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


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RATINGS: 896   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1352) - - FEB 21, 2016
2011 vintage. Copper pour, fairly large head. Fruit up front in aroma and taste, raisin, plus, prune, dates, oak, brown sugar. Fairly high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (618) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2016
2016/02/11 - Pours a hazy brown-amber colour with a frothy, khaki head that lingers and moderate lacing. Aroma is dried dark fruit (raisin, figs, plumbs,etc...), oaky vanilla, toffee, honey, doughy yeast and light tobacco. Taste is more oak and vanilla, honey, yeasty dough, dried figs/raisins an light booze. Mouthfeel medium and silky with smooth carbonation and spicy, drying, mildly warming finish. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bierdimpfe (349) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2016
Thick cloudy copper color with a pink hue and powerful carbonation activity. Extra foamy, delicate, beige 3 finger sparkly head, creating a foam island and lasting around 12 minutes, with some strong legs. Aromas and flavors of dark fruits, citrus, caramel, honey or maple, floral and herbal spices. Well intensified, delicious rich super fruity taste, slightly vinous but in a soft sweet way, with hints of orange/lemony/coriander/apple slightly bitter feel and a pleasant earthy oak sensation. Slick, almost creamy, full body with some perfect carbonation. Balanced finish ending with a slightly bitter and dry, thick dark berries mouth coat and perfectly spiced aftertaste. Overall : The perfect craft; sexy lovely look, warming, awesome freshness, complex delicious flavors, inviting smell, accessible...what else do you want?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OsuStu (217) - - JAN 24, 2016
Cloudy chestnut colored pour with a substantial khaki head. Aroma is fig, coffee, vanilla, plum, a bit of booze, and dark cherries. Tastes of dried dark cherries, prunes, mild chocolate, figs, and a little bit of alcohol. Tobacco and oak add depth. Medium body with fair carbonation. Quite earthy with a slight bitterness to balance out the dark malts. The aroma is even superior to the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
Deep walnut pour with a large frothy tan head and lace. Fruity, tangy malt aroma. Nice spice malt flavour. Peppery finish. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2815) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Poured from a 2011 750ml bottle in January 2016. Murky, rusty brown with a khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, chestnuts, toffee and oak. Taste of toffee, dark fruit, spices, yeast, oak and molasses. Medium body medium/high carbonization with a creamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3461) - New York, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Thanks to my cousin Jeff for bringing to my place for patriots playoff game. Amber pour nose of dark fruit and oak. Tastes of oak, plums, fig, raisins, tobacco, s e spice, yeast, and booze. Fine medium body light warming. Chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
inpherno (8) - Northglenn, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2016 does not count
Bottle No. 2012-17205. Copper color. Aromas of chestnuts, toffee, and black raspberry tart with a slightly chewy, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long chocolate tangerine peels and oak finish. A superbly balanced and flavorful oak-aged ale. It has a best before date of 12-18-2017, but I just couldn’t wait.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2719) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle at Eulogy. 2011 vintage in 2016. Murky brown pour. Quickly dissipating off-white head. Smooth medium semi-sweet caramel bready malts. Black walnuts. Raisins. Figs. Dates. Dark bready. Warms to some nail polish remover. Not silky or creamy but very smooth. Wish it was darker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpaul (2) - - JAN 3, 2016 does not count
Très bonne bière en apéro. Un peu fumée elle est très bien équilibrée. Laisse un bon goût en bouche.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

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