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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 863
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 66
Gots: 225 | FT: 15
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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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

LB22, Mar 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

DannyBaldoni, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

rwilling, Mar 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

smekermann, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a deep and hazy amber-brown with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Brown sugar, cloves, orchard fruits, a little bit of peppery spices, caramel, and even a bit of banana and maybe a trace of smoke.

Taste. Brown sugar, caramel and spice, fruits both dark and light, raisins, pepper and just a little woody vanilla. Wow, this is pretty nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-full, fairly smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice, very high quality Belgian style beer. I enjoyed it more than I expected.

Rutager, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Lucho
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours dark amber with a once inch beautiful white foamy head and excellent lacing

Smell: Apples! Green grapes, light oak, very little dark fruits like mission figs and others. Awesome nose that hits you with sparkling apple cider that has been held in oak.

Taste: Wow! This is awesome! Green grapes and apples with some maltyness, with some oak but does not overpower the fruits. There is not much alcohol flavor as this beer is at 10%. easy drinking as it begs you to take another sip. lets see how it open up towards the end of the bottle. I'll come back to this. It did not change too much as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced with a medium to slightly thick body with perfect carbonation that bounces of the tongue.

Overall: This is a killer beer that has aged very well. I had this when it was released and wow has it mellowed out and fallen into place. Cant wait to revisit in another year. Cheers!

Lucho, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Grinky, Mar 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Twan22, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

KalanM, Mar 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Vyronian, Mar 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

mynie, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue's 'Grand Reserve17' @ 10.0% , 2011 vintage served from a corked 750 ml bottle purchased for $12

A-pour is a clear golden amber with a small off white head leaving a minimal lace ring along the goblet

S-another Unibroue take on classic Belgian yeast , this version is very pleasant , mild and subdued compared to say Trois Pistoles

T-so smooth tasting on the palate

MF-lots of carbonation , full bodied , very big beer , a true sip and enjoy as the beer warms

Ov-good beer , big good beer , not Unibroue's best but a damn good beer , I will buy the 2012 vintage for the cellar

sampled alongside Trappistes Rochefort 8 , Gigantic's 'The End of Reason'
and Lighthouse 'Belgian Black12' & '13'

prost LampertLand

LampertLand, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

alelover, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

foodie9791, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

DukeX13, Feb 28, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 12/12/2011. Pours very hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, apple, pear, molasses, brown sugar, toast, toffee, caramel, herbal, banana, pepper, clove, cinnamon, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with big complexity and great balance of malt and fruity esters. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, toast, herbal, banana, pepper, clove, cinnamon, light oak, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, toast, toffee, herbal, banana, pepper, clove, cinnamon, oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of dark malt, spice, and fruity esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, earthy, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale! Big complexity and balance of malt and fruity esters; and dangerously smooth to sip on. An absolutely top notch offering all around.

superspak, Feb 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kayrex, Feb 27, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper-brown with a finger of frothy tan-khaki head. Fades fairly slow.

S - Dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, pepper, cloves, and other spices, oak, vanilla, some booze.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisin, fig, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, and other spices, oak, vanilla, a touch of sourness and candi sugars, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Great BSDA. Great balance and the oak is a nice touch.

ngeunit1, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ToastySteve, Feb 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

guezarka, Feb 22, 2013
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3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From corked bottle into Gulden Draak large tulip glass. Purchased locally. #2011-167955
Modest cork pop...pours with a giant head...muddy brown copper color.
Rich aromas of oak, tropical fruit, Italian herbs...
Modest carbonation and strong mouthfeel.
Flavors of tropical fruit, roasted malts, dark chocolate, minerals, cardboard, bubble gum...I'd better let this open up for a few minutes...
OK...many minutes later...small head...aroma of funky fruit and toasty malts. Flavors are rich and unique...powder sugar meets tropical fruit with sweet malts. There's also an uncomfortable bitterness, something slightly burning, perhaps some oxidation (might have tasted great at the brewery!), perhaps the French oak...not smooth, not easy drinking. This particular bottle is perhaps rougher than the 100+ Unibroue bottles I've ever tried...humm.

DenverLogan, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ystazi, Feb 18, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy brown color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit nose and flavor is semi-sweet dark fruit and oak. Some yeastiness in finish. High ABV is hidden. Good dark ale but Unibroue's Trois Pistoles is better and cheaper. $11.99 for a caged and corked 750ml bottle from The Meat House Pembroke, NH.

jdhilt, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Hellpop65, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

drabmuh, Feb 16, 2013
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
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