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
Ratings:
1,142
Reviews:
276
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
366
For Trade:
19
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Photo of bwbetts
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neurobot01
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Updated review: finished the bottle the next night. Not sure if it was because of the slight extra oxidation, or the warmer starting temperature, but I got a much more complex taste this time around: cherries, toffee, rounded oak, lime, smoke, bourbon, light-roasted coffee. The feel is also a more medium-bodied, and isn't so ephemeral. Original review below.

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2013 c&c bottle (best before 2/28/18) into a Teku at fridge temp.

Look: dark brown, almost purplish, with a huge light tan head that settles down to 1cm. (4.25)

Smell: pumpkin bread still in the oven, eggnog, sweetness reminiscent of Abt 12. (4.5)

Taste: something a bit savory that I attribute to the oak; pumpernickel, apple, spices. (4.0)

Feel: surprisingly light, fluffy body. Dryish finish, sort of disappears save for a slight lingering bitterness. (4.0)

Overall: the aroma on this is very good, but the taste just doesn't quite match. Would be interested to try this closer to its best-by. (4.25)

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Photo of Rempeba
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unibroue 17 pours a very dark amber color with a huge lacing head. There is a very strong aroma filled with spices and yeast. The taste is very dark, nice sweet spice note, with hints of yeast. Very creamy, strong flavors. Overall, its sweeter, but very drinkable, nice spice notes.

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

Photo of BWood
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Belgium strong ale. I was surprised at how much I liked it .As it warmed a little itbecame even more smooth. Great head retention as well. I did not get much smell from it (but I'm never good at that).The flavor however was great. Nice spice but not overpowering.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave1999
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2014:

Pours a very dark brown with a white head. The head retention is excellent for the abv.

The smell is dark fruits, plums, earth, a little alcohol, cloves.

The taste is belgian yeast, cloves, alcohol, corriander, pepper.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, syrupy with medium carbonation.

A decent beer, I would've rated a bit higher if it wasn't quite so heavy on the spices. Non the less I will enjoy sipping on this for a couple of hours.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Note: Bottled in 2011

A: Pours a murky reddish brown/mahogany in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate ruby red + copper highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy very light beige head that slowly reduces to a finger thick pillowy layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet dark malts and dark fruits (plum, prune, and fig) with a hint of Belgian yeast spiciness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet dark malts with a moderate amount of dark fruits (plum, prune, and fig). There is a moderate flavor of slightly spicy and distinctive Belgian yeast. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: Just a hint fuller than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Nice complex flavors and aromas make this beer a very enjoyable sipper. Enjoyable and definitely one that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of lloydboss
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MickeyHops
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JDW4195
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
3.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mataman
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kbrown
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful, thick head, malty spicy aroma.

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Photo of Eziel
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strix
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a good head.

Smells of the typical unibroue yeast, plus clove, cinnamon and sort of a leathery note.

Typical unibroue yeast and dark fruits, but heavy spice notes, including clove, black pepper and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel carbonated and slick.

Overspiced for me on this one. I have high expectations for Unibroue, so this one was a bit of a disappointment. Just wasn't feeling the flavor profile.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2012. Outstanding smell, feel and taste! 4.6

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