Our BrewView on Unibroue’s Éphémère Canneberge was originally published on February 24, 2019.
Brewed since 2001, it was a seasonal beer offered for a limited time only. With its blackcurrant aromas enhanced by a mild astringency, it was the perfect beer for the summer.
STYLE: Unibroue-style White ale with blackcurrant berries. 5.5% ABV.
APPEARANCE: Deep amber color with reddish highlights. 3-finger height, faint pink colored head is creamy dense, and leaves soapy lacing on the sides of the glass during consumption.
AROMA: Bready Unibroue yeast, wine-like earthy undertones, floral, pine, eucalyptus and mint-like components.
FLAVOR: Moderate tartness of blackcurrants, herbs. wine, rooibos tea, light yeast phenols.
MOUTHFEEL: Moderate plus carbonation, light bodied, tickles the entire mouth with its refreshing acidity. Woody, tannic wine-like finish lingers strongly
IMPRESSION: The picture you see in this BrewView is a bottle from June 22, 2011, with a best-by-date of June 22, 2013. We obtained a few bottles of this vintage from a very special and private source. We informed Master Brewer Jerry Vietz of the date; he was cautious of what the quality would be. 8 years in the bottle, and the beer had aged fabulously! This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Another one of the Éphémère ales not currently brewed. If you can find bottles of this anywhere, you’re in for a great treat!