Raftman - Unibroue
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Reviews by 49degrees:
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
(341ml capped bottle) One of the more obscure offerings from Quebec brewery Unibroue, Raftman, a smoked whiskey malt-based Belgian Pale Ale is amongst the lightest and lowest alcohol count ales offered from this brewing giant. Strangely enough, while Unibroue is a Canadian brewery I've yet to see the Raftman sold by single bottles (341ml or 750ml) in British Columbia, but regularly come across this one in several shops in Washington and Oregon.
While Raftman lacks the hearty punch and deep bountiful character that most of the other Unibroue offerings provide, it does have, like all of their other beers, in unique character onto its own right.
It pours similar to that of La Fin du Monde, a medium, slightly cloudy copper tone with decent size, thick foamy head. The glass gathers considerable lacing despite the head giving way to a thin flat foamy, but consistent surface texture with a good size collar.
Aroma wise, it offers up an intriguing balance of hops and malts, a heavy reliance on yeast, with hints similar to that of some Hefeweizens, plus a special touch of pepper, fruit and the slightest hint of smoke. (I had some initial reservations on this beer from reading the label. When it said smoked, it brought back the fear I had when ikes Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen Rauchbier, which unlike most other reviewers, I highly disliked and poured 2 bottles down the drain.) Raftman however was a pleasant surprise and its slightest hints of smokiness in both aroma and taste were an interesting and enjoyable touch.
While most of the Unibroue ales offer up incredibly strong taste, overwhelming characteristics and perfect blends of malt, hops and loving care, this one doesn't have quite the same body. It has a very enjoyable taste that tends to be a little more reliant on yeast, its offers a nice familiar fruity blend, slight bite of hops, and the relaxing malt effect. This is a fairly carbonated beer, but not nearly as fizzy as Unibroue's 1837. The smoked whiskey malt, which is the base of this beer, along with the carbonation does give this a little bit more edge compared to most other ales from Unibroue.
All in all, a very enjoyable beer, that's certainly worth a closer look. And, unlike the heavy alcohol content of all of Unibroue's other offerings, this one at 5.5% is pretty calm, which makes it an enjoyable beer to have more than one of in any single sitting.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2003 18:20:50 | More by 49degrees
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: A cloudy deep orange color. Almost entirely opaque once the yeast reaches the glass. Two fingers of head , a bit more creamy looking then most other Unibroue beers. Good lacing and great retention.
S: Belgian yeast charachter / the typical unibroue aroma.
T: Clove and spices. Malty as well. Caramel and some slightly tart but sweet fruits come through. I'm feeling pear and apple , both green and red. I'm not really picking up on any of the peat smoke as advertised which I feel would be out of place in this beer anyways. Not overly complex but well balanced. A touch of a sour character come through too, its slight but makes the beer all that more thirst quenching.
M: Crisp and very carbonated. Some what of a thinner body but this aids in the drinkability.
O: A very good beer in my opinion. I paired it with salmon over rice and asparagus, turned out to be absolutely amazing.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 22:09:17 | More by Haydn-Juby
4.49/5 rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A golden apricot colour. Half inch of head that quickly became a slick. Great carbonation but no lacing.
Aroma of Belgian yeast. Cloves, earthiness and whisky. Awesome.
Tastes of cloves and medicinal at first. Smokey malt. A tart aftertaste.
A medium feel with lots of tartness.
A full favour Belgian pale ale build on that strong Unibroue yeast.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2013 02:46:42 | More by ssmack
Raftman from Unibroue
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