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Raftman - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

653 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 45
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Loki
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 07/09/03 from a 12oz bottle with a best before date of 11-22-03.

Poured a cloudy clover honey color wiht a huge, froathy white head.

Aromas of very sweet malt with hints of whiskey without the alcohol and wisps of hops.

Tastes of sweet malt with a medium body and high carbonation feel. Tingles on the tongue and finishes with a slight hop taste. Very sweet, yet not overly sweet. A yeasty middle that gives way to the hops. Smooth and goes down very easy. Great, great beer that is different from the norm and the best Unibroue I've had yet.

Loki, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of mremoquillo
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

mremoquillo, Nov 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

guezarka, Feb 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

fishguyac, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of kmpitz2
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer departs the bottle a hazy orange color. The nose is not what I expect, but a great orange, spicey belgian nose. I dig it. What a flavor. The smoke and the orange flavor play a beautiful song together. The smokiness is very subdued, and allows the base beer to come through while still reminding me this is a smoked beer. The feel is moderate to thick. Drinkability is excellent as well. I am so sad that this beer is not sold around here anymore. I would try this one if you can find it.

kmpitz2, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of jborg
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

jborg, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of adamette
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at World Wines and Liquor as a part of a "Unibroue tasters pack" (or something similar) which was only $5.99 (It came with 4 beers...good deal!) into my clean, clear Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Pours a hazy brown orange yellow (like peach color) under a one inch head that dissipated within a minute. I have to say that the label and the name of the beer is one of my favorites. The name is not cute or a pun or rhyming. It is just great. The label is an authentic raftman depiction that honors that activity, does not make it trite. Really excellent.

S Nice sweet malt (Whiskey malt in fact) with only a hint of hops bitterness. I think that the whiskey smell makes it better than good and also creates a better than good level of intrigue.

T This is a GREAT beer! I love the whiskey malt taste against the minimal hops background. It is reasonably light (managable ABV) and really smooth. This really reminds me of another beer whose name escapes me now...I want to say maybe St. Bernardus?! Call me crazy but this is a great beer.

M A nice smoothness carries this essentially light beer past your taste buds not unlike the river that might carry a raftman down current. Really great.

D Excellent. I only had the one 12 oz. bottle but I could easily have drank more.

Notes: I was told (by an employee at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor) that the only way to get this is in the sampler pack. Well, she said that they do not make the raftman in the 750ML bottles anyway. I would love to find 4 or 6 packs of it. It is at the same time a session beer and a fine craft beer. Everyone reading this should try the Raftman. If not, BM me and I will take it off of your hands. This is my favorite Belgian Pale Ale.

adamette, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of John
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeah boy, that's what I'm talkin 'bout.

John, Oct 25, 2001
Photo of Skidz
4.68/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best Before 10-02-02, making this about 2 years past due.

Pours out golden yellow and sits light, cloudy copper in the glass with a large white head.

Aroma pour into your nose and throat like you might imagine it would in a Garfield cartoon. Big floating waves of aroma. It is amazing how much this beer puts forth. Apples (cider-like), pears, caramel, peaches, apricots, you name it, it's there. Lightest hints of applewood in a sweet glaze. Delicious. It's like waking up on a cool fall morning and smelling the freshly fallen leaves as the morning sun begins to warm the forest floor.

Tastes delicately sweet up front, caramel, vanilla and sweet cream. Fruitiness extends with a very light apple flavor along with canned pears and faint sweet oranges. Hop bitterness present and accounted for, fading into the light finsh.

I believed I already used the word delicate, so lets call this...petite in the mouth. Ultra-fine carbonation bubble delight the mouth and ease gracefully down its path. Medium bodied, but feels like a newborn. Age has done this beer wonders.

I would drink this as much and as often as I could, were I able to get it anymore. Maybe two bottles left to purchase. Who knows how much longer they will be around for...?

***EDIT: After picking the fairly considerable amount of yeast, a flashlight could barely shine through the bottom of the bottle, up of the bottom and pouring the remnants into the remainder of the beer, I was treated to a much yeastier (duh) version of the beer. Far more dry, but clinging on to its better qualities. Aroma is muted by the fogginess of the yeast. I'd say it's best served w/o the yeast, that aroma was just top notch and made every dive into the beer that much more enjoyable.

Skidz, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came in a 6 pack (the first I've ever seen Unibroue put out) that I found in Edmonton. Poured from a 341 ml brown bottle, silver foil around neck with a logo, foil becomes purple at the cap. Appearance is that of a chill hazed marmalade hue, decent carbonation, big creamy white head that eventually settles down to a frothy ring. Aroma contains sweet fruity peaches/apricots, some lively spices, the slightest trace of grain. Flavour contains that fruitiness as well, a faint hint of smoke, a bit of grass and flowers. Full refreshing mouthfeel, this goes down smooth and easy, I think I've found a new favorite. Feels like there is a party going on in my mouth and all the cool kids were invited. This malt whiskey ale is the cat's ass, I paid a small fortune for this 6 pack and it was worth every cent. If this was the reward at the end of every day, then I'd be a lumberjack by trade as well. Raftman is where it's at.

IronDjinn, Sep 03, 2003
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4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Greatheil, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of JMS1512
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

JMS1512, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy copper colour with furious, prolific carbonation throughout the brew. A good bubbly head about 2 fingers thick sits as a crowning touch, leaving some pleasant - but thin - lacing behind.

Smell is gorgeous. Very Belgian in style with a lot of jammy, resiny fruit aromas; raisins, apple and cherry bark, and a good hit of spice as well. Very delicate whisky aroma at the back and a healthy woodiness. It's sweet but rustic, and wonderfully balanced.

Taste is slightly resiny at first, with a nice complex palate profile. Hints of figs, raisins and pine, with a really pleasant whisky character on the middle, along with an obligatory booze hit, which is obviously from the particular malt used rather than the relatively low ABV. It's a very welcome flavour, although not accompanied by a burning sensation. Very grainy flavour throughout but with a refreshingly brusque hop spice towards the back, cleans up the palate superbly and leaves a fresh bitterness as a linger. Doesn't leave much of a smokey character, but just a delicate woody touch towards the back.

Feel is dense and foamy, with a lot of bubbling, just a beautiful texture.

This is a supremely drinkable beer: balanced and complex, a lot of great flavours, very clean finish. In the Unibroue universe this is a dwarf, but it's clearly standing on the shoulders of its gargantuan brethren.

laituegonflable, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of Todd
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml corked and wired caged bottle. Freshness date very clearly marked on the back. Label has an image of lumberjacks hard at work.

Appearance: A peach coloured beer, with a slight haze. Head is a snapping thick head of large bubbles that quickly drops to a patchy, thinly ringed white lace. Carbonation bubbles are larger than most beers, like twice as large, with smaller ones mixed in.

Smell: Yeast spice, pepper and fruit of faint apricot.

Taste: Smooth mouthefeel, with a creamy carbonation lift that fills the mouth and then gently pricks the palate with a crisp, quick, sharp hop snap. The malt profile contains whisky malt, and is a well-balanced combination of complex flavours, such as: caramel/toffee, faint fruity apricot, honey and toasted malts. Things thin out towards the end, with a clean finish and slight dryness.

Notes: Oh bliss! A world-class Beglian-style Speciale ale. Much less robust and thinner than the other beers from Unibroue, but this makes it an exceptional beer in which to have many of.

Raftman is brewed in memory of the masters of the forest who were simultaneously lumberjacks, log drivers and raftsmen to commemorate their legendary courage they knew, when it was time, how to settle their differences and share their joie de vivre around a beer or a whisky.

Todd, Mar 06, 2001
Photo of scootny
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dusky hazed golden orange with a quickly fading white head. Nice lacing as I consume. Smell is super. A melange of light bananas, apricots, pepper, some soap, Belgian yeast, light toasted grains, smoke and earth. Taste follws suit with a lightly soapy front that flashes the fruits and spicy pepper on its way to a dry grainy malt core. It lingers forever with large amounts of toasted whole grains, a light dry sweetness and hint of lemon. More dry than bitter the hops are earthy and mild. Finish is long and complex with notes of cinnamon coming through as weel as more toasted malt, light smoke and earth. Feel is light, dry, and quenching. Mild prickliness is spot on for this beer. A real winner here. I would dare say Unibroue's equivalent to Orval. Dry and super complex, it goes down like a thirst quencher but demands to be savored and appreciated. Great beer. Too bad it is not availible in any quantities here or I would be stocking up.

scootny, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Smault2001
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

People are being real beer snobby with this one. get a grip!! It s amazing beer. It's good for girls!!! Refreshing and spicy! yay! This is a beer guys can introduce to their gfriends! An awsome entry into the world of belgium!!!! Unibroue fin du la monde is next!!!! Apologize for sp errors

Smault2001, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of far333
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent beer from Unibroue. The head is a nice light brown with big bubbles that settle fairly quickly. The beer is a deep golden to beige color in the glass. The mouthfeel is about average, but the smell and the taste just hit you head on. No that they're overly strong, but the whiskey malt adds a flavor and an aroma that are truly unique and very noticeable. Hints of smoke and an apple-like taste, with definite overtones of whiskey. A real pleasure to drink. I wouldn't be able to have too many because the flavor can get a little overwhelming after a few, but this is a very good beer.

far333, Jan 25, 2003
Photo of dcook11
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- dark amber with a soft white head. looks like a chimay blue. maybe also like dfh 90

s- malt, grape, smells like cimay blue. good

t- grape malt,....maybe whiskey? a little bit of whiskey at the finish

m-good
d-good

nothing too good, but pleasent

dcook11, Aug 02, 2010
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