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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

835 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 61
Gots: 208 | 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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irishgreensoda

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-16-2013 20:11:26 | More by irishgreensoda
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

07-16-2013 18:51:58 | More by Kuaff
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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-16-2013 05:58:58 | More by twelveinches
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Lynn

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-14-2013 11:49:38 | More by Lynn
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GennyCreamAle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-09-2013 02:34:28 | More by GennyCreamAle
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wogreen

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

A - a dark, nutty brown with a hint of caramel red, nice foamy cream colored head
S - sugary sweet smell, almost chocalatey.
T - the strength of the beer isnt masked from the offset, however it doesnt have an overly alcoholic flavor. this definitely has a hearty flavor, that i could see doing better with age
M - effervescent and full of life
O - a very nice belgian and while the potency isn't masked like many higher ABV brews ive become accustomed to, the sugary offset is a pleasing balance

07-08-2013 22:09:10 | More by wogreen
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Drknight

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-08-2013 19:24:28 | More by Drknight
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Joe_Duvel

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-08-2013 00:27:42 | More by Joe_Duvel
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

07-05-2013 16:39:48 | More by erialbill
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

Serving Type - 750ml bottle (2012) partially poured into a snifter glass

Appearance - Pours a dark brown/copper/amber hazy colour, with at least 3 fingers of thick caramel coloured white head which unfortunately fades quickly, leaving a decent trail of lacing along the sides.

Smell - Dark fruits all over the place, heavy spices, light coffee and a good deal of wood. There's a lot going on here.

Taste - Much like the nose, dark fruit's and spices take centre stage. This is backed by a good deal of malt and an equally healthy share of the french oak the beer was aged in (especially towards the end). There's a lingering alcohol taste but not so much as to overpower everything else this has to offer.

Mouthfeel - Extreme (and unsurprising) amounts of carbonation. medium to heavy body with a dry, boozy finish.

Overall - 4.75/5 Been waiting to try this for a while now. A seriously complex brew...this review doesn't do it justice. Regardless, the wait didn't disappoint, and this is easily my favorite offering from Unibroue thus far.

07-04-2013 03:14:39 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-03-2013 22:26:53 | More by WOLFGANG
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -14.9%

pour is hazy dark brown with tight light tan head. Nose is heavy candied sugar with notes of oak, lightly cooked brown sugar, a bit peppery, slightly green vegetable, strong dark berry aroma and a tinge of alcohol. Taste follows suit, a bit sweet, lots of berries and candied sugar, light oak balanced in fairly well, a hint of green herb and alcohol in the finish. Body is smooth and full, assertive carbonation and semi dry finish. There is a cooked sugar note that lingers with sweet dark berry after the finish.

07-03-2013 17:32:56 | More by cpetrone84
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tubeyes

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

07-03-2013 01:20:43 | More by tubeyes
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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

Hawaii

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
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.