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

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RATINGS: 900   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Natai (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Pours a deep mahogany with an off-white head that hangs around the edges, light lacing. Rich and layered aromas that start with dark fruits, currant a bit of dates. Clove is prominent, lending a bready air, along with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Ends with the faintest whiff of caramel and dark chocolate. Smooth and lavish on the tongue with light carbonation. Full-bodied but not overpowering. Very little alcohol taste given the ABV, and overall it reminds me of a barleywine. Very good brew.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PugUglyBrewer (241) - - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (6274) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2016
BB backlog, Bottle, Pours reddish brown with a medium off white head. Smell and flavor of prunes, orange, belgian yeast, oak, and light licorice. Medium to fuller mouthfeel with tons of warming quality in the chest. I liked this one more than other Unibroue anniversaries.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Subliminal64 (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2016
2015 Vintage (Cellared 1 year). Smells very sugary and fruity. Pours a dark gold brown (much darker then I was expecting with this style). Head lasts to the last drop. Taste is like it smells, fruity and sweet. You can tell it has an elevated alcohol content, but not what was advertised. Very sweet on the tongue. Sweet aftertaste. Some booziness. Overall I was very happy. I buy year after year. I will let you know how it tastes in 10 years. MB The Beer Bear-on

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (1326) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2016
Bouteille date du 08/12/2014, bue aprs un peu plus de 22 mois. Robe acajou claire surmonte dun col de mousse blanchtre et assez laiteux. Mince dentelle collante. Armes de pommes, levures belges et fraises (peut-tre un dbut de madrisation). Il y a galement de la vanille, jus de mres, herbes fraches, bois gorg de liqueur sucre, caramel. Arrire-plan de miel lger, figues et poire. En bouche, confits de baies, figues et raisins bleus. Toujours ces saveurs de pomme et autres fruits du verger. Suivent ensuite de la vanille, alcool sucr, bois. Une forte enveloppe malte et bourre de levures belges rapellant les brunes trappistes accompagne le tout. La finale laisse dgager de lgres pices typiques des bires dUnibroue qui sont franchement bien intgres aux saveurs. Le haut taux dalcool ne parat aucunement. Je trouve la texture en bouche superbe. Cest la fois lisse et soyeux. Et accompagne dun corps rond et quilibr, cest une bire qui se boit trop bien.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edwardbass (803) - Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Im not a big fan of the style, but when this 2013 bottle showed up on the local liquor store clearance shelf for $3.99 (what are they thinking?), I had to try it. Highly carbonated, the cork popped of with barely a nudge. The heavy carbonation gives it a lighter palate than I was expecting. Lots of dark fruit, spice, the oak comes through near the end. ABV is completely non-apparent, though there it is invoking some face-warming. Im enjoying it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (499) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2016
750 ml bottle dated December 2010. The aroma is clove, raisin. Pours a ruby brown with big light brown head, fully diminishing. The taste is sweet/sour then bitter. The body is medium, the texture thin, the carbonation a little fizzy and the finish long. Ive had this before and loved it, maybe aged too long.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DenverLogan (1120) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2016
From a corked bottle into a 2016 New Belgium stem glass. Pours brown with significant head and lace. Aroma of anise cookies, dark malt, orange zest. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, watermelon rind, vanilla, minerals, oak, licorice, kumquat zest, funky yeast esters. Overall big, complex, unique, tasty yet challenging.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1987) - Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2016
appearance: dark clear maroon, short creamy light tan head. aroma: complex, with treacle, raisin, candi sugar, burnt caramel, cherries in dark syrup, some chocolate, a hint of port wine. taste: sweet and boozy; theres a ton here--candi sugar, caramel, chocolate, stone fruit, cherry pipe tobacco, leather, a hint of coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. finish: slightly numbing, with a pleasant and slowly building alcohol warmth; lingering sweetness and some phenolic yeasty notes. notes: What a beer. Huge and complex, alcohol well-hidden for 10%, lots of complimentary flavors, some of which are not common to the style. 2011 vintage, aged 5 years, shared with Zoltan.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Banksiz (97) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 7, 2016
December 2010 bottling rated May 2016. Malty alcoholic nose, hints of citrus and smoke and phenolic sourness. Medium sweet taste with a backbone of bitterness and a hint of sourness. Medium bodied, pleasant sour-birther aftertaste. Wonderful strong ale, The faint smokiness and sourness makes it different from many of the other figgy-raisin strong ales.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - APR 8, 2016
Bottle share. Pours a hazy brown color with a sudsy off-white head. Aroma of oak, dark fruit, vanilla, toffee. Flavor followed the nose pretty perfectly. Full bodied, creamy texture, softly carbed, and a warming finish.


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