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Unibroue 17 - Unibroue

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331 Ratings
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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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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

rab53, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

crashingthrough, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

josefnewsong, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Mudawg, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

MacStinson, Dec 01, 2011
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.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Nov 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

PaBeerLover, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

yerocdiamond, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, clear brown with cherry glints. The crackly, lively head recedes relatively quickly to a thin layer. It drapes the glass in lace nonetheless. Dark sugars and plums mix with cookie dough and alcohol heat in the nose. Christmas cake and dark rum come to mind in the flavor. Figs and berries show with warmth, as does a medicinal alcohol kick. Oak flavors are very restrained, imparting just a bit of vanilla. The immense malt profile buries an anemic herbal hop counterweight (appropriate for the style mind you). The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty light on the carbonation for the style. Warming alcohol and stewed fruit make up the finish.

A very decent Quad/Belgian Dark Ale. Worth trying. My only qualm is the alcohol is a bit immodest.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

steveonaplane, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

amstelcat, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

despond, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

spiderwebb70, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ej285701, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of uno99
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch from the LCBO. Very attractive bottle and label.

A: Poured into the center of my Tripel Karmeliet glass, I got a huge pillowy head that rose from the center and created a nice convex cap. Liquid is chestnut brown, similar to Maudite.

S: Yeasty and spicy with hints of chocolate and citrus. Some Cinamon, clove, nutmeg, orange zest, oak, bannana, pancake batter, and more. Slight sting (but welcome) of alcohol.

T: Less oaked than I'd hoped and expected, but maybe more wouldn't have been balanced. Spices come out more in the taste than in the nose.

M: Quite thick like a stout. Really coats the mouth. Nice dryness however.

Overall: What really stands out here is the drinkability. This is a beer that anyone would enjoy, yet for the beer connoisseur, the complexity is a treat.

uno99, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of PEBKAC
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from DeCicco's. Stored in the fridge since early 2010.

Ommegang anniversary glass. Murky dark orange maple color. Decent pour free of noticeable sediment. Still a bit of a haze. Bulbous lather deflates & leaves even waves of lace.

Smells of brown sugar, molasses & dirt on one side, while being quite floral & slightly fruity on the other(lightening the overall impression). A bit boozy.

Taste is of red grapes & raisins upfront, turning bourbon-y & yeasty in the follow through. Wood, all spice, maple & leather. Finishes on a trail of oxidation & a subtle apple twang.

Feel is thinner then expected & not as yeasty as most other Unibroue offerings I've had. Carbonation was mellow but firm. Felt a bit warmer then 10%.

Oxidation is starting to make it's move, but everything seems mostly intact except for the spices. Pairs well with something lathered in bbq sauce. Drink now.

PEBKAC, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my Gouden Carolus chalice at 53 degrees. Bottled December 2010 screened on the bottle. Pours a hazy mahogany with a tight, half inch, cream-colored head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with thick sheets of lacing adhering to the bowl of the glass during the tasting. Nose is slightly vinous and expresses prunes, raisins and candi sugar on a sweet malty, backbone. There's also seems to be the merest suggestion of ethanol in the nose as well. Taste consistent with nose; however, a chocolate character comes out and the dark fruit is somewhat diminished by the ethanol, which overly asserts itself in the flavor profile. There also seems to be a trace of woodiness interspersed in the mix. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with a carbonation that is just a bit too assertive; not quite fizzy, but definitely prickly. All and all, not a bad brew. The carbonation and alcohol have a slightly negative impact on the balance, but it's still a solid offering. That said, I'm not sure if I'm getting an initial suggestion of oxidation, so it might be best to drink this one sooner than later.

Edit (2 hours later) - this beer really opens up as it warms - caramel and toffee comes out and carbonation dissipates over time. I would suggest serving closer to room temperature and letting the bottle sit uncorked to maximize the experience.

Jwale73, Aug 26, 2011
Unibroue 17 from Unibroue
93 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.