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Unibroue 17 - Unibroue

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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 11
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AlexF on 02-12-2008)
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Reviews by stagger:
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last bottle rescued from the dusty shelves of Dep. Rahman by a stalwart friend. Thanks, C-dog!

Pours an opaque dark brown with purple notes, big head that stays awhile. Nose is complex and malty. Tastes something like a cross between Trois Pistoles and Maudite, both beers that I love, with a strong overtone of curranty, almost pruney, fruit. My wife swore she tasted broccoli there, but I think she's nuts. Mouthfeel is a lot silkier and smoother than I'm used to from Unibroue, but I wonder if that isn't the age showing. The high ABV is virtually undetectable. This is a beer for sipping and savouring, and one bottle between two people is the right amount, although I wouldn't hesitate to polish off a whole bottle if I had one in front of me. A marvellous drink; I wish I had more of this. I'd buy a keg without thinking about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 14:26:21 | More by stagger
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-01-2014 09:14:24 | More by zestar
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-16-2014 06:03:28 | More by davegray
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

04-10-2014 00:06:27 | More by afsdan
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

03-10-2014 00:53:57 | More by warnerry
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2.46/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Deep amber brown pour, no head.

S - Apple wood and toffee on the nose. A slight wiff of bready yeast.

T - Apple cider, leather, caramel. Definitely not a strong dark, more like a mulled apple cider.

M - No carbonation, watery.

Deeply disappointed, this is terribly mislabeled in style.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 17:54:53 | More by REDAMI
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dec 2010 bottle

This one has been sitting around in my cellar for a while, so it's time to go....

Pours a deep caramel, slightly turbid. Off tan head, rocked up then settled to thin collar

Sweet aroma. Apple and caramel, some toffee and hints of molasses. The lack of anything Belgian spicy shifts the style to something else than a strong dark Bel. Reminds me more of an Old Ale, which is one of my favorite styles.

So,on the flavors. Caramel, deep and rich, but not overly sweet. Light leather. Toffee in the back. Lighter than it sounds, but certainly no Belgian spice. Maybe time took this away, but no matter, it's still dark good. Overripe apple, but not rotten. Darn good beer, lost a little carbonation while in stow

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 09:20:05 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small dots form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, spice, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has aged quite well to this point.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 17:04:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

07-23-2013 15:18:09 | More by tom10101
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-15-2013 17:41:44 | More by Ranbot

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-05-2013 03:00:48 | More by FLBeerGuy
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

06-24-2013 00:18:07 | More by jaxon53
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-18-2013 02:34:16 | More by wtkphoto
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-30-2013 16:59:11 | More by DaveR514
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

05-14-2013 00:26:31 | More by fishguyac
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +19.9%

04-16-2013 09:51:56 | More by Kelp
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

04-07-2013 19:17:28 | More by RollTide7
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-15-2013 08:23:00 | More by beer64nut
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2013 02:00:22 | More by LarryAppleton
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-22-2012 01:27:25 | More by Jvcshad
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes Nov. 23, 2012

Unibroue 17th Anniversary (December 2010 bottling)

-original bottle with etched label (not fancy paper like the 2011 bottling)
-served @ 53f
-pours deep amber red with 2 fingers of foam
-slight lacing
-slightly wine-like aroma; a bit boozy and peppery on the nose
-foam tastes of spice and pepper; brew, too.
-medium mouthfeel
-slight dryness with nutmeg vanilla spice finish (but subtle, not overpowering)
-abv is well-hidden; if this were ice cold, I’d probably drink it too fast
-I wasn’t aiming for a holiday brew but this certainly qualifies given the flavor profile

See my related review of the 17th Anniversary Grande Reserve as I sampled that beer and this one on consecutive nights.

If I had to choose between the two, I would say this bottling (Dec. 2010) was better. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more. The 17th Anniversary Grande Reserve 2011 bottling could probably benefit from additional aging; glad I bought a couple more for the cellar. Overall, both vintages are fantastic beers that I look forward to enjoying over the years.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:04:48 | More by matthiasbrau
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-12-2012 02:45:54 | More by KMcG
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue 17 is a pleasant and high quality Belgian strong dark ale. Nice, but not especially interesting.

A: Cloudy dark brown colour and an excellent 1 cm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Belgian yeast, candi sugar and banana. Goood. 4.5

T: Malty with some sourness and a little bitterness. There is some mellow (saw)dust flavour in the finish. Pleasant and fresh, but not especially interesting. 4

M: Foamy. Well carbonated. 4

O: 4

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 02:05:57 | More by vandemonian
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in December 2010. Pours very hazy reddish brown color with a very nice 3 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some very nice thick soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big raisin, prune, grape, caramel, toffee, molasses, earth, tobacco, toast, and light herbal. Fantastic and highly complex aromas with great balance. Taste of big raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, earth, tobacco, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, earth, light chocolate, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of flavors with huge complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian strong dark ale! Huge complexity and great balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Looking forward to trying the Grande Reserve.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:39:10 | More by superspak
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Unibroue 17 from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.