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Raftman - Unibroue

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641 Ratings

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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 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 GordonQuid
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an old boot....glass.

Rusty root colored with a frothy white on einch head with ample lacing. I feel like I should put my flannel shirt on for this review.

A bit smokey in the nose with nice malt charateristics. Effervescing bubbles tickle the nose a bit.

Taste is crisp hop bite with nice mildly smokey malt and caramel flavor. A bit sweet dark candy as well is mixed in. Dry.

This is a good strat to a session beer. I wouldn't drink these all night but a good flavorful starter.

GordonQuid, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass
A - Orangish rusty copper color, decent white head quickly diminishes.

S - Malty aroma, spices, light fruit, yeast

T - Belgian yeast, light fruits I get lemon, raisins and figs, a slight hint of whiskey, smokey finish...damn this is more complex at first thought

M - light mouthfeel but heavy carbonated, has a dry aftertaste

D - very drinkable, balanced, smooth and complex. This is a great beer and one of my first Belgian Pale Ales, excellent.

BayouBengal1537, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a Unibroue gift pack back in June. Good thru 2-26-11.

Beer poured amber orange with a decent white head. Nose is malty with hints of spices. Taste is classic Belgian yeast strain, hints of lemon, peppery finish is primary with hops taking a back seat. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, the beer glides gracefully across the palate in classic belgian style. This is quite the drinkable beer, light but somewhat complex. Would definitely try this beer again.

arizcards, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of mikedashg
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-orange amber hue with a white foamy head
lots of bubbles

S-lemon spice yeast

t-apple lemon orange moderate
Belgian yeast yeast rind spicey finish

m-good full carbonation and crisp finish

d-very easy drinking Belgian style with a bitter spice finish. Very balanced.

mikedashg, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. One day, I will get real glassware.

Appearance: poured a slightly opaque golden amber with a very thick head. I can see lots of carbonation. Large globs of lacing as I drink it down.

Smell: clean wheat aroma with a little hint of tart apple.

Taste: nice wheat flavor, again with a little tartness (though less fruity). Hops are a little spicy but not overpowering; they blend well with the wheat.

Mouthfeel: body is on the heavy side of medium, and with the level of carbonation present this gives it a distinct creamy texture.

Drinkability: while it is a little to thick to be a session beer for me, its flavor and its nice wheat refreshing factor really help drinkability.

flagmantho, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a 3-finger, frothy white head. The head disappates quickly. Lots of lacing.

Smell is mainly lemon, cloves, yeast, and herbal hops.

The taste is spicy with some light fruit flavors, earthy hops, and a hint of whisky. Mouthfeel is carbonated, almost too acidic & leaves dry.

This can be a drinkable beer. The low ABV is nice but the strong acidity is a bit off-putting.

theghost3, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of EddieSTL
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy, deep copper. small white head.

S - Nicely Fruity. Apricot, slight apple? Maybe some smoke, but subtle. No hops.

T - Light earthy/spicy hops with light fruit. Dry, slightly smoky finish. Moderately bitter.

D - Pretty high. Pretty light beer.

Overall this is a really good beer. All of it's characteristics are subtle, and you could spend some quality time hunting out the flavors and aromas. Very nice!

EddieSTL, Aug 06, 2009
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 biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 Buggies
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a nice head. Smells of bread and yeast. Slight bit of spice and fruit in there too. This beer is sharply carbonated which I enjoy. Taste is interesting. Fruit is noticeable along with a sweetness from I'll assume the whiskey malt. Some sort of funky sweetness left behind, but the finish is pretty dry.

Not a bad beer at all. I'll definately have to get more of these.

Buggies, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great label and name for a beer. Giving love back to the forest dudes.

Pours a nice amber/caramal color with a fizzy head...which upon inspection looks like little fish eggs. Major carbonation is taking place and my ale is indeed alive.

Fruity and floral smells. It says made from whisky malt but I'm not getting that out of the smell.

There is a fruit taste but it is rather subdued. Malty kick and a odd aftertaste. That must be the whisky malt as it is rather soothing to the amount of carbonation I am getting in each sip. I was hoping for more out of the sip but I'm not getting it. I was expecting more fruit but came away with more malt.

The beer has definitely calmed down and as it warms and there is a little more of the whisky/alcohol taste coming through.

kaseydad, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of eat
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Edit: let this one warm up a bit before smelling or drinking).

My girlfriend knows I like trying new beers and thought she had never seen me drinking this one before. She has a good memory; I've never thought to buy the Raftman. Average ABV beers rarely do it for me when compared to 7 or 8% and up. Poured from a 750ml into my new Maudite chalice. Or would that be calisse?

This beer has a pretty unique colour to it, I have no idea what to call it. Maybe pastel amber. It's kind of brown/orange/amber. Opaque and a bit thin in texture. Nice colour but a less than impressive head, which fades fairly quickly to a thin blanket of foam and then to nothing at all. No lacing.

This actually smells pretty similar to a decent bottle of 12 year old single malt. If I had done a blind smell test, I might have guessed this was whiskey and not beer. Sweet, astringent malt, Unibroue yeast, a bit of hops and some Belgian spices.

Right up front there's a smokiness imparted by the whiskey malt followed up by some tingly, slightly bitter hops. Some Belgian-style spices in the background. It kind of reminds me of RJ's d'Achouffe Brun with some water poured in it. Not as sweet as the smell suggests. I'd like to taste even more malt here. I'm pretty into the subtle smokiness of this beer, but it's a little weak flavoured for my liking.

I know that Unibroue is well-known for their overcarbonation and while I usually enjoy high carbonation more than most, this is the first of the Unibroues I'm going to say is overcarbonated. If I had to list the most prominent feature of this beer, it would be the carbonation; it just dominates everything. Also, the feel is definitely too thin here; inappropriately light-bodied.

This is an alright beer. Drinkable but not one I would actively seek out. The smell, taste and feel are all too light for me. I'm giving it an extra 0.5 because the light smokiness is kind of cool. It's the only other Unibroue besides Ephemere I've had which weighs in at 5.5%. I guess I'm just a strong beer kind of guy.

eat, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice liquid copper topped by a foamy head that starts settling immediately, fades away fast, and has little head retention. Ce qu'est un bummer.

The nose is funky yeast, with some clean, fresh herbal notes that go away as the head dies down, and just a nice and inviting freshly sliced unripe pear-like fruitiness and a touch of caramel and pepper.

It's very dry and tart at the start, fruity with a nice peppery spice to it that lingers beautifully in the finish. The malt is toasty and biscuity, there's dried apricot in the middle, and the hops are bittering but mellow. The alcohol is slightly warming. It all works together nicely.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and creamy, with mild pricking carbonation. Medium bodied.

While I am not completely blown away by this, there's really little that is wrong with it other than the lack of head, but it doesn't taste flat like a lot of headless beers can, so really, that's just nitpicking.

MeisterBurger, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1 finger white head that had pretty good retention and left some nice lacing.

Aroma is fruity and spicy along with a hint of caramel and some yeast.

Taste displays a lot of fruit including apple, pear and banana. Some caramel and cloves also come out in the finish.

Medium bodied but with a bit more carbonation than I would have liked. The initial mouthfeel seemed way too bubbly but altogether it was still quite refreshing. This came from a Unibroue 4-pack sampler and I can say that this was my personal favorite of the bunch. I won't be picking up another sampler set just for this one but Raftman was a nice note to finish on and I am glad I got to try it at least once.

Vengeance526, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a couple of weeks ago and am just now getting around to sampling it. It's always good to try another Unibroue as they have all been so damn good to me so far. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass (yeah, I need to do dishes as all of my tulips are dirty).

Appearance: A nice pour brings about an appearance that is light and coppery around the outside and holds a golden honey core; body is hazy and shows amazing carbonation; the head is thick, full and fluffy and starts at over 2 figners and slowly, very slowly, dwindles to a thick and full skim on top.

Smell: A very nice blend of wheat and yeast, combined with light notes of spices; there is a slightly bitter hop presence in the nose that is very subdued and brings about a nice balance to the sweeter aspects from the yeast. Nice and strong, no need to pull too hard on the nostrils to get a nose-full of this beer.

Taste: Yeast is the dominant flavor here and comes across like a sweet tropical fruit; slightly wheaty aspect combined with the flavorful spices adds a nice edge to an otherwise very smooth flavor; the slightly bitterness in the nose is all but absent in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth overall, even though the carbonation is especially strong, it comes across in an unobtrusive way; body is nice and has a slightly drying effect as well as leaves a mild coating throughout.

Drinkability: Quite high. This beer is super-flavorful, not especially heavy and only has an ABV 5.5% - really hard to go wrong with this. It's great on a warm summer day and I'm sure it'd be nice on a cold winter night as well.

bamadog, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle with no obvious freshness date (though there is a code on the neck) poured into tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, muddy brown with a small, white bubbly head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Lots of usual Belgian yeast aromas; peach, apple, bread, some banana and clove. Some peat and vanilla from the whisky malts comes through.

Sweet flavours up front, peach, banana and lemon and just a touch of caramel, with some more savoury hints of cloves, smoke and vanilla near the finish. Lingering woody and sweet flavours after each sip.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and crisp with pleasant carbonation. Starts sweet and ends with a nicely lingering dry finish.

This is a pleasantly light and flavourful beer, goes down smoothly and is quite refreshing. A very nice beer at any time of year.

nighthawk, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted June 26th, 2009. From a 750 ml bottle.

A: Hazy copper color.
S: Inviting smell of malts and spices. Medium intensity.
T: Strong intensity. Bitter. Spicy...
M: Medium body.
D: Easy to drink.

This is strongly suggested for a go-to day to day beer. A good beer to have as a replacement of yellow fizzy beer.

ZorPrime, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a dark caramel color that produced a tan fluffy head which had decent retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas of this beer had a nice mixture of caramel, spice, and booze

T - The taste of this beer was not as expected, the whiskey malts were present but not overwhelming, a nice bit of fruitiness (apples and pears), some spice

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body, with a moderate to heavy amount of carbonation

D - This was a very interesting beer, pretty good, not something I would like to have a lot of, but something good

cvfish, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a brown-orange with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell of malt, spice, and some caramel.

taste is of spice, sweet fruit, malt, nuts, toffee, and a little smoke, ends tart and a little dry.

overall a decent brew tastes good but lacking in the appearance.

froghop, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Hazy, pale-amber with big, bubbly off-white head. Light-moderate lace.

Smell- Sweet biscuitty malt, earthy hops. Some clove and banana-like yeastiness.

Taste- Delicious, complex and stronger than expected. More clove, ginger, biscuit-like malt, and a slight whiskey-like alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, complemented b a creamy carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty tasty and well-balanced. Nice complexity.

endincolorado, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber with a thick off-white head. There is a good amount of lacing down the glass. Aromas are of belgian yeast, clove spice, with a slight woody malty aroma, a fruitiness and a little bit of funk. Initial flavor is sweet, tangy, yeasty and full of cinammon clove spice. This inital flavor gives way to a more intense tang (citrus and sometimes a stronger almost metallic tang) with a more pronounced funk and somewhat fruity finish. I don't think the funk was parmesan cheese or stinky foot, but maybe a funky distant cousin of those two, if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel is actually very good....smooth and the higher carbonation really compliments the beer. Drinkability is good, but the clove spice might get a little old after a while.

Kromes, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Raftman pours a soft caramel color with cherry tones as well. A light white head forms on the pour, but dissipates quickly. The foam flares up again with every swirl of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is mostly soft caramel malt, with some grassy notes.

Taste: The caramel malt has soft, grassy undertones. Pepper and clobes add a much needed spice. It is almost impossible to notice the citrus nip in the light hop presence at the end.

Mouthfeel: More than medium carbonation with a light feel in the mouth. Barely the slightest aftertaste remains after each sip.

Drinkability: A little bit too light and simple for my taste in the style. After one, I am ready to move on to something else, although it is not really dissatisfying.

KickInTheChalice, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of shroompod
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy , yellow in color. Decent heads laces the glass.

Aroma of sweet caramel. Slight grassy notes presumably from a light hop addition.

Sweet caramel and some woodsy earthy notes on tasting. Small amount of hops help finish this off.

Mouthfeel is medium , good carbonation.

Overall a fine Belgian PA.

shroompod, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Unibroue Tulip. No bottle date. The best by date was never printed in the area it is usually in on Unibroue's bottles . . . . .

(A)- Pours a murky medium brown color. Looks kinda like muddy water. Head dissipated in seconds which is kinda strange for a belgian style. No lace present.

(S)- I am definitely getting those whiskey malts. Slight caramel combined with the classic bananna/clay aroma. Nice drying effect in the nose on the finish in kind of a smoky fashion; tobacco?

(T)- Very light bodied. Slight twang of orange/lemon citrus combined with banannas and light caramel. Slightly sweet. Really subdued and light though, was expecting more strength in the taste; feels watered down.

(M)- Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Maybe too much carbonation perhaps. Where is the pale ale in this? Where is the drying effect and slight hopiness?

(D)- These could be put away one after another no problem. Its super light & refreshing and fruity. Its 5.5% is totally tolerable. However, where is the pale ale aspect this claims to be? Its got the Belgian style down fine.

sweemzander, Jun 09, 2009
Raftman from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.