Éphemère (Framboise) | Unibroue

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Éphemère (Framboise)Éphemère (Framboise)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Beersignal on 09-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.31
pDev:
16.01%
 
 
Wants:
21
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9
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of prlykens
4.5/5  rDev +36%

Photo of allergictomacros
4.34/5  rDev +31.1%
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 AnakinVader
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Eric

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
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 +21.5%
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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4/5  rDev +20.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of firefightn24
4/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Pegasus
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
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 rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice raspberry flavor. Light easy drinking.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
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 +16.3%
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 biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle, extracted from the current Unibroue mixed pack - nice to finally be able to try this Éphemère variant.

This beer pours a hazy, medium salmon amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy pale pink head, which leaves a low wash of surface tension lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.

It smells of fresh, estery raspberries, gritty and grainy wheat malt, subtle earthy yeast, and tame leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, some lesser grainy wheatiness, a more mixed dark fruitiness than that of the nose (raspberries still represent well, of course), ephemeral (sorry) yeast, and more gentle leafy, weedy, and perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite thorough in its probing and party-seeking frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and not really all that smooth, as those pervasive bubbles just don't know when to give it a rest. It finishes off-dry, the cereal-esque base malt holding tight, as the raspberries and their verdant friends go sailing by.

Overall, an easy-drinking (once that heady effervescence tones down) fruit beer, with one of my favourite summer seasonal berries playing adjunct. Maybe put this into the big 750ml vessels, and I'd have something to happily sip away at while grilling burgers on my currently sunny-ass deck.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy salmon colour. Pale off-white head quickly recedes to a thin cap. Spotty lace. Raspberry, citrus, and coriander notes in the delicate aroma. Light doughy malt flavour with raspberry and coriander notes. Faintly tart mid-palate. Not sweet. Abrupt finish. Light bodied with an abundance of fine carbonation. Feels spritzy but not sharp. A decent witbier with decent raspberry flavouring, that benefits from not being overly sweet.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of NumberNone
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Corburk
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fox227
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of KLReed
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of hayesjw
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Cwrw
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Electros
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigBry
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +10.3%
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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Éphemère (Framboise) from Unibroue
3.31 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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