1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

Not Rated.
Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

834 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 834
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 61
Gots: 205 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 834 | Reviews: 201 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jberg316
jberg316

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23%

05-18-2014 04:05:54 | More by jberg316
Photo of paradoxnighthawk
paradoxnighthawk

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-18-2014 03:57:50 | More by paradoxnighthawk
Photo of GRap
GRap

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

05-17-2014 17:18:18 | More by GRap
Photo of tegulizard13
tegulizard13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-17-2014 14:15:42 | More by tegulizard13
Photo of _RL_
_RL_

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-12-2014 01:05:40 | More by _RL_
Photo of hermit990
hermit990

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%

2011 Vintage. 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-brown. Two fingers worth of a tan colored head that recedes to a thin foam. Slight alcohol leg presence. Decent lacing sticking. Little visible carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, dark fruits. Raisins. Slightly tart, cherry aroma. Vinous. Spice, reminding of cinnamon blending in with the sweetness. Roasted malt presence. Raisin bread. Slight vanilla.

Taste: Quick brown sugar sweetness upfront fades into a roasted, malty bitterness. Breadiness carrying into chocolate and coffee. Dark fruit and spice flavor lead into oak and vanilla on the finish. Slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Feels very smooth gliding through the mouth and over the tongue. Alcohol warmth blends in well with the spice. Aftertaste is a bit dry, lingering with the sweet alcohol heat.

Overall: This is a good offering from Unibroue. Compared to the 2013 vintage at this point, there is less bitterness and more of the sweetness coming through. Easy to find and affordable ($10 per bottle in my area) if Unibroue is available to you. A very good beer, though I find myself preferring some of their other options.

05-11-2014 06:07:11 | More by hermit990
Photo of sulldaddy
sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%

Pouring a cellar temp 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a slightly hazy chestnut with some ruby highlights. Fluffy eggshell white head of 4 cm foams up and recedes to a sturdy edge layer. There are also a few wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is some toffee and bready yeast with hits of sweet spice maybe some dark fruit too. Raisin and plums with a little brown sugar.
Very complex nose.
First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation. Silky smooth texture and a little sticky feature on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is sweet and malty with a little fruity kick too. The finish is very sweet maybe cherry or berries.
I also get a little booze on the finish. No real hop presence and the profile is complex and enjoyable.
This is a great beer and I would recommend buying a bottle if you found one anywhere. It is probably the right time to drink this beer.

05-11-2014 04:05:41 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of brandoman63
brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-10-2014 22:32:14 | More by brandoman63
Photo of Dave_Treat
Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-10-2014 03:49:23 | More by Dave_Treat
Photo of roblowther
roblowther

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Very excited. I love Unibroue and when they do something special, it is exactly that. Bottle 2013-046530. It pours a dark, rusty brown with a thin, creamy, and very persistent off white head. The smell is cherries, leather, biscuits, and a faint floral aftersmell. Is that a word? Squiggly red underline says "no". The taste is carob, followed by a woodiness and raisin plum thing, with that leather deal-e-o coming on strong in the finish. Definitely barrel aged and definitely fantastic. The mouthfeel is, like the gum offer to Chandler from "Friends" while trapped in the ATM vestibule, perfection. Overall, you should buy this. Now. Trust me. I never lie. Well, not about beer anyway. :)

05-10-2014 00:45:23 | More by roblowther
Photo of XmnwildX12
XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -23%

05-08-2014 01:17:54 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of sd123
sd123

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

05-07-2014 02:13:00 | More by sd123
Photo of Svendozen
Svendozen

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-06-2014 02:54:46 | More by Svendozen
Photo of mtomlins
mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-05-2014 18:52:06 | More by mtomlins
Photo of MidwestBA
MidwestBA

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-03-2014 03:20:17 | More by MidwestBA
Photo of danthehopslamman
danthehopslamman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-03-2014 00:25:56 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of ArrogantPrick
ArrogantPrick

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-02-2014 15:39:11 | More by ArrogantPrick
Photo of DbbC
DbbC

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-02-2014 02:34:31 | More by DbbC
Photo of russwilliam
russwilliam

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-29-2014 03:11:58 | More by russwilliam
Photo of RobinLee
RobinLee

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-28-2014 02:37:50 | More by RobinLee
Photo of lswilma
lswilma

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-28-2014 02:32:54 | More by lswilma
Photo of Kramerwtmf
Kramerwtmf

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-23-2014 03:56:16 | More by Kramerwtmf
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
AlpacaAlpaca

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-21-2014 13:43:44 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
Photo of Melman
Melman

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-21-2014 03:46:36 | More by Melman
Photo of FilumDee
FilumDee

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -28.9%

04-20-2014 21:52:27 | More by FilumDee
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.