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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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1,142
Reviews:
276
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
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Photo of Brob245
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - dark brown with foamy, tan head, and good retention
A - terrific - wine (Chardonnay? - don't know wines), oak, dark fruit and caramel
T - follows nose, with grape finish
F - lighter body than expected, but great carbonation and pleasantly sweet finish more than make up for it

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Photo of SpaethJam
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into small snifter. 2014 vintage, bottled/brewed on feb 21 2014, best before feb 21 2019. consumed oct 23 2015

a: opaque dark brown-mahogany with some deep orange hues under a tan head

s: really spicy with some strong alcohol. dates, vanilla, clove, caramel, wood, almond, overripe banana. interesting and complex, kind of gives off a rum-like vibe. higher temperature yields more prominent vanilla oak notes as well as apples and cherries

t: strong clove with lesser caramel, cinnamon, and vanilla up front. quite sweet. these flavours lead into a well-blended combination of dates, overripe bananas, some raisins, and a touch of chocolate. alcohol is present. the finish is toasted oak-y with a lingering vanilla presence, and slightly vinous. more fruit notes as the beer warms, as well as cooked apple

m: medium mouthfeel with low carbonation, lingering sweetness all around

o: complex, wonderful not-so-in-your-face barrel characteristics. undeniably "good" but not really my thing

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage 750 mL bottle into Belgian snifter. This 2011 bottle has a best by date of 12-12-2016.

Pours with a dark, hazy, reddish brown body covered by a modest size light tan head that has little retention and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Alcohol esters, mixed dark dried fruits including raisins, cinnamon(!), clove, and fruitcake.

Flavor: Rich and complex with light cinnamon and clove, faint yeast, mixed dark dried fruits and hints of brandy, molasses, and fruitcake. Bitter-sweet.

Feel: Medium-full body. Nicely smooth, Alcohol warming for sure, but it avoids the bite you'd expect from a 10% brew.

Overall: This is a unique, appropriately complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It's drinkable for a 10% ale. Worth seeking out. It was allowed to warm for about 30 minutes but still improved with further warming.

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Photo of harryhops
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fitz284
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle 2014-09132. Best by 02-12-2019.
A: Pours a dark, murky brown with 1 inch light tan head. Good retention. Faint lacing.
S: Booze soaked raisins, cinnamon, sweet malt, light molasses, clove, and maybe a hint of all spice.
T: Cinnamon and sweet malt hit first, closely followed by the booze soaked raisins. Bready yeast, clove, and a hint of light molasses. With warming, oak notes emerge.
M: Medium body...drinks much lighter than you'd expect from a 10% brew. Sweet (malt and spice) throughout. Decent lingering on the palate.
D: A highly drinkable 10% brew. Sweetness is a big component of the beer. A solid offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is an exceptional beer for special occasions. Oak aged. Strong but not boozy. Rich, flavorful, and buttery smooth. Perfect beer to share with a friend. Gets smoother and more buttery as it warms. Drink in a tulip glass and allow it to warm and breathe. I buy a case, give several bottles as gifts and age several for myself. I've aged a few bottles three years, and I've planned plaintive evenings around this very special beverage. Expensive at $150 a case, it is the priciest beer I buy, but I go back once a year for another.

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Photo of asaf
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I loved this beer! I bought a bottle of it for Rosh Hashana, and I impressed my guests with this one. L- it has a murky, cloudy brown/burgundy color, very aesthetically pleasing. S- it has a very sharp alcoholic smell, and then a wooden smell, T- the taste is really rich, it's an alcoholic start but then a sweet malt and oak taste, it reminded me a tiny bit like Newcastle. But not even close. F- very strong mouthfeel, O - one great beer!

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Photo of Jeremy7
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tmappin
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BillCheck
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thepenguin
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage 750ml poured into a Teku glass

L: Pours a murky deep brown, creating a dense khaki head with small foamy bubbles and good head retention.

S: Dark fruits with an interesting lemon note stand out. Befitting the style, a lot of doughy malt pulls through as well with some chocolate, spice and citrus. The oak is pretty restrained, coming through with just a hint of vanilla and general woodiness.

T: The flavor of this beer gets deeper and richer as you get further into the sip. Nondescript dark fruit and bread upfront, followed by figs, raisons, and a distinct chocolaty finish. Just enough bitterness to hold it all together. Not a lot of oak character aside from some slight vanilla and wood spice, though this does pop a bit more as the beer warms.

F: Medium body with moderate carbonation, and just a slight warming in the finish. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV.

Overall: This is a very tasty beer that will not disappoint fans of Unibroue’s BSDA lineup. I’d like to see the oak play a stronger role in its character, and perhaps in the next iteration the brewery could try another maturation method besides oak spirals or else let the beer sit a bit longer, but I’d certainly buy this again and look forward to seeing how it develops over time.

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Photo of huysmans
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B3nn3tt23
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle #118024 poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice. Best before 12-12/2016. Opened on 08/27/2015. Cellared at 53 degrees in a fridge lying on its side. Bottle agitated lightly and then stood upright 72 hours before opening.

Smells heavenly. Well matured notes of Belgian style yeast- with a touch of citrus rind and a hint of clove tea, peach skin, dry bread crust, and a touch of bubble gum.

The flavor is deep and subtle, like a well aged BSDA should be. Caramel, the ghosts of warm spices, dark bread and hints of raisins hit me first. The flavors are so melded it is hard to name anything in particular. It is as if there is only one flavor here- Grande Reserve 17. I am rarely at a loss for words with beer.

The mouthfeel is actually thinning a bit I suspect, and I think it would be the first to go in the long haul with aging. The carbonation is going strong, and the overall flavors are still wonderful.

Conclusion: My first of this beer, so I never tried it fresh. I bet it would have been tasty but overwhelming then, as it is still a big boy at this advanced age. Well worth a try if you can find a bottle. Another fantastic beer from a brewery that I seldom try but am always impressed by.

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Photo of Capsfan90
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a deeper mahogany color with a good head of off-white froth that stuck around for awhile.
(S)- Some deep spiced raisin. Almost rum-like with some coconut and pecan.
(T)- Lots of dark fruits (plum, raisin, cassis, prune). Met with a light cinnamon/coriander spice.
(M)- A good carbonation level. I like the feel this has; almost like a mulled spice wine but more on the fruit end of it.
(O)- I like the play on flavors with this one

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Photo of badgustav
4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - deep brown and hazy. Deep tan head which abates slowly
Aroma - sweet and malty, raisin, oak, and vanilla
Flavor - rich malt, sweet raisin, a very slight alcohol note. Malt balances well with the raisin, not cloying. Slight bitterness, possibly from CO2
Body - medium-full

Pleasant and drinkable, not overly sweet though may get more so as it ages.

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Photo of DamienI
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,142 ratings.
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