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


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RATINGS: 900   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 brewerys 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 "Worlds 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 Rserve" appellation as a fitting endorsement of its 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3594) - New York, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Thanks to my cousin Jeff for bringing to my place for patriots playoff game. Amber pour nose of dark fruit and oak. Tastes of oak, plums, fig, raisins, tobacco, s e spice, yeast, and booze. Fine medium body light warming. Chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
inpherno (8) - Northglenn, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2016 does not count
Bottle No. 2012-17205. Copper color. Aromas of chestnuts, toffee, and black raspberry tart with a slightly chewy, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, long chocolate tangerine peels and oak finish. A superbly balanced and flavorful oak-aged ale. It has a best before date of 12-18-2017, but I just couldnt wait.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2859) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Bottle at Eulogy. 2011 vintage in 2016. Murky brown pour. Quickly dissipating off-white head. Smooth medium semi-sweet caramel bready malts. Black walnuts. Raisins. Figs. Dates. Dark bready. Warms to some nail polish remover. Not silky or creamy but very smooth. Wish it was darker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpaul (2) - - JAN 3, 2016 does not count
Trs bonne bire en apro. Un peu fume elle est trs bien quilibre. Laisse un bon got en bouche.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (2186) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle as Xmas present. Poured dark amber brown with beige head. Aroma sweet caramel smoke. Light carb med bod. Taste malty sweet oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
___Steve___ (71) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2015
Murky brown unfiltered body with an effluent off white head of large foam bubbles about 3.5 cm thick that lasts for the entire glass. Aromas of wet banana bread dough, some spiciness at first and an aged oak wood tinge in the end. A complex flavour of gingerbread, some yeast and deep demerara sugar. Bold malt and bold bitter profile. Mouthfeel is oily and lingering but the whole experience is remarkably balanced and in the end smooth and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (1937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottled. The aroma is chocolate, red wine and sugar. The taste is very smooth liquor like and the finish long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (426) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2015
2013 vintage. Too complex for me? Im a simple guy! This is another beautiful pour from these masters of beer appearance - dark garnet with half-finger of lasting, clingy tiny mocha bubbles. Aroma has wood, spice, and slight vinous notes. After the first sip, the wine aroma becomes dominant, I suppose due to some olfactory action. The flavor is immediately winy with tangy dark fruit lingering amongst the notable wood. I like wine and I like beer, but Im not sure this is what Im looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2397) - SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2015
750ml bottle, original 2007 batch. Pours a medium copper, greenish tinge, off-white head. Complex, matured aroma, caramel, wood, cherries (?), phenols, coffee, chestnut. Dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Mature, complex taste, wine-like notes, dried fruit, caramel, coffee, cherries, wood, tobacco. Very well balanced. (2015-12-18)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ironicmedic (77) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Poured from 2013 bottle. Hazy brown with large tan head, sticks around for a while. Smooth taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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