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

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#1,090
Reviews:
282
Ratings:
1,157
pDev:
10.9%
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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flickerdart
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jbull08
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amguerra305
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Dr_Fox
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nra818
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Miccal
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of eire
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dd43
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Popped a 2012 bottle for a quiet dinner with the family. Poured a pretty opaque muddy brown with a light tan head that faded to nothing. Minimal lacing thereafter. Slightly too turbid for me to call it an attractive looking beer. Aromas of baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. An earthy quality as well, almost gourd like. Flavors added in Belgian candied sugar but not as big as a tripel or quad, less sticky sweet than that. Vanilla and cherry from the oak barrels this was aged in. There was a woody note that sort of dried out the finish, which was nice. I would call this a really good beer, but I'm not jumping on a world class bandwagon. It was well aged at over 4 years but I don't feel like additional time would have added any complexity. No oxidation that I could detect.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great ale (2013 vintage) and worth the price (which is high praise coming from a cheapskate like me.)
Looks like a Unibroue dark, full head and persistent bubbles.
Smells like vanilla, but the rest is too complex and too much work to un-pack... so I just enjoyed.
Taste is easier (but still no exegesis): roasted malt whose semi-sweetishness is balanced by 35 IBU.
Feel is full.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die" (published 2013), a sequel to his CAMRA classic. As usual, he gives precise tasting notes and a well-researched review. Protz' also tells me something I did not know: that Unibroue was bought by Sapporo in 2006. Then he tells me something I did know about, perhaps, my favorite North American brewery: there "has not been any diminution of the quality or character of the beers." Certainly true for 17.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickG
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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