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 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.

77ships' rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (5560) - Antwerpen, - NOV 18, 2012
Bedankt Belgbeergeek. 75 cl. fles gedeeld met Belgbeergeek & Sebletitje @ Belgian Ratebeer Winter Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Unibroue blijft een interessante brouwerij voor mij, hun bieren vind ik wel over het algemeen goed en interessant maar ik vind het onmogelijk om wat zij doen Belgisch te noemen, geïnspireerd misschien maar ook niet volledig, origineel vind hen wel. Fin du Monde is bevoordeeld hoe ik het ook niet bekijk een hefe een geen tripel wat ik denk de bedoeling was. In tegenstelling tot Belgische bieren kunnen hun bieren echt niet oud worden wat wel de bedoeling is denk ik. Ik geniet gewoonlijk wel van hun spul maar ik denk niet dat ik extra moeite zal doen om eraan te geraken. Dit is bevoordeeld heel goed en origineel maar een quad is het niet maar dat hoeft dit ook niet te zijn voor mij, ik denk dat het vooral een kwestie is van hoe ik denk dat zij zich profileren als brouwerij. Donker rood amber, gebruinde kraag. Ruikt naar brood, zoet gerookt, hout in de zin van gewoon bomen, lichte soja / vlees ding, lichte zoete karamel, donker fruit. Smaak is zoet gerookt, soja, lichtjes gerookte mout, veel zoet hout wat blijkbaar franse eik is, melkchocolade, donker fruit en was brood. Toets minder koolzuurgas dan gewoonlijk … overal heerlijk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (4755) - Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2015
opened as a joke and was delicious! Nutty, high carb and dry. Molasses and caramel flavors withoout the sugar. Which is very impressive. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2881) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Surprisingly solid beer. Brown color with light tan head. Aroma is nutty, malty, light toffee. Taste is dry and malty. Way easy to drink for the abv, good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jamesthebrit (362) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Well... slew the bottle before i had a chance to rate it. Overall a pretty average beer. Smooth but not a strong aroma and not a lot of flavor. Sugary lighter. Some dates and such. Certainly not a bad beer but nothing amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (302) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle pour split, thanks Andrew. This was the 2013 version, very nice amber pour, sweet aroma I get kind of black licorice in the aroma. Deep flavor, spices, little bitter. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (1459) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2015
750 mL bottle, poured and split. Cork exploded off this one. 2013 vintage. Pours a swirling caramel brown color with a cola fizz head. Wood like, raisin spice aroma. Very nice flavor with some vanilla, plum fruit, and maybe some cinnamon spice. Has a bitter hop finish very late. High carb here. Very tasty strong ale. Probably my favorite beer from these guys.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (1067) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Chocolate brown pour and brown lace not much head. Aroma is caramel malt, booze and toasted hops. Flavor is dank and dark with burnt toasted complexion and savory sweet malt with bits of citrus. Well done strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BreWedge (400) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a rusty brown/red with a huge off-white head, plenty of carbonation. Aromas of wood, leather, plum, and raisin. Tastes of plum, raisin, and alcohol. Full bodied, medium carbonation, long alcohol finish. Overall, big bold tastes that remind me of Westvletern XII.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wolffish (364) - Saint-Donat, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2015
Une belle surprise que cette bouteille de 2013 qui est apparue sur les tablettes d’un de mes détaillants préférés... Les levures sont typiquement très présentes, supportées par la banane, l’alcool et un côté boisé moins dominant qu’à mon souvenir. Des notes de porto sont perceptibles en arrière-goût, de même que du tabac (une première dans une bière pour moi). Vraiment très bonne!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleRider78 (224) - - APR 19, 2015
Poured a nice foamy brownish head with a deep brown appearance. Aroma is of darker malts, spices. The flavour is pretty mixed and varied. Very spicy feeling on the palate, roasts, caramel, yeast, darker type fruits all come together in the overall taste. Mouthfeel is extremely tingly with a tinge of alcohol aftertaste. Hard to believe this is 10%abv. Nicely hidden. Under the impression this is a yearly ritual. If so, bring on 2013 and beyond...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RhetoricalAns (618) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2015
750 mL bottle. Fairly deep hazy chestnut brown pour. Tall foamy tan head. Lots of lacing and great retention. Aroma of toasted malt, toffee, cloves, banana, yeast. Taste is medium sweet, along same lines as aroma with a fairly spicy finish. Hints of warming alcohol throughout. Medium to full body with lively carbonation. Excellent.

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