1837 | Unibroue

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3.79 w/ 67 Ratings

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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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Added by kbub6f on 02-11-2002

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 55
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 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 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 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 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 belgbeerdrinker
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: gold hazy color, bits of carbonation with thin head
s: sweet, citrus fruits and spices
t: coriander, malts, crisp aftertaste, and sublte alcohol on the finish
m: carbonation from start to finish -- almost too much but they pull it off, very crisp
d: as with most unibroue beers, a high-quality strong ale. haven't been as impressed with some of the other lighter abv unibroues, but this one was very enjoyable & good for hot summer days

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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 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 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 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 vanrassel
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 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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1837 from Unibroue
Beer rating: 71.6% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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