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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 967
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 78
Gots: 272 | FT: 18
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-30-2011

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.
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A dark murky brown with a creamy, light tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

Lightly woody and fruity. Nice, sugary malt notes. The vanillin from the wood complements the fruit character well.

Malty with a good dark fruit note. The oak is really well integrated. Quite good.

Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Solid.

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One of the best beers I've ever tried.

After pouring the beer leaves a thin white head that disappears quickly. It look is cloudy and dark brown with amber traces.

The smell is incredibly strong, just like the taste. The complexity of this beer is exceptional, the spices and european yeasts last very long. Very high carbonation and medium body. The beer is overall bitter, but with some fruity notes. It's 10% ABV, but you can't really taste it.

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750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a fairly dark amber color with three fingers of off white form. Decent retention, good lacing.

S: Spicy oak is quite strong in this beer - very perfumey. I also get some prunes and orange peel. Though the French oak compliments the aroma, it's a bit too strong.

T: Spicy oak is again quite strong with plums and prunes to help sweeten a beer that stays pretty dry for the style. Orange bitters works well with the oak to help balance the sweet dark fruits.

M: On the thin side with fairly high carbonation, but it goes well with the beer.

O: I really enjoy this beer, but the oak is a bit too strong. The flavors meld well together, but this beer would be great with toned down French oak.

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 967 ratings.