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1837 - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
85
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-11-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Swedes21:
Photo of Swedes21
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light straw colour, cloudy, some good carbonation, nice 2 finger white head. some minimal lacing.

Smell - classic belgian, bananas, zest (lemon based) some good spices and some minor earthy tones.

Taste - very smooth, lots less banana taster and more earthy than i would have hoped for. smooth from start till finish, nothing exciting just a decent taste.

Mouthfeel - added carbonation brings the banana and lemon fwd, hides the earthy a bit more and creates a bitterness near the end.

Overall - all around an OK beer, nothing that will blow your mind, could drink 12 of these no issues and would be very happy.

Swedes21, May 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml brown bottle, twist-off with gold foil neck. Pours a semi-cloudy pale yellow beer with a frothy white foam head of at least two-fingers in thickness, a gentle stick to the glass and great retention.

Bready with mild phenolics in the nose. Faint grass. Alcohol. A touch perfume.

Creamy mouthfeel. Slight sharpness upfront of citric zest, with a leading crispness from the carbonation to rouse the palate. Low hop bitterness. Light orange sweetness settles in with some sugary sweetness and light malts that have bread crust flavors on the edges. Touch of clove / orange blossom honey. Herbal, floral and tea-like beneath the sweetness. A bit gritty towards the end and dry, with some chalky yeast notes. Flavor kind of drops off at the finish, going bland and becomes less sexy.

Quite the refreshing beer. Strong and interesting, to boot. Not overly standout-ish though.

Todd, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Todd for the sample.

Presentation: 341 ml brown bottle with no freshness date … looks like a revolution on the label.

Appearance: Hazed pale orange with a thin trace of white lace.

Smell: Fruity esters with peaches on the forefront, mild phenols in the back.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Harsh yet viscous crispness, medium bodied and malty. Fruity right from the get go with a harsh clove and phenolic balance. Very estery for a 7% brew and very brash. Fruity dry malt finish.

Drinkability & Notes: An enjoyable brew, this brew is a bit of a revolution in the mouth. You think it will be somewhat tame and not jump up … at the first sip it smacked me in the palate hard and then some more.

Jason, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sticky, one dimentional and sweetish on the palate, Unibroue make some worldclass stuff, but also make some terrible stuff aswell, this is one of those, just not much happening either.

rastaman, May 17, 2002
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer though not the crowning jewel of this brewery. Seemingly a cross between a Belgian and a domestic. light color and little bubbles and pretty lacing. Some fruit and spice taste but me and my mates didn't pick up all that much of it. Liked it better in the summer.

Sammy, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being entirely unfamiliar with this beer, as it was listed as a strong ale I was expecting something a little darker. I was suprised and appreciative of the delicious straw-gold colour as it poured into my glass with a firm creamy head.

Zesty and aromatic, but not citric although it does have a refreshing acidity. The unibroue yeast works very well in this beer; I have found it a little oppressive in a few of their others, namely the fringante, ephemeral apple and blanch de chambly. The yeast in the 1837 is in perfect balance with the other flavours. The spiciniess and faint hint of green apples have rounded off my last sip perfectly. Alcohol notes are not detectable to me. How strong is this beer again?

Three thumbs up.

goodbyesoberday, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Bold yellowish gold. Very hazy. White foam of a head.

S- Spicy. Dried apricot. A bit of bubblegum and clove. Cream.

T- Kind of sour. Pretty yeasty. Everything else which I found in the smell is still here. seemed to get a little more watery as it warmed up.
The first time I tried this I found the alcohol taste a bit too present. Not tasting it as much today. Maybe because it's my first beer of the day.

M- Great. Little tingle at the front to create interest and then it just rolls up into a nice creamy ball. Semi-dry finish.

O- A good beer. Might be a bit close to Quatre-Centième... not sure though.

Yoonisaykul, May 18, 2011
Photo of vanrassel
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If the Unibroue family is made up of big, boisterous beers, then 1837 is the quiet sibling. Quiet, but no less interesting or successful.

It poured from a 750 mL bottle into a glass with a cloudy golden body topped by a smooth two-finger white head. Tiny bubbles zoomed to the top and the beer had the champagne-like carbonation present in so many Unibroue beers.

The aroma was yeasty, a little chalky and enhanced by subtle fruity esters — pear, I'm thinking. It hides its alcohol well under a smooth malty taste and finishes spicy with a little black pepper. High carbonation, medium body and a nice crisp finish.

vanrassel, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fin du Monde tulip. Opaque with yeast and a dull straw yellow with a good cover of white head. Good retention and lacing.

Unibroue yeast, slightly-salty minerals, astringent, coriander, hint of banana, lemon, herbal hops. Smells like a Unibroue brew for sure.

In the mouth: light wheaty malt, lemon, minerals, bits of banana, coriander and clove. Almost like a strong Belgian wit. Alcohol is a bit too present for 7%ABV. A fairly drying finish is left by the earthy, herbal hops.

Typical Unibroue feel: medium body and arguably over-carbonated (though I don't mind it, personally).

Reminds me quite a bit of Don de Dieu, though it's definitely the lesser of the two. I guess I can see why they don't brew it regularly anymore, it would be a bit redundant. Decent stuff but not a highlight of Unibroue's line up.

eat, May 12, 2011
Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Magery, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of tendermorsel
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got one of these while on a trip to Quebec City. On a side note the bar and a $3 canadian special. One of the best bargins I have ever had....

The head on this beer was not has much as some other unibroue beers which I was suprised that I was pleased with. The beer itself was wonderfully spiced. Notes of fruit and coriander were very distinct. A good amout of yeast at the bottom.... not enough to be bothersome. Stong alcohol taste but not overpowering like some other Unibroue beers.

This may be my #1 Unibroue beer. Too bad I have never seen it here in the states

tendermorsel, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle: Pourred a whitish brew with a nice bubbly head with medium retention time. Complex mix of spice and hops that is very enjoyable. Full body with hint of alcohol. Not Unibroue's best but still very enjoyable overall. A bit like a mix of Fin du Monde with Blanche de Chambly.

Phyl21ca, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of bloberglawp
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a "La fin du monde" tulip glass at more or less 10 celcius.

Pour a murky off blond yellow, big bubbles, rocky head that dissipates down to a film. Hazy, cool haze perhalps? Aroma of banana, wet grass, lemonzest, white pepper, orange pith and unibroue yeast, a bit underwhelming but appropriate and enjoyable none the less.

Flavor of citrus, round malty sweetness, a presence of chalky mellow-acrid yeast and a refreshing belgian wheat malt finish.

After a few minutes as the beer warms up it screams Unibroue (yeast and malt profile) and I'm loving it very much. This beer seems unadultered by the various new owners of Unibroue over the years. I'll have to try "trois pistoles" again to see if I feel its still as good as it was before the takeovers.

bloberglawp, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A recent edition from Unibroue to the Alberta market, always happy to see us getting a broader selection from them. 1837, named to commemorate the French side of the Lower Canada Rebellion of that year (and the one following) if memory serves correct.

Came in a 750 ml brown caged and corked bottle. Pours out resembling a wit beer, a light wheat hued cloudy body, massive fluffy white head on the pour with serious retention. Large netted sticky lacing.

Mild wheat, yeast and spice on the nose. As it warms it acquires a stronger bread character, accompanied by green apples, clover honey, ginger, coriander, some dry orange peel and a touch of grass. Every once in a while I even get a good dose of peach/apricot.

The flavour is also quite mild from any other Unibroue offering I've yet to sample, but that does not detract from it overall. Spicy bread up front with black pepper, cloves and coriander--even a hint of ginger--, it becomes more fruity in the middle with peach skin and orange sorbet, mellowing out with a light lemony citrus finish. A bit of wheat grain and citrus to carry on through the aftertaste.

The mouthfull is full yet not heavy, a soft creamy texture with a small carbonated kick on the finish.

To be honest this 1837 isn't really that remarkable in any way, not as bold as a lot of its more well known brethern. Yet it's a decent Belgian ale in its own subtle, wallflower sort of way. There aren't many ales from Unibroue that I would ever fathom considering a session beer, perhaps aside from Raftman, but this would pretty much fill that category for me. It's mild, easy-drinking, and a well-crafted Belgian that isn't trying to go over the top. Happy to have the chance to pick up a few more of these to help ease the current hot weather in style.

IronDjinn, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of ThaCreep
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow. Well-shaped nose of hops and citrus. Presence of citric palate with citrus, especially lemon, which stays in your mouth without it being too acidic. No finish but really striking continuity in the fruit. That said, we must admit that hop is still a little behind. Quite refreshing but slightly different flavors.

ThaCreep, May 28, 2011
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well, I've finally decided to give in and start watching what food I pair my beer with. Had a bottle of this with some lasagna tonight. The beer was excellent before I started into the food. Afterwards the taste was muffled and the alcohol took over. But from my first impressions - a very nice looking beer, pale golden straw coloured, with a fairly solid head which it retains all the way down. The taste is light with some esters and other light fruity flavours. The alcohol is nice and warming. Light and airy in the mouth, and warming on the way down. I like it.

the42ndtourist, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of DaveR514
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

DaveR514, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for opening this...
Appears a hazy, light yellow with a small white head of foam that fades into a small, batter-like cap. Spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of yeast, hay, corn syrup, caramel, and fruity esters.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with highlights of citrus, bananas, peach, and yeasty spice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, and full of esters that remind me of nectarines.

weeare138, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of papat444
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this last nice with my supper: pasta with seafood sauce (including clams, calamari, shrimp, halibut, salmon and octopus).

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Dec. 6, 2007.

Appearance: Semi-hazy honey-colored body with a nice 2-3 finger that unfortunately leaves too fast.

Smell: Lemon, banana, yeast and a reminiscence of white wine.

Taste: Very bready in flavor with some citrus and light spices. Gets peppery as it warms as well as stronger banana notes.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot-on meaning not overdone. Smooth and nice but somehow doesn't move me.

Drinkability: ABV not really felt which is good but i'm a bit on the fence on this one.

Overall: Middle of the road. It gets better as it warms.

papat444, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Pegasus
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear pale golden color, with just a touch of haze, a small white head, and a mild tropical fruit note.

Aroma: Mildly spicy notes, coriander and others play off against a wave of light tropical fruits, including pineapple. Beneath the prominent fruit notes, the malt yields up a light bread note.

Taste: Moderate caramel notes at the open, as well as slight honey notes, and a wave of tropical fruits. As the taste progresses, there is a brief spike of herbal hop notes. The finish is clean, with a lingering, mild herbal hop note, and slight bread flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and quite drinkable.

Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this rare beer.

Pegasus, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy gold/amber colour with a huge size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, bananas, cloves/coriander, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a fairly sweet full bodied taste and there is a lot of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon mixed with breads/grains and some cloves/coriander. There is also a fair amount of banana taste. It finishes with a fruity and spicy aftertaste.

Overall – It's along the same lines as a few of Unibroue's other beers, but it's still very good. It was well balanced and was very drinkable.

spinrsx, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Montreal, always loved Unibroues house yeast and their beers in general. Great Belgian interpretations.

A- Poured into a tulip with a yeast-hazed golden yellow body. One-finger white head forms with a silky texture. Retention is nice but there is a general lack of lace.

S- Belgian yeast, appropriate for the style. I get notes of raisin, clove, coriander, light fruit and spice.

T- A nice clean Belgian yeast profile with a crisp overall feel. A great balance of light fruit (apple, white grape), raisin, clove, banana, coriander, bread, floral hints and straw. Small amount of sweet and light caramel malt.

MF- Foamy and silky body with high carbonation. Finishes with a clean, moderate bitterness. Slight alcohol warmth.

This just has a very nice Belgian yeast presence. It brings all of the nice flavors but none of them are over the top or ruin the balance.

cbutova, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of BigBry
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 750 ml brown caged and corked bottle, opened with a good sounding pop. Looks like a cloudy wheat beer, light color with large head of big bubbles. Good retention and left lots of sticky lacing. Very yeasty smell, spice and some banana aromas. Also could smell coriander, and other fruits, especially citrus and specifically pineapple. The flavour mirrors the smell - coriander spice, and citrus fruit taste. Seems like a wheat beer with higher alcohol content that warms all the way down to your stomach. The mouthfeel is full, with good carbonation. Creamy texture but not sticky or oily.
Not as complex or powerfuul as some other Unibroue beers, but glad I found this one. Will keep a bottle on hand.

BigBry, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of cfrancis
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great brew by Unibroue. Colour is a cloudy straw wheat yellow. Aroma is of alcohol, yeast and spices. Taste is a fantastic play on your mouth with yeast, spice, fruity and spices to tickle your palate. This is a fantastic belgian that I will no doubt have again at some point.

cfrancis, Nov 01, 2009
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1837 from Unibroue
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.