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Raftman - Unibroue

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672 Ratings

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 44
Gots: 39 | 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 Lukie
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out pale amber with a white head and minimal lacing. I don't know how fresh this is.

Dry smell. Caramels and smokiness. There was also some sour orange (curucao).

Smokey malt flavours and sour orange round off the beer. I might have to give this another go to be honest.

Overall, I am a bit mixed. There seems to be subtle flavours that I wasn't able to pick out. I might have to pick up another for tasting.

Lukie, May 20, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip at Map Room 4/27/08.

A: Served a cloudy light brown with a creamy, dense, off-white, three-finger head. Excellent head retention. Very still.

S: Belgian pale ale yeastiness, smoked malt, restrained fruitiness, and some fresh green hops make up the aroma here.

T: Nice flavors of Belgian yeast, toasted/smoked malt, slight soapiness, and some grassy hops.

M: Spicy and peppery. Becomes a bit smoother as it comes up to temp.

D: Very, very good. Quite enjoyable/sessionable!

GbVDave, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this one for a long time so I was thrilled to find it on tap during my most recent visit to the Map Room.

Pours kind of a glowing pale orange color with a healthy white head.

The aroma begins with that wonderful fruity yeastiness found in most Unibroue beers. Then I notice a hint of smoky whisky followed by zesty hops.

The body is light and dry with a variety of light fruit, yeast based flavors. Toasty with some pepper and smoke. Touches of metallic graininess but not much. Peachy esters and lemony finish. Well balanced and quite drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on-tap again at American Flatbread and just had to try it.

Color: Copper/amber with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Apples/fruit (house yeast) with a pronounced maltiness/breadiness.

Taste: Spicy with some fruitiness. Malty and tart. Much like a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Not too dry. Tart.

Verdict: Well crafted and lighter than other Unibroue beers I've had. Drinkable from the tap. Never seen it in bottles.

Brad007, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a huge 3 finger head. Nice light brown semi-cloudy color.

Smell is of whiskey malt, clove and a slight banana phenol

Taste is some whisey malt and some belgian sugar. Nicely balanced. But there is a very seltzery water flavor. It's like soda water and malt. It's not for me. It tastes alright other than that,but it just gets to me too much.

Seltzer water mouthfeel.

This beer is like seltzer water to me. Did I get a bad sample?

Thanks to Matt for the sample.

jasonjlewis, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of rec
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cloudy golden caramel body presents itself during pour, with a soapy off-white head that fails to impress.

The aroma is filled with light fruit, citrus, yeast and a hint of alchohol. Delicious.

The taste up-front is overhwhelming; spice and tart citrus dominate. In the finish you'll find the light fruit, namely pear, and that certain whisky flavour.

At first the taste wasn't something I saw myself enjoying, I even contimplated not finishing the glass, but after a few sips you sink right in, and although it's definately not a session beer, it's one easily enjoyed as a taster.

rec, Jan 09, 2008
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 30, 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
Raftman from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.