1837 | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 02-11-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
66
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 66
Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy peach in color, with a very large white head. The aroma is light, spicy, a bit grassy with hints of lemony hops. Invigorating and quite enticing. Flavor starts off light and crisp, slightly tart. Some nice light fruit flavors emerge midpalate, an aspect which grows stronger and more sweet as the beer warms. Slightly spicy finish, and a bit of wheaty sweetness in the aftertaste. Yum!

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crazy, big, obnoxious white head on a pale peach juice colored body.

Aroma: Bouquet of wild flower and tropical fruit. And yeast.

Taste: Tropical fruity on wheat beer body. Restrained bitterness, but something tastes hoppy. No taste of the higher alcohol, lacking in complexity, but yummy.

Mouthfeel: Extremely light feel considering the alcohol and massive aroma.

Drinkability: This is a easy drinking, light and lovely beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/13/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

The head is big, white and coarse, but utterly even. It doesn't leave much lacing. The beer is a hazy whitish yellow/orange. Spice, sweet fruit, citrus and loads of bread in the nose. A sweet, fruity front turns tangy quickly, but the middle is smooth. The finish is buttery and bready, with some alcohol showing when cold. This beer is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pop the cork.

Pours a slightly cloudy blond with a bright white head. Spicey flavors are there blending in well with the fruity. Almost a plesant sour in there aswell. Hops are detected in the background. Slightly sweet, but well balanced. Goes down super easy. The spices float around the tongue as the beer goes down. Yet another solid Unibroue offering.

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Photo of vancurly
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold, big bubbles, frothy/rocky head, clear; sediment on the bottom
S: Sweet, candy fruits, wheat, ginger, spice
F: Musk lolly, estery, caramel, specialy malts, licorice allsorts, coriander seed. Good aftertaste
M: Not heavy; supports the aftertaste without being cloying
O: Best Unibroue I've tasted. The whole is greater than the some of parts.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy blond appearance with fruit and French bread in the aroma. Moderate-high carbonation. Peach, faint apricot and peppery flavors interplay. A very nice Belgian pale.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml bottle picked up in a Metro supermarket outside of Montreal in April 2003.

Pours to a frothy, big head. Pale/white gold and cloudy in the glass. Not much lace but as the bottle cooled more lace evident.

Smell of sour apple (in a good way...) yeast and malt. Some sort of spice I can't put my finger on.

Taste is, again, mildly sour and apply. Very malty. Light mouthfeel, just disappears. Very drinkable. A fine product from Unibroue, yet again.

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Photo of pootz
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazed, pale straw colored ale. good cap and lacing but does not linger. Well carbonated. Nose is perfumey, some grass and bready sweetness. starts tart/sharp then a sweed bready body appears with some citrus and fruit tones, finishes semi dry with a musty perfumish taste. Light in body for a Blgian, this is a very refreshing ale yet warming...one of UB’s more drinkable brews.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of TerryW
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy honey coloured gold with a decent white head and good lace. A comfortable looking beer.

Aroma of yeast and citrus. Nice hint of spiciness as well. Taste is sweet up front, citrusy with a light bodied somewhat spritzy mouthfeel.

Competently brewed, somewhat lighter than many of Unibroue's other offerings. Good summer drink I'd say.

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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.

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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.

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1837 from Unibroue
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.
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