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
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#1,090
Reviews:
282
Ratings:
1,157
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
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Photo of kevofficiel
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve 2015 from Unibroue. Got it from a friend.

Look: Dark, cloudy amber color with 3 fingers of foamy white head.

Smell: Raisin, bubble gum, brown sugar, chocolate, malt, cherry, a touch of vanilla. Wonderful smell.

Taste: Sweet bubble gum, brown sugar, malt, chocolate, dark fruit.

Feel: You definitely know that it is a 10% ABV. It kicks you right from the beginning, but after 2 min it is more smooth. Medium body.

So overall would I recommend it? Absolutely. It is one of the best, no the best but one of the best. I think the Unibroue La Resolution is the best but very nice beer overall.

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Photo of AustinWadkins
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark mahogany with a well carbonated opaque head that sits

Smells of rasin, stone fruits, oak,tobacco, leather, toffee, hint of alc.

Taste is sweet, malt, oak, plum, stone fruits, yeasty bread,

Overall an okay beer, not my favorite

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage served cold in a goblet

Classic BDSA/Quad dark brown color with hints of mahogany in there. Tons of carbonation with perfect tiny bubbles. Nose was vanilla, Caribbean rum, Angostura bitters, spice, leather, tobacco, raisins and prunes. Taste follows the nose but added a nice drying finish from the oak tannins. The oak additions really added a nice complexity to the beer. This is world class; enough said!

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Photo of Boone757
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. 2013 edition, had 10/7/16.

Had this in Feb 2014 without writing a review, got this bottle for $4 the same day I had it.

Pours a dark, cloudy amber, with a one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Very active carbonation. The smell is Belgian yeast, oak, figs, raisins, cherries, some vanilla and malt, light toffee, light spices- clove, for one. The taste opens more with the malt, then oak, raisins, caramel, figs, some plums, yeast, light vanilla. Still light spices, cloves again, but more than the nose. Smooth, very creamy, a good, medium body, slightly too carbonated.

While this undoubtedly was not at its peak, it still drank like a champ. Really well crafted, well layered flavor and aroma. The oak barrels are very apparent throughout. This one is well worth your money.

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

Photo of delta490
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2015 Bottling) A murky reddish-brown with about a half finger of slightly foamy light tan head. It has decent retention and leaves dribs and drabs of slightly sticky tight head. The aroma is quite enjoyable albeit a little mild. It's got notes of dark fruit, caramel sweetness, and just a little yeasty tang. The taste is much the same. The body is towards the lighter end but it's mostly smooth with just a little carbonation.

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Photo of Burkbom23
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BCborn
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Simon212
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of shagal
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Electros
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of JMS1512
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fission523
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,157 ratings