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


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RATINGS: 851   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bweezy (53) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
Poured an opaque deep brown with huge, long lasting head. spicy, fruity odor. Taste was robust. My tongue picked up fruits and spices, heavy on the citrus. I was a little disappointed with this one to be honest. Far too much citrus taste for my liking. Also the high alcohol volume was not well masked. I prefer it when my high alcohol content beers actually succeed in masking the alcohol taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Poured from the bottle. Nice dark brown color. Smell is spicy, some dark fruit as well, maybe prunes. Taste was big dark fruit, raisin, spice, some tannic bitterness, like green grape peel. This one seemed very well made, but I just wasn’t enjoying it after about 2 oz’s. the tannic bitterness and yeast flavor just kept building in my mouth until I didn’t want to drink it anymore. I don’t know what else to say about this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle: Pours a murky burgundy with a thick and huge tan head. Aroma has some brown sugar, and lots of winter spices like spruce, clove, cardamom and some fig notes. Frothy and velvety feel. Spicy flavor throughout the whole palate, with a hint of roast. Brown suagr, clove, cinnamon and lots of peppery character come through. There’s also a pine suggestion (spruce-like) with a touch of roasted Belgian malt. Prolonged peppery spiciness in the finish. Complex and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
25.4 oz bottle. Woody brown with a smooth beige head. Nose is yeasty cola and toffee; some spice. Sharp, sudsy carb; medium light, kind of oily. Taste begins with caramel, clove and citrus peel. Increasing bitter yeast, alcohol and plastic. Something about Unibroue’s turns me off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at the Pints for Pets Brewfest. Cloudy light brown with a rich beige head. Very light spicy and bready aroma. Strong clove and spicy taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2013 Aroma is spicy with notes of tobacco, dark fruit, wood, and yeast. Deep brown amber hue with a large off-white head that left great lace. Flavor is spicy dark fruit, tobacco and wood. Medium bodied and lively. Thick cloying finish. Good but I did not like the cloying spice tobacco character. Re-Rate 2013 Everything rates the same but I suspect I can appreciate the style more. Increased the aroma, taste and overall by one point each.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 18, 2008
750ml bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a murky dark brown, nearly opaque body with a good inch of light tan head. Smells fruity with chocolate, date, and a fair bit of wood/smoke. Tastes like a fine mix of chocolate, date, wood, smoke, hints of caramel. Complex and extremely well-balanced. Medium to full in body. A beer that feels full and yet goes down very easily. Tasty and more drinkable than expected. Another top notch limited edition beer from Unibroue!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sleeper (91) - Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Tastes very Unibroue. Complex and spicy. It’s hard to differentiate between the spice and alcohol. After tasting the Unibroue 15 I can begin to taste the similarities between both beers. A lot of flavor...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Attractive deep caramel pour, which is the best thing about 17. Nose is pencil shaving-esque. All together bitter. I think something went wrong here. Wrong, but not terribly wrong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3451) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
750 ml bottle at Uber Tavern in Seattle. Pour is dark brown amber with an off-white head. Aroma of the signature Unibroue yeast, and not really all that much else. Maybe some apple and pear fruitiness. Taste is somewhat sour with maltiness a very heavy maltiness. The yeast again comes through very strong in the taste. The fruit is more pronounced in the flavor, and adds considerably to the flavor profile. Initially, I commented that this reminded me of Trois Pistoles, though as it warmed and the fruit came out, I don’t think this is true.

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