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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 833
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 61
Gots: 207 | FT: 13
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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Reviews by HoneyLamb:
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-19-2014 02:45:53 | More by HoneyLamb
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

I have to say it's been awhile since I have had a new Unibroue offering,back in the day I dranf alot of their offerings.Poured into a goblet a russet brown color with a nicely formed one finger off white head.Some phenolic spice and dark fruit in the nose.Yeasty and spiced phenols on the palate,the spice-like phenolic notes are big,some dark fruit and alcohol rounds out the palate.It's a good Belgian dark but I don't get much wood aged except in the finish wich is mild,in saying that it does meld well with the spiced yeasty notes of the beer.

04-30-2012 22:31:17 | More by oberon
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-21-2013 00:38:42 | More by cam477
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Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

03-30-2012 10:53:11 | More by beerhunter13
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

08-29-2014 21:41:29 | More by Turbo
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-31-2014 23:23:30 | More by TimBeaulieu
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-26-2012 03:13:19 | More by SanFranJake
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-09-2012 20:50:11 | More by JacobMutberg
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4.43/5  rDev +5%

A - Nice dark brown that you can barely see through (only on the edges). No real lacing from the light tan head.

S - Malty - good malty - delightful malty. Did I mention that nice malty smell. A very mild hop could be found hiding underneath. Some chocolate notes were hiding out in the back with the mild hops.

T - The nose and taste matched. That wonderful malt comes up and is backed by a almost chocolate like bittersweet that I really enjoyed. The hops take a back seat (way back) and that is just fine by me for this malty goodness.

M - Not too thick, not too thin. It is all around and floats throughout quite happily. The lower bitterness with the full frontal malty, cereal sweetness makes this all the much better in the hot summer days.

D - Yes, and then again, and then once more because you found out there was still some more in the bottle. Sipped on this gem while prepping food in the kitchen. Made the time go by so easily.

I asked the 'Beer Guy' at the store about it and he said smooth Chimay Blue that has been oak aged. He is quite knowledgeable on what he sells and he was dead on with this one. The fact that it was also on sale made even that much better of a find. I am going to try and get another bottle or two just to put up in the back of the fridge.

07-09-2012 01:11:29 | More by txbrewer
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-03-2014 00:25:56 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.23/5  rDev +0.2%

This was a reddish-brown beer with a tan head.
There was a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of fruit and caramel malt. There was a bit of spice present also.

More taste than I inferred from the aroma. Raisins, figs, cherries. Toffee and caramel. A hint of cinnamon.

This was a smooth, very satisfying beer. Would drink it anytime.

04-24-2012 18:58:53 | More by lordofthewiens
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-09-2012 21:43:29 | More by heddar33
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-10-2012 00:10:07 | More by DWolf
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-06-2013 01:30:31 | More by dieBlume
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-16-2012 03:05:43 | More by TimoP
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

According to the brewery's website, this is the exact same beer as Unibroue 17 and I have put in a request for the two entries to be merged. However, since I had this out of a bottle labeled as Grande Reserve, I am entering the rating under this entry.

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma has a ton of dark fruit in it, as well as a little bit of toffee. The flavor is a little more complex, with some oak and cherry notes complimenting the cherry and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This bottle was drank alongside an original Unibroue 17, which had developed more dark fruit and yeast components during its aging period.

07-02-2012 05:39:44 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

03-31-2014 03:22:29 | More by BeerDrinkingDiver
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

(Reviewed from notes - posted under the wrong entry before)

Handsome embossed bottled from the Yonge and Wellesley LCBO in winter 2012.

Dark brown and cherry, with a big frothy head and loads of lacing. Solid looking brew indeed.

Nose is cherry, figs, chocolate, a bit of yeast and indeterminate candied fruit.

A highly enjoyable dark ale - I really like how the oak played in to this. The chocolate is very delectable, with a slight milky flavor. Fruit is quite nice as well, and the yeast is, as per Unibroue's standards, also enjoyable. A slight woodsy finish. Really digging this. Medium bodied, slightly gritty/yeasty. Typical Unibroue in that respect.

A terrific brew that takes the Belgian Dark Ale to some exciting levels. A thoroughly enjoyable brew over the course of an evening. Worth a pick up!

01-02-2013 23:38:00 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-08-2013 15:27:07 | More by Prospero
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

09-19-2012 19:52:22 | More by wattoclone
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

17 Grande Reserve opens to a sweet, spicy nose that boasts, on the one hand, raisin, fig, date, plum, black cherry, and blood orange fruit esters, mixed with light molasses, brown sugar, and wildflower honey, and on the other, touches of clove, white pepper, perhaps ginger, allspice, coriander, cinnamon…the spice bouquet is varied, and much like in well-prepared foods, difficult to pin down. Hints of lemon and sweet pink grapefruit from the hops add texture. The overall effect is closer to mulled cider than beer, the dark fruits and spices coming together very nicely, tempered only by the lightest touch of toast crust and marble rye bread, and instantly reminiscent of Christmas: gingerbread cookies, five-star fruitcake, wassail. This is one of the more unique aromas I’ve ever encountered in a beer, and a welcome change from Unibroue’s spice-heavy noses.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a panoply of dark fruit esters, including raisin, plum, date, fig, prune, blood orange, and berry, with additional molasses, wildflower honey, and agave nectar thrown in for good measure. Spices are definitely peppery, but also seem to include ginger, cinnamon, clove, coriander, and perhaps allspice; again, the spices mingle well and are difficult to separate. There is a slight rubber tire hint around the edges, which is strange, but mostly blends well with the dark fruits. Touches of lemon and pine from the hops add further complexity, as do brown breads and toast crust. There’s also a very noticeable almost merlot-like quality to the beer, as if grape juice had been added pre-fermentation. The aftertaste is mainly spice, with some dark fruit left over, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, biting at the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, this beer had immense promise on the nose, and while most of that translated well to the tongue, the interplay between spice and dark fruit created a strange rubbery taste around the edges, much the way that over-spiced fruitcake comes across as over-caramelized (the point of near-burnt) and slightly bitter. The beer is still good, but this bitter layer adds just enough of a strangeness that it becomes slightly off-putting. The beer is still worth trying, but I wish the taste had more closely followed the nose.

10-29-2012 00:23:43 | More by jondeelee
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

03-18-2013 18:33:20 | More by DannyBaldoni
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-30-2014 15:37:39 | More by Mantooth
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-13-2012 03:14:22 | More by chickenm
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

2011 brew date, aged 1 year

Appearance: muddy, root beer brown; beige head fades swiftly to just a rim

Aroma: apple juice, white grape; fruity esters dominate; candy sweet; light overall

Taste & Mouthfeel: big apple cider flavour with some great yeast spice notes that are a perfect match - feels like a fall beer; medium body, clean texture, alcohol very well hidden; dates; sweetness builds, getting more sugary, although with a bit of tartness at the finish and a some alcohol vapours which actually benefit the overall experience; a hint of oak is verified when I check the label; some smooth pulpy feel, again reminiscent of fresh pressed cider

Overall: a fantastic yeasty beer, just the way a belgian ale should be, although wouldn't have minded a bit more variety in the fruit flavours

01-27-2013 16:21:11 | More by BGDrock
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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
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