BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S SEIGNEURIALE

I have said time and time again, sometimes it’s not what you know, but who you know.   I knew that Unibroue’s Seigneuriale was an ale from their portfolio that unless having a direct connection with Master Brewer Jerry Vietz and the brewery itself, I would never have had the chance to taste this world class Belgian (Unibroue)-style Brune.


BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

Style category: Belgian-style Brown Ale

Brewed Since 1995
Origin: Boucherville, Quebec

This beer was initially brewed by the now defunct Seigneuriale brewery in Boucherville. Unibroue decided to revive it in 2012, in honour of its name and unique recipe.

The “Régime Seigneurial” flourished in New France until the mid-nineteenth century. In 1667, Pierre Boucher, Sieur de Grosbois, established a seigneurie in Boucherville on the South Shore of Montreal. The last three seigneurs resided in the sumptuous François Pierre Boucher manor of Boucherville, which was built in the 1750s and declared a historical monument in 1974. This ale is dedicated to these ancestral roots.


FACT SHEET

ABV: 7.5%

Fermentation – TOP

Color – BROWN WITH ORANGE HIGHLIGHTS

SRM – 15

Clarity –  CLOUDY

Head – BEIGE AND LONG LASTING

Bubbles – FINE

Effervescence – SLOW AND SUSTAINED

IBU – 33

Body – MEDIUM

Aftertaste – PLEASANT, LINGERING


OUR BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S ÉPHÉMÈRE SEIGNEURIALE

APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
We served it at 54° F in the signature Unibroue  tulip-shaped tasting glass.

The pour gave an easy 3-finger height head which was light beige colored, creamy and dense. We did ensure the glass was “beer clean”.

The Brussels lacework the head left behind once it collapsed- was even sheeted on the sides of the glass. The meniscus is medium rising. During consumption, (as with previous Unibroue BrewViews) the head held an 1/8″ height until the bottom of the glass. This is consistent of the Unibroue products.

AROMA / BOUQUET:
Hints of candied orange peel, whole coriander seed, allspice, candied pineapple, burnt toast with blood orange marmalade.

TASTE:
The aromas definitely carry over into the taste, along with gentle hop bitterness in the background.

MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Effervescence level, medium. There is a smoothness to the beer that makes the finish pleasant, but the well-balanced hop bitterness is there.


FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

CHEESES:
Rich, aged super sharp cheddar, smoked Gouda, washed-rind Trappist cheeses, Ermite, Le Douanier.

APPETIZERS: 
Bacon wrapped Shrimp, a well appointed charcuterie platter with light sausages and mild cuts of meat.

ENTRÉES:
All sorts of Venison – (deer, elk, antelope, moose, caribou, bison, etc.) Also, Duck and Goose, Upland Game Bird, Cornish Hens, Rabbit, Wild Pig. Pair with yams / sweet potatoes. A well appointed smoked ham would do nicely.

DESSERTS:
Unibroue’s website suggests Crème brûlée, I would also pair Pouding Chômeur, or even Tiramisu.


OVERALL IMPRESSION

Unibroue’s Seigneuriale is one of those beers that is rare, and very hard to find. But because of our “Canadian Connection” I was able to try it not once, but three times!

Jerry advises us that it is a limited release that they put in their mixed packs every once in a while. What we liked about it, was that Jerry puts his spin on a classic style, to separate himself from the usual fare. If you can find it, drink some now, and age some for a few years. Seek this one out for sure, world class.

Huge thanks go out to the following individuals for making this BrewView possible:
Andrew Murphy of Unibroue in Portland Oregon, Al Spina, and always, Unibroue’s Master Brewer Jerry Vietz, for considering me enough of a good friend to send this rarity to!


LA BRASSERIE UNIBROUE
80 Des Carrières Street

Chambly (Québec)
J3L 2H6 Canada

Tel. : 450 658-7658
Fax : 450 658-9195
Web: http://Unibroue.com
Email : Info@Unibroue.com


BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.

He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy beer!     Ecclesiastes 8:15