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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 69
Gots: 245 | FT: 15
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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 PorterLambic
4.93/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No. 2011-140891 Bottled 2011

Pours a rich and cloudy brown the color of old leather. A huge head develops before receding to a solid finger width of tan. Some lacing left behind.
Smell is intoxicating (no pun intended) with notes of green apple, malt, oak, raisins and a mild sourness all while the glass sits two feet away! Gotta love a ceiling fan. Upon closer nasal ingestion, more dark fruits are found (cherries and figs, I think), the apple is red and green, spices (clove, nutmeg, light cinnamon and pepper). The complexity is amazing and the balance is world class.
Taste is malt, sour, oak, well incorporated alcohol, spice, dark fruits, apples in what has to be one of the most well-rounded beers it has ever been my pleasure to taste.
Full bodied, smooth, rich, almost creamy texture. This slides across the tongue like it knows the way. The only knock is the fairly thick coating that forms on the upper palate and tongue. Lightly effervescent and then mostly at the tip of the tongue. A malt/clove/oak mixture lingers for a good long time to remind you just how lucky you are to drink this alchemical masterpiece. Thank you, Unibroue.

Photo of Beeradelphia
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ryko
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Vixie
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep and dark ruby red with a large tan head. Surprising how large the head is considering the abv.

Smells really nice, can smell candy, like toffee. Can also detect coffee and chocolate, and a nice woody smell.

Tastes a lot like it smells, there is fruit and chocolate and a bit of a candy sweetness to it. It is also a bit spicy, and I can detect a bit of a Belgian candy sugar in it. Finishes with a bit of a woody flavor, and a bit of warming.

Goes down smooth and thick.

Really nice beer here, one I would gladly have again and again. It has a nice complexity, the only thing keeping me from scoring it higher is a bit of lack of balance. Very much worth a try.

Photo of jmbraxton
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of nathanjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of stpaulsipper07
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2011 edition. A crazy-ass offering to find at the local liquor store monopoly concern, but, I guess I shouldn't complain. Ok, I will, but with a slight sidestep - what is it with these pseudo Champagne corks lately? I don't remember having to break out the pliers and corkscrew so often, and not that long ago. So get the hell off my lawn, while I'm at it.

This beer pours a hazy, dark ruby amber hue, with two fingers of silken foamy beige head, which leaves a solid wall of painted lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away. Nice.

It smells of dark, juicy fruit - bruised banana, wet raisins, fig - Belgian yeast with that Canadian twist, caramel malt, somewhat boozy vanilla, a bit of astringent woody phenols, and earthy, musty hops. The taste is almost certainly Christmas cake-like - caramel and vanilla, a bit of sweet breadiness, soft baker's yeast, figs, raisins, apple and cherry chunks strewn throughout, all doused in some nice red wine essence, with the oaken woodiness and tannic astringency balancing out the underlying sugary notes beautifully. Sigh, more please.

The bubbles are present, functional, and quite knowledgeable about right of way, the body a hefty medium weight, and smooth enough amongst some yeasty, boozy tugging. It finishes rather sweet, the bready, caramel malt and attendant spices and fruit still holding sway, with the understated barrel character contributing just enough to help, and not overwhelm.

Erm, well, WOW! Barrel treatment with a subtle touch, for my favorite (by far) of Unibroue's anniversary offerings. What's not to like? Smooth, subtle, and beguiling. Je vous aime, je serai avec vous toujours.

Photo of redmantodd
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet color with a small, off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of dark fruits with a little spice.

Tastes of the dark fruits upfront with some oak notes. Fruits lead off with dark cherry and fig leading into some brown sugar and toffee. A bit of sweetness comes in, but it is fairly mild. The oak notes come through with some light woodiness and a good bit of vanilla. This leads to a toasted bread note that ends with a bit of nutmeg and clove.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I quite like this and everything is blended together well.

Photo of allenc85
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of leaddog
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark nut brown with a finger width of bubbly beige head.

Smell - Traditional Unibroue yeast, caramel, plum, clove, vanilla.

Taste - Beyond the traditional Unibroue yeast, the flavours that follow include the caramel, plum/cherry, and vanilla. Nice oak touch accompanies the vanilla. Sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth body.

Overall - A truly complex Belgian strong dark ale by Unibroue. An array of flavours that blend beautifully. The alcohol is quite concealed (in my opinion), which can be dangerous. Definitely a rarity - if you spot this one in your local beer store, don't leave without it.

Photo of BBP
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, but a bit more brown and clear than is normal for the style. At first the head is full and persistent, but it fades away about halfway through the drink. Lacing exists, but is slight.

The aroma is extremely malty. Both dark malts and roasted malts clash while asserting their presences.

The taste is far less sweet than a typical BSDA due to the excess of roasted malts involved. It also suggests that a fair amount of hops are in play as well. The initial aftertaste is a blast of oak and then the malts come in to leave you with a roasty cocoa like finish.

The body is medium in thickness and heavy in weight. The finish is dry and moderately sticky. Carbonation is just right.

Overall, this was pretty far from the typical BSDA, yet it was more to my liking than many of them. The roasted malt really made this one a bit more complex and it kept it away from cloying sweetness. The first bottle I had nearly a year ago wasn't so memorable, but I think it's really improved with a little bit of age.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No. 2011-146259
Pours out a nice dark murky brown and amber color, very little lights gets through and its topped off with a nice thick khaki head that just created a nice plain of bubbles, and the lacing is awesome. The smell is filled with dark fruit, spices, raisin, coriander (very, very mild) fig and faint strawberry and vanilla come through too. Crisp on the tongue, its slightly bitter overall, but filled with sweet dark fruits and fig flavors. Its got a medium mouth feel and the alcohol come out just a bit in its aftertaste. This one good beer

Photo of ejw127
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of chugfest
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1442nd Review on BA
Bottle to Goblet
750ml C/C

Best by 12-12-2016
Purchased at Bevmo Chino Hills, CA for $13.99
Shared with my buddy Chris

***BE careful, big gusher. Open over the sink or outside***

App- When the foam settled from being a gusher as mentioned it was the beer was the color of rust mixed with brown and beige. The head was a giant 4 fingers from being disturbed and when settled into a 1-1/2-2 finger slow settler to a pond layer. No real lace or cling though.

Smell- A lovely mix in the glass of aromatics. An opening lovely vanilla from the french oak and a little of the wood splinter notes. Next came the spices, lending to allspice, clove and nutmeg notes. No trace of the ABV either. Super smooth.

Taste- I am a big fan of the yeast strain Unibroue uses and this opens with that lovely flavor and then is immediately taken over by vanilla, oak, spice and dark fruits. The flavors are well rounded not overly complex but flavorful and delicate at points.

Mouth- A bit too thin for me. Needs a bit more volume behind it. Seemed a bit to aerated for me. A high carbonation level on this one needed to be toned down a little as well. Residual oak and vanilla.

Drink- Its a tasty beer from Unibroue. All of them are. I think Im just being nitpicky on this one because I expected more from the Anniversary beers. Ill probably grab another one to sit on for a couple years.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 930 ratings.