1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

Not Rated.
Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

787 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 787
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 58
Gots: 189 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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)
View: Beers (36) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 787 | Reviews: 197 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JEdmund
JEdmund

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-21-2012 18:13:04 | More by JEdmund
Photo of Kopfschuss
Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-21-2012 05:38:01 | More by Kopfschuss
Photo of pgetchell
pgetchell

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-20-2012 19:47:25 | More by pgetchell
Photo of optimistictour
optimistictour

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From notes on some day last month.

A - Dark caramel brown, lush head, much retention & lacing on the glass, barely any light penetration

S - Caramel, apples, rainsins, grain, oak

T - Fruit, brown sugar, cinnamon, smoky wood, lush malt, those distinctive Unibroue hops

M - Extremely velvety + perfect carbonation follow-up, barely there alcohol heat, lingering sweetness

This thing is gorgeous, one of the best dark Belgians I've ever had - and it's from Montreal. One of those cases where the whole is even better than the sum of its considerable parts. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in a fantastic Belgian, or any beer experience for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 19:42:32 | More by optimistictour
Photo of sennin
sennin

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-20-2012 00:28:17 | More by sennin
Photo of wattoclone
wattoclone

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%

09-19-2012 19:52:22 | More by wattoclone
Photo of BrokenStones
BrokenStones

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-19-2012 08:15:18 | More by BrokenStones
Photo of abex44
abex44

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-17-2012 01:17:47 | More by abex44
Photo of snaotheus
snaotheus

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked/caged bottle poured into a pair of large snifters

Pours dark nearly opaque brown. Medium head, slight accumulation of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smell is fruity and sweet with a slight yeast and alcohol odor.

Taste is dark fruity and mildly sweet -- some dates and black licorice. Some yeastiness in there, too. Some slight tartness. Maybe some plums.

Mouthfeel is airy and light. Overall, this is nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 22:15:37 | More by snaotheus
Photo of metalgdog
metalgdog

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-16-2012 02:04:59 | More by metalgdog
Photo of ESPNman
ESPNman

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It pours a dark murky brown (with a touch of red) with very little off-white fizzy head. Very little retention, a bit of spotty lacing.

S - Lots of over-ripe candied fruit that is balanced out with clove and banana Belgian-type scents. Plenty of spice and big dark oak flavors round out the nose. The oak really dominates as the brew warms up.

T - Even more dark oak and spice than what was present in the nose. Great dark Belgian Fruit esters come through beautifully to really give this beer the special barrel aged beer taste. Not as sweet as I expected, and I'm quite thankful for that.

M - Thin and with less carbonation than I would expect. Very dry on the finish. I would expect more champagne-like carbonation from this, but it's not bad.

O - Excellent beer, I'm curious to see how it would do with a couple of years of aging.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:45:27 | More by ESPNman
Photo of Auracom
Auracom

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing as I type, for once. Bottle purchased from MSCM months ago. 8 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on September 13th, 2012.

A - Quite clear amber/mahogany coloring. 3 fingers of a light khaki head dissipated quickly. Thin retention with good lacing. Moderate alcohol legs.

S - Unibroue's classic yeast strain, with floral perfume, cherries, and light oak.

T - Lots more oak barrel character than the nose. Touch of dark, bitter, pitted fruit. Lightly oxidized with soft cherry. A bit of caramel and bread.

M - High carbonation, thin-medium body, semi-sweet finish.

D - Better than anticipated. This one has aged fairly well and is probably the best I've had from this Canadian venture.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 22:00:07 | More by Auracom
Photo of chickenm
chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-13-2012 03:14:22 | More by chickenm
Photo of Melomanemusher
Melomanemusher

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-13-2012 02:09:07 | More by Melomanemusher
Photo of Cyrano41
Cyrano41

Virginia

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-12-2012 15:24:24 | More by Cyrano41
Photo of brez8791
brez8791

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -52.6%

09-11-2012 00:43:08 | More by brez8791
Photo of TheMadStork
TheMadStork


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-10-2012 18:13:18 | More by TheMadStork
Photo of AdamP
AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-10-2012 15:01:29 | More by AdamP
Photo of voodoo
voodoo

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

09-09-2012 23:53:03 | More by voodoo
Photo of heddar33
heddar33

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

09-09-2012 21:43:29 | More by heddar33
Photo of LambicKing
LambicKing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

09-09-2012 01:50:07 | More by LambicKing
Photo of Jmick28
Jmick28

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

09-09-2012 01:14:57 | More by Jmick28
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

these guys can do no wrong in my opinion, so this beer is obviously fantastic. it came at what i thought was a reasonable price at under 13 bucks for a big boy. it pours a rich mahogany maroon color with a very excited head rising to as tall as three inches in my tulip glass. it smells very oaky, and has notes of dark fruit, dried cherries, sauvignon grapes, and vanilla. the flavor is rich and fit for a king, with the fruit and yeast combining in a way that only unibroue can pull off. its deep and complex, lots of fruit but not too much sweet. the alcohol is very well hidden behind the curtain of autumnal flavors and oak. the wood in this beer is perfectly complimentary to the other flavors, its awesome. feel is heavier in body but somehow airy, partially due to the effervescent head. i like this a lot, and would have probably paid another four or five dollars for this bottle. id like to get another and cellar it just to see what happens, if i can be patient enough...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 22:58:08 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of daledeee
daledeee

Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750 ml bottle.

Poured into my big wine glass and got a nice dark somewhat cloudy body with an off white head and an uneven layer between head and body.

Nose is plums and cherries.

Taste is superb. Loads of dark fruit, black licorice, hops, spice. Cherries come to mind. There is a sweetness and tartness built all into one.

Mouth feel is nice and bubbly.

Overall, a really good example. If I would have been sure when I bought this how good it was, I would have bought two. Aging would really be interesting. One of the best beers I have had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 22:20:16 | More by daledeee
Photo of bradfordjohnson
bradfordjohnson

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.2%

09-06-2012 13:42:42 | More by bradfordjohnson
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.