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


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RATINGS: 897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
keokani (20) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Aroma: caramel, chocolate. Appearance: red, brown, cloudy, frothy, tan foam. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation. Overall: This is one of the very best Belgian ales I’ve ever had. After this 17th anniversary ale, the series has not been continued. The ones I had were 15th, 16th, and 17th anniversary, and all were equally phenomenal! Years later, I’m having the 17th anniversary ale again. Fortunately, since it is a bottle-conditioned, Belgian ale, it improves with aging, rather than spoiling. So, it is just as good now, as it was when it was first released. Either that, or this beer has been brewed again since its first release.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottled. WOW! This is a spectacular beer. Very yeast driven aroma. I taste a subtle raisin flavor that bounces across my tongue. All in all a perfect beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MilkOfTheOld (3) - - MAY 29, 2012 does not count
A perfect beer. Strikingly Belgian in flavoring and spices, with nuttiness and malt flavor. Strong but not heavy, in some ways feels like a dark tripel with the malt subbing in for the fruitiness typical of that style. An absolute delight from a brewery that never seems to miss.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sheffee (28) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Remarkable complexity, depth and balance. You find something new in it every time you take a sip. A must for any beer lover.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bierdimpfe (501) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2016
Thick cloudy copper color with a pink hue and powerful carbonation activity. Extra foamy, delicate, beige 3 finger sparkly head, creating a foam island and lasting around 12 minutes, with some strong legs. Aromas and flavors of dark fruits, citrus, caramel, honey or maple, floral and herbal spices. Well intensified, delicious rich super fruity taste, slightly vinous but in a soft sweet way, with hints of orange/lemony/coriander/apple slightly bitter feel and a pleasant earthy oak sensation. Slick, almost creamy, full body with some perfect carbonation. Balanced finish ending with a slightly bitter and dry, thick dark berries mouth coat and perfectly spiced aftertaste. Overall : The perfect craft; sexy lovely look, warming, awesome freshness, complex delicious flavors, inviting smell, accessible...what else do you want?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
boscoja1 (14) - gainesville, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Smells like sweet nuttyness. Dark amber lovliness with a creamy light headiness. Chocolatey, brandy, and brulee flavorness. Not lingering but yumminess. Very good beerness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Whids (60) - - DEC 30, 2012
Hands down the best beer I have ever tasted. Unibroue make a number of high quality beers, but this is easily their best effort.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JRHBrew (367) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
What an amazing beer. Expertly crafted. There is no booziness despite the abv. Weak nose.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CRock (179) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
Purchased from the LCBO. Unibroue is one of the best breweries out there and 17 is one of their best brews.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beardbeerman (339) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
750ml cork bottle (2013-174712) poured into a snifter around 10 degrees. Pours a semi-cloudy mohagany with vivid carbonation topped by a huge creamy hazel head. The beer shows both incredible retention and lacing properties. The nose is complex with oak, leather, plums, melon, dattes, almonds, and also warm with a strong alcohol backbone. As for taste, the brew explodes with candied fruits, caramel, almonds and liquor and breaks down into a lingering dry liquorish finish. Not too heavy, the beer is far more balanced between the woodsy and fruity elements than the 2011 edition. A great product you can put in your cellar up to 8 years. Cheers!

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