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

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RATINGS: 819   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Natai (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Pours a deep mahogany with an off-white head that hangs around the edges, light lacing. Rich and layered aromas that start with dark fruits, currant a bit of dates. Clove is prominent, lending a bready air, along with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Ends with the faintest whiff of caramel and dark chocolate. Smooth and lavish on the tongue with light carbonation. Full-bodied but not overpowering. Very little alcohol taste given the ABV, and overall it reminds me of a barleywine. Very good brew.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jennawood79 (367) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Cloudy/muddy dark brown poor with a very tanned head, sticky. Aromas are very yeasty (unibroue typical), very hoppy, dark fruits, prunes, raisins, dates and coriander. Huge creamy body, sweet and a zesty hoppy mouthfeel. Flavors of alcohol, orange zest, dark fruits, grapefruit and a spicy finish. Missing a little "je ne sais quoi" for an anniversary brew, will let this one sit for a while, still tastes very fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2471) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2014
2013 bottle, 12C. Disappointingly staid label, so I listened to "Crazy Horses" by the Osmonds to set more of a Unibroue vibe. Fairly dark brown with a large light beige head that fades to a lasting coat. Aroma of stewed and dried fruit - plums, prunes, muscatels - Port, some mocha, an earthy and doughy yeastiness that’s a bit surprisingly far in the background (although it creeps up a bit). Bittersweet chocolate registers as much as the fruit in the taste. Has that bottom-end rumble that can make intense fruit flavours more easily drinkable without seeming lush. Fullish bodied and fairly sweet, but it dries out a bit and there’s a spiciness to the bitterness and I guess the oak at the end. Suggestion of Armagnac-like booze there too, but nothing hot. A fine, characterful beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
remice (41) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 Unibroue 17, grosse brune, mousse intrépide qui résiste, arômes de vanille caramel,quelques fruits mûres,dates anis avec une touche vanillée suivie dune bonne présence d’alcool. En bouche très onctueuse, c’est rond ,sucré mais pas trop, très bien balancé par l’aspect boisé et terreux du chêne, très belle complexité ,les saveurs sont très bien intégré dans cette bière.Ont dirais presque la maudite vieilli en fut de bourbon subtile! , trop bonne! belle bière d’automne, personnellement la version de 2011 but à Saint Georges début 2014 était délicieuse! classique

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickTheRick (395) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
**Bouteille 2012** Tout d’abord, une mousse épaisse se pose sur le dessus d’une robe brune aux reflets rubis. Rapidement, cette mousse prend la poudre d’escampette, mais laisse tout de même une très fine dentelle sur les parois du verre. Des notes vineuses émanent au nez, et s’amalgament au toffee et au bois brûlé. Ces indicateurs olfactifs nous laissent croire que la madérisation de la bière est bien entamée et ça se confirme en bouche. Caramel brûlé, fruits confits et même du cuir sont décelés. Bien pétillante malgré son âge, elle déçoit toutefois par son manque d’harmonie entre ses différentes composantes.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hidden_Pooch (333) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
This beer surprised me as I was expecting something really Belgiany, like the classic banana and gum taste that I’m not a fan of. This was great though. Poured a orangey mahogany colour with an off white head. Aroma was of wine, bananas, plums, wood, grapes and some mustiness as well. Tastes of wine, sweet grapes, and plums. Had a medium body with average carbonation and not too boozy feeling at all. Had a tingle on the tongue and an oily feel with a wine bitterness and grape aftertaste. There are not many Belgian strongs I would buy twice, but I could go for another one of these.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2142) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Aroma: Dates, Caramel, Mildly Boozy Appearance: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing Taste: Fig, Caramel, Mildly Boozy Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollsrace (60) - - AUG 25, 2014
Aged in french oak. Taste sort of like holiday beers or Christmas ales, which I’m not a fan of. Otherwise the ale is smooth and has a good alcohol level without being too strong. Got it for $13.5 for a 750ml bottle

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewGoblin (362) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
Murky dark leather brown with a frothy tan head. Smells of basement, musk, grapes, ripe plums, dried cherries and wood. Really nice tasting, not boozy at all, very fruity but not overpoweringly sweet. A really standout example of the style for me as I usually find them to be yeast-beasts while this one has better balance than a Russian gymnast. Great peppy but slightly oily mouthfeel with a fruity, caramel, woody flavour that lasts.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pumpkinhead2 (372) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
[Millésime 2012 dégustée en août 2014.] Bière brune foncée aux reflets rubis, bien voilée, bonne effervescence, et surmontée d’un col couleur moka, très dense, mousseux et persistant, et qui laisse une magnifique dentelle sur les parois du verre. Arôme de pain grillé, pâtisserie et céréale rôtie, avec du caramel, cassonade et cola, abondant petits fruits foncés bien mûrs voire confits (raisin, cerise noire, datte, prune/pruneau…), d’ailleurs certains effluves ne sont pas sans rappeler le gâteau aux dattes. On a également d’agréable effluves alcoolisés, de la levure belge, des épices (anis surtout, mais également clou de girofle, muscade, piment de la Jamaïque…) et du boisé (fût de chêne!). Excellent nez! Très agréable, très complexe et très intense, il est parfait! En bouche, pétillement moyen-élevé sur la langue, et onctuosité très bien au palais, c’est moelleux et velouté. Au goût, l’alcool et le boisé sont plus présent qu’au nez avec une légère acidité fort agréable et une réconfortante chaleur qui envahit le dégustateur. Généreusement maltée, mais pas tellement sucré, pain grillé, grain rôti avec léger caramel qui fait pas mal cola. Fruité et épicé, mais moins qu’au nez, ce qui ressort surtout en bouche est l’effet du mûrissement en fût de chêne, alcool, boisé, légère fumée (tourbe) et même légère vanille. Amertume minimale, la finale est principalement alcoolisée et boisée. Tout aussi intense en bouche qu’au nez, complexité qui semble un peu inférieure à cause de la domination de l’alcool et du boisé, mais toujours excellente, l’intégration des différentes saveurs entre elles est excellente. Très gros coup de cœur pour moi!


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