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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,012
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
1,152
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
368
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,152 |  Reviews: 279
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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Photo of bshefftz
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrfrancis
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer features rich malt and yeast aromas including prune, plum, fruit, molasses, brown sugar and a hint of tobacco. It pours dark copper brown filled with very fine bubbles that lazily rise to the surface and replenish a 2" light tan foam cap with a very fine bead. It has a mildly sweet, rich malty palate featuring stone fruit, dark dried fruit, fig, molasses, alcohol, spice, a hint of cola and some oak dryness on the finish. Malt and yeast flavors are high. Hop bitterness and flavors are low. The body is medium and the carbonation is above average. The alcohol is mildly warming but not hot or harsh. This is a good choice for sharing with friends.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve 2015 from Unibroue. Got it from a friend.

Look: Dark, cloudy amber color with 3 fingers of foamy white head.

Smell: Raisin, bubble gum, brown sugar, chocolate, malt, cherry, a touch of vanilla. Wonderful smell.

Taste: Sweet bubble gum, brown sugar, malt, chocolate, dark fruit.

Feel: You definitely know that it is a 10% ABV. It kicks you right from the beginning, but after 2 min it is more smooth. Medium body.

So overall would I recommend it? Absolutely. It is one of the best, no the best but one of the best. I think the Unibroue La Resolution is the best but very nice beer overall.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark mahogany with a well carbonated opaque head that sits

Smells of rasin, stone fruits, oak,tobacco, leather, toffee, hint of alc.

Taste is sweet, malt, oak, plum, stone fruits, yeasty bread,

Overall an okay beer, not my favorite

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage served cold in a goblet

Classic BDSA/Quad dark brown color with hints of mahogany in there. Tons of carbonation with perfect tiny bubbles. Nose was vanilla, Caribbean rum, Angostura bitters, spice, leather, tobacco, raisins and prunes. Taste follows the nose but added a nice drying finish from the oak tannins. The oak additions really added a nice complexity to the beer. This is world class; enough said!

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Photo of Boone757
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. 2013 edition, had 10/7/16.

Had this in Feb 2014 without writing a review, got this bottle for $4 the same day I had it.

Pours a dark, cloudy amber, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Very active carbonation. The smell is Belgian yeast, oak, figs, raisins, cherries, some vanilla and malt, light toffee, light spices- clove, for one. The taste opens more with the malt, then oak, raisins, caramel, figs, some plums, yeast, light vanilla. Still light spices, cloves again, but more than the nose. Smooth, very creamy, a good, medium body, slightly too carbonated.

While this undoubtedly was not at its peak, it still drank like a champ. Really well crafted, well layered flavor and aroma. The oak barrels are very apparent throughout. This one is well worth your money.

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

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