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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

926 Ratings
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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 69
Gots: 245 | FT: 15
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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Photo of Wajohnst
4.05/5  rDev -4%

Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Reminds me a lot of Rochefort 10 except a bit more carbonated. Huge dark fruit flavor -- plums mainly. Bit of oak flavor. Velvety mouthfeel. Delicious, dangerously easy to drink 10% beer.

Photo of Tal1962
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of keithmurray
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage bottle

Appearance - reddish brown body with tan head

Smell - plums, red wine, figs

Taste - plums, grapes, figs, oak, red wine, blackberry

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high level of carbonation, full, rich, sweetness from the dark fruits upfront, oak on the backend, which is integrated into the flavor nicely

Overall - very good Belgian ale. Recommended

Price Point - $12.99/ 750 ML bottle

Photo of MooseBoose
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Niceroad77
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Fargrow
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of JayQue
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great beer!! I can't believe I held on to this one for 3 years. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Muddy brown color with a lot of yellow light coming through. Nice size off white head with average retention. Minimum lacing.

Aroma is some dark fruit and oak. The smell is much weaker than the big flavor.

Taste is very good. Dark fruit (mostly figs) with the main flavor being the oak. Rich and malty, goes down very easily. Not much alcohol in the taste, mostly a warming effect, but then again I have had this for 3 years.

Mouthfeel is rich and mostly smooth. The oak provides a little bite and the warming effect of alcohol presence is felt.

A great Belgian style ale....typical for Unibroue.

Photo of ddedhed
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Nice beer with so plum and prune.

Photo of jburley2
4/5  rDev -5.2%

2013 Bottle 750 mL
A: Somewhere between a dark amber and a pale brown
S: Figs with a little bit heat
T: Abundant sweetness with figs, oak and a little bit of boozy heat at the end
B: Thin body with nice carbonation
O: More subdued than expected but not to a fault, would drink again

Photo of diablo14
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Jmitchell3
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of SteveD082791
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

The beer pours a dark chestnut brown with a foamy off-white head that provides substantial and unwavering bubble coverage and leaves a thick coat of sticky lacing while drinking. The nose is yeast-forward with a hint of dried fig, alcohol, light oak and molasses (more so with warmth). It's full flavored with a slightly nutty malt base, bubble-gummy yeast, and lingering tannic bitterness. The beer has a rich winter-weather approved malt base, but is stretched thin by a big yeast fruit presence, bitter oak astringency, and double digit abv. The beer's generous carbonation helps oxy-clean some of those heavy flavors off the palate, but it still sits heavier than expected. Regardless of a less than desirable mouthfeel/drinkability, it's a solid bargain bin find!

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

75 cl

Pours a dark cloudy browb with a yellowish head about an inch thick. Retains pretty well.

Smells of grapes, nuts, brett yeast, and a bit of spice.

Wine grapes, cinnamon, oak, bretty yeast, caramel, and apple all come together in the taste. Hint of roasted nuts.

Full body with fluffy carbonation.

Very nice Belgian style ale with lots of body and character. Really nice emulation of the style while also standing uniquely on its own. About as good as you can get in this style this side of the ocean and better than some of the actual Belgians too. Grab it if you can.

This is a 2012 bottle, so it has a couple years of age on it.

Photo of HardTarget
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown glass with murky edge of light brown. The head starts a big 2 finger head and drops to a thin brown cover that leaves a few little drops of lace.

Smell: Strong notes of the house Unibroue yeast, a blend of dark fruit, alcohol whiffs, a light lemon twist.

Taste: Rich, but not overpowering. The dark fruit, plum, cherry, and a bit of tannin, that all manages to stay light and almost airy.

Feel: High carbonation is almost champagne like with a light body that dries quickly leaving a mild chalky note.

Overall: A masterful beer. Great flavor, rich but not heavy, complex but subtle, great execution. The dry finish is a slight drag on the total package, but encourages another tasty sip.

Photo of noproduction
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of nullbort
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.