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


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RATINGS: 850   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2083) - 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 ’17’ on the front just a ’unibroue’, 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 (7059) - 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: "It’s a puzzler... (The room is) quiet -- That’s how you know it’s 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 (1374) - 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. It’s not that it lacks complexity; like the worst of Mahler’s 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 don’t 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (1991) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2008
Poured a cloudy dark brown with a thin tan head. Apple and yeast aroma. Flavour was dark and fruity, well balanced malt and light alc. sweetnes, some lingering bitterness in the finish. Much smoother and more balanced than 16 I thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2008
Pour is dark brown with a thin tight bubbled tan head...smell is very spicy a little smokey with clove, anise, pepper...taste is a litttle sweet and is strongly spicy with anise and clove...alcohol comes through in the finish...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
aroma is spicy belgian yeast, strong pepper, burnt fruit, clove. Pours a nice cloudy dark brown, thick head with abundant carbonation. Stong spiciness comes through in the flavour. Fruit, prune sweetness, warming alcohol. What I found different here from the previous Unibroue numbered seasonals is quite a bit of tartness. A much cleaner finish than previous editions; a solid brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2008
Gingerbread, chocolate cookie dough, cinnamon, brown sugar, sweet floral characteristics and dark fruit notes all blend together with a touch of alcohol in the very inviting nose. Opaque and somewhat muddy brown colour is topped by a generous, large bubbled, tan-cream coloured head that recedes slowly to a thick but partial cover with some spotty lacing. Flavour offers some toasted malt and plenty of yeasty cookie dough and chocolate characteristics. Fair bitterness reigns in the sweetness and keeps it from becoming cloying. Plenty of dark fruitiness especially in the aftertaste. Medium body with rather insistent but not unpleasant carbonation that really awakens the tongue. I’m finding this quite expressive although I’m drinking it rather warm. It only sat in the cellar for a couple of hours between purchase at room temperature and opening the bottle so it’s still quite warm. Will be interesting to compare to the second bottle which I’ll wait to cool down first. Tulip glass. Just below room temperature. (Brewery Creek, Mar-08).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5158) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2008
From a 750 ml bottle purchased at Lukas Liquors in KC. The body was light brown with a yellowish head. The aroma is cinnamon and earthy sweat. There is also fruity pears and yeasty biscuit. The taste has some bread crust and pears. There is a fairly strong alcoholic notes. Cinnamon and ginger spicing come to cominate the finish. This is highly carbonated like many Belgian strong. Another solid Unibroue .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Deep red-brown body, murky, thick, clumping light tan head. Biting nose with clove, cinnamon, and plummy, bready malts, in addition to prickly alcohol sharpness. Tangy body with an emphasis on spice, dark fruits, and herbal bitterness. The spice and fermented, almost soy-like dark fruits linger into the finish, where warming alcohol displays. Slightly thin, and the alcohol is not fully balanced, but highly recommended nonetheless.

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