1837 | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 02-11-2002

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 67
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 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 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 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 DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Todd
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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!

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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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