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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 57
Gots: 188 | FT: 12
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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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5/5  rDev +18.5%

11-21-2012 18:53:56 | More by shick1
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-21-2012 18:53:22 | More by sneaks2210
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-19-2012 01:06:15 | More by shigg85
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

11-18-2012 00:36:33 | More by jheezee
Photo of Ranz


4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: In my whisky snifter, this 2011 vintage poured a deep, verdant brown that created a nice finger of head after a slightly vigorous pour.

S: Clove, apple, hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and thick bready malt from the yeast create an intoxicating aroma. Wow: the refermentation did this some good.

T: A strain of sharp, charred oak makes itself immediately present before sugary fruit flavors--including plum, cherry, slight citrus, and fig--come to the fore. Unbelievably complex, this beer boasts some unique and nuanced flavors. Lovely to sip.

M: Incredibly thick and heavy on the tongue, the mouthfeel does the waltz, slowly, around your mouth when lesser beers would try to move too quickly and stumble around. This beer has the maturity and poise to sit comfortably restful.

O: I love a good dark Belgian, and this may take the top spot as a new favorite. Once again, Unibroue fails to disappoint. Excellent job, chaps.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:23:42 | More by Ranz
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

11-14-2012 17:23:10 | More by ReeseMax3
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

11-11-2012 08:09:39 | More by DruC4
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4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*** Original 2007 bottle ***

Opened it tonight with friends, and I have to tell you, that has nothing to do with the new 2011 bottle.

It poor nicely into the glass, a nice brown with a small nice head.

The beer smell of oak. caramel, some nuts and fruits. Nothing extraordinary, but yet, it's comfort into a glass.

The oak has strengthened, the alcohol and the sugar has melt into nuts and fruits. Ageing that beer has brings complexity and aromas into the beer.

I've start drinking microbrewery beer partly because of that beer back in 2007, but while the new one is good but has nothing to impress, the bottle that I've opened tonight was worth the five year I've waited to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 06:41:09 | More by jfdesjardins
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage traded from Andrew (thanks!), drunk in November 2012.

Pours dark reddish brown, hazy -- kinda ugly, actually, but who cares? Good fizzy head.

Smells of dried fruits and malt, maybe even a little vinous.

First sip is not too sweet, even bready. Has either high acidity or effervescence. The finish has lots of dried fruit like plum or raisin.

Second sip is rounder, sweeter, fruitier up front. Toasted malts add a "baked" flavor, but it isn't smoky. Maybe a hint of brown sugar.

There must be some hops in there, but they don't stand out -- appropriate to the style.

Tasty. A bold, sweet, strong sipper. Right up my alley. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:29:57 | More by mmapes
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Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


***2011 Vintage***

Poured from a 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife (Date code: M12111602QFL, bottled Dec. 12, 2011)

Appearance: Massive foam that isn't overwhelming but still sturdy. Body is a light chestnut brown and the head is the color of lightly caramelized sugar. Very nice.

Smell: Strong Belgian overtones mixed with some oak soaked in white wine. Mild spicing as well.

Taste: The mellowness is the first thing that hits me. Cork and oak mixed with some mild wine-like overtones. Some spices with a lingering herb presence in the finish. Nice but not as complex as i would have anticipated.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation with a body that feels quite smooth. Packs a little bit of heat.

Overall: Some nice oak aging nuances but to me, that's what they were, nuances. Left me wanting a little.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 12:30:23 | More by papat444
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

11-07-2012 01:02:54 | More by Peller80
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Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -76.3%

11-06-2012 20:40:41 | More by cfalovo97
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

11-05-2012 02:30:57 | More by tom10101
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shared a bottle with my brother. This beer poured a great golden amber with a short one finger head that didn't last very long.

I could really pick up on several notes from banana to vanilla to smoked oak.

All of the aromas carried over to the taste as well with a slight since of the alcohol content slipping in there.

A very bright and full mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation.

Overall, a very good beer and one that I would recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 19:09:54 | More by Hazer115
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Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

11-01-2012 14:13:59 | More by Sbekolay
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

10-31-2012 18:06:42 | More by AApparel
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/29/12 notes. This is the version rebrewed in 2011, with a best by date of 12-12-2016 on the bottle. Have had it for several months, 750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with one finger plus of fluffy off white head that's lasts for a minute or two and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, oak, spices, raisins, oak, roasted and toasted malts, fruity malts, light vanilla, and Belgian yeast. Really awesome nose; it's like La Fin De Monde with a little bit of oak to it. Really nice.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, alcohol, bready malts, sweet raisins, plums, figs, oak, toasted malts, light vanill and burnt malts. A little more alcohol here than the nose, but still really nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an awesome beer from Unibroue. I like a lot of their stuff and this is up there as one of their best in my opinion. Awesome nose and easy to drink; definitely worth getting if you're a fan of Unibroue.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 16:56:11 | More by mdfb79
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

10-30-2012 19:05:20 | More by jklecko2
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

10-30-2012 03:16:31 | More by CaptDavyJones
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-29-2012 00:44:34 | More by ilikebeer03
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17 Grande Reserve opens to a sweet, spicy nose that boasts, on the one hand, raisin, fig, date, plum, black cherry, and blood orange fruit esters, mixed with light molasses, brown sugar, and wildflower honey, and on the other, touches of clove, white pepper, perhaps ginger, allspice, coriander, cinnamon…the spice bouquet is varied, and much like in well-prepared foods, difficult to pin down. Hints of lemon and sweet pink grapefruit from the hops add texture. The overall effect is closer to mulled cider than beer, the dark fruits and spices coming together very nicely, tempered only by the lightest touch of toast crust and marble rye bread, and instantly reminiscent of Christmas: gingerbread cookies, five-star fruitcake, wassail. This is one of the more unique aromas I’ve ever encountered in a beer, and a welcome change from Unibroue’s spice-heavy noses.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a panoply of dark fruit esters, including raisin, plum, date, fig, prune, blood orange, and berry, with additional molasses, wildflower honey, and agave nectar thrown in for good measure. Spices are definitely peppery, but also seem to include ginger, cinnamon, clove, coriander, and perhaps allspice; again, the spices mingle well and are difficult to separate. There is a slight rubber tire hint around the edges, which is strange, but mostly blends well with the dark fruits. Touches of lemon and pine from the hops add further complexity, as do brown breads and toast crust. There’s also a very noticeable almost merlot-like quality to the beer, as if grape juice had been added pre-fermentation. The aftertaste is mainly spice, with some dark fruit left over, and lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, biting at the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, this beer had immense promise on the nose, and while most of that translated well to the tongue, the interplay between spice and dark fruit created a strange rubbery taste around the edges, much the way that over-spiced fruitcake comes across as over-caramelized (the point of near-burnt) and slightly bitter. The beer is still good, but this bitter layer adds just enough of a strangeness that it becomes slightly off-putting. The beer is still worth trying, but I wish the taste had more closely followed the nose.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:23:43 | More by jondeelee
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-26-2012 03:39:42 | More by strongaf
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

10-26-2012 02:12:59 | More by whatname
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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

10-21-2012 14:18:45 | More by Snodman
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

10-20-2012 01:37:13 | More by Brewsed
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
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