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


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RATINGS: 810   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (617) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 I had this one in Montreal years ago and thought the smoked malt was way overdone. Had it again recently and the smoke was largely gone. I like it a lot better now, I found it undrinkable with the strong smoked taste. The flavors are very complex for a 5.5% beer, with apricot, malt, some very light smoke, fresh yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
Copper coloured beer. The aroma is limited to barley malt. In mouth, while it's original, it doesn't seem so well balanced, the whiskey taste is subtle, we imagine some fruits hidden in the background, but never manage to quite put the finger on it, roasted malt is too dominant. Sadly, I'm pretty confident it used to be better (as in excellent) some years ago.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
Light citrus spice scent. Cloudy brown colour. Malt taste, slightly watery and weak. Well carbonated. Slight apricot finish - no smoked taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5365) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Original review 2004: It is supposed to be a smoked brew but I believe the smoke taste could be more present. I would qualify this more as a smoke brew for beginners. Still, very good beer with the disctinct yeast flavor from Unibroue but I frankly seen better brew from Unibroue. Re-rate 2005: Smoke taste is still shy but maybe a bit more present in this fresher bottle. Malt and Unibroue yeast mix well together. Not bad buit had some better one from Unibroue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2003
For some reason when i saw this beer all i could think of was that song from the mid-90's that goes "I'm the scatman! be ba da da da boo...ba da ba da boo!" but no, it's Raftman, not Scatman. anyways...it was a nice dark orangy color with a slightly smokey/yeasty aroma. the taste was fizzy...oh yeah, with some smokey thrown in. unfortunately that's all i can say for the flavor. not much else to speak of. i took a drink of it 45 seconds ago and i still feel the fizz in my mouth. hmmm...if i put Pop Rocks in this and drink it, will i die? WAIT WAIT!! i just read the bottle and it sez "Best before 03-07-02." maybe that has something to do with it...well, actually i don't think so. i think this beer is just supposed to be that way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
Hazy copper. Lasting, light tan head. Yeasty, mildly smokey nose. medium-full bodied. Well-carbonated. Light smoke, peatish flavour w/ a strong yeastiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2009 2009-04-19. ark amber body with a modest off-white head. (3+) Sweet yeasty aroma, light malt. Flavour is likewise, sweet yeasty character, very light smoke touches/smoked malt. Average plus palate. (3+) Decent, much milder than I remember it being in years past. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4 Bottle from the LCBO

Oct 2004, Draft. Not as smokey as I recall. Pleasant maltiness with subtle smokiness showing up a bit more in the dry finish. Aroma has some lightly smoked notes over the yeasty Unibroue aroma. Pleasantly effervescent body. 7/3/6/4/14

Oct 2001 a bit of bite in the flavour. It is brewed with whisky malt apparently, I]m not entirely sure what that does. It kind of hints at whisky, but doesn’t have the harsh bite of whisky (i guess i have only tried cheap whisky though) Aftertaste is subtle but long lasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Color is very cloudy deep yellowy amber, pretty soild and juicy with a two finger high head of a super creamy, whispy light and tight ivory head, very steady and even, leaves some large stringy lace at first but starts to lose its staying power after awhile. Smell is soft, big time soft, sublte, with a deepening character of musty malts, sweetly rich, a tad citrusy, and some faint spice notes and whisky. Intreging mixed tastes of smokey-like malts, very subtle but rich and softly mellowing and warming, some citrusy hops and mild fruit of peach, apricot, and lemony spices fills out through to the finish with a lingering softness that just begs you for another swig. One heck of a interesting brew, put together magnificantly. Feel is pretty full and textured lightly with a small astringency in the middle leading to the soft lingering dryness of warmed ice cream. Pondering this beer is quite fun, it takes more then one glass of it to really appreciate it, one excellent brewed beer, Unibroue never stops the onslaught of interesting beers, and this ranks up there with some of the finest. Magnifique'.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sully (1379) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2003
Nice colour, but small and thin head. The beer has a good initial nose but it is a disappointment on tasting. I don't detect a whiskey malt but that could be a ruse to give the beer some form of aura. Alright, you're lumberjacks and you're OK, you drink all night and you work all day............

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2003
Light, hoppy aroma, without a trace of carbonation. Effefercent carbonation. Citruisy hops, but not american northwest, maybe some saaz. I detect absolutely no smoke. it is a bit biscuity and toasty. Nice though.

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