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


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RATINGS: 850   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle. Sweet yeasty aroma. Deep mahogany body, thick beige head. Flavor is sweet and spicy, with ripe fruit, banana, and caramel. A little too sweet. Some alcohol burn in the finish. On the whole, not bad, but with too much sweetness and too much foreground alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BreWedge (375) - 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 (341) - 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 (172) - - 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 (551) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (1116) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Market brown color, medium white color. Sweet malt and pepper aroma. Full body with a sweet malt flavor and medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Matt_Foran (91) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Nice ruby reddish brown color. A very nice aroma of dark fruit and a little from French oak barrels. Taste is mostly the same as the nose, with a nice dry malty finish. A really really solid Belgian beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Cloudy sewage color with 1.5-inches of caramel head, moderately fine. Aroma is grass, some raisin, light caramel and dates, dry scone, a touch of candy. Body is watery and slightly syrupy, medium weight, medium coarseness carbonation with moderate burn. Flavor is green herbal grass with minerals and hay, slightly astringent, hint of molasses a bit of pear juice. Overall: I feel like I may have kicked up some sediment in transporting this (unfortunately); nonetheless, the beer could be great but has mineral/astringent notes that make it taste slightly off, and the cloudiness is unattractive. I wish it were more to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6188) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours deep golden amber, nose is caramel, chocolate, pine, yeasty, taste is similar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsandBolts (182) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2015
750 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a dark hazy copperish brown with a couple fingers of tan head. Retention is good and a lot of lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Cloves, malt, toasted caramel, cereal.

Flavours: Burnt caramel, cloves, cereal, grain, moca, prunes, bit of molasses.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and on the thinner side.

Overall: This is so smooth that you’d have no idea it is 10% abv just by tasting it. Great combination of burnt caramel, cereal/grain and many other flavours. Despite so much going on, everything is in perfect balance. A really great beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GraffitiVandal (143) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2015
ENG: 750ml bottle from Liquor Mart, Winnipeg. Dated 2014, No. 2013-38240. Poured into the tulip, gives very hazy / opalescent dark brown color, like a earl grey tea but mixed with honey or something hazy. Thick, creamy tan head and some lacing. In aromas there are cloves, bananas, champagne, caramel and notes of herbal hops. Tastes sweet champagne with banana flavor, a bit smoky, caramel and malty. Heavy sour then woody to bitter aftertaste. A lot of booze feeling, high carbonation, medium to high body. Wheat beers are not in my style very much, so I might give wrong opinion on this one, but I think it’s a bit too soury, although overall the palate is quite complex and interesting.

PL: Butelka 750ml kupiona w Liquor Mart Winnipeg. Datowana 2014, nr partii 2013-38240. Przelana do kieliszka, daje dość mocno mętną / opalizującą, ciemno-brązową barwę, trochę jak earl grey zmieszany z miodem, lub innym, gęstym dodatkiem. Piana gęsta, kremowa i nieco lejsingu. W aromatach zdecydowanie goździki, banany, szampan, karmel i nuty ziołowych chmieli. W smaku słodki szampan z posmakami banana, nieco wędzone, karmel i słody. Mocny kwaśnawy, potem drzewny, gorzki posmak. Dużo booze’u, wysokie nasycenie, średnie do wysokiego odczucie w ustach. Piwa pszeniczne to nie do końca moja bajka, także moja opinia może być niezbyt miarodajna, ale osobiście uważam, że kwaśność w tym piwie jest zbyt duża. Jednak podsumowując, paleta smaków jest tu dość rozbudowana i interesująca.

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