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Unibroue
2016 17 Grande Reserve Dark Ale

Category: Belgian Style Specialty Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 10%
95 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
2017 Best Belgian Style Specialty Ale

Unibroue
2016 17 Grande Reserve Dark Ale

Category: Belgian Style Specialty Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 10%
Hazy mahogany color. Woody aromas and flavors of cedar pencil and eraser, green tobacco leaf and chicory, roasted nuts and bananas, and smoked peppercorns with a satiny, soft, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-length caramelized root vegetables, cocoa-dusted nuts, and rubber leaf and sap finish. A oaky Belgian offering.
Tasting Info
Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy & Malty
Aroma Aroma: cedar pencil and eraser, green tobacco leaf and chicory, roasted nuts and bananas, and smoked peppercorns
Taste Flavor: caramelized root vegetables, cocoa-dusted nuts, and rubber leaf and sap
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium/High
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Chili, Roasted Goat, Pork Chops
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A oaky Belgian offering.
The Producer

Sleeman Unibroue, Inc.

The Producer
1100, 50th Ave
Lachine, Québec H8T 2V3
Canada
1 450-658-7658
Belgian Style Specialty Ale
Beer Glass Thistle Amber.jpg
Serve in a Thistle
This is not a classic style but represents various beers of similar Belgian theme. This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing category. Specialty beers may be flavored with, or affected by, unusual ingredients (ginger, chipotle peppers) or fermentation agents (Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus), or brewed with unusual fermentables (buckwheat, sweet potatoes, maple syrup). Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements and overall drinkability.
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