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Éphemère (Framboise) - Unibroue

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Éphemère (Framboise)Éphemère (Framboise)

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 22
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beersignal on 09-29-2005)
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Photo of yeep
2/5  rDev -39.9%

yeep, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.03/5  rDev -39%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on-tap at Beer Bistro and I could only take a few sips of a half-pint. Initially a bit of pink head that dissipitated, ugly light pinkish yellow colour that I won't say what it resembled to spare you. A sugary artificial aroma. Thin, over-carbonated, kool-aid level raspberry.

Sammy, May 26, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
2.08/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Came from Collection 2006 a variety 12 pack.

Strawberry blonde in colour and hazy. Faint pink head is 1/8 inch on the pour, but quicky recedes to a thin ring around the edge.

Smells exactly like raspberry jam. Super sweet and raspberries. Not very enticing.

Very strong raspberry flavour with a phenolic undertone at the start. Not as sweet as the aroma would indicate. Then after the carbonation rush, the raspberry flavour slowly fades and is joined by a soapy flavour and a bit of a yeasty presence. This same yeast flavour seems to appear in all Unibroue products. Can't say the raspberry soap does anything for me. Aftertaste reminds me of eating fresh picked raspberries at my grandmother's as a child.

Light bodied and very fizzy. Almost like raspberry flavoured soda water.

Once I picked up on that soap flavour, I really can't get rid of it now. Really ruins the whole beer. I'm glad that only 2 came in this variety pack. Maybe I'll try it with some chocolate or a chocolate dessert. Might help this beer a little. Otherwise this is pretty much undrinkable on it's own.

Noxious26, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of ThaCreep
2.42/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sienna color, some deposits. Freshly picked raspberries on the nose.

Mouth but very flat, watery with just a light scent of raspberry.

No aftertaste. No body. In any case, it sounds ephemeral in the mouth. No aftertaste. No body. In any case, it sounds ephemeral in the mouth.

ThaCreep, May 28, 2011
Photo of smcolw
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Two finger head that dies out completely within two minutes. Absolutely no lace at all. Orange/light amber color; very cloudy

The initial smell reminds me of opening the door for the first time in the spring. Afterwards, I detect a sourness that is quite dissimilar to typical framboise in that there is little raspberry. The aroma is virtually gone after the head has died out.

Very high carbonation with almost a soda-like flavor; very thin body considering. Strong sour cherry tastes. The aftertaste dies very quickly, but it starts as sweettart.

If you like fruity sodas, you may like this one. I believe that the lack of body and the high carbonation detracts from any possibility of a decent beer. Beyond that disadvantage, the flavor is one dimensional to me.

smcolw, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a soft pink color ale with a huge bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of raspberry is clearly dominant. Taste is overpowered with raspberry syrup, which is not something I generally look for in beers. Seems to me like they have mixed the Blanche de Chambly minus the coriander with raspberry syrup. Like the Cassis one, I find this really lack craftsmanship and resemble more like a beer/fruit soda from Belgium (i.e. Chapeau…) then some highly crafted fruit beer (i.e. New Glarus, Kriek de Ranke).

Phyl21ca, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gold with a pinkish tinge. Lots of carbonation with this one. Very faint raspberry aroma. Some raspberry flavor, but loads of leafy green notes, that kind of remind me of raspberry stalks and leaves. No malt or hop notes at all! Very thin bodied with a sharp finish. A very poor beer, not even close to the quality of the previous Ephemere beers.

fisherman34, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of Magery
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Magery, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Yellolab2010
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Yellolab2010, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of ATXRyan
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

ATXRyan, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Derek
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Strawberry-blonde, with an off-white head. There's a little bit of retention and it leaves some nice lace too.

S: It has a raspberry candy smell, with a hint of sourness.

T: Slightly sweet, balanced by a hint of tartness. The raspberry flavour tastes a little fake.

M: It's very light, like fruit-flavoured, sparkling mineral water (I hate sparkling water). Plenty of carbonation.

D: Not for me... I can't finish it.

Derek, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of swimfire
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

swimfire, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Orrshow
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This beer pours a color resembling apple juice. There is a large amount of white frothy head on top.

Smell – The scent of this one is alright. It’s dominated by raspberries as expected. There is a good amount of sweetness to it as well with a touch of yeast.

Taste – Up front the taste is quite sugary. It is followed by raspberry and a slight tart flavor. The aftertaste is slightly sour. This ones flavor was weak…and overall not pleasurable.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel was fine…not really anything out of the ordinary. The carbonation wasn’t too high which was nice.

Drinkability – Easy to drink. I wasn’t very attracted to this beer though. I had no motivation to sip again.

This one brings about a big “meh”.

Orrshow, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of elricorico
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pinkish orange, and plenty of off-white head is generated. As I've come to expect from the brewery, head retention is well supported by carbonation.

The smell is musty, tart and sugary. Raspberry is evident, but gives the impression of a raspberry flavoured Sweet-tart type candy more than a natural flavour. Still an interesting smell.

Candy sugar is first and foremost up front, followed by a false-raspberry flavour in the middle. The finish retains some of the raspberry, but also seems to have a sour and bitter mix that doesn't sit very well together. Wheat beer base flavour carries through, but only as a base for the rest.

High carbonation and light body make this a lively beer as far as mouthfeel goes. This one doesn't do it for me though, the only one of the Ephemere line I liked a lot was the black currant.

elricorico, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Shadman
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this rating is for the apple..raspberry to follow

very pale, very hazy yellow with a smaller head than what I'd expect from this brewer..some particulate floating around as well.

Smell of ripe apple and not much else.

Taste of tart apple, follwed by a hint of dry hop bitterenss, and after a while..ripe apple.

mouthfeel was a bit too fizzy for my liking, but overall this was drinkable..would fancy one on a hot 35 C Medicine Hat July afternoon.

Shadman, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of ThirdCoast
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

ThirdCoast, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -9.9%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -9.9%

StoicBeast, May 03, 2012
Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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!

mrmanning, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of theclaudius
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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!!!

theclaudius, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of bgraney
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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.

bgraney, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of eric5bellies
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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

eric5bellies, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

biegaman, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.18/5  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.

crwills, Aug 20, 2006
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Éphemère (Framboise) from Unibroue
77 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.