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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue

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Ratings: 962
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 76
Gots: 272 | FT: 19
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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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4.43/5  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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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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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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.

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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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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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...

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4.8/5  rDev +14%
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.

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
94 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.