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

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RATINGS: 907   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Presentation: It was poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle lists the abv at 10%. Appearance: The body has a deep brown color with dark crimson highlights. A thick and creamy off white head stands on top. This head hangs on very well and leaves nice lace patterns on the glass. Smell: There is an interesting blend of sweet malts, dark fruits, grapes, funky yeast, and earthy old leather. The 10% abv is very noticeable but in an inviting way. Just noticeable underneath everything else I pick up some very slight herbal hop notes. Taste/Palate: The flavor notes are well blended and backed up with some serious but tasty booziness. Just like the nose suggests it has dark fruit and wine like grape notes with malty sweetness and earthy yeast. Hops are light and add a touch of leafy spice and herbal character off in the distance. The palate has a firm full feel and body with plenty of carbonation to keep it lively and drinkable. Notes: Overall this is an outstanding and very well made big Belgian Dark Ale. It ages very well and brings lots of interesting complexity to the palate. It’s too bad that this is only a limited one time brew.


3.9
Brettsky06 (444) - 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

3.6
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.

3.7
SG111 (1821) - 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.

4
ttoadee (1491) - 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.

4.6
cattaneopapa (391) - 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.

3.7
Listigovers (1171) - 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!

4
HeadyDE (843) - 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..

4.2
PugUglyBrewer (658) - - 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
PhillyCraft (7225) - 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
Subliminal64 (184) - 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


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