Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by MasterSki on 12-30-2011

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#1,838
Reviews:
283
Ratings:
1,161
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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Photo of starclimber
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bman6266
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gbiello
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Agent-86
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear dark, dark mahogany brown pour. Light ruby red around the edges. Massive creamy off-white head leaves fantastic lacing.

S: Dark fruits and Belgian candi sugar. Sweet and spicy.

T/F: Toasted malts, Belgian sugars, and molasses. Light cherry, plum, fig, and raisin. Mild spice... with a bit of clove and nutmeg. Mild hopping for balance. Medium bodied and smooth creamy carbonation. More of the above at the finish.

O: An outstanding Belgian Strong Dark. Outstanding flavor and complexity... probably the best beer I've had from Unibroue, which is an excellent brewery.

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Photo of BHapeman
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of knowyourown
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jhodgert
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had Grande Reserve 17 a while ago but I am writing from notes that I took. I thought this was a great beer.

Look: dark brown with a thick tan head

Aroma: Sweet dark bread, chocolate, dark fruits

Taste: Sweet dark bread, chocolate, some coffee, and dark fruits, some bitterness and hints of oak, it's a very nice blend of flavors

Feel: medium to full body.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown with a large foamy light tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, raisins and molasses.

T - The taste is raisins, plums, molasses, caramel, chocolate, dark bread and light vanilla.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouth fell with a soft crisp finish.

O - A very nice Belgian dark ale. The layers of flavor are very inviting and the ABV is nicely hidden.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2014:
L - Deep opaque brown with a medium tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind. The head is very smooth in appearance almost similar to Guinness.
S - Pretty complex. Sweet yeasty, bready malt, notes of caramel, vanilla, chocolate, dark dried fruits. Notes of oak definitely shine through.
T - Follows the nose and is very complex. Sweet yeasty, bready malt up front followed by notes of caramel and chocolate - the vanilla, dried fruits, and oak really intermingle well with everything. Maybe even some notes of rum. I can't really say any flavor comes on more on the back end or the front - everything is mixed in so effortlessly together.
F - medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very smooth and somewhat thick feeling.
O - This is an amazing Belgian ale. It's incredibly complex and rewarding. The notes of yeasty, bready malt intermixed with vanilla, dried fruits, oak, chocolate, caramel, and everything else I've yet to notice come together so well. This is a must try. Fantastic.

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Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigdeuce
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jesus is this beer complex. Dark, dark, dark. Light tan head that rivals Duval’s. Lacing everywhere. Scents of roasted duck with an okyness and much pluminess. Tasted like oaked cherries and cranberries. Slight apricot with a bit of tartness which is wiped away by the oak. Perfectly balanced. No alcoholic taste but be careful. Two of these may put one on his/her couch in 2 hours. Great beer!

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Photo of gabrielcolom
3.17/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walnut
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wjbent
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FyreStorm
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky copper-brown with three chubby fingers of fluffy tan head that leaves thick spongy lace as it recedes.

Smells of sweet raisins, caramel tarts, spiced rum, butterscotch, cola, dried vanilla, new leather, pipe tobacco, barrel wood and candied figs.

Tastes of gingerbread, spiced raisins, more drizzled caramel desert, cloves, more oaky vanilla, stone fruits and mild herbal hops.

Feels rich and silky. Deceptively medium bodied with pleasant frothy carbonation. Finishes sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. The work of masters.

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Photo of StormAles
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into a chalice. The appearance was a nice ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that leaves some nice adequate somewhat clingy lacing. The smell had the Belgian spicy sweetness carrying over into a vast array of dark sugar coated candied fruits such as plums and raisins. The taste was exceptionally sweet through the plums and raisins but the Belgian spices tend to take a back seat here. There is a super long sweet dark fruity aftertaste with a long dark fruity and somewhat sticky finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy on the body and maintains a mostly sipper sort of fashion about it. The carbonation is very smooth and silky coating my mouth and tongue, although, this could be due to the age of this beer as well. Overall, it's a very nicely done Belgian Strong Dark ale that I could come back to.

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Photo of Casey_L
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle, served in a goblet.

Pours a semi-opaque, honey-maple with two fingers of lush, cream coloured foam. The head slowly settles to a thin cap with bubbly islets and a solid sheet of thin lacing that eventually fades to a persistent spiderweb.

Sweet nose of malt syrup and butterscotch with fruity yeast, brandy, tobacco, copper and green leaves.

Taste is tart, sweet and richly malty. Lemon juice and damp wood, cherries and allspice, raisins, molasses, vanilla Coke, Sweet Tarts and leafy herbs. Finishes with tart, fruity stickiness on the palate and some complicated fruity yeast in the sinuses.

Feel is creamy and unctuously malty, medium bodied, adequately carbonated and not as boozy as I had expected.

Overall, a subtle and mellow take on a Belgian dark. Low on booziness and barrel character, high on yeasty, fruity complexity with some detectable hopping. This was an excellent beer to sit and relax with after my morning's work was done and before the kids got home from school.

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