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


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RATINGS: 777   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 it’s 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, - NOV 18, 2012
75cl bottle courtesy of Belgbeergeek @ Belgian RB Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Cuivré opaque, col beige crémeux moyen. Arôme, malt caramel, sucre candi avec le profile boisé de chêne français ressortant bien et allant vers des notes de fruits rouges/noirs, qcq épices boisées. Palais fruité noire avec de suite ce profile de chêne français qui est bien en avant, le tout couplé avec cette impression de fruité rouge de vin en barrique qui est très appréciable au palais. Note aussi un côté malté caramel, toffee et doux de sucre candi. Reste belge dans l’approche avec l’ajout intéressant de la barrique de chêne. Au final, l’ajout chêne, surtout de ce profile distinct du chêne français, donne un profile assez monodimensionnelle qui l’emporte un peu sur le reste de la bière.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (1997) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle sampled at Classic City Brew Fest 2014. Pours a slightly hazy copper with small bubbly beige head. Aroma is spicy yeast with a hint of booze, lots of dark fruit, plums and sweet malt. Taste is more toward cherry with a big caramel malt background and peppery esters. No real sense of the booze, light carbonation. A nice one off from a solid brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Pour is dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of toasted oak, dark fruit, plums, raisins, caramel, and belgian spice. Alcohol is hidden very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (418) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
Aroma is of Apple, plum and other dark fruit. Some spiciness aswell. Taste is a deep sweet fruitiness with some liquor snap on the tip. Body is a clear amber with a lace head with great retention.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (101) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Medium tan head. Berries, grassy nose. Some vanilla. Quite sour initially, some bitterness, some sweetness. Alcohol not terribly present, medium body. Really interesting and complex, very well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (1507) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2014
Refrigerated 75 cl 2011 brown bottle, best before 12/12/2016 corked and capped. Pours clear dark amber with small/medium off-white head. Aroma is herbal hops, medium body, medium carbonation, and good small bubble lacing. Taste is caramel, oak, spice, and some herbal hops. Christmas beer?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gilvanblight (761) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
Clear brown pour with not too much of a white head. Herby, raisin, spicy, boozy scent. Thick in the mouth. Lots going on here. Lots of spices, some fruity tartness. Definitely can taste the alcohol. Taste like a good Belgian Extra Strong Dark Ale, which is really impressive as it’s brewed right here in Canada. This is up there with some Trappist stuff I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (823) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
Chestnut body with a finely bubbled, tan head. The aroma is mostly French oak, with some sweet malt and dark fruit. The flavor is sweet, with some oak, dark fruit, and spices. Not bad but the oak is a little too prominent for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle last night split with the wife. Pours deep amber, cream hued head. Some pitted fruits, clove, vanilla. Light carbonation, light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3603) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 30, 2014
Very strong indeed and qyuite crafty. With the hints of this brewery beers. I liked it although very strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NatKadaw (93) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Not much in the way of carbonation. A 2013 bottle, could use a little aging. Dark fruits and pleasant yeast, can?t lose, but nothing incredible

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