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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 68
Gots: 229 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This French oak aged, bottle refermented dark ale has a remarkable and complex flavor profile. Its Grande Réserve appellation is a fitting endorsement of its exceptional aging qualities.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-30-2011)
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Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Nice beer with so plum and prune.

Mlkluther, Today at 06:03 AM
Photo of jburley2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

2013 Bottle 750 mL
A: Somewhere between a dark amber and a pale brown
S: Figs with a little bit heat
T: Abundant sweetness with figs, oak and a little bit of boozy heat at the end
B: Thin body with nice carbonation
O: More subdued than expected but not to a fault, would drink again

jburley2, Today at 04:08 AM
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

diablo14, Yesterday at 03:22 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

a77cj7, Thursday at 06:14 AM
Photo of Jmitchell3
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

Jmitchell3, Nov 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

olradetbalder, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of SteveD082791
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SteveD082791, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

The beer pours a dark chestnut brown with a foamy off-white head that provides substantial and unwavering bubble coverage and leaves a thick coat of sticky lacing while drinking. The nose is yeast-forward with a hint of dried fig, alcohol, light oak and molasses (more so with warmth). It's full flavored with a slightly nutty malt base, bubble-gummy yeast, and lingering tannic bitterness. The beer has a rich winter-weather approved malt base, but is stretched thin by a big yeast fruit presence, bitter oak astringency, and double digit abv. The beer's generous carbonation helps oxy-clean some of those heavy flavors off the palate, but it still sits heavier than expected. Regardless of a less than desirable mouthfeel/drinkability, it's a solid bargain bin find!

ThePorterSorter, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kybeerdrinker, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

75 cl

Pours a dark cloudy browb with a yellowish head about an inch thick. Retains pretty well.

Smells of grapes, nuts, brett yeast, and a bit of spice.

Wine grapes, cinnamon, oak, bretty yeast, caramel, and apple all come together in the taste. Hint of roasted nuts.

Full body with fluffy carbonation.

Very nice Belgian style ale with lots of body and character. Really nice emulation of the style while also standing uniquely on its own. About as good as you can get in this style this side of the ocean and better than some of the actual Belgians too. Grab it if you can.

This is a 2012 bottle, so it has a couple years of age on it.

Cylinsier, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of HardTarget
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown glass with murky edge of light brown. The head starts a big 2 finger head and drops to a thin brown cover that leaves a few little drops of lace.

Smell: Strong notes of the house Unibroue yeast, a blend of dark fruit, alcohol whiffs, a light lemon twist.

Taste: Rich, but not overpowering. The dark fruit, plum, cherry, and a bit of tannin, that all manages to stay light and almost airy.

Feel: High carbonation is almost champagne like with a light body that dries quickly leaving a mild chalky note.

Overall: A masterful beer. Great flavor, rich but not heavy, complex but subtle, great execution. The dry finish is a slight drag on the total package, but encourages another tasty sip.

HardTarget, Nov 11, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

noproduction, Nov 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

IckyT2012, Nov 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

nullbort, Nov 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

KAF, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of bdubw
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer.$ 2.96 a bottle and 24.95 a case for 2013 vintage. Had to buy a case and set back a few so much can compare in a couple of years. This brew is known for its aging qualities.

bdubw, Nov 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Fluffmeister, Nov 07, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

Yoof, Nov 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Long813, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of deford
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

I have to say the mouthfeel is fantastic with this beer....wonderful cascade of bubbles that flow right down...perfect! Taste is not too sweet, just what I wanted...very happy with this one.

deford, Nov 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ErinIvy13, Nov 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Scepter, Nov 01, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

jessealmlie, Oct 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mrn1ceguy, Oct 28, 2014
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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.