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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%
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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3.9
Capa (3621) - DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Deep ruby with an off-white head. Awesome aroma of stewed apples, cinnamon, bubble-gum, clove, figs, and buttery. Chalky mouth. Flavor is full of cloves, anise, molasses, dark fruits, and cinnamon. A great brew. Thanks TimE.

3.5
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a hazy amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, honey, apple, spicy, yeasty, and peppery hops. Flavor is malty, honey, apple, toast, and a bitter peppery finish.

3.9
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Dark brown pour with a rocky light tan head. Interesting aroma - sweet and yeasty like most Unibroue, but there’s nice touches of an anise or clove-like tone present that reminds me of those root beer barrel hard candies. The taste has more classic Unibroue spiciness, but there is a defined malt base here, and the anise tones are still present. It would’ve been nice to have some of the yeastiness toned down a bit, because I sense some nice subtle notes below, but it’s still a nice brew, and not too close to the Unibroue-by-numbers these releases can seem to be.

2.7
nickspies (78) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2008
2008-Apr-25 from a 750 ml bottle (most malt of all Unibroue beers brewed to date...fermented with oak chips...bottled in Dec 2007). Wood sugar aroma. Dirty brown color. Big wood flavor, which may meld into the beer more over time, with some heat going down. Big body.

3.8
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Pours out a dark brown color with a large head. aroma was sweet and yeasty. flavor was similar with a nice spice to it and the alcohol was apparent but not as much as i had expected. this is a nice offering from unibroue

3.3
bweezy (53) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 20, 2008
Poured an opaque deep brown with huge, long lasting head. spicy, fruity odor. Taste was robust. My tongue picked up fruits and spices, heavy on the citrus. I was a little disappointed with this one to be honest. Far too much citrus taste for my liking. Also the high alcohol volume was not well masked. I prefer it when my high alcohol content beers actually succeed in masking the alcohol taste.

3.3
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Poured from the bottle. Nice dark brown color. Smell is spicy, some dark fruit as well, maybe prunes. Taste was big dark fruit, raisin, spice, some tannic bitterness, like green grape peel. This one seemed very well made, but I just wasn’t enjoying it after about 2 oz’s. the tannic bitterness and yeast flavor just kept building in my mouth until I didn’t want to drink it anymore. I don’t know what else to say about this one.

3.9
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle: Pours a murky burgundy with a thick and huge tan head. Aroma has some brown sugar, and lots of winter spices like spruce, clove, cardamom and some fig notes. Frothy and velvety feel. Spicy flavor throughout the whole palate, with a hint of roast. Brown suagr, clove, cinnamon and lots of peppery character come through. There’s also a pine suggestion (spruce-like) with a touch of roasted Belgian malt. Prolonged peppery spiciness in the finish. Complex and interesting.

3.5
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
25.4 oz bottle. Woody brown with a smooth beige head. Nose is yeasty cola and toffee; some spice. Sharp, sudsy carb; medium light, kind of oily. Taste begins with caramel, clove and citrus peel. Increasing bitter yeast, alcohol and plastic. Something about Unibroue’s turns me off.

3.5
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle at the Pints for Pets Brewfest. Cloudy light brown with a rich beige head. Very light spicy and bready aroma. Strong clove and spicy taste.


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