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


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RATINGS: 776   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 it’s 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gschrade (460) - Collinsville, USA - JAN 27, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours brown with a tan head. Taste dark fruits, Carmel, Belgian yeast. I thought this was pretty good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (197) - NEWMARKET, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a hazy dark brown with a huge pillowy off white head that continues to cling to the glass all the way down. Nose is toffee, biscuit and lots of belgian yeast. Taste is heavy yeast and and an interesting mixture of spice that is quite well balanced. Mouth is medium slick with soft carbonation. More subtle than most Unibroue offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Aroma is dark fruit/grapes, toffee, malts and a good hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit/grapes, bananas, some funk, malts and a mix of big tangy/sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lefossoyeur (428) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours auburn, chestnut hue with a small beige head. Toasted oak on the nose, sweet fruits, candied plum and raisins. Medium to heavy carbonation, almost full bodied, plummy with an oaky finale, with some vanilla. Good Quad if for the bubbly palate that is a bit annoying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerjoe777 (15) - - JAN 4, 2014
Nice complexity. I hear it ages well. Spicy, caramel, boozy Trappist touch also a little woody Ans Bourbon I’m gonna pick up a few more and age them. Picked them up at Bières du Monde in Aylmer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Boozy caramel, vanilla, belgian yeast and various spices. Dense, slick mouthfeel. Warming. Almost no carbonation. Spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OscarFalls (27) - excelsior, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
This beer warms your cockles a bit more with every sip. I recommend drinking this with friends from Europe. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2212) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
(bottle) dark brown. Caramel and yeast aroma. Flavor is yeast, oak, dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guil0000 (227) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
Pours a dark hazy color with a large white head. Aroma of dark fruit, cinnamon, clove and some raisins. Taste is a bit sweet with a medium body and some lingering alcool. Wouldn’t know it’s a 10 percent alcool beer. Very good balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheRatKing (84) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
There are few things I love more than Unibroue specials... This one was poured gently into my Westmalle chalice. Colour is a beyond-gorgeous deep, deep red with a foamy off-white head that looks to be in no hurry to go down. Nose has a smokey quality to it, along with the regular sweet richness of the Belgian yeast. Flavour is somewhat metallic, surprisingly on the light side compared to some of their other offerings. Ripe fruit, smokey oak, slight orange peel, slightest hint of gingerbread. Its strength is completely hidden, that is certain. Not one of my favourite offerings from Unibroue, but still quite good. I wonder what a bit of extra aging will do.

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