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

bottled
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RATINGS: 739   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


realaledrinker's rating

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
realaledrinker (35) - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2012
On tap at Slows. Pours dark with an aroma of fruit, Belgian yeast, and hints of whiskey. The whiskey is very mild in the taste and the smoke is subtle and not overpowering.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wolffish (143) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Un produit que j’ai toujours aimé mais qui manque aujourd’hui de corps en comparaison aux brassins québécois des dix dernières années. Bel équilibre entre le sucré et une certain goût boisé.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3314) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2014
Smells like Belgian farmhouse yeast. Looks like murky water. Tastes malty with a chalky, dry, sweet finish. Lots of spent grain in the aftertaste. I’m never sure what this place thinks they’re doing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiereLuc (768) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
Bière orangée et voilée, coiffée d’un col de mousse modéré qui s’apaise doucement. Le nez présente des fruits mûrs avec des notes plus épicées. En bouche, la bière prend beaucoup d’ampleur alors que les saveurs se déploient. La bière est très pétillante, mais pas au détriment du goût. Un peu de poire, un peu de fumée une sensation poivrée en finale. Un classique qui ne se démode pas.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (123) - Toronto, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours fairly orange, cloudy with a medium whit ehead. Aroma has some nice spice notes, very mild smoke. Taste is whiskey, some cloves, mild yeasty tastes.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VincentDamon (271) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
La Raftman est ambrée, quand même voilée, et chapeautée d’une mousse blanche généreuse comme c’est toujours le cas avec les produits Unibroue. Au nez, on a ici des levures prononcées, du pain, de la pomme verte et peut-être même un peu d’ananas sucré. Plutôt intéressant. En bouche, c’Est mousseux, et le goût de la levure est agréable : mélangé à un bouquet d’épices, il me fait penser à une belge assez standard qui n’a rien d’exceptionnellement original ni de fumé - si on tient compte qu’elle est classée ici comme étant ’smoked’. Quand même un bon produit, tout de même. Qualité-prix difficile à battre, également. De la bonne bière à bon prix, comme on dit. Cheers!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreamflower (480) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
Enjoyed this while northropfrye was away. A little bit smokey but also sweet and flavourful. I liked it!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5038) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2014
On tap at Dutch’s. Hazy, sort of darker red orange amber color. Little, kind of bubbly off-white head. Some smoke in the flavor, but less smoke than expected. A lot more belgiany saison-like fruitiness. Light spiciness. Medium body. Moderate bitter taste, moderate sugary sweet, kind of zesty.. Some orange peel aroma. Solid, interesting stuff. Kind of effervescent and soft. I’d prefer it to have been a bit smoother and easier drinking. With the fruity bright belgian flavor, seems like it could have been pretty refreshing, but it’s not quite swiggable, more of a sipper, for me.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frederick173 (10) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Aroma lacks personality: you know it's a UNIBROUE product but the smell is less complex than that of LA FIN DU MONDE or MAUDITE. Floral odor but not particularly inviting/striking. Appearance: certainly has the colour of whisky but does it taste whisky? Mouthfeel: a little chalky and undercarbonated; not particularly enjoyable. Taste: sweet but thin when it enters the mouth, citrus when you swallow it, then hazelnut after a while. No whisky however... To me, the problem with this beer is that the best part of it (and only fun part) is the after taste (hazelnut). Everything that happens before that is quite boring. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentAle (423) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Aroma: some light sweet fruit aromas along with some sulphur aromas Taste:Bitter start that mellows out quickly with some fruit notes. Very subtle flavors, nothing special Appearance: cloudy gold body with lace head that retains well

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellonearth (36) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Arômes légers de café, de noix, de céréales. D’un brun orangé voilé surmonté d’une belle mousse assez dense. Petite amertume en bouche, laissant place à un goût rafraîchissant un peu sucré, un peu boisé, un peu fumé, un peu poivré. Un autre superbe produit Unibroue.


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