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Unibroue Éphémère (unflavoured)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
First in a series of seasonal beers by Unibroue. Released in April 2000 for a limited time only.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2003
With its quinine-esque flavor, this is a "bitter" disappointment! I think this is a really solid conduit for more complex flavors, but without the addition of any fruit or discernable spice, this Ephemere falls flat. But then, it's hard being perfect all the time...!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Lets the Unibroue yeast shine, if you are into that sort of thing. Fruity, really peachy fruity without the peach; taste has wonderful sourish components upon warming. Very crisp and clean finish; super refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9840) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2003
Golden/orange ale with a persistent head. Noticed the yeast in the aroma when I opened the bottle, less so in the glass. A bit tart and yeasty. Enjoyable but unspectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2003
hazy ornge gold. yeasty, spicy unibroue nose, but with a bit of fruit and barnyard not usual of unibroue. starts tart and fruity with some aplles and pears, then moves to malt, then yeasty and spice. quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
The darkest of the series, rather than pale yellow, it has an amberish twinge giving it a ciderish color, also very cloudy with medium fading fizzy head. Moderate aroma of wheat, yeasty bready notes. Lost some carbonation despite strong hiss when bottle opened. Didn't age well. Bready flavors, mild acidity. Light esters (light indistinct fruit...very mild). A bit flat both in effervescence and general presentation. Not a beer to age, which is really too bad if this is really a saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2003
Cannot determine the colour, this is being consumed post haste from the bottle. The scent is slightly sour, and estery. The flavour is yeasty with a bread finish and very lively.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Lightly clouded copper orange color with a thin short-lived fizzy white head. Aroma of a wheat beer, citrus, banana and clove. Very mellow and smooth with some light carbonation. Semi-sweet malty body has some complexity and Belgian yeast spice before finishing dry. This has aged very well. This being the first Ephemere I have tried, I look forward to the others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (3194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
Hazy orange colour with a small white head. Very nice aroma of yeast and fruity malt with spice notes. Flavour is musty, with hints of maple and pear, and of course the Unibroue yeastiness, leading to a tart and dry finish. It's good, but it seems to be missing something when compared to the fruit versions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2003
Hazy ice tea color. The nose is of course yeasty with some spices and dust. A somewhat candyish fruitiness comes in near the end of the nose. Slightly tart at the beginning, yeasty and a bit of nuttiness. Sweet with malt that continues to the finish, but the yeast kicks in again at the end. Light and lacking direction in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1252) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2003
cloudy orange with off white head. Yeasty and a spicy flavour. The aroma has slight spice in it but is not too strong and over powering. Light bitters on the end of the tougue. Light palate creamy mouth feel, refreshing.

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