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Raftman - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

599 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 46
Gots: 26 | 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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Taologic

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-31-2014 00:35:09 | More by Taologic
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2014 01:10:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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stortore

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-28-2014 02:11:32 | More by stortore
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-27-2014 20:21:45 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-27-2014 14:00:59 | More by HuntDaddy540
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NumberNone

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-26-2014 19:51:15 | More by NumberNone
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Tusked_pinniped

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-26-2014 13:27:05 | More by Tusked_pinniped
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No decipherable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before fading to a thin ring around the edge of a glass and a sheer strip of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Classic rich and yeasty Belgian Pale aroma with lots of banana, some bubble gum and plenty of spices.

T- Flavor follows through bringing a lot of earthy flavors from the yeast. Not really bitter, not really sweet. Just right there in the middle. Great flavor as it entices me to take more and more sips.

M- Vibrant and crisp with a milky texture. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Been waiting a long time to get a chance to try this and finally it landed on some shelves near me. Great stuff. While Unibroue doesn't have a whole lot of variance in their ales, it can sometimes be a good thing since you know it's going to have delightful Belgian-style flavors every time. I wouldn't really call it being consistent, I would call it being dependable. Oh and, as others have stated in previous reviews, I found absolutely no whiskey or smoke notes in the beer from start to finish which is fine by me.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 20:00:24 | More by Immortale25
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-22-2014 19:29:34 | More by AngusOg
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange body with decent head and minor lace. Aroma is spicy with hint of whiskey and bourbon as well as some Belgian yeast and hints of tropical fruits and earthy hops. Beer is light to medium bodied, smooth from yeast as well a little oakiness, there are hints of candi sugar and tropical fruit sweetness and these flavors are balanced for an easy drinking beer. Finish is complemented by slight alcohol bite (the whiskey) and some peppery spices.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2014 12:52:25 | More by clayrock81
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BKotch

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-19-2014 05:01:51 | More by BKotch
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CincyStar

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle with best by date of 3/6/16.
Outstanding Belgian pale ale with smooth but full malt taste and texture and some restrained banana yeast notes. Only disappointment was I was expecting more of the smoked whiskey notes on the malt, but that had more to do with my expectations. The subtlety could easily be viewed as a positive as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2014 01:26:50 | More by CincyStar
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-18-2014 16:06:32 | More by rolltide8425
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-17-2014 21:47:09 | More by superdoopersauce
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little_star

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-17-2014 21:12:23 | More by little_star
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FilumDee

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-17-2014 17:19:44 | More by FilumDee
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-17-2014 05:11:19 | More by Socialiste
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metter98

New York

3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 01:47:01 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy medium golden peach in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint bright yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly smoky pale malts, light fruits (apple and pear), and banana from the yeast. Hints of spicy/peppery yeast as well.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly smoky pale malts with a hint of light fruit sweetness (apple and pear). Light to moderate flavors of banana from the yeast and just a touch of spiciness as well. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish but it does not linger for too long.

M: Medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp/slightly prickly.

O: I wish the whiskey-like flavors and aromas were slightly more present than they are in this beer. This is a really nice and enjoyable brew with a very traditional Belgian profile.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2014 01:43:45 | More by dbrauneis
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-15-2014 23:50:25 | More by sd123
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-13-2014 03:24:42 | More by Satchboogie
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderately gentle hand. Best by 03-06-16. What the hell's a raftman? I guess the guy on the label is a raftman. Rolling down the hole!

A: Hazy, copper-colored body. 2 fingers of dense, off-white head with good retention. Nice lacing. Head is great, the body seems a bit dull to me.

S: Musty yeast notes. I believe I'm picking up some whiskey malt... A little peat. A little wood. Overall, I'm just not getting much in the nose. Smells nice I suppose, but so light! Where's the smoke?

T: Belgian yeast & spice up front, followed by a slightly nutty, lightly roasty malt. There is a fruity kick that I was not expecting. Banana. Very light hopping on a semi-dry finish. No perceivable alcohol.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light creaminess. Light body. Nice feel and drinkability.

O: I was hoping for more malt, earth and smoke in this one. Came across a bit underwhelming. Drinks well and the flavors were good, but awfully restrained.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 04:11:02 | More by fourstringer
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Danno48

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-11-2014 22:05:51 | More by Danno48
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drew74

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-09-2014 21:20:08 | More by drew74
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-09-2014 08:04:38 | More by SocalKicks
Raftman from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.