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

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RATINGS: 901   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 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (10421) - Enghien, - NOV 18, 2012
75cl bottle courtesy of Belgbeergeek @ Belgian RB Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Cuivré opaque, col beige crémeux moyen. Arôme, malt caramel, sucre candi avec le profile boisé de chêne français ressortant bien et allant vers des notes de fruits rouges/noirs, qcq épices boisées. Palais fruité noire avec de suite ce profile de chêne français qui est bien en avant, le tout couplé avec cette impression de fruité rouge de vin en barrique qui est très appréciable au palais. Note aussi un côté malté caramel, toffee et doux de sucre candi. Reste belge dans l’approche avec l’ajout intéressant de la barrique de chêne. Au final, l’ajout chêne, surtout de ce profile distinct du chêne français, donne un profile assez monodimensionnelle qui l’emporte un peu sur le reste de la bière.


4.5
sinfull (1817) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 Dark, mahogany color. Medium sized, off-white head . Toasted malt, raisins, dough, wood and chocolate in aroma. Rich malty taste with notes of dark fruits, yeast, oak and hint of cocoa. Delicious

4.3
jinroh (2365) - ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2017
Tasting @ Tim's. Original batch from 2007, 10 years old by now. Pours copper, light clouds, good beige head there, decent carbonation. Vinious caramel nose, dark dried fruits, light berry juice and a bit of liquorice. Cherry candy. Taste has soft caramel, really blended together nicely, warming, dried fruits, candy sugar. Oak and ash coming out more in the end. Time has really contributed to this, well blended together. Finish has a touch of bitterness, good linger that has some dry oak and also a light alcohol bite. Very Belgian but in a good way. Thanks Tim, this one is a very special treat.

4.1
VincentDamon (524) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2017
Bière d’un brun opaque et profond, avec une belle mousse beige. Nez ou le caramel et les fruits sont en évidence. En bouche, c’est une super explosion de sucre brun et de sucre d’orge, j’adore. Différent des autres produits Unibroue, ce qui est vraiment bien!!!! Cheers !

3.8
BlackHaddock (7737) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2017
0.75 litre bottle (2014 #22496, BB 2nd Dec 19): drank on 30th Oct 2017 at the monthly beer exchange in Chez Sophie, Shrewsbury. I bought this in California and brought it home to share with friends. Really enjoyed it, the last beer of the evening. Dark brown body, wispy off-white head. Nose is malty with chocolate notes dominating, light spice esters as the beer warmed a little in the glass. Lovely malty brew, again with chocolate to the fore in the taste, with a spicy twist, like the aroma, some dried fruits in there too (prunes, raisins, figs). Liked it.

4.2
minutemat (6125) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2017
75cl bottle @ monthly tasting, Chez Sophie, Oct 17 Part 2, courtesy of Jeremy. Many thanks! Pours dark brown, thin off-white head. Aroma has some nice soft chocolate, dark malts, light spice. Taste has prominent spice, dark treacle, dried dark fruits. Good rich oak aged quadrupel and nice end to the evening.

4.3
azzurro (449) - 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!

2.9
islay (3036) - 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. 6.4.5.3.11=>2.9

4.3
erikaraeb (308) - 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.

5
tsd08460 (1260) - 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

3.9
Brettsky06 (528) - 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


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