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


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RATINGS: 843   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - 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 (5138) - 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 (3186) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
750ml bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Dark brown with a big creamy beige head. Nose was full of dark fruits, clove, chocolate and toffee. Should have let it sit a bit longer, just couldn’t wait.......;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2008
Pours a very cloudy brown with a nice off-white head with good retention. Excellent dark, spicy aroma. Taste is quite unusual, black bean sauce, opens into a slightly sour taste which ends on a nice warm alcohol finish with fruitiness and a touch of oily hops. Loads of spice, red pepper, light mustard. Body is very well carbonated, and with the head is almost creamy. This beer would do well to be aged, I think, given the unsettled and factious tastes,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3153) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
Brown bottle, 750 ml, gift from the brewery, savoured on March 25 2008; eye: dark dirty brown with a reddish hue, nice creamy beige head, lots of lacing; nose: yeast, hops, coriander, caramelized malt, caramel, candied fruits, tobacco, alcohol, ash; mouth: liqueur-like, candied fruits, spices (including pepper and coriander), ash, bread, yeast, caramelized malt, a bit of molasses, alcohol is quite present especially towards the end, hops also appears toward the end (more than expected, is really the market for this beer the USA?), finale malt-hops with a good presence of pepper, mildly sweet and bitter, full body, average carbonation, mild astringency; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 750 ml, cadeau de la brasserie, savourée le 25 mars 2008; œil : brune sale foncé avec une teinte rougeâtre, voilée, belle mousse beige crémeuse, pas mal de dentelle; nez : levure, houblon, coriandre, malt caramélisé, caramel, fruits confits, tabac, alcool, cendre; bouche : liquoreuse, fruits confits, épices (dont le poivre et la coriandre), cendre, pain, levure, malt caramélisé, un peu de mélasse, alcool est très présent surtout vers la finale, houblon se révèle vers la finale (vise-t-on le marché états-unien?), finale malt-houblon avec présence de poivre, moyennement sucrée et amère, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, astringence moyenne; en résumé : bien aimé

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2008
Bouteille 750 ml. La bière est de couleur brune foncée trouble avec des reflets cuivrés. La mousse quand à elle est abondante et remarquable. Elle reste en force du début à la fin. Au nez une explosion d’arômes fait son entrée. On y décèle des arômes de citron, pamplemousse, pomelo,zeste d’orange, poivre, levure, alcool, poires, menthe, coriande et de tangerine. En bouche, la bière est ronde et très complexe. Mes papilles gustatives sont attaqués par des flaveurs de poivre, de menthe, de chêne, de liège, de vanille, de pamplemousse, de cannelle,de citron,de zeste d’orange, de sucre brun, de levure et d’alcool. Wow

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2008
(Dégusté avec french tickler) Une allure nuageuse, brun foncé avec le collet bronzé et collant. Arome de levure, fruit foncé, prunes, raisins, dates et de la coriande. Une biere vraiment cremeuse, saveur d’alcohol, zest d’orange et un fini épicé. Une bonne biere d’anniversaire comme le fait unibroue!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of spices (white pepper, coriander) with some notes of Unibroue yeast and butterscotch. Taste is also a mix between some Unibroue yeast with a great spice mix and some butterscotch malt. I thought it lacked some dry fruits characteristics and while carbonation was excellent it appears that the body is thinner then their usual offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2008
Cloudy dark brown body with a large creamy tan head. Sweet spice aroma with caramel, molassas, brown sugar, rum-soaked fruit and a touch of smoke. Sweet smokey flavor, some caramel, and rum-soaked fruit with a light yeasty background. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

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