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1837 | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of rastaman
2.12/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

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Photo of Barraclou
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I bought a single bottle today and I am wondering about having a bad sample of that brew, because it seems to be quite different from others drinkers.

Appearance: Golden color with a very good foam neck.

Smell: It smells ok.

Taste: The taste is good, but very shy for a belgian strong ale.

Mouthfeel: It seems that I missed it.

Drinkability: Average. It was ok for a beer in general, but if you compare to other belgian strong ale, 1837 needs something else.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bubbly Bud-yellow but with an awesomely fantastic white head. Slight haze adds intrigue. Has that soft aroma of berries, bananas, and coriander that is a Unibroue signature. Once you smell it you know that you are in for a fluffy treat. A fluffy treat this is, and once the initial effervesence subsides there is a tangy wheaty feel with a little generic grain sweetness lingering around the teeth, although the tongue is quite dry. A little too bubbly on (then off) the tongue. Annoying feel and finish, in fact.

Not too unlike a stronger, more effervescent (yes, I like that word, although I am not sure if I spell it correctly) witbier. Decent. Certainly not one of Unibroue's best.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popping the top off of this bottle emits a true popping sound. Pours a light golden color and is slightly cloudy with a massive 3 finger snow-white head. The smell of fruit and yeast is evident. The taste is very yeasty and with fruit taste and a definite yeast/alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is sticky perhaps from the yeast as well. I've got 7 more Unibroue beers to sample, and I chose to start with this one because of the lower ranking and I think (I hope) it definitely is the lowest of what I have from what I hear and by judging this one. Interesting but not great. A Votre Sante!

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Photo of papat444
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Phyl21ca, thank you for this bottle.

Pour this beer into a pint glass at 51 degrees. I also let this beer decant for a little bit.

Appearance: A medium yellow color with light hues of orange. There was a 1 finger head, but the last, about two seconds. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is hazy but some light is let through. There is so much effervescence in the beer that it is bubbling a head in the middle of the beer.

Nose: A light fragrant floral aroma. There is a nice fruity esters with a light spiciness.

Taste: A medium floral aroma with some orange fruity ester and a light spiciness on the end of the beer. There is a descent malt flavor that is lightly sweet and grassy.

Overall: The mouth feel is slightly carbonated and dry. The body of the beer is light and delicate. The finish is practically nil. The being nonexistent it disappointed me. There is a little flavor and if Unibroue intended this beer to be delicate they done a fine job. I am just not digging it. The other Belgium Pale Ales that I tried had more flavor, body, and spice.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden colour with a centimetre of white head that falls away rather quickly.
S - Spicey yeast phenols, some fruit notes & a touch of bready malt.
T - The bready malt and spice is pretty dominant in the taste.
M - Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation.
D - A decent beer - worth a try.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of 49degrees
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Bottle: 341ml/capped) This is an exceptionally carbonated beer -- so fizzy in fact that it is eerily reminscent of Canada Dry gingerale. Pours a cloudy pale yellow similar to that of many hefeweizens, but this should not be confused with such a drink. The huge, bright white head never disapates while drinking and the laciing of the glass is extensive.

Aroma wise its has several fruity elements including orange, apple, and pears plus a swab of corriander in the mix. Smells very similar to that of Hoegarden or Celis White, but lacks the real fruit punch that the later offers.

The same holds true on taste. Its considerably more sharp with a slight bite to the palette making it a little less enjoyable that I would have hoped. Having said that, 1837 has a very intriguing balance of hops and malts that does reasonably well.

In short, call this one a 50/50 blend consisting of Hoegarden and Affligem's Tripel.

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Photo of tommy78
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a cold, crisp 341mL bottle, 1837 pours out with a blond colour and serious head. However, the head settles quickly into a thin layer after the first sip. The smell is consistent with the Unibroue brews: a combination of sweet and sour odours. The taste is spicy with some hops to it. Very, very smooth going down. Given the 7% content in the drink, drinking two or three of these will enable you to fly to Quebec on your own ride. Another good one from Unibroue.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy and light yellow in colour and just a bit darker than a typical wit. Some lemon, wheat and yeast aromas. Quite carbonated. Flavors of wheat, citrus, a bit of banana, and spice. Some yeast flavor was in there as well, but not as much as I had expected. Less mouth filling than other Unibroue products, but its ease of drinking is a benifit.

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean yellow/amber beer. Has a small fizzy white heat with a small line of lace. There is a light fruit/apple sweetness in the aroma with hints of wood and smoke in the background. The light sweet apple note carries over into the taste. With a peppery hop character that nips at the sides of your tongue. Then a light floral note on the finish

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of Crosling
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Grub for sending this beer as part of BC-2. The beer was served in a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a combination of peach and blonde coloration. The head is a persistant one finger white foam. Nice rings of lacing remain on the glass. Tight bubbling carbonation continuely rises to the top of the glass. This was nearing on being overly carbonated.

Smell: The beer has a nice sweet spiced maltyness. The spices seem to be of the peppery, yeasty and citrus zest variety.

Taste: The beer delivers some green apple notes. This combines well with a bit of sweet peppery citrus, citrus zest, ginger and unibroue signature yeastyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a light body bordering watery. The carbonation is aggressive and stinging at times. This is a solid offering. I think I would enjoy this a bit more with less carbonation.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle, with a label that is more simple than other Unibroue pictures, but still very old-world looking and in keeping with the name and the story behind the beer, which is an exciting bit of history in early Canada between the French and English. This beer is new to Alberta. It poured into my glass with a big soapy head that churned quite violently and receded very quickly, with big bubbles popping and crackling. It ended be being quite miniscule and with little coverage, and lacing moved rapidly and was not overly sticky. The colour is dirty golden, hazy tangerine. Even with the ephemeral white head, this is still a nice looking beer. Held to light of the computer screen it could pass for a witbier. Glassware again makes a massive difference. My first glass was in a chalice, and I got very poor head retention or creaminess. However, pouring into the style of glass recommended on the back of the bottle, I got gargantuan and much creamier head, which better viscosity and more lacing. It also made the aroma more detectable. In the aroma is a great deal of woodiness bordering on cork, nuts and spices, and a definite hit of the wheat malt, giving a lighter and fresher smell to the beer. A little above the glass I get a smell of burnt orange wedges, and green grapes. Sesame seeds too. Fine bready malt, some meat aromas, like ham or roast, as well as some fruity Belgian-like yeastiness. The mixture of malts seems to give it a little sourish lactose. It differs from the rest of Unibroue's lineup in its great deal of salinity: I get a lot of salty aromas from this. It is similar in way to "Blanche De Chambly," though not as complex. The aroma is greatly appetising, not cloying, and overall very good. The taste too is excellent. It reminds me of when I first discovered Belgian Pale Ales: it has all the yeast, all the fruitiness and the slightly sour maltiness I love. There is a great deal of wood in the taste, along with light but defining wheat malt. Saltiness and tomato-like acidity up front on the tongue; the middle is sourdough bread and toasted brown bread; and the finish gives more meaty notes, some perfumy spices, and the faintest hint of dryness from Continental hops. This is certainly not as flavourful as some of its higher-alcohol cousins in Unibroue, but the beer is exceptionally drinkable and a fantastic brew in itself. The beer is carbonated highly but not overly, and it sparkles on the tongue almost like champagne. Only 7% and no dominating strong tastes make it one of Unibroue's most drinkable next to Blanche. Welcome to Alberta, 1837.

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