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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1962) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScoWRee (411) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2566) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajm (1072) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mmmbeer (1389) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2008
750mL bottle poured into tumbler- poured slightly transparent brownish amber, huge off brown head with ALOT of lacing, medium carbonation. Aroma of dark malt, lab quality sucrose, yeast, and various sweetened fruit (blackberries, bananas, and blueberries to name a few). HIts the mouth with a medium body, the fruit notes do translate but not as well as the 16 version (aging?), some hard fruit (almost a cider quality) hit the tongue in the middle, finish is crisp and lingering, alcohol has a sidenote. A little letdown- but I’ll have to let one age like the 16 version was when I drank it a few hours ago. Good, but could be better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1683) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Slightly sweet aroma, pours a dark reddish-brown with a huge head that keeps threatening to overflow the glass. The flavor begins with the standard Unibroue house yeast flavor, then flows over to dark fruits and a bit of spice. Alcohol is not noticeable, but it is far too carbonated. A drinkable beer, if your patient enough for the carbonation to fade.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2008
750ml bottle, purchased first day released in US.. saved until graduation. Poured a dark brown with a hazy nucleus. Full bodied. Bold dark fruits, alcohol, and heavy spice blend... taste adds a sour note midway through the bottle. Have had 15 and 16 and this was much bolder of a beer. Not the familiar fluffy Unibroue.. much more mature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Dark hazy amber color with a huge tan head. Strong spice aroma. Flavor of sour dark fruits, spices, candy sugar and a little yeast

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12712) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Swalden_28) Pours a cloudy deep amber body with a thick beige head. Aroma of apple, banana, clove, caramel, wheat, cereal, and some herbs. Flavor of citrus peel, nuts, raisins, black currants, light rye, and herbs.

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