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

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RATINGS: 893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4468) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
750 ml bottle from Richmond Beverage in Richmond, VT (April 2007), served at cellar temperature from a Maudite glass. Stable lightly caramel-inflected off-white foam near-fills the glass above the tawny opaque umber body, lacing fitfully as it very slowly decays…..sweet nose, brown sugar and light figginess, trademark faint dry yeastiness is there but even more muted than usual.....on the tongue, chocolate mixes with a light sour cherry flavor, a tartness upfront that’s strange and quite interesting; at first the mouthfeel is a bit thin but it softens and deepens with a bit of warmth; alcohol is as hidden as I’ve experienced in a 10% brew, I would have guessed 7% if I didn’t know better...malts are firm and hold up the complex mix of sourness and bitter/sweet chocolates; the finish is effervescent and ephemeral. Could use a touch of bitterness perhaps, and just a bit less carbonation, but this is a fun beer and one I’ll no doubt be trying again.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1839) - Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2016
appearance: dark clear maroon, short creamy light tan head. aroma: complex, with treacle, raisin, candi sugar, burnt caramel, cherries in dark syrup, some chocolate, a hint of port wine. taste: sweet and boozy; there’s a ton here--candi sugar, caramel, chocolate, stone fruit, cherry pipe tobacco, leather, a hint of coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. finish: slightly numbing, with a pleasant and slowly building alcohol warmth; lingering sweetness and some phenolic yeasty notes. notes: What a beer. Huge and complex, alcohol well-hidden for 10%, lots of complimentary flavors, some of which are not common to the style. 2011 vintage, aged 5 years, shared with Zoltan.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Banksiz (83) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 7, 2016
December 2010 bottling rated May 2016. Malty alcoholic nose, hints of citrus and smoke and phenolic sourness. Medium sweet taste with a backbone of bitterness and a hint of sourness. Medium bodied, pleasant sour-birther aftertaste. Wonderful strong ale, The faint smokiness and sourness makes it different from many of the other figgy-raisin strong ales.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (787) - Jamestown, New York, USA - APR 8, 2016
Bottle share. Pours a hazy brown color with a sudsy off-white head. Aroma of oak, dark fruit, vanilla, toffee. Flavor followed the nose pretty perfectly. Full bodied, creamy texture, softly carbed, and a warming finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
commonshawn (1012) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Big bottle from Haskells with commonmac as last beer of the opening weekend of March madness. 2014 bottle. Hazy plum with silky foamy pretty head. Belgian yeast and slightly tart nose. Very little alcohol aroma, maybe some raisin. Yeast funk, dark fruit, maybe a little light chocolate , sugar . A Belgian tasting strong ale. perfect mouthfeel with a tiny bit of bite and burn. Finish is comfortable and slightly warming. This is amazing. Makes me feel good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (1010) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2016
750 ml bottle acquired at a Haskells in Mpls. 2014 edition according to the bottle. Consumed to celebrate the finale of the first weekend of March Madness with commonshawn. Moeder Lambic glasses serving as consumption vessels. Attractive copper/amber color with a silky off white head that is consistently present during consumption. Aroma features plum, raisin, brown sugar, and maybe a little caramel. Taste is very complex. Dark fruits - raisin and plum definitely come through. A strong rush of sugary malts as the sip progresses. Alcohol presence felt bringing with it a bourbon-like mouthfeel and warmth. The finish is very unique...almost a toasted marshmallow quality and a tingling mouthfeel that lingers during the aftertaste. Saved this bottle for almost 6 months after purchase and well worth the wait. I’ll begin my search for another bottle as soon as I push "Add My Rating".

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Randy4Beer (475) - - MAR 19, 2016
It’s a muddy, murky brown pour with an off white, foamy head reminiscent of the one that Rochefort 10 produces. Aromas are complex with everything from raisins to mint entering the mix. On the tongue, there are figs, dates, raisins,and a smidgen of booziness. Some vanilla on the swallow too. Overall, this is a very complex beer, best sipped (and not just because of the high ABV) to get the full enjoyment out of, especially considering how it morphs and evolves as ambient room temperature effects it. This is a truly outstanding brew out of Canada and one very well worth your effort to track down.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (1566) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Bottle/Fest. A- Stone fruit, honey, complex. A- Brown color, cloudy liquid, off white head. T- BBQ sauce, fruity. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- This had a ton of flavors going on and they balanced so well I struggled to tell them apart, but boy did they blend well. I got a weird bbq sauce taste that was actually quite welcoming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1285) - - FEB 21, 2016
2011 vintage. Copper pour, fairly large head. Fruit up front in aroma and taste, raisin, plus, prune, dates, oak, brown sugar. Fairly high carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (576) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2016
2016/02/11 - Pours a hazy brown-amber colour with a frothy, khaki head that lingers and moderate lacing. Aroma is dried dark fruit (raisin, figs, plumbs,etc...), oaky vanilla, toffee, honey, doughy yeast and light tobacco. Taste is more oak and vanilla, honey, yeasty dough, dried figs/raisins an light booze. Mouthfeel medium and silky with smooth carbonation and spicy, drying, mildly warming finish. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bierdimpfe (208) - 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?


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