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


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RATINGS: 856   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 breweryís 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 "Worldís 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 Rťserve" appellation as a fitting endorsement of itís 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
Sent in the picture. Pours with a large, foamy, light brown head covering a murky brown body. Good lacing and retention. Sweet candi, fruity, and yeasty aromas with some stillton cheas as well. Meaty and very alcohol forward taste. Some DMS. Very fizzy. I have anotheer bottle that I am going to cellar till 2010, this beer will age well and mellow out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2008
Pours kind of a murky brown with a solid creamy tan head. The aroma is malty and alive with warm spices, clove and white pepper, with light floral scents. Like most Unbroue brews that Iíve had, itís highly carbonated and gassy. Sweet dark sugar and a dash of watery chocolate are added toi the flavor long with some alcohol and more hot spices. Not bad, but itís gassy to a distraction.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2008
Dark brown, thick and creamy light tan head that leaves just a sheet of lace on the glass, highly attractive. Aroma is a complex blend of dark fruits, spices, faint chocolate, and trace alcohol. Flavor is essentially a match. When cooler, the dark fruits and chocolate notes come through more. As it warms, spices like pepper and clove become more pronounced. Preferred this a bit more cooler, but truly one of the more enjoyable beers Iíve had lately, even if the numbers donít entirely reflect that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3020) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2008
Very nice Belgian strong and a lot different than their usual. This one was extremely spicy. Aroma was strong clove and pepper. Pour was a beautiful deep murky brown with a 3 finger tan head. Taste was very hot in a spicy way. Strong ginger, clove, pepper and cinnamon dominate this beer. Almost has a cayenne pepper hot aftertaste on the back of the throat. Very different and good. Not the usual sugary sweet stuff I expected from them. This beer is so spicy and hot you canít tell if itís strong alcohol or pepper burning your mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2854) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
Bottle from BevMo, Mission Valley. Deep ruby in color. Sweet spiced aroma. Dark fruits. Rich dark fruitiness up front. A little sweetness. Quite a bit of spice. A little bit of bitterness in the finish. Somewhat warming going down. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8068) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 7, 2008
Cloudy brown with orange tints, huge tan coloured head with awesome staying power. Very fragrant spicey nose, sweet, yeasty, spice cake. Very spicey palate, sweet malt, bready yeast, plummy/figgy with a dry, almost tart finish that really compells you to sip again and again. Really really nice-- one of the most drinkable high-ABV Unibroues Iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 9/5/2012 pours a cloudy brown with a very small dirty white head and a little lacing. smell is of dark fruits, caramel, molassis, a little spice, touch of cocoa, and some toasty malts. taste is fizzy, dark pitted fruits, some spice, some cocoa, caramel, and malt. ends tangy and dry. 4/6/2008 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7 purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington. bottle was unique in that it was missing the í17í on the front just a íunibroueí, pulled out of a case. pour is a cloudy dark brown with an orange tint, very large khaki head, highly carbonated, excellent lacing. smell of dark fruits, caramel, spice, a touch of cocoa. taste of dark fruits (prune, raisins, others), bittersweet chocolate, touch of licorice, malt, spice, some caramel, finish is dry and bitter. overall a very pleasant brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
[1118-20080226] 500mL (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mds). Dry musty yeasty malt aroma with a wacky twinge of plastic reminiscent of My Little Pony hair. Hazy, dark brown red body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Fruity orange malt flavour has bitter zest and spice notes. Medium-full body. Weird aroma keeps changing.
Overheard: "Itís a puzzler... (The room is) quiet -- Thatís how you know itís either really really good or... puzzling."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2008
Bottle, 13th or so beer at PP Belgian Fest 08. Pours amber with a tan head. Nose is light and dead. Taste is sweet and ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2008
First of the big bottle Anniversary series from Unibroue that I did not actually love. This one lacks focus and grace. Itís not that it lacks complexity; like the worst of Mahlerís music, there is just too much going on, and it has no focal point. It may be too young, and still gawky and unattractive as a teen ager. I have hope for it, but I donít really care for it yet. I hope to come back to it and try it again. For now ... nose of dark malts and alcohol and yeast. Lovely reddish brown pour with a huge shaving cream foamy tan head; head vanishes leaving good lacing. Taste of big Belgian yeast, candi sugar, dark malts and caramel, vanilla, chocolate, dried fruit, though not in the same order on every sip. Good big Belgian mouth.

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