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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 61
Gots: 205 | FT: 13
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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4.89/5  rDev +15.9%

750ml bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells, ME. Pours a murky nearly opaque dark brown with a good inch of khaki-colored head. Ripe banana, raisin, date, pear, and toffee comprise the aroma. Ripe banana, pear, spice, raisin, and toffee all fairly equally make the flavor. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Excellent. A little on the sweet side, but I really cannot find a true flaw with this one. Superb.

01-09-2013 00:34:57 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-07-2013 18:41:17 | More by TychoNDC
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-06-2013 06:14:38 | More by phildow
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-04-2013 01:14:50 | More by speak72
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Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip, reviewed from notes. Aged just under a year

A - Dark copper brown one finger of thick belgian yeast style head, heavy lacing once the head finally begin fading.

S - Yeasty spicy Unibroue-esque scent. But this time it's richer, fuller, mustier.

T - Perfectly sweet and malty, the wood has mostly worn off, but still has enough of a presence to be noticeable, finish's spicy from the yeast.

M - To me this is the only downside of the brew, I find a lot of Unibroue's beers to be over carbonated, and a lot of the times it works, but it doesn't help a beer like this.

O - a great offering from Unibroue as usual, however, I prefer this one fresh.

01-03-2013 04:34:56 | More by rappmann
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

(Reviewed from notes - posted under the wrong entry before)

Handsome embossed bottled from the Yonge and Wellesley LCBO in winter 2012.

Dark brown and cherry, with a big frothy head and loads of lacing. Solid looking brew indeed.

Nose is cherry, figs, chocolate, a bit of yeast and indeterminate candied fruit.

A highly enjoyable dark ale - I really like how the oak played in to this. The chocolate is very delectable, with a slight milky flavor. Fruit is quite nice as well, and the yeast is, as per Unibroue's standards, also enjoyable. A slight woodsy finish. Really digging this. Medium bodied, slightly gritty/yeasty. Typical Unibroue in that respect.

A terrific brew that takes the Belgian Dark Ale to some exciting levels. A thoroughly enjoyable brew over the course of an evening. Worth a pick up!

01-02-2013 23:38:00 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-02-2013 22:55:31 | More by dbell23
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-02-2013 17:57:05 | More by rkcrozier
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

01-02-2013 16:26:25 | More by cbnz
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

01-01-2013 20:45:42 | More by mcanderson0
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4.26/5  rDev +0.9%

750mL into a chalice. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a nice soft beige head.

Aroma is bready Belgian yeast, spice, dark fruit, sweet candi sugar.

Taste follows nose. Sweet residual sugars, Belgian yeast, spice. Vinous and bready.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, good carbonation.

Overall a very good BSDA. About what I'd expect from Unibroue.

01-01-2013 06:53:17 | More by draheim
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4.85/5  rDev +14.9%

A: Dark brown and unfiltered, much like a Coke at first glance. 2 finger beige foamy head.

S: Vanilla, cream, dark fruits, much like a trappist dubbel.

T: Dark fruits- raisins, figs and prunes but all in balance, with time, the oak was detectable in the back of the mouth. Dried cherries.

M: Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

O: Extremely balanced Belgian style ale that is not overly sweet. One of the best ales I’ve ever had. Every bit as good as any trappist ale in my opinion. Went well with the tortiere (Quebec’s meat pie) and steak. Would have paired well with cheeses too, but would be great by itself. We had a bottle from 2011 aged for a year, drank on Dec 31st, 2012.

01-01-2013 03:25:57 | More by patre_tim
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-31-2012 22:00:15 | More by philmen
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Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%

Been sitting on this brew since last fall, bottle 2011-7893, which has been aging in anticipation of cracking with my BA bro joemcgrath27.

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red, solid thumb of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Scent is incredibly sweet and dominated by grape juice, hints of cloves, peppery spice and dark fruit notes on the finish.

T - This is where this brew shines, heavy fruit notes with the grape juice and red wine notes dominating alongside some tart toffee and burnt sugar caramel. A leafy green hop note lingers alongside hints of oak and a tart peppery finish.

M - Lighter bodied ale that fills the mouth yet goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - This brew delivered and I'm glad i was able to take it down alongside my BA bro in crime. This is a brew that ages quite well and has a dangerously hidden ABV. The alcohol is only detectable in the belly, making for a delicious and wildly satisfying ale. Grab a few if they're available, you won't be disappointed.

12-30-2012 06:37:01 | More by andrenaline
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-30-2012 06:05:25 | More by Elfastball7
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-28-2012 13:16:15 | More by jeddsp
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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

2011 bottle number 2011-68539 with a best before date printed on back. Poured from 750ml champagne corked bottle into standard pint (my lucky Ninkasi pint even).

A: 3 fingers of pillowey offwhite head that refuses to die. As it slowly falls it leaves sheets of lace. Slightly cloudy but clear dark brown. A lot like the bottle it came in actually.

S: some alcohol and spicy hops up front. A bit of banana and dark fruit. Mostly spice though, smells fantastic.

T: malty and full of alcohol. As soon as I swallow I get some burn, that 10% shows when it is cold. Clove, delicious clove and that astringent belgian funk. Some good malty notes a bit of caramel flavor but not sweet. looking for the oak barrel flavors but having a hard time finding them through the spice.

M: a solid medium body with a hint of tingley fizz. too dangerously easy to drink.

O: I wanted a good belgian so I got Unibroue and they delivered. Boy did they deliver. Wonderful beer, wonderful wonderful beer.

12-27-2012 03:48:10 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-27-2012 02:34:29 | More by mmilyko
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-26-2012 03:13:19 | More by SanFranJake
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

12-25-2012 22:36:12 | More by karatebartender
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-25-2012 02:17:49 | More by jplopez21
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North Carolina

4.56/5  rDev +8.1%

Honored for this to be my 400th review. Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Best Before 12-12-2016.

A- Pours a murky dark brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that bears great retention time before eventually fading to an 1/8 inch head and a thick ring of lacing. Resilient bubbles slide slowly down the glass when swirled.

S- Delightful aroma that's spicy, yeasty and floral with exceptional balance between the three. Slightly soapy, but with a sweetness that's very complimentary. The spices end up being the main component with some faint alcohol trailing behind.

T- Tastes like your usual BSDA but with extra flavor all around. More yeast, enhanced Belgian candy sugar and an assertive but refined alcohol character. There's a light solvent-like rubberiness in the back that ends up tying the whole profile together better than one might expect. The spices are a bit less involved than in the aroma.

M- Very creamy and somewhat sharp from the spice and alcohol combined with high carbonation making for a superb feel. Full-ish body.

O- What a knockout. Definitely the best dark offering I've ever had from Unibroue. If you're a fan of the Belgians, you've gotta try this.

12-24-2012 23:13:16 | More by Immortale25
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-23-2012 21:41:05 | More by dork2caon
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

12-23-2012 04:26:50 | More by Danobold
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Burnt orange colour with ruby highlights. The beer gushes upon opening, and on pouring forms a massive pale beige head. Poor retention and lacing. The aroma is complex with fig, raisin, banana, nut; and delicate clove & vanilla notes. Malty and estery, opening with nut, and dried fruit (raisin and cherry) flavours. There is a strong clove note and a hint of banana mid-palate, followed by a strong oak flavour that provides a tannic finish. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. The carbonation is very finely textured. There is a slippery, almost greasy quality to the mouthfeel that is especially noticeable between sips. Perhaps diacetyl at a level low enough that I can't find it with my nose or palate, but noticeable to the sense of touch. Whatever the cause, I think this beer feels wonderful in my mouth. A complex and satisfying beer - the tannic quality is challenging to my palate, but in a pleasant kind of way. It's strength is very well hidden as well - the alcohol is only really noticeable in terms of how it makes you feel. This is powerful stuff - in terms of flavour, potency, and sheer enjoyment.

12-22-2012 04:25:05 | More by mintjellie
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