Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve | Unibroue

Unibroue 17 Grande RéserveUnibroue 17 Grande Réserve
BA SCORE
92.5%
Liked This Beer
4.22 w/ 1,145 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:
#988
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
1,145
Liked:
1,059
Avg:
4.22/5
pDev:
10.9%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
368
Trade:
19
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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 kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given its current ratings and the brewery - which I usually like. Bottled in 2011. ABV confirmed as 10.00%. Best before date 12-12-2016. Reviewed live. Acquired at Red Carpet Liquor in Glendale, California. I don't recall the cost.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

I used pliers to remove the cork, yielding a satisfying pop indicative of solid carbonation.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, nice cream, nice thickness, and incredible retention for the high ABV - at least five minutes. Colour is a semitransparent dark amber. Fairly translucent.

Sm: Quite yeasty, with noticeable oak, dry white wine, a vague hint of what might be peach, spice, vanilla, and clean malts. A masterfully subtle, mild strength aroma.

T: A clean malt foundation backed by a nice oak tone, with lees and yeast at the forefront. Spices aid the balance. Some vanilla - especially on the climax, and hints of cacao about the climax and finish. No alcohol comes through in the taste - which is quite an accomplishment. No white wine; I may have been mistaken about that note. Light cream on the open. Reminds me of a witbier somehow. The yeast is delightfully layered, with some earthy, some spicy, and some biscuity. Masterfully subtle and quite complex. Exceptionally well balanced. I like it, but it's a touch too sweet, lessening the drinkability.

Mf: Fizzy, slightly coarse, and wet. Too thick. Adequately carbonated. Something's off about the mouthfeel, preventing it from complementing the flavours well. It just doesn't feel right. Light on the palate.

Dr: Absurdly drinkable for the high ABV, but it'll be difficult to kill this bottle. The sweetness wears away on me, and I find myself getting tired of the beer over time. I doubt I'd get it again. If I had it again, I'd want an aged version. Best consumed in smaller quantities. Not Unibroue's best beer by any means, but enjoyable.

B-

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Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of clesius
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of StoicBeast
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Walkerjgt
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jmkoscie
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Tnkemist
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Bunuelian
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whatup14
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jera1350
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany colored with a fluffy and sticky head of tan foam. Very nice retention and lacing.

The nose is wee bit light. There are notes of bubblegum, alcohol, some dark fruit and an herbal smell also.

Lots of oak going on throughout this beer. Quite herbal and a bit floral with some mild fruitiness and a good dose of alcohol. The finish has some bitterness from the wood and perhaps the hops. Big alcohol and oak on the end. The oak is actually pretty overpowering and harsh at times.

Very dry and tannic with soft carbonation in a medium body. Warm alcohol feel too.

A bit of a disappointment for me now, but I think this beer would do really well with age to tame the oak and booze. Just too raw as a fresh beer, but I see immense upside for the future of this one.

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Photo of kbrown
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matthiasbrau
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes Nov. 24, 2012

Unibroue 17th Anniversary (2011 bottling)

-fancy paper label; BBD 12/12/2016
-served @ 53f
-deep amber red color
-two fingers foam with no lacing
-no booziness on the nose; as it warms, booze becomes more apparent
-thinner mouthfeel than the 2010 bottling
-nutmeg/vanilla spice is much more subtle than the 2010 bottling

See my related review of the 17th Anniversary ale (pre "Grande Reserve" - bottled in Dec. 2010) as I sampled that beer and this one on consecutive nights.

If I had to choose between the two, I would say the Dec. 2010 bottling was better. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more. The 17th Anniversary Grande Reserve 2011 bottling could probably benefit from additional aging; glad I bought a couple more for the cellar. Overall, both vintages are fantastic beers that I look forward to enjoying over the years.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pour is hazy dark brown with tight light tan head. Nose is heavy candied sugar with notes of oak, lightly cooked brown sugar, a bit peppery, slightly green vegetable, strong dark berry aroma and a tinge of alcohol. Taste follows suit, a bit sweet, lots of berries and candied sugar, light oak balanced in fairly well, a hint of green herb and alcohol in the finish. Body is smooth and full, assertive carbonation and semi dry finish. There is a cooked sugar note that lingers with sweet dark berry after the finish.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From corked bottle into Gulden Draak large tulip glass. Purchased locally. #2011-167955
Modest cork pop...pours with a giant head...muddy brown copper color.
Rich aromas of oak, tropical fruit, Italian herbs...
Modest carbonation and strong mouthfeel.
Flavors of tropical fruit, roasted malts, dark chocolate, minerals, cardboard, bubble gum...I'd better let this open up for a few minutes...
OK...many minutes later...small head...aroma of funky fruit and toasty malts. Flavors are rich and unique...powder sugar meets tropical fruit with sweet malts. There's also an uncomfortable bitterness, something slightly burning, perhaps some oxidation (might have tasted great at the brewery!), perhaps the French oak...not smooth, not easy drinking. This particular bottle is perhaps rougher than the 100+ Unibroue bottles I've ever tried...humm.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is brown with some red on the edges. The head is beige color and disappear quite fast. The aroma is timid initially. Maybe the beer is too cold, I'll let it warm a little bit. After a little bit, I notice some notes of caramel malts, oak and dark fruits (blackberry and cherry). In the mouth, it is quite carbonated... just like all unibroue beers. Slightly spicy. Some other aspect found in the aroma are present in the mouth. This is a pretty decent beer from Unibroue. One of their best.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle with best before date 12/18/2017. Pours deep cloudy red-brown with plenty of tan foam that lingers. Spicy and yeasty aromas. Caramel, bread, and malt, malt, malt. Oak on the finish.

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Photo of Logan12321
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
Beer rating: 92.5% out of 100 with 1,145 ratings
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