Éphemère (Framboise) | Unibroue

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Éphemère (Framboise)Éphemère (Framboise)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

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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37
Ratings:
69
Avg:
3.32
pDev:
21.99%
 
 
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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 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 biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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 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 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 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 wordemupg
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into tulip 29/5/16

A murky peachy salmon, yeast everywhere and a tornado of bubbles moving it all around like a snow globe, two fingers of almost pink foam sinks fairly fast leaving no lace

S nose is all raspberry, tart and jammy at the same time, faint yeast and some dry cereal and floral notes, its simple but decent

T reminds me of Cap'n Crunch Berries with the cereal and sweet fruit, don't pretend like you don't know what they taste like either

M light bodied and a little explosive upon entry, foams up in a big way, I might be swallowing more gas then liquid

O Its not great but the most important parts are pretty solid, not the best Ephemere but something I could drink on a hot day

I know I tend to rate higher then the BA average but I'd say this ones overall BA score is a little low. My wife loved it so she doesn't argue when I want a Unibroue mixed pack.

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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 Pegasus
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
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 BigBry
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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 CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
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 allergictomacros
4.34/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

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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 neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +25%
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 brendan13
3.52/5  rDev +6%
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 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 ybnorml
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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 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 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 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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Éphemère (Framboise) from Unibroue
78 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.
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