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


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RATINGS: 902   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3980) - Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
750 ml bottle at Uber Tavern in Seattle. Pour is dark brown amber with an off-white head. Aroma of the signature Unibroue yeast, and not really all that much else. Maybe some apple and pear fruitiness. Taste is somewhat sour with maltiness a very heavy maltiness. The yeast again comes through very strong in the taste. The fruit is more pronounced in the flavor, and adds considerably to the flavor profile. Initially, I commented that this reminded me of Trois Pistoles, though as it warmed and the fruit came out, I dont think this is true.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2008
my 1100th, I like the deep fruit presence of this beer, I always love the big bubbles and nice foamy head of the beer, the fruit surrounds the beer with complexity. a real winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2008
The aroma is fruity with plums, raisins, toasted malt, yeast, herbal and floral hops. The appearance is hazy brown with a huge head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (6055) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Just when I was starting to think all of the new beers Unibroue was putting out were getting too similar ~ good BSAs, but nothing special ~ then they put out this very nice and unique offering. Pours deep brown with a garnet hue and large tan head than has good lasting power, unlike many Unibroue beers. The aroma is far more wine-like than any beer theyve put out yet. There is dark malt, funky yeast, sourness, dark berry fruits, tart cherries and tannic aspects. Very interesting. Medium smooth body with quite a bit of carbonation. The flavor starts with thick sourness that strikes me as a red wine backbone to the beer. There is also some woodiness, graininess and abv warmth that is delicious and fitting. The finish is very dry with leathery / tobacco traits. This is a very complex and enjoyable brew. Like mentioned earlier, this is not a typical beer for Unibroue, but it is excellent and stands up with the very best of their line.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2157) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Opaque brown with dimpled off-white head which hangs around for more than 5 minutes. Aroma is cloves, pine, cola and dark fruit in roughly that order. Taste is very woody, with sharp astringent notes, and vanilla and tart dark fruit throughout. Dry and weird, but not bad. $8/22oz

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2008
This beer pours dark brown with a huge fluffy tan head. The aroma has a little bit of lemon and a bit of a doughy smell. Kind of smells like root beer. There is a nutty flavor to this with a bit of spice and chocolate. $7.75 at New Beer on Chrystie Street, NYC.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2008
woody brown body with a hint of ruby, off-white head. Nose is yeasty apples, pears, alcohol, christmas-spice malt, brown sugar, english toffee. Flavor is toffee, yeast, alcohol, fruit (apple, pear, plum), wood. It doesnt display the typical unibroue character which is nice. A damn fine dark belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2674) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle. Dark brown color with a rich foamy tan head. The aroma is well spiced, has banana, nuts, pepper and cloves. Moderately sweet with nuts, caramel and apples. Slightly odd finish, IMHO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2008 Mahogany with big, foamy tan head / Winey nose of pit fruit and tobacco / Full bodied, Unibroue fizzy, with big malts, and long finish / Complex flavors of tobacco, banana, orange, toffee, wood, cinnamon, clove, and coriander / As always, not fond of the Unibroue fizzy body, but the flavor on this is extraordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScoWRee (416) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a huge fluffy tan head. Aroma of yeast, dark fruit,, plum, Rasains.Taste is sweet.Creamy. Hints of molassas, dark fruits. Very nice.

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