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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

890 Ratings
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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 68
Gots: 229 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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 Pencible
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque mahogany with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like bready yeast and sourdough and earthy caramel, with some oak and toffee and nutty malt, and a bit of soy and ginger.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and sourdough and nutty malt, with some oak and toffee and Belgian yeast. It had a clean and mellow sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was thick and velvety with fine natural carbonation. Excellent full body.
D: This was an excellent barrel aged quad. Tons of refinement and delicate complexity in the scent and taste. The body was nearly perfect, and the alcohol was very well hidden. Smooth finish too, so it was very easy to drink, but worth sipping. Definitely built to age for a long time, but quite enjoyable fresh. Recommended.

Pencible, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of danp14
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

danp14, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

bigred89, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. (Bottled 2011)

Appearance: It comes off a slightly hazy dark amber soft bubbles throughout the body. The head is pretty thick right off the bat it's white with bit of an orange tint.

Smell: A light yeast aroma that hovers your nostrils, really good so far.

Taste: This beer a little sweet but then again little bitter, has a bourbon to a scotch feel that you can't get enough.

Mouth: Oh yes, very sticking and incredibly smooth.

Overall: This beer is really good, I wish I remember how much it went for because I have had it sitting for a very long time also considering it was probably bottled about a year ago. If you can find it, give it a go...Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of tenacioustomato
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

tenacioustomato, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of bbadger
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bbadger, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of savagepm
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

savagepm, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of kew
4/5  rDev -5.2%

kew, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of cdwil
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

cdwil, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Number 2011-109047. Best before 12 December 2016.

A: Significantly foamy head (great retention) tops a mahogany opaque beer.

S: Musty fruit...a touch of tobacco (stale yeast? lees?). This earthiness might actually be oak.

T/M: Mmm! Excellent. Smooth, full, round, and quite tasty. Lightly tart dark fruit (prunes), spicy Belgian yeast. Creamy, but reserved (no pun here) with a robust, dry finish. Spices added are obvious, but not obtrusive...clove and coriander mayhap? The juxtaposition between sharp and smooth, fruity and spicy is just great.

O: A pretty great beer. Way better than I thought it would be. Highly recommended. Want to have again. If you can find it, buy it.

AgentMunky, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -5.2%

avaldivia, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of t420o
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Grande Reserve 17

No. 2011-85961

Served @ 55 degrees

A- pour produces a big 3 finger tan head resting on a murky brown body with blood orange hues. Very good retention and decent lacing. 4.5 

S- robust caramel and chocolate malt, great yeast smell, green apples, tart cherry, faint oak, great spice smell. 4

T- taste is supurb. A really complex beer. Caramel malt, oak imparts the vanilla, and that wonderful yeast start off followed quick by some green apple, orange peel, tart cherry, spices, and some more of that robust malt. Alcohol is almost undetectable.  The slight vanilla that the oak lends to the beer is supurb. 4   

M- great medium body and nice carbonation level. 4

O- a wonderful beer that I'd love to get a couple more of to age. In fact, I think I will do that since for some reason these seem to be sitting on shelves. It may be the $13.99 price, but if people knew what they were missing they'd be all over it like a cheap suit. 4.5

A- 

t420o, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of dumptruck81
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dumptruck81, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of pandajuice22
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

pandajuice22, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass, 2011 edition. This pours a hazy dark brown tea color with a massive foamy tan head with a pretty good retention. The smells are of sweet malts, yeast easters, banana, ripe fruit, funk. The feel is medium, high carbonation. The taste is pretty good full flavor lots of sweetness malts, fruit and a little dry on the day down. The high alcohol is completely absent.

DavidST, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of bismarksays
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice
A- Pours a dark rich color, like mahogany. A fluffy beige head and lacing is apparent. If you lacked head or lacing on this, you either don't clean your glasswear or simply do not know how to pour beer. The very picture of what a beautiful dark ale should look like.

Smell: Brown sugar, dark fruits, maybe a touch of banana. If not for a slight burn from either a medicinal yeasty touch or alcohol, it would have been higher for me. Other than that, very alluring and promising. Oh, also maybe a touch of vanilla as well. I didn't get it at first, but as the beer opened up more and warmed a touch, it is faint but present.

T/M: Okay, this baby is well carbonated. I know this is an issue for some BAs. They want their triples carbed and their dark beers a touch more sticky. For me, I only want it to feel nice in my mouth (both can illicit that feeling depending on the rest of the beer) and have the proper viscosity (neither thin nor molasses). For me, given what the bubbles likely did for bringing out the nose, I am more than fine with the bubbly nature of this. I also feel like the subtle flavors that I was unable to pick up in the nose (such as cherry and a light oak) became more accessible even as young as it was due to this lively nature. The slight alcohol burn in the nose is much more subtle in the mouth. Magnificent.

Overall: I waffled between a 4.5 and a 5 on this one. In the end, I went with the five because of the superior flavor and appearance of this beer. While the slight alcohol burn was somewhat unpleasant in the nose, I have to admit it in no way impacted my enjoyment on the beer. Also, it went away after about fifteen or twenty minutes.
I highly recommend this beer. World class.

bismarksays, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Tinfang
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Tinfang, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of txbrewer
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark brown that you can barely see through (only on the edges). No real lacing from the light tan head.

S - Malty - good malty - delightful malty. Did I mention that nice malty smell. A very mild hop could be found hiding underneath. Some chocolate notes were hiding out in the back with the mild hops.

T - The nose and taste matched. That wonderful malt comes up and is backed by a almost chocolate like bittersweet that I really enjoyed. The hops take a back seat (way back) and that is just fine by me for this malty goodness.

M - Not too thick, not too thin. It is all around and floats throughout quite happily. The lower bitterness with the full frontal malty, cereal sweetness makes this all the much better in the hot summer days.

D - Yes, and then again, and then once more because you found out there was still some more in the bottle. Sipped on this gem while prepping food in the kitchen. Made the time go by so easily.

I asked the 'Beer Guy' at the store about it and he said smooth Chimay Blue that has been oak aged. He is quite knowledgeable on what he sells and he was dead on with this one. The fact that it was also on sale made even that much better of a find. I am going to try and get another bottle or two just to put up in the back of the fridge.

txbrewer, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 2011.

The beer pours a nice dark brown with crimson and near purple tints in it, very interesting. The head is a nice bubbly off white to almost tan head. Pretty.

The smell has a nice dose of sugary and spiced dark fruits,cinnamon and apples. Nutmeg and a touch of malty alcohol as well. Figs and sugar coated raisins. Not overly aromatic or unique.

The taste is nice and follows the smell very nicely, with some definite Belgian style yeast notes to it along with the dark dried fruits and toffee, some really cool underlaying spice. Some bitter notes too, interestingly in a fruity way once again. Taste doesn't explode with flavor as I'd hoped, but it is nice and pretty in line with most unibroue beers.

The feel is ok, more bubbly than I'd like and sort of thinner too. Way too prickly!

Good, but I'd prefer much easier and cheaper beers from unibroue better too. Maybe it's too young yet, it's hard to tell.

Dreadnaught33, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

sammo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

THECPJ, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of donzilake
4/5  rDev -5.2%

donzilake, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1" tan coloured head over brownish/amber liquid.

S: Yeast, pears and figs.

T: Oak, yeast, figs, pears and caramel.

M: Medium to full viscosity and a high level of carbonation, with some drying from the alcohol.

O: More on the bitter side than sweet, this Belgian Strong Dark Ale is quite complex. For my money, though, I prefer Terrible.

DaftCaskBC, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of RobotLovesBeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

RobotLovesBeer, Jul 02, 2012
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.