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

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RATINGS: 839   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Just when I was starting to think all of the new beers Unibroue was putting out were getting too similar ~ good BSAs, but nothing special ~ then they put out this very nice and unique offering. Pours deep brown with a garnet hue and large tan head than has good lasting power, unlike many Unibroue beers. The aroma is far more wine-like than any beer they’ve put out yet. There is dark malt, funky yeast, sourness, dark berry fruits, tart cherries and tannic aspects. Very interesting. Medium smooth body with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavor starts with thick sourness that strikes me as a red wine backbone to the beer. There is also some woodiness, graininess and abv warmth that is delicious and fitting. The finish is very dry with leathery / tobacco traits. This is a very complex and enjoyable brew. Like mentioned earlier, this is not a typical beer for Unibroue, but it is excellent and stands up with the very best of their line.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1819) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Opaque brown with dimpled off-white head which hangs around for more than 5 minutes. Aroma is cloves, pine, cola and dark fruit in roughly that order. Taste is very woody, with sharp astringent notes, and vanilla and tart dark fruit throughout. Dry and weird, but not bad. $8/22oz

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2008
This beer pours dark brown with a huge fluffy tan head. The aroma has a little bit of lemon and a bit of a doughy smell. Kind of smells like root beer. There is a nutty flavor to this with a bit of spice and chocolate. $7.75 at New Beer on Chrystie Street, NYC.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2008
woody brown body with a hint of ruby, off-white head. Nose is yeasty apples, pears, alcohol, christmas-spice malt, brown sugar, english toffee. Flavor is toffee, yeast, alcohol, fruit (apple, pear, plum), wood. It doesn’t display the typical unibroue character which is nice. A damn fine dark belgian strong.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2571) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown color with a rich foamy tan head. The aroma is well spiced, has banana, nuts, pepper and cloves. Moderately sweet with nuts, caramel and apples. Slightly odd finish, IMHO.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1939) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 Mahogany with big, foamy tan head / Winey nose of pit fruit and tobacco / Full bodied, Unibroue fizzy, with big malts, and long finish / Complex flavors of tobacco, banana, orange, toffee, wood, cinnamon, clove, and coriander / As always, not fond of the Unibroue fizzy body, but the flavor on this is extraordinary.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScoWRee (393) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a huge fluffy tan head. Aroma of yeast, dark fruit,, plum, Rasains.Taste is sweet.Creamy. Hints of molassas, dark fruits. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAY 7, 2008
This one was sampled directly after the sixteen, which may have taken away from it’s score a bit. This was a very tasty and complex brew, but wasn’t quite as good. It poured very dark, and had a strong scent of roast malt and hop bitterness. Host Rick Swarez explained Unibroue’s attempt to brew a more distinctly intense and bitter ale, whereas the sixteen was an attempt to show off their well developed use of yeast and paler malts. Overall, not bad. But less drinkable than expected.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Dark cloudy brown pour, moderate head with solid lacing and retention. Aroma is pretty interesting, their usual character, but also with a candy like sweetness. Yeast, dark sugar and fruit, the usual goods are all here for the style. Medium to full body, quite sweet, high carbonation. Very enjoyable flavors, but carbonation was a bit much for my liking.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Guilty pleasure of the blackcurrant Ephemere aside, this is probably the best Unibroue I have yet had. Definitely the best anniversary ale I’ve had. Very dark, very fruity - but oddly not dark fruits.


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