Friday, August 24, 2012
Unibroue Grande Reserve 17 (4/10)
This is a Dark Ale on Lees beer, brewed in French Oak with spices. It's everything I like in one beer, and yet, I don't like it.
The color is a deep brown, the color of Coca Cola or Pepsi. The head is a luxurious light brown, which dissipates fairly quickly. It leaves behind a thick milkshake-like lace that vanishes to a thin, spotty affair.
The flavor is overwhelmingly sour. It reminds me of an IPA I once brewed at home that contained a lot of brown sugar and molasses. The sourness is the dominant flavor, with a malty, spicy flavor behind it. I taste a little of the oak aging, but not that much.
The folks at Beer Advocate strongly disagree with me on this one, rating it a 93 or "exceptional". Perhaps my bottle wasn't aged long enough, or perhaps it just didn't age as well, I don't know. Because it's from Unibroue, I may try it again, but I can't recommend it based on this sampling.
I don't recall where this was purchased, but the most likely candidates were The Andersons General Store or Kenny Road Market.
My rating: 5/10