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


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RATINGS: 824   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hidden_Pooch (409) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
This beer surprised me as I was expecting something really Belgiany, like the classic banana and gum taste that I’m not a fan of. This was great though. Poured a orangey mahogany colour with an off white head. Aroma was of wine, bananas, plums, wood, grapes and some mustiness as well. Tastes of wine, sweet grapes, and plums. Had a medium body with average carbonation and not too boozy feeling at all. Had a tingle on the tongue and an oily feel with a wine bitterness and grape aftertaste. There are not many Belgian strongs I would buy twice, but I could go for another one of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2207) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Aroma: Dates, Caramel, Mildly Boozy Appearance: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Fig, Caramel, Mildly Boozy Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollsrace (61) - - AUG 25, 2014
Aged in french oak. Taste sort of like holiday beers or Christmas ales, which I’m not a fan of. Otherwise the ale is smooth and has a good alcohol level without being too strong. Got it for $13.5 for a 750ml bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewGoblin (446) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
Murky dark leather brown with a frothy tan head. Smells of basement, musk, grapes, ripe plums, dried cherries and wood. Really nice tasting, not boozy at all, very fruity but not overpoweringly sweet. A really standout example of the style for me as I usually find them to be yeast-beasts while this one has better balance than a Russian gymnast. Great peppy but slightly oily mouthfeel with a fruity, caramel, woody flavour that lasts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pumpkinhead2 (393) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
[Millésime 2012 dégustée en août 2014.] Bière brune foncée aux reflets rubis, bien voilée, bonne effervescence, et surmontée d’un col couleur moka, très dense, mousseux et persistant, et qui laisse une magnifique dentelle sur les parois du verre. Arôme de pain grillé, pâtisserie et céréale rôtie, avec du caramel, cassonade et cola, abondant petits fruits foncés bien mûrs voire confits (raisin, cerise noire, datte, prune/pruneau…), d’ailleurs certains effluves ne sont pas sans rappeler le gâteau aux dattes. On a également d’agréable effluves alcoolisés, de la levure belge, des épices (anis surtout, mais également clou de girofle, muscade, piment de la Jamaïque…) et du boisé (fût de chêne!). Excellent nez! Très agréable, très complexe et très intense, il est parfait! En bouche, pétillement moyen-élevé sur la langue, et onctuosité très bien au palais, c’est moelleux et velouté. Au goût, l’alcool et le boisé sont plus présent qu’au nez avec une légère acidité fort agréable et une réconfortante chaleur qui envahit le dégustateur. Généreusement maltée, mais pas tellement sucré, pain grillé, grain rôti avec léger caramel qui fait pas mal cola. Fruité et épicé, mais moins qu’au nez, ce qui ressort surtout en bouche est l’effet du mûrissement en fût de chêne, alcool, boisé, légère fumée (tourbe) et même légère vanille. Amertume minimale, la finale est principalement alcoolisée et boisée. Tout aussi intense en bouche qu’au nez, complexité qui semble un peu inférieure à cause de la domination de l’alcool et du boisé, mais toujours excellente, l’intégration des différentes saveurs entre elles est excellente. Très gros coup de cœur pour moi!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fluffy (1752) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2014
this one was a little more rock candy/brown sugar than i would prefer. its the style, but im not a fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Syrianne (1) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014 does not count
Probably the best beer of its type I ever had the chance to try. Unique, tasty, perfect balance! Nice surprise!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
duroni2 (3) - - JUL 27, 2014 does not count
I defy anyone to find me a better dark ale. This has a stunning nut and smoke finish with a slight sweetness that reminds you that life is too short to be drinking cheap nut brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1785) - - JUL 26, 2014
Poured from bottle into a snifter glass Appearance – The beer pours a very murky brownish-red color with a small foam head of an off white tan color. The head fades moderately fast leaving only a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive and sweet with tons of darker fruits. The darker fruit smells are heaviest of a raisin smell, but contain other aromas of plum and fig as well. Along with the dark fruit are some rather strong smells of candied sugar as well as some smells of molasses. Other Belgian aromas of a yeasty smell as well as a decent showing of spice of a coriander, clove, and pepper aroma are there. Some banana smells and a bit of a boozy red wine smell mix with the sweeter Belgian strong dark smells nicely to produce a sweet and inviting aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins much drier then would have been anticipated from the nose, but does begin with many of the flavors that may have been expected. Some darker fruit flavors of a raisin and fig taste mix with a decent showing of a toasted grain and spiced flavor of coriander and clove. As the taste advances, the darker fruit fade some, but are replaced by a bit of brown sugar and molasses, maintaining an overall moderate sweetness. All the while, the roasted flavors increase some and are joined by some rum and some grapy red wine flavors. Some woody flavors also come to the tongue more toward the end, mixing the more boozy rum and red wine flavors nicely and bringing in the barrel aged flavor the would be expected from the label. A bit of a cocoa and yeasty flavor come more toward the end as well, and with them bringing a light spicy earthy flavor, to overall in the end, leave a darker fruity, more lightly sweetened, Belgian strong dark flavor with a nice heavy warming feel to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is higher and pricklier. The bigger body is nice for the darker and boozy flavors of the beer all while the prickly carbonation is fantastic for the fruity, yeasty spiced, and sweet flavors of the beer. Overall, well done. Overall – like most of Unibroue’s beers, this is a very enjoyable and quite tasty brew with lots of robust flavors that blend rather well with each other. A very tasty Belgian strong dark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3660) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2014
750 ml. bottle. 2011 Vintage. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of fruit, malt, yeast, and spice. Taste is dark fruit, malt, spice, caramel, yeast, and wood. Excellent. Very well made, hides the alcohol content very well. Worth the price.

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