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


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RATINGS: 827   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2014
750ml - Aged version of the *real* 17th Anniversary beer... lovingly stored in my cellar since then - Pours a dark, hazy brown in color with a thick light tan head that settled to a 1/2" covering over the beer and left a very heavy coat of lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor are medium sweet with dark fruit and brown sugar. No hops apparent. ABV is extremely well hidden... not apparent really. Finish is lingering, fruity and sweet. Awesome... !!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jh773 (171) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottled 2011. Quiet, short hiss upon opening the bottle. Very dark, muddy orange in the glass with a thin, slightly tan head. Smell is hardly noticeable, a little dark. Tastes like a very good fruitcake -- dark caramelized fruit, a little boozy, some orange peel and other spices, hint of molasses and wood. The hop profile is very muted but adds a pleasing crispness. Slightly fizzy. Even though it kind of looks gross and doesn’t have much of an aroma, this is a great beer. Honestly I think this is better than many of the Trappist ales.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChiTownDeadhead (11) - Northbrook, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Bottled 2011. Great palate and good taste. We could have drank more but only had one bottle. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2300) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
One of the dark versions of the vague Belgian Strong Ale category, I like the dark ones, tend towards dubbel and doppel. Spicy wonderous nose, cloves, dark fruit explosion, especially plums, brown sugar. Appearance is awesome. Clear, dark, reddish, thick foamy head, plenty of retention. Taste is sticky, sweet, sour, ends dry. Outstanding. Need to cellar me one of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Lots of Belgian. Lots of dark fruit, raisins and plums. At least it’s low on the banana.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5899) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2014
750 ml bottle from Party Source rating from notes. Pours a clear dark amber color with a large fluffy off white head. The aroma and flavor have big dark fruits, raisins, figs, caramel, wood, yeast, candi sugar, some alcohol that accentuated the other flavors. Another solid offering from these guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (307) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma of fruit, caramel malt, yeast and alcohol. Sweet flavour with prunes, plums, caramel, roasted malt, yeast, light alcohol and a spicy dry finish. Medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dayz2112 (9) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014 does not count
Pours a cloudy medium brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma is of spices, sugars, and dark fruit. The taste is about perfect, in my opinion. Quite sweet with flavours of raisen and plums, cloves, and a hint of molasses. A long finish to this very smooth beer. 10% but does not feel heavy or thick, just drink with caution! This is easily one of the most enjoyable beers I have had but, I tend to favour the Belgian Strong Ale styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (954) - USA - JUN 2, 2014
Dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma is dark fruit, bread and and a bit of yeast. Flavor is dark fruit, very rich. A little tart with a sweet finish. Wife: 4.4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
Dégustée (bouteille) le 8 juin 2012 au Mondial de la Bière 2012 à Montréal (D12C4K?). Bière brune foncée. Col beige-crème, moyen, crémeux et persistant. Odeur d’épices bien présente. Douce, assez sucrée, un peu amère. Très épicée (peut-être un peu trop). Très bonne mais un peu chère.

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