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Raftman - Unibroue

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very good

643 Ratings

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 46
Gots: 34 | 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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Photo of SheepNutz
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. Upon opening the bottle, which had not been disturbed for days in the fridge, it violently poured foam like an active volcano for about 20 seconds. When poured though, the carbonation died down some. It pours a hazy medium orange color with two fingers of white head. There is almost no lacing left on the glass. The smell is very sweet with honey, orange, and a hint of bourbon. The taste is very malty, with more honey and bourbon coming through. It almost tastes like the sweet bourbon glaze that the restaurant I work at uses for pork chops. There is a touch of sweetness and hops to the finish. The mouthfeel is a little light, slightly oily. The drinkability is real nice, as this is a smooth sweet treat.

SheepNutz, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of slitherySOB
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a lightly smoked beer. Poured a dark gold, hazy auburn colour with a nice head. Smelled of peat moss and whiskey. Tasted sort of sweet. Some whiskey flavours at the side of the tongue and finishes slightly bitter. A light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Pretty good beer, but I was expecting a bit more.

slitherySOB, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is supposed to be a smoked brew but I believe the smoke taste could be more present. I would qualify this more as a smoke brew for beginners. Still, very good beer with the disctinct yeast flavor from Unibroue but I frank better brew from Unibroue.

Phyl21ca, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very unsual brew from Unibroue. I heard this was a smoked beer and was afraid since the only other smoked beer I've had (Aecht Marzen Smoked) was not my cup of tea. Fortunately there was no smokiness in this. Instead I tasted a definite whiskey taste mixed with some sweet malts. Bready malts followed with some spicy yeast that mixed it up well. Peppery spices were apparent in the finish along with a mild fruit sensation. The more I drank of this the better it got.

granger10, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 07/09/03 from a 12oz bottle with a best before date of 11-22-03.

Poured a cloudy clover honey color wiht a huge, froathy white head.

Aromas of very sweet malt with hints of whiskey without the alcohol and wisps of hops.

Tastes of sweet malt with a medium body and high carbonation feel. Tingles on the tongue and finishes with a slight hop taste. Very sweet, yet not overly sweet. A yeasty middle that gives way to the hops. Smooth and goes down very easy. Great, great beer that is different from the norm and the best Unibroue I've had yet.

Loki, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep copper color with medium head that leaves some pretty nice lacing,I really liked the soft malty slightly sweet aroma.The taste is also pretty soft with a light smokiness to it with a good malty backbone and finishes a little fruity.I think this is a highly drinkable beer for the style,pretty well done.

oberon, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, a couple of days in the fridge.

A huge, tan/cream, coarse head dies fast like soda pop. The second pour seems denser (or is that just the leftover head from the first pour). Some sticky clumps of lacing persist. The beer is hazy amber. Tons of fast carbonation. The nose is the classic Unibroue spice and citrus yeastiness. The middle is malty and tangy (quite buttery at temperature), turning quite bitter toward the finish, which is nutty, spicy, dry, gorgeous. Grains and fresh bread give one of the nicest aftertastes ever.

This is an awesome beer. For me, it's just the right amount of sweetness. The aftertaste is fantastic: you could use this for mouthwash.

kbub6f, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 6 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. For what's supposed to be a smoked beer, I don't taste any smokiness. In fact, this kind of reminds me of a wheat beer(maybe it's just me). Has a nice crisp taste on the tongue. When I think of a smoked beer, I think more of a winter beer. To me, this is definitely a summer brew

jcalabre, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of Realale
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber/copper color. Thin crackly white head settles quickly to a thin incomplete cap of foam.

Huge rich malty nose. Hint of phenol/smoke, and some fruitiness. Nose continues to grow as the pint warms, but no real additional complexity emerges.

Rich round maltiness on the palate. There is a slight smoky/burnt element, and the fruitiness is bigger in the mouth than on the nose. Hops don't really play a role in this one. Great bottle-conditioned mouthfeel - soft, tiny carbonation throughout. Its pretty much a one note beer, but I can happily listen to that one note for a good long time.

Best Before April 4, 2003.

Realale, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is very cloudy deep yellowy amber, pretty soild and juicy with a two finger high head of a super creamy, whispy light and tight ivory head, very steady and even, leaves some large stringy lace at first but starts to lose its staying power after awhile. Smell is soft, big time soft, sublte, with a deepening character of musty malts, sweetly rich, a tad citrusy, and some faint spice notes and whisky. Intreging mixed tastes of smokey-like malts, very subtle but rich and softly mellowing and warming, some citrusy hops and mild fruit of peach, apricot, and lemony spices fills out through to the finish with a lingering softness that just begs you for another swig. One heck of a interesting brew, put together magnificantly. Feel is pretty full and textured lightly with a small astringency in the middle leading to the soft lingering dryness of warmed ice cream. Pondering this beer is quite fun, it takes more then one glass of it to really appreciate it, one excellent brewed beer, Unibroue never stops the onslaught of interesting beers, and this ranks up there with some of the finest. Magnifique'.

tavernjef, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of Garin
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours an -almost- clear copper/tan, with a puffy white head that quickly and noisily disappeared.

Aromas of smoky sweet malt, with hops herbal tones. I can imagine a little bit of fruitiness, like peaches or something. There is no doubt, however, about the yeasty and spicy aromas.

The flavour is very soft up front. Slightly dry (but not -quite- astringent) feelings fill it out. I taste the smoky whisky malt flavours, and some soft herbal and honey-like peachy/apricot flavours, with a slightly peppery finish. The flavours are very soft and quiet, so if you're expecting another Unibroue knock-you-over-with-hearty-asskicking-flavours, go grab a bottle of La Terrible or something.

In the mouth, again, the favourite word here is "soft". Smooth, light, and easy drinking. Happily, this beer is only 5.5%, which means that the drinkability is unhampered -- so many of its Unibroue brethren are just too powerful to quaff in quantity (drink less, drink better indeed!).

Garin, May 25, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy marmalade color in appearance with a white short-lived head. Fruity aroma has a nice malt sweetness to it, in addition to some citrus and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice palate cleansing crispness. Taste consists of fruity apricot and malt. I can hardly detect the whiskey malt that's utilized. Yeast and a feint hint of alcohol arrive in the finish. There's also a light bitterness that's kept in check throughout, by the more dominant fruity flavor.

Not quite what I was expecting, but good none-the-less. I thought the use of whiskey malt would impart a little bit more of its characteristics. Still a very enjoyable brew.

Winter, May 18, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy straw color with a nice side head that leaves right away leaving no lace behind. The typical smell of Unibroue beers. Hop aroma is moderate to high then a taosty malt aroma rises to the top of the glass.

A sweet caramel flavor is strong along with a citrus flavor. The hop flavor is moderate which is nice but not great, I would like a little more but it ok. As the beer warms a smokey flavor starts rise out of the beer. The medium body is good but I like a more body. The overall drinkability is good but I think it may be a little to sweet for my liking.


kunzbrew, May 13, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wearing a color of golden orange, topped with a bold, bright white and bubbling champagne-like head of foam, Raftman shows promise from the start.

In the nose, a unique and mysterious character begins to show itself: heady, deep, musky, sweet, yet strong, touches of citrus, and the definitive stamp of whiskey. The more I drink it in, the more my imagination stirs...am I in an enchanted forst, a magical glen? Feels peaty, maybe a little smokey, lush with rich malt, and citric hops persisting.

Texture is rought and tumble at first, slowly giving way to a tasteful play on the tongue and palate. Lemon/orange flavor returns again. Mouthfeel is very warming. Full bodied.

I can't for the life of me figure this beer out, and maybe that's okay, in this case. I've had different reactions every time I've had it, liking it more each time. A most unusual ale. Unibroue is most adept at crafting unique beers, and this is definitely one of those.

feloniousmonk, May 07, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot hue, topped by an intially thick vanilla white head that quickly fizzles into a thin, but tight layer. Devoid of any lace. Waft of buttery caramel and woody oak hits the nose at first, then is followed by a bright contrast of Unibroue yeast's signature ripe, juicy tropical fruit albeit at a diminished level compared to their other brews. Curious impression of grilled passionfruit topped with caramel syrup. Odd, yet enjoyable in aroma. Begins slowly flavorwise-- Doughy, flour like malt with a delayed sweetness intially in flavor lingers, and is ensued by citric, lightly acidic, kumkuat like fruit after a significant deliberation. Mild banana and peachy esters emerge mid palate simulataneously with lightly toffeeish caramel. Malt character ends rather abruptly, leaving the constituitively expressed, bittersweet non descript hop bitterness and residual sugar combination to dominate late. Moderate in body once the carbonation dissapates, revealing a functionally smooth, dextrinous mouthfeel. Mellow. Finishes with mild must and notes of candied citrus zest. Raftman is strange, yet enjoyable. It becomes much more balanced and mellow as it breathes and CO2 escapes. It's tasty, but lacks complexity; my least favorite Unibroue thus far. "Best before 4/9/2003"

marc77, May 06, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another fine brew from Unibroue! This one came in a 750 ml bottle, and, lucky for me, my wife was in a vodka and fruit juice mood yesterday, so I got it all to myself! Oh frabjous day! Calloo! Callay!

A light copper body sits crowned with a fluffy white head that subsides in a few minutes. Aromas of Malt, citrus, and whiskey. (It reminded me of when Grandma would send me down to Pendergast's Bar to fetch Pop home for dinner, strictly a beer-and-a-shot kind of place in the Bronx. I can see where Proust was coming from...) Taste is also malt, whiskey, citrus, plus some caramel. A smooth, refined mouthfeel, with medium carbonation adding a nice tang. A smooth, malty sweet finish, with a small citrus tang finishes our whitewater excursion. Yum!

WaltTrombone, May 05, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap a few times on my most recent trip to Canada. As you all should know Unibroue is one of my favorite breweries. I find all of their beers to be excellent, although most of them are better in the larger 750ml bottles, as opposed to the smaller 12oz ones. Well, Unibroue beers on tap are quite a revelation for fans of the brewery. This beer was presented to me a nice, clear, golden colour with a big frothy head. The aromas were stronger and more distinguished on tap. The aromas were of smoked whiskey malts, belgian yeasts, and various hops. The taste was more of the same. Smoky, Earthy, Yeasty....simply delicous! The mouthfeel was very full and satisfying and the drinkability was top notch as well.
Unibroue beers on tap are awesome!!!

francisweizen, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of MJR
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a faint amber with great clarity. Has a thin, white cap of a head, and a ton of tiny bubbles racing to the surface from the heavy carbonation. Swirling the glass greatly increases the size of the head, but it quickly shrinks back down.

Smell: Light aroma of smoked whisky malt, earthy yeast, and a hint of caramel. A bit faint...

Taste: The flavor is slighty sweet with a subtle caramel note, but the strongest flavor component is the whisky malt, which brings a slighty smokey flavor to the party. It also adds a bit of a watered-down whisky flavor. The yeast used adds a bit of an earthy and musty character, which only gets stronger as you get towards the bottom of the bottle and that fine layer of sediment that awaits. There's not much of an aftertaste, as once you swallow, it's gone. Overall, the flavor is light and refreshing, with a good balance of sweet and smokey.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated with a light, almost watery mouthfeel. It's a bit thin, but a heavier body wouldn't really suit this brew. Adding the yeast sediment imparts a dryness to the finish.

Drinkability: Good...this would be a good brew to sip when you don't want something heavy and complex. It's light and easy-going and lend's itself well to warmer weather.

MJR, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date on bottle 10-10-02 (I never check this before purchasing a Unibroue offering).

Pours with a thin but creamy off-white head atop a murky orange body. The aroma is like an apple laced bourbon mash house. It takes me back to my vacations in Kentucky, visiting the great bourbon distilleries. I've always loved that smell. Even my wife, who hates beer, can detect that familiar aroma.

The taste is light and nimble, revealing little nuances. This is in direct contrast to all other Unibroue offerings I've tried. There is a light malt flavor, almost feeling like wheat or rye malts. The yeast contributes a fruity, yet bready hint as well. Then there is a hint of spices, which may come from a malt, or the hops, or something else entirely. It seems like coriander, but it's very faint. Minimal bitterness on the finish. It's actually a buttery finish. The aftertaste lingers, being comprised of mostly a yeast fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is very rich for the light taste. The carbonation is very fine and adds another dimension of refined texture to the experience. The drinkability is pretty good, although the lingering yeast component could begin to wear on the taste buds during a prolonged session. But this beer has a refreshing quaity due to the effervescent carbonation and the quaffable ABV. I may end up drinking this beer more oftan than many of the other Unibroue offerings simply becasue it tastes very good, yet I don't need to plan when to have it due to the alcohol content. A very solid offering.

aaronh, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is perhaps the lightest of the Unibroue brews that I’ve sampled. It was very crisp and refreshing. Poured a hazy copper/orange color with a medium bubbly head. The high carbonation level that seemed to keep the head alive the entire time I was drinking it. There was a small amount of whiskey malt in the aroma in addition to a bit of spicy clove and just a hint of smokiness. The taste is very enjoyable. There’s a kick of toasted malt on the initial taste followed by a subtle caramel and fruit sweetness. There’s a smoky taste left on the palate after finishing this one. It was very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone.

Scooter77, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel colour with a very thin but creamy head. The body is very well carbonated, medium full and murky. The taste is almost overpowering in that it features a star burst of lemon to the palate in a sweet sort of way.The nose is mildly fruity/floral..
A nice beer to dine with but not a session brew.

Shiloh, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden color with a massive white head that settles to a lace and leaves trails on the sides of the glass. The aroma tingles your nose with lots of yeast. There is also a nice bready smell, wheat bread, and some pale malts round out the grainy aroma. Sweet fruits provide the perfect balance in the aroma.

It is crisp with nice tingly carbonation. The yeast is very well balanced with wheat and lots of grains. A citrusy lemon flavor comes in just before the yeasty kick in the aftertaste. It is very easy to drink. It is pretty light in body, but it does not lack any flavor. Another good one from Unibroue.

ElGuapo, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of paceyourself
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured amber in color with a small white head. The moderate to active carbonation feels great for this brew and adds alot to the experience. A soft floral and grape aroma fight for attention. Tastes a bit thin and sweet but some how it lingers for awhile. Raftman is very drinkable and is a good buy at six dollars for a 25oz. bottle.

paceyourself, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a golden orangish tone, with a white head along with a solid amount of lace lining the glass. The aroma has a nice apple fragrance along with some nice esters that arise to the nose. Very sweet flavors with the balancing bitterness arising in the finish, very mild smooth and refreshing. For Unibroue this one is lighter in flavor than most of their brews, but it is still a very solid selection that deserves a shot. It dances on the tongue with the high carbonation, but overall a lighter to medium body. Pretty drinkable, but the high carbonation would stop me from wanting to consume too many of these.

WVbeergeek, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of far333
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Excellent beer from Unibroue. The head is a nice light brown with big bubbles that settle fairly quickly. The beer is a deep golden to beige color in the glass. The mouthfeel is about average, but the smell and the taste just hit you head on. No that they're overly strong, but the whiskey malt adds a flavor and an aroma that are truly unique and very noticeable. Hints of smoke and an apple-like taste, with definite overtones of whiskey. A real pleasure to drink. I wouldn't be able to have too many because the flavor can get a little overwhelming after a few, but this is a very good beer.

far333, Jan 25, 2003
Raftman from Unibroue
87 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.