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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

797 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 59
Gots: 195 | 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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nyyfanatic213

New York

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-02-2013 23:58:52 | More by nyyfanatic213
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-01-2013 04:15:36 | More by rodlavers
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-30-2013 13:45:28 | More by alysmith4
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-28-2013 18:30:52 | More by AnitaBrewski
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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-28-2013 01:00:24 | More by JamLand
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-28-2013 00:01:49 | More by Kerrie
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FrostyWPG

Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-26-2013 19:34:37 | More by FrostyWPG
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bluesfan1181

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-26-2013 11:22:14 | More by bluesfan1181
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pascilla

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-26-2013 05:07:04 | More by pascilla
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-24-2013 14:36:04 | More by derkfromwi
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-24-2013 00:17:32 | More by jaxon53
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beerbtl

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-23-2013 20:11:36 | More by beerbtl
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RickS95

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottling

Pours a rich burgundy brown. Not quite as dark as I thought it would be. The head is a finger and a half thick with moderate retention. After some resting, a faint white-ish film rests gently on top.

It's got a lot of spices. Cinnamon comes to mind most. Very malty. Some yeast. A bit of coffee and what smells like chili.

A boatload of malt and plenty of spices. I pick up more cinnamon, malt. Like the nose, coffee and chili spice, and a hit of alcohol in the finish.

It's almost too spicy, but stops just before it crosses the line. Just enough sweetness to offset the spice. Medium bodied. Not hot, but more heat than you'd imagine. Fairly crisp, carbonated finish.

It's a big, strong beer. Definitely a sipper. Tastes more like a seasonal for the fall or winter months with all the spice. A good beer, probably something that could use some more aging.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 03:54:13 | More by RickS95
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine like snifter glass. Vintage 2011 Much thanks to the DC bottle share.

Sample pour provides a real creamy tan head, but a very muddy murky brown body, not much else.

Nose fills with large creme brulee sweetness. Sticky toffee, with a little bit of Belgian sucrose and raisin like sweetness. Oak angle on this is not that noticeable.

Extremely fleeting palate. Slightly watery mouthfeel for a barrel aged beer, and particularly a Belgian Dark. Mild faint raisin quality and some faint oak toasty qualities. Sweetness hinted on the nose doesn't come through in the palate with not much flavor.

Overall even for a Belgian dark and particularly a barrel aged one the qualities on this really seem to be missing and toned down.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:27:28 | More by smakawhat
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wilkowski

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

06-15-2013 03:43:33 | More by wilkowski
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jnolan

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-15-2013 01:34:57 | More by jnolan
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

06-13-2013 01:25:43 | More by jmkoscie
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DoomVM

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-09-2013 06:50:40 | More by DoomVM
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bigd84

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-09-2013 00:07:04 | More by bigd84
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-08-2013 14:34:59 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-07-2013 15:04:22 | More by DeutschesBier
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CadetGCBD

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-07-2013 02:30:31 | More by CadetGCBD
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azdiaz

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

06-06-2013 23:58:05 | More by azdiaz
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2011 Vintage finally available at anbl. Yes! Poured into an Orval tulip. Who cares.

A - pours a light brown, dark caramel colour. Little carbonation, little lace around the edges.

S - boozy, musty red wine, dark fruits, dates, very sour smelling.

T - sweet and sour candy, booze, more winey dark fruits. Tastes linger and are complex but I can't put my tongue on distinct flavours too well. Classic Unibroue belgian taste.

M - fizzy yet smooth, love the warming alcohol as it goes down.

Overall, not the greatest BSDA I've ever had, but I do enjoy the balance of sweet and sour. I'd probably take a Chimay Blue over it, but considering I can't get that in NB, this is a great alternative (though it is $13 a bottle, compared to Unibroue's other $5.88 bottles,

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:39:48 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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hifirestone

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

06-04-2013 12:39:22 | More by hifirestone
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 797 ratings.