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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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Ratings:
1,141
Reviews:
275
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
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Photo of dmorgan310
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of JMS1512
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Unibroue's 17 Grande Reserve (bottled in 2013) pours a nontranslucent brown color. The head is a billowy two inches in height, and recedes slowly leaving chunks of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is big. It exploded out of the bottle as soon as it was opened. It is full of cherries and strawberries. There are some spices that are well integrated into the fruity notes. Cinnamon, light star anise, allspice. The oak is there too. It is also well integrated, and nicely accentuates the fruit and the spice. The taste is spicier that the aroma with more anise and allspice. The fruit is still there, but it is more of a background note. The oak is more center stage too. It doesn't dominate by any stretch of the imagination, but it does lead. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately high carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. It looks great, and the complexity of the flavor and aroma lead to lots of contemplation.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fission523
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2013.

Pours a deep chestnut. Lots of carbonation from the bottom of the glass and a half inch beige head.

Nose is sweet, dried fruit, apricot, hazelnut.

Taste is sweet, smooth - butterscotch and toffee. Aftertaste remains sweet and nutty. Coats the entire mouth in a pleasant smoothness.

Very enjoyable, easy drinking. I would be interested in trying an older aged version to see if the flavors develop further.

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

2011 version, consumed on 8/13/16, so it's nearly 5 years old.

A: Poured from the 750 ml, caged-and-corked bottle (which took a lot of work to open - the cork wouldn't budget and then we broke it off before using a corkscrew to open it) into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is chestnut amber, then a bit orangey-amber when backlit. Small khaki-colored head on top.

S: Some brown sugar, ripe apple and hints of plummy raisins.

T: First impression: ripe apples and raisins. Some prune. Tannins and vanilla from the oak too. Oddly enough, the 10% ABV is completely not noticeable, though I do get a drying feel at the end of the sip.

M: Very smooth and mellow. Carbonation lacking; it's almost flat.

O: Good. Curious as to how it would've tasted when younger, but it's clearly aged just fine.

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

Photo of Flickerdart
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle labelled as "bottled in 2014," judging from the "best before" label in December. This makes the beer aged a year and a half.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan two-finger head. Nose is roasted malts and oak. Taste is very woody, with notes of bitterness - there is none of the sweetness I see in other aged beers. The texture is on the chewy side, and there is noticeable carbonation.

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Photo of geauxnctigers
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy deep amber. White frothy head. Dark fruit aromas with a hint of wood. Vanilla and dark fruit in the flavour. Finished with some wood astringency

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Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2-star
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jbull08
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amguerra305
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nra818
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eire
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
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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