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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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948 Ratings
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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 73
Gots: 260 | FT: 17
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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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Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Luk13
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A beautiful pour, with a three-fingered ecru head; the auburn liquid is just a shade too dark to see through but the head leaves a curtain of lace

Smell: Caramel malt, dried fruit (dates and figs), brown sugar, apple, oak and spice cake flavors

Taste: Up front, the caramel, dried fruit and spice cake flavors blend nicely with a slightly vinous character adding complexity, in the middle; the finish displays some tart flavors, though the sweet tones that dominated the aroma and presented themselves, up front, linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A nice take on the BSDA style by Unibroue; the tartness in the middle is an intriguing twist

Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MudDrinker
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of iKrystin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of KFBR392
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Such a beautiful thick lacing on the glass I wanted to lick it off. Its that weird? Whatever. Looks exactly like what a strong dark belgian should look like

Smell: Yeast with some exotic spices. The dark fruits play a role but not as much as I would have expected.

Taste: Awesomeness. Dark fruits take over here with some spicy undertones. The flavors are not overpowering, they mix together and really make you enjoy them. Brilliantly dance off of one another which really makes you wonder if you are still drinking a dark belgian. Simply wonderful.

Mouthfeel: OHH baby, so smooth its almost crazy. It was hard to put this one down because it was so creamy and delicious. The yeast sticks in your mouth along with all the other flavors presented in this beer.

Overall: I think Unibroue is one of the truly elite breweries in the world. Their products consistently bring top notch quality. This Anniversary Ale is a true delight and worth a buy.

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in 2011, aged for a little over a year. Open opening champagne-style cork, foam overflowed out of bottle. Inauspicious start. Poured into tulip glass.

A) Big head, about 4 fingers, with very good retention. After 15 minutes, it reduces to a small cap and rings with very little lacing. More amber than brown. Quite a bit of carbonation.

S) Wonderful. Sweet malts, candied fruits, cinnamon & nutmeg, A little bit of yeast, but not much. Expected wood, not getting any - could be from aging.

T) Sweet malt, some spice. Not very yeasty. Very well-balanced, almost to the point where some of the individual flavors present in the nose don't seem to come through in taste.

M) Full-bodied, builds to a bit of alcohol heat that could be better balanced, but not too bad. Very carbonated, which is normal for Unibroue but definitely deducts from experience.

Definitely a major-league beer; wish I had tried the 2011 without aging for comparison. For me, melding and mellowing of flavors plus carbonation cuts score a bit, but this is very, very good.

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Unibroue branded short-stemmed tulip glass

Pours a deep, dark murky amber capped with a light beige two finger fluffy, sea-foam like head which reduces to a light foam cover. A lot oak, dark fruit notes, Belgian yeast, and a whiff of alcohol on the nose. Constant mild toasted oak accents throughout. Dates, figs, mild spice perhaps some clove, brown sugar maltiness, bold yeasty esters. Finishes bone dry with candi sugar and oak. Lively carbonation, fairly full-bodied smooth, and finishes with some silkiness. An excellent brew. Some may be turned off by the upfront oak presence, but I really think it worked well here. Tasty stuff, without a doubt.

Photo of TGS
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of valkyre65
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of TychoNDC
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of phildow
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of speak72
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of rappmann
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(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!

Photo of dbell23
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of mcanderson0
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.