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Raftman - Unibroue

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87
very good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 45
Gots: 33 | 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 Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

Had after 27 months, and its not a bad Belgium, yeasty, less whisky than I originally noted. Probably rated fair at 3.9. Now an incredible selling Onatrio beer.
If you like whisky or scotch, as well as beer, then its an interesting and purposeful cocktail of the two. Original and unique. Refreshing evening drink. Swirl it and fizz settles to a nice orange/brown color.

Sammy, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

UCLABrewN84, May 30, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

djrn2, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.6%

zestar, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish brown in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles completely covering the surface.
S: Light- to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts. The yeast tastes a little like bananas.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the malts also contribute a slight amount of sweetness and bits of earthiness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: With all of the banana flavors from the yeast, this beer seemed like a cross between a Hefeweizen and a Belgian Pale Ale.

metter98, May 17, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a decent head (though a little disappointing for a Belgian style); not much lacing

Smell: Floral and white pepper elements along with a cookie dough yeast aspect

Taste: Opens with a cookie dough flavor that adds an oaky, peppery and floral character by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors dry out considerably, with just a hint of peaty smoke in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; very effervescent

Drinkability: Not as distinctive as I would have expected, this is still a nice lighter Belgian style ale

brentk56, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

It is supposed to be a smoked brew but I believe the smoke taste could be more present. I would qualify this more as a smoke brew for beginners. Still, very good beer with the disctinct yeast flavor from Unibroue but I frank better brew from Unibroue.

Phyl21ca, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Enjoyed last night at Pazzo's Pizza Pub, Lexington KY (a Pint Night offering). Don't think this beer is actually Belgian Pale, but it's quite a good beer, no matter the style. A very rusty colored, lightly viscous pour delivers a dainty head retention and light, creamy carbonation, which creame resists fading throughout. Moderate aromas of complex malts, aged hops, fruitiness, spicy esters, and a vineous, peat-ey / light smoke, musky scent sets the tone. A strong scent of metal and rust accompanies over-ripe fruits of peaches, dates, figs, grapes, pears, apricots, and mangos. Flavors hit on these same notes, but apply emphasis to a woodsy / musty character, a yeasty / bready flavor and texture; and strong, spicy / fruity esters. The textue is far lighter than the aroamas and flavors suggest; more Witbier-like than Belgian Pale. Very creamy textured, with light, powdery, cooling sensation. Alcohols remain light throughout. Waters a bit toward the end, but reamins very easy to drink.

BEERchitect, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Texasfan549, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kjkinsey, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kylehay2004, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, medium-brown body with a slim coating of white fizz from a to-the-top pour.

Smell: Toasted, lightly sweet-scented maltiness with spicy elements smelling of cloves and earthy nutmeg and varied complimentary fruity notes.

Taste: Slightly toothsome taste of brown sugar stirred up with crushed graham crackers, toasted bread crumbs, and ginger snaps. Fruity kick of pears, Golden Delicious apples, bananas, and plums. Underlying but steadfast spiciness. I was informed this was a smoked beer. At best, I get an infinitesimal puff of faint smokiness. At best. Touch of the standard Unibroue house yeast. Not much hop character or bitterness to be found. Sliver of wheatiness. Spice and sweetness intermingled with the varied fruitiness on the well carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good. Raftman has a good range of tastes, a comparatively low level of alcohol, and a nice crisp effervescence.

ChainGangGuy, May 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.55/5  rDev -8%

This beer poured out as a cloudy looking copper color. The head was big and white at first, once it settles it leaves a few spots on top where the bubbles rise to the top of the beer. The smell is yeasty,and a little fruity. The flavor of the beer has a nice apple taste coming off of it. There is also a decent amount of spice in there too. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and is medium bodied. Overall a little different than a typical Belgian pale ale. The fruit sets it apart from the majority. Worth trying.

Knapp85, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a nice deep copper color with medium head that leaves some pretty nice lacing,I really liked the soft malty slightly sweet aroma.The taste is also pretty soft with a light smokiness to it with a good malty backbone and finishes a little fruity.I think this is a highly drinkable beer for the style,pretty well done.

oberon, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of largadeer
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%

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 biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

750ml bottle, in a downtown Montreal hotel room.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium-dark golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, and tightly foamy off-white head, which dissipates at a steady rate, leaving a low-lying berm of island-ho lace around the glass.

It smells of peaty, somewhat neutered smoke, that Belgian house yeast, cloves, a bit of muddled bruised drupe fruitiness, and pale grainy malt. The taste is lightly smoked, semi-sweet biscuity pale malt, with a slightly toasted marshmallow essence, some fruity pear and apple pie notes, singed banana chips, coriander, woody vanilla, edgy, spicy yeast, and soft grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, and mostly just palate-clogging in its frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the yeasty pale malt, middling spice, and smoked woodiness duly lingering.

An interesting enough ode to those in Quebec's history who adhered to the 'one whisky, one beer' policy that I'm also quite fond of. The whisky malt does well to make indeterminate appearances throughout this beer, and overall, it's a unique and approachable offering from Unibroue - a smoked Belgian Pale Ale.

biboergosum, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%

Hazy (bottle conditioned) amber/orange in color with a full, dense white head that drops but keeps a decent 1/8" of foam and leaves some minor lace. The aroma is fruity (citrusy... lightly lemon, and peach) and quite sweetish (candyish, even) with some noteable yeast character present. Very welcoming. The body is light but enhanced by a very fine and gently effervescent carbonation that gives it a fuller appearance and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is fruity and sweet, but backed by enough underlying bitterness to keep it anchored. There's soft flavors of light & dark fruits (berries, peach, light citrus), a sweet & bready malt not unlike cookie dough, and a light peppery spiciness and some woody & vanilla notes from the yeast. Very nice. It finishes semi-sweet with a lingering sweet & fruity malt note. If smokiness is to be found in this beer, it's in the finish, and quite light. Well brewed. This would make a great apertif, or even a nice after-dinner drink paired with some lightly sweet dessert cookies or raspberry sorbet. Or, this would also make a great beer for a soft, lightly breezy summer evening as the sun goes down. Quite unique, and very enjoyable.

NeroFiddled, Oct 06, 2002
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

SocalKicks, May 09, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%

Quick foaming head that slowly drops down to an ample lace over a cloudy glowing orange coloured brew.

Woody aroma with hints of yeast and vanilla, a faint smoke is detected also with a fruitiness of peaches and lemon.

Smooth mouth feel with a large crispness from a somewhat aggressive carbonation. Malty upfront with a toasted sweetness, sizeable yeast twang in the middle. A dash of peppery phenols thrown in for good measure. Slight metallic charred grain husk flavour pulls the dryness further in. Swift yet mild fruitiness pops in with an indistinct peach flavour and faded alcoholic esters. Hops are very light with only a fast gracing of bitterness. Toasted grain lingers far into the finish.

I could have one after the other of this brew, I’ll be buying this by the case ASAP.

Jason, Jul 11, 2002
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

Unibroue has yet to disappoint, and I doubt they ever will. Sure, the yeast strain seems to be about the same for each beer, and it kind of shows. But hey, they're consistently pulling off Belgian styles that are produced en masse. And that works for me.

This one is pretty easy to drink and the character is good. Ripe fruit on this one with the dark ale character you'd expect. Was surprised to see it on tap and glad to be able to try it.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +3.6%

nickfl, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

The appearance is a golden orangish tone, with a white head along with a solid amount of lace lining the glass. The aroma has a nice apple fragrance along with some nice esters that arise to the nose. Very sweet flavors with the balancing bitterness arising in the finish, very mild smooth and refreshing. For Unibroue this one is lighter in flavor than most of their brews, but it is still a very solid selection that deserves a shot. It dances on the tongue with the high carbonation, but overall a lighter to medium body. Pretty drinkable, but the high carbonation would stop me from wanting to consume too many of these.

WVbeergeek, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of MasterSki
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

I got this 750ml bottle at a store in the western suburbs of Chicago - apparently it hasn't been available in the US for a while. Served in a Cantillon tumbler. The bottle said best before 10-04-02 - not sure what style dating this is, but either the beer just expired in April or it's over nine years old!

A - Pours with a few fingers of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin cap leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Initially I pick up a touch of zest form the whiskey malt, as well as light clove. As it warms I get more pale malts, honey, and fruity esters.

T - Again, it's honey and fruit, with little of the signature Unibroue yeast. Not much overt oxidation, so it's hard to believe this is really almost ten years old. However, it is a bit bland.

M - Nice zesty carbonation, and a surprisingly big body for 5.5%. Smooth, clean finish.

D - If this is really nearly ten years old, it's one of the best aging examples I've encountered. I'd be confident in aging other higher gravity Unibroue beers. Would like to try it fresh to compare next time I'm in Quebec.

MasterSki, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

Wearing a color of golden orange, topped with a bold, bright white and bubbling champagne-like head of foam, Raftman shows promise from the start.

In the nose, a unique and mysterious character begins to show itself: heady, deep, musky, sweet, yet strong, touches of citrus, and the definitive stamp of whiskey. The more I drink it in, the more my imagination stirs...am I in an enchanted forst, a magical glen? Feels peaty, maybe a little smokey, lush with rich malt, and citric hops persisting.

Texture is rought and tumble at first, slowly giving way to a tasteful play on the tongue and palate. Lemon/orange flavor returns again. Mouthfeel is very warming. Full bodied.

I can't for the life of me figure this beer out, and maybe that's okay, in this case. I've had different reactions every time I've had it, liking it more each time. A most unusual ale. Unibroue is most adept at crafting unique beers, and this is definitely one of those.

feloniousmonk, May 07, 2003
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