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


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RATINGS: 829   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fluffy (1802) - 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 (1830) - - 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 (3713) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1060) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bold and strong beer. Bready and spiced aroma. Thick looking with a soft brown color. Murky. Heavy and full palate. Oily and creamy. Carbonation was still relatively strong. Belgian yeast, caramelized sugar, toast and alcohol. This is a rich, heavy and complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
veronneaupy (179) - 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 (902) - 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 (1097) - 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 (781) - 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.

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