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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 972
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 80
Gots: 278 | 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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Ratings: 972 | Reviews: 227
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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured this out slowly resulting in only a thin finger of head and minimal lacing. The colour is a deep mahogany, mostly clear except for a little suspended sediment.

S: Up front over ripe dark fruits, raisins, cherries and prunes. Scents of dried fruits soaked in bourbon rum, and smooth bourbon vanilla. Bread and yeast mingles giving hints of fresh banana bread. Finishes with a slight hint of alcohol.

T: Sweet dark cherries and prunes mingle again with smooth bourbon vanilla, probably as a result of the oak aging. Mid palate there are some rich smooth coffee notes, and finish with a slight hint of warm alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, an excellent mix of carbonation and thin syrup coating. Enough left on the palate to insist on more.

O: The dark fruits paired with the oak aging creates depth and richness in both the flavour and on the nose. Unibroue proves once again that it can tip the scales from great brew to excellent. It's well worth picking up a few bottles, sniff, sip and enjoy.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of acevenom
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours dark toffee brown with a biege colored head that retreats pretty slowly. Some bubbles can be seen meeting the underside of the head. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head retreats. I pick up some apple, grape, cherry, and maybe raisin aroma up front with some spiciness, some of those malt aromas, sweetness, some alcohol, and some of that wood. The taste follows the nose. The fruity aromas I detected like the apple, grape, cherry, and raisin are there. I pick up some of those spices, toffee, dark malt, oak, and some barely detectable alcohol heat. The body is medium with strong carbonation, which is to be expected from a bottle conditioned beer. The finish is sweet, but also clean. This is excellent and absolutely worth the price.

Photo of sommersb
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 09-29-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage, Best by 12-12-2016
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Review #400!

Appearance is a dark brown beer, nearly opaque, with red tinges. A big, tan head of 3+ fingers shows excellent retention and very good lace.

Aromas are rich, of aged wood, sweet caramel malts, raisins, and a slight smokiness.

The taste is malty and full, with sweet over-ripened fruits, spices, grapes, Belgian yeast character, and earthiness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied, with a medium amount of carbonation. Aftertastes are of wood and cherries -- somewhat sweet with a little sour aspect as well.

Overall a very delightful anniversary ale from Unibroue. Strong, with a nice alcohol warmth to it. Mellowed out nicely as it came to room temps. Recommended

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of videofrog
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml cork & caged bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Poured carefully to avoid disturbing yeast sediment. Bottled in 2011. Best by 12-12-16. Served at cellar temp.

A: Dark reddish brown. Cream head that leaves soapy lacing down the glass.

S: Gets more complex as it warms up. Vinous notes, oak, vanilla, bready malt, a spiciness, and some brown sugar in the background.

T: Many fruit notes. Bready malt there again. Very slight hop bitterness. Oak strong in the finish. Banana there as well. Lingering aftertaste has slight tartness with an apple tone.

M: On the thick side of medium. Carbonation tingles the gums a bit.

O: Alcohol still fairly well hidden for a brew meant to mellow with age. One of Unibroue's better offerings, which says a lot. Really wish I had the patience to cellar one of these.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of optimistictour
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ESPNman
4.27/5  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.

Photo of Auracom
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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