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


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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a big tan head. Banana, light fruity ester aroma. Rich dark malt, light roast, yeasty, spice, banana flavor with light bibblegum, chocolate, and berry. Richer bodied. Alcohol slightly noticeable. Caramel and darker malts linger with banan and spice. Would expect it to age wonderfully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7061) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2008
750, corked and baled. Pours deep and nearly opaque dark brown, but shows crystal clear with ruby highlights when you get enough light behind it. Thick, creamy, rocky tan head that takes forever to settle--the Celtics ran off 12 game 5 points against the Hawks before I got a full, drinkable pour. Smells like cola, brown bread, and that sweet molassesy yeast. Medium, creamy body with cola, nuts, brown bread, and molasses on the mid-palate. Dark, fruity, intriguing, but a little bit sharp here and there. 6-12 months of just general softening would do wonders for this, but it’s very good as is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Big bottle finished without sharing a sip. Used a Chimay glass. Dark brown. Honey brown when held to the light. Big pillowy starting head. Chimay etch keeps a nice cloud layer going. I thought the aroma subdued. Notes of light chocolate, yeast, coffee and alcohol. Swirling it does give a bigger apple and banana note. I cannot understand where they hide the alcohol in some of these beers, barely taste it. I believe I will pick up some to age. Tasty in a restrained flavourful manner. Gentle spice, light honey-like sweetness and nice molasses and chocolate notes. Like a Belgian that you would want by the pitcher. Second half of the bottle added an intriguing sour note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2008
Lightly hazed brown liquid with a tint of umber when held to the light. Taller dried bone colored head. Decent lace. Sweet, fruity and yeasty nose. Scents of cloves, bananas, apples, mild citrus zest, and touch of attic dust. Reminds me of a few different scented candles being lit at the same time. Light and effervescent across the palate, nearly to much fizz in this one. A little more rigorous pour helps this one. Light caramel start with some vanilla and oak in the middle. Alcohol does show up a bit in flavors, but more so in the burn in the back of the throat. Some wheat and light acidity in the finish. Light white pepper in the linger. My second bottle, and I must admit that the first time I had it (approx. 3 weeks ago) I enjoyed it much more than I am right now. I caught more flavors the first time and the strength didn’t seem to be as evident. As it stand now, a strong belgian ale with few faults, but but not grabbing my attention. I just realized that I am trying this one at a warmer temperature than last time. perhaps the alcohol does come out more as it warms and masks some of the flavors, but that does seem to go against conventional wisdom. I still think, as I did with the first bottle this is a weizenbock by another name.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2008
McChouffe trappist. Pours a deep brown with orange edges and a dense cream coloured head that fades to a solid cap. Delicous nose full of candied green apples, raspberries, buttery caramel, mild cocoa, white grapes, spicy Belgian yeast, almond, coconut, port and figs. The flavour is equally complex, with intial impressions of coconut, and caramelized nuts, most notably almonds and pralines. Flavours of white grapes and apple also. The hops are very herbal and aromatic. Spices of corriander and possibly cardamom? The palate is a little hot and could use some aging. Other than that, this is a near-flawless Belgian strong. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2008
The pour on this annual effort from U is a nutty brown with a dense, lasting tan head. Toast, truffle, coriander and cocoa on the nose. Also some orange or lemon zest. Almondy, rather sweet chocolate, and slightly herbal taste is gentle and has little of the spice of the aromas. Dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2008
The pour is deep reddish brown, accented with a nice thick tan head. The Aroma is decadent with scents of banana, caramel, yeast and other fine spices. While the flavor follows suit, it finishes with a warm hint of alcohol reminding one to savor this well balanced brew. Unibroue has crafted another fine ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1749) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2008
Pours brown/red, with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is spices and yeast, with some fruit and malt. Flavor is spices, fruit, yeast, bananas, and brown sugar. Again, Unibroue comes thru with a wonderful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid reddish-brown with a huge off-yellow head. Nose is very complex; a mix of rasberry, strawberry, cherry, caramel malt, spicy yeast, port, figs, prunes. Tastes malty, dark fruity, witgh interlaced berries and spicy yeast throughout, plus some port, raisin, and blackberry brandy notes. Very complex, full-bodied palate that evolves nicely over time and shows no hint of heat. This one is outstanding. Re-rate 07-Apr-2012. This one has some some luster with the appearance, nose, especially the palate complexity, and the flavor isn’t what it used to be. I’m adjusting this rating down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2008
A cold pour produces a murky greyish brown liquid w/ a tall frothy head that lingers. Lacing is classic.Strong sweet and spicey aromas waft to my nostrils. Ultra full nectar w/ gentle carbonation produces an almost creamy texture. A viscous malt body, a mild sweetness, and gentle bittering comprise the backbone of this monster. It’s so thick I almost sufficate. Nectarine, plumb, hikers dried fruit, banana, troicals, ginger, coriander and allspice. The list goes on and on. Mild cocoa, rootbeer, a defined touch of sweet and sour kiwi essence, and a litle acidity. The finish lingers longingly. I am happy to have met you 17!

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