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

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RATINGS: 895   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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3.5
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Bottled. Looks like I just got done firing off some nasty liquid shits into the toilet. The kind where it streams out and turn the whole bowl brown. Head is a creamy looking light brown covering the top of this mess. Aroma is spiced, herbal, and dry. Flavor is heavily spiced and has some winter spices that stick out. Gingerschnap cookies which fade to a sweeter fruit with those spices still very forceful. Brown sugar and good carbonation almost a little too fizzy.

3.6
DYCSoccer17 (3706) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
750 mL bottle purchased at BevMo in Vacaville. Cork opens with a thunderous pop. Unique, herbal aroma is present. I get some spiciness...almost some celery salt or dill or something along those lines at first. Some of the classic Unibroue yeasts create some estery notes in the aroma. There is a light sweetness, that is muffin like. A really unique aroma on this one...I can’t pin it down. Moderately hazy amber color with some brown hues. A fluffy tan head is present. Nice lacing is left. Very fruity start with some prunes and grapes. Becomes more sticky and malty with a great deal of brown sugar flavors and a lot of molasses. Quite sticky. There is a bit of a dry bitterness towards the finish and the ethanol is warming and a bit too noticeable. With all that said, this would make a killer winter warmer with it’s spiciness and stickiness. On a hot summer day, it doesn’t seem as appropriate.

4
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Bottle, courtesy Tony at Oldsmar Tap House. Tea colored pour, with some red highlights. Giant fluffy white head, with a huge amount of lacing. Very spicy nose, fig, a hot cinnamon presence, yeast, and has a nice Christmas feeling. Spicy flavors, brown sugar, banana, molasses, some coriander, wheat and a nice hoppiness in the finish. Complex, fairly drinkable. Mouthfeel is tangy and spicy, and the ABV is very well hidden.

4
Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2008
A really nice, big fluffy head on the pour into a tulip glass. Smells of Belgian sugars, nuts and a caramel like smell. A smooth taste but you can pick up a bit of the alcohol. As it warms this beer gets better and better. the 10% hits you after the bottle but the taste of alcohol really mellows over time. It is sweet, rich and a tasty beer.

3.5
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Pours dark ruby brown with two finger white head. Nose is of spice and molasses- lots of sweetness in the form of fruit and malt. Flavor is yeasty with fruity esters, citrus, and molasses. Prickly and full mouthfeel, but nothing outstanding. Another bread and butter belgian from unibroue.

3.7
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2008
brownish pour, 2 finger head that dissipates. mouthful of dates, molasses, little bit nutty. very very sweet taste at first, sweet dates come through. late fruits as well. very good

3.9
craftycarl21 (2339) - 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
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
JohnnyJ (5569) - 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
tennisjoel (1484) - 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.


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