Simple complexity
A Review of Raftman by Unibroue
Posted on 1/25/2012 by Brew's Your Daddy
At some point all of us who are members of the better beer world have undoubtedly ruined a good beer experience for ourselves, or worse, for someone else by committing the universal beer snob move. You can go ahead and act like you have no idea what I'm talking about, but I can guarantee that the minute I tell you what it is, you will nod your head in agreement as you remember a specific time when you were guilty of it. I'm talking about out thinking the beer. There is no need to hang your head in shame. Every single one of us has done it. And while most of the time we have the best intentions at heart, sometimes instead of getting out our magnifying glasses and notepads, we should really just hush our face holes, take what the beer gives us, and enjoy what it has to offer. You never know when a beer like Raftman from Unibroue will cross your path and do all of the work for you.

In the glass, Raftman has a coloration that looks like a mix of dark honey and rich peach juice. A thick white head sits on top for a few minutes before thinning down to a small film that leaves some decent lacing through out the entire session. That's it for the looks department. Leave it alone. Move on. As far as aromas go, I could sit here and tell you about how the layers interact and work together, as well as what notes come in where. Instead, why don't I keep it simple and tell you that sweet fruits like apples, peaches, and apricots are nice to your nose, while scents of caramel, smoke, and peppery spices keep it guessing. Again, don't try to out think it. Raftman will let you smell what it wants, when it wants you to.

When you go in for the first taste, my point could not be made any better for me. You don't have to concentrate here. The taste follows right in line with the nose. Some good combinations arise such as caramel apples, and spiced apricots, and the smoke flavor stays calm, but is still nicely noticeable. An overall sweetness consumes it, but never gets out of control due to just a faint hops bite at the very end. An above average amount of carbonation keeps the mouthfeel clean and dry, so there are no lingering flavors to distract you from the simple fact that you are drinking an amazing beer.

I know that this isn't the way I would normally do a review, and for good reason. Raftman isn't a normal beer. Unibroue isn't a normal brewery. Both are world class, and sometimes beers such as this need to be personally experienced to fully understand their greatness. And that is why I have no problem recommending it to all levels of drinkers. There are no flaws in Raftman, and it would only take away from the drinking experience to try to find any. Don't waste your time. Instead, why don't you just get one in your hand and enjoy it? Actually, take a moment and let that sink in. When was the last time you did that? When was the last time you simply drank a beer and enjoyed it for what it is? Well, here's your chance.

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