Unibroue Éphémère Bleuet (Blueberry)

Reviewed by on June 14, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Unibroue

  • Origin: Chambly, QC, CA

  • Rated On: June 14, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

The second new summery Éphémère variant to come onto our radar around here of late, this one is a ‘fruit flavored wheat ale’ – no indication as to the format of said blueberries.

This 750ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, bright medium salmon amber colour, with three chubby-ass fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and well-bubbly pale pink head, which leaves some decent pointed mountain peak lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of sugary blueberry pie, grainy wheat malt, a reserved earthy yeastiness, further indistinct citrusy notes, and very tame leafy, weedy, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a lessened wheatiness, muddled blueberry, maraschino cherry, and well-aged lemon fruit, a sort of wandering yeastiness, and some fading earthy, leafy, and floral green hoppiness.  The bubbles are rather active in their sexy and alluring frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and dead-on smooth, with a fruity creaminess kicking about from the get-go. It finishes on the sweet side, sure, but moderated by complex berry fruit and lingering yeasty essences alike.

Wow, Unibroue nails it anew – the blueberry guest star here doesn’t disappoint, nor does it overdo it, letting in a few of its estery fruit friends for good measure. Overall, a very enjoyable and easily drinkable summer tipple – and it’s weird – my least favourite fruit turns out to be my favourite commensurate Éphémère offering – go figure.

Brady White

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