1837 | Unibroue

very good
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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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1837 from Unibroue
3.79 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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