Ephemere (Cherry) | Unibroue

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Ephemere (Cherry)Ephemere (Cherry)

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of DaveBar
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO 3yrs ago for just over $5.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 9deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high off white head that films out in 4 or 5 minutes. Light red colour and filtered clear

S- Nice cherry here. No medicinal scent at all like some fruit brews.

T- Super light and smooth beer. Must try. Super mellow and blended to perfection.

M- Aged perfection.

O- Very good. Have tried many of this companies fruit brews before and did not like them at all. Put a few years on it and watch out! Fantastic

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went very well with...... Home made ice cream with my favorite vanilla bean


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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with a pink hue (salmon) and powerful activity. Foamy creamy sparkly white pinkish 2 finger head lasting around 10 minutes with weak legs.

Aromas and flavors of fruits, floral and herbal spices. Strong cherry flavor, but not overly sweet, with minimal spicy hops. Almost like drinking bubble gum.

Light body with prickly carbonation. Faint and short clean finish ending with a fruity feel.

Overall this is a good fruit beer but lacking in body and actual beer flavors. Great summer beer being very fresh and crisp that is accessible for everyone.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Basin 141 in Montrose, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, cherry medicine, fruit slice candy, and perfume aromas. Taste is much the same with cherry medicine, perfume, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but there is a medicinal aspect of the cherry smell and taste that lowers the drinkability for me.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is so brutally underrated i think, but i dont think these guys get enough love in general, all of their beer is pretty awesome. maybe unknown a little in this market, oh well, more for me. this is so much better than the apple i think, cool to see draft in colorado too. pink in color, smelling bright like the fruit, and tasting as authentic as can be on the cherry, finally a cherry beer that isnt medicinal or sweet, or a wild ale, one of the first i would drink again really in that family. the wheat base is nice, flavorful, fresh, and distinct from other white wheat beers in its body and texture. i love how the cherry isnt dominant, lets the cereals come out in the middle, and it doesnt linger in the finish. i think this could satisfy a fruit beer lover any place on the spectrum, and because of the drier finish, its more of a session than others. this has me a lot more curious than i was to try the rest of the fruited beers in this series. these guys can do no wrong in my mind, i would drink this again for sure, especially in a summer context. effervescent and as refreshing as red fruit beer can be for me.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into tulip 23/7/14

A hazy pinkish orange, lots of carbonation but little for foam or lace

S cherry cough syrup and faint yeast, that's about it

T faint menthol added to what I smell, it might just be in my head because it tastes like Cherry Halls in every other way possible

M light but it fluffs up quickly, slick on the palate, cereal and fake cherry lingers on the finish

O Halls Cherry cough drop in beer form, its really hard to shake once you find it

pretty basic stuff, one dimensional for sure and a little lame for Unibroue standards

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy orange, with a pinkish hue. No head, really, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like wheat, cherries, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is similar. Luckily, this stays un-cloying. Slightly tart and acidic cherry flavor, but mostly sweet. The cherry sort of drowns out the underlying witbier here.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, well carbonated.

A nice little fruit beer, nothing amazing, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml cork and cage bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Pours a pink tinged golden color. Clarity is good. Pillowy white cap of lacing stands at an impressive three fingers. Lacing is web-like and thick.

S: Overt cherry aroma dominates the nose, perfumey with some tartness. Subtle yeasty undertones with hints of white pepper. Perhaps a bit of wheat poking through too.

T: Tart cherries set in early. Surprisingly dry. Yeast character starts to come into focus more and diverts some attention away from the cherries. Somewhat chalky. Hints clovey phenols. Wheaty base. White pepper. Dry finish of wheat, yeast, and fading tart cherry.

M: Light bodied. Creamy and frothy. Highly effervescent and scrubbing. Every sip feels as though it evaporates right out of the mouth.

O: Unibroue's fruit beers don't get a lot of love, but there really isn't much to hate here. The overall dryness really works to its advantage. It's a very delicate beer, and the flavors are simple and fleeting. So light in texture and substance that you could drink the whole 750ml bottle and not even know it was in your stomach. Pair with angel food cake, maybe?

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a = A very lovely apricot orange color, slightly clouded. A rosy short-lived head that dissipates to a thin film on the top, some lacing.

S = Pleasant, light fruits and yeast.

T = Cherries are present, but not predominant. Tart, not sweet. Also, some spiciness.

M = Light and bright, respectable amount of carbonation.

O = To me, the overall profile of this ale is almost like a pilsner, if that's even possible. The fruit and spices adds intrigue to the flavor. It would make a wonderful summer sipping beer, or pair it with a nice chicken dish any time of year instead of a white wine. Dare I suggest you even serve it with the right dessert?

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Photo of SebD
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice light pink head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, wheat malts and some bready yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of tart cherries, followed by wheat malts, bready yeast and faint pepper.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Small Batch Beer Co. in Winston-Salem, NC

A: Pours a very hazy pinkish yellow/orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some pinkish red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy pinkish white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and pale malts with slightly strong aromas of tart cherries and touches of spices (cinnamon/clove).

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts and wheat which is quickly overtaken by the moderate flavors of tart cherries. There are light notes of spices (cinnamon and clove) as well as hints of Belgian yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: I found this beer to be very enjoyable and it would be amazingly refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. Easy to drink and enjoyable with a nice flavor of tart cherries.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unibroue's "blanche" flavor is the backbone for yet another fruit-forward Belgian-style ale that this time resonates with strong cherry overtones. Where some are syrupy, some are overly harsh, and others are sour beyond enjoyment; Unibroue seems ti have found a cozy niche within the fray.

As the beer pours, a rich and lathery pinkish-mauve color comes forth. Its have highlights its strong unfiltered character, while a dense blanket of foam gathers on top. Its long-lived retention speaks also to its strong lacing patterns that sheet the glass.

Its bright and spunky aroma is really a blend of aromas. We get the base vinous fruit, wheat-type bread notes, spice, and acidity that's common among Witbier, but the cherry infusion gives more- more acidity, more character, more complexity, and more familiarization.

Its cherry taste is front and center in taste as its heavy "bing" cherry flavor is acidic, tart, candied and perhaps almond-like. Candied in its approach, comparisons to "jolly ranchers" are obvious but the beer is much more than that- its sweet-tart interplay is well intact as its fruity-sweet flavor is pleasant although malt-forward. With a cinnamon-like hint here and a peppery bite there, there's a common spicy bit that many want to read "medicinal" into its taste. But with its reserved alcohol content, those interpretations are ill-found.

Mid-light on the palate, there's the bready texture of sugar cookie and bread dough that wraps around the bubbles for a creamy-type acidity that vibrantly bounces off the tongue. Its bright and soft bubbly wine character slowly fades into the cherry tartness that promotes mild astringency and slim warmth.

I genuinely like the cherry flavor of Ephemere Cerise as it really embodies the true essence of not black, not sour cherries- but something in between. Its sweet nuttiness comes across like cherry marzipan with a hint of coconut and vanilla- the beer simply does so much more that dumb fruit.

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Photo of lighthabit
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just notes for me... Not usually a fruity drinker, but it was presented as a belgian with cherries. Ummm, should have warned me about the cough drops. Appearance and mouthfeel were passable, but nose hinted at medicine like cherries, and taste confirmed. Would've been a decent, albeit mild, drink if the cherries were of a natural flavor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light reddish color ale with a medium foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of fake cherry with syrup notes and light sweet malt notes. Taste is mostly dominated by fake cherry notes with some overly sweet notes with weird malty notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Overly sweet and too much fake fruity notes to be really enjoyable.

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Photo of TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nuh-uh. Tastes too medicinal, like cherry-flavoured cough drops. Thin bodied, sweet up front, slightly dry medicine-like finish. Nose is cherry cough drops and some yeast.

Pours a hazy pale rose colour under a big pink-tinged head. The head is long lived and leaves good lace. An almost delicate looking beer.

Maybe I was expecting more of a kriek style beer and so was disappointed. But then again, I wasn't looking to be transported back to my childhood by cough drop flavours.

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Photo of John_M
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the Bier Stein yesterday.

The beer pours a golden amber color with some light, pinkish, highlights. The beer has good head retention and above average lacing as well. On the nose however, I'm just not digging this at all. While I get considerable cherry, there's also something of a "soapy" quality that is not at all attractive. The soap quality isn't as noticeable on the palate (but it's still there), but it's hard to get by the aroma, and I think that impacts the flavor profile. Otherwise, there's the obvious cherry flavor, with a dry, lightly bitter finish. There's a hint of honey and clove as well in this beer, and maybe even some light vanilla, but once again, the underlying soapy quality to this beer is just not very attractive. Mouthfeel is fairly light and fairly slick, with a soft, dry finish. Alcohol is unnoticeable, but then it was hard to focus on anything other than the cherry soap aspect of the flavor profile and nose.

This is not working for me.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - copper with a hint of red, slightly pink head is creamy and held nicely
S - sour cherry with a very strong medicine like aroma, light grains
T - sour cherry with a mineral or medicine twang, a little soapy on the finish
M - creamy and well carbonated, slightly sour but smooth finish
O - nice enough but something about it just isn't as nice as previous ephrmere offerings, but Unibroue is always worth a try

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Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This cherry version of Ephemere is a sort of blood orange nearly red color with a thickness. It has a wispy nearly white film of head that sits as a foam that leaves a bit of thinnish lace on the glass.
The cherry's here in no small order, a nice mix of tart and sweet mingling with pale malts, wheaty in nature, and unoffensive yeasty note, and a gently peppery note.
The flavor's got a nice, tart cherry bite too. Sweetness gives way to the tart taste while giving a little balance to it. The yest brings gentle peppery spice and a touch of earthy funk. Malts lay it all on top with an overlying crackery note.
This beer is crisp, with a hard bite in the medium body. Smoothness isn't full, but it isn't completely sacrificed either.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Musty looking peach nectar color with cloudiness and a thin cusp of foam.

Sweet nectary cherry, wildflower, candle wax, vanilla, Belgian yeast, and a floral soapiness that is rather light.

A very floral, dry cherry flavor with a boisterous waxy yeast character. Semi-nutty with a cordial filling-like vanilla flavor. Very much dominated with cherry flesh and not skins. Lacking tartness. Nothing close to a kriek. Makes for a very unique cherry ale. Tercerary notes of pear and peppermint (strange, but true). Mouthfeel is light; welcomingly so. Nothing remarkable, just pleasing. Good beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Éphémère Cherry drinks remarkably like a rosé and indeed looks every bit as comfortable in a wine goblet. Even the wide rim of the glass can't deflate its fine-pearled and pink-tinted froth. Despite some blush, it is apparent in proper lighting that beer is in fact orange in colour.

It's pretty much customary for fruit beers to be inundated (often artificially) with sweet and fruity flavours. Makes sense. But what I really like about Éphémère Cherry is that there's far more than just fruit; it has a heavily perfumed floralness and almost minty quality, as well as a subtle spiciness. It's also distinctly tart. It is like the little brother of Quelque Chose.

Not at all a synthetically sweet fruit bomb as expected, the flavour actually reminds me of a mulled cherry wine. Although a summer beer, it conjures up Christmas and has prototypical Yuletide flavouring: tart cranberries, mulling spices, marzipan, a drop of honey and a sage-like savoriness. Nevermind the patio - this belongs on the table next to the roast goose!

While it may taste of holiday cheer, it's definitely been designed with summer in mind. It is light and highly effervescence, melding fruity sweetness with a refreshing tartness. The yeast provides an unexpected depth by contributing nutmeg-like spice as well as a minty aftertaste. The cherry flavour is soft enough to be mistaken for strawberries, very delicate.

Éphémère Cherry is far from a conventional fruit beer; it actually more closely resembles a good quality French rosé wine - or even an herbal tea - than it does the other trite fruit beer offerings in the Éphémère series. I like that about it. Hot weather or cold, I much prefer this more delicately flavoured and delightfully tart approach to the liquid candy that is most cherry beers.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 750ml bottle, poured into a tulip glass

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw colour with very strong pink hues. Friggin' awesome. A mild amount of carbonation is visible around the edges. On top sits 3 fingers of bright white foamy head.

Smell - Lot's of cherry sort of like chalky-candy. Or medicine. It's Unibroue so there's a good deal of yeast as well.

Taste - Lottsa cherry. There's some bready notes in there as well, but it definable takes a back seat to the strong cherry. There's also lots of spices. Bitterness is low-to nonexistent.

Mouthfeel - Reallly light. Carbonation is pretty high. Finish is crisp, light and refreshing.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Looks very appealing. A cloudy pinkish sunset color with one finger of head.

S: Cherries are very obvious with a little bit of the house yeast.

T: heavily reliant on cherry but still is able to remain a beer and not a cooler in taste. The yeast comes through nicely and makes it somewhat bready and cherry bread like. Some spiciness and phenolics from the yeast but rather minimal.

M: Good carbonation and body.

O: It was good. Nothing outstanding.I'd recommend it to someone looking for a fruit beer but personally probably wouldn't buy it again not to say I didn't enjoy the experience however.

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Photo of sirtomtom
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked from Duchesse D'Aiguillon in Quebec.

A: Light to Medium pink with a thin white head.

S: A bit of cherry and fizz

T: A nice cherry flavor, with a bit of flower and just a touch of grain.

M: Thin, light, effervescent. Wonderfully refreshing.

O: A very nice summer beer from Unibroue. Would definitely stock up on this if I see it in California.

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Photo of leaddog
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a grapefruit pink with a finger of foamy white head.

Smell - Tart cherries, light yeast, grains, little hint of lemon.

Taste - Tartness of cherries, light amount of yeast and lemon, and grains. Aftertaste has a bit of a medicinal "cough drop" flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice effervescence.

Overall - An enjoyable fruit beer in the Ephemere series. The flavours are all there, but I'd almost like to get some more natural cherry notes in it.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 mL caged-and-corked bottle from the LCBO; packaged on March 22 2013. I am loving the fact that my local LC has recently taken to bringing in a rotating lineup of Unibroue selections. Up until last year, the Beer Store was essentially the only local option if I was in the mood for one of this brewery's many outstanding offerings, and the selection there has always been pretty limited. So perhaps unsurprisingly, this is the first chance I've had to try one of the fruit beers from their Éphémère line.

This brew pours a muddy reddish-amber colour, foggy with sediment, and generating about 1.5 fingers of frothy, pink-tinged white head. Over the next few minutes, it thins out somewhat, leaving behind a dense cap about 1 cm thick. Very good retention, but no lacing at all. The aroma isn't exactly complex, but it's definitely enticing - lots of tart, fruity cherry character, as well as that Unibroue signature Belgian yeast. Vaguely spicy, but I can't put my finger on anything specific. Sort of reminds me of cherry soda.

Pretty tasty stuff, and well-balanced too. The flavour starts off with a mild ripe cherry sweetness, which leads into some red apple skin notes with a hint of raspberry and maraschino. This is underlain with some light pale malts; a flavour that is in no position to draw attention to itself. Toward the finish, the yeast begins to take over, providing a light clove spiciness and gentle funk that interacts pleasantly with the tartness of the cherries. The aftertaste is both sweet and tart, lingering on the palate for a short while after swallowing. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, providing a decent bite that just so happens to complement the flavour profile quite nicely. The texture is really the highlight of this beer for me - the light spritziness of the carbonation works perfectly with the smooth, creamy feel contributed by the extraordinarily long-lasting head. I could roll every sip of this stuff around on my tongue and never get sick of the mouthfeel. It tastes great fresh out of the fridge, but it remains quite yummy as it approaches room temperature, too.

Final Grade: 4.12, an excellent A-. I've never had a bad beer from Unibroue, and their Éphémère Cerise is certainly no exception. This is one of the best fruit beers I have ever had the pleasure of consuming, and easily one of my favourites in the 'sub-6% fruit beer' category. My experience with cherry-flavored beer is somewhat limited, but none of the others I have tried come anywhere close to this stuff in terms of quality. A fabulous beer that is perfectly suited to a hot summer evening on the patio - I may even pick up another bottle before stock runs out, and I'd heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a quality fruit beer.

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3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, standard caged and corked bottle. This one sort of flew into Alberta under the radar of late, kind of replacing the Cassis version on the shelves. Oh well, still nice to see something new from this brewer.

This beer pours a hazy, medium pinkish-orange amber hue, with three flabby fingers of super-fine puffy, foamy pink-tinted white head, which leaves little beyond a few skinny swaths of sea-spray lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.

It smells of sweetly tart mushed cherries, grainy pale malt, a bit of spiced (i.e. cinnamon and/or cloves) applesauce, and earthy, somewhat zingy Belgian-esque yeast. The taste is semi-sweet, somewhat neutered cherry juice, soft lemon and apple fruit esters, a hint of low-key earthy, funky yeast, dutiful bready, lightly grainy pale malt, and an ephemeral (sorry!) dank savoury spiciness.

The carbonation is light, frilly, and fairly frothy, the body on the far side of medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes on the tempered sweet side, the cherry and other muddled fruit just chillin', the yeast in an agreeable holding pattern, and the malt forgotten, but not gone.

A decent cherry-accented pale Belgian ale, rather easy to drink on one of the sunniest and hottest days of the year. More complex than just that, I know, but that's merely an added bonus.

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