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Raftman - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

514 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 514
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%


Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001)
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CortexBomb

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange pour with a 1.5 inch white head, U's beers are consistently solid on the appearance and this one is no exception. The U yeast smell dominates the nose with the vaguest hints of peat and sugar on the edge.

The flavour hits the light fruits that U's pale beers are known for. The peat and smoke from the whisky malts that is mentioned on the label is definitely present, albeit subtle, but for the most part this is a fairly standard pale offering from the Quebec brewery.

Mouthfeel is medium, which is appropriate for the style. It's light, effervescent, not unlike champagne, this is standard for the brewery. Drinkability is solid, though I should say that I find most of this style of beer extremely easy to drink.

The bottom line: As I've said before, I think Unibroue is a victim of their own success. In a pure vacuum, almost all of their beers are solid, but because they brew in a fairly rigid style, the brews all compete with each other. Raftman is a nice light offering. I think they are overplaying the use of whisky malts though, as a single malt fan, I expect a more aggressive flavour when the whisky tie-in is featured so prominently. This isn't a bad beer by any means though and I'm still flummoxed as to why it's the one standard offering that isn't available in the US except in the odd little variety pack that has the Chambly beers and an Ephemere. One thing I'll definitely give this beer in parting: exceptional for only 5.5 ABV, and that alone would probably be enough to make it a semi-regular in my glass if it was just available in 4/6 packs in the States.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 23:12:29 | More by CortexBomb
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Raftman from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.