Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve | Unibroue

Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve
BA SCORE
4.22/5
1,147 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:
#993
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,147
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
370
Trade:
19
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 1,147 |  Reviews: 277
Photo of siscokid79
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of CRObighit2
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bcarlos
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Every year for the past few I've cracked open a bottle of Unibroue's Grand Reserve after sitting for a year in my cellar. I'm convinced this beer is meant for aging.

I had the pleasure of touring the Unibroue facility last year in Chambly and was interested to hear the back story to this beer. Originally, it was brewed as an internal-only brew, and grew some legs when the brewer entered it in a regional competition. Within a year, it had made it to the big stage, and took home best Belgian strong ale in the world in 2011 at the World Beer Awards.

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Photo of cgwami
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: A murky brown topped with a finger of beige head. A bit of lacing and decent retention.

S: Aromas of dark fruits - think apricot and over-ripe banana. A bit of clove and signature Unibroue yeast. Brown sugar.

T: Slightly sweet but very well balanced. Very much like the aroma. It's complex on the palate and delivers notes of caramelized dark fruits. No abrasive alcohol, and the beer drinks incredibly smoothly. A bit of clove. Almost like a fruitcake in beer form. I don't get much oak, except for maybe just a slight toasty note in the finish.

F: Just about perfect but maybe a bit lacking in carbonation. I feel as though just a bit more would help dial back the sweetness. Not syrupy at all despite the high abv.

O: An absolutely fantastic beer. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a truly world class Quad, or anyone looking for a great beer in general. Rarely do you find a beer sitting at 10% with an ABV so well hidden. The oak note is forgettable but the beer overall is extremely complex and something to be relished.

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

Appearance - This beer pours a beautiful hazy dark redish amber color with 2 fingers off white foamy head that leaves a thick film when it disappears.

Aroma - Dark fruits, plum, raisin, fig and dates are all there followed by caramel, toffee, brown sugar and fresh baked bread.

Taste - oak hits the palate immediately followed by all the dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, and fresh baked bread in the back of the mouth, the bitterness from the oak stays throughout.

Feel - this is a medium bodied beer, the carbonation is sharp and prickly , bitterness isn't strong but is definitely there.

Overall - This is a very well executed beer all around, the flavors and aromas come together to create a mouth watering smell and taste. This beer tickles the senses and is perfect of that belgian fan who lives barrel aged products!

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LanceH
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Loudog1411
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mkh012
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on Christmas Eve 2015. This bottle's got about a year of age on it. I plan to age another one an additional couple years and re-review it.

Dark brown, hint of red when held up to the light. Small tan head dissipates quickly. Smells of dark fruits, chocolate, a slight almost metallic funkiness I can't put my finger on. I get chocolate, toffee, and raisins on the first sip. Almost no alcohol present.

My only real gripe with this one is, the more I drink it, the more the oaky, woody notes come to the forefront and the less I notice everything else. A solid brew, but not as mindblowing as other Unibroue selections. The oak crowds out the sweeter notes. I imagine some age will change this for the better. As it stands, a B+/A- for me.

Edit: Revisiting. 2014 vintage in 2017. Has been kept at cellar temperature for the past 13 months.

Caramel, raisin, cherry, and oak. Definitely smoother with age. This blew my buddy away who isn't as acquainted with craft beer. Upping taste and feel to 4.5. My previous complaint of the oak overriding has been lessened with age. Earthy, malty dark fruit goodness.

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Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tekstr1der
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Too complex for me? I'm a simple guy! This is another beautiful pour from these masters of beer appearance - dark garnet with half-finger of lasting, clingy tiny mocha bubbles. Aroma has wood, spice, and slight vinous notes. After the first sip, the wine aroma becomes dominant, I suppose due to some olfactory action. The flavor is immediately winy with tangy dark fruit lingering amongst the notable wood. I like wine and I like beer, but I'm not sure this is what I'm looking for.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Medium brown color with an off-white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Good lacing as the beer drains. Nose is big Belgian malt. Chocolaty, candy aromas, a touch of spiciness. Really nice. Flavor is likewise. Really nice, big Belgian malt, some hoppy dirtiness. Dried fruit, prunes or something in that ballpark. Body is really phenomenal. Silky, creamy, somehow with really busy carbonation. Excellent beer, another delicious Unibroue.

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Photo of Slongie
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BcCraft710
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Berlins
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of SLeffler27
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fills a PBGC Aromatic Glass with a clear, old copper (SRM 17-20) beer. The creamy head reaches one inch before depositing a fine coating of khaki lace.

The aroma is a complex mix of spices (mace, clove, cinnamon, ginger) evocative of holiday memories. Dark fruits are also present, including raisins, dates, figs, and dried cherries. A light oak aroma accentuates the spices which dominate as it warms.

The flavor profile follows the nose while emphasizing the fruit. There is a nice, sweet/acidic balance with light bitterness. A lingering finish taunts one to take another sip.

Warming alcohol tends to lighten the body from medium to light while vigorous carbonation roughens a silky texture.

This is an exquisite new world rendition of the style. It elevates the experience of reading or quiet conversation on a cold Autumn day while watching leaves rustle and fall. Bottle number 2012-12623.

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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,147 ratings
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