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


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RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5284) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
sweet, fruity (oranges and banana), yeasty and malty smell. Cloudy, orange coloured with a short white head. Spicy, sweet taste with bananas and a bit sour. Smooth taste and palate. Typical weizenbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (2169) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
Cloudy orange coloured, small head. Aroma of a belgian tripel, fruity and a bit spicy. Soft malty flavour, rather sweet with a weizen-like mouthfeel and flavour. No smoke-flavour detected! Weizen-style imho.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (6644) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2003
Cloudy orange color, short white head. Sweet yeasty aroma, spicy and fruity, banana. Soft sweet malty taste, spicy sparkling on the tongue. More like a hefeweizen, but more dry palate instead of refreshing. Quite heavy on the stomach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2003
Yeasty, fruit (apricot) aroma. Initially large head that fully diminishes surprisingly quickly for a Unibroue beer. Opaque cloudy orange colour. Mildly (peat?) smoked flavour over a slightly estery mild malt beer. Some tartness in the finish and a healthy dose of yeast flavour. Body is light and bubbly. Everything about this beer is so polite, oddly so considering it's a tribute to the hard working, hard drinking rivermen... Still it is a good beer. Wish it were all punched up a few notches. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Easy to drink beer with a very nice color. Light smokey flavor. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2003
I've got to say that I'm unimpressed with this offering from a brewery that I generally like quite a bit. Nice color, but a quickly fading head start off the brew. Aroma is nice...light and sweet, but needs to be fuller. Flavor just seems to lack any real emphasis, but it certainly isn't offensive. Overall, just average for Unibroue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Cloudy peach topped by big off-white head. Aroma is sweet, peach, light smoke. Taste is mild, medium sweet, finishing lightly smoke. Watery light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Bottle, best before 3-7-02: Deep hazy orange. Roaring carbonation. Creamy thick white head. Yeasty, fruity nose. Fruity, estery, yeast is the prominent flavor here, with a subtle smoke in the background. Nothing extraordinary, but definately drinkable, and has nice possibilities for matching with food. All-in-all a pleasant easy-drinking Unibroue!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaBeer1972 (1826) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2003
This one isn't smoky at all. Nice cloudy "glowing" deep orange color. Good creamy head that you'd expect from Unibroue. Aroma and flavor are very "bready/yeasty". Certainly Unibroue's most "mellow" brew. I am not too excited about this one though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Cloudy amber and highly carbonated, Raftman's got definite Belgian (spicy) influences in the aroma and flavor. It's got great complexity for a 5.5% beer. Another good one from Unibroue.

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