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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 59
Gots: 197 | 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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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say it's been awhile since I have had a new Unibroue offering,back in the day I dranf alot of their offerings.Poured into a goblet a russet brown color with a nicely formed one finger off white head.Some phenolic spice and dark fruit in the nose.Yeasty and spiced phenols on the palate,the spice-like phenolic notes are big,some dark fruit and alcohol rounds out the palate.It's a good Belgian dark but I don't get much wood aged except in the finish wich is mild,in saying that it does meld well with the spiced yeasty notes of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 22:31:17 | More by oberon
Photo of BillyTWilliams


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-30-2012 15:23:30 | More by BillyTWilliams
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, a Belgian like a wine. Well and complex malting. Not too sweet, very drinkable. Though not spicy, it has a richness of taste that was a mealin itself. Light chocolate, decent yeastability, better than Unibroue I have had.Dark thick brown, above average mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:32:36 | More by Sammy
Photo of Blanco


2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

04-29-2012 02:03:30 | More by Blanco
Photo of Gmann

New York

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

Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a big pillowy beige head that settles into a light cap with some spot lacing.

The aroma is sweet with dark fruit. Red grapes, raisins and brown sugar provide the sweet aroma. This is countered by mixture of clove, carob, and light leather. Has an overall spicy nature.

The taste is sweet with a brown sugar/dark candi sugar sweetness. Some raisin and prune dark fruit notes but not nearly as pronounced as in some other BSDA's. There is an undercurrent of caramel and a subtle oak tartness. Hints of carob and tobacco/leather provide a nice earthy quality. Some clovey spice. Wow, nice complexity here.

The feel is moderate with sharp fizzy carbonation, quite prickly. The beer is sweet but not overly so. Still it finishes sweet on the palate with a hint of tartness. I guess it could use a bit more of a bitter or tart offset.

Very tasty BSDA. Not overly fruity with prunes and raisins so it gets bonus points. Does have some earthy qualities. A re-make of their 17th aniversery brew, this is meant for some aging. I may plan on doing so.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 04:21:19 | More by Gmann
Photo of donquixote

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.5%

04-27-2012 02:25:29 | More by donquixote
Photo of emaciated


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-26-2012 02:05:09 | More by emaciated
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a reddish-brown beer with a tan head.
There was a fair amount of lace.

Aroma of fruit and caramel malt. There was a bit of spice present also.

More taste than I inferred from the aroma. Raisins, figs, cherries. Toffee and caramel. A hint of cinnamon.

This was a smooth, very satisfying beer. Would drink it anytime.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 18:58:53 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of dirtylou


4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

split and paired with a NY strip, hen of the woods shrooms and seabeans. #northwest

appearance: dark chestnut-garnet body, thick creamy beige head with strong lace

smell: earthy, figs, dried cherries, brown sugar, a touch of smoke

taste: lovely - brown sugar, dates, figs, roasted nuts, maple, dark malt, oak, a fair amount of spice.

mouthfeel: light and lively, well carbonated

overall: great stuff - no surprise from unibroue

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:59:06 | More by dirtylou
Photo of MatthewWilde


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

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Extremely dark reddish brown, heavy internal carbonation, pours a perfect medium light brown head that is quite intrepid, a bit hazy

S: Quite fragrant, heavy dried fruits, tart cherries, figs, some earthy elements, a few medicinal/herbal notes as well, rather complex

T: Akin to the nose, very nice and strong dried fruit, some spiciness as well as some herbal qualities, a touch of alcohol on the finish, would love to try with some age

M: As I've come to expect from Unibroue, incredibly smooth, easy to drink, light and fruity aftertaste, not too lingering or overpowering on the palate

O: Pretty amazing, certainly deserving of its accolades, smooth, delicious, and fragrant, can't wait to open my second bottle in a few years

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 23:28:01 | More by MatthewWilde
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-22-2012 21:38:38 | More by JohnK17
Photo of clayrock81


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a twany brown with decent head on top of a dark and tropical fruit aroma, some very noticeable yeast along with sugary goodness and that touch of orange/citric spice along with spices. Smooth, semi-creamy medium body that has a fuller mouthfeel thanks to that distinct yeast. This beer has a crackle to it thanks to some lively spices that are peppery and clove-like and there are plenty of fruit flavors. There's an easy to spot orange/banana like citric taste, as well as some black cherry or figs for a dark fruit taste and then there's fruits across the board like apple and grape that I pick up here and there. Well-balanced between this fruits and some spicy and sweet malty goodness, the beer has a lively finish thanks to some good carbonation as well and is a very enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 15:33:53 | More by clayrock81
Photo of russpowell


3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent brown/hazel with 3+ fingers of tan head. Superior head retention & above average lacing

S: Pears, Figs & a touch of treaclely booze. Some phenolic notes once warm

T: Follows the nose, some apricot as well, much dryness & a touch of dark candi-sugar up front. Smokey/peaty notes as this warms, figs, a bit of boozey raisin & a touch of brown sugar. Finishes, dry, warming, figgy & with a touch of treacle, nutmeg, cinnamon & raisin

MF: Fairly chewy, light carbonation. Carbonation picks up as this warms, along a general warming feel, but also thins out a bit

A ponderous beer, says it's best before 12-12-2016, I'm sure this will age nicely, not too shabby as it is now, but I was hoping for given its Grande Reserve handle...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:44:42 | More by russpowell
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

04-20-2012 15:51:31 | More by adamant1912
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-19-2012 20:12:53 | More by DSlim71
Photo of SHODriver


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep brown with an ample fluffy off white head with good retention
S: smells of zesty and spicy yeast, some tannins, fruity esters and some dark fruit smells. very complex and nice aroma. I've spent minutes just sitting here and smelling it
T: slightly tart up front with a slightly oaked middle with some fruitiness and some spices. sweet and fruity aftertaste
M: slightly prickly carbonation and medium bodied. not bad
O: a very good beer, not quite the bold level of their other offerings but the subtleties are nice and it's still enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 04:27:30 | More by SHODriver
Photo of Louski


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

04-18-2012 23:31:40 | More by Louski
Photo of Hanzo


5/5  rDev +18.5%

04-18-2012 14:53:24 | More by Hanzo
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving Type - 220z caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, creamy foamy 2 inch head and nice lacing.

Smell - Very strong wine like aroma. Sugars, grapes, plum and rasin. Some spices and a little oaked comes out.

Taste - Much like the smell, has a noticeable wine quality to it. Bitter, bitey grape and plum notes along with some oaked flavor. Spices mixed along with some yeast add more bitter dry tastes. Alcohol is pretty masked.

Mouthfeel - Bitter, dry, much like a wine. Tounge gets fruits, yeast and fruits. Palette gets pretty much the same, along with even more spices. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and grape fruity.

Overall - Good, but nothing special compaired to the rest of unibroues' ales. I was expecting a little more oaked flavor, but this is closer to a dry wine. I think if any other brewery made this it would be great, but this is just more of the same high standard from unibroue. Since its limited its for sure worthy of trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 02:10:04 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Calculat0r


3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-17-2012 16:37:34 | More by Calculat0r
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First glass started ice cold in a frosted tulip and warmed to probably about 45-55 degrees. Second glass started at refrigerator temp and warmed to room temp.

A: 4 finger head of foam; murky dark cider-colored pour landed as a opaque rich brown-red beer

S: malty dark fruit and spice

T: complex balance between dry oaky wine and spiced malts - hints of fig, prune, raisin and spices; yeasty tang; very faint after-hints of mocha

M: crisp as first, smoothing out as it warmed; light bite of alcohol; medium-light body; brisk sustained carbonation

O: love these guys - have never had a bad Unibroue - all Unibroue beers have a certain yeasty/malty (?) flavor aspect that sets them apart from all other brewers. However, honestly, the other beers in their line (La Fin du Monde, Maudite, & Trois Pistoles all come to mind) are all so good that I'm not sure this is necessarily a better beer, but it is certainly equally classy and full of character.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 18:05:36 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of Archemedies


4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-16-2012 00:51:21 | More by Archemedies
Photo of kojevergas


3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given its current ratings and the brewery - which I usually like. Bottled in 2011. ABV confirmed as 10.00%. Best before date 12-12-2016. Reviewed live. Acquired at Red Carpet Liquor in Glendale, California. I don't recall the cost.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I used pliers to remove the cork, yielding a satisfying pop indicative of solid carbonation.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and incredible retention for the high ABV - at least five minutes. Colour is a semitransparent dark amber. Fairly translucent.

Sm: Quite yeasty, with noticeable oak, dry white wine, a vague hint of what might be peach, spice, vanilla, and clean malts. A masterfully subtle, mild strength aroma.

T: A clean malt foundation backed by a nice oak tone, with lees and yeast at the forefront. Spices aid the balance. Some vanilla - especially on the climax, and hints of cacao about the climax and finish. No alcohol comes through in the taste - which is quite an accomplishment. No white wine; I may have been mistaken about that note. Light cream on the open. Reminds me of a witbier somehow. The yeast is delightfully layered, with some earthy, some spicy, and some biscuity. Masterfully subtle and quite complex. Exceptionally well balanced. I like it, but it's a touch too sweet, lessening the drinkability.

Mf: Fizzy, slightly coarse, and wet. Too thick. Adequately carbonated. Something's off about the mouthfeel, preventing it from complementing the flavours well. It just doesn't feel right. Light on the palate.

Dr: Absurdly drinkable for the high ABV, but it'll be difficult to kill this bottle. The sweetness wears away on me, and I find myself getting tired of the beer over time. I doubt I'd get it again. If I had it again, I'd want an aged version. Best consumed in smaller quantities. Not Unibroue's best beer by any means, but enjoyable.


Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:33:56 | More by kojevergas
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 2 inch fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring of lacing. Pours a semi-translucent chestnut/maroon, not much lacing. Great color.

Smell: At first, smells like a witbier (coriander, a little clove). Quickly gets augmented with Belgian quad aromas, dark fruit, cola. Signature Unibroue yeast aroma, augmented by clove, some smokiness, mild ambiguous dark fruit. Spicy and effervescent. Very nice.

Taste: Coriander and clove, with some ambiguous dark fruit heavily influenced by the spice (in other words, tastes like it smells, though a bit milder and even more unbalanced toward spice). Same signature Unibroue yeast that you ought to expect from every Unibroue beer (I like it). Nice French oak undertones, very subtle (creamy, almost-vanilla / almost-coconut) that aren't detectable in every sip, but are a good counterpoint to the spicy main flavor. Fruity, spicy aftertaste. Bit boozy, but appropriate.

The flavors here are good, with the spice giving a tangy, smoky tinge to the dark fruit and Belgian yeast, but it's not very deep. A beer like this, I want more adventurousness... but it tastes good. Other complaint is that the spice use is a heavyhanded element among a few significantly subtler elements, which isn't so great.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied. Very carbonated (over- for my tastes). Good finish; neither dry nor sugary.

Overall: Enjoyable, especially if you like Unibroue's regular lineup (mildly backhanded compliment). Interesting beer, with flashes of brilliance (the restrained oak influence, the clove/dark fruit interplay, the bold aroma). Nowhere near great, but I like it very much.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 03:08:35 | More by Pahn
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-13-2012 17:08:00 | More by futurecode
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
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