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


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RATINGS: 904   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tranquillity (2109) - 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 (454) - 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 (2422) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pumpkin87 (245) - - DEC 12, 2015
Pours beautiful, hazy chestnut brown with red highlights, large tan head that persists and leaves significant skim and lacing for hours, if you let it. Big nose of molasses, oak, rum, banana, spice, dark fruit. On the palate, cherries, raisins and prunes step up to replace the banana, and the spice note resolves into cinnamon, allspice, white pepper. Maple syrup jousts with a bit of bitter heat, as is added to a young port. Its a wonderfully complex, evolving brew. The 2013 bottle Im drinking at the moment started out almost too big, but moderated with aeration. The alcohol remains subordinate to the flavors, but Im glad Im not driving anywhere later.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wordsworth (147) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2015
2013 bottle poured into snifter. Pours a hazy ruby brown with a thick, lively light khaki head. Lacing is soapy and very sticky, shimmering and almost crystalline. The aroma is yeast, malt, dark fruit, rum and lots of oak. The flavor is complex and balanced - Belgian yeast, dark fruit, molasses, booze, oak, and a gentle bitterness that rides a long finish with a hint of spice. Medium body and well carbonated. The 10% ABV is present but not overpowering, and may have mellowed the profile during aging. Great Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sudomorph (1118) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2015
2015 750 ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby caramel with a lively off white head that sticks to the glass. Aroma has notes of Belgian yeast, dark candy sugar, dark fruits, and woody notes. Taste is balanced. Dark caramel, dark fruits, candy sugar, yeast, spice, and a touch of wood notes. Medium body with a high carbonation. Slightly syrupy in the mouth with an effervescent carbonation. Overall a very nice Belgian beer. Lots of dark fruits, dark sugar, yeast, and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (4160) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2015
2011 bottle domed in the dining room
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a big, tight, tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich & reasonably fruit forward defiantly has some pear & dried cherry maybe a little prune. Its a touch nutty and certainly pretty woody, & lightly roasty.

Well this is a complex beast of a beer, theres no doubt that there is oak in there, maybe a little more than Id normally like but with everything else going on it works about as well as it could. Its nutty, lightly bitter, and quite fruit forward with plenty of pear, plum, and dark cherry. The alcohol is on all accounts a part of the flavor, it drinks like a 10%er but thats not to say this element is unpleasant at all, it gives it a sort of "warming" character that works well with the fruit, wood, etc. As it warms some chocolate, roast, & dark brown sugar come forward a bit. It seems like its spiced, and it seems a reasonable proposition that it might... its got some bitter orange peel if I were to guess, but beyond that Im having a hard time putting my finger on anything specifically.

The palate is heavy, but the texture is velvety.
Fantastic beer on all accounts, & despite being 4 years old no real negative affects of aging seem to have taken hold here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DomD (283) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle. Earthy leather aroma. Pours a very dark reddish brown with off white head and some nice lacing. Taste is light to medium sweet. Full bodied, with with a thick texture. A wonderful Belgian style beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CurbDog (119) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
Huge fan head, good retention and lacing. Murky brownish ruby colour. Banana, raisins, plum in the aroma. Matching flavours but the banana fades a little and lets the other flavours come forward as it warms. Spicy, molasses, dark fruit. Very complex. Maybe a little too much residual sweetness left over from the candy syrup, leaves a little too much of the syrup flavour/mouthfeel behind. Med-full mouthfeel with med-high carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

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