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Unibroue 17 - Unibroue

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AlexF on 02-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a large 32 oz mug. Nice dark brown color, same as the color of the bottle itself. Despite the color it is very light tasting and feeling.

S- Wow, very complex. It smells like most Unibroue brews, but this one has a very fruity smell. I almost smell cinnamon, peach, pare, and vanilla.

T- I'm tasting the fruitiness the beer has to offer. Lots of apple and hint cinnamon. The presence of alcohol isn't strong, but light.

M- Very light, and smooth, not thick as one would think.

D- Easy to drink, nice carbonation. I bet this beer would get even better the more it ages. Would be good with a verity of good cheeses or white sauce pasta dishes. Grilled salmon would be a tasty compliment to this light tasting beer.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of the best brews from Unibroue I have tasted to this day. The beer pours a dark, cloudy amber with a thick, slightly toasted looking head. The aroma is that of rasins, prunes, and toffee. The flavor resembles Trois Pistoles on steroids. Rasin, fig, and all kinds of candied fruit shine through. The finish is short, but very memorable as the hops finally show their presence. Although the maltiness of the 17 overpowers the hops, it is very approachable and is a great after-dinner brew. As strong as it is at 10% ABV, it may even be dangerous. This beer is almost too easy to drink. Unibroue 17 will definitely benefit from a few years of age, and I recommend trying one now. Buy a few more and set them aside and try one a year to see the progress.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Dark brown with ample carbonation and a thick brownish head.

Aroma: Strong and malty with hints of raisin and currant. Alcohol warmth shows through immediately. Smooth.

Taste: Smooth and delicious. Raisin and currant flavors show through. Malty. A lot of alcohol warmth though. Rich and complex.

Mouthfeel: Dry and warm from the alcohol. Strong raisin flavor especially. The warmth is almost too much.

Drinkability: Very drinkable but with a few years of aging, the alcohol warmth will fade or disappear altogether.

Verdict: Another anniversary beer from Unibroue that is meant to be savored. It is a young beer and needs a few years of aging to be truly delicious. I know from experience after drinking a bottle of Edition 2005 I had last December.

Pick it up, savor it and get another bottle to age.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma with a bit of fermentation ale fruit and a little caramel malt. A little apple aroma too.

Darker than previous anniversary beers, not a complaint, just a surprise. Big head of fine bubbles that lasts and leaves very nice lacing. Brown but pretty cloudy when held up to the light.

Flavor is very malt forward with tons of caramel and dark crystal and just a hint of roast. Underlying ale fermentation with more fruit and a little spicy like licorice. Hop bitterness is fairly high but hop flavor is not a factor. Very nice complexity of ale fermentation and malt flavors.

Pretty high carbonation makes it seem light and refreshing and not really all that big bodied which is impressive given th 10% Very lively on the tongue.

Another nice beer from Unibroue. Definitely worthy.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to pieper for finding this one for me!

Caged and corked 750 into a large tulip.

Pours dark deep ruby brown with massive amounts of ivory foam. Great sticky large-bubbled lace.

Nose is an enticing combination of scents, with tart fruits, dark berry and plum, full floral bouquet, slight candy sweetness, earthy wood, moss, and smoke, and a little sour funk.

Taste is a nice dark blend of flavors, with full roasted malts, crisp tart fruits, mild sweetness, and a smoky finish with a little spice. Some alcohol taste at the finish detracts from the overall flavor, but it's a pretty well done dark ale.

Feel is medium, full but not heavy. Plenty of mouth filling carbonation tingles a little. Slick on the tongue with an alkali feel.

Overall a very tasty beer. Great flavor profile and character, only infringed upon by the high and relatively noticeable abv.

Photo of GClarkage
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

04/23/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle both caged and corked. 2008 anniversary release. Poured into my La Finde Du Monde tulip.

Appearance- Clouded chestnut color with ultra fine particles of yeast. One inch plus of large bubbled foam. Easy 1/2 inch of staying power. Very good patchy and chunky lacing.

Smell- Odd and complex. Clove overkill with anise, strong inscence and a very odd scent of rubber fishing worms. Yes fisherman, go to your tackle box and smell those rubber worms and you will get what I mean. Also a mild chocolate malt nose.

Taste- Spiced beyond imagination. Star anise, massive amounts of clove, cinnimon, fennel, prunes and dried plums. Pretty sweet base and the lightest of coffee grounds in the aftertase. ABV seems a bit lighter than stated. Hops peak through in the aftertatse as well. Cola flavoring with a raw corn sryup flavor.

Mouthfeel- Heavy carbonation, fairly creamy and definitely chewy.

Drinkability- Another beer that I don't really know if I like it or not. Definitely overspiced with too much going on. It's like a steak, you don't want to ruin it by spicing it too much.

Photo of wanker
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unibroue is my favorite brewery, but this isn't my favorite Unibroue beer.

This is the first Unibroue beer in which I've noticed a strong alcohol presence. I've always been impressed with Unibroue's ability to mask the alcohol, even in the 10% Terrible (which I love). The alcohol is right up front on this one, which I can live without. Don't know whether this was intentional - but I kinda doubt it was, as alcohol is well hidden in La FDM, Terrible, Don de Dieu, etc.

This one is quite sweet. I think it should have been categorized as a quadrupel. It reminds me of St. Bernardus Abt 12.

Very complex. Definitely a sipper. Just a bit too much for me. Next time I want a 10% Unibroue, I'll buy Terrible instead.

Photo of ralree
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great looking beer. Deep chocolate brown with a nice white fluffy head. Head retention and size are good.

S: Smells very alcoholic with lots of dark fruit. Not what I like.

T: Tastes very good for the style. I generally don't like Belgian ales, but this one is a keeper. Fruity with a strong alcholic secondary taste. Hops are pretty much missing, so no bitterness is detectable to my palate.

M: Feels good in the mouth - carbonation is perfect. Non-astringent, making the mouth feel at home after swallowing.

D: This one gets you really drunk. Fast. Watch yourself and don't drive.

Photo of TPoling
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown with a deep tan head. creamy with sheeting rather than Brussels lace.

The smell is intense. Pepper, bread, bubble gum, a hint of anise.

Starts out sweet and finishes very dry. Bubble gum gives way to spicyness. The finish is almost chipotle pepper minus the intense smoke and warming down into the chest from the 10 percent alcohol.

There are layers of surprises here with subtle changes as the Delerium Tremens tulip warms and then through the second glass from the 750 ml bottle. The spice remains as dried plum and raisin flavors become more noticable. This could be a great pairing with English bangers and mash or a braised Belgian meat dish with a savory sauce from the drippings. It could also stand up to a dark chocolate or smoked gouda.

The second bottle is going into a cool, dark place with no time off for good behavior until 2010. It will be interesting to see what that alcohol does to the bottle with a little age.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a chalice; December 2010 stamped on the side

Pours a murky brown with cherry red highlights. A fluffy off-white cap bubbled up to full finger+.

Smells of brown malt, bread, oak, fruity esters, and a tinge of alcohol.

Spicy pepper, sweet Belgian dark malt flavor with raisins/prunes. The alcohol is very present on the palate, but it's not big enough, and comes on at the right time, where it doesn't really detract from the taste.

Light and airy. The carbonation is close to perfect.

One bottle is perfect, you really don't need any more.

Another great beer from Unibroue and an extremely solid interpretation of the style.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Unibroue bomber into St Bernardus glasses. The beer was dark brown copper, hazy, with a thick foam which formed islands at the end of life. The aroma was spicy and fruity, with the definitive house yeast. The taste was much more bitter than I'd hoped, and also a little burning from the alcohol. Decent mouthfeel, but the alcohol flavor tempered the drinkability a bit.

Unfortunately this was one of my least favorites from Unibroue, but I'll not be deterred from trying any future brews.

Photo of erosier
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep rusty amber color with a tall medium bodied head that sticks around for a while before settling. It laces the glass very nicely all the way down the glass. It smells of rich roasted malt, and alot of yeast aromas. Smells of wild fruits and some clove along with some peppery aroma to it as well. Interesting nose. The taste is strong - very nice roasted malts and then some wilder yeast flavors finish this beer off. These flavors are some wild vine fruits, some peppery taste, clove, and other tastes I couldn't quite make out. Alot of stuff going on in this beer. The mouthfeel is very heavy and smooth. The beer is pretty drinkable but I think that the flavors are so complex that one was my limit but definately worth a try.

Photo of Tdizzle
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured into my Chimay chalice, this beer pours an opaque reddish-brown color with amber hues when held up to light. There's a big light tan head that coats the entire glass with sinister web-like lacing as it settles.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast with all the usual suspects: banana, clove, dark fruits, and various spices that I can't exactly pin down. There's also some pepper, lemon zest, and a bit of a metallic tinge in the background. Maybe some bready malt in there too. As the beer warms, the grassy and lemony aromas really come out with some floral notes as well. Really nice.

T- Everything the aroma promises. Lots of spicy flavors up front with a grassy, lemony bitterness on the finish.

M- A medium-bodied feel with prickly carbonation.

D- All the flavors work together nicely and the 10% ABV is well-hidden.

I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to Belgian-style beers, but I found this to be a tasty, drinkable treat. Recommended.

Photo of Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A + S: A very dark, murky brown topped with a nice, fat, slightly sandy head. A nice point right between foamy and creamy... big bursting bubbles, great to let that aroma out, and oh what a pleasing aroma. Some dark fruit - like raisin/date and spice, somewhat similar to a buttertart. A sugary - but not quite caramel like aroma in there, as well.

T: Raisin/apple and spices, like nutmeg and allspice. A touch biting with the spices, and almost a little tart towards the finish, but still quite nice. It is just the slightest bit foamy, and otherwise fairly rich and full. Quite a notable warming as the alcohol strikes that back of the throat, though before finish, it's covered quite nicely.

D: A bit of a doozy to sip away, but - like a celebration, like its namesake - it's something I'd only do once in a while for the occasion. I will happily enjoy the rest of this bomber, and then come back to it in a month or two.

Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Val Dieu chalice, this pours a murky brown with an enormous, thick, frothy head with great retention. Spicy aroma, quite phenolic, with some underlying sweet toffee maltiness. Nice malt flavor upon first sip: medium roast, very coffeeish. Fairly bitter from the malt character. Yeast character not as strong as in the nose, but there's still some peppery spiciness that provides complexity.

In recent years, Unibroue's anniversary beers have been competent, but rather forgettable, with nothing standing out different from previous years. This year's interesting malt character makes something of a change, though I'd like to see some more adventurousness from them.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip glass. Pours deep, dark brown with a thick and rocky head. Great retention and lacing. Smell is great, smells like a good Belgian should. Some fruit (apple, pear, maybe some grape?), sweetness, bread, and yeast. This brew has a somewhat earthy taste to it I thought. Some dark fruit, some candi sugar, a slightly (very slightly) bitter aspect on the back of the tounge. I have to say the alcohol was not noticable at all, not one bit. Moderate carbonation leaves a lighter-medium mouthfeel. Overall a great beer. I would have scored higher on drinkability but, although tasty, this beer does have a kick to it and a glass or two should suffice.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the Belfast Co-op. Pours a dark murky brown with a long lasting head on it. Smells sweet, slightly citrusy, but with a bit of a plastic smell. Tastes better than the smell, dried fruit, citrus, candy sugar, spices I cannot identify and some slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is good. Overall I do like it but it's not the best I've had from Unibroue or this style of beer.

Photo of shroompod
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark brown , rocky head with good lacing.

Aroma has yeasty toasted malt base , with hunts of apples and dark fruit.

I get a distinct apple pie taste , with cinnamon and perhaps some clove. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium with some lingering sweetness. Carbonation is good.

Overall a very nice treat that I'll certainly seek out.

Photo of Raugupatis
2.95/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After reading the reviews on this site, I was really looking forward to tasting this offering. I happily popped the cork and poured the ale into a glass to observe its semi-murky, almost stout-like body, incredible head and lovely aroma of nutmeg.

But like a beautiful girl who turns you off when she opens her mouth, this one disapoints at the first sip.

The nutmeg and spice is overpowering to the point of almost creating a sweet ale, except for the slight bite that nutmeg gives you when you taste it straight. There is none of the expected hops or other flavors to back up the spice.

I poured it out and have another bottle if anyone wants it.

Photo of hoser
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best Unibroue anniversary beer in years ,heck maybe since the first one the 10. A little like my fave Maudite and not as heavy as Le Terrible but a slight licorice spiciness like Le Terrible, I guess my review without getting all beer geeky is a nice blend of le Terrible and Maudite. I bought six the first purchase; note to self by more. Paul please brew the 10 again.

Photo of Quej
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown murky beer with lots of tan head.
S - Smells strongly of fruit, yeast and alcohol. Some hops are detectable along with the taste of berries, dirt, tree bark and even plastic. Very odd.
T - Tastes sweet and bitter, lots of malty tastes and fresh hops. Quite sour and notes of bubblegum and fluorine can also be detected in the yeast. Roasty and malty tasting mostly.
M - Thick and bubbly, quite zesty and pleasant.
D - Not so high. Hard to finish this bottle. It's just too weird and strong. Not the best anniversary Unibroue has made, but really good nonetheless.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boisterous pop when uncorked, I know this is a fresh live bottle. Pours out a deep opaque brown, capped by a creamy beige head, although it gets chunky if poured above the rim line, and settles as a chunky sponge as well. Lots of sticky lacing, it leaves its mark.

Aroma akin to that of a winter warmer, holiday spices, incredibly acute toffee malts, with a bit of yeasty citrus zest. It has that familiar Unibroue yeast twang to it as well. Even the alcohol presence warms the nostrils.

Toffee malt uber alles upon the first sip, warmed by the alcohol, accentuated by the spices, yet the toffee actually gains a sugary sweetness upon the finish. Bready coffee/Xmas cake aftertase that makes you wish you could lick the left over batter out of the bowl. I'm not even that big of a fan of baked goods these days, yet it's making me remember back fondly to being a kid. In fact the aftertaste is also similar to rum balls, now that I'm back deep in the zone. The flavour profile has a hepped up holiday character to it for sure.

The mouthfeel is full and coating, but on the lighter side of that spectrum, it's also smooth. There is an alcohol burn on the back of the throat on the finish and aftertaste, almost peppery in texture.

To me it's the most enjoyable anniversary ale that Unibroue has put out since 11 (although 10 still holds the soft spot in my heart, their first one). A nice twist to things as well producing a dark ale this time around, and amping up the flavour and the spices from the yeast esters. It reminds me of a refined Terrible. Very enjoyable, this is the first in many years I'll buy more than one of their anniversary ales, to enjoy now, and to cellar to enjoy later as it ages. If this is the trend that Unibroue plans on following, then I look forward to following along with them once again.

Photo of canucklehead
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas( beer that is). The new special release is spiced much like a Xmas beer. The colour is a deep tawny brown with a big head. The nose is pure all spice and yeast.The taste is spicy , Belgian and full mouthfeel. I loved this beer and I felt the spices really set it apart from other Unibroue beers.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently its a barleywine?

Pours deep cooper with a big foamy white head, laces nicely to the side of the glass. Aroma of unibroue house yeast, spice and pumkin pie.

Flavor is quite like many other beers from unibroue. The esters and fenols are unmistake-ably similar to other unibroue offerings. Still the malt presence reminds me of a english barleywine with a little wheat malt added. Quite enjoyable. Burps indicate a earthy hop presence, lost in the aroma because of the spice.

The spice presence is so that it could have been a seasonal, like a christmas ale. A very delicious and engaging ale!

Photo of Graham5161986
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours an attractive hazy dark ruby-brown with a nice 2 finger tan head that has great retention and leaves some nice lacing on my glass.

S: Aroma's of floral hops, ripe fruit and, most of all, an intriguing pepper spiciness.

T: very peppery with rich fruit (raisin, cherry, plum) and a candied sugar flavour that soothes the palate. Quite a nice buttery flavour too that goes very well with the pepper.

M: Thick, rich, and crisp with a nice presence of alcohol. Goes down slightly oily (because of the sweetness) but the alcohol warms your whole body as it goes down.

D: this is a pretty heavy beer to drink. It packs a hefty ABV punch as well. A great sipper - far from anything sessionable...but why would you want to session this beer? Take the time to give it's complex flavours justice. A nice beer from Unibroue.

Unibroue 17 from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.