoles, Maudite, La Terrible, all very very solid beers. Actually I think La Terrible might be my favorite of theirs. I have yet to try a beer of theirs that I do not like …until now.

Ephemere smells like straight apple juice made from granny smith apples. The taste is a very bitter apple, with not nearly enough sweetness to back it up. Not much malt/sugar to speak of. Very dry also. Overall it kind of tastes like a fizzy sour apple juice mixed 50/50 with some very dry champagne. I guess you can’t hit a home run every time right?

Picture of the day: Human heads are delicious.

Published in: on May 11, 2010 at 9:04 am  Comments (2)  
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Beer 61/365 – Unibroue Maudite

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Smooth and Crisp

Will I be drinking this again: Fo shizzle (Snoop just made a quick guest appearance on my blizog)

Grade: A

1/08/2010: Three A or better ratings in a row? Yes this is a first. This is one of the few mainstream Unibroue beers I have yet to try. Hard to believe because it is considered by many to be their best, but it actually isn’t super easy to find in the burgh.

The head on this beer didn’t come out quite like I was expecting. It was only slightly bubbly and not that creamy looking. The smell also was almost non-existent, but a bit fruity. The cliche “Don’t judge a book by its cover” without a doubt applies here. The taste is just awesome, so smooth. Very complex, with heavy malt to start, slight cherry, and a slight peppery taste. Also some spices in the background but I can’t quite pick out exactly what they are. ABV is hidden extremely well. The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for a BSDA. I would have made this an A+ if the mouth feel was just a bit heavier, and if it had more of a good smell to it.

Published in: on January 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 45 – Unibroue Chambly Noire

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Lacks oomph for a belgian

Will I be drinking this again: nope

Grade: B

12/23/2009: I have had a handful of Unibroue beers, and up until this one they have all been awesome. Unibroue consistently makes some of the best tasting Belgian beers outside of Europe.

At first taste I expect some wow factor, but I get nothing. Every sip after that I find myself looking for a taste that just isn’t there. The flavors are so dull that I really cannot pick out anything specific. I taste dark malt, and some sort of fruit but I cannot tell what it is. Someone who has never tried a belgian might like this, but I expect more out of a Belgian Dark Ale. Very drinkable, just not a lot of flavor.

Published in: on December 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm  Comments (2)  
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