Unibroue 17 | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AlexF on 02-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
343
Reviews:
272
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.86%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Photo of HardTarget
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Kept room temp since 2008, sampled 2017.

Appearance: Translucent deep brown glass holds a thin halo of tan spotty foam.

Aroma: Red wine tannin, clove like spice adds a forest herbal note, mild alcohol.

Taste: Well balanced with a sweet start that turns to a dark red wine profile and finishes with an alcoholic slap. There is a hint of brown paper bag oxidation, but I had to go looking for it. The taste profile is big and punchy.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body goes a bit thin and dry in the finish, low carbonation, a bit numbing.

Overall: Picked up a new release of the 17 Grand Reserve so popped this cork after 9 years in the closet waiting it's turn. The alcohol warms rather than burns, but it's heavy handed. I would say this held up rather than improved with age. The house yeast taste is a matter of personal preference.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williamjbauer
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattSharpless
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BDeibs
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deadliest
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Cath
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of davegray
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of REDAMI
2.51/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.16 out of 5 based on 343 ratings.
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