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

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RATINGS: 803   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Pours almost an opaque light copper color...Interesting aroma of sweet grapes....very smooth with alot of different flavors that come out at different times

1.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Beer pours (in Corsendonk glass) a cloudy, medium orange-golden with generous white puffy head. Aroma is a light grassy-straw. Flavor is smooth, woody citrus with light straw ending. Nothing bad, but nothing memorable about this one. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
superman (13) - USA - JUL 22, 2003
On draught, was very disappointing. After half a dozen Unibroues under the belt, but this lacked the character of the others. Not a whole lot of flavor to it, was forced to finish it quickly to try and forget that I had just drank a below-average Unibroue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 I had this one in Montreal years ago and thought the smoked malt was way overdone. Had it again recently and the smoke was largely gone. I like it a lot better now, I found it undrinkable with the strong smoked taste. The flavors are very complex for a 5.5% beer, with apricot, malt, some very light smoke, fresh yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
Copper coloured beer. The aroma is limited to barley malt. In mouth, while it's original, it doesn't seem so well balanced, the whiskey taste is subtle, we imagine some fruits hidden in the background, but never manage to quite put the finger on it, roasted malt is too dominant. Sadly, I'm pretty confident it used to be better (as in excellent) some years ago.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
Light citrus spice scent. Cloudy brown colour. Malt taste, slightly watery and weak. Well carbonated. Slight apricot finish - no smoked taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Original review 2004: 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 frankly seen better brew from Unibroue. Re-rate 2005: Smoke taste is still shy but maybe a bit more present in this fresher bottle. Malt and Unibroue yeast mix well together. Not bad buit had some better one from Unibroue.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2003
For some reason when i saw this beer all i could think of was that song from the mid-90's that goes "I'm the scatman! be ba da da da boo...ba da ba da boo!" but no, it's Raftman, not Scatman. anyways...it was a nice dark orangy color with a slightly smokey/yeasty aroma. the taste was fizzy...oh yeah, with some smokey thrown in. unfortunately that's all i can say for the flavor. not much else to speak of. i took a drink of it 45 seconds ago and i still feel the fizz in my mouth. hmmm...if i put Pop Rocks in this and drink it, will i die? WAIT WAIT!! i just read the bottle and it sez "Best before 03-07-02." maybe that has something to do with it...well, actually i don't think so. i think this beer is just supposed to be that way.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
Hazy copper. Lasting, light tan head. Yeasty, mildly smokey nose. medium-full bodied. Well-carbonated. Light smoke, peatish flavour w/ a strong yeastiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 2009-04-19. ark amber body with a modest off-white head. (3+) Sweet yeasty aroma, light malt. Flavour is likewise, sweet yeasty character, very light smoke touches/smoked malt. Average plus palate. (3+) Decent, much milder than I remember it being in years past. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 Bottle from the LCBO

Oct 2004, Draft. Not as smokey as I recall. Pleasant maltiness with subtle smokiness showing up a bit more in the dry finish. Aroma has some lightly smoked notes over the yeasty Unibroue aroma. Pleasantly effervescent body. 7/3/6/4/14

Oct 2001 a bit of bite in the flavour. It is brewed with whisky malt apparently, I]m not entirely sure what that does. It kind of hints at whisky, but doesn’t have the harsh bite of whisky (i guess i have only tried cheap whisky though) Aftertaste is subtle but long lasting.


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