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


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RATINGS: 850   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1274) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2015
2012 bottle. Pours a rich, deep brown with a moderate head in a snifter. Aroma is accents of caramel, nuts, Belgian Yeasts, figs, raisins, some floral notes. The taste are bold malts, caramel, Belgian Yeasts, clover, slight anise, figs, raisins, and leather. Great carb, sprite mouth. Not boozy at all. Very tasty and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (271) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2015
750 ml bottle dated 2014. Pours a hazy caramel brown with formidable head. Nose is amazing layers of fruit, melon, citrus, banana, papaya, Not sure if it’s the hops or the malt. Similarly complex fruit in abundance on the flavour. At the same time very Belgian tasting, malty and bready. Starts really fizzy, gets really creamy as it warms and carbonation is released. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagerboy (1505) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2015
750 ml corked and caged bottle, No. 2013 - 182167. Quite the gusher! Hueless chunky opaque murky brown, fine creamy tan foam settles and lasts. Aroma is malty, caramel, yeasty, spicy. Taste is rich and spicy yeasty, caramel malts, dark fruitiness, vinous, almost port-ish, oaky vanilla. Livlier carbonation, medium bodied, lightly hopped. DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CacheManyHose (354) - HONG KONG - JAN 4, 2015
Drank at Alex and Heidi's house in Toronto. Warm red-brown with creamy off-white head. Very malty and boozy, like a strong Belgian dark ale. Some nut and spice. Body is fizzy but very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HKdIPA (405) - HONG KONG - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at Alex's in Toronto. Very hazy creamy brown pour with thick head. Aroma is cinnamon, spice, citrus peel, Belgian-y. Taste is similar. Quite rich but mostly Belgian flavors. Good but not my type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2823) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2015
2011 Grande Reserve 17-750 ml. bottle shared to snifters, displaying a murky, brown tone, with a presentable layer of brownish tan head foam, and spots & strands of lacing. The nose was malty, with caramel & toffee, light spice, and a touch of dark fruit. Mimicking the aroma notes, the taste included moderate hop bitterness, a touch of esters & oak tartness, with average carbonation, in a medium body. Alcohol lent some warmth, but was well incorporated into the presentation. With some malt sweetness & dryness to the finish, the texture tended to be less thick & syrupy as many Dark Strong Ales. Well balanced, flavorful, and rather spot-on Trappist version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dslam (88) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Hazy and murky brown with good amount of white head. Sweet Aromas of raisins and something I can’t put my finger on. Has a good balance of sweet and bitter. It’s hard to tell that it is a 10% beer. It has a lot of carbonation which keeps the taste alive. Covers the mouth with a nice taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RCx240 (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Pours hazy amber, creamy tan head. Aroma is faint raisins, dates, a touch of yeasty clove. Taste is sweet, hints of raisins, finishes with a clove spiciness. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (646) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Murky, muddy brown pour with a creamy tan head, good retention. Lots of dark fruit notes, raisin and grape, bread and yeast, vanilla and a touch of lemon zest. A touch more carbonated than necessary, and a little lighter and thinner on the palate than expected, but quite complex and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beardbeerman (237) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
750ml cork bottle (2013-174712) poured into a snifter around 10 degrees. Pours a semi-cloudy mohagany with vivid carbonation topped by a huge creamy hazel head. The beer shows both incredible retention and lacing properties. The nose is complex with oak, leather, plums, melon, dattes, almonds, and also warm with a strong alcohol backbone. As for taste, the brew explodes with candied fruits, caramel, almonds and liquor and breaks down into a lingering dry liquorish finish. Not too heavy, the beer is far more balanced between the woodsy and fruity elements than the 2011 edition. A great product you can put in your cellar up to 8 years. Cheers!

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