Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve | Unibroue

Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve
BA SCORE
4.22/5
1,147 Ratings
Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve
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:
#994
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,147
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
369
Trade:
19
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,147 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of Eziel
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of epyon396
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Strix
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +9.2%
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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Photo of 303beer
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty light brown. Pretty muddy. Has that Belgian yeast smell. Let's drink it. Smooth sweet and bubbly on the tounge. Not bad. Good bottle to share.

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Photo of Trubsy14
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jpwobbles
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Icemann383
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - less then optimal pour produced a thick full three finger creamy white head. Body is a dark mahogany brown. Very hard to see through. The contrast from dark body to brilliant light head is interesting. It is essentially opaque, with ruby hues when held to the light. The head is lingering so long, I am anxious to get a good nose, patience is a virtue. Upon finishing the first class there was ample lacing left behind, great looking brew.

S - intense fruity aroma dominates the nose. whether the yeast or alcohol it all comes together in a raisin prune with slight banana fruit character. Spicyness rounding also to me has tobacco leaf notes. Also pick up a nice dark malt aroma, some roast, lots of sweet barley.

T - Pulled from the beer cellar and drank at cellar temp, giving me an immediate portrait of this beer's beautiful flavor nuances. Very complex and intense flavor, sort of melds all together. Lots of sweet malt, loads of fruit, raisins and plum. Finish is amazing, hop bitterness, alcohol quench, toasty tobacco like the aroma when you toast the foot on your cigar. that taste. I think i get some oak notes but they are subtle if at all there.

M - perfect 10% belgian, has loads of flavor and slow sipping but at the same time a forgiving mouthfeel that isnt too full. Slight quench of alcohol in the finish but by no means harsh. Ample carbonation to almost over carbed.

O - Over all this is a great brew. I think I say that about ever beer I review. But hey, it still is. The taste is on par with most BSDA examples but is less in your face, more subdued, more refined, I would go as far to say elegant. Oak aging must have done that, it does little for the taste in regards to a noticeable BA taste, but it does wonders for the overall beer to produce a mellow, well balanced, delicious big beer.

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

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrWilliams
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of ajm5108
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle. Very spicey brew. The aroma has lots of clove, with some mesquite bbq and oak. The clove follows through to the taste, along with some black cherry, fig and currant. Lots of dark fruit all around with heavy spice and cola. Inky feel but smooth, not much carbonation but mouthfeel is fine. One of the spiciest brews I have had.

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Photo of MaxPowers
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ndaniels3
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Atacama_Rain
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2014 Bottled, BB 02-29-2019.

Wrestled with the cork for a solid 5 minutes only to have it split perfectly flush with the top of the bottle with a few mm remaining, had to push the cap into the bottle. After that ordeal i was expecting a heavily carbonated ale, and was greeted with maybe 2 total bubbles for the entire pour. I kid you not this thing was entirely flat.

I warily dove in anways and took a few swigs, and it is delicious, dark fruits, slight nutmeg/cinnamon and oak finish, followed by strong oak aftertastes.

I tend to expect absolute greatness from Unibroue (and they have always delivered up until this point), but this lapse in quality control and complete lack of carbonation is concerning. This will likely be the lowest rating I ever give one of thier beers sadly. The taste is there, but it feels like i'm drinking juice... not beer :/

my best advice is to find a 2013 vintage or wait a few months for some late 2014 bottles with BB dates past 2019. Judging by other reviews and my experiences, the 2014 vintage with BB dates roughly 2018-2019 should be avoided.

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Photo of Greasy
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Well done belgian dark . . . Didn't expect anything less from Unibroue. Honestly though, I had concerns about the the carbonation issue I've heard about. Fortunately, my bottle wasn't affected by this problem. Although far from my favorite offering in this style, Grand Reserve 17 is still solid, delicious, satisfying and I'm glad I picked it up. Aromas of dark fruits as well a touch of apple butter. The oak barrel aging complements this style very well . . . Nice oak flavor and barrel character. Feel is smooth and buttery for a Belgian. That's my take on it.

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Photo of JasW
3.11/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

2014 corked and caged bottle, with unbelievably heroic efforts required for the uncorking -- yes, pliers were eventually needed -- and no pop when the cork was finally disgorged. A decidedly minimal head developed after a vigorous pour. Extremely low in carbonation, close to flat.

The bottle was returned to Total Wine and exchanged for another, with a batch number (2014-10962) somewhat removed from the first. Yet this second bottle had the same tough uncorking, no pop when finally uncorked, and virtually non-existent carbonation. I decided to partake this time anyway.

It's obvious there is a divine taste of yeast, currants, and other dark fruit, wonderfully balanced, with a quite pleasant French oaky aftertaste.

But there is a deeply serious carbonation problem here. I'm quite fond of Unibroue brews in general, but it would seem it has a quality control problem since the batch number of this second bottle was relatively close to the one from before. I returned the empty and exchanged for something else entirely.

BUYER BEWARE for this 2014 vintage.

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Photo of Jammyman
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thick veiled copper color, with a pink hue, and powerful carbonation activity. Extra foamy, delicate, beige 3 finger sparkly head, creating a foam island and lasting around 20 minutes, with some strong legs, a swirl easily reconstructs the head. Flavors of plums, prunes, cherries, vanilla, toffee, honey or maple, oak, clove, dark grains and herbal hops. Rich malty feel, delicious super fruity taste. Slick, almost creamy, full body with some extra crispy carbonation. Very strong finish, vinous and dry, bitter herbs with plenty of lingering dark fruits, densely spicy, oak bareel aged feel. Makes a nice appetizer though. Belgian qualities with a robust barleywine feel.

Overall : Exquisite quality; sexy lovely look, super warming, yet decently fresh for the ABV. Nice complexity with an inviting smell. My first review was rated 5, but now after 2 years in the cellar, I lowered the rating. Doesn't age well, it was overly vinous and harsh, with not much developed aged feel. Not the worth to cellar me think, better fresh.

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Photo of TEdubbaD
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,147 ratings
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