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Unibroue Éphémère (unflavoured)

Formerly brewed at Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Saison
Chambly, Canada
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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First in a series of seasonal beers by Unibroue. Released in April 2000 for a limited time only.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1583) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2012
Pours a cloudy light orange. Aroma is mostly apple juice. A little yeast too. Very smooth taste but it is mostly just apple. Still I kinda like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2012
UPDATED: APR 28, 2012 This was an extremely surprising, strange and tasty beer. It was very floral and fruity. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1144) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Aroma is fruity and complex. Basis of sour apple, grapes plus a lot of others. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick. Taste brings more fruit. Sour with a crisp dry finish mixed with esters from the Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ccex (893) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2011
750ml bottle pu4chased today advertised as "bottle refermented-flavored White Ale on Lees, Ale brewed with apple juice, Coriander, Orange Peel and with natural flavor added", with same artwork as pictured here and no mention of any dominant flavor. Pours a hazy yellow with significant head. Aroma is mostly apple, with some spices. I was expecting a Belgian White and got hard apple cider with some spices instead. Will not try again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours boring yellow. Smells like almost nothing, maybe a little sour apple in there. Tastes like a sour, cheaply made, watery bottle of macro brew that’s trying to be fancy. Finish like water. This brew sucks. Beautiful packaging though. Looks like a freaking Maxfield Parrish painting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
cavis (1) - USA - OCT 16, 2010 does not count
Very light, perfect summer beer on a patio, maybe a little too sweet due to apple used in brewing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Metalchopz (2130) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2010
This brew is the base body of all other fruity Ephemere (without any fruit). It poured a hazy orange-brown colour with a frothy off-white head. As the head dissapeared slowly, a layer of foam was left. The colour is darker then all other Ephemeres. Aromas were of yeast, Belgium sweet malts and spices. The mouth was on the sour side with a slight bitter aftertaste. Had a huge amount of carbonation. This is a great beer a-la-Belgium-Ale-style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2009
This pours with a sizeable head into a lovely golden colour. Both the aroma and taste suggest green apples, with just that bit of green apple "bite", but at the end is also a tiny hint of sweetness, perhaps the black currant must.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2009
In short: A way past-due date rotting Belgian blonde ale (no Saison character here)
How: Bottle 341ml. Many years old (5 years?). Given to me by Goldorak
The look: Cloudy ugly dirty dark yellow body topped by a short-lived medium off-white w
In long: The nose is yeasty and as expected mega-oxidized. Taste is a big letdown. I didn’t expect much from such an old beer but I’m one who can like old oxidized Saisons when they still have a wild yeast presence. This one didn’t. Just an old past due-date Belgian blonde ale with over-ripe rotting fruits. I probably drank it when fresh but it was years before my ratebeer years. I had to rate it. This is the only Saison (my favourite style) from the brewery that turned me (and most quebec beer lovers) to craftbeer. Tasted pretty bad for an unflavoured beer. I guess flavour is like body hair, with age you lose the good ones and grow undesired ones.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 bouteille brune 341 ml, la première d’une grande série, probablement la moins bonne aussi, 5 sur 10 à l’époque.

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