In this beer blog, we are going to get into beer called Grand Reserve 17 Dark Ale from Unibroue. Unibroue was founded in 1990 under the name of La Brasserie Massawippi Inc in Quebec, Canada. The name changed in 1993 to Brasserie Broubec Inc and then merged with Unibroue. It was then sold in 2004 to Sleeman Breweries. Sleeman Breweries was then sold to Sapporo. Unibroue Brewery brews several different Belgian beer styles. Let us get into the beer.
It has a brown color with a white head on the beer. The smell is a sweet malty and other species. The taste is a sweet slight carbonation and no aftertaste to the beer. There is a lot going on in this complex dark ale. It is a sipping beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Dark Ale on Lees. Ale Brewed with Spices, Aged with French Oak, and with Natural Flavors added
Inspired by the great Belgian brewing tradition of Trappist monks established over the centuries. Unibroue 17 was first brewed in 2007 to celebrate our brewery’s 17th anniversary. However, the overwhelming success of this specialty brew made it obvious that we could not let such great ale slip into the anonymity of retirement.
As testimony to its remarkable flavor profile which increases in complexity as it ages, the original batch bottled in 2007 was awarded an international platinum medal three years in a row and the prestigious title of “World’s Best Dark Ale” when it was well past three years in the bottle!
So in 2011, we proudly brought back this French Oak aged, bottle refermented dark ale, with the “Grande Reserve” appellation as a fitting endorsement of its exceptional quality for aging. Brewed only once a year, in limited quantities, and individually numbered “brasseur” bottles, this is truly a flavorful delight for the specialty beer enthusiast.
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In the end, I really enjoyed this beer and I have to thank my friend let me try it. There is a ton going on in this dark ale. It is a sipping beer but it is pretty smooth. I was pretty stun by this beer and I will be searching the rest of their beers down from this brewery. To be honest, how much this beer was good, I would rather drink a beer from Belgium. This brewery being from Canada is as close to the real thing from Belgium. I recommend this beer and I would like to hear your thoughts on this beer or other brews that Unibroue brew. Any you recommend for me to try from this brewery. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser