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Raftman - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

672 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 44
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of kabritz
1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

kabritz, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -48.2%

smartassboiler, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of AlaskanYoung
2/5  rDev -48.2%

AlaskanYoung, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of haz77
2.35/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a hazy orangey-copper with an inch of off-white head. This quickly fades to a loose, thin layer. Little carbonation.

S - Plasticy phenols, green apple, yeast, honey.

T - Phenolic backbone with a bite of astringency. Becomes more rounded and fruity towards the end. A pleasant smokiness develops in the aftertaste. A little too watery and thin on flavour overall. Disappointing.

M - Light body and prickly carbonation.

D - Not impressed at all. Really lacks flavour and the most positive aspect I can draw from the beer is the aftertaste. A disappointment.

haz77, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Dduquette
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Dduquette, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of jcalabre
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 6 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. For what's supposed to be a smoked beer, I don't taste any smokiness. In fact, this kind of reminds me of a wheat beer(maybe it's just me). Has a nice crisp taste on the tongue. When I think of a smoked beer, I think more of a winter beer. To me, this is definitely a summer brew

jcalabre, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: hazy orange color with thick head that settles to finger thickness and good lacing, small spiral of carbonation flows in the middle
s: mild yeast aromas are overpowered by tart smell reminiscent of strong soap, citrus appears later
t: tart citrus flavor abounds along with appearances of yeast, lots of spice & crisp tart flavor on the finish, faint whisky in there somewhere
m: like a light cream, lots of carbonation from start to finish, very crisp
d: not my cup of beer and would highly recommend most of unibroue's other beers over this one

belgbeerdrinker, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of AwYeh
2.6/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter; thanks to Jesse13713 for splitting this one with me.

A: Pours a dark, golden-amber color with less than a finger of quickly-dissipating bubbly head, which recedes to form a thin white film on top of the beer. Spotty lacing.

S: Trademark Unibroue yeast dominates this one as expected, alongside a decent amount of sweet but musty fruits- both citrus and dark.

T: Taste is much like the aroma; more yeast, and fruits of both kinds once again. Sweet and malty, with a lightly sweet finish.

M: Thin-bodied with very lively carbonation, which creates a dry finish rather than a creamy one.

D: Despite the below-average marks in other categories, this is an easy beer to get down, and I didn't really have a problem finishing my glass- even if I wasn't particularly excited to get to the end of it. Might be worth picking up again to see if there was something I missed.

I'm not sure that this beer deserves the C-/below average rating that I gave it, but looking at the individual categories it's hard to rank anything higher than their current scores. An average beer, with less than average components; I still want to say it's slightly better than the sum of its parts. But if you're a big Unibroue or even Belgian fan, check it out for yourself and see what you think.

AwYeh, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of kgs
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin-tasting Belgian without a lot to distinguish it. It's not offensive, it's just not memorable or special. I like Belgians that are good food companions and this would fit that definition, but it lacks a distinct style it can call its own. I wonder if the Brothers have tasted this beer since they reviewed it 8 years ago.

kgs, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of foamyhead
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber coloured cloudy brew. The foam is relatively firm, although it doesn't stand the test of time.

In the nose I sense a fresh, compact smell of fruit, typical smell of topfermented beer. Maybe a bit of wet, exotic wood?!

The beer has some power in the body, although it is to carbonated for it's style - in my opinion - and after the first impressions of taste it more or less "dissappears" from the palate, leaving a discrete hint of smoke hand in hand with a (very) little hoppiness.

All in all: it promises something, but is not able to live up to it. The body is not harmonic and balanced, and the promised whiskey malt taste is much to discrete, compared to eg French whiskey malt beer 'Adelscott' or the German 'Highlander'.

foamyhead, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of htomsirveaux
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Based on the reviews below I think I might have gotten a bad beer. Usually the Unibroue line is quite good, but this beer was fairly boring (for them). Pours with a large creamy white head. Clear golden maple color (my wife made me say maple color). Tart fruity smell, cidery and malty. No apricot smell noticed. Doesn't taste as interesting as it smells. Watery, slightly malty sweet, finishes sweet/sour. Not anywhere near as good as their other offerings.

htomsirveaux, Mar 27, 2002
Photo of beachbum1975
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

First time I can recall seeing this beer in the shelves. I loved the label and the name of this beer, so decided to try it out on a whim. No freshness date on this bottle.

Big pop when prying the top off. Pours a light brown with off-white head. Tightly compacted bubbles which face fast leaving a light skimming on the top of the beer.

I smell freshly boiled corn on the nose with a strange wood, like oak in the mix. Maybe that's the rye coming through. White pepper in the mix, too.

The peppery spiciness comes through in the mouth. The carbonation is high in the mouth, much like champagne. Taste is like the nose with the rye and wood characterists coming out as the predominant flavor.

Interesting, but not my cup of tea (or beer).

beachbum1975, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a huge 3 finger head. Nice light brown semi-cloudy color.

Smell is of whiskey malt, clove and a slight banana phenol

Taste is some whisey malt and some belgian sugar. Nicely balanced. But there is a very seltzery water flavor. It's like soda water and malt. It's not for me. It tastes alright other than that,but it just gets to me too much.

Seltzer water mouthfeel.

This beer is like seltzer water to me. Did I get a bad sample?

Thanks to Matt for the sample.

jasonjlewis, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of BeerManDan
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't know where to start. The color was a hazy medium to dark yellow, with an orange hue. Not much foam and no lace what so ever. The smell had a hint of spice carbination and no much else. The taste had way to much carbination, so much that it kind of masked any spice or fruit taste that might have been. So, to much sour carbination, not a pleasant after taste. This has to be the worst of all the Unibroue Ale I've tasted (12 in all).

BeerManDan, Feb 28, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

fbc24, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Scamboogery
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Scamboogery, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Howlader
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle.

Pours a dark cloudy golden brown color with a huge foamy head. Aroma consists of light fruit such as apple, pear and banana as well as a slight maltiness. This beer has an interesting mix of crisp light fruit and whiskey malts. Carbonated with crisp center and dry whiskey-like finish.

corby112, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of TequilaTom
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

TequilaTom, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows typical Unibroue house yeast with loads of spicy phenols. Some faint apple and sweet clean malt noticeable later.
Flavours include more of that unmistakeable yeast, some spicy notes, and hints of hot alcohol. Not much going on...
Very light body, moderate carbonation. Seems watery.

CrazyDavros, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid white cap tops a hazy amber-blond body. Intensely spicy and sweet aroma. Clove, dark sugar, bubblegum, toast - very cloying. Similar on the palate, fruity and spicy, bubblegum and clove. Thin body, a little smokey and toasty toward the finish. The smell is off-putting, but it's decent otherwise.

largadeer, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of tesguino
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

carameled like bread crust; one of the unibroue gourmet beers; a canadian brewery it makes the things affluent; this beer is good for cheese, snack, like appetizer, a 750 ml presentation for mexican market, a whisky malt liquor, fruitty and smoked aroma; its high alcohol content is made for the expert drinker.

tesguino, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of 1759Girl
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Judging from the other reviews, I have to question whether I may have gotten a bad bottle... or if perhaps everyone else is on crack... which I suppose is the likeliest scenario.

Appearance> Pretty much exactly like SF Bay Delta water... hazy warm yellow/brown. lively. Small head dissipates quickly and leaves a whole lot less lacing than I expected.

Smell> more sour than I expected... where is the smokiness and malt?

Taste> Slightly metallic to start, grows into something interesting but quickly moves to being a bit sour and just "meh"

Mouf> Good

Drinkability> Really didn't care for this one.

1759Girl, Aug 01, 2010
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87 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.