Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve - Unibroue
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4.43/5 rDev +5%
Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Total Wine in late August for $12.99. Bottled in 2012, best before 12-18-17.
Beer poured garnet with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing.
Nose is classic Belgian yeast and dark fruits.
Taste is dark fruits, a hint of vanilla oak, a bit of cocoa.
Mouthfeel is classic Belgian yeast strain, medium bodied yet light on the palate and smooth.
Overall this brew is superb. Alcohol is well hidden, taste is delicious and very smooth. Unibroue has this style nailed down stone cold!
12-29-2013 23:11:07 | More by arizcards
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
Deep brown, one finger of tan head, some lace left on the glass. Smell is full of dark fruit soaked in alcohol, raisin and plum come to mind, dark bread scents, yeasty, lots of fruit in here, alcohol, ever so light notes of oak/wood. Taste follows the nose in the sense that dark fruit in alcohol are very present, yeasty, overripe plums, grapes and raisin, light oak aftertaste with faint banana candy flavours as well. Med carbonation, full body, silky feeling and very smooth. This is a fine specimen, a truly delicious brew worthy of its distinction.
01-06-2012 16:12:37 | More by peensteen
4.24/5 rDev +0.5%
This bottle is a 2011 Vintage.
A - Pours a deep garnet amber color with a billowy head and really nice lacing retention when the glass is swirled.
S - Oak, some musty dankness, vanilla, figs, prunes, dried dark fruit, light toasted brown sugar and caramel, all the ingredients play very well together and makes for a satisfying experience for the nose. Not strong or overpowering, just eloquent and satisfying.
T - Oak and vanilla surface immediately from the beginning while the vanilla eventually fades the oak stays for the duration, dark fruit, prunes, and figs. Finishes with subtle oak and lingering spicy bitterness.
M - Medium body, gentle and velvety carbonation on the tongue.
O - Superbly done and ranks as one of the top Belgian Dark Ales I've experienced so far. Seek this one out, buy extras, enjoy one now and cellar the others. This 2011 bottle is stamped with a "Best By" of 12-12-16. Would love to have a bottle to try each year as it moves closer to that Best By date.
05-03-2013 22:02:56 | More by jzeilinger
4.39/5 rDev +4%
This pours a raisiny cloudy color with tan cocoa foam. The aroma has a hint of vanilla and stone fruit along with a buttery note and a hint of tobacco.
It tastes smoothly mellow, giving off hints of stone fruit, raisin, and a leathery vanillin whisper. It’s smooth, mellow, sweet and pleasing. It hides the ABV well.
12-04-2013 09:23:30 | More by elNopalero
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours dark mahogany with crimson edgework in the hips of the glass with a two-plus inch head of whipped, bone froth. A dense, thick coating remained on the surface for the duration along with solid sheets of lacing. A beauty to the eye.
Aromatics lead off with candied figs, clove-studded apples, licorice, dark rum, grape bubblegum, and schezuan peppercorns.
Ripe fruit and spicey phenols abound with hints of vineousity and oak.
Medium bodied with a soft, lush mouthfeel. Velvety and lively.
Plump, juicy malt with rum-steeped candied apples and pepper dust starts the palate. Hints of oaky tannins and red wine mingle with star anise, peppercorns, coriander, and grape jam.
Finishes with spice-rubbed apples, dark rum, and a mild throat burn.
Great beer with some cellar potential. Very smooth now but I would give it maybe a year or two for the light heat to mellow.
05-07-2012 01:05:31 | More by brewandbbq
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
Props to andrenaline for including this 2011 vintage in a trade back in the winter. I had planned to age it, then I came across it in a store at home last week, so i'll consume my new purchase and continue to age the trade bottle for at least a year
A - a swampy dark amber brown, thumb of tan head dissipated to a thin covering with significant lacing all around
S - banana, raisin, pear, grains, light molasses and wood, rounded out by booze
T - toffee malt, oakey vanilla, fruity notes of sour apple, cherry, raisin, spice and yeasty esters round out the finish, very complex and layered
M - big body, creamy carbonation, velvety smooth, there is no bite to the high alcohol but a noticeable pleasant warmth from mouth to stomach
O - I don't hand out 5's lightly but this deserves it overall, super complex, easy drinking, just a pleasure every time I take a sip
07-29-2012 04:06:31 | More by joemcgrath27
4.43/5 rDev +5%
2011 vintage. No. 2011-117741.
Served at slightly cooler than cellar temp into a goblet.
Grande Reserve is a beautiful red amber color with less than perfect clarity. The head is thick at first but settles to just a thin layer. No lacing is left behind.
Aroma is sweet, oaky, and complex. It has dark fruits and spice notes with vanilla elements from the oak aging.
Flavor is intense and complex as well. Cherries and plums mix with pepper and clove. Oak seems to bring vanilla, tannins, and a red wine character as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and strongly carbonated. Alcohol is certainly there but it doesn't seem all that strong for such a young beer.
Overall another fantastic offering from Unibroue. I wouldn't expect anything less from this brewery.
05-15-2012 01:34:47 | More by GilGarp
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
A: pours a murky brown with two dingers of beige head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.
S: spices up front with sweet candy sugar and dark fruits. There are some slight buttery notes along with oak and chardonnay-like aromas.
T: similar to the aroma, there are spices and dark, slightly buttery, fruits up front. Oak and chardonnay follow with a slight alcohol presence.
M: medium body with high carbonation, this beer is very dry and clean with a high attenuation.
O: a very tasty beer overall. I enjoyed the regular 17, and the oak barrels add some nice flavors and aromas to it.
06-20-2012 00:23:28 | More by n2185
Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
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