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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Fruit Beer/Radler
Chambly, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 464   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 8   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Beer on Lees with Black Currant Grapes!


1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ungstrup (29846) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2005
An unclear red beer with a disappearing white head. The aroma is extremely sweet with strong notes of black currant, the flavor is totally carbonized with notes of black currant - just too much for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Slightly hazy reddish amber with a creamy, white head. Very fresh aroma of black currant. Rather light body, dry, lightly tart fruit. Discreet and downplayed fruitiness - exactly how a fruit beer is supposed to be. Quite refreshing. Thanks to Degarth for sharing. 030406

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (15249) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2005
Cloudy orange color; nice perlage. The blackcurrant aroma is very nice, real. The taste is just ok, a fair beer, very dry, with some blackcurrant notes. Quite balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13257) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Cloudy pink color, medium solid off white head. Aroma of fruit! and lemon. Taste is sour pink grapefruit. Nice enough.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
This is the first time I’ve had an Éphémère from the tap, rather than the bottle. Cloudy dark amber colour with subtle purple hints. Sweet black currant aroma with light yeast undertones. Effervescent, but the prickly carbonation from the tap seems to work better than the fizzier type sometimes found in the bottled Unibroue product. This carbo cuts through the sugar and fruit notes, making them less cloying than, say, the apple or peach Éphémères. The blackcurrant is the main focus, backed up by pale malt and hedgey hop notes. Refreshing and balanced. While some Unibroues like Maudite don’t seem to do well on tap, this one really has. In part this is due to the fact that it’s intended as a refresher, so the pricklier but finer artificial carbonation is more suited than fizzier natural carbo. Also, the dominance of the Unibroue yeast seems muted here when compared with the bottled Éphémère products. That helps as well, given that this is a session refresher. In short, a well-balanced fruit beer, and I look forward to seeing the other beers in this series on tap, as from this example they seem more suited to that than they do to bottle-conditioning.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy pinkish ruby body with a moderate white head. Strong, vibrant black currant aroma. Carbonated, black currant flavor with some wheat. Palate reminded me of a wine cooler.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Opaque golden with medium white head. Aroma is blackberry, malty, light sweet -- very pleasant, not too fruity. Taste has even less blackberry, so little that it goes too far. Light body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11509) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 7, 2012
750 c&c from Malt & Vine. Tight cork. Foam tried to ooze out of the long neck. Pours translucent peach/orange with a creamy white head. Strong berry aroma. Arguably black currant! Body is medium plus and the carb is frothy. Flavor is strongly berry. Malt takes a back seat. Still, it is not sweet. Unibroue is so good at what they do. Excellent. Relatively bitter berry finish. How does that happen?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
750ml corked bottle-pours a foamy off white head and hazy gold color with effervescence. Aroma is musty wheat, medium fruit. Taste is wheat, black current, secondary yeast. Good effervescence. Occasional.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11070) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Draft. Refreshing summer fruit beer. Cloudy wheat style brew with a friuty aroma and flavor. Long complex finish. Good brew.


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