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Unibroue 17 by Unibroue
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
10.00 % ABV


 
Review by Westside Threat on 04/25/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 3 7 14 3 6 2008
A: As usual, stunning carbonation from this Canadian fixture. The head starts a bit fizzy but that part of the personality dies quick…leaving a healthy mass of oatmeal colored bubbles. Body appears to be the color of brown sugar simply syrup with a haze running through it. It gets much darker in the thicker parts of the glass.

S: Super spicy with something that I can’t put my finger on. Almost smoky grapes if you will. Its pinot noir is what it is. Quite vinous with a woody side. The typical “fresh” Unibroue yeast is overpowered in the aroma but present in the back end. Also some nutmeg, coriander, banana peel and cardamom.

T: Begins drier than I would have expected, not nearly as sweet as I thought it was gonna be. There’s almost no flavor in the preswallow, its just got a really fine brown sugar and limestone flavor with nothing else happening. After the swallow, a wave of alcohol hits with almost a smoky/rubbing alcohol like flavor. Can’t put what this flavor is exactly, but its tying into that same aroma. Its this weird mix between banana, wood, rubbing alcohol, cinnamon and smoke. No sir, not really digging on this one. Its not bad enough to completely deter me from drinking the bottle, but its not one of my favorites. It tastes artificial or man made…pushed too far to the brink. And it lingers in the aftertaste forever.

M: Medium body with too much carbonation.

D: Huh. Well, at least it was different than the rest of the Unibroue beers yet still had that “feel” to it. I think if I were to drink this one again, I’d sit on it for at least a year before opening it. Let some of these off flavors chill out a bit.

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