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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%
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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 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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2008
pours a dark brown with a boisterous head. definitely a unibroue aroma, but darker than most- dates, molasses, plum, walnut- interesting offering in that respect. relaly deliicious flavor- maintains the darker aspect of unibroue. really tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2008
750ml caged&corked bottle. Pours a dark brown with ruby (almost violet) and dark copper highlights and a thick, short-lived, light tan head that consists of medium-large bubbles and leaves thick and thin swaths and fingers of lace on the glass. The aroma has hints of spice with interesting phenols with pepper and anise - almost minty, too. Flavor is very peppery and bitter with ethanol. There is some light sweetness and a musty character, too. Towards mid-tongue the malt character reveals toasted malts and hints of toffee with some complex, fruity esters and more musty, peppery phenols. The finish is dry with spice and complex malts that have toasty and burnt qualities along with caramel and tobacco. The mouthfeel is vigorously carbonated and provide a tickle that accentuates the spiciness and flavor of alcohol. The body is medium in fullness. Overall, a complex beer that is pleasing but less sublime than previous anniversary beers from Unibroue. It is very nice and interestingly spicy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5471) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
Pours a hazy dark brown with large tan head. Dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, honey, banana, hints of oak and clove, also some citrus. A really good ale, well worth getting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1413) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Muddy brown pour with a creamy lasting head. Scents of cocoa, honey, cinnamon, banana, clove, and vanilla. A little over carbonated at colder temperatures, but this mellows as the beers warms. So what I’m saying is to drink this at a warmer temp, which is pretty much my philosophy with belgian strong ales in general. Unibroue seems to make a lot of beers that taste similar to each other, and this one fits that mold. It isn’t unique by any means, but it is a good beer nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Pours a murky brown with ample sustanable tan head and good lacing. Caramel, malt, candi sugar aroma with a hint of dark fruit. honey, anis, raisin, belgian yeast and a bit of alcohol warming in the finish. Medium thin body, with fair carbonation and a velvet mouthfeel. Pretty tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (7209) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Re-rate of the new version from bottle. Cedar wood and rumbarrel note aroma, same looks as before. I do not get the firework of flavor of last time. Sitll a bit of rum an dark sugar, but a lot more subtle. Medium to full body. Still lovely, but I am not as overawed as last time. Old rating: 8 4 9 4 17 Bottle. Dark light cloudy red brown with a golden brown cream and plentiful pearling carbonation. Light wooden vineous aroma with plenty of citric play. Plums in port carry from the aroma to the flavor - christmas cake set ablaze with rum, vanilla and pipe tobacco, wood and anis retronasal. Slightly overcarbonated in my oppinion, but nevertheless fuulbodied and with a creamy mouthfeel. Bloody great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2008
Deep dark brown beer with a creamy tan head and mahogany/garnet highlights. Aroma is quite nice. Rich plums and toasted wheat malt. A kiss of prunes and sweet dried cherries and pears. There is a pungent sort of phenolic smokiness. Lots of clove and allspice and also some bandaid as well. This is definitely one of the richest and fruitiest of the Unibroues and the yeast tastes quite different here than it did in any of the other anniversary beers. there is a definite wheaty/weizenbocky quality to this brew, especially as it starts to warm up. Smoky and wheaty with lots of molasses and fruity/rummy spiciness. Very vineous and rich tasting. As it warms you start to get a bit of cocoa and raisins. Id like to try it again with a year or so on it, but its still pretty solid. Further warming really brings it together though, a light minty/herbal quality picks up and integrates very nicely with all of the other spicy/malty elements.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9705) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
This dark brown ale poured with a fluffy beige head and a fruit and malt aroma. The flavor is a very tasty blend of caramel malt, molasses and spices, with a slightly medicinal bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
This is a nice beer that has a lot going on. It starts with a large frothy head in a Belgium-style glass. There is quite a bit of visible sediment in the bottle. The beer itself is very smooth drinking, with flavors of dark.fruits and spices.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2008
75cl bottle courtesy of sandman2222. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a thick, frothy tan head that recedes quickly but still provides lacing on the glass. Aroma is aged oak, malt, raisin, dark ripe fruit, barley. There is a slightly musty nature about it. Has a very creamy mouthfeel and notes of floral spice, sweet maltiness, hints of molasses. There is a note of sugar at the tip of the tongue but a slight sour finish. Notes of oak and wood emerge as the finish unfolds and lingers. We also had the chance to sample bottles of Unibroue 15 and 16 with this bottle of 17. The 15 presented as very sweet with an overpowering phenol taste compared to the 17. The 16 presented as the perfect balance of sweetness, maltiness, and alcohol content. Color varied widely with the 15 the lightest (a yellow honey color) and the 16 presesting as a dark amber-caramel color. Overall, the 16 was our favorite of the three on this tasting.


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