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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

855 Ratings
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 66
Gots: 220 | FT: 14
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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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

spencerberus, Aug 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

KELPAK, Aug 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

schopenhauerale, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

kingmaker, Aug 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

bmjivi221, Jul 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Mebuzzard, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Hallertau, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

evil_liver, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellowish brown in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits and maty sweetness are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark fruits-prunes seem to stand out in particular-along with notes of Belgian yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an incredibly complex taste that makes it a pleasant to sip, although its also very drinkable since it hides its alcohol very well from the taste.

Note: Bottled in 2011

metter98, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

smithj4, Jul 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

JuliusCaesar, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, spices, dark citrus, slight hops, hint of cherry, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, dark citrus, yeast, hint of hops, hint of pale malt, and slight spice. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

Tone, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JamesStreet, Jul 24, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

AP: Cinnamon brown colour, fluffy 1/2" head that dissipates down to a dusting with minimal lacing.
AR: A lot of aromas hit you at once with this one. I'm taking several whiffs to discern the individual scents. Oak, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, candi sugar, rum/brandy soaked figs and cherries, raisin bread and Belgian yeast.
T: Mirrors the nose. There's not much else to add about the flavour that I described in the aroma. Tastes identical to what it smells like. Though, the 10% ABV is pretty well hidden.
M: Not as full bodied or creamy as I was expecting. Moderate body, off dry finish, moderate carbonation.
OV: A solid and tasty brew, just not quite what I was anticipating. I thought it would be a heartier darker Ale with a bit of a more chewy body. Description on the bottle says "A Dark Ale", but to me it's more of a Brown Ale which I don't consider 'dark' since Brown Ales look dark red when you hold them to the light. Black and plum are dark, brown is an Earth tone. Whatever. I like it just fine as it's got some nice flavours on it. A good sipper or would even pair well with rich desserts or foods with heavier sauces.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mattpatey, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

irishgreensoda, Jul 16, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 2011 vintage bottle which I found, bought, brought home, stowed away in the cellar, and proceeded to pour into my snifter and thoughtfully sip on once it had cooled down to cellar temperature. Isn't that how your average American goes about acquiring and drinking beer...? No? Oh... well that's what I do. Guess I'ma weeeirdo.

It appears to have a two-finger bone white head and a dark and murky mahogany body.

Ooh, I smell spices! I'm not the most accurate spice detector, but I think I'm getting cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom (had to go and sniff some spices in the cabinet to identify a couple of those, hehehe). The smell also has green apples, raisins, and yeasty bread. So it basically smells like Christmas bread!

Jeez, it TASTES a lot like certain Christmas breads I've had too. There's some sourdough from the lees, and a definite tart grape juice taste. It's kind of fruity and refreshing, actually, which is something I can't say about most Belgian strong dark ales I've had. Alcohol is amazingly absent from the taste.

Keeping consistent with my description so far, I'll call the carbonation lively and "festive" (wee look at me I have Christmas spirit in July). Anyway, it suits the style.

Well, the only thing I can complain about really is the price. This is pretty much the most expensive beer I've ever bought, unfortunately. However, it IS quite enjoyable.

Kuaff, Jul 16, 2013
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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.