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

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RATINGS: 811   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34595) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2008
<b>Bottle 75cl. at home.</b>
Clear medium amber color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, caramel, perfume, fruity, pumpkin, moderate to light light heavy yeasty, spicy, wood, peppery, alcohol, ginger notes,. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, with a spicy ginger - peppery spike. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [150908]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 RB#5800: 75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown and hazy with a huge yet slight creamy light tan head. Yeasty and slight roasted caramel malty aroma. Sweet and slight roasted with a mild yeasty and also spiced. Spice note initially show ginger, followed by cinamon and ends with cardemome. Ends mild sweet, yeasty and spiced. Nice.7-3-7-4-15=3.6

75 cL bottle as Grande reserve. Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity and light spiced phenolic. Sweet malty, cramelish and phenolic. Dry and toasted malty finish.7-3-7-3-14=3.4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
Bottled. An unclear brown beer with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with ntoes of caramel, yeast, and fruit. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of spices and yeast, the spices include ginger and thyme added cardemomme coming late. Nice body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2008
Bottled@Fonefan (thanks for the bottle omhper!). Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is alcohol, raisins, toffee, soap and some mild spices. Flavour is hops, spices, some alcohol as well as mild birch sap. Probably needs a bit of aging, since it felt a bit strong, sharpedged and alcoholic.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2008
Bottled. Hazy mahogany colour, rich firm head. Intense fruity roasted chestnut aroma. Sweet and fruity. caramelly and faiely lively with prunes and overripe plums. Feels dusty and mature.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma with weak yeasty hints. Fruity malty spicy yeasty flavor with hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty finish with hints of caramel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14707) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2011
29th March 2009
Cloudy brown beer. Dry and frothy palate, medium carbonation. This tastes barrel aged in as much as there is a distinct woody dry ness. Chocolate and spice blend in with the wood. Dry spicy finish. Alright but the over dry palate detracts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
Corked bottle
Cloudy dark amber to brown, creamy head. The aroma is malty, with vanilla oak, with notes of spices and porto wine. Strong body structure, strong flavor of malt caramel and medium chocolate, medium sweet, and with some nice vanilla. In the end there is a robust caramel final, well bitter, with a hint of alcohol and very light sweet liquorice. Oak aged Belgian Ale? why not... Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14174) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2012
bottle at home ... light hazy copper ... thin bubbly white head ... soft floral pine yeastyness ... big pine zezt ... soft yeast ...big sweetness ... light saison tones ... juicy ... very juicy ...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2008
Dark brown and opaque with chestnut accents. The head foams up then falls to a frothy 1cm. Complex aroma of plum, cinnamon, cherry, apple, that thick Indonesian soy sauce. There’s almost a canned tomato richness of malt...lots of toffee...and a slightly woody alcohol note like a light rye whiskey. Just a stack of aromas layered, at once distinct but at the same time stuck together like a gooey baklava.

The flavour has a rich, deep fruitiness that melds brilliantly with toffeeish, almost oxidized malts. There’s almost a sherry vinegar taste to this, but without the acidity. Chocolate nuances come through with rum-soaked bread pudding. A firm and slightly hot alcohol note carves through the finish, not clean like usual but like a dull machete through jungle. All the while, more layers are revealed, like a little gooseberry tartness and some brown sugar. A fun beer showing a degree of style and nuance I haven’t seen from Unibroue in years, and yet still feeling like Unibroue beer. Spritziness makes for a finish that’s a somewhat weak counterpart to the crazy fun the rest of the way through this beer.


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