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Unibroue 17 - Unibroue

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 14
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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4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with gwuilliums after brewing Batch 18 AIPA. Poured into tulip glasses at 51 degrees.

A: Deep brown color. Excellent head formation with no real retention (must be the ABV?). A nice cap of carbonation and some decent lacing stays throughout the drink.

S: Wow!!! This has a cidery, dark, raisin aroma that I have heard described by other BAs when reviewing their dark Belgians, but had never actually had the chance to enjoy first-hand. No hops remain at this point, but that is fine because the wonderful, rich fruits and the slight maltiness make up for it.

T: This tastes exactly like it smells. Slightly tangy cider taste (Brett doing it's job there), dark fruits and a really solid malt backbone.

M: Round, creamy feel and perfect carbonation. The 10% is completely hidden. Be careful with this one.

D: One of the best beers I have ever had.

Photo of poetaster
4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby caramel with a strong fruity nose and evident alcohol. Very complex flavors emerge, even at the outset. I taste licorice and root beer, but also something like peppermint followed by bitter herb. This is a very interesting, very well balanced beer, though it might be too bitter for some at this point. It would clearly age very well, and I'm certainly adding more to my cellar. As it warms, the sweetness emerges, though always tempered by a savory herbal bitterness. This would be a great beer to have with roasted meats and strong cheeses--get it while you still can!

Photo of CJStout
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply fantastic ...

Thoroughly enjoyed through a 750ml, corked bottle.

Initial pour - not impressed ... until the tight, frothy head formed. This is a 10% ABV for Christ'sake!

Smell: Very interesting, but this is expected for a Belgian Strong. No dissapointment. So far, so good.

Taste: Delicous - simply, delicious. Not overpowering for a beer in this category. Very tastey and complex -- but not confusing.

Though no session brew, the mouthfeel is appropriate. This brew is meant to be savored (...and I'm just the candidate!).

Overall: This beverage delivers. Delicious and complex but not confusing (if that makes sense).


Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unearthed some tasting notes from 2009. Tasted on 10/18/09. Bottled on Dec. 17th, 2007. Beer almost 2 years old:

Dark blood reddish brown with 3mm pearl white head.

Lots of yeasty fruity esters on nose. Mild spice notes.

More spice up front with warming alcohol finish. Lingering dark fruits balance the alcohol beautifully.

Nice round mouthfeel. Won't drink because of scarcity [not sure why I wrote this in my original notes].

Overall beer is incredible. One of my favorites from Unibroue. All it took was two years and a trip to see my buddy Phil in Québec.

Photo of MAB
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a word: Wow!

After being highly disappointed with Unibroue "16", I almost didn't pick up a bottle of "17" (except that I've got an almost complete bottle collection that stretches back to "10"- I think it was "14" that had a small production run and I wasn't lucky enough to get one).
Don't make the same mistake. Buy "17" and plenty of it, if you can still get it!!!

Where "16" was candy sweet, "17" is a bit darker, much better sweetness/ bitter balance, a fabulous mouthfeel and taste and aroma galore.
I smelt caramel and butterscotch notes, and tasted vanilla and spices plus the lovely caramelized malts. There's not much bitterness at all, and the carbonation is lower than some previous offerings so it was an all-round good find.

I only wish I'd tried it sooner!

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4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Atractive Tan head, on a nice dark body. Good lacing.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg, cayanne pepper, melon, and sweet chocolate aromas. Alcohol is present, but not dominating. Delilious.

F - This beer is all over. Lots of spice (nutmeg, black pepper, coriander?) in the finish. The fruits (Cherry, melon) are complex and all over, with nice almond flavors. Nice earthiness adds to the overall enjoyment. Even though the beer has a lot of different flavors, it doesn't seem muddled at all. Very long finish

M - Full and silky. Impressed.

D - This was very impressive. One of the best Belgian style beers I've had. Complex, but focused. Would gladly have again.

Photo of bilyboy65
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has instantly become one of my favorite beers.

A: Light brown in color, lots of carbonation. Good 1.5 finger head that is off white. Leaves a good lacing and film on the glass.

Side note, I may finish the bottle before I get to finish this review.

S: The nose is very sweet. Good mix of spices, fruits and what seems like sugars. It is a very complicated nose. Some cinnamon, brown sugar (maybe)Give it a couple swirls and the fruits come out. Smell apple, pear and also maybe a hint of raisin.

T: Is just as complex and in no way does it let the nose down. First you're hit with brown sugar (maybe something similar). Then surprisingly seems to be a small hint of black licorice. That is soon followed by the fruits. I think pear seems to be the dominate one.

M: Medium/full bodied beer. Lots of activity on the tongue. Low oil feel left behind.

D: I think someone else said it in another review, but be careful because the bottle will be gone before you know it and it's a strong one.

Photo of JosephLondon
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured with a generous amount of head into a Duvel tulip. There seems to be billions of minute bubbles that give way to pockets of air. The brew is deep brown, the color of a deep mahogany. The head is abundant and retains efficiently while giving a pale brown color; great lacing.

Smell: is overwhelmed with brown sugar and sweet molasses. There seems to be a blend of roasted chocolate and caramel, too. In the back ground is clover, pear, Washington Apple and a subtle hint of plum.

Taste: is like non other, so complex all the while maintaining the PERFECT balance. There is some alcohol presence, but where is the the 10%? The taste is like the smell for me; brown sugar, molasses, roasted chocolate caramel malt, clover, pear, Washington Apple and plum all perfectly balanced with malt and hop. This is a brew to be treasured.

Mouth feel: it is almost like this brew ignites on the palate, each ingredient doing its own part like instruments do in a symphony. This quickly gives way to a dry finish that leaves your mouth yearning for another drink.

Drink: I couldn't slam one of these, but I could definitely drink on a couple of these all night.

This is by far one of my favorite brews!

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4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this beer is amazing. Word to the wise-- it's really sweet, but oh so well-balanced. rolling it around in your mouth is heavenly. its got like a ten finger head, its kind of difficult to pour-- but drinking the head is like whipped cream but ten times better and canadian. as you may be able to tell by my syntax, it is extremely easy to drink.

Photo of Vaylaus
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Latest bottle opened 11/14/09; Also consumed nearly fresh last year.

A: Cloudy, murky, brownish red with a full head, all the way to the top of my glass.

S: All kinds of good things here. Figs, raisins, spices, and a hint of cola. Spices and cola were more prominent fresh, but they've begun to play nice over the last year.

T: Wow. Creamy, with the dark fruit flavors combining to deliver a somewhat unexpected but extremely pleasant flavor. So hard to pinpoint everything going on here, but it's very, very good. This beer had a spicy, cola flavor when young that has faded to the background now to become a nice compliment.

M: Smooth, for how heavy it is. Nicely carbonated, but not overly so, no complaints here.

D: If it wasn't for the 10% abv, I'd kill another bomber, but after one, I'm feeling it now. If it wasn't on the label, you'd undershoot the abv on this one by a few points.

Like most of Unibroue's bigger beers, this one has aged nicely and is now starting to come into its own. Should be interesting to see if it improves over the next year or two. But plenty good right now.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong, rich, malty, with just a hint of fruit - probably apple - and a hoppy, "rubbery" undertone. Color is a warm clear mahogany, and it pours with a very thick beige head that hangs around for a bit. Flavor is rich and mouth-filling, smoky, nutty, with both sweet and bitter tones and hints of chocolate and molasses. Finish is smooth and leaves a hoppy aftertaste.

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Unibroue 17 from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.