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


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RATINGS: 737   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 11, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 14, 2002
anypone expecting a rauchbier wil be disappointed. think ofRaftman more as a mild Belgian ale with a subtle smokiness to it . Amber colored with a big off-white head. nice toffee nose. malty with a caramel sweetness balanced out by tart yeasty fruity tastes and a lingering smoky finish. Another unique beer from unibroue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2002
Hard to really categorize this one. Not very smokey, not really a pale ale, though some tastes of that, and even some flavors of a dubbel. Slightly yeasty, hoppy nose with a bit of a veggie scent. Big frothy, mostly dimishing head over an amber body. Fairly sweet taste with only a light bitterness. Overall a well-balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (18954) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
Dark orange. Light bodied. Discretely smokey and complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2002
Intriguing stuff. I was a bit disconcerted by a black hair in the bottle - although maybe that was in my glass (although nobody around here has black hair - should get DNA testing done). I was also a bit disconcerted by the dark brown sediment that dripped on top like pond scum... Good balance of marmalade and peat flavours, but not overflowing with character (apart from that put in by the choice of ingredients). The aftertaste is like one of those tough old dry Italian cacciatore salamis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (11798) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2002
The comments here would verify my findings that the smokiness of this beer is rather variable. In any case, it’s not a rauchbier. A soft, underlying smokiness combines with abundant yeastiness and cakey malts to make a decent, if unspectacular brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
birraguy99 (17) - Campana,Bs. As., ARGENTINA - JAN 3, 2002
Nice dry beer with notes of smoke and lemon. Good cooper color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (3908) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2001
Aroma on this is almost like a smoked lambic,if there is such a thing -- smoke, yeast and sweet citrus. Appearance gets a 5 for label, box, unique grey-gold-amber color with crystal white head. I’ve got to depart from some of the other raters -- the smoked peat is very obvious, and this doesn’t taste anything like the other Unibroues, except for the yeasting. Palate is a good solid 4. I picked a wee piece of orange zest out of the foam, so there’s a little giveaway for the flavoring ingredients.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2001
A very good and drinkable beer from Unibroue. I didn’t get much in the way of smokiness though, more of a dry crisp fruitiness that reminded me very much of Hair of the Dog’s session beer Ruth. Interesting, enjoyable but not quite spectacular.

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