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Éphemère (Framboise) | Unibroue

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Éphemère (Framboise)Éphemère (Framboise)

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Beersignal on 09-29-2005

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 73
Photo of Sammy
2.02/5  rDev -39.2%
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.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.11/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%
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).

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Photo of smcolw
2.51/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Derek
2.81/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Orrshow
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
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”.

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Photo of Shadman
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of elricorico
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Photo of ThirdCoast
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
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 theclaudius
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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 crwills
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -5.1%
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 eric5bellies
3.17/5  rDev -4.5%
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 biegaman
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
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 DrJay
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Skaterdude97
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look - 4 | reddish orange in colour, large head that leaves a bit of lacing

Smell - 3.5 | raspberry, granny smith apples, pears, grapefruit, cloves

Taste - 3 | raspberry, pear, grapefruit, a bit tart, and there is no finnish

Feel - 3 | light body with a dry character and medium effervescent carbonation

Overall - 3.25

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Photo of BDTyre
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
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 JOaikido
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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 vanrassel
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
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 D-HopSupreme
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, salmon-coloured body with a finger of head that quickly decays. The aroma has citric wheat malt and light raspberry notes, with a bit of tartness as well. The taste starts on the tongue with some soft sweetness, leading to tartness and fruitiness in the middle of the tongue, along with a fairly unbalanced bitterness at the back, which I can't say I'm a fan of. The feel is fairly nice and light, a signature to the style. Overall an okay beer, but not the style I would jump for again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.42/5  rDev +3%
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 canadianbarman
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Éphemère (Framboise) from Unibroue
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