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Raftman | Unibroue

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unibroue introduced Raftman to the Quebec market in March 1995. This coral-hued beer has a unique taste that combines the smooth character of smoked malt whisky with the flavours of fine yeast.

IBU: 15.5

Added by kbub6f on 03-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,769
Reviews:
419
Ratings:
787
pDev:
11.4%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
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61
Gots:
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1.5/5  rDev -61.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of -chii-
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of haz77
2.4/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of jcalabre
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
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

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.57/5  rDev -33.4%
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

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Photo of kgs
2.64/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin-tasting Belgian without a lot to distinguish it. It's not offensive, it's just not memorable or special. I like Belgians that are good food companions and this would fit that definition, but it lacks a distinct style it can call its own. I wonder if the Brothers have tasted this beer since they reviewed it 8 years ago.

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2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light amber coloured cloudy brew. The foam is relatively firm, although it doesn't stand the test of time.

In the nose I sense a fresh, compact smell of fruit, typical smell of topfermented beer. Maybe a bit of wet, exotic wood?!

The beer has some power in the body, although it is to carbonated for it's style - in my opinion - and after the first impressions of taste it more or less "dissappears" from the palate, leaving a discrete hint of smoke hand in hand with a (very) little hoppiness.

All in all: it promises something, but is not able to live up to it. The body is not harmonic and balanced, and the promised whiskey malt taste is much to discrete, compared to eg French whiskey malt beer 'Adelscott' or the German 'Highlander'.

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2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Based on the reviews below I think I might have gotten a bad beer. Usually the Unibroue line is quite good, but this beer was fairly boring (for them). Pours with a large creamy white head. Clear golden maple color (my wife made me say maple color). Tart fruity smell, cidery and malty. No apricot smell noticed. Doesn't taste as interesting as it smells. Watery, slightly malty sweet, finishes sweet/sour. Not anywhere near as good as their other offerings.

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Photo of beachbum1975
2.68/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

First time I can recall seeing this beer in the shelves. I loved the label and the name of this beer, so decided to try it out on a whim. No freshness date on this bottle.

Big pop when prying the top off. Pours a light brown with off-white head. Tightly compacted bubbles which face fast leaving a light skimming on the top of the beer.

I smell freshly boiled corn on the nose with a strange wood, like oak in the mix. Maybe that's the rye coming through. White pepper in the mix, too.

The peppery spiciness comes through in the mouth. The carbonation is high in the mouth, much like champagne. Taste is like the nose with the rye and wood characterists coming out as the predominant flavor.

Interesting, but not my cup of tea (or beer).

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2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't know where to start. The color was a hazy medium to dark yellow, with an orange hue. Not much foam and no lace what so ever. The smell had a hint of spice carbination and no much else. The taste had way to much carbination, so much that it kind of masked any spice or fruit taste that might have been. So, to much sour carbination, not a pleasant after taste. This has to be the worst of all the Unibroue Ale I've tasted (12 in all).

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of TequilaTom
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of corby112
2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle.

Pours a dark cloudy golden brown color with a huge foamy head. Aroma consists of light fruit such as apple, pear and banana as well as a slight maltiness. This beer has an interesting mix of crisp light fruit and whiskey malts. Carbonated with crisp center and dry whiskey-like finish.

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Photo of largadeer
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid white cap tops a hazy amber-blond body. Intensely spicy and sweet aroma. Clove, dark sugar, bubblegum, toast - very cloying. Similar on the palate, fruity and spicy, bubblegum and clove. Thin body, a little smokey and toasty toward the finish. The smell is off-putting, but it's decent otherwise.

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Photo of 1759Girl
2.82/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Judging from the other reviews, I have to question whether I may have gotten a bad bottle... or if perhaps everyone else is on crack... which I suppose is the likeliest scenario.

Appearance> Pretty much exactly like SF Bay Delta water... hazy warm yellow/brown. lively. Small head dissipates quickly and leaves a whole lot less lacing than I expected.

Smell> more sour than I expected... where is the smokiness and malt?

Taste> Slightly metallic to start, grows into something interesting but quickly moves to being a bit sour and just "meh"

Mouf> Good

Drinkability> Really didn't care for this one.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows typical Unibroue house yeast with loads of spicy phenols. Some faint apple and sweet clean malt noticeable later.
Flavours include more of that unmistakeable yeast, some spicy notes, and hints of hot alcohol. Not much going on...
Very light body, moderate carbonation. Seems watery.

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2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Duvel glass. Coded, but no date. The body was a murky dull orange-brown. The tall white head subsided pretty fast, no where near as huge as most Unibroue beers I've tried.

Smell was plain, banana skins. Sweet malts.

Taste was mellow grainy malts. Mild spiciness. Only minimal bitterness, but enough tartness to balance the sweetness. Meh.

Mouthfeel was effervescent, and light to medium in body. No my favorite from this brewery.

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Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 787 ratings
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