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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
Ranking:
#1,005
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,148
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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105
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Mikevicgates
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of megahurts4
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Grand Reserve 17

Appearance: light red, large fluffy head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeasty grain and light hop.

Taste: lots of yeast and wheat with a light malt finish.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a nice brew. It was brewed in 2011 with a best by date of 12-12-16. I drank this on 11-23-12 and it is nice and smooth.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours into Chimay chalices a murky chestnut with a pillowy off-white cap that lasts forever. A hugely malty and complex nose leads to cinnamon, raisins, sherbert, berries, dark rum, cloves lemon, cherry, vanilla, meringue etc. in the massive taste. Hops are restrained as you'd expect, just fending off cloyingness. The mouthfeel is full bodied but just less than oily, with a moderate carbonation. The finish is sweet and long lasting, with just a light soothing alcohol spice. It's remarkable how well the 10% is hidden in this beer. The oak aging doesn't impart to much flavor.

Impossibly intricate and nuanced for the abv. Also dangerously drinkable. A very good Belgian Dark Ale worth seeking out. This brewery has a knack at these super strong Belgian styles.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of DaveBar
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW what a beer! Flavour upon flavor. Excellent.

A- Wonderfully dark and cloudy. Tons of head as usual from this company

S- Pungent. Blended well, nothing outrageously stands out. Belgium all the way

T- OUTSTANDING! First sip at 8deg C in a freshly washed and dried tumbler. Malt, complex, expert brewing for sure. Alcohol is completely hidden for this 10% abv. This is a serious beer.

M- Silky smooth. Dry way later on but that should be expected from a hot beer, super pleasant.

O- Wonderful. Everyone should try at least one in their lives. I bought 5 more for the cellar. Only the price keeps the rating from being higher

Thx for reading

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice. Bottled in 2011.

A: Dark, cloudy brown on the pour. The creamy tan head retains very well and drops patchy gobs of foamy lacing here and there.

S: Caramel, bread pudding, almond. Toffee. Brown sugar. Cinnamon and white pepper. Yeasty and slightly musty. Dried figs and apple chips. Dry toasted oak and woody vanilla tie it all together. Remarkably complex and balanced.

T: Toffee, caramel, and bread pudding up front. Yeasty and slightly musty. Brown sugar. cinnamon, clove, and white pepper. Brown cocoa powder. Rum raisin, fig, and baked apples. Woody oak takes a delicate approach, drying the palate and adding complexity without calling too much attention to itself. The balance is superb. Finishes with tastes of bread pudding, brown sugar, and lightly tannic oak.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Ample carbonation is soft rather than aggressive. Touch of soothing, warming alcohol. Very light astringency from the oak tannins.

O: This is everything I hoped it would be and more. A truly world-class Belgian Strong Dark ale. The balance is perfect, and the high level of complexity makes each sip a treat. One of the more refined beers I've come across. The French oak really makes it. Instantly a personal favorite.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of FrostBlast
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle

2011 vintage, opened on 11/11/2013

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Rich reddish brown with a light brown head. Head falls at average speed and doesn't leave much lacing to speak of.

SMELL : First nose is light roasted malts. Second nose gives out some vinous aromas, as well as some balsamic and spices. This is getting pretty complex. Third nose shows off the wood barrel. Beautiful.

TASTE : Very rich, mostly roasted malts and woody flavours. Lots of subtle spices. Definite vegetal undertone. Outstandingly complex.

MOUTHFEEL : Not thick, but cloying in a very special way. Coats the mouth. Very fine carbonation.

OVERALL : This brew ages exceptionally well. I'd compare it to Carolus Van de Keizer Blue. Quite spectacular, even if it can get a bit overwhelming at times. Very glad I still another of the same vintage sleeping on my shelves.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Monster head on top of a dark brown brew. Smell of some pepper, yeast, raisin, clove. Aroma really sweetens up as it warms. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, with heavy carbonation. Some figfy fruit and alcohol on the tongue. Finishes somewhat dry with some bready malt. Easy drinking, but not as complex as I had expected. Maybe a but more aging will bring the flavors out. Will have to grab another one to put away for a while.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: deep ruby brown in color with a three finger head that slowly fades leaving nice lacing.

S: musty yeast, Spices and dark fruits all come forward.

T: spices, dark fruits and yeasts. Sweetish with a nice finish.

M: medium carbonation and good body.

O: a fine way to celebrate the end of the football season, I enjoyed this on a cool fall afternoon. The unibroue yeast is ever present and the spice profile is nice and enjoyable. I am going to pick a few 2013s up soon.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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