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Unibroue 17 - Unibroue

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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Photo of alysmith4
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Delicious beer! I was expecting nothing less than great, especially from Unibroue, and I was not disappointed. This beer was fresh, well-balanced, and just right.

It poured a nice thick, dark red color with a thick 2 1/2" head. The smell was syrupy and fruity with a slight earthy tone. The taste was creamy and good.. like the flavors described in the smell, only more enhanced. I would definitely have it again.

alysmith4, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of rodenbach99
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big 750ml corked brown bottle

A: nice brownish-reddish amber colour with a lot of undense head that is mid-term long
S: fresh spicy nose,
T: very spicy mouth, long taste, good aftertaste, the yeasty taste in the last glass of the beer is very nice.

I like this beer

rodenbach99, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dense mahogany from a caged/corked 750 ml bottle. Medium sized white head. Nice smell of dark fruit and spices. Not as pronounced as some Belgian Ales, but still noticeable.

Tastes good as well. There is some astringency, bananas/cloves/spiciness and dark fruit...plums etc. The overall effect is a tasty Belgian but a fairly mild and smooth one. No hint of the alcohol, crisp and rich enough in the mouthfeel. Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength.

A bit milder than some good Belgian style ales, but still a good one.

JayQue, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of gotbeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark mahogany with a thick head of fine bubbles.

The smell has hints of overly ripe fruit esters with some spice.

The taste has more ripe fruit, spices, banana, and sweet bread. It finishes with a slight citric note. The fruit tastes come to the front- melon, and tropical fruit. Classic hints of the Unibroue house yeast.

The mouthfeel is smooth with the typical high carbonation of the style.

Drinkability is good for the style. I could definitely take care of the entire bomber.

This is a great beer from Unibroue. Incredible complexity. This one is a winner. Too bad it's not a regular in their lineup. Highly reccomended.

gotbeer, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unibroue promised its fans would appreciate this beer. As a fan, I can attest that they deliver.

Pours a murky reddish brown with the ever so common giant Unibroue head.

The aromas were mostly dark fruits, with hints of banana, and some spices.

The taste follows the aromas with raisins and banana bread. Hints of caramel and maybe some toffee. Bread-like flavors are present the entire time, and the finish is like biting into an orange. It's a very complex brew, and with so many flavors, it could get overwhelming, but someone holds together.

The feel was a bit aggressive, but crisp, leaving a slightly tart taste in your mouth. I couldn't drink a ton of this, but sharing a bottle is nice.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of brewtal
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9-02-2008. Black 750ml corked/caged bottle with an elegant shiny golden "17" logo.

Appearance: Black. Brownish hues when held against the light. Thick beige foamy head
with a lace that lives on and on.

Smell: Up front I smell volatiles in the like of fresh ground coffee and torrefaction

with a touch of smoke. Then some hazelnuts.
Deeper lies a very appealing bouquet of ripe dark fruits (berries along with some
blackcurrant) and there seems to be some caramel.

Taste: Pretty much all pf the above. Sweet caramel sandwiched between the fine, sightly bitter roasted malt caracters mentionned above and the profound blueberry-blackcurrent
fruitiness. The roasted sweet caramel turns a little buttery (diacetyls?) as it heats
up, wich is awesome.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, very rich and warming without being syrupy. It has a nice texture all along, especially towards the end of the glass. What surprises me the most though is the very mellow yeasts, considering this is from Unibroue and that it just came

Drinkibility: No trace of the 10% aclool almost 1 hour into the beer. I'd like to see how this ages...

Pairings: I would definetly go with red game such a deer or caribou steak with
cocoa/coffee or blueberry sauce. Blue cheese also and of course chocolate desserts
(chocolate mi-cuit or mousse would be good).

Truly an awesome vintage ale and what i think is a good suprise from Unibroue. A worthy successor to the very good Unibroue 16.
Keep'em coming!

brewtal, Feb 17, 2008
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Unibroue 17 from Unibroue
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