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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:
#9,772
Reviews:
419
Ratings:
787
pDev:
11.4%
Bros Score:
4.42
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
88
Trade:
0
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Photo of Prost76
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattymystique
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LordArgonaut
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of binno
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boo-urns
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aufie
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mademers
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It takes years of practice to understand the Belgians and Unibroue does this well and adds its own to this flavorful, smoky, malty ale. For me, I'd appreciate less carbonation... but I'm getting used to it in this style.

This beer is listed in one of my three books comprising my classical beer education.
Michael Jackson's 1999 edition gave this 2.5 of 4 stars and called it "woody, smoky."

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Photo of hotsudge
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of xuannamnguyen
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidSwords1201
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours initially with towering fluffy head. Dark golden, slightly cloudy, lots of fine, lively carbonation. Aroma of wood smoke and cooked grains, taste is more smoked malt, lightly toasted, light bacon. Some caramel and toffee. Very nicely done.

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Photo of GSS
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a corked-and-caged 750ml, undated bottle - or, at least, if there's a date code, I can't understand it.
L: Pours a deep, hazy burnt-orange with a vast mound of puffy, dingy-white foam that looks and smells like over-risen bread dough.
S: Belgian yeast, green apples and lemongrass.
T: Sweet, bready malt, spicy, musty, smoky earth, unripe fruit, grass and green tea. A very mild squeezed lemon tang lingers briefly
F: Assertively carbonated and astringent, malty, sticky tongue-coating.
O: Well, first off, if I was supposed to taste any whiskey malt, I totally failed. Unless that was the musty, smoky thing. But it drank like a beer twice it's weight, smooth and satisfying. There will be no leftovers.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The body is a bright golden color with mild copper hues towards the center, its very mildly hazy, in fact its barely noticeable unless you stare and focus for a bit. The head is thick rock and very white and lasts for several minutes without showing signs of thinning out. There’s an extremely dense head that just marks every sip.
Smell: Floral notes, fig, apple and mild lemony aromas do come through.
Taste: Floral and rather musky at first, it then opens up with mild bitter bite towards the corners of your mouth, then the apple and raisin flavors come out. Sweet overall with just a slight taste of alcohol. Lemon zest come out as it warms. The aftertaste is smooth and only slightly bitter and leave you wanting another sip. Spices start to come out after about five minutes.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, rather dull but it envelopes your mouth with that nice alcohol warming feeling and it medium to full bodied.
Overall: This is another great example of a Belgian Ale from Unibroue; Raftman is easy to drink, tastes great.

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Photo of harryhops
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's very dark for any type of pale ale, even one based on the Belgian style. It's a brown beer that resembles dirty river water. Opaque due to the sheer brown color, it's still fairly clear. The head is very bright white and just over a finger thick. Only moderate retention, after sitting for a couple minutes only a thin creamy look sits up top.

This thing smells brilliant. Not a hint of citrus like Americans, this is all malt and spices. He whiskey malt lays a foundation of earthy sweetness. Not sure of the hop varietals, but it seems to be old school hops.

I like the taste but I don't know exactly how to describe it. That earthiness is present but the spicing is very subdued compared to the nose. No hop presence so all you taste is malt.

It's surprisingly light bodied, with an almost watery feel. The complete opposite of dry or crisp, my mouth feels like it's dripping in between sips. The bottle mentions a lasting aftertaste and there is a little spicy feel to remind you of what you just had.

I wish this had more alcohol and a more aggressive taste profile. It's a good beer but I'm not sure it's any sort of pale ale.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raftman from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 787 ratings
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