Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve | Unibroue

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
1,141 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
1,141
Reviews:
275
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
367
For Trade:
19
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,141 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of Tim725
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Ryan82
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of r0dr1g0
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of csnyder83
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Mroy113
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of belm001
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of vande
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jrein0254
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I didn't know anything about this beer when I bought it . I usually like Unibroue so I took a chance. It poured out beautifully with a whipped beer mousse head and a caramel color that made me think it would be sweet. The smell was mysterious in that I could make out that it had spices, but all were too subtle to discern which spices they were.
The first taste made me something like galangal or ginger. It has a lot going on flavor-wise, layers of flavor. There is a very, very subtle bitterness, not hoppy though and a back of the mouth almost peppery taste. I think there must be roasted barley in there somewhere that gives it that caramel undertone. The oak mellows and rounds out the ale perfectly. It is clean and refreshing. How many 10% alcohol beers can you say that about? World Class.

 798 characters

Photo of gtk1989
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of darnzy
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of brett_arneson
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of rtmacd
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of cambabeer
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good looking beer here. Nice amber deep mahogany brown body, light carbonation, just lets some light through, not completely transparent. Creamy buttered tan head, very light brown, nice lace on glass. Everything here is inviting.

Smells very sweet and spicy and alcoholic. A bit of toasted sugar and malted barley, some yeast coming through as well. Somewhat grape and winelike, some apple flavors and... starfruit tartness at the beginning.

Taste is tart, spicy and very warming from the booze. I'm sticking by that starfruit profile. Nice yeast and toasted grain, only a little hop bitterness, but enough to recognize. This is the stuff.

Very good.

 655 characters

Photo of Larz_73
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Cadbury
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of hvy1
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Gasp262
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of jwps214
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Walkerjgt
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of keithparker
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,141 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe