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
Ratings:
1,142
Reviews:
276
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
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103
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366
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Photo of Metatron6
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smakawhat
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wine like snifter glass. Vintage 2011 Much thanks to the DC bottle share.

Sample pour provides a real creamy tan head, but a very muddy murky brown body, not much else.

Nose fills with large creme brulee sweetness. Sticky toffee, with a little bit of Belgian sucrose and raisin like sweetness. Oak angle on this is not that noticeable.

Extremely fleeting palate. Slightly watery mouthfeel for a barrel aged beer, and particularly a Belgian Dark. Mild faint raisin quality and some faint oak toasty qualities. Sweetness hinted on the nose doesn't come through in the palate with not much flavor.

Overall even for a Belgian dark and particularly a barrel aged one the qualities on this really seem to be missing and toned down.

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

MY 600TH REVIEW!

***2011 Vintage***

Poured from a 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife (Date code: M12111602QFL, bottled Dec. 12, 2011)

Appearance: Massive foam that isn't overwhelming but still sturdy. Body is a light chestnut brown and the head is the color of lightly caramelized sugar. Very nice.

Smell: Strong Belgian overtones mixed with some oak soaked in white wine. Mild spicing as well.

Taste: The mellowness is the first thing that hits me. Cork and oak mixed with some mild wine-like overtones. Some spices with a lingering herb presence in the finish. Nice but not as complex as i would have anticipated.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation with a body that feels quite smooth. Packs a little bit of heat.

Overall: Some nice oak aging nuances but to me, that's what they were, nuances. Left me wanting a little.

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kingjohnh
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of D_Min
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jwale73
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked and caged bottle shared with NewBrewBB (thanks Brett). Served in a taster. Pours a deep, brownish amber with a loose, cream-colored head that dissipates into a swirl across the center and a tight band around the edges. Nose expresses dark fruit, toasted notes, and a hint of buttery oakiness. Taste follows nose; however, the flavors are really masked by the carbonation. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an extremely gassy/prickly carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent beer - typical Unibroue quality; however, the extreme carbonation kills it a bit.

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Photo of Fader
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very nice, deep brown/amber hue, cloudy. Medium head, very little lace.

S - Not too much there, some yeast does come through, toasted, a bit of barrel.

T - A heavy toasted taste, coffee, and malts. Surprisingly not overly boozy at all.

M - Little carbonation, fairly smooth going down.

O - Not my favorite from this brewer, but a decidedly nice strong beer.

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Photo of GDawgs34
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AustinWadkins
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark mahogany with a well carbonated opaque head that sits

Smells of rasin, stone fruits, oak,tobacco, leather, toffee, hint of alc.

Taste is sweet, malt, oak, plum, stone fruits, yeasty bread,

Overall an okay beer, not my favorite

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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Unibroue 17 Grande Réserve from Unibroue
4.24 out of 5 based on 1,142 ratings.
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