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

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RATINGS: 798   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerGod (5462) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Poured a rich, hazy brown. As with all of the Unibroue beers I've had to this point, there is much carbonation and head. The first smell is a watered down brown sugar or maple syrup. Malty scent intrudes as well. The taste is smooth but somewhat thin. Not a whole lot going on with this. Seems a little watery and less than complex. Not bad but just sort of plain. Weak molasses and milk chocolate with a hint of toffee. Finishes decent. Overall lacking compared to other Unibroue beers but not bad compared to some others.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 25, 2003
Nice thick head with tiny bubbles. Tons of carbonation and a yeast taste and a slight sour aftertaste. Didn't like it as much as the first time I tried it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2003
750 ml: Hazy peach fuzz appearance (turned deep caramel with the yeast added). . . Nice large creamy head, diminishes, but lasting. Distinctive Unibroue yeasty aroma along with some pears, bananas, and oranges, hints of sugar and caramel . Flavour is fairly one dimensional - nice malt precense and with a good yeasty body. . . easy on the palate, overall a good flavour though not spectacular.

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 (4813) - 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 (7133) - 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.


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