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Unibroue Inc

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Opened: 1990
Date Visited:

Unibroue, situated in Quebec since 1990, is more than just another craft brewer. They don’t produce the usual range of porters, stouts, hefeweizens and IPA’s. Unibroue instead concentrates its efforts on brewing interpretations of Belgian style ales, which has any beer fan will tell you is home of some of the greatest ales in the world. I should also add, that this is only my second beer from the brewery, but from what I’ve read elsewhere they do a very good job of it.

Unibroue beers are produced to higher than usual standards, borrowing much from Belgian techniques, and are bottle-conditioned. There are currently 16 beers in the portfolio, all curiously named after Quebec folklore and history, and probably the most interesting label art in the industry.

Beers Reviewed

(click on beer name for full review)
Eau Bénite Type: Tripel ABV: 7.7%
Plenty of foam, pale orange body, pretty hazy. Peppery spice aroma as well as a maltiness, but then something of a floral orangey blend and clove. The palate is pretty light, delicate, soft and smooth with just a little carbonation. The first part of the taste is pretty simple, fairly clean and malty with just a little fruity orange. The majority of the beer’s character is packed into the second half of the palate where it turns a little sharper. There’s a good peppery spice as well as a delicate light fruitiness with the briefest hint of raspberry, It finishes off slightly dry, with a good bitterness thrown in and a little bit of a tang. The aftertaste mellows out pretty quickly leaving you mostly with malt but also a little citrus.
Ratings: Appearance: 5/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 17/20 Score: 4.2


Trois Pistoles Type: Belgian Ale ABV: 9%
Reddish-brown, fairly cloudy, impressive tan foam sits on top and stays throughout, resulting in nice layers of Belgian lace. The nose offers up a deep sweet roasted malty aroma, and a fruity mix of raisin and prunes. Signs of a sherry-like aroma remind me a little of an imperial stout. The first sip is something of a surprise. Having braced myself for something thick, it washes over very light and is a little too easy drinking. There’s a good fizziness on the palate as well as instant signs of alcohol which warn you to take things easy. Initial taste is certainly sweet with a roasted malt and a mixture of ripe fruits, bringing to mind cherry, cranberry and prune, with an underlying yeastiness throughout. Further tasting also revealed a little spiciness, while there’s some coffee-like dryness in the finish. The aftertaste is very warming rounding out very much like a port. Good version of a Belgian ale.
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 9/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 18/20 Score: 4.3

Last Updated: 07/25/2001

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