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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Smoked
Chambly, Canada

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RATINGS: 767   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Gold medal winner in 1995 at the Chicago Beverage Testing Institute. It is brewed with whiskey malt in honour of the raftmen, rivermen and lumberjacks of Québec of the 19th century who finished their day with Ale and Whiskey.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaser (2535) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Orange cloudy pour from tap at Longroom. White head peach and orange sweet taste. Very fruity. Decent for a style I don't like

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christpuncher (993) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Fruity belgium beer. Nothing fancy and pours orange incolor. Fruity finish and smells fruity had at te long room. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5191) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Draft to taster at Ei8ht Ball. Looks solid; a slightly hazy dark golden orange with white head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast and related spices with some mild citrus hop notes; I don’t get smoke though. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. This is more of a Belgian Pale Ale than a smoked beer; I get no smoke whatsoever (and it’s classified in the database as a Smoked).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Draft. Unique beer that is mostly odminated by the Unibroue yeast. Lots of esters, some light smoke/toastines form the malt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (4729) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
750mL, corked and caged, BB 03-06-16. Nose is sweet and malty, somewhat spicy, with that great and easily identifiable Unibroue yeast. Doesn’t gush, doesn’t even move a millimeter, but the foamy, noisy off-white head occupies about 90% of the glass even on a careful pour; resolves to an orange-leaning, clear golden body with somewhat above-average carbonation. Thin body but waves of malt and some above average complexity, very light darker thrusts of malt with heather and lavender in the background, and I might even imagine some spruce or juniper, but at this point I’m imagining a different beer. No alcohol, smooth and easy-going, crisp and refreshing with light berries and fainter cherries, but no sign of smoke. Another good one, if misleading.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1858) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 25, 2014
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Very hazy, dusty amber with a small off-white head and sparse lacing. (Interestingly, the bottled version I tried in Quebec had an enormous head and nice lacing.) Aroma of light fruit, coriander, caramel, lemon, yeast, spice and orange. Taste of caramel, coriander, lemon, orange, apple, yeast and mild spices. Medium/light body and medium/high carbonation with a slightly foamy mouthfeel. I'm not detecting much smoke here, but it is still a rather nice, fruity Belgian pale ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2455) - Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/6/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, peach, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, caramel, toast, bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1582) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Nowhere near enough smoke for a smoked beer but I still really liked it. Fruit, yeast and spices over a caramel malt backbone.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
closey22 (795) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Hazy dark amber thin offwhite lacy head; crisp tangy malty aroma; Flava is subtly malty sweet hint of spice roasty smoked grain; feels light with fizziness up front; finishes tangy malty and some citrusy tartness at end

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2749) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2014
The aroma is fruity, yeasty, light smoke, caramel. The appearance is hazy amber, white head. The flavor is fruity, yeasty, smoky. The finish is smoke, yeasty. Medium in body. Decent overall.


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