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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve | Unibroue

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4.22/5
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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:
#1,010
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
1,152
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
368
Trade:
18
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Ratings: 1,152 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of 2-star
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jbull08
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amguerra305
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle cracked in 2016. Poured dark brown with an off white head. Smelled like an orchard. Green apple was most prevalent but there were hints of raisin and plum. Taste was sweet with fruit notes. An underlying hint of caramel. I had cracked another 2011 a few years back and remember alcohol was very prevalent; it was almost nonexistent once it had aged. There is also a rather chewy sweetness to it. Moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Overall this is a beer that does extremely well when aged. Really gets mellowed out and everything just kind of merges in to something new. Will have to buy another and have an equal amount of self control. I suggest you do the same.

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

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

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nra818
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miccal
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eire
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage opened in May 2016. A total gusher to start with, foam all over. Once it settled down, what we have here is a dark Belgian ale with plenty of yeast, a champagne touch, dark fruits, lively carbonation and a thin mouthfeel. Drinks easy, but I don't think it is terribly complex.

Glad I tried, but would not revisit. La Fin Du Monde this is not.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dd43
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped a 2012 bottle for a quiet dinner with the family. Poured a pretty opaque muddy brown with a light tan head that faded to nothing. Minimal lacing thereafter. Slightly too turbid for me to call it an attractive looking beer. Aromas of baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. An earthy quality as well, almost gourd like. Flavors added in Belgian candied sugar but not as big as a tripel or quad, less sticky sweet than that. Vanilla and cherry from the oak barrels this was aged in. There was a woody note that sort of dried out the finish, which was nice. I would call this a really good beer, but I'm not jumping on a world class bandwagon. It was well aged at over 4 years but I don't feel like additional time would have added any complexity. No oxidation that I could detect.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great ale (2013 vintage) and worth the price (which is high praise coming from a cheapskate like me.)
Looks like a Unibroue dark, full head and persistent bubbles.
Smells like vanilla, but the rest is too complex and too much work to un-pack... so I just enjoyed.
Taste is easier (but still no exegesis): roasted malt whose semi-sweetishness is balanced by 35 IBU.
Feel is full.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die" (published 2013), a sequel to his CAMRA classic. As usual, he gives precise tasting notes and a well-researched review. Protz' also tells me something I did not know: that Unibroue was bought by Sapporo in 2006. Then he tells me something I did know about, perhaps, my favorite North American brewery: there "has not been any diminution of the quality or character of the beers." Certainly true for 17.

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3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickG
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjccmd
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Savory malts, rich, and sweet in the aroma. Coriander, fruit cake, cinnamon, honey. Hints of french toast, perhaps some diacetyl. Dark fruit aroma increases as it warms. Oak and vanilla become apparent as well.

Dark brown with amber highlights. Light tan head. Good lacing and retention.

Rich sweet malts, dark fruit, some bitter chocolate. Vanilla oak character. The oak seems to mellow the fruit I typically find in Unibroue beers.

Medium body, high carbonation. The oak seems to add body. Somewhat silky, but bright and spritzy as well.

With the oak mellowing the fruit character, I feel like I'm missing one of the things I like about Unibroue. Still great, complex, but not cloying.

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Photo of KGilmour
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yasky
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrHolden
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoLight
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: burnt orange/copper body, lots of bubbles steaming up the glass. Thick, light khaki head that retains very well and leaves nice lacing. (The yeast at the end clouds the color right up.)

Aroma: strong alcohol, black pepper; some kind of dark fruity aroma, like Pinot Noir.

Taste: Dark, heavy malt; a little dark cherries; a little prune or raisin; black pepper; Pinot noir.

Mouthfeel: thick, with some carbonation.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,152 ratings
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