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

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RATINGS: 824   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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jb (2264) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1452) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Lots of Belgian. Lots of dark fruit, raisins and plums. At least it’s low on the banana.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5780) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (304) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dayz2112 (5) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (930) - 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

3.3
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1443) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Pours a nice medium brown with a small offwhite head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is of raisins and other dark fruits with a light green apples edge. Taste is lightly oxidized but offers the same nice dark fruits. Light brown sugar. Light oak, way less than I remember. Body is medium, carbonation too. This drinks like a nice belgian ale with none of that Unibroue yeast signature. Nice!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Handypaul (237) - - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle, 2013. Pours cloudy dark brown with a huge creamy beige head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma of spices, sour fruit, cloves. Medium sour and sweet lightly bitter in a medium body, creamy texture, average to soft carbonation and a lightly sour lingering finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (2223) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 18, 2014
On the front of the bottle, it says "bottled in 2012." On the back of the bottle, it says "best before 12-18-2017." I poured this into a chalice. The appearance was a nice ruddy brown color with a one finger white foamy head that leaves some nice adequate somewhat clingy lacing. The smell had the Belgian spicy sweetness carrying over into a vast array of dark sugar coated candied fruits such as plums and raisins. The taste was exceptionally sweet through the plums and raisins but the Belgian spices tend to take a back seat here. There is a super long sweet dark fruity aftertaste with a long dark fruity and somewhat sticky finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium to heavy on the body and maintains a mostly sipper sort of fashion about it. The carbonation is very smooth and silky coating my mouth and tongue, although, this could be due to the age of this beer as well. Overall, though there’s a good almost two years on this beer, I say this is still very well done and if you’re willing to pay the money for it, don’t pass it up if you like/love the Belgian spicy sweets.


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