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Raftman - Unibroue

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very good

641 Ratings

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 45
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 belgbeerdrinker
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a: hazy orange color with thick head that settles to finger thickness and good lacing, small spiral of carbonation flows in the middle
s: mild yeast aromas are overpowered by tart smell reminiscent of strong soap, citrus appears later
t: tart citrus flavor abounds along with appearances of yeast, lots of spice & crisp tart flavor on the finish, faint whisky in there somewhere
m: like a light cream, lots of carbonation from start to finish, very crisp
d: not my cup of beer and would highly recommend most of unibroue's other beers over this one

belgbeerdrinker, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of bloberglawp
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical unibroue yeast strain esters and phenol caracter in the aroma, faint burnt smell as well. Pours medium light cooper, hazy due to the lie, nice consistent white head.

Faint smoky malt flavor, rich texture to the mouthfeel, quite drinkable. A regular beer, but still very very delicious.

bloberglawp, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : couleur orangée, effervescence moyenne
Smell : nez résineux
Taste and mouthfeel : bien malté, amertume et finale fumée et toubée
Drinkability : bonne bière au malt de whisky brassée par Unibroue au Québec

thierrynantes, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed last night at Pazzo's Pizza Pub, Lexington KY (a Pint Night offering). Don't think this beer is actually Belgian Pale, but it's quite a good beer, no matter the style. A very rusty colored, lightly viscous pour delivers a dainty head retention and light, creamy carbonation, which creame resists fading throughout. Moderate aromas of complex malts, aged hops, fruitiness, spicy esters, and a vineous, peat-ey / light smoke, musky scent sets the tone. A strong scent of metal and rust accompanies over-ripe fruits of peaches, dates, figs, grapes, pears, apricots, and mangos. Flavors hit on these same notes, but apply emphasis to a woodsy / musty character, a yeasty / bready flavor and texture; and strong, spicy / fruity esters. The textue is far lighter than the aroamas and flavors suggest; more Witbier-like than Belgian Pale. Very creamy textured, with light, powdery, cooling sensation. Alcohols remain light throughout. Waters a bit toward the end, but reamins very easy to drink.

BEERchitect, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of errantnight
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a good, if unremarkable, and yet distinctive, beer... bring it to the States (again?), dammit.

Pours like a Belgian Pale with a bit more color... that is slightly hazed with plenty o' head (a couple fingers) with strong retention and solid lacing.

Hints of spice and sugar and malt and candy fruit... but not terribly strong, just complex.

Tastes... well, not quite like a Belgian Pale. There's a bit of funky smoke in there that is fantastic. Notes of pear/fig.

A bit on the dry side and rather smooth despite the carbonation... I'm not sure I'd want this all the time, but it seems pretty sessionable, easy to share, and interesting enough to be worth shaking things up. Reach for a bottle if you find one.

errantnight, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/22/07- Received via trade with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into my Trois Pistoles chalice. Some kind of freshness code imprinted on the bottle itself.

Appearance- A light golden brown colored appearance. Really a different color I'm used to seeing in a beer. Full 3/4 inch head on the pour and leaves light lace streaks.

Smell- Odd, somewhat off putting scent. Stinky and kind of damp and musky. Not a funk smell (I don't think at least). Some rotted wood scents as well.

Taste- Despite the nose, it tastes just fine. The slightest amount of smoke comes in at the back end of the swallow. Light amount of spices and almost a tea like flavor. Mild hops...kind of pils style hops I'm guessing. Maybe the smallest amount of whisky, but I can't be sure. I did notice it was brewed in whisky barrels though.

Mouthfeel- Medium, almost perfect carbonation level per style. The very odd thing is the flavor of the aftertaste. Absolutely nothing! It's like Fruit Stripe gum. The flavor is so nice, but it disappears in like 10 seconds from when you start chewing the gum. Well, in this case, as soon as you swallow a sip, to taste water or dust and that's it. Gone in a flash until the next sip.

Drinkability- Overall a very fine tasting brew. Was expecting much more smoke or super burnt malt characteristics though. I believe this used to be listed under the smoked beer catagory.

GClarkage, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another great beer from Unibroue. A very good looking beer a light hazy orange/brown colour. The head is not that thick but it does last for the entirety of the beer. Malt and smokiness on the nose although the smokiness is subtle but more evident on the palate. The yeast character that I love so much is not as pronounced as it is in a Maudite or a Fin Du Monde but its still there none the less. A nice beer to enjoy while surfing the information beer way (aka BA).

irishkyle21, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my 50th review and I think its only fitting that it be a Unibroue beer.

Served from a 341 ml brown pop off bottle in a tulip glass. Unibroue foil wrapped around the neck and all.

A- Murky brown in color with nice crackling head that disappears a minute or two later leaving slight lace.

S- Very yeasty, slight citrus,plenty of spices and the whiskey malt gives the beer a kind of scotch character to it. Pretty inviting.

T- The Unibroue yeast which I love oh so much. Some citrus and light fruit. Flavors of smoked maple, scotch, nice malt and some nice spices as well. Very nice.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation but slightly less than their Blanche.

D- Nice flavor. A whiskey drinkers beer or even a good brew for people who like smoked meats as opposed to barbequed meats.

Overall another solid brew from Unibroue. This brewery cannot be complimented enough for the quality and craftsmanship of their amazing line-up of spectacular beers. Tres bien!

drinkininthewood, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of 3Vandoo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer used to be my favorite beer while I was in college (Cegep) many moons ago. Of what I remember, it was my favorite because of his scotch whiskey smoked grass flavour that was quite prominent, not this seems to have dissapeared.

Orangish amberish cloudly beer with a good carbonation that leave a small head, with not much retention at all.

Smell is quite spicy, unibroue yeast, so yeasty, followed by coriander, hops and some citrus aromas.

Taste is at first of alcohol malt, that is quite harsh, followed by citrus flavours, spicness coriander etc.. which ends in a shy hoppy finish

3Vandoo, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of haz77
2.35/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a hazy orangey-copper with an inch of off-white head. This quickly fades to a loose, thin layer. Little carbonation.

S - Plasticy phenols, green apple, yeast, honey.

T - Phenolic backbone with a bite of astringency. Becomes more rounded and fruity towards the end. A pleasant smokiness develops in the aftertaste. A little too watery and thin on flavour overall. Disappointing.

M - Light body and prickly carbonation.

D - Not impressed at all. Really lacks flavour and the most positive aspect I can draw from the beer is the aftertaste. A disappointment.

haz77, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 341 ml bottle (huh? 11.5 oz.?) lists 5.5% abv. and notes of whiskey malt.

Aroma: Hints of the classic Unibroue yeast give a slightly spicy note. No real smoke or peat or whiskey notes to be found.

Appearance: Murky amber glass holds a frothy bright white head that died back to a thin cover and spots of lace.

Flavor: Only the slightest hint of smoke or peat flavors leave this a bit disappointing. It ends up being a fairly bland amber ale. The limited whiskey character is also a bit disappointing, I guess I was expecting a big, strong flavor. Nothing terribly wrong with what’s here though.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy, medium body and slightly drying.

Overall Impression: Enjoyable, but not what I was hoping for. My least favorite Unibroue so far.

HardTarget, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of BeerNutta
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


A = Poured a dark copper with a thin foam head.

S = Slight smell of Bananas, clove and a slight citrus aroma.

T = Initial citrus taste gives way for a herbal grass like taste with a dry bitter finish.

M = Moderately carbonated. Good.

D = A little pricey for what you get. Better beers out there in this style.

BeerNutta, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Canada by a friend. Silver foil around the top.

A: Pours a cloudy murky peach color with a one finger puffy head. Retention is what it should be.
S: Orange peel, spices, pears, and banana notes. Twang of grassy hops. Yeasty belgian aromas. Ever so slight toasted grain with a vigorous swirl of the glass.
T/M: Fruity and light are the first impressions for me. Spices, cloves, fruits--mostly pears and bananas. Legs are a bit short on this one as the flavor sort of dies out--thin. Grassy aftertaste with a slight bitterness.
D: A bit thin in my opinion to be a belgian pale. The body didn't have the normal yeasty thickness to it. Not horrible, just not impressive.

bjohnson, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of laintringulis
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours a cloudy dark amber-greenish (herbal iced tea looking) color with slight chill haze and a thin white head that turns to film quickly. Lightly carbonated; no lacing.

Smells: Pleasant smoked, earthy smell wtih lightly toasted carmel malt and a vague apple smell. Smells a little like a nice aged calvados with a mild, funky yeastiness.

Taste: I wish it tastes as good as it smells. Tastes like watered down whisky in my beer. Somehow, it looses something. I think it needs a little more hoppiness. Vague caramel malt in the initial, then progresses into a mild, but nice smoky, earthiness with a vague apple/whisky fruitiness and finishes with a slightly dry yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied. Not watery, but I would have preferred a little more distinction between the initial and the finish. I think a little oiliness would have been nice or a little more hoppiness or alcohol presence in the finish.

Easy to drink. Solid enough beer, but I have enjoyed others in the style a little more; althought, I really enjoyed the smoky characteristics of this beer. It would be easy to session, but I would rather have almost any of the unibroue brews.

laintringulis, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to find this beer rather enjoyable because of the pronounced whiskey in the flavour, but after revisiting recently those setiments were lost. Slightly spicy, malty and you do taste some whiskey malt but not as refined as it should be. In fact, any one who knows their whiskey would be disapointed Im sure. The focus on whiskey also distracts from a weak hop job and overall fuzzy make up of the beers body. Was not impressed

biegaman, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy deep copper with a rather small and rather fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is yeasty, with come citrus and light fruits alongside a woody note and some spices that I can't quite put my finger on. Taste is full and robust, with plenty of malts. A bit of pepper and yeast sits next to the bright fruitiness and mild grainy flavour. Finish is dry, and a bit metallic. Mouthfeel is good, abundant carbonation and plenty of body, and drinkability is solid. Another nice belgian offering from Unibroue, I never expected anything less.

Mandrake, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This doesn't rank among my top picks from Unibroue, but this brewery's high standards mean it's still better than a great many beers out there.

It poured from a 750 mL bottle amber with golden highlights and a thin bubbly head. The aroma is subtle overall, but still the sum of many parts: most notably, Belgian yeastiness, a whiff of whisky and a bit of vanilla.

The flavour started smoky before turning yeasty and sweet in the middle and finishing woody — think oak. I didn't pick up a ton of complexity, but it was pleasant nevertheless.

vanrassel, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Belgian Pale Ale? Smoked? Sign my ass up!

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a long-stemmed chalice.

Pours great, like the kind of mock Belgian pour that I've come to expect from the fine folks at Unibroue. Gigantic, uncontrolable white head that dies down into a very nice white cap that sits atop a fine rust haze.

Smells much more powerful than it's 5.5% alcohol content had led me to expect. Big Belgian yeast with an exceptional fruit character that leans towards the riper, juicier end of the spectrum (as opposed to the citrus). Here we got forest berries, honey, white pepper, and clove. Wonderful.

Tastes is not quite as complex as the nose, but a joy nonetheless. Starts with the tame berries of the nose which brush against a very light, smoky malt that hangs around for the rest of the sip and manages, somehow, to grant complexity to--not overmask, like most smoke ales--the rest of the flavor. The middle is more spicy, with the fruit reasserting itself at the end, as the smoke dies away. Great.

While the complexity is huge, this certainly isn't the most intense of Belgians (or smoke ales, for that matter). Such a blend of flavor and accessibility makes this a great crossover beer, but even full on beer maniacs should find enough goodness here to keep themselves happy.

mynie, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of JOaikido
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Nice head. Beautiful coppery ambre / brown colour. Streams of little bubbles comming up through the beer.

S- Pleasant but mild aroma. caramel, sweet with a touch of yeast and smokiness.

T- Sweet middle of malt and caramel. Bitter on finish. I found it less yeasty than many Belgian style ales on lees. Made me think of a cross between a Belgian and a British ale.

MF- Smooth. Bit of carbonation fiz on the tongue. Pleasant overall.

D- A good ale. Moderate ABV and balanced flavour make this an easy beer to drink. One of the best Unibroue's for everyday drinking.

JOaikido, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 28/10/2006, served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: light copperish hue, semi-murky; the off-white beer comes thin-ish in appearance, staying on top of the beer almost throughout the drink; fizziness turns from lively to moderate.
S: lovely perfumy and deeply fruity yeastiness expand from the glass right from the beginning... a bit of banana and apricot, while a firmly lemony-citric edge of hops, candy-sugar, and the coriander- and white-peppery like spicy hints are firmly at the back--very "Belgian"... Despite an equally rich base of caramel-malts, the so-called "smoked whisky malt" is extremely subdued, if any. Given such claim of using whisky malts on the label, I feel a bit let down by the timid presence of it on the ose. But overall the exotic fruitiness and yeastiness are simply enjoyable, true to the fashion of a Belgian pale ale and making up for the "false claim". (as it warms, a light flow of phenolic peatiness does reveal itself~~)
T: ah... this is where the subtly smoked hints come in!! Lightly sour-sweet yet soft flavours of smoked longan-fruits and plums (and other fruits), semi-chewy grainy and caramely malts with a smoked beech-woodsy tail... soothing, rounded, and light, just about right in balance... light fruitiness as identified on the nose quietly follows, towards a root-spicy+woodsy+licorice-bitter finish with bits of peated malts, smoky aroma and powdery yeastiness lingering there... pleasant~~
M&D: softly-carbonated in texture, the body is just moderate and the flavour definitely evolves with that bit of smokiness melted in the overall flavour just nicely. Intriguingly the smokiness manifests itself more in line with smoked fruits than smoked malts, at least for me. My patience pays off, as the initially timid smokiness gradually tunes up, both on the aroma and the palate, and the finishing touch of smokiness is really rounded and nice, executed in a totally different way than Bamberg's smoked beer. The more I sip it, the more I like it. A little quiet beer worth probing with patience~~

wl0307, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its been obviously been too long since ive had the pleasure of a Unibroue beer. What an enjoyable experience this beer was.

It poured a cloudy golden brown, with a nice head that faded to fine lacings. Near the end of the glass I welcomed a swirly cloud of yeast, and welcomed the sight of the creature that did its part in creating this fine brew.

The characteristic scent of Unibroue yeast was one of the first things that hit my nose. The fruityness with a hint of tang was a refreshing scent. The earthy, peaty and caramel smells from the whiskey malt were also there. The aromas of floral heather and grass were also present.

The flavour was much like the scent. Peaty caramel was quite evident, along with a slightly sweet yet tart lemon flavour. The floral taste of heather was also there to round out this simple yet elegant brew.

Excellent, refreshing and balanced earthy brew. The components were wonderfully balanced, and the malts and yeast as the major contributors shined. The wonderful Unibroue effervescence only enhanced the experience.

An amazingly refreshing, drinkable, simple yet elegant and complex beer. It's hard to stop at just one. This would be a great beer to introduce a scotch drinker to the world of craft beer due to its wonderful whiskey malt character. It would also make a damn fine session brew, or even serve as a good introduction to the realm of craft beer due to its simple elegance. Yes i know im gushing, but i loved this beer.

demcorhip, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A top notch Canadian made Micro. Bravo. Pours out to a hazy pumpkin amber color with a 1/4 inch head of white foam and streams of bubbles racing toward the top. Nice. Aroma is slightly woody and smokey, but notes of fruity esters and grain are present as well. Taste is medium bodied and enjoyable; malt, wood, spicey grains, smoke. Definitive notes of light bready whisky on the finish. Quite nice. Dare I say this could easily be consumed on a cool, foggy morning? Mouthfeel is crisp and zesty, like many of it's brothers in the Unibroue line. Drinkability is above average. Quite nice. Special thanks goes out to Derek for the sample. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of fido
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer brewed from whisky malt that I try.

Pours a cloudy orange color, large foamy head, no lacing; Smell is sweet and smokey, some fruity aroma; Taste is smokey malt, sweet and yeasty; Mouthfeel is smooth, highly carbonated; Very drinkable and refreshing.

fido, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle picked up in Quebec City, summer 2005.

Pours a clear deep copper. Huge denxe creamy head, 1/2 inch high and light lacing. Smells spicy and yeasty, imparted from the signature Unibroue yeast. Lightly peppery.

Taste is earthy and grainy. Lightly smoky and woody. Hints of peat. Mouth is incredibly smooth. Lots of woodiness in the mouth and lightly sticky. Good stuff and certainly unique.

ViveLaChouffe, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Was a clear brown with a creamy head... then I added the yeast. Not really pale... kinda halfway between a pale and dark ale. Head could be bigger and longer lasting.

S - Spicy, crisp, citrus and sweet.

T - Big buttery flavour. Hops show up at the very end, and linger for a bit.

M - Slightly dry and refreshing. Reminds me a bit like a hefeweizen. Light, spritzy mouthfeel.

D - Quite warming for some reason. Very drinkable and delicious.

allergictomacros, Jun 08, 2006
Raftman from Unibroue
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