Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve | Unibroue

Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve
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Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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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Photo of daledeee
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 750 ml bottle.

Poured into my big wine glass and got a nice dark somewhat cloudy body with an off white head and an uneven layer between head and body.

Nose is plums and cherries.

Taste is superb. Loads of dark fruit, black licorice, hops, spice. Cherries come to mind. There is a sweetness and tartness built all into one.

Mouth feel is nice and bubbly.

Overall, a really good example. If I would have been sure when I bought this how good it was, I would have bought two. Aging would really be interesting. One of the best beers I have had in a while.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful, thick head, malty spicy aroma.

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Photo of kmahe
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bomber, poured into an oversized wine glass at room temperature. Per the label, this was bottled in 2013, and so is anywhere from 2 - 3 years old at the date of this review (2015/12/29). The "best by" date suggests consumption before 2018/2/28, so I'm assuming closer to 3 years than 2.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, deep burnished-copper red, and forms a thick head of pale tan foam that swiftly dissipates. Tiny patches of lacing cling to the glass in its wake.

Smell: Caramel candies, freshly unwrapped, near a wooden bowl full of ripe cherries. Elsewhere in the same room, some crumbled toffee sits beside an open jar of plum preserves.

Taste: Cherry springs right to the forefront of the palate from the first moment of the sip, buoyed aloft on soft cushions of caramel atop pillars of toffee. Oak hardwood seeps in around the edges as the sip moves along, bringing with it some tinges of tobacco and tanned leather. Alongside the introduction of the oak, the cherry seems to shed a bit of itself, which becomes complements of prune, fig, and nectarine. By the end, a wash of candi sweetness appears, whisking the other flavors along the back edge of the palate and down the gullet. What lingers behind is a sweet mix of cherries and oak, with hints of the tobacco notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and somewhat creamy, yet just at the border of light- and medium-bodied, with enough carbonation to sparkle on the tongue without lending sharpness to the flavor.

Overall: I rather enjoy this beer each and every time I have it, and consider it among the top tier of quads/BSDAs. Needless to say, I've had this beer on more than one occasion, and intend to continue doing so.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle number 2011-68539 with a best before date printed on back. Poured from 750ml champagne corked bottle into standard pint (my lucky Ninkasi pint even).

A: 3 fingers of pillowey offwhite head that refuses to die. As it slowly falls it leaves sheets of lace. Slightly cloudy but clear dark brown. A lot like the bottle it came in actually.

S: some alcohol and spicy hops up front. A bit of banana and dark fruit. Mostly spice though, smells fantastic.

T: malty and full of alcohol. As soon as I swallow I get some burn, that 10% shows when it is cold. Clove, delicious clove and that astringent belgian funk. Some good malty notes a bit of caramel flavor but not sweet. looking for the oak barrel flavors but having a hard time finding them through the spice.

M: a solid medium body with a hint of tingley fizz. too dangerously easy to drink.

O: I wanted a good belgian so I got Unibroue and they delivered. Boy did they deliver. Wonderful beer, wonderful wonderful beer.

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4.76/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer features rich malt and yeast aromas including prune, plum, fruit, molasses, brown sugar and a hint of tobacco. It pours dark copper brown filled with very fine bubbles that lazily rise to the surface and replenish a 2" light tan foam cap with a very fine bead. It has a mildly sweet, rich malty palate featuring stone fruit, dark dried fruit, fig, molasses, alcohol, spice, a hint of cola and some oak dryness on the finish. Malt and yeast flavors are high. Hop bitterness and flavors are low. The body is medium and the carbonation is above average. The alcohol is mildly warming but not hot or harsh. This is a good choice for sharing with friends.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

Tried on a whim on a trip to Bootleggers, though a huge fan of the Unibroue series. Pretty pricey at $12 but quality over quanity. poured into tulip glass.

A- Midnight with some amber red. Huge head and a little lacing on this moderately carbonated with this black beauty.

S- Fruit and belgian yeast. Quite complex nose with cinnamon and clove. Reminds me of a holiday time. With a easy alcohol presence. It just looks thick and delicious.

T- Best beer I've ever had. This is my ideal strong dark ale. Milk chocolate and an array of fruits are sweet and intense in this adventure of a drink. Raisins and spice come through hard and every sip is more enjoyable than the last.

MF- The carbonation plays perfectly here and the thickness of the dark ale is epic. leaves no bad aftertaste whatsoever.

Overall, a true champion that other beers could learn a thing or two from. Thank you Unibroue

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 1,144 ratings
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