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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

708 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.58%


Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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Heynow007

New Jersey

1.18/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This may be the worst tasting beer I ever had, and I like them all. Stouts are my favorite, especially those aged in bourbon casks. This beer is aged also, but probably in poop casks. Taste like metal in my mouth. Way too carbonated and dull. No fruit, coffee or chocolates.
No where near dirty bastard from founders. can't touch dogfish head. Not even close to southern tier anything.

This beer sucks.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 01:17:17 | More by Heynow007
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flagmantho

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip; this batch was bottled in 2012. I'm excited!

Appearance: rich amber-brown hue with a moderate haze and a finger of creamy tan foam atop. Nice head retention and overall appearance.

Smell: sweet with a phenolic bite right up front; this mellows to a chalkier aroma with hints of rich, dark fruits. Not bad, but a bit unrefined.

Taste: kind of the opposite of the aroma; with the dark fruits up front and the phenolic bite toward the end. There's a good spiciness, although what I'm really after in a beer like this is the fruitiness. Good, but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of well-integrated carbonation. Quite satisfying.

Overall: perhaps this beer will get better with age, but the spicy phenolic character is just a bit rough for my palate. I love the fruity undertones and wish they played a more prominent part in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 19:36:04 | More by flagmantho
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, No. 2013-084791. Poured into a goblet. Haven't had a Unibroue in a while and I am rather stoked. A murky root beer brown brew with around five fingers of rich beige head, holding its form well. Aroma is malt-forward and spicy, prunes and raisins, toffee, rum, and strong bready yeast. Good old Unibroue yeast, a fungus that doesn't play around, grabbing your olfactory bulbs and tongue to show you who's boss. Flavor profile includes brown bread, cinnamon and nutmeg, sassafras, coriander seed, applesauce, dry parchment, and a tiny nip of chocolate. There's a decent earthy hop note and the tannic oak dries things out ... Rather hot and woody, I bet this would age well. Fortunately, the sweet and spicy flavors are not overpowered by the wood and aromatic alcohol. Moderately chewy body with fairly aggressive carbonation. Finishes quite dry, with some sour fruit and earthy spice lingering in a most pleasant fashion. I love the laundry list of phenolic flavors one can find in these beers. A wonderful Belgian strong with great yeast character, as expected from this brewery. My own tastes might dictate some additional aging next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 04:14:02 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Fader

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very nice, deep brown/amber hue, cloudy. Medium head, very little lace.

S - Not too much there, some yeast does come through, toasted, a bit of barrel.

T - A heavy toasted taste, coffee, and malts. Surprisingly not overly boozy at all.

M - Little carbonation, fairly smooth going down.

O - Not my favorite from this brewer, but a decidedly nice strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:44:40 | More by Fader
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Originalbeer

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. I poured it just over half way and at first the off-white head was thick. It thinned out but is still retaining. The color is a rich, consistent dark mohagany brown with reddish tones when held up against the light. No lacing.

N: I sense spices but nothing in particular. Raisins, malt, yeast... and a hint of Welch's sparkling grape juice?

T: Yeast, raisins, bread, malt, brown sugar? ...and some spices.

M: Good carbonation with an emphasis on malt and yeast.

O: Can't compare it to any other beer of this style, I think, so for what it's worth, I like it... a lot. I mean, A LOT.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:50:46 | More by Originalbeer
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Jim_Benz

Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750ml bottle (2012) with my wife at cellar temp, served in snifters.

A: Beautiful beer, dark amber, that produced a two inch off-white head on vigorous pour. Head dissipated over five minutes but maintained a thin coat over the surface almost until the finish. Didn't pay attention to the lacing.

S: I don't know; caramel, raison, bread, a tiny bit of roast? My nose isn't that great, but it seemed kind of indistinct. It smelled like I expected it to smell but subtler; inviting but it didn't exactly blow me away. Not that it needs to.

T: It's a one-year old bottle, so very smooth. The flavors follow the nose--caramel, raison, dried fig, dark bread--but very nuanced, almost delicate, surprisingly laid-back. I really enjoyed this beer, but I expected a stronger burst of flavors. It's very seductive, but coy. The alcohol was well-hidden, and the oak extremely well-integrated.

M: Silky, toward the lighter end of a medium body, not at all cloying or overly sweet. Refreshing, really, and very easy to drink. Carbonation was perfect.

O: It's a little pricey but worth every penny IMO. I was surprised by its very subdued smell and taste, but it really was delicious. Less estery than I expected for a Belgian style ale, but that was almost a plus. Really pleased with this beer, but not blown away. Which is fine--a really good ale doesn't always need to show off.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:59:47 | More by Jim_Benz
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Pours a red-tinted chestnut brown colour. Nose offers sweet notes of sweet, dark dried fruit and baking spice. Taste is similar with notes of cinnamon, raisins, booze and Belgian yeast spice. A big sipper for cold evenings.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 21:07:56 | More by CookstLiquor
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of off white, creamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of spices, dark fruit, malt, and yeast.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, raisins, a little fig, spices (cloves, perhaps), malt, and brown sugar. A robust, complex, and well rounded flavor. Everything you expect from BSDA.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a smooth, prickly, lively finish. Medium- to heavy-bodied.

O: Definitely one of the best beers of the style, certainly one of the best to be found outside Belgium. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 18:44:03 | More by avalon07
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a great amount of head that seems to have some staying power. The head is an off-white/light tan while the body is a muddy, chestnut brown with hints of amber which appears as a dark amber with hues of crimson and maroon in the light. The lacing consists of a lattice type sheeting.

Nose- Started off with a little bit of apple that seemed to turn to slightly tart cherry from the bottle. The glass shows a lighter apple with some clove and banana. The bottle remains a bit more resilient with a streak of ashy cloves and a tone of overall stone fruits. Glass seems to settle on a creamy and inviting apple.

Taste- Starts off fairly reflective of the nose though I wish the apple was more dominant of a dominant note. Mixed with the rounded cloves and banana, it's somewhat reminiscent of applesauce. Very well rounded with lots of balance. There isn't anything especially striking here except the extremely refined and subdued type of brew you expect from Unibroue. Some hints of brown sugar and candy sugar in the background. Light raisins and plums. Light brown bread. Presence is on the lighter side but this is not the type of beer that you drink for such. Seems in the middle for Unibroue beers which is good to really good. I really appreciate that you can rely upon their product and that it is always affordable. Some hints of pears. Pretty much a really good beer. Some citrus. Orange, lemon, hints of coriander.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Light carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. The mouthfeel is very important to the overall perception of this beer.

Drinkability- Pretty much like almost any other Unibroue beer I've had. Very easygoing while being interesting. Doesn't show a touch of its 10%. Twelve bucks is a reasonable price but I'd probably go with the cheaper, year-round Unibroues instead.

Overall- Good to really good, but mostly really good. I haven't had a Unibroue I wouldn't suggest trying and this is no exception. But try the other ones first. Also, this gets closer to some of the more renowned quads as it starts to have a very strong raisin profile. It's reminding me a lot of Westy at the moment but I'm sure this is only in one aspect. Still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 05:29:26 | More by artoolemomo
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL caged and corked bottle picked up at the LCBO; this is the 2013 edition. Served at cellar temperature, and poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy, burnt amber-brown colour, topped with one finger of velvety-smooth, creamy beige-coloured head. It slowly dissipates, eventually leaving a thin, dense cap, a creamy collar, and a modest quantity of lacing behind in its wake. Interesting, complex, yeasty aroma with multiple layers - plum pudding, bubble gum and rum raisin come to mind, with additional vinous, tannic notes. Hints of oak and vanilla can also be detected, blending well with the yeasty spice and boozy nature of the brew.

Very rich-tasting and complex, showing the same level of quality and craftsmanship as their other highly-lauded BSDAs. The profile is overall rather fruity, with raisin, fig and plum pudding flavours atop some butterscotch, brown sugar and toasted malts. From there, it begins to take on a slight dark rum vibe, likely due to the oak and vanilla effects of the barrel aging. The finish becomes increasingly yeasty and spicy, with notes of bubble gum and white pepper leading into a somewhat boozy, woody, tannic aftertaste. Beautifully complex; vinous notes of red wine and oak continue to crop up on the palate long after the sip has been swallowed. Not quite full-bodied but definitely on the sturdier side; this one has a luxurious, smooth mouthfeel that contrasts nicely with the prickly, restrained carbonation levels. As delicious as this beer is, the alcohol content is quite noticeable so it's not something I'd prefer more than a few glasses of (finishing this entire bottle tonight will probably take a few hours, but I think I'm up to the challenge).

Final Grade: 4.58, an A+. This brewery never ceases to amaze me - as much as I love Unibroue's other strong dark ales, I think I'd have to say that Grande Réserve 17 tops even superb classics like Maudite or La Terrible. The French oak aging really helps this brew stand out from the crowd, and the end result is a sinfully tasty, complex, lip-smackingly good winter sipper that no fan of Belgian-style beers should neglect to try. My only regret - that I didn't pick up another bottle to cellar! Oh well, there's always next year's batch.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:53:52 | More by thehyperduck
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arizcards

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Total Wine in late August for $12.99. Bottled in 2012, best before 12-18-17.

Beer poured garnet with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is classic Belgian yeast and dark fruits.

Taste is dark fruits, a hint of vanilla oak, a bit of cocoa.

Mouthfeel is classic Belgian yeast strain, medium bodied yet light on the palate and smooth.

Overall this brew is superb. Alcohol is well hidden, taste is delicious and very smooth. Unibroue has this style nailed down stone cold!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:11:07 | More by arizcards
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Wasatch

Utah

4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml
Caged/Corked
Bottled In: 2011
Best Before: 12-12-2016

Poured into a chalice a nice dark grape color, nice carbonation, with a little fizzy off-white head, with very minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, plums, figs, grapes, and raisins. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, with lots of dark fruit goodness. The ABV is hidden very well with this brew. Medium body. Overall another very nice brew from Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:54:49 | More by Wasatch
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $9.95

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a large size beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, clove, apples, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and dark fruits. There is also a bit of vanilla, apple, and a yeasty spiciness. I can also pick up on the oak and a bit of a burnt/charred flavour.

Overall - Really complex and something that is pretty different from the other beers in the Unibroue lineup. I have a few bottles tucked away and can't wait to see how they taste aged.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 01:15:01 | More by spinrsx
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elNopalero

Texas

4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2011-103402

This pours a raisiny cloudy color with tan cocoa foam. The aroma has a hint of vanilla and stone fruit along with a buttery note and a hint of tobacco.

It tastes smoothly mellow, giving off hints of stone fruit, raisin, and a leathery vanillin whisper. It’s smooth, mellow, sweet and pleasing. It hides the ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 09:23:30 | More by elNopalero
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from LCBO purchased for $12.95 CDN. Served cool after a long inventory count on a Saturday the day after receiving good news on my final accounting exam. Time to dig into the good stuff.

Appearance - Murky, auburn beer. 2 fingers of head dissipating to a half finger of lingering foam. Some significant bubbles within the beer. the head gives the illusion of bubbles exploding upwards.

Smell 0 Belgian yeasts, wide range of fruits. Some dark fruits namely plum, but also some pear and sweet apple aromas. Hints of floral arrangements and some booziness, although not enough to suspect 10% ABV.

Taste - Quite delicious, fruit doesn't come through as much as on the nose. Traces of sweetness between the light fruit taste and some butterscotch blended in as well. Boozy finish and is a great melting pot of all things sweet and delicious. Don't get me wrong though still certainly enough bite to moderate the level of sweetness thanks to the hops.

Mouthfeel - Wonderfully smooth, but because of the higher carbonation it has an explosive feel to it. Very lively. Moderately dry finish and tremendous warmth in the back of the throat. That's when you realize the 10% ABV.

Overall - A wonderful Belgian style Ale, and has a chance of being my second favorite Unibroue product ever (behind Le Fin Du Monde). Delicious and eminently quaffable despite the high ABV, highly recommended. The downside to this may be the price as there are similar quality beers (albeit different) available for cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 20:23:43 | More by DenisKolkin
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djoprahwinfrey

Manitoba (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, served in a snifter. 2013 batch and probably could have sat longer.

A - the pour is dark and hazy amber, 1 finger of light brown head with some small random chunks, good retention throughout

S - plum and cherry, dark fruits, red wine, malty, mild sourness, that yeast !

T - intense dark fruits, malts, plum, yeasty, spice all around into a sweeter finish

M - high fizzy carbonation, big body, warming, smooth and creamy

O - really intense! tons of aroma and flavors. this is pretty easy to drink but best enjoyed slowly. definitely not for everyone but overall this was another very enjoyable experience from Unibroue and i plan on picking a few more bottles for a later date.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 16:07:20 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Grand Reserve 17

Appearance: light red, large fluffy head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeasty grain and light hop.

Taste: lots of yeast and wheat with a light malt finish.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. It was brewed in 2011 with a best by date of 12-12-16. I drank this on 11-23-12 and it is nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:18:16 | More by megahurts4
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into Chimay chalices a murky chestnut with a pillowy off-white cap that lasts forever. A hugely malty and complex nose leads to cinnamon, raisins, sherbert, berries, dark rum, cloves lemon, cherry, vanilla, meringue etc. in the massive taste. Hops are restrained as you'd expect, just fending off cloyingness. The mouthfeel is full bodied but just less than oily, with a moderate carbonation. The finish is sweet and long lasting, with just a light soothing alcohol spice. It's remarkable how well the 10% is hidden in this beer. The oak aging doesn't impart to much flavor.

Impossibly intricate and nuanced for the abv. Also dangerously drinkable. A very good Belgian Dark Ale worth seeking out. This brewery has a knack at these super strong Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:32:03 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

4.61/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW what a beer! Flavour upon flavor. Excellent.

A- Wonderfully dark and cloudy. Tons of head as usual from this company

S- Pungent. Blended well, nothing outrageously stands out. Belgium all the way

T- OUTSTANDING! First sip at 8deg C in a freshly washed and dried tumbler. Malt, complex, expert brewing for sure. Alcohol is completely hidden for this 10% abv. This is a serious beer.

M- Silky smooth. Dry way later on but that should be expected from a hot beer, super pleasant.

O- Wonderful. Everyone should try at least one in their lives. I bought 5 more for the cellar. Only the price keeps the rating from being higher

Thx for reading

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:50:12 | More by DaveBar
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice. Bottled in 2011.

A: Dark, cloudy brown on the pour. The creamy tan head retains very well and drops patchy gobs of foamy lacing here and there.

S: Caramel, bread pudding, almond. Toffee. Brown sugar. Cinnamon and white pepper. Yeasty and slightly musty. Dried figs and apple chips. Dry toasted oak and woody vanilla tie it all together. Remarkably complex and balanced.

T: Toffee, caramel, and bread pudding up front. Yeasty and slightly musty. Brown sugar. cinnamon, clove, and white pepper. Brown cocoa powder. Rum raisin, fig, and baked apples. Woody oak takes a delicate approach, drying the palate and adding complexity without calling too much attention to itself. The balance is superb. Finishes with tastes of bread pudding, brown sugar, and lightly tannic oak.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Ample carbonation is soft rather than aggressive. Touch of soothing, warming alcohol. Very light astringency from the oak tannins.

O: This is everything I hoped it would be and more. A truly world-class Belgian Strong Dark ale. The balance is perfect, and the high level of complexity makes each sip a treat. One of the more refined beers I've come across. The French oak really makes it. Instantly a personal favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 23:16:26 | More by ryan1788a5
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle

2011 vintage, opened on 11/11/2013

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Rich reddish brown with a light brown head. Head falls at average speed and doesn't leave much lacing to speak of.

SMELL : First nose is light roasted malts. Second nose gives out some vinous aromas, as well as some balsamic and spices. This is getting pretty complex. Third nose shows off the wood barrel. Beautiful.

TASTE : Very rich, mostly roasted malts and woody flavours. Lots of subtle spices. Definite vegetal undertone. Outstandingly complex.

MOUTHFEEL : Not thick, but cloying in a very special way. Coats the mouth. Very fine carbonation.

OVERALL : This brew ages exceptionally well. I'd compare it to Carolus Van de Keizer Blue. Quite spectacular, even if it can get a bit overwhelming at times. Very glad I still another of the same vintage sleeping on my shelves.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 20:02:45 | More by FrostBlast
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Monster head on top of a dark brown brew. Smell of some pepper, yeast, raisin, clove. Aroma really sweetens up as it warms. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, with heavy carbonation. Some figfy fruit and alcohol on the tongue. Finishes somewhat dry with some bready malt. Easy drinking, but not as complex as I had expected. Maybe a but more aging will bring the flavors out. Will have to grab another one to put away for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:27:25 | More by BMMillsy
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: deep ruby brown in color with a three finger head that slowly fades leaving nice lacing.

S: musty yeast, Spices and dark fruits all come forward.

T: spices, dark fruits and yeasts. Sweetish with a nice finish.

M: medium carbonation and good body.

O: a fine way to celebrate the end of the football season, I enjoyed this on a cool fall afternoon. The unibroue yeast is ever present and the spice profile is nice and enjoyable. I am going to pick a few 2013s up soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:35:13 | More by polloenfuego
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Samuel906

California

4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is FANTASTIC! I think with my experience with this beer, Unibroue is one of my new favorite breweries. Every beer they make is not only exceptional, but true to form. The Grand Reserve 17 is simply terrific! Smell is great: the oak barrel aging really stands out as well as wine, vanilla, strawberry, spice, plum, and many others. Wonderful beer to just enjoy the smell of. Taste is remarkably balanced, lots of fruit flavors working together. Apple, dates, cherries, figs, vanilla, lemon... lots going on. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, faint boozey heat, and light carbonation. This is seriously great... gonna try and pick up some more!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 07:43:48 | More by Samuel906
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themind

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite style of beer represented well with this offering. Although I prefer less carbonation this beer has a rich, complex taste that is very enjoyable. Poured a nice head and has a nice malty, rich aroma. This is a very good beer and worthy of its high ratings. If you can get it, grab it. The complex dark fruits and dry aftertaste finish this outstanding beer from Unibroue.

Bottom Line: Excellent but it's not Solitude.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:28:26 | More by themind
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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.