Unibroue Éphémère Framboise (Raspberry)

Reviewed by on June 10, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Unibroue

  • Origin: Chambly, QC, CA

  • Rated On: June 10, 2016

  • Best Before: August 2016

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Fruit Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Éphémère is Unibroue’s fruit-centered line of Belgian-style ales, and this one was extracted from their current mixed pack – it is quite nice to finally be able to try this particular summery variant.

This 341ml bottle 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 (the 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, eh? 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 the role of 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.

Brady White

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