Steve is a tricky palate. He likes things other people don’t, and doesn’t like much of what we’d consider “the good stuff”, except for the odd time he really likes the really good stuff. This is one of those times.
Unibroue is one of Quebec’s more interesting large brewers – they have the curiosity to do interesting things and the reach to get their beer out. Not all of it is my cup of tea, but the Grand Reserve 2017 Extra Strong Belgian Ale definitely struck a great balance of heft and depth, taste and horsepower. This is sort of our second dance with the Unibroue 17 Grand Reserve, having previous tried the 2013 version. Neither is an every day drinker for sure, but a solid dinner party stand-in for a bottle of wine. Here’s what we thought:
Steve – sweet, flower, honeysuckle
Simon – british fruit cake, very fresh swedish berries, malt
Steve – really nice, not mainstream funk, very good
Simon – texture like a float, malty, earthy, chocolate, brown sugar
Steve – clean
Simon – bitter but clean
Steve – 9.5/10
Simon – 8.4/10
Unibroue Grand Reserve 2017 Extra Strong Ale – 10% 750ml – $ – Quebec
Try it? Yes. Buy it? No Longer Produced.