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


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RATINGS: 813   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
veronneaupy (133) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2014
Un bon nez de sucre, caramel et compote de pommes. Le goût est riche, cuivré, sucre d'orge et alcoolisé. La finale est liquoreuse, sucrée et torréfiée. J'ai été surpris par la qualité du produit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strangebrewer (857) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2014
bottle. Poured slightly hazy, deep amber with a rocky medium beige head. Sweet fruity malt aroma, a touch of yeasty sourness. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel with alcohol coming through. Dark fruit flavour, raisin, molasses, some oaky notes with peppery spice. Warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
October 2nd, 20120 - Unibroue was a keystone to my early beer drinking days. Plowing through all four of the core bottles, I learned several important lessons about craft beer which I carry with me today. First, craft beer is good. Second, different styles taste differently. Third, foreign countries make excellent craft beer. Simple lessons, yes, but while they may be parsimonious, they are profound, and essentially the hooks by which I was caught into this now admittedly expensive hobby. Opening the Unibroue 17 was a kind of lap marker, pointing me back to those college days where I had to scrape together enough money to enjoy half a bomber per week, but it was always money well spent, as is the 17. Cherrywood and a light, parmesan cheese umami form around a core aroma of cherry sourness, wet moss and a tang of greek yogurt. The scent is like a sour, but not quite so dramatic, and a little more tanginess than I’d expect in a sour. While the aroma is effervescent, and even bubbly with its quirky mixture of scents, the taste is a little flatter and staid - more parmesan and yogurt, with herbal touches akin to dill and parsley. These are grouped with the taste of gingerbread and clove, though all of it subtle, and never too loud or cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (707) - Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dried fruit, dark fruit, spice, wood, earth, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart malt, dark fruit, spice, vanilla, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice mix of malt, fruit, and earth qualities all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (385) - USA - JUN 19, 2014
A murky muddy brown color with a touch of ruby and a little off white head. Smells of spices like all spice, coriander, pepper, prune, raisin, cinnamon. Taste is big on the spices, a lot of all spice, pepper, dark fruit. A little too much of the spices, but not bad overall, some caramel malt sweetness, clove. Medium carbonation, relatively dry. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1843) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
75 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada via Mulmur. Hazy ruby. Persistent head Metallic prune aroma. Very smooth, more raisin and some caramel flavour. Long oak finish, more sweetness, slight clove finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2014
750ml - Aged version of the *real* 17th Anniversary beer... lovingly stored in my cellar since then - Pours a dark, hazy brown in color with a thick light tan head that settled to a 1/2" covering over the beer and left a very heavy coat of lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor are medium sweet with dark fruit and brown sugar. No hops apparent. ABV is extremely well hidden... not apparent really. Finish is lingering, fruity and sweet. Awesome... !!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jh773 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottled 2011. Quiet, short hiss upon opening the bottle. Very dark, muddy orange in the glass with a thin, slightly tan head. Smell is hardly noticeable, a little dark. Tastes like a very good fruitcake -- dark caramelized fruit, a little boozy, some orange peel and other spices, hint of molasses and wood. The hop profile is very muted but adds a pleasing crispness. Slightly fizzy. Even though it kind of looks gross and doesn’t have much of an aroma, this is a great beer. Honestly I think this is better than many of the Trappist ales.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChiTownDeadhead (11) - Northbrook, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottled 2011. Great palate and good taste. We could have drank more but only had one bottle. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
One of the dark versions of the vague Belgian Strong Ale category, I like the dark ones, tend towards dubbel and doppel. Spicy wonderous nose, cloves, dark fruit explosion, especially plums, brown sugar. Appearance is awesome. Clear, dark, reddish, thick foamy head, plenty of retention. Taste is sticky, sweet, sour, ends dry. Outstanding. Need to cellar me one of these.

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