Unibroue Éphémère (unflavoured)

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 102   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.

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Metalchopz (3685) - 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.

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.

Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

rodenbach99 (4678) - 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.

ClarkVV (6967) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 2003 bottle from Radiomgb, drunk on 9/22/07, thanks Jeff!
Needless to say, this one was well passed its prime, despite cellaring it carefully. Bubbles arise on the surface, quickly fizzling away to nothing. The liquid is a lucid bronze-orange, with only sparse carbonation noteable. Chalk that up to age, but at the same time, I dont think this would have displayed particularly strong appearance characteristics even when fresh, as there is no lacing and the carbonation is seemingly forced.
Bland, dry wheat in the nose is immediately apparent, as well as a rather underdeveloped, uninspiring yeast. I know that "Saison" is just the placeholder here, and this wasn’t intended as a faithful recreation of that style, but the yeast is just plain boring. Light pepper-like phenols are quickly washed away by the wheat and light honey and dough sweetness, while some vanillin and waxiness builds up on the finish. A touch of citrus character, mainly lemon, adds a crisp element for a fleeting moment and is gone. Not really over/underattenuated though, from the nose.
Wheat, vanillin, dough and more light citric acid notes clash, while the carbonation is very fizzy on the palate, though it eventually disappears. Not unpleasant, but simple in the extreme, without any interesting yeast character that you would expect from either a saison, or Unibroue yeast. I’ll certainly cut it some slack for its age, but I’ve had marvelous Unibroues far older than this and I really get the feeling from drinking this that it wasn’t particularly interesting when fresh. No alcohol or flaws . Moderately-highly, to highly oxidized (which is further strange seeing as it is only a 4 year-old Belgian ale comprised of pale malts)

bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2007
on tap at mad mex Pretty bland flavor and aroma with a pretty weak palate also. Not enough carbonation. Pretty weak one from unibroue.

JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Pours copper kettle with light cloudiness. Citrus aroma, many fruit sweet and yeast. Good mouth feel nice job.

gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Found this one bottled in Sycamore, Illinois. Copper pour, slightly cloudy with a medium white head. Citrusy in the nose, with roses and apple cider. Sweet. I don’t know if I had ever tried one of these styles but this was a nice brew.

Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2006
served at NYC Brewtopiafest. semi-hazy copper-orange body with a small white head that leaves considerable lacing. smells of bread, yeast and honey. tastes of honey, yeast, apricots, apples, vanilla and lots of pears. well carbonated. crisp and clean, yet a creamy mouthfeel. subtle tartness throughout that is more apparent at the finish. so I liked it. plus the unibroue reps were SUPER nice.

hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2006
I had some of the Surly brewing CynicAle Saison right before having this. No comparison! Spicey with some fruity flavours. Not a huge beer, and still not the best Saison I’ve had. Nicely fizzy with soem citrus.

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