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17 Grande Réserve

Fact Sheet

Fermentation

Top

Style

Strong dark Belgian ale

Color

Dark amber

SRM

32

Clarity

Cloudy

Head

Persistent and beige

Bubbles

Fine

Effervescence

Slow and sustained

IBU

33

Body

Medium

Aftertaste

Pleasant, lingering

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17 Grande Réserve

10% ALC./VOL.

Serve at

°C 12 14
°F

Fermentation: Top

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.

History

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.

Color

Dark amber

Nose

Bouquet of roasted malt, hops and aromatic spicy notes with vanilla undertones.

Flavor

Strong malt flavour, slightly sweet and hoppy, with mocha, cocoa and pipe tobacco accents and a subtle oaky finish.

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Aging process

Potential

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.

Preservatives

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.

Preservation methods

Store bottles upright in a cool dark place at a stable temperature between 46ºF and 61ºF.

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Format

17 Grande Réserve

750 ml

Aging process

3 to 7 years

Awards

  • - 2014 -

    Gold

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute - Vintage 2013

  • - 2014 -

    Gold

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute - Vintage 2012

  • - 2014 -

    Gold

    World Beer Awards (London, UK) - Vintage 2013

  • - 2014 -

    Silver

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute - Vintage 2011

  • - 2013 -

    Silver

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute - Vintage 2011

  • - 2013 -

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute - Vintage 2012

  • - 2012 -

    Gold

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute

  • - 2012 -

    Gold

    World Beer Awards (London, UK)

  • - 2011 -

    Platinum

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute

  • - 2010 -

    Platinum

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute

  • - 2010 -

    The America's Best Dark Ale - Strong Dark

    World Beer Awards (London, UK)

  • - 2010 -

    One of the 5 best beers in the world

    World Beer Awards (London, UK)

  • - 2010 -

    World's Best Dark Ale

    World Beer Awards (London, UK)

  • - 2009 -

    Platinum

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute

  • - 2008 -

    Gold

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute

  • - 2008 -

    Gold

    Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition

Tasting

Suggested glass

Teku

Teku

Beer and food pairings

cheese
  • Braised beef
  • Carbonade flamande (Flemish beef stew)
  • Moroccan couscous royale
  • Mexican chicken mole
  • Beef tartare
  • Filet mignon
salad
  • Grilled cedar plank salmon
fish
  • Grilled eggplant
cheese
  • Semi-soft washed rind cheese
  • Aged gouda (3 to 4 years)
chocolate
  • Opera cake
  • Date squares
  • Crème brûlée
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