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Raftman - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

716 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 50
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001

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Photo of breakingbland
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Om in New Smyrna Beach.

T: somewhat subdued funk, some sour, hint of caramel, and a suggestion of pepper.
M: This was disappointing and really affected my overall enjoyment of this beer. The body was quite thin and the carbonation was on the light side.
O: The thin body might not have been so objectionable if the flavor profile had been more notable. I'd have this again, but I wouldn't go to a lot of trouble to seek it out. Not one of Unibroue's better offerings.

Photo of goochpunch
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy iced tea with a thin head. Light worty malt smell hidden under medicinal house yeast phenols. Flavor: caramel amber ale base with spicy yeast - big on apricot and coriander. Medium body and tiny stinging bubbles. Decent beer overall.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly clouded brown/orange body, plenty of eager carbonation, voluminous fine, rich light tan head with great retention, yet little lacing. Bottle label tempts me to pick up the lumberjack life.

S: Piercing sweet malt, a mix of warm caramel and nearly fruity grains-of-paradise. Pretty straightforward, but delicious.

T: Peppery GoP is more prevalent here, with tropical fruit and a sweet malt acting as the base. Not overly done, this is complex without having a lot of parts. Marvelous.

F: Rich and full, surprising from my experience with this style, but welcome. Even the carbonation seems softer than what I saw in my glass.

O: Surprised in a great way! Wasn't expecting such powerful flavor from a lower ABV beer (when will I learn?), but I got great, clearly presented, and natural flavors. Unibroue captures my heart again.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

I remember buying one of those Unibroue mixed packs a few years ago in order to try this stuff. It's been a while, so let's give it another go, eh? It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly off-cream foam. The nose comprises light Band-Aid, Belgian yeast, a twinge of dry maple syrup, and light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with some light orange zest and a richer, less phenolic smoke (though it's still pretty mild in the grand scheme of this glass's things). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid, lightly-smoked BPA. Good times as usual from Unibroue.

Photo of LovingCup
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this one was pretty much nothing like advertised on its label. It's rather light, refreshing and quaffable. Not really full bodied per say and hardly leaves an aftertaste. More importantly if you pick this up because you expect a smokey or whiskey like flavor you will be sorely disappointed as I don't detect those flavors at all. It tastes like a Belgian pale ale. Got a bit of that yeasty funk, floral and spicy notes like coriander or clove. Banana, bubblegum. It's session able and would make a great summertime brew. Picked this up in the bargain bin for $3 and its still in date and all. Nothing extrodinary but just drinkable, refreshing, and has a decent amount of flavor without being extremely complex. For what it is its quite good. I give it about the same rating it currently has going for it...87

Photo of Jotora
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most delicious beers I've ever had.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The only of the major Unibroue beers I have yet to try. Pretty excited- one beer that I have been seeking for years.

A- Body is a very hazy, somewhat dingy copper color. Pours with a 3-4 finger very foamy white head that eventually fades to <1/2 finger and leaves behind some lacing in the glass.

S- Banana, clove, dishwater, a hint of smoke spicy belgian yeast, apples,bread.

T- Upfront is banana clove, spices, bready yeast, a hint of apple, and smoke overtones. A lot more apple comes through for the finish as well as a hint of caramel. Left to linger is some spices and a hint of apple.

F- Carbonation is medium to heavy with a lightweight body.

O- Overall this is a pretty nice beer. Very complex, especially as it warms. Although it is complex it is still very light bodied and drinkable. Another great brew from Unibroue

Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not Raftwoman but Raftman reviewing.
Ok finish with the jokes. Lets get right on the smell. And the smell really surprised me. You that that orange smell coming out. Exactly the same smell than the Hoegaarden. Very impressive so far with lots of carbonation going on inside the class.
The look of it is like a peach color even if it doesn t taste like peach. Not exactly the same look as the Hoegaarden but similar.
Now the taste it is a smoky taste. Orange flavour, not strong at all only 5,5 ABV. Very easy drinking beer. Goes down very smoothy. Now for that type of beer if you drink it while eating a smoked meat or a BBQ smoked meat and you drink that beer the combination is perfect and I would rate this beer a 5/5. But as a regular beer than you would drink on the go I give a 4.
So overall would I recommend it ? For sure. Easy drinking beer. Similar taste and look as the Hoegaarden. Nice combination while eating a smoked meat. But as a regular beer there is nothing to spectacular. I enjoyed more than Hoegaarden than this one. But hey good job Unibroue !

Photo of GeneralCuster
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Extremely good.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is a tad below average and just a hair of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Big peppery spiciness right up in your face. That's just what I want from a beer like this. Bready yeastiness, graham cracker sweetness. Banana notes float a pleasant fruitiness.

3.25 T: Tastes like it smells, but isn't as spectacular as the nose. The bready yeastiness comes to the front. Still lots of pepper, but I was expecting more. Banana notes, cracker malts, hints of melon and clove.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation with each pour, but it becomes a bubbly delight with some swirling. Supremely smooth.

3.25 D: It's a nice every day beer.

Photo of SvenHayden
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Yeasty (of course. Its "on Lees"). mild banana ester, followed by bready malt. Then a little splash of spicy grass (hops i suppose), followed by a tiny bit of roast caramel. Nice and carbonated, but not too thin & bubbly. A pretty damn well-balanced drinkable, and classy beer.

Photo of mpedara429
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Poured out an amber color, pretty cloudy. A hefty three plus fingers of head with good retention and lacing.

S: Bready yeast, clove, and some dark fruit.

T: Not very sweet. Very bready with spicy clove and some raisin.

M: Medium body with heavy micro bubble carbonation.

O: Simple and refreshing. Thats what makes this one so good. Not super complex but does enough things very well that you want to drink it again.

Photo of JMS1512
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into a Duvel tulip, then backed off to avoid yeast base and spillage onto counter.

Sight: Pumpkin-like orange, brown hues toward the top underneath the head. Hazy. Head is light, white, whipped- almost egg-flip foam. Vortex of carbonation from bottom of glass when first poured. Lace left is big and patchy, with no recognizable or cool word to describe it.

Aroma: Bready, yeasty wafting off head. A bit of malt and cracker, but very subtle hop presence.

Taste: Perhaps hay-ish start, light malt and yeasty fruit traces. A touch of spice, perhaps due to the hops… who knows. A tiny dose of caramel from the whisky malt. I could have told you, however, that this was of the Belgian school of brewing.

Mouthfeel: Medium minus, but great bubble. Refreshing, glad I got a 750mL and not a 12 oz.
Overall: Great, refreshing brew from my favorite Canadians, eh.

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%

5.50% ABV. 750ml brown glass bottle with appealing albeit cliche label art and a branded silver cap over a cork acquired at H-E-B grocery and served into a snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - which makes some lovely beers. Reviewed as a Peat-smoked whisky malt ale. 15.5 IBU.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half a finger of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. More if you include the floater ring it leaves.

BODY: Body colour is a murky copper of below average vibrance. Has some rotten orange hues. Maybe a dab of caramel colour too.

No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Not real appealing, admittedly. Average looking at best.

AROMA: Raw wort-like malts - the kind of sticky almost malt-extract esque aroma you'd expect to find in a new upstart brewery's amber. A hint of tangerine. I don't pick up on any smokiness. Clove. It has surprising warmth for a beer of average ABV, but that may be some of the whisky malt seeming booziness trickling in. I don't pick up on any actual whisky notes. Belgian pale malts.

It's not all that great an aroma. The rawness coupled with the warm fruit. Inoffensive, but unattractive. Average in strength.

No off-notes are detectable per se.

TASTE: Has some pleasant sour apple. Caramel. Belgian pale malt.

I'm not finding any smokiness or whisky notes at all. Maybe a bit of whisky grain on the backend, but only because I'm searching for it. Loads of spicy esters. Ripe.

Has some mild clove and some muted tangerine.

Fairly well balanced, but ultimately rather simple. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not complex or intricate, but cohesive. There isn't much subtlety to this execution, and it's not a gestalt build, but I do like it in a general sense.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, a bit too aggressively carbonated, and lightly smacky on the palate. A biteen acidic.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, gritty, rough, or scratchy on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is average.

This texture suits the taste decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: It's downable, but surprisingly disappointing for a Unibroue brew. The sour apple note is nice, but I'm not sure what it gains from the whisky malt - if anything. Ultimately, this execution doesn't deliver on the promise of the premise. There's no really smokiness here. I wouldn't buy it again. A rare miss from Unibroue.

Where are Unibroue's signature notes of lees? At the very least, I thought I could always count on that.

C+

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into mu Augustijn goblet. First pour was a clear amber color with a small delicately bubbly white head. The head fades fast and there is little to no lacing. Subsequent pours were a hazy amber color, as the yeast gets more stirred up.

Aroma and taste are strong a nd nice. Belgian yeast and light fruit (apples and pears). Good balance between the yeast flavor and the sweetness from the fruit. Mouthfeel is rich for a 5.5 beer. VEry good Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of Mavigo
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a 750ml bottle of this from Discount Drinks in Farmington. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a a cloudy copper color with a short beige head that lasts for a few minutes before dissipating entirely. Much darker than what I expect for a pale.

S: Smells of grains, wheat, grass, brown sugars, barley, yeast, and hops. A faint aroma.

T: Mellow, smooth flavor, well balanced. Smooth wheat, grains, yeast and malt, followed a slight hint of hops.

M: Well carbonated and medium bodied. Very crisp and refreshing, excellent for a summer day.

O: Probably the best belgian pale ale that I've tried. And since its not imported from overseas, it was much cheaper than the other comparable belgians. Give it a shot.

Photo of VashonGuy
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm quite surprised by how underwhelming this beer is. I have a lot of respect for Unibroue, and I usually like those wonderful Belgian yeasty flavors, but somehow this Belgian Pale Ale just doesn't have much going on in the flavor department, or the aroma department. I'd like to describe what I smelled or tasted, but there wasn't much there.

It was on tap, so I don't know how fresh it was.

This beer is inoffensive, but that's no good reason to drink it.

Photo of Pencible
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 03-06-2016, sampled July 2014.

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with quickly dissipating off white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and Belgian yeast, with some earthy nutty malt and smoked barley.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and Belgian yeast, with a little earthy nutty malt and smoked barley. It had a clean sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of fine natural carbonation. Thin body.
D: This was a decent Belgian ale, but the scent and taste were really simplistic. It didn't have any unique character like I hoped. The body was a little weak too, but the finish was pretty smooth, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Meh.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep hazy orange-amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a fruity nature consisting mainly of apple and pear as well as a nice banana smell. Along with these aromas are some yeasty smells as well as a nice big and bold smoky smell. A lighter whiskey and roasted bread smell are there as well, overall producing a rather toasty and fruity smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted malt flavor along a hint of the fruitiness of apple and pear that was detected in the nose. A little bit of smoke is present upfront with it growing slightly stronger more toward the middle of the flavor profile. Like the smoke, a yeasty flavor also develops more and more as the flavor advances with it bringing a little bit of banana and orange. The yeast and smoke kick it up more toward the end of the taste, with the fruits that were present initially fading a bit. In the end, with a little bit of grass and hay coming to the tongue, one is left with a semi-sweet but somewhat lighter malted but rather smoked and yeasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and lighter side with a carbonation level that is full of tons of little prickly carbonation bubbles. For the lighter fruit and yeasty flavors, the carbonation is fantastic, really nice complementing them. The smoky flavors however, are at a loss to some extent due to the high carbonation and thin body, so overall the feel is just OK.

Overall – Now don’t get me wrong. This is a good brew, but it falls a little short of the other Unibroue beers I have had thus far. Certainly a worthy beer to take down (as it really does out compete most in the class) although I feel my expectations were a bit too high and hence I was slightly disappointed.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer poured a golden yellow color with a big white head.

Smell - The wheat comes through in the aroma with certain dustiness.

Taste - On the initial taste, one detects the sweet wheat and some dry banana notes. It almost reminds me of a less than sweet banana Laffy Taffy. The carbonation brushes the taste away quickly, leaving a dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A high level of carbonation keeps the taste from lingering. The taste is not overly potent, which makes the taste brief.

Overall - I was looking forward to this one, but was not overly impressed.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- 5.5% ale brewed with whisky malt.

A: A glass consuming foam visual sits above a dirty, dense orange coloring. Head retention is very well lasting while leaving stratified rings of fancy lacing down the vessel. The crown in barley-beige in color, pitted foamy and cavenous on the surface, solid around the edges. Some quick release carbonation.

S: Wiff of whisky malt, dried cherries and dry grains on the nose. Finishes out with some dry barley.

T: Flavor had a toasted fruitiness, some apple-citrus, fresh barley, cherry-wood and toasted orange peel. Great belgian yeastiness, cantelope, wet pear slices highlighted by a sweet toasted grain juiciness. Soft rye-apple notes, leafy greens and a peppery-cola spicing on the finish.

M: Medium fullness for body, carbonation around the tongue's edges shows a mineral creaminess.

O: A 5.5% full of flavor and as usual , a great belgian yeastiness showing a wide spectrum of flavors. Unibroue never disappoints, they are the western worlds answer to Belgium beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle poured into a tulip. A hazy amber color with a very large white head. The head dissipated rather quickly.

The aroma was boozy, vanilla. There was a lot of sweet malt.

The taste was very malt-forward. Lots of toffee and caramel. Vanilla still there, with a hint of whiskey.

Nicely carbonated, very pleasant. I had become bored with Unibroue, but this renewed my faith in them.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/6/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, peach, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by 3/16/16 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of yeast and over-ripe fruit
Head average (2.5 cm), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
No lacing
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor is subtle, with yeast and a hint of smoke, and a slight spiciness. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A complex, light-bodied and low alcohol offering from, IMHO, one of the best breweries in Canada. I can see drinking several of these in a bar or restaurant, without getting drunk.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and very subtle smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smoked malt supposedly used in this one is almost non-existent in the smell or taste.

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Raftman from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.