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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

799 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 59
Gots: 197 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

06-29-2014 14:53:56 | More by Walkerjgt
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Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-26-2014 15:57:09 | More by keithparker
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craigdb

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-26-2014 02:29:50 | More by craigdb
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-25-2014 19:48:35 | More by Socialiste
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PopnLoads

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-25-2014 17:59:11 | More by PopnLoads
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loon

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-25-2014 13:36:56 | More by loon
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Supershane17

Arkansas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-24-2014 23:47:06 | More by Supershane17
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-24-2014 19:18:52 | More by powdersoldier
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SlainteAlbanyNY

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-22-2014 19:58:20 | More by SlainteAlbanyNY
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kmckinnon


4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-21-2014 22:52:01 | More by kmckinnon
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barryjg

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-19-2014 02:04:38 | More by barryjg
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brandon911

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-18-2014 02:52:10 | More by brandon911
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Mesa512

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-17-2014 23:50:05 | More by Mesa512
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DaveR514

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-16-2014 19:42:37 | More by DaveR514
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markdrinksbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-16-2014 02:52:28 | More by markdrinksbeer
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EuellGophar

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-15-2014 22:46:38 | More by EuellGophar
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BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For our second Unibroue beer, we tried their Grande Reserve 17 ("GR17") in a caged and corked 750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO. I read the production date on the bottle as May 26, 2011, and GR17 is a healthy 10% alcohol by volume.

Pouring GR17 produced a 1.5" creamy beige coloured head with a beautiful convex cap. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before fading to a thin film and collar of foam, leaving moderate spotting and lacing down the glass. The beer itself was a dark brown colour, which lightened a few shades around the edges of the glass when backlit. Its aroma was of sweet malts, chocolate and alcohol, with hops in the background. As the beer warmed the alcohol aroma became more noticeable and a strong candied fruit smell arose. The taste began with a sweet chocolate flavour, giving way to candied fruit, with a mild (and not at all unpleasant) alcohol burn, finishing with a mild hop bitterness. A mild bitter aftertaste was evident, but balanced the initial sweetness of the beer nicely and did not overstay its welcome. GR17 is best described as a rich, full bodied beer, with just the right level of carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. The 750 ml bottle is best shared with a friend..I would have struggled to finish the bottle alone, as much as I enjoyed the beer. Overall, a wonderful brew from the good folks at Unibroue...I can understand why GR17 has won several international awards. My only knock against the beer is its $9.95 price tag which holds it back on the "value for money" factor and puts it into my "occasional treat" category. Assuming I have the discipline, I plan to save my second bottle for a few years to see how it develops with cellaring.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2014 22:30:46 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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oxfordmini

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-14-2014 19:14:12 | More by oxfordmini
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Maine

2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-10-2014 21:59:03 | More by attometer00
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Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-09-2014 20:52:21 | More by HoppySeb
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

06-07-2014 07:06:08 | More by brpendergast85
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Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-07-2014 01:14:11 | More by miguellunarusso
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011vintage. Murky brown colour but the nose makes up for the appearance. Big old fruit and yeasty notes waft out apparent from a foot away. The beer takes Minute to set itself up as the age is a factor on the flavour The beer is quite complex and the sweetness is mostly taken from the finish. It is a great Belgium dubbel that shows off what unibroue is famous for. I have had better beers from them but this is still a great showing

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 02:53:47 | More by canucklehead
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.