Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve | Unibroue

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve
BA SCORE
4.22/5
Exceptional
1,148 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:
#1,006
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,148
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
367
Trade:
18
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,148 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of hermit990
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage. 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-brown. Two fingers worth of a tan colored head that recedes to a thin foam. Slight alcohol leg presence. Decent lacing sticking. Little visible carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, dark fruits. Raisins. Slightly tart, cherry aroma. Vinous. Spice, reminding of cinnamon blending in with the sweetness. Roasted malt presence. Raisin bread. Slight vanilla.

Taste: Quick brown sugar sweetness upfront fades into a roasted, malty bitterness. Breadiness carrying into chocolate and coffee. Dark fruit and spice flavor lead into oak and vanilla on the finish. Slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Feels very smooth gliding through the mouth and over the tongue. Alcohol warmth blends in well with the spice. Aftertaste is a bit dry, lingering with the sweet alcohol heat.

Overall: This is a good offering from Unibroue. Compared to the 2013 vintage at this point, there is less bitterness and more of the sweetness coming through. Easy to find and affordable ($10 per bottle in my area) if Unibroue is available to you. A very good beer, though I find myself preferring some of their other options.

 1,181 characters

Photo of sulldaddy
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a cellar temp 750 ml bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a slightly hazy chestnut with some ruby highlights. Fluffy eggshell white head of 4 cm foams up and recedes to a sturdy edge layer. There are also a few wispy islands on the surface.
Aroma is some toffee and bready yeast with hits of sweet spice maybe some dark fruit too. Raisin and plums with a little brown sugar.
Very complex nose.
First sip reveals an average body with fine prickly carbonation. Silky smooth texture and a little sticky feature on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is sweet and malty with a little fruity kick too. The finish is very sweet maybe cherry or berries.
I also get a little booze on the finish. No real hop presence and the profile is complex and enjoyable.
This is a great beer and I would recommend buying a bottle if you found one anywhere. It is probably the right time to drink this beer.

 898 characters

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of roblowther
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited. I love Unibroue and when they do something special, it is exactly that. Bottle 2013-046530. It pours a dark, rusty brown with a thin, creamy, and very persistent off white head. The smell is cherries, leather, biscuits, and a faint floral aftersmell. Is that a word? Squiggly red underline says "no". The taste is carob, followed by a woodiness and raisin plum thing, with that leather deal-e-o coming on strong in the finish. Definitely barrel aged and definitely fantastic. The mouthfeel is, like the gum offer to Chandler from "Friends" while trapped in the ATM vestibule, perfection. Overall, you should buy this. Now. Trust me. I never lie. Well, not about beer anyway. :)

 691 characters

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of sd123
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Svendozen
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mtomlins
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ArrogantPrick
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DbbC
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of russwilliam
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of RobinLee
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of lswilma
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Melman
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of FilumDee
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ChicagoShakeAndBake26
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of xKALECx
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of DangerDawg
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Heynow007
1.2/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This may be the worst tasting beer I ever had, and I like them all. Stouts are my favorite, especially those aged in bourbon casks. This beer is aged also, but probably in poop casks. Taste like metal in my mouth. Way too carbonated and dull. No fruit, coffee or chocolates.
No where near dirty bastard from founders. can't touch dogfish head. Not even close to southern tier anything.

This beer sucks.

 405 characters

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,148 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

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