1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Raftman - Unibroue

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

704 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 704
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 50
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (30) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Raftman Alström Bros
Ratings: 704 | Reviews: 403 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is a tad below average and just a hair of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Big peppery spiciness right up in your face. That's just what I want from a beer like this. Bready yeastiness, graham cracker sweetness. Banana notes float a pleasant fruitiness.

3.25 T: Tastes like it smells, but isn't as spectacular as the nose. The bready yeastiness comes to the front. Still lots of pepper, but I was expecting more. Banana notes, cracker malts, hints of melon and clove.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation with each pour, but it becomes a bubbly delight with some swirling. Supremely smooth.

3.25 D: It's a nice every day beer.

Photo of ChaseTheAce
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of SvenHayden
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Yeasty (of course. Its "on Lees"). mild banana ester, followed by bready malt. Then a little splash of spicy grass (hops i suppose), followed by a tiny bit of roast caramel. Nice and carbonated, but not too thin & bubbly. A pretty damn well-balanced drinkable, and classy beer.

Photo of stumac
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of abex44
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of mpedara429
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: Poured out an amber color, pretty cloudy. A hefty three plus fingers of head with good retention and lacing.

S: Bready yeast, clove, and some dark fruit.

T: Not very sweet. Very bready with spicy clove and some raisin.

M: Medium body with heavy micro bubble carbonation.

O: Simple and refreshing. Thats what makes this one so good. Not super complex but does enough things very well that you want to drink it again.

Photo of JMS1512
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of devilfluff
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jedk
4.36/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sandtownchuck
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AWB3
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JuliusCaesar
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Darrin39
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of noproduction
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Maxwellisaac7
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%

5.50% ABV. 750ml brown glass bottle with appealing albeit cliche label art and a branded silver cap over a cork acquired at H-E-B grocery and served into a snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - which makes some lovely beers. Reviewed as a Peat-smoked whisky malt ale. 15.5 IBU.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half a finger of white colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. More if you include the floater ring it leaves.

BODY: Body colour is a murky copper of below average vibrance. Has some rotten orange hues. Maybe a dab of caramel colour too.

No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears well-carbonated.

Not real appealing, admittedly. Average looking at best.

AROMA: Raw wort-like malts - the kind of sticky almost malt-extract esque aroma you'd expect to find in a new upstart brewery's amber. A hint of tangerine. I don't pick up on any smokiness. Clove. It has surprising warmth for a beer of average ABV, but that may be some of the whisky malt seeming booziness trickling in. I don't pick up on any actual whisky notes. Belgian pale malts.

It's not all that great an aroma. The rawness coupled with the warm fruit. Inoffensive, but unattractive. Average in strength.

No off-notes are detectable per se.

TASTE: Has some pleasant sour apple. Caramel. Belgian pale malt.

I'm not finding any smokiness or whisky notes at all. Maybe a bit of whisky grain on the backend, but only because I'm searching for it. Loads of spicy esters. Ripe.

Has some mild clove and some muted tangerine.

Fairly well balanced, but ultimately rather simple. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not complex or intricate, but cohesive. There isn't much subtlety to this execution, and it's not a gestalt build, but I do like it in a general sense.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, a bit too aggressively carbonated, and lightly smacky on the palate. A biteen acidic.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, gritty, rough, or scratchy on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is average.

This texture suits the taste decently, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it.

OVERALL: It's downable, but surprisingly disappointing for a Unibroue brew. The sour apple note is nice, but I'm not sure what it gains from the whisky malt - if anything. Ultimately, this execution doesn't deliver on the promise of the premise. There's no really smokiness here. I wouldn't buy it again. A rare miss from Unibroue.

Where are Unibroue's signature notes of lees? At the very least, I thought I could always count on that.


Photo of Jcarter1221
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into mu Augustijn goblet. First pour was a clear amber color with a small delicately bubbly white head. The head fades fast and there is little to no lacing. Subsequent pours were a hazy amber color, as the yeast gets more stirred up.

Aroma and taste are strong a nd nice. Belgian yeast and light fruit (apples and pears). Good balance between the yeast flavor and the sweetness from the fruit. Mouthfeel is rich for a 5.5 beer. VEry good Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of WynnO
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Raftman from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.