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


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RATINGS: 851   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beardbeerman (251) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (574) - - DEC 29, 2014
750 ml dregs shared by Huhzubendah, many thanks. Pours a hazy moderately dark tan that light passes through easily with lasting beige head and lacing. Aroma is sweet oak and vanilla with spice complexity. Flavor is oak sweetness and light boozy sweetness with dark dried fruit and spice. Booze is prominent in the finish. Medium to full bodied, muted carbonation, sweet woody wine-like tannic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MunBro (792) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
Wow! Dark brown pour with a foamy tan head. Very rich and complex beer with notes of figs, raisins, dried apricots, plumbs, currants, dark fruits, brown sugar, yeast, burnt sugars, candy, a touch of wine and port, and some mild hop bitterness on the end. The 10% abv is completely undetectable. I can see how this won 3 platinum and a gold medal!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WVHouseofBeer (928) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Amazing beer. Pours a kind of strange looking amber color and is very cloudy. Big frothy head of course. Smells and tastes of caramel, apples, figs, toffee, wood, and some white wine. Slight presence of booze. Full bodied with a dry and crisp finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (2944) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle shared by Adam. Thanks man. Dark copper body with a thin off-white head. Apple aroma with caramel malt and alcohol. Pears, Belgian yeast, booze. Sweet flavor tempered with a touch of Saaz/bittering hops. Hints of white wine. Tasty but a bit boozy. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
codfishh (137) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Pours a hazy brown, thick tan head. Aroma is raisins and spice with some candy like malt. Flavor has lots of dark fruit raisins figs dates, spice like nutmeg clove. Balance is sweet but the finish is dry. Medium body high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
samzim (320) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
Scent of burnt caramel, dates, and yeast. Opaque brown colour. Flavour of caramel, dried fruits, spice, and coffee. Robust body with low carbonation. Really great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jonaldjames (10) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 Brown or deep amber in colour. Opaque with a rich beige head. Smell of yeast, caramel and a bit of copper. Sweetness balanced with alcohol, roasted malt, dry fruit and noticeable oak finish. Carbonation helps cleanse, finishing clean leaving only the oak and cocoa notes. Overall enjoyable Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kambei70 (772) - - NOV 20, 2014
The beer pours a dark chestnut brown with a foamy off-white head. The nose is yeast-forward with a hint of dried fig, alcohol, light oak and molasses (more so with warmth). It's full flavored with a slightly nutty malt base, bubble-gummy yeast, and lingering tannic bitterness. The beer has a rich winter-weather approved malt base, but is stretched thin by a big yeast fruit presence, bitter oak astringency, and double digit abv. The beer's generous carbonation helps oxy-clean some of those heavy flavors off the palate, but it still sits heavier than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Earlier Rating: 11/2/2014 Total Score: 3.7
Deep Brown color with Ruby Highlights. Strong degree of opacity. Off-white/tan finger’s-worth of lacy head that does not dissipate and clings well to the sides of the glass. No visible carbonation. Rich and bready, subtle roasted malt notes balance well with cocoa tones. Rich sweetness all over the tongue but not cloyingly so. Just enough hop bitterness to add dimension to the malt character. Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy bodied. Coats the tongue like a cool blanket. No tactile presence of carbonation and slight alcohol warming on the back of the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (380) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle share at Evernote. Aroma is malts, burnt sugar, fermented cherries, bourbon. Taste is a complex mix of malts, bread pudding, dark fruits, oak, bourbon. Big flavors and rich but extremely smooth with just enough warming burn coming through.

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