Brewed since 2007
Origin: Chambly, Quebec
17 Grande Réserve is brewed once a year. This highly complex beer holds equal appeal for beer enthusiasts as for wine lovers.
In the winter of 2008, a unique beer commemorating the brewery’s 17th Anniversary hit the market. The first commercial creation by brewmaster Jerry Vietz, it didn’t have a label and bore the simple name of 17. In 2011, given how well the ale was aging and how many prestigious awards it was racking up, we decided to bring it back as 17 Grande Réserve. Every fall, we charm beer lovers with this vintage brew, named the “World’s Best Dark Ale” at the 2010 World Beer Awards in London, UK.
Bouquet of roasted malt, hops and aromatic spicy notes with vanilla undertones.
Strong malt flavour, slightly sweet and hoppy, with mocha, cocoa and pipe tobacco accents and a subtle oaky finish.
Like good wine, Unibroue’s fine beers have flavors that develop with age. Over time they become smoother, sometimes revealing notes of honey and candied fruit and developing a more assertive and lasting flavor. This phenomenon is known as “maderization” and is similar to the aging process of dessert wines like port.
Oxygen is the mortal enemy of beer because oxidation creates a stale, flat flavor. The yeast added to the bottle of Unibroue products triggers natural fermentation, consuming excess oxygen and preventing the beer’s CO2 from oxidizing. This enhances the beer’s aging potential. The high alcohol content of certain Unibroue products also lends itself well to aging by acting as a natural preservative.
Store bottles upright in a cool dark place at a stable temperature between 46ºF and 61ºF.)
3 to 7 years