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%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Oaky vanilla, dark, nutty, bready malts, biscuit, generous caramel, a hint of dulce de leche, raisins and other dark fruits, overripe apples, old wooden furniture, rye, and port-like alcohol in the nose. Busy, but very satisfying. The taste is mainly sweet, with a tart, spicy yeast edge.

azzurro (374) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2017
I wasn't sure if I would keep this one for a special occasion. I decided to finally open it up. Makes me think of La Trappe Triple (my go to beer). Success!

islay (2931) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Tiny pour from a bottle at a tasting. Consumed on 9-23-17. Labeled as "Unibroue Grand Reserve 17." Light brown. Hazy liquid. Raisin and caramel scents. Juicy aroma. A bit chemical, prune-like, plastic, yeasty taste. Medium body. Frothy in the palate.>2.9

erikaraeb (263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2017
Quite an understated taste for such a style, but a delicious taste at that. Well-balanced toffee, malt, wood, caramel, and raisins. Not too watery and not too thick. Unibroue comes through strong once again.

tsd08460 (1223) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2017
Bomber from Total Wine Sterling (Virginia) Aroma: woody, caramel, earthy, nuts, dark fruits Appearance: brown with a tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, creamy, lively carbonation, long finish, Delicious

Brettsky06 (514) - Manitoba, CANADA - APR 30, 2017
Dark brown pour. Toffee and raisin aroma. Dark fruit and booze taste. Hints of oak in there as well. Really good

JamesChamp (37) - Canada, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2017 Purchased at LCBO in 750ml bottle for about $10. Nice beer. Fantastic for the Belgian style of beer. Can easily not notice it’s as strong as 10% ABV.

SG111 (1973) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottled at Clubhouse BFD event. Pours dark, tan head. Aroma is Belgian spice, esters, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisin, fig, plum, sweet. Flavor is raisin, plum, fig. Sweet dark fruit. Very sweet.

ttoadee (1552) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Dark brown pour, finger of tan head. Nose is dark malt and spice. Bittersweet. Middle is coco, currants, nutmeg, charged malt. Finish is warm and bittersweet.

cattaneopapa (417) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2017
750ml bottle from LCBO. 10% alc/vol. Pours an opaque deep brown colour with two fingers of lasting head. Aromas of toffee, raisins, prunes and a whiff of cinnamon. Taste matches the aroma with notes of oak and has a well balanced hoppy finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent Belgian strong ale. It reminds me of belgian quads.

Listigovers (1278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2017
2016. Smells malty, bready, a bit of caramel. Has some maple taste, some sweetness, slight alcohol character, very full body, good beer!

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