Éphemère (Framboise) - Unibroue

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Beersignal on 09-29-2005

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.34/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy brown - like unfiltered apple juice. Big, billowy head doesn't last.

S - Raspberries and light yeastiness, fresher smelling than expected from the appearance.

T - Not sweet, tastes a bit tart at the start, with of course raspberry flavour. Doesn't have either the sweetness or the sourness associated with say.. raspberry juice, but still has the flavour if that makes sense. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but not much. Normally I find that the flavour/sweetness in fruit beer doesn't go well with bitterness, but this is not the case here.

M - Fizzy, light and dry.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. I actually like this beer a lot. Dry, fruity, and just a bit tart. A very drinkable and refreshing summertime beer, IMO.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this recently on my vacation in Florida. A single 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass/tumbler. The beer pours a cloudy light to medium golden color. Head was very large when poured. Extremely large. So large I had to let it settle some to make room before I could finish pouring the rest of the beer in the glass. Head settles to a good film layer/surface cover. Apple and spicy aromas are certainly present, maybe a hint of cinnamon. Obviously it also tastes like apples with some tart and a bit of spice and is rounded out by a touch of floral hop bitterness. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with heavy carbonation. very easy to drink. I certainly enjoyed this beer.


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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks fantastic, a dusty peach with some almost pink glints. The head is foamy and long lasting and leaves that fantastic Unibroue lace. The aroma is of fresh raspberries with a side of toasty malt and Belgiany yeast. The taste is full of fresh raspberry with a sweet beginning and a more tart, dry finish. Malt shows and adds a chewy bready dimension. Fruity yeast esters are in the background, very much dominated by the raspberry extract. The finish is sweet and a little astringent with raspberry seeds and just a wisp of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick with that wonderful Unibroue carbonation.

Thia beer is good but lacking in depth; the raspberry flavor steals the show. Still more beery that 90 percent of fruit beers. Definitely worth a try.

Can you imagine Unibroue adding Brett to one of these Ephemere beers? that would add so much complexity and flavor.

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Photo of Contra
4.02/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A clear golden hue, with a nice frothy head.

Smell - As you'd imagine, like a fresh cut Granny Smith apple.

Taste - As you'd imagine, like a fresh cut Granny Smith apple. Ok, ok, I'll put a bit more effort into it. It reminded me of Original Sin hard apple cider (which is really good on tap), with a champagne-like quality. Very sweet, but the body was light enough that it did not overwhelm. Good, but it felt like it needed a little bit more depth, like an apple pie without cinnamon.

Mouthfeel - Perhaps a bit too dry, but crisp enough to make up for it.

Drinkability - If it was not so expensive (and let's face, it's actually pretty decently priced), I could down this stuff like water.

Overall, it's one of the best fruit beers I've ever tried. Now, my experience in fruit beers is very limited, but I can honestly say this is a solid beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy peach color, with a large head, which quickly collapses to some scattered foam on the surface.

Aroma: Sharp, tart aroma of raspberries, with toasted malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste: Mildly sweet raspberry notes at the open, these turn progressively more tart as the taste advances. Towards the end of the taste, a wave of mild hop bitterness asserts itself, and raspberry seed flavors appear.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Quite pleasing and drinkable, could be served in place of sparkling wine, would appeal to both beer connoisseurs and those who are not - as yet.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy pinkish hue adorned by an abundant and billowy head of white foam that draws on pink slightly. The head is surprisingly long lasting but fails to lace.

The aromas are refreshing, tart and fruity. Above a base of tart wheat and lemon zest freshness is a subtle hint of raspberries and cream. The finish is mild, dry and slightly earthy. I suspect real raspberries are in this beer.

Flavours are very subtle and the mouthfeel is dry and tart. The wheat malt is easily perceptible up front and is followed by notes of field berries (most notably raspberries!). The finish is somewhat chalky, dry and clean.

Funny they should release this in the fall, because I find this would make a much better summer beer than a fall offering. I'm still pleased to see a new beer from Unibroue however and I'll take it any time.

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Photo of kenito799
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tumblers.
Drank on our beer tour of Quebec City.

The color of this brew is a very pleasing rosy amber. Fine foam rises and recedes to a ring. Aroma of raspberries and malt give a good indicaton of what's to come, but the smell is not overpowering or artificial. This is quite a light-bodied brew, a tad watery, quite refreshing and better on the cold side. Nicely dry. Fruity raspberry up front and in the finish, with a crisp dry ale in the middle, lots of fine bubbles. The mouthfeel is very carbonated with a creamy mousse of foam.

I prefer the raspberry flavor in a beer like this to the apple version; somehow this berry seems more suited to beer. A nice and very natural taste, integrates well and makes this quite pleasing when you are loking for a crisp fruit beer. The only downside is the wateriness...a bit more body would be nice.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two of these 341ml bottles came in the "2006 Collection" Unibroue box. It poured a very cloudy tangerine colour, looking also like grapefruit juice. A creamy and tight bright-white head formed and stayed without becoming smaller. The bubbles are extremely small, giving a whipped cream look. Good sheets of thick lacing. The aroma has light malting and a good dose of the raspberry. It smells fresh and appetising, but differs little from Ephemere Cranberry. Refreshing, just not exceptionally complex. Other sweet fruits seem to exist in the smell too--a little apple, green grapes, and pear. Basic but fruit-filled and delicious. Tasty too. Good balance as the beer hits the front of the tongue and gives a little sugariness, going smoothly over the middle and leaving with just a hint of raspberry finish. Definitely light, easily quaffable, and foamy in carbonation. The middle of the tongue gets some of the sourish sugar feeling, adding a little tartness. The malting is subdued, and again besides the light tart sugar of the raspberries, there is really little to desribe in this beer's character. That said, this is an exceptional summer beer, nicely cooled and exceptionally invigorating. A well made fruit beer, and a respectable addition to the Ephemere series, though not half as good as the apple.

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Photo of BigBry
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have tried a small bottle as part of the '2006 Collection' and now saw it in the big 750 ml corked bottle (same as pictures above). From the back label "Ephemere Framboise is the fifth in a series of special and short-lived beers. Its pinkish hue, strong raspberry bouquet and refreshing taste unite to offer you a unique sensory experience. It is an original recipe that has come and gone before you know it!" Obviously this has made it in to Unibroue's line up. Nice pop to the cork, must be fresh.
First half of the bottle poured a slightly hazy, peach color. Full white head of foam that stuck around nicely. The aroma is similar as I remember, sweet fruity raspberry smell, with a touch of Unibroue yeast. Good balance in the taste. Similar to other Ephemeres, not overly sweet, but the raspberries are there adding to the flavor, not being the only flavor present. Nicely carbonated, light and bubbly.
The second half of the bottle (now slightly warmed) was obviously thicker and more cloudy. More flavouful with both yeast and fruit. Color was also more pink, rather than orange. Another well done fruit beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange/amber beer with a slight haze. Has a small creamy white head but no lace. There is a light berry fruit note up front. Followed by some oak/woody notes and a light sour character in the background. A light beery fruitiness dances lightly across your tongue at first. Then a prickly carbonation note precedes the light smooth sour finish.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful brown/orange/pink colour with a big, foamy head. I've never seen a beer quite this colour before. It looks great.

Smells like raspberry (go figure) with a hint of what I can only describe as "the Unibroue smell". If you've had a few Unibroues before, you know what I'm talking about. (If you haven't, then I feel really bad for you.)

Raspberry taste is quite prevalent, of course, but it's surprisingly sour. Not extremely sour, just moreso than I would have thought.

This is a nice beer - a good dessert beer - but I wouldn't want to drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of brendan13
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very hazy light orange golden colour poured into a Unibroue tulip with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away fairly fast.
S - Sweet raspberry smell dominates.
T - Unfortnantly the smell doesn't continue into the taste. It's there but much more subdued. A bit of wheat & some tartness.
M - Pretty light mouthfeel, slightly sticky, medium to high carbonation.
D - Nice beer but not something I'd drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--Came in a standard 341 ml bottle that came in the variety pack
--cloudy, reddish in color. Had a slim head with minor lacing.
--the smell is, obviouslly raspberry but that is very enjoyable and kind of the point.

This beer is not as good as I was expecting. I have had better seasonal fruit beers. I would drink it again but there are better. Thx.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.42/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 341 ml foil capped brown bottle that came in the 2006 Unibroue variety pack. A deep, hazy apricot in appearance, with a tight creamy off-white (pinkish) head with consistent retention. Admittedly I'm a sucker for raspberries, so for me this aroma is to die for. The nose is predominantly raspberries, soft and creamy in texture, no real tartness. As much as I adore raspberries, the flavour tends to not live up to what it advertises with the above two categories. The flavour starts out with a quick stab of wheat grains, then of course gets trampled on by tart raspberry, which carries the flavour to an anti-climactic finish which sweetens up with a touch of candi sugar, and fades into a forgetable aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite thin and watery compared to the Ephemeres of years gone by. In fact this whole thing is quite a let down. Definitely not up to par with what Unibroue has capably proven to us in the past of what they can accomplish. I write it off as the "Sleeman effect", as this version of Ephemere falls short in all the areas that Sleeman's beers tend to lack in as well. A shame.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fruit beers are funny things — sometimes there's too much fruit and not enough beeriness; other times you wonder where the fruit is and why the brewer even bothered.

Raspberry Ephemere suffers from the first affliction. It's too fruity and sweet to be enjoyed in any quantity beyond a small glass or two on its own or maybe with dessert.

It pours cloudy and golden with a pinkish hue. A two-finger head tops a champagne-like bubbly body that's typical of Unibroue. The aroma also has the brewery's unique yeasty stamp on it, though it's dominated by tart raspberries (as you'd expect) and other fruity esters.

The best description of the taste I can come up with is that it's like a slightly alcoholic cream soda. By comparing it to soda pop, I'm also saying this beer is sweet, though the tartness of the raspberries helps rein it in a bit. It's highly carbonated, which is a good fit for this beer.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Peachy colour. Effervescent. Nice iniyial head which settles down a little too rapidly. Slightly cloudy as expected from a Unibroue beer on lees.

S- Raspberry cream. Sourness to the raspberry odour. Appetizing but not much to tell you it's beer.

T- Tart raspberriness. Touch astringent and bitter. A little bit of wheat beer flavour, but too mild. Overall lacking in beer character. Reminds me of a fizzy wine or wine cooler.

MF- A little too carbonated (almost like a soft drink) but not too bad in a mousseux sort of way.

D- Goes down easily, especially if you like wine coolers, but it is a little lacking as beer. Grew on me as I drank it.

Like other fruit beers, this is a somewhat strange creature, interesting but not enough of a beer. The wine cooler of the beer world.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not too sure how I feel about this one. Nice hazy golden colour with the white, vigorous head typical of Unibroue beers.

Slightly sweet, fruity smell. Definite yeast and wheat nose. Okay malt profile, no real hop presence to speak of. Wheaty taste with raspberry hints; not as fruity as I'd lack, and the hops to to hamper the sweetness a bit. Slightly acidic finish and after taste.

Decently done, but nothing to get too excited about. Drinkable, but I've had more interesting framboise beers.

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Photo of DrJay
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach colour topped by a white head composed of fine bubbles. Nice lacing. Fruity aroma, a bit yeasty, some raspberry. Tart/acidic throughout with a light raspberry fruitiness that lingers. Pretty mild. Moderately light body, some stickiness. A light, inoffensive fruit beer. Unibroue has done better with other Ephemere offerings.

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Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bright pink which would later blend more into a bright orange shade. Grapefruit juice was the first thought that popped into mind. A good head which didnt really persist. A very nice raspberry flavour but nowhere near close to many of the great fruit beers. I have to agree with Phil B's observation this beer is far too carbonated and very fizzy, overly fizzy with no other mouthfeel. Inferiour to many other fruit beers (I'd put the Choulette and even Floris well infront of this) and it has nothing on any true fruit lambics. An all the same neat enjoyable drink but easy to shoot down in many aspects.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a golden colour with small head that dies quickly.

S - Sweet jam aromas of strawberry.

T - Plenty of stawberries and not a lot else.

M - Light body with heaps of fizz.

D - Would not have another but would be ok with Ice cream

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Photo of crwills
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a red wine glass. Pale yellow colour, and I may or may not have been imagining a lighly pink tint. Very carbonated, like champagne (which, incidentally, made the mouthfeel unpleasant for me).

Aroma was (duh) raspberries. A little more real-tasting than other framboises I've had, although I'm sure it was still extract or syrup. Some mild 7-Up notes in the aroma as well. Flavour overwhelmingly raspberry, with slightly flat metallic notes. Carbonation remains overly aggressive, although once you get past it, the mouthfeel is relatively smooth.

Not bad for a fruit beer, but that's not saying much for me.

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Photo of bgraney
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy gold, thin white head. Looks like sparkling apple juice.
Pop the cork, smell the apples. The whiff from the chalice is like apple pie.
Only 5.5% but the alcohol cuts through the apple flavor and is followed by a carbonation tingle.
Thin mouthfeel. Once the apple and carbonation passes there isn't much left.
It's good for what it is but it's not something I'd want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of theclaudius
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not being a big fan of fruit beers, i nontheless decided to try out this one, being a fan of most of Unibroue's products. First of the nose is very faint compared to other raspberry beers i've tried. Then the taste, just as faint ... you can mostly taste a syrupy substance, more than raspberries per say! The color is this beer's best attribute as far as i'm concerned.

Not bad, but definitly not up to Unibroue's usual standards. A visit at my friend Pat Dunnigan's place in Bromont, Quebec and there you'll find a frambozen worthy of mention!!!

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Photo of ThirdCoast
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

ST: 12 oz bottle

A: Pale yellow, cloudy.The head dissipates as it sits.

S: Ripe Apples, Pears, light fruits.

T: Bitter, slight apple taste. Bitter. Not at all what the aroma hints at.

M: Leaves the mouth with a bitter dry feel.

D: The beer smells one way and tastes another. By far not my fav.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the bottle TURG! Hazy brown liquid lays beneath a foamy, slight off-white head. Some lacing left behind. Boquet of fresh raspberries and candy. Marked unibroue yeast in the mouth, with mildly sweet raspberry flavours. Good carbonation. FInish is a tad watery. Pretty good. Merci Francois!

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Éphemère (Framboise) from Unibroue
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