Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue
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Reviews by sukwonee:
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2011 vintage bottle, aged for one year.
A: Reddish dark brown with 3-4 finger head. Lots and lots of lacing everywhere.
S: Oak, some funk(?), brown sugar, some spice, caramel - complex.
T: Awesome. It's great. I can really taste oak, wine, caramel malt, spices. This bottle has that unique flavor present in most Unibroue beers, but way more complex. I would say this beer is caramel malt forward with the oak barrel, wine, and vanilla hitting in the middle, followed by some cola like flavor (and some candy-like sweetness), and finishes off with more wine and spices. I also tastes some apple and dark fruits as well. Alcohol is not detected much.
M: Smoooth and creamy. Thick but not syrupy.
O: Awesome brew. French oak aging must have added extra layers of complexities in the nose and taste. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2012 02:37:26 | More by sukwonee
More User Reviews:
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
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
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