shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good head and smooth body. The smoky flavours were definitely muted, but the malt shines through. Could use more of a kick.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2003
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
superman (13) - USA - JUL 22, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light citrus spice scent. Cloudy brown colour. Malt taste, slightly watery and weak. Well carbonated. Slight apricot finish - no smoked taste.
Boutip (5223) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy copper. Lasting, light tan head. Yeasty, mildly smokey nose. medium-full bodied. Well-carbonated. Light smoke, peatish flavour w/ a strong yeastiness.