Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Chambly, Canada


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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Inspired by the great Belgian brewing tradition of Trappist monks established over the centuries, Unibroue 17 was first brewed in 2007 to celebrate our brewery’s 17th anniversary. However, the overwhelming success of this specialty brew made it obvious that we could not let such a great ale slip into the anonymity of retirement.

As testimony to its remarkable flair profile which increases in complexity as it ages, the original batch bottled in 2007 was awarded an international platinum medal three years in a row, and the prestigious title of "World’s Best Dark Ale" when it was well past three years in the bottle!

So in 2011, we proudly brought back this French Oak aged, bottle refermented dark ale, with the "Grande Réserve" appellation as a fitting endorsement of it’s exceptional quality for aging. Brewed only once a year, in limited quantities, and individually numbered "brasseur" bottles, this is truly a flavorful delight for the specialty beer enthusiast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DomD (198) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle. Earthy leather aroma. Pours a very dark reddish brown with off white head and some nice lacing. Taste is light to medium sweet. Full bodied, with with a thick texture. A wonderful Belgian style beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CurbDog (74) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
Huge fan head, good retention and lacing. Murky brownish ruby colour. Banana, raisins, plum in the aroma. Matching flavours but the banana fades a little and let’s the other flavours come forward as it warms. Spicy, molasses, dark fruit. Very complex. Maybe a little too much residual sweetness left over from the candy syrup, leaves a little too much of the syrup flavour/mouthfeel behind. Med-full mouthfeel with med-high carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Bottle. It poured a hazy amber color with a beige head. The aroma was of malts, yeast and some sourness. The taste was similar to the aroma with dark fruits, raisin, molasses, oak and some peppery spices. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (3356) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2015
Poured from a cork and cage 750 mL bottle into Belgian snifter. This 2011 bottle has a best by date of 12-12-2016. Pours with a dark, hazy, reddish brown body covered by a modest size light tan head that has little retention and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma: Alcohol esters, mixed dark dried fruits including raisins, cinnamon(!), clove, and fruitcake. Flavor: Rich and complex with light cinnamon and clove, faint yeast, mixed dark dried fruits and hints of brandy, molasses, and fruitcake. Bitter-sweet. Feel: Medium-full body. Nicely smooth, Alcohol warming for sure, but it avoids the bite you’d expect from a 10% brew. Overall: This is a unique, appropriately complex Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It’s drinkable for a 10% ale. Worth seeking out. It was allowed to warm for about 30 minutes but still improved with further warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfb (4853) - Freising, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
(bottle) murky brown colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of coconut and dark berries, slightly oxidized, with big notes of liquorice, dark bread crusts and caramel. flavour is mostly caramel and bubble gum, with more coconut, alcohol, some milk chocolate and pears in the finish. heavy-bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (1399) - Garching, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2015
04/12/2007, with jfb and jonas. Hazy brown color with small tan head. sweet caramel aroma, some fruits, plum, maybe cherries, booze, oxidized. Taste is more caramel, milk chocolate, plum, booze, some dusty notes. Low carbonation. Still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 2, 2015
Lots of plums, dark fruit, aniseed and tons of carbonation. Good stuff but too carbonated

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1228) - New York, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle, 09/28/2015, 2012 bottle, thanks to Scott. Pours a deep mahogany color, thin off-white fizzy head. Aroma is fruity sweet caramel, plum, nutty earth notes, cloves, light banana. Taste is chewy caramel, nutty, banana bread, figs, Belgian yeast. Medium thick body, carbonation not too aggressive. Well done, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1969) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2015
2014 bottle; 750ml->Trappist. Deep copper-brown with moderate beige head. Dark fruit, candy, Belgian yeast, malt. Very Quad-like, very sweet. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beechner224 (978) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle from2011. Pours a dark red, brown color. Aroma is yeasty, some sugary dark fruits. Taste is sweet, plums or cherry, not the yeasty Belgium character. Nice beer.

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