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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)
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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 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 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 MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared over Christmas gifts. Thanks to Linoleum87 for this one.

A - It's a murky apricot/mango yellow with one finger of creamy white head that dissipates to a complex lace. A small amount of carbonation present, a well as some sediment in there.

S - Smells like a wheat beer - cloves, bananas, wheat, as well as the characteristic Unibroue yeast smell, which thankfully isn't overwhelming. There are also some fruits and spices in the background.

T - Unusually sweet - there's some biscuit and honey, along with pineapple and banana. There's also a little zesty spice at the back of the palate. Yeasty aftertaste. I really like this - perhaps more than most Unibroue offerings.

M - Thin and tingly from the carbonation. Not all that interesting, but not offensive either.

D - At 7% I could probably do a bottle on my own, but beyond that I don't think I could stomach the carbonation.

This is actually one of my favorite Unibroue beers - wish it made it outside Quebec.

MasterSki, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is quite well carbonate. It pours with a bit of yeast and produces a hazy, almost greenish tinged, gold color. It is topped by a frothy, pale, off white colored head that is initially two fingers thick and only slowly falls back down. The aroma is sharp and spicy, with a yeasty bite to it. The finish has some fruitiness to it that has some acidity that reminds me of green apples and tart pears. The yeast contributes some bready notes to the aroma. The aroma is quite nice, I really like the complexity that the yeast character has contributed.

The beer is nice and light up front, yet has quite a bit of sharpness to it as well. The sharp note is a combination of some light acidity, the carbonation, as well as some spicy yeast notes. The beer is quite light, it has really been highly fermented. Despite the lightness, this beer is quite characterful; I get notes of ginger, white pepper, lemon zest, and an earthy herbal note. This beer is quite nice, light and easily quaffed, yet full of spicy character.

Gueuzedude, Jan 14, 2006
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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

afsdan, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big pile of dry, coarse bale hay with a glowing skin of apricot. To say 'glowing' is actually an understatement; to the light 1837 is just bursting with phosphorescent radiance. In thanks to a clean, clear complexion the appearance is striking and pretty. A good sized foamy patch ensued from the pour but it dispersed to the perimeter rather quickly. A constant stream of bubbles provides an alternative visual of assured carbonation.

The smell is a very good, but also very monotone, example of a Belgian pale ale. It is dominated mostly by cereal grains and wheat straw with an eccentric yeast imparting notes of bruised, over-ripened orchard fruits. It smells just as it should. All I mean to say, I suppose, is that as much as I like the BPA style I don't always find its scent all that interesting.

Flavour? Mostly just the same grains and fruits but to assume the inclusion of spices, although wrong, is reasonable. The yeast is active and effervescent and so mistaking it for any number of spices is probably quite likely. I would have guessed coriander and white pepper myself (even maybe sage). That's a big part of where Belgian yeasts get both their charm and esteemed reputation: their ability to suggest a never ending array of flavours.

And with the flavours comes a little texture too. Along with the spices it also lends a good deal of spiciness. It is zesty and in combining with the extra bit of alcohol, becomes quite warming on the palate (and later, just maybe, a bit fuzzing to the brain). This particular bottle not long ago celebrated its third birthday so there is no telling just how spicy and effervescent it was young. (Any hoppiness would also have faded by now).

I've have had this beer fresh as well as slightly less aged than this sample and I've enjoyed it relatively similar each time. I would advise, however, not to let it sit any longer than I have this bottle. It is still an enormously pleasant ale (that would have paired wonderfully alongside a number of cheeses and simple dishes, doh!) but has no doubt seen better days.

Oddly enough, my scores of all three are the same. Unibroue's Belgian style ales all grade very well with me, and always have. Despite being a little monotonous (OK, very monotonous) because of the same yeasty character, Unibroue makes exceptionally well crafted ales, some of which are the best examples of their style from outside of Belgium.

biegaman, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blonde, big loose white head, lots of sticky lace. Smell is sweet, honey, lots of orange peel, some lemon zest and yeast. Taste is malt and sweet, with some orange and citrus zest, and trademark Unibroue yeastiness. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, high carbonation, a little watery but still pretty decent.

Viggo, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a head similar to champagne - white, fizzy and bubbly. The appearance is a cloudy golden orange. There's a huge breadiness on the nose with subtle yeast characteristics coming through also. The subtle fruit nuances are very nice. Fairly high on the carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit gassy. This is a nice belgian from what I can gather. Nothing is really loud about it, but it is very similar to a Trappist ale I recently enjoyed, Rochefort 8.

Bighuge, Jul 10, 2002
Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour with a slight haze, this beer poured with a big, fluffy, white head that quickly reduced to a delicate lacing. Fruity peach in the aroma with a little bit of spice. Grassy/herbal hop bitterness with plenty of fruity esters. Phenolic spiciness hits towards the end and carries through to the dry finish. Slight alcohol warmth here as well. Aggressive carbonation, seems to be a bit too much. High attenuation with a light feeling body and a hint of slickness. Once the carbonation settles a bit, it's quite drinkable and the texture becomes quite creamy. Another interesting beer from Unibroue.

DrJay, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden hue, becomes cloudy as the yeast is stirred. White head, very little retention or lace.

S: Tropical fruit & spice.

T: Tropical fruityness with a yeastie spicyness (hints of phenols). Mild bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body, smooth, finishes dry. Carbonation higher than average.

D: Very drinkable.

Derek, May 19, 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 francisweizen
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTES: this beer is also available in a 750ml bottle

A very tasty Unibroue beer that everybody should sample. As previously mentioned this beer pours VERY carbonated with a nice head to it as well. This smells a lot like Eau Benite, belgian tones are all over the place...fruits, yeast, malt, etc. This tastes kind of like Eau Benite but a bit different as well. Not as complex, a little lacking in character and depth but still immensely quaffable. Another one of Unibroues 'lighter' offerings, lacking a bit in the mouthfeel department, but still...it's Unibroue.
what more do I have to say!?
buy it!
cheers!,
F.

francisweizen, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of canucklehead
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow with a fragrant nose this is one of the Unibroue beers that fits a lighter profile. I found the fruit notes and lighter body refreshing and well balanced. At times it almost tasted like a stronger Wit. It is hard to find this beer in BC so I doubt I will get a bottle in the summer but boy would this go well in the backyard with grilled fish.

canucklehead, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jaxon53, Jun 24, 2013
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 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 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 Crosling
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Pre-GABF Babblefest.

Hazy Yellow.

Herbal, quite dry, somewhat medicinal aroma with hints of ginger, phenols and some light fruits.

Fairly one-dimensional and sweet. Dry, with notes of clove, peach, honey, pepper and pear. This was alright.

Crosling, Sep 30, 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 thierrynantes
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer in bottle (33 cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance : Beer style white, yellow honey, a foam trouble generous
Smell : Nose of citrus and yeast
Taste and mouthfeel : Honeyed taste
Drinkability : Good strong white beer from the brewery Unibroue in Quebec

Review added 10-29-2007. updated in english 1-2-2008

thierrynantes, Oct 29, 2007
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 HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: brown bottle, twisty, with 7% abv. and a best by date of 09.06.08 lasered on the neck (sampled 10.07.07).

Aroma: Coriander and orange peel are very firm. The orange has a juice quality.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold glass holds a thin head that leaves little lace.

Flavor: Coriander, Juicy Fruit ®, orange, pineapple, and hints of the Unibroue house yeast. Lightly toasted malt stays in the background.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation is on the edge of being too high.

Overall Impression: Fruity, light, refreshing. Hides the 7% alcohol very well. Hope this makes it to Texas one day!
Hand carried back from Montreal.

HardTarget, Oct 10, 2007
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
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1837 from Unibroue
85 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.