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


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RATINGS: 893   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (3676) - Steinbach, Manitoba, - JUN 24, 2012
Dark brown colour with off white head. Strong aroma of grapes, vanilla, and oak. Taste is sweet fruit, lemon. Thin fading palate.

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 (1219) - 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 (513) - 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 (1968) - 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 (1549) - 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!

HeadyDE (868) - Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2016
2011 vintage, a few days prior to 5 yr best before window, pours a dark brow n with 1 finger creamy tan head, slight carbonation but mostly clings to side, nose is so reminiscent of a recent fig ginger spread recently tried,getting some wood presence from the oak, mouthfeel is oh so smooth, unbelievably soft, easy to drink, but has dark fruit, sour plum n raisin, alcohol is smooth as can be, could pass for a mashup btwn a Barleywine and Belgian dubbel, quite impressed how this tastes after 5 years, very nice all around..

PugUglyBrewer (763) - - NOV 18, 2016
Sweet fig, plum, and raisin aromas and flavors. Dark brownish-purple color with a creamy white head of foam. Oak influences come into play on the finish with a bit of a barleywine character. Hides the 10% easily.

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