Unibroue 17 | Unibroue

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Unibroue 17Unibroue 17

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by AlexF on 02-12-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of steph1974
1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

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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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.

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Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Pleepleus
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.
Poured from bomber to goblet a light chestnut brown color with an inch of foamy cream head and heavy lacing. Smells like black cherries, plums and mint. Taste is very different, almost like a bubblegum apple cider, a bit too sweet. Heavy carbonation on this one. Was worth the try but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of Bananaman
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm, I think Unibroue is a good Canadian makro-brewery, but this one is quite an disappointment. Expensive too!

Looks great though, one of the nicest bottle I've seen so far. Dark brown/red color with lots of yeast particles floating around.

Aroma is a bit strange, notes of leaves (mould ones too) caramel and some sweet dark fruits.

Taste is very sweet and complex with notes of those moulden leaves and syrup. Some hoppiness too.

All and all, a big disappointment. Didn't find this one very interesting or good at all.

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Photo of kinghotpants
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'll be honest - my expectations were high for this one, and I feel let down now that I've had it. It seems good but not great; tasty but not delicious; interesting but not spectacular. The saving grace here is that it only cost me $5 for the bomber on sale, as opposed to the $8 they usually run me.

This beer is <em>dark</em>. The color is really pretty when there's only a little left in the glass, but if there's only a little left it only indicates that you're running out of beer and therefore slacking off. There was a decent amount of head - my second glass was not poured carefully and foamed over. This is impressive in a high-alcohol beer.

My nose isn't that great, and it's allergy season in Las Vegas, but my girlfriend and I agreed that we smelled plums, mostly. There was a hint of chocolate in there too, but the dominant scent is fruity.

The taste is pretty decent. I couldn't taste anything on the tip of my tongue due to carbonation, but I did clearly get an aftertaste of prunes which I did <em>not</em> enjoy. Overall I found it bland.

The mouthfeel started off promising, with a chewy character that I usually enjoy. Then, just as I was starting to like it, it all melted away, leaving me with a watery feeling that ruined the experience as it washed off my tongue. I haven't experienced anything quite like it before, but it's not something I enjoy.

Maybe I got a bad bottle, but I'm not willing to spend another $8 to prove myself wrong (assuming I can find it). I'm normally a pretty big fan of Unibroue, so this is a disappointment.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Warning, I'm not a real Belgian fan. So please read this with a wary eye. This was a nice beer, but not one that I would really order for myself. I was given a glass by a nice patron at Clark's Ale House in Syracuse, NY.

The beer had an off white head that dissipated quite quickly and a hazy deep caramel color. There was no lacing at all left behind as the beer was consumed.

There was a heavy spice aroma with notes of clover present. It was clear I was about to taste a Belgian style beer.

Very Spicy taste up front with assertive malt and fruit sweetness.
No hop finish at all. Classic Belgian taste lingers.

A sipping beer.

Not my cup of tea, but clearly a very good representation of this style.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/28/09. Bottle. Pours a murky brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of spices, light fruits (particularly honeydew melon, cantelope). Flavor is similarly fruity with lots of melon rind and soft melon with a yeasty finish. Kind of odd tasting but drinkable. Very different from the other Unibroue anniversary ales, which was surprising.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Very pretty beer. Deep red/brown color with a thick tan head. A fair amount of lacing. It had a peppery spice aroma, with a good malt presence. Faint raisin aroma. The taste was all pepper and spice. The malt was lost, and the raisin was barely there. What was there was a lingering harsh bitterness. This didn't make my list of enjoyable Unibroue offerings.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.46/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a Red Oak glass

A-- Poured a dark brownish orange color with a nice tan head. Got a fluffy one finger head on it and leaving a thick lacing on the glass. Good carbonation.

S-- Smells sweet and somewhat boozy. A little bit of a yeast smell. Lots of fruit in this

T-- Get a bit of orange and then the yeasty sweet taste. Sugar and booze as well.

M-- Still has good carbonation but it is thick and chewy. The the alcohol feel to it as well. Does burn a bit going down.

D-- One. Plain and simple. Not bad but when you think of Unibroue you generally think La Fin and how excellent that is. This is good but a bit overboard on the yest and the alcohol smell. A lot going on in this. I can see where this beer could grow on you after a bit. The 10 % is very apparent from the beginning.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of deadliest
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of Cath
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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 Arbitrator
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber into a glass.

A: Deep mahogany with red and slight purple highlights. Fairly thick, with light penetrating the edges but not the center. Head is 2 fingers thick and recedes slowly, becoming a ring that leaves lacing down the glass.

S: Caramel, toffee, dark fruits (raisins, figs, cherries), orange peel, coriander, and cloves. Very distinctly Unibroue.

T: Bready malts dominate the flavor; secondary flavors are caramel and brown sugar, with dark fruits. Hints of spices as in the nose. Nice and complex, but almost too bready. Alcohol warmth is detected and hard to avoid.

M: Thick, chewy, and bready as noted above. Carbonation is slightly high and it makes me burp excessively.

D: It's a decent beer against some others, but Unibroue has much better selections in its standard lineup. I'll age the second bottle I have and see if it improves. If this were a standard selection, I'd probably rank it in their mid-range and avoid it in the future.

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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 jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Chestnut brown with a big, foamy tan head that floats on top with tight little tiny bubbles.

S - Unibroue yeast, clove spice, figs, a peppery spice that turns to peppermint at times, bready malt and some toffee.

T - Very herbal, grassy and earthy with spicy clove and the slightest touch of dark fruits, some alcohol heat with a candi sugar and malt sweetness.

M - Medium body, sweet but dry at the same time with some alcohol hotness.

D - A mixture of complex and a mess of flavors. Too much going on for me (sweet but dry, earthy but spicy, etc). A decent beer but probably my least favorite so far of a great lineup from Unibroue.

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

Poured a dark brown color with bright ruby red highlights. Had a thick and pillowy long lasting head.

The smell is big and fruity with hints of cherries and molasses.

The flavor is intense with a big boozie cherry flavor mixing in with a strong sour/tart quality. Has sort of a earthy and cedary finish with a bit of herbal hop quality. Lots of little flavors mixing in as well with a touch of vanilla here, a bit of molasses there. Overall it seems to mellow and relax a bit as you drink it.

The mouthfeel is very warm with tons of carbonation and a long dry finish.

Overall its pretty decent, but nothing to special compared to other excellent unibroue offerings.

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