BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S 1837

The more I learn about La Brasserie Unibroue, the more I learn about the history of Nouvelle France (Québec region) and the inspiration for the labels of the Unibroue ales. The Québécois (pronounced [kebekwa] (About this soundlisten) is a word used primarily to refer to a native or inhabitant of the Canadian province of Quebec, the majority of whom speak French as a mother tongue. It can also refer to the French culture of Quebec) are very proud of their heritage, and that reflects in all the ales that Master Brewer Jerry Vietz produces. This is another liquid from their portfolio that is a rare opportunity for us to BrewView, since the 1837 is available for a limited time. The bottle we are BrewViewing had a bottle date of February 16, 2019, so nearly 1 year old.


BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

Style category: Devil’s Blonde Ale

Brewed Since 1997
Origin: Chambly, Quebec


FACT SHEET

ABV: 7%

Fermentation – HIGH

Color – GOLDEN

SRM – 4

Clarity –  CLOUDY

Head – WHITE

Bubbles – FINE

Effervescence – MODERATE

IBU – 13

Body – MEDIUM

Aftertaste – LINGERS


OUR BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S 1837

APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
We served it at 48° F in the signature Unibroue  tulip-shaped tasting glass.

The pour gave an easy 3-finger height head which was  creamy and dense. We did ensure the glass was “beer clean”.

The Brussels lacework the head left behind once it collapsed- was even sheeted on the sides of the glass.

The rim color variation is a deep straw color. The meniscus is medium rising. During consumption, (as with previous Unibroue BrewViews) the head held an 1/4″ height until the bottom of the glass. This is consistent of the Unibroue products.

AROMA / BOUQUET:
Huge Belgian yeast, Rice Krispies, very very faint citrus (lemon), pale malt, white pepper. The sugar cane component comes through more as the ale warms. There is also a extremely faint herbaceous factor as well.
TASTE:
The aromas carry over into the taste, bready yeast, wheat and pale malt sweetness,  moderate Demerara cane sugar juice flavors, and freshly cracked white peppercorns.

MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Effervescence level, medium to high. Hits the tip of the tongue with its effervescence, and the sides of the mouth. There is a white pepper / spicy phenol finish that lingers and invites you for the next sip.


FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

CHEESES:
Blue veined cheeses of all kinds, washed-rind cheeses, bries, white cheddar.

APPETIZERS: 
Raw oysters in the half shell, Light garden and herb salads, Belgian Botterhammen.

ENTRÉES:
Tourtiere, Pastas with creamy Alfredo sauce, along with white asparagus, Moule en Frite, Monkfish in garlic and herb butter, Pan fried Cod with Slaw, Chilean Sea Bass, Creamy Parmesan Garlic and Herb Chicken. Pork Tenderloin, Sushi, Shrimp Risotto, Blackened Rib Eye with a Black Pepper crust.

DESSERTS:
Classic Cheesecake, Tarte Au Sucre, Sweet Bannock, Canadian Sugar Pie.


OVERALL IMPRESSION

A true degustation ale, 1837 can be used to cook with, and can also be paired from the lightest of salads, to the heaviest of meats, and choice desserts due to its complexity.

At 7% ABV, 1837 is at the upper scale of what we consider to be “sessionable ales.” Evene with its complexity, it is still easy enough to drink to enjoy more than one in a sitting. This is one of the products that the brewery makes from time to time, so be on the lookout for this one. Yet another world class ale from Unibroue.

Huge thanks go out to the following individuals for making this BrewView possible:
Andrew Murphy of Unibroue in Portland Oregon, Al Spina, and always, Unibroue’s Master Brewer Jerry Vietz, for sending another rarity to enjoy!


LA BRASSERIE UNIBROUE
80 Des Carrières Street

Chambly (Québec)
J3L 2H6 Canada

Tel. : 450 658-7658
Fax : 450 658-9195
Web: http://Unibroue.com
Email : Info@Unibroue.com


BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.

He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy beer!     Ecclesiastes 8:15