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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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948 Ratings
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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 73
Gots: 260 | FT: 17
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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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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

these guys can do no wrong in my opinion, so this beer is obviously fantastic. it came at what i thought was a reasonable price at under 13 bucks for a big boy. it pours a rich mahogany maroon color with a very excited head rising to as tall as three inches in my tulip glass. it smells very oaky, and has notes of dark fruit, dried cherries, sauvignon grapes, and vanilla. the flavor is rich and fit for a king, with the fruit and yeast combining in a way that only unibroue can pull off. its deep and complex, lots of fruit but not too much sweet. the alcohol is very well hidden behind the curtain of autumnal flavors and oak. the wood in this beer is perfectly complimentary to the other flavors, its awesome. feel is heavier in body but somehow airy, partially due to the effervescent head. i like this a lot, and would have probably paid another four or five dollars for this bottle. id like to get another and cellar it just to see what happens, if i can be patient enough...

Photo of daledeee
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750 ml bottle.

Poured into my big wine glass and got a nice dark somewhat cloudy body with an off white head and an uneven layer between head and body.

Nose is plums and cherries.

Taste is superb. Loads of dark fruit, black licorice, hops, spice. Cherries come to mind. There is a sweetness and tartness built all into one.

Mouth feel is nice and bubbly.

Overall, a really good example. If I would have been sure when I bought this how good it was, I would have bought two. Aging would really be interesting. One of the best beers I have had in a while.

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4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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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.

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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.