Steak (124) - New York, USA - MAY 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apple cinnamon aroma with yeasty notes as well. Hazy orange/amber color with a few ’floaters’ going on. I got a lot of citrus tang and bitterness in the taste with only a little sweetness. Easily more drinkable that other Unibroues, because of less alcohol, but not quite as good.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus, yeast and floral aroma. Peach colour, with fluffy head, at first. Bitter and sweet. Good after taste (malty) Very nice tongue tingle like a Belgian. A fine beer, but smoked?
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent mildly strong Belgian style ale. Unlike most Unibroue products, this one doesn’t overpower with alcohol taste.
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper/brown colour, white head,malty aroma with a hint of smoke. Yeasty malt flavour with a hint of whiskey that improves as it warms.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big malty aroma, burnt amber body with weak head. Citrusy sour & slightly spiced. Nice soft palateand a subtle taste. This beer is different from other Belgian styles
Gooner (136) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I couldn’t really taste the whiskey malt, but this was a darn good beer.
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unfiltered hazy appearnance. Slightly smokey and peaty nose. Thin mouthfeel with sweet taste, perhaps a bit of toffee. I recall Raftman being more Whiskey like in prior tastings. Interesting beer but not one to add to my ’everyday’ list.
hoppyman (34) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The unloved beer of the Unibroue family.Nice amber color.Some faint pineapple,smoke in the nose.Fizzy mouthfeel along with lime and light-medium whisky malt taste.Very good as an everyday beer in the sun.If you take it for what it is you won’t be disappointed.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: ’burnished’ looking brassy/coppery hue, some tiny bits of yeast floating, large but quick-dying head. Aroma: very malty-sweet, more like bourbon to my nose than Scotch whiskey, nice but perhaps a bit understated; little in the way of smoke. Flavor: just a bit of smoke, slightly whiskeyish, pretty dry, body somewhat thinnish, bit sour on the finish and overall something of a disappointment from this fine brewer. Of course, its still better than 99% of Canadian/American large breweries’ products; but you knew that.
Next day update: I dozed for an hour after my first glass; upon sampling again when it was almost room temperature the maltiness and sweetness had really come up, and the palate become smoother and cleaner; seemed much more ’Belgian.’ Still not my favorite, but I can only get more impressed by Unibroue.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Hazy orange color, heavy fizziness that dies down quick, slightly smokey, citrus aroma. While it gets some points for being unique, it is too scattered to be a contender.