Unibroue 17 - Unibroue

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338 Ratings
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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AlexF on 02-12-2008)
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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grande Réserve 17

Unibroue Re-released another one. Hope it’s good.
Served in Taps Magazine glass.

A- Dark tobacco-brown. Very creamy looking light beige head. Looks great. Some speckled lacing.

S- Spicy. Something brett-like but I doubt there actually is any in here. Maybe some vanilla. You can definitely taste the oak aging but it’s very delicate. A very interesting smell.

T- Very good. Might be the belgian brown ale I’ve enjoyed the most yet. Some dark fruit obviously but also so much more than most beers in the style. Nice hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M- Very full. Carbonation seems perfect to me. The type of mouthfeel which massages your mouth.

O- Top notch beer. I’d certainly like to taste an aged one, hoping for even more complexity and flavors and a less ‘‘green’’ the hop taste would be nice too.

A-4.0
S-4.0
T-4.0
M-5.0
O-4.5

Photo of strangebrew321
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a murky brownish-red with a thick brow-white head. Very good retention.

I smell alcohol upfront, and then the dark fruity aromas come through as well as a nice resiny hop aroma. Some cinnamon, coriander and spices are also present.

Tastes malty and fruity upfront, raisins, figs, plums, along with fruity, citrusy and floral hops. The oak aged is just barely noticeable, but it's there. Very nice hop finish to balance off the wonderful maltiness. The alchol is noticeable, but still well hidden.

Overall a wonderful Belgian dark ale, not my favourite Unibroue beer, but still wonderful!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unearthed some tasting notes from 2009. Tasted on 10/18/09. Bottled on Dec. 17th, 2007. Beer almost 2 years old:

Dark blood reddish brown with 3mm pearl white head.

Lots of yeasty fruity esters on nose. Mild spice notes.

More spice up front with warming alcohol finish. Lingering dark fruits balance the alcohol beautifully.

Nice round mouthfeel. Won't drink because of scarcity [not sure why I wrote this in my original notes].

Overall beer is incredible. One of my favorites from Unibroue. All it took was two years and a trip to see my buddy Phil in Québec.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, clear brown with cherry glints. The crackly, lively head recedes relatively quickly to a thin layer. It drapes the glass in lace nonetheless. Dark sugars and plums mix with cookie dough and alcohol heat in the nose. Christmas cake and dark rum come to mind in the flavor. Figs and berries show with warmth, as does a medicinal alcohol kick. Oak flavors are very restrained, imparting just a bit of vanilla. The immense malt profile buries an anemic herbal hop counterweight (appropriate for the style mind you). The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty light on the carbonation for the style. Warming alcohol and stewed fruit make up the finish.

A very decent Quad/Belgian Dark Ale. Worth trying. My only qualm is the alcohol is a bit immodest.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Unibroue 17 from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.