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Raftman - Unibroue

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very good

677 Ratings

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 45
Gots: 42 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a 750ml bottle of this from Discount Drinks in Farmington. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a a cloudy copper color with a short beige head that lasts for a few minutes before dissipating entirely. Much darker than what I expect for a pale.

S: Smells of grains, wheat, grass, brown sugars, barley, yeast, and hops. A faint aroma.

T: Mellow, smooth flavor, well balanced. Smooth wheat, grains, yeast and malt, followed a slight hint of hops.

M: Well carbonated and medium bodied. Very crisp and refreshing, excellent for a summer day.

O: Probably the best belgian pale ale that I've tried. And since its not imported from overseas, it was much cheaper than the other comparable belgians. Give it a shot.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm quite surprised by how underwhelming this beer is. I have a lot of respect for Unibroue, and I usually like those wonderful Belgian yeasty flavors, but somehow this Belgian Pale Ale just doesn't have much going on in the flavor department, or the aroma department. I'd like to describe what I smelled or tasted, but there wasn't much there.

It was on tap, so I don't know how fresh it was.

This beer is inoffensive, but that's no good reason to drink it.

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Best before 03-06-2016, sampled July 2014.

A: This poured a cloudy dark gold with quickly dissipating off white head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and Belgian yeast, with some earthy nutty malt and smoked barley.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and Belgian yeast, with a little earthy nutty malt and smoked barley. It had a clean sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of fine natural carbonation. Thin body.
D: This was a decent Belgian ale, but the scent and taste were really simplistic. It didn't have any unique character like I hoped. The body was a little weak too, but the finish was pretty smooth, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Meh.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep hazy orange-amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a fruity nature consisting mainly of apple and pear as well as a nice banana smell. Along with these aromas are some yeasty smells as well as a nice big and bold smoky smell. A lighter whiskey and roasted bread smell are there as well, overall producing a rather toasty and fruity smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted malt flavor along a hint of the fruitiness of apple and pear that was detected in the nose. A little bit of smoke is present upfront with it growing slightly stronger more toward the middle of the flavor profile. Like the smoke, a yeasty flavor also develops more and more as the flavor advances with it bringing a little bit of banana and orange. The yeast and smoke kick it up more toward the end of the taste, with the fruits that were present initially fading a bit. In the end, with a little bit of grass and hay coming to the tongue, one is left with a semi-sweet but somewhat lighter malted but rather smoked and yeasty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and lighter side with a carbonation level that is full of tons of little prickly carbonation bubbles. For the lighter fruit and yeasty flavors, the carbonation is fantastic, really nice complementing them. The smoky flavors however, are at a loss to some extent due to the high carbonation and thin body, so overall the feel is just OK.

Overall – Now don’t get me wrong. This is a good brew, but it falls a little short of the other Unibroue beers I have had thus far. Certainly a worthy beer to take down (as it really does out compete most in the class) although I feel my expectations were a bit too high and hence I was slightly disappointed.

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Raftman from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.