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


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RATINGS: 865   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12947) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
750 ml bottle: corked & caged. Deep, vinous, dark fruit aromas - but not overly rich. A tart, citrus, component as the glass approaches the lips. Hazy dark brown color with a decent beige head. Medium to full bodied with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable. Yeast, spice, and then the alcohol gets in the way. Eventually touches of chocolate, dark fruit, nuts and candi can be discerned, but I had to work for it. The finish is more sweet than dry, and there’s definitely bitter. But it’s more of a oak wood bitter than hop. Chocolate note pops up again. It’s interesting, but I think the alcohol should be more suppressed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2008
Dark burgundy beer, with a fizzy, lasting head - the aroma is an interesting mix of molasses, nutmeg, dried kumquat, fruit skin tannins/tartness, brown sugar (smells like a Christmas ale) - the flavor is quite similar - starts with candi sugar sweetness and strong wintery spices - next, strong yeasty character, brighter spices (coriander) - this is followed by kumquat and orange that lend a citric acidity - some tannins/tartness arrive late - finishes with some wildflower and bittering herbs (yarrow, lavender) - one of the most interesting unibroue beers I’ve had in some time - in fact, probably one of the most unexpected beers I’ve had lately, period.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2008
Dark brown with a huge tan head that takes a long time to dissipate and retains very nicely. Great aroma- dark fruits, candi sugar, light molasses, coriander, musty unibroue yeast, floral hops and light touches of citrus. Taste- light molasses, musty/bready yeast, vanilla, spices- coriander, citrus, light touches of chocolate and dark fruit. Medium bodied, with spritzy carbonation. Finishes with some lingering citrus, spice, and light molasses. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 16, 2008
Bottle from State Line. The pour was deep orange-brown, hazy-cloudy, huge typical highly carbonated U head and ringed lacing. The aroma was wonderful, sawdust, sprtizy notes of lemon-lime, oranges, coriander, root-beerish spicing. The flavor followed the aroma, chocolate and dark fruits mixed in lightly, yeast faint for the U, yet still present. Mouthfeel was airy-full, carbonated. A pretty nice brew, although the spicing did turn a bit too strong w/ some annoying cinnamon-like character eventually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4562) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2008
Hazy and amber in the look with a good foamy off white head. Smell has fruitiness, yeast, and sweetness. Taste is sweet and fruity. Alcohol and yeast in there as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle....Poured a cloudy dark amber with medium off white head with very good retention. Aroma of citris with a nice alcohol spice to blend in. Flavor was citris, sweet malt, great use of flavor hops.....notes of grapefruit????... Had medium carbonation with medium-high body....VERY GOOD BEER! A must try!......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4910) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2008
(750ml bottle) Purchased at Brewery Creek in Vancouver for $9.95. Pours a gorgeous lasting head with a deep brown-ruby. Nose of good malt, clove and ginger with date as a base. Flavour is unbelievably good - a return to Unibroue 10 or 11 - full bodied fig dried fruit, red wine, strong barley, green grass with a woody, burnt toast. So nice to see the return of a great Unibroue annual as opposed to those spearmint-crap years...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
Very dark brown, big foamy white head. Dark fruit, very sweet aroma, burnt sugar, some yeast, some smoke and wood as well - not typical Unibroue. Taste - was this oak aged? I did not read the label. Heavy vanilla oak taste, blends so well with the yeasty, dark fruit and alcohol. Lots of smoke and wook in finish. Damn fantastic, but man, reading the ratings, am I the only one getting an oak aged thing out of this? Regardless, I loved it, one of my favourite Unibroue’s, which is high praise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
Its been a while since I tired these yearly Unibroue Special. Big fluffy head, dark amber color. Sweet aroma, with some alcohol in it. Very spicy and bitter. With dark fruits. A little bit smokey too. They kept it in the fridge, and I drank it not so long after I bought it. Got better as it warmed. Typic Unibroue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7909) - 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.

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