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


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RATINGS: 819   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8099) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Mildly murky dark brown colored body with a tan head. Nose of spicy brown sugar, quad-like yeast, spiced nutmeg bananas, some toast and some nuts. Flavor is rich, sharp, boozy, and heavily influenced by the Belgian quad-like yeast being used. Tastes of big boozy figs, nuts, dates, etc, with some sharp toasted banana as well. A little too hot and too young, but overall quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Bottle from Belmont Party. Poured clear dark brown color with medium frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Complex tart citrus, fruity and rye. Medium to heavy bittersweet spicy flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and small alcohol bite. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of scraff. Thanks, Scott! Pours a murky, dark brown color; very light tan head with solid retention and medium-bubbled lacing; excellent pour. Lots of dry white pepper, spice, and brown sugar in the aroma; a solid, creamy, vanilla-tinged yeasty character. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, creamy breadiness and toasty malts and a complex yeasty core; dried fruits, white pepper, and light spices; a solid, slightly boozy Belgian strong. Lengthy finish, showing dried cloves, yeast, and white pepper; dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Courtesy of scraff. Hazy brown with a very large beige head, lasting, some lace. The nose is dark fruit, cotton candy, clove, apricot and banana. The flavor is moderately sweet with pepper, banana, pear, apple, herbs and lots of cotton candy. Medium/full body is soft and sticky with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2008
2008-02-26. Bottle. Very dark brown body with a good sized beige head, and nice lacing. Odd spicey notes in the aroma, light hint of plastic or phenols that eventually blows off, alcohol, orange zest makes an appearance if you breath deep. (7+) Spice in the flavour lingers into the aftertaste, light fruit notes, sweet underlying malt. (7+) Average palate is a bit lighter than I would like personally. Pretty decent, bit of a puzzler but I enjoyed it. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2932) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
Aroma:Spicy aroma,light fruity.... Appearance:light ruby-red,good tan lacing white head.... Flavor:furity-candy sugar,spicy,alcool...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2008
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, mabel, mds and jerc - my bottle. Almost murky brick-red pour, thick fluffy tan rocky head. Aroma - roast malt, tons of pungent spice, sweet, but also hints of plastic and iodine, dry citrus zest bitterness. The taste - still sweet and spicy, plenty of dry pungent bitterness, herbal and boozy as it warms - the plastic emerges as overly pungent yeast/spice. Thick, astringent, alcoholic body and finish - I liked it - it’s really raw, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Pours brown with amber highlights and tan head. Spicy aroma- clove, cardamon, yeast, lemon, candied sugar, banana, dark fruit, pineapple. Flavors of yeast, banana, orange, lemon, spice, slight hoppiness in the finish, and candied sugar. Trademark Unibroue finish- extremely lively. Really delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2008
The pour is brown, with a fluffy tan head. I very much agree with the Unibroue nose already mentioned... It’s almost a signature smell. Out of the anniversary ales I’ve had from them, 10, 11, 2004, 2005, 15, 16, and now 17, I have to say this is one of the weakest. Not by much, but I just can’t seem to rate it enough to top any of the others (though it is very close). I taste raisin, lots of clover and spice, alcohol, and some citrus. I’ll cellar one and try it again with next years offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3241) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Pour is a cloudy Mississippi mud pour. Aroma is all things Unibroue, very yeasty and dark fruit with a huge helping of candi sugar. I could probably smell this and know it was a Unibroue w/o seeing the label. Flavor is super dark fruit with a ton of spice and corriander. Leaves a bready coating on the tounge as this goes down. A very tasty style but this brewer doesn’ t really make a bad brew.

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