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.

chimaybier's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
750 ML bottle purchased at Liquor barn in Redding, CA. THE POUR / APPEARANCE: Pours a deep brown with an fluffy off-white head. Good and proper meniscus for the style.AROMA / BOUQUET: definitive French Oak, wonderful nuttiness, allspice. TASTE: Lovely woodiness in the beer- wood barrel fermented. Deep, rich, caramel, with a light smokiness, almost a tawny port-like quality. Hop bitterness is pronounced, but not overly so. PALATE: Woody smokiness, proper mouthfeel for this kind of ale. For those cigar lovers out there, this would make an excellent pairing. Enjoy with smoked meats, Port Salut cheese, or even as a dessert ale- it’s that sumptuous! This is one of Unibroue’s finest. Vive a’ la Quebec!

   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 (1458) - 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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