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

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RATINGS: 818   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slapknot (8) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Hazy amber glow radiates beneath a thin dough colored lacing. Strong yeast smell hovers over the beer, and never departs from the Raftman experience. The immediate effect in the mouth is warmth, and I think this is in part due to the well concealed carbonation of the beer; Raftman is simultaneously dense and smooth, light and yet bread-like. Raftman indeed straddles styles, as I would consider this more of a Belgian Blonde than a smoked beer, as the smoke only appears in a soft, sweet aftertaste. The two most remarkable things about this beer is that it is only 5.5% ABV (I swear it is more) and that it does not have the typical Unibroue yeast taste on it.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5548) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2016
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were very long lasting and left behind a strongly carbonated transparent golden brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was spicy and musty. The sharp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow spicy aftertaste. The sharp flavor contained notes of mild ale mild spice crisp breads hops and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bierdimpfe (208) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2016
Hazy golden amber color with super strong activity. Thick foamy beige 4 finger island head, lasting almost forever, with strong legs. Pleasant floral and fresh apple nose. Well intensified flavors of apples, pears, grapes, and sweet grains with floral and herbal spices. Balanced fruity sweetness with a sharp crispy fresh grassy and slight coriander feel. Slick full body with champagne like carbonation. Well intensified finish, ending with a fresh fruity feel and a pleasant honey/maple tongue coat. Overall an excellent craft offerring delicious complex flavors and great freshness. Visually appealing, well intensified, balanced, and accessible. The only flaw is a slightly metallic feel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleRider78 (573) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2016
Pours an insane amount of frothy off-white head and has a dark amber appearance. Quite excessive carbonation. Aromas of barley malts, toasty malts, hints of caramel and Belgian yeast. Flavours are mainly dry type fruits, kinda like raisins and plums. Some strong Belgian yeast notes as well as earthy hops. Not quite as smokey as I was expecting. Good retention. Fizzy and drying mouthfeel. No bad but probably one of my least favourite from Unibroue.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsandBolts (255) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2016
750 ml bottle from a dépanneur in Alymer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light copper color with lots of creamy white head which makes a crackling sound as it disipates. Medium retention and sight lacing.

Aroma: Yeast, malt, bread.

Flavours: Rye, yeast, malt, cereal, very slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Average viscosity with a bit higher carbonation which is typical with Unibroue beers.

Overall: Decent beer and I can pick up a bit of the smokiness in the flavour but not in the aroma. It has a bit more complexity than I expected and is quite easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
melush (2657) - SPAIN - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle 34,1cl / Botella 34,1cl. @ Cerveceria Internacional, Sevilla, España. A: Brown / Marron. T/S: Roasted malt, sweet, slightly yeasty / Malta tostada, dulce, ligeramente a levadura.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nybol (1354) - DENMARK - MAR 13, 2016
En let smag i den. Jeg kan ikke smage at der skulle være brugt whiskey malt, måske kun at den er let røget. Den lugter godt, men den er noget anerledes i smagen. Lidt gær i eftersmagen også.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hauxe (331) - Butzbach, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2016
Rated from old notes. Brewed with whiskey malt, this medium bodied beer has something of a whiskey taste, but not the warmth due to the low ABV. Still, an interesting diversion.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Poured into a snifter. 3.0 A: Moderately hazed orange brown color. Three fingers of foamy white head. Retention is a tad below average and just a hair of lacing is left. 4.25 S: Big peppery spiciness right up in your face. That’s just what I want from a beer like this. Bready yeastiness, graham cracker sweetness. Banana notes float a pleasant fruitiness. 3.25 T: Tastes like it smells, but isn’t as spectacular as the nose. The bready yeastiness comes to the front. Still lots of pepper, but I was expecting more. Banana notes, cracker malts, hints of melon and clove. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. A bit too much carbonation with each pour, but it becomes a bubbly delight with some swirling. Supremely smooth. 3.25 D: It’s a nice every day beer. ★ 767 characters DavoleBomb, Oct 27, 2014

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CRock (172) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Medium brown in colour. I get hints of apple. Not much of a smoked beer but decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
voyageurmike (246) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Light brown and cloudy, light carbonation. The malt aroma and taste is sweet more than smoky, not what I expected from whisky malt. Clean finish.


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