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

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RATINGS: 813   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (940) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle (2011) to tulip Aroma of plum, oak, caramel, clove, and rum. Pours a sludgy opaque reddish brown with a 1 cm frothy off white head that quickly reduces to a ring leaving no lacing. Taste is plum, cork (oops), oak, a touch of anise, clove, and yeast. This is very smooth for a 10% beer. The alcohol taste is there, but it’s not overpowering. It would have been nice to share this, but I won’t let it go to waste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aumax1 (232) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
bouteille de 750ml de brune vieillie 18mois. arome de caramel bourbon cerise et chêne. au gout elle est tres douce note de bois

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (7302) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
750ml corked and caged bottle. Raisins, dark fruits, caramel, oak, big belgian spice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NotoriousJ (39) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2014
2011 bottle maybe an issue with my cork... Almost no carbonation or head even with a rough pour that being said no oxidation flavors. Nice Belgian yeast aroma with dark fruits caramel oak. Hides the booze pretty well nice oak flavor plums funky sourish apple initially to dark fruits and oak. Pretty solid beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
legrosjf (45) - CANADA - APR 23, 2014
Liquide d'un beau brun d'où l'effervescence forme un mince collet beige. Des arômes de caramel, de poire et d'épices sont des effluves perceptibles de cette bière. En bouche, le caramel du malt et le fruité de la levure se côtoient avec succès.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (752) - New York City, TURKEY - APR 22, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy dark amber with beige creamy head, caramel aroma, slightly bitter caramel taste with a tinge of spirit in the background, medium finish, alcohol aftertaste. Very strong but enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (2296) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle sampled at Classic City Brew Fest 2014. Pours a slightly hazy copper with small bubbly beige head. Aroma is spicy yeast with a hint of booze, lots of dark fruit, plums and sweet malt. Taste is more toward cherry with a big caramel malt background and peppery esters. No real sense of the booze, light carbonation. A nice one off from a solid brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1414) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Pour is dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted oak, dark fruit, plums, raisins, caramel, and belgian spice. Alcohol is hidden very well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (638) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
Aroma is of Apple, plum and other dark fruit. Some spiciness aswell. Taste is a deep sweet fruitiness with some liquor snap on the tip. Body is a clear amber with a lace head with great retention.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (190) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Medium tan head. Berries, grassy nose. Some vanilla. Quite sour initially, some bitterness, some sweetness. Alcohol not terribly present, medium body. Really interesting and complex, very well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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