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Unibroue

Unibroue
2015 2015 17 Grande Reserve Dark Ale

Category: Belgian Style Specialty Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 10%
97 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative

Unibroue
2015 2015 17 Grande Reserve Dark Ale

Category: Belgian Style Specialty Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Canada
Alcohol: 10%
Hazy light mahogany color. Earthy aromas of chocolate ganache, balsamic reduction, smoked nuts, canele pastry, dried leaves, and caraway with a velvety, lively, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, massive, very long baked figs, dark chocolate, candied lemon peel, burnt caramel, and toasted pecan finish. Outstanding balance and wildly attractive flavors; an earthy and chocolaty Belgian style ale that will win you over swiftly.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Spicy & Complex & Malty
Aroma Aroma: chocolate genache, balsamic reduction, smoked nuts, canele pastry, dried leaves, and caraway
Taste Flavor: baked figs, dark chocolate, candied lemon peel, burnt caramel, and toasted pecan
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium/High
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roasted Chicken, Peking Duck, Pork Chops
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Outstanding balance and wildly attractive flavors; an earthy and chocolatey Belgian style ale that will win you over swiftly.

The Producer

Unibroue, Inc.

The Producer
80 Rue Des Carrières
Chambly, Québec J3L 2H6
Canada
1 450-658-7658

Belgian Style Specialty Ale

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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