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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

783 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 57
Gots: 187 | FT: 12
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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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3.25/5  rDev -23%

05-09-2012 20:18:29 | More by theminutemen
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3.25/5  rDev -23%

10-30-2013 00:20:53 | More by dipso123
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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -23%

05-05-2012 01:54:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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California

3.25/5  rDev -23%

12-11-2013 01:49:44 | More by Willi_BW
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23%

03-08-2014 00:20:09 | More by BSUBronco
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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -23%

01-23-2014 01:51:55 | More by kvgomps
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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -23%

01-27-2014 17:41:59 | More by Abra
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Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23%

05-18-2014 04:05:54 | More by jberg316
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -23%

10-23-2013 07:09:21 | More by valianes
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle. 2011 vintage.

A - Pours a dark brown color with a 2-finger rocky creamy head with a good retention and a limited lacing.

S - Yeast is dominant in the smell. Quite spicy, I pick out some malt, hop, and some candy sugar. A good blend but nothing amazing.

T - Good malt sweetness at taste (brown sugar) I also pick out some dark fruits, caramel, spices and some phenolic notes. Besides, there is a significant amount of residual sugar. I also get some wooden notes as it warms up.

M - Very active carbonation, quite fizzy on the palate but keeps a certain smoothness. Slightly sweet finish with a medium body.

O - Not bad but some features are really spoiling the experience, particularly the mouthfeel. In my opinion, this beer would benefit from a better drinkability and balance. I was hoping a lot but it came out to be disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 00:41:44 | More by duracell
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kojevergas

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given its current ratings and the brewery - which I usually like. Bottled in 2011. ABV confirmed as 10.00%. Best before date 12-12-2016. Reviewed live. Acquired at Red Carpet Liquor in Glendale, California. I don't recall the cost.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I used pliers to remove the cork, yielding a satisfying pop indicative of solid carbonation.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and incredible retention for the high ABV - at least five minutes. Colour is a semitransparent dark amber. Fairly translucent.

Sm: Quite yeasty, with noticeable oak, dry white wine, a vague hint of what might be peach, spice, vanilla, and clean malts. A masterfully subtle, mild strength aroma.

T: A clean malt foundation backed by a nice oak tone, with lees and yeast at the forefront. Spices aid the balance. Some vanilla - especially on the climax, and hints of cacao about the climax and finish. No alcohol comes through in the taste - which is quite an accomplishment. No white wine; I may have been mistaken about that note. Light cream on the open. Reminds me of a witbier somehow. The yeast is delightfully layered, with some earthy, some spicy, and some biscuity. Masterfully subtle and quite complex. Exceptionally well balanced. I like it, but it's a touch too sweet, lessening the drinkability.

Mf: Fizzy, slightly coarse, and wet. Too thick. Adequately carbonated. Something's off about the mouthfeel, preventing it from complementing the flavours well. It just doesn't feel right. Light on the palate.

Dr: Absurdly drinkable for the high ABV, but it'll be difficult to kill this bottle. The sweetness wears away on me, and I find myself getting tired of the beer over time. I doubt I'd get it again. If I had it again, I'd want an aged version. Best consumed in smaller quantities. Not Unibroue's best beer by any means, but enjoyable.

B-

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:33:56 | More by kojevergas
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Massachusetts

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Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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District of Columbia

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California

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.