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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,806
Reviews:
288
Ratings:
1,166
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
368
Trade:
16
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Ratings: 1,166 |  Reviews: 288
Photo of ian_graf
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BucBasil
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a cola red color, very dark, with a frothy, creamy tan head that is super thick and sticks around a while.

S: Dark fruit and caramel with brown sugar note. Cherry and a sort of syrupy sweetness. Light spiciness and a roasted/toasted woody note. Complex aroma but not too overpowering. Really nice smell.

T: Cherries and a sweet candy note. Yeast and a roasted malt note. An almost medicinal but not - more like the sweetness in kids medicine that is not unpleasant. Spiced rum and dark fruit really strong in the middle. Alcohol evident but not overpowering. Spices and brown sugar round things out. This is a pretty good one, but can get slightly cloying.

F: A nice creamy feel with light carbonation. Fills the mouth.

Overall: This is a great beer from a great brewery. Really hits the style here, matching some of the true Belgians that are out there. Recommended. I would love to see this with more age on it.

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Photo of cardfan212
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2016 750 mL bottle into a goblet.

Look - Pours an opaque chocolatey brown with a thick fluffy sandy tan head, almost like a meringue.

Smell - Light floral and earthy notes with some underlying estery sweetness. Surprisingly mild on the nose for its staunch appearance.

Taste - Lots of sweetness, from chocolatey to bready to a slightly marshmallow type taste. Turns over into a smokey wisp with a slight bit of peppery alcohol bite. Simple yet complex at the same time.

Feel - Medium body with a fairly lively carbonation. Slightly too perky for me, but it's fine.

Overall - A fairly good yet understated Belgian ale. I'd rather have a mild and understated beer than something far overblown though.

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Photo of rale
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of quadmad
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from August 2016 (28 months). $11.00 From the LCBO. Served in a Chimay chalice/ Decent head; lacing solid on the glass. While waiting for it to warm I could smell the aroma from three feet away. Taste was a little harsh. Another solid BSDA from Unibroue.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle cracked in 2018. The cork was almost impossible to get out, but I was eventually successful. Poured from fridge temp, but allowed to warm. Pours a dark brown color with tan head. Nose is dark fruit, toffee, candy, and a touch of metallic notes. Definitely some Belgian yeast in there as well. Taste is very much downhill from when it was fresh. I waited too long. That said, it still has some nice yeast, dark fruit (cherries especially), and nutty notes. Some oak and toffee, as well as some tree sap are there. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, this was really good but should be consumed within 5 years.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12/1/18 (Chicago): Bottle purchased in 2013, best before 2/28/18 on bottle, poured into Chimay chalice. Dark ruby pour, generous puffy off-white head leaves generous lacing as it slowly dissipates. Very nice sweet aroma, spices and fruits. This beer aged very well. Roasted malt, raisins, figs, cherry taste. The whole fruit basket, very well blended, slighly spices offsets well. Extremely mellow and smooth creamy mouth feel, carbonation holds well. Excellent beer, one of my all time favorites, well done once again Unibroue!!!

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Photo of starclimber
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bman6266
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gbiello
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Agent-86
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of knowyourown
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jhodgert
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -3.8%
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 +12.5%
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 -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigdeuce
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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 -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RichieRich1812
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walnut
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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