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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

900 Ratings
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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 69
Gots: 233 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Nightrain87, Jul 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

thegerm87, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of davey101
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml C+C bottle into a goblet. #2011-91282, Best before 12-12-2016.

A - Clear dark brown body. Lets a good bit of light through. Nice and dense off white head with fantastic lacing and retention.

S - Tons of spice. Cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup, and candied plums and raisins. A touch of earthy and bready yeast. Light oak and vanilla tannins.

T - Christmas spices lead into dark candied fruits and maple syrup. The finish is yeasty with notes of bready malt, bananas, and spicy esters. A light oak presence with a faint alcohol warmth. Mouth feel is well carbonated but medium bodied.

O - This is an excellent beer. The dark fruits and caramel/brown sugar work really well off of the spicy and banana strong Belgian yeast strain. A beer worth cellaring for sure, seems like it would evolve really well over time.

davey101, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Chugs13, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

fisherbray, Jul 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

tfidler, Jul 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Stinger80OH, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

coz, Jul 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

resistdefy, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

hiphopj5, Jul 19, 2012
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
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

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

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

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

kew, Jul 13, 2012
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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
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

avaldivia, Jul 12, 2012
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dumptruck81, Jul 11, 2012
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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
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.