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

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RATINGS: 785   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 The bottle opens with a loud, decorking, Pop. Pouring into a glass yields a huge white head atop an amber, copper colored head. The aroma is quite interesting, as there is not much smoke at all. Lots of yeast and, light dry grain, and perhaps some fruit - orange, lemon and perhaps banana. The flavor is a little lacking. The malt is a little light in flavor, but comprised of dry grains and a touch of whisky. A rather thin and unimpressive beer from Unibroue. A bit disappointing, but certainly not terrible.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 Has a cloudy orange/cider look with a lot of carbonation and a fruit/alcohol smell. Taste is slightly malted and finishes with an almost sour/soapy taste. Overall not the best beer as it is very different than the other ones I have tried and I did not like the sour taste.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2003
Over fizzy, pours with a huge head that lasts all of 10 seconds, deep amber colour. Sweet, leafy, apple aroma. Ultra thin malt flavour, crisp and acidic, due mainly to the carbonation. Has a decent gravity, but the carbonation detracts from the mouthfeel. In the words of Grandpa Simpson, "Yow, the bubbles are burning my tongue".

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Huge no wait HUGE carbonation. Popped the cork and it was all over my kitchen counter. I do not know why this is valled a smoked beer, the aroma was dusty and yeasty. Cloudy orange/amber color. Taste is rather boring with maybe a slight smokey taste. Definatelt to much yeast and not enough alcohol to balance it out.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2003
Aroma similar to other Unibroues - probably not quite as spicy. Pours very cloudy, orange-yellow brown. High carbonation. Head is foamy and large, but quickly dissipates. It is quite smooth but the flavour is suprisingly bland. Hops, where are you? Supposedly made from smoked malts but I'm having a hard time discerning the difference. Perhaps my palate is not sophisticated enough as yet. I would rate this beer on the low range of the Unibroue spectrum.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4705) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2003 Very yeasty aroma. Higher carbonation than other Unibroue's. Almost clear dark yellow if poured when settled, otherwise it is a dirty cloudy yellow brown. Big bubbly, quickly diminishing head. I cannot say if the smoking of the barley adds to it or not. The tast can be described as "raw". It tastes like it might be a real Unibroue when it grows up. It tastes yeasty and unfinished with a thinner body than other products by this brewer. Better than average beer but not what I have come to expect from the big U.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Aroma is overwhelmed with Belgian yeast. Flavor is a semi-sweet mixture of Scottish malt and Belgian yeast. Fizzy mouthfeel with a faint Scotch-like finish. Unique style, but not quite a smoke beer, Scottish ale, of Belgian. This would be much better fermented with an English ale yeast.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Smells like pipe tobaccoo to me. Thick head with a hazy yellow/orange appearance. Sweet, zesty taste with yeasty, fruity notes. A real lack of smokiness or anything peat-like that would resember whiskey. Disappointing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2003
Hazy amber-orange color. Mild bitterness, with notes of honey, wheat, ground spice, yeast and a strong smokeyness. Pours with a full white dense foamy head. Not one of the best from Unibroue.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Not a smoked beer. Rather a golden ale, and a rather good one. Golden color with a thick light cream colored head. Mild orange citrus aroma with hints of sweet malt. Mild caramel flavors with a faint hint of peat. Mild malt finish. If you want a smoked beer this is not it. If you like a mild golden ale givr this a try.


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