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Raftman

Fact Sheet

Fermentation

Top

Style

Peat-smoked whisky malt ale

Color

Red amber

SRM

10

Clarity

Cloudy

Head

Beige

Bubbles

Fines

Effervescence

Moderate

IBU

15.5

Body

Thin

Aftertaste

Short

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Raftman

5.5% ALC./VOL.

Serve at

°C 6 10
°F

Fermentation: Top

Brewed since 1995
Origin: Chambly, Quebec
This was one of the first Quebec beers to be made with smoked malt.

History

Unibroue introduced Raftman to the Quebec market in March 1995. This coral-hued beer has a unique taste that combines the smooth character of smoked malt whisky with the flavours of fine yeast.

With this product, Unibroue commemorates the legendary courage of the lumberjacks and log drivers of yesteryear. During their long months away from home, these hardworking men would get together and settle their differences over beer and whisky, which are both made with malted barley. Unibroue hit on a great idea by deciding to marry these two flavours.

Color

Red amber

Nose

A complex aromatic blend of smoke, apples, caramel and whisky malt.

Flavor

Smoked malt whisky palate with low acidity masked by a caramelized apple flavour.

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Aging process

Potential

Like good wine, Unibroue’s fine beers have flavors that develop with age. Over time they become smoother, sometimes revealing notes of honey and candied fruit and developing a more assertive and lasting flavor. This phenomenon is known as “maderization” and is similar to the aging process of dessert wines like port.

Preservatives

Oxygen is the mortal enemy of beer because oxidation creates a stale, flat flavor. The yeast added to the bottle of Unibroue products triggers natural fermentation, consuming excess oxygen and preventing the beer’s CO2 from oxidizing. This enhances the beer’s aging potential. The high alcohol content of certain Unibroue products also lends itself well to aging by acting as a natural preservative.

Preservation methods

Store bottles upright in a cool dark place at a stable temperature between 46ºF and 61ºF.

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Format

Raftman

341 ml

Raftman

750 ml

Aging process

Up to 2 years

Awards

  • - 2014 -

    Gold

    World Beer Awards (London, UK)

  • - 2014 -

    Silver

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute

  • - 2013 -

    Silver

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute

  • - 2012 -

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute

  • - 2011 -

    World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute

  • - 2005 -

    Australian International Beer Awards

Tasting

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