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Éphemère (Framboise) - Unibroue

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Éphemère (Framboise)Éphemère (Framboise)

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 65
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 20
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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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 65
Photo of vanrassel
3.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (910 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of Orrshow
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
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”. (756 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
4.34/5  rDev +32.7%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.02/5  rDev -38.2%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
2.11/5  rDev -35.5%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Derek
2.81/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (1,310 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,119 characters)

Photo of chunkylover53
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
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). (526 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
3.87/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (825 characters)

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Éphemère (Framboise) from Unibroue
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