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Raftman - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
87
very good

405 Reviews
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Reviews: 405
Hads: 739
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 55
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 03-06-2001

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Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is dark gold in colour with a moderate white head. Good retention.

Smell consists of malty grains, wheat and some spice.

Taste is surprisingly dominated by bubblegum. Quite potent. Also present are clove, cinnamon and crisp wheat flavours. A hint of banana. Belgian yeast present as well.

Over-carbonated, I found the feel irritating. Medium bodied.

Overall, pretty tasty. Not what I was expecting. To me, this is a modified hefeweizen. (445 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Ffej for sharing this 750ml. The brew appears a hazed golden with a white thin film atop. Spotty lace sticks to the glass and a light swirl revives the thin cap.

The smell includes plenty of clove spice and Belgian phenols with some bubblegum sweetness. A touch of caramel and butter give way to hints of very mild almost smoked grain.

Tastes mildly fruity with hints of pear/apple skins. Some bubblegum and clove / yeasty spice are present mud-palate into the aftertaste. Fairly clean and crisp, this is an easy drinking offering.

Medium to light feel with a modest level of carbonation. Light and easy drinking. This reminds me of a light dubble but with more depth. The alcohol was well integrated, this is something I wouldnt mind having again sometime. (767 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden copper in colour with 3 fingers of head that dissipated to a thin hint of lacing around the edge

S: Unibroue yeast is forefront followed musky wet wood and ripe bananas and apricots. Something about the smell reminds me of fresh cream, or fresh milk biscuits. At the end you might get a little pepper too.

T: Carbonation pops on the top, then opens to apricot, caramel and vanilla. The Unibroue yeast reminds me of under developed bread dough, but you'll also taste a whisp of whiskey too.

M: Lighter and more carbonated than most Unibroues. It's dry and crisp and refreshening.

O: Overall it's smooth but refreshing, bubbly but can be taken seriously. The flavours run from crisp fruits to smooth butter to a dry finish. At first I didn't like this Unibroue as much as the others, but on second tasting I'm finding it more complex and interesting. Definitely worth a second try. (902 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a murky golden brown with a finger width of foamy, dense white head.

Smell - Bananas, clove, spices, hint of citrus.

Taste - Very pleasant spice palate that is well balanced. There is a nice toastiness that comes through in the whiskey malts, both in the finish and the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit of fluffiness to the body.

Overall - A nice Belgian pale ale by Unibroue. The warm spice palate is very well balanced with the other flavours and does not overpower the beer. Smooth and refreshing. Worth a try. (575 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at 1702, Tucson; August 2011
The beer arrives from the tap with a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light amber color that shows a lightly hazed, amber-gold hue when held up to the light. Up front the aroma has an earthy, yeast driven spiciness that reminds me of grassy coriander and a touch of something herbal like thyme perhaps. This is backed by a soft, pear like fruitiness that has touches of green apple to it. After a bit of time some musty yeast aromatics join with the general spicy notes. I am having a hard time smelling any smoke influence in the nose, but if I dig a whole lot there seems to be a richness in the malt character that could be contributed by the peat smoked malt.

Fairly dry tasting up front, but there is a substantial fruitiness that reminds me of pears and ripe sweet-plums that adds a perceived sweetness to the finish. The finish has a touch of phenolic character to it as well, some of this is clove character from the yeast, but there also seems to be a touch of something earthier and richer that might be peat smoke. The malt character in the finish is also quite rich and almost umami laden; it is sort of toasted, but really just rich and malty (but no grain sweetness) and this has to be boosted by the smoked malt. The body of this is light enough to be downright quaffable, but still has enough texture to not seem thin. When paired with my slice of pizza some plastic like notes are brought out in the finish as is a soft tartness.

The smoked malt in this is extremely subtle; I have a feeling this is for the best given their characterful house yeast and the fact that it is peat smoked malt, but I still feel like I am missing out on a more pungent smoke character. Interestingly enough the house yeast dominates the profile of this beer, so if you like that, then this beer is pretty enjoyable; I just wish something else came through a bit more. (1,925 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with a best-by date just a couple of weeks away, poured into a Maudite tulip. I can get down with the murky brown body, but the fizzy, short-lived head and lack of lacing leave something to be desired.

Big yeasty and fruity aromas- apricots, candied apples- with light woody and peppery background notes. The peppery presence comes to life afloat abundant carbonation, cutting through a robust malty mix of honey, toasty, toffee and caramel. Yeast and tangy fruit abound. It's quite complex; a sipper, really, even at this modest ABV. Quite satisfying. (570 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle purchased at the MLCC. Poured ~4C into a tulip.

Hazy copper body with a big fluffy white head that laces well. Tons of Belgian esters on the nose along with pepper and apple juice. The body is spicy with an odd numbing aftertaste on the tongue. The lack of smokiness is distressing to me, as I was hoping for a stronger presence. Even knowing that it's there, I find it hard to discern. A real nice belgian beer, but sadly not what I thought it would be. (487 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Towering white effervescent head atop a nearly clear(second pour was much cloudier) copper orange body. Retention was very good, lacing mediocore.

S- I had to look at the style listing again because upon first whiff I instantly thought this was a Hefe. Further sniffing around reveals some light fruit and the Unibroue yeast strain becomes more prevalent as it warms.

T- Flavors are light but long lasting , which is definitely a changeup considering the brewers other offerings, but somehow seems fitting here. Apples, pears, slightly spicy yet earthy. It's sweet, tart and drying all at the same time.

M- Love the mouthfeel, light with just the right amount of carbonation.

O- The beer itself was good but I'm not really sure what style it fits in. I guess BPA is the most suitable. There's no trace of the smoked malt whiskey. This might be Unibroue's most drinkable beer. (882 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap and poured into jar-like pint at Chuck’s 85th. Aroma is enjoyable. It smells somewhat close to a wheat beer. Mild sweetness. Appearance was murky, honey blond with minimal head. Taste was great at first, but sort of just fades away to something a bit bland. There’s nothing overpowering about this. Very slight bitterness, slight citrus, slight sweetness. It’s just all around a very subtle drink. Palate was smooth and bubbly. Very drinkable. Overall, it wasn’t anything special, but still worth trying at least. (528 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes... Another score from joemcgrath27... A brew from Unibroue that I've been itching to get my hands on.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper brown colour, finger of big bubbled head that turns into fine soapy head, solid retention adn sporadic lacing.

S - Musty yeast esters, leafy and earthy, lemon citrus, toffee and a hint of leather.

T - Sweet bready yeast flavours complemented by cloves and nutmeg, a unique bitterness that brings citrus notes, wooden flavours also come through with oak and a hint of peat.

M - Heavy carbonation gives this a lighter body than I would've liked, but nothing overly offensive. Goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - A tasty, easy drinking Belgian Pale Ale that would make for a great session beer from Unibroue. Would be nice to be able to get 6-ers of this. Definitely worth a grab and will certainly quench your thirst. (869 characters)

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in tulip...

BA here describes this as a BPA, though I've seen it elsewhere as a rauchbier and the unibroue website describes it as a peat-smoked beer (a seemingly sui generis category). So, it's probably

look -- pours a rich medium amber. The head is a bit of a letdown: white, while it came up to about two fingers, and falling quickly without lacing to a swirling film. Hazy (not truly opaque, nor clear).

smell -- the smell is full of the unibroue ale yeast (maybe a bit more peppery than usual) with some interesting malts in the background. I get the scotch-like peat smoked malt aroma, but it's really quite weak and in the background behind the yeast that comes along with an aroma of rich dark bread. No real hop aroma

taste -- essentially, the same as the aroma, but a the taste is a little better balanced between the yeast and the malt than the nose. The malt character is still similar to rich dark bread with a hint of sweetness in there (which struck me as almost similar to a liquor chocolate). There really isn't all that much in the way of smokiness (at least compared to a rauchbier, which I have seen this brew listed as). Any smokiness there is is carried off with the pepperiness of the yeast and the breadiness of the malt. No real hop flavor, but a bit of bitterness on the finish.

feel -- lighter body than I would have expected, good carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Some spiciness played well with the effervescent finish.

Overall, a decent brew. Pretty tasty, though maybe not the most drinkable (to be frank, I think it could have taken a higher ABV). I like having it with greasy and gravy soaked food. (1,644 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown appearance with bubbly white head that slowly settles down leaving little retention. Smell consists of citrus, roasted malt, various spices and yeast.

Taste consists of various fruit (banana's, apples and peach), spicy, bread, smoke, yeast and roasted malt. Very flavorful and smooth, but only picked up a faint hint of whiskey, similar texture. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Has a dry and boozy finish.

Unibroue never fails to impress, refreshing to drink and good blend of fruits and flavors. Would definitely recommend picking up a bottle or case. (572 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" cream coloured head over hazy brownish amber liquid.

S: Yeast, smoke, citrus and malt.

T: Citrus up front with a yeasty and somewhat smoky finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Very refreshing and drinkable Belgian Pale Ale. (265 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap last night at Meadhall in Cambridge. Served in a Unibroue tulip glass. Hazy orange colored body, with a creamy white head. Minimal lacing. Smell was a bit sugary and earthy. Taste was good, as I enjoyed the balance between the sweet malt and the tart Belgian yeast. The one thing that let me down was the real absence of the smoked character that I was looking for. The beer promises smoked malt, but it's not upfront. Instead, it's hidden way back in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was smooth and easy to drink. Raftman was a great Belgian style pale ale, but I thought it let me down on the smoked aspect. A really smoky BPA sounds like a good idea, but this isn't it. (672 characters)

Photo of ozmodium
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours murky copper orange, with a bountiful eggshell head which quickly disipates down to about 1/2" but stays there. Lots of little bubbles rising from the etched marking at the bottom of my oversized Stella tulip. Not much in the way of lacing.
S: cloves, peach, sweet smoked roasted malts, pepper, medicinal esters at the end. Very interesting!
T: smoky dryness and peachy fruits. Yeasty, bready and peppery. Deliciously refreshing and interesting.
M: abundantly but not overly carbonated, and a lower than expected ABV make this a highly drinkable brew.
O: I'm a big fan of unibroue beers and this does not disappoint. It adds an interesting twist on their theme that has worked for years. Will definitely buy again. (726 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a swampy burnt orange brown, very tall head dissipated slowly leaving random lacing
S - big fruity and spicy yeast aroma, mild citrus and some toasty malt
T - yeasty esters of banana and pear with clove and pepper, mild leafy hops and orange zest, grainy malt with faint whiskey caramel sweetness
M - big carbonation kick, prickly full feel with mild dry
O - its a big beer for sure, lots of Belgian character with pale ale accents, the whiskey malt is very subtle but a nice touch, merits a repeat purchase (511 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a tulip glass. No born date.

Pours a hazy/milky orange-brown with a fluffy, quickly dissipating three finger offwhite head.

Smells of Belgian yeast and the slightest hint of charcoal. Not really well projected.

Taste consists of a smooth, clearly Belgian layering of yeast spice and just the slightest hint of smoke. I really expected something more robust in terms of whiskey flavor. Expecting it to really be unique or interesting, it's nice, but not something that I really have a lot of love for. Finish is relatively long and very dry, turning just slightly bitter at the end.

Mouthfeel is plush, like all Unibroues, pillowy, soft, and delicious.

Overall, a good offering,maybe great with food, but not quite as inspired as I would like. Would probably pick up again if I could find it cheaply.

85. (843 characters)

Photo of adam42381
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 10/8/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium golden caramel with a 1/2 finger off-white head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Wheat and Belgian yeast. I don't detect any smoke or whisky.

Taste: Sweet citrus up front followed by Belgian yeast in the middle before ending with a touch of bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Again, I didn't find any smoke or whisky.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. Goes down smooth enough that you could drink a few.

Overall: Pretty good beer overall. I wish that the smokiness that was supposed to be present had shown up. That said, it's still a solid beer. It just isn't up to the standards of most other Unibroue beers. (830 characters)

Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a Variety 4Pack of Unibroues from Lukas Liquor in Ellsiville, MO for $8.99. Poured from the Silver Saran wrapped Bottle into a Speight's Hefeweizen Glass and has BEST BEFORE 02-26-11 on the back.

Aroma- High malt aroma and apple cider aroma. Very fruity and has a bit of spice.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that is creamy but has weak retention. Has a dark copper body and is semi-hazy/dark when looking through.

Flavor- Tastes like apple cider, a belgian, and light hops mixed together. Fruity and has a great taste all the way through. Light bitterness but hardly identifiable. Awesome!

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium bodied, HIGH carbonation, and leaves a bit of cider on the palate.

Overall Impression- Now I've had in bottle AND on-tap... This is a great brew from Unibroue and think their beers can't get any better. Cheers! (845 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

685th Review on BA
Bottle to Flute

Thanks to a genrrous BA @ Clusterfork #6

App- A nicer dirty yellow with a puffy head and a lot of cling down the sides.

Smell- More along the lines of a wheat beer or a hefe to me. Had a lot going on vs just a yeasty belgian ale.

Taste- Was a nice little beer. Small, light, crisp. A little yeasty and a little funky to me. Had some light notes of lemon and a little malt.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Light on the finish with some yeast.

Drink- I havent seen this around to much down here so when a 750 got busted out, was happy to try it. (596 characters)

Photo of detlefchef
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm at a bit of a loss for a reference here. Sure, call it a Belgian Pale Ale, but is it really? The whiskey malts and all sure point it in a somewhat different direction.

So, failing an appropriate barometer, I'm just left to decide whether it does what I want it do, rather than whether it does what it's supposed to do. Not a bad place to begin, really.

At any rate, the head laces nicely, leaving lingering traces along the glass but not foamy to the extent that you need to wade through it. It has a pleasant orange color.

The nose is a bit boozy for my taste but certainly has the Belgian notes that you'd expect.

Certainly my favorite elements of this beer are the ripeness of flavor and the clean mouth-feel. I love it when a beer does both of those things.

Over all, a very solid effort. One I would pair with savory leek and pumpkin crostade with rip cheese and pomegranate. (891 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 07/03/11 notes. Had on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy dark orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, spices, bananas, cloves, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of spices, bananas, yeast, light bread, cloves, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

o - Overall a good beer, but not Unibroue's best. Next time I would just stick with one of their other offerings. (488 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy faint orange with a high plume of head, that dissipates quickly to a think ivory white blanket.

S: Spices including cloves, grain notes, light citrus fruits like orange peel, and honey sweetness.

T: Clove spices, underlying caramel malt tones, along with a dry grassy/grain taste that is satisfying. Hints of apricot and some citrus including lemon and orange, meandering on sour and tart. Slight taste of honey and smoke in the finish. Refreshing.

M: Thinner mouthfeel with probably above-avg carbonation.

D: Not up there amongst my favourite Unibroue offerings, but a solid belgian pale ale nonetheless. I find this as more of a refreshing BPA with the citrus focus and higher carbonation. Worth a try. (720 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy orange body with a gentle carbonation and a thin film of white that last for a good bit.

S- The soft fruity caramel malt note has some estery yeast notes and a faint hint of salty smoke in the background.

T- The fruity Unibroue yeast character comes through with a peach and apricot ester note to follow and a nice club soda quality to follow. There is a wheat dough note and a more faint smoke note that turns water as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz in the finish.

O- There are some nice ester characters with a good wheat and caramel flavor. The Unibroue yeast profile is a nice compliment with some hints of hefeweizen and just enough smoke to make it interesting. (767 characters)

Photo of shambeano
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

saved this one for a while after hearing unibroue was not being exported to Australia.

A- pours a hazy brownish gold with about an inch of head. some lacing. looks pretty good, darker than expected.

S- sweet malts upfront, caramel and toffee, some apple and fruit unibroue yeast. touch of vanilla in there.

T- slightly sweet again upfront, caramel, toffee and vanilla. yeasty apple, much like the smell, but the fruit is more prominent. very tasty again.

M- on the lighter to mid-bodied side, spritzy a carbonation, lots of flavour yet easy to drink with a very dry finish, leaves the mouth needing more liquid.

O- not the best unibroue have to offer, but interesting and very nice. On the sweeter and maltier side, but works well with the fruity unibroue yeast. great beer. (780 characters)

Raftman from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.