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

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RATINGS: 894   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 25, 2008
THOUGHTS: A wonderful beer. One of Uni’s better beers. This one might be really nice with some aging. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a nearly opaque, medium to dark brown with hints of orange and a huge, creamy, off-white head that slowly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma was moderate yeast, dark fruit, spices, maybe some port wine, slight alcohol and very light chocolate malt as it warmed. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, light to moderately acidic, and a little sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and bitter, and sour with an average duration. There was dark fruit, then dark, sour fruit, spices and a little yeast. Maybe some brandy too and slight chocolate as it warmed. The medium to full body was syrupy up front then dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a lightly astringent and alcoholic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
Picked up at Whole Foods Vienna. Tasted while on conference in Tysons Corner / Vienna VA. Tasted in hermetically sealed hotel plastic glasses. Sampled from a 750ml bottle. Aroma has an aged cheese scent, possibly of Parmesan or the like. Large sustained strong brownish white head. Flavor is intense and very sweet. Candy floss like, belgian candied sugar, some maple, slightly sour / bitter finish. Overall very intense and does not lay well with the ’other’ children in the park. Shame on you 17! shame!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Pours a foggy brown with a nice off white head. Smells of grapes, pears, and berries. Little carbonation at first as the fruits hit your palate then it changes over to bittersweet chocolate. Velvety smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a large long lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of bananas, cinnamon, bubblegum, dark fruit, and sweet caramel. Taste is banana, sweet caramel, dark fruits, and spicy yeast. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitternessmoderate to strong amount of carbonation, and well hidden alcohol. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy dark maroon amber, with a foamy well retained light tan head. Smells of dark fruits, lots of banana, candy sugar, sweet cinnamon, and that typical Unibroue yeast. The flavor was pretty sweet, lots of that cinnamon character comes through creating an almost root beer-like flavor. Very interesting. A little heavy on the carbonation like most of their offerings. Some nice dark fruits balance out the pretty heavy sweetness. Another solid offering.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3006) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Bottle courtesy Presario. Shared with Lee. Muddy dark brown pour with a thick tan head and lots of sediment. Dark fruit (fig, raisin, etc...) orange peel, malty and yeasty aroma. Thick malty taste with hints of orange peel, raisins, yeasty thick. Really nice and smooth, a great beer to share.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Pours a dirty, murky brown with creamy off white head. Nose of dark fruits, cinnamon, toffee, cooked vegetables and wood. There is so much happening in this aroma...very nice. Palate is big rich and creamy with fizzy carb all the way through. Fruity tartness with toffee, chocolate, brown sugar...again, lots going on.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2701) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2008
What an odd bear. Nose is banana and clove with some toffee and a bit of chocolate. Somewhat like a weizenbock. POurs a reddish brown color with a big creamy off white head. Taste is sweet and spicy with dark malt and a bit of metal. Mouthfeel is pretty nice and at 10% this beer goes down easy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (15483) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2008
Dark brown and opaque with chestnut accents. The head foams up then falls to a frothy 1cm. Complex aroma of plum, cinnamon, cherry, apple, that thick Indonesian soy sauce. There’s almost a canned tomato richness of malt...lots of toffee...and a slightly woody alcohol note like a light rye whiskey. Just a stack of aromas layered, at once distinct but at the same time stuck together like a gooey baklava.

The flavour has a rich, deep fruitiness that melds brilliantly with toffeeish, almost oxidized malts. There’s almost a sherry vinegar taste to this, but without the acidity. Chocolate nuances come through with rum-soaked bread pudding. A firm and slightly hot alcohol note carves through the finish, not clean like usual but like a dull machete through jungle. All the while, more layers are revealed, like a little gooseberry tartness and some brown sugar. A fun beer showing a degree of style and nuance I haven’t seen from Unibroue in years, and yet still feeling like Unibroue beer. Spritziness makes for a finish that’s a somewhat weak counterpart to the crazy fun the rest of the way through this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BellsFan (49) - Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Brown with big creamy head. Nice fruity spicy taste with hints of oak. Well worth the money.


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