BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S ÉPHÉMÈRE SUREAU

Our BrewView on Unibroue’s Éphémère Pomme was originally published on July 9, 2017.

Brewed since 2017, one of the newest additions to the Éphémère beer family. It is brewed with a balanced combination of the elder’s fruit and flowers.


BREWVIEW NOTES BY SOMMELIER ALAN KOZIOL

STYLE: Unibroue-style White ale with elderberries and elderberry white flowers. 5.5% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Hazy vintage burgundy/maroon color body with a rocky foamy faint beige-pink head with some difficult-to-see (with the “purple haze” all through my glass) streaming carbonation promoting good retention of a nice 1/4″ cap along with some pretty lacing all the way down.

AROMA: Aromas of tart elderberries, pink lemon, asian pear, pink cripps apple, white wine grapes, coriander, tangerine peel, pink peppercorn, faint hints of banana, wheat thins, some notes of Herbes de Provence, violets, and a yeasty earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity.

FLAVOR: Echoing the nose with tart elderberries, pink lemon, asian pear, pink cripps apple, white wine grapes, coriander, tangerine peel, pink peppercorn, faint hints of banana, wheat thins, some notes of Herbes de Provence, violets, and a yeasty earthiness. Full of flavor to be sure, with no real perceptible bitterness, however it’s not needed as the lovely tartness leads to a refreshingly dry finish with the pretty violet fruit lingering on and just hints of the pink peppercorn yeast. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy earthiness and the biscuity malt flavors, and zero cloying through the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Moderately acidic and nicely bristling on the tongue with a gently effervescent, finely-bubbled medium-high carbonation, medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and even a slightly tannic mouthfeel that is reminiscent of a Villages Côte de Nuit Burgundy. Zero warming alcohol as expected of a 5.5% ABV brew.

IMPRESSION: Extremely delicious! An excellent fruited witbier style, definitely more full flavored and with more fruit-juiciness than other incarnations of Éphémère I have tasted. It transcends most beers and would make a great apértif or digestif, and could really also stand as a dessert beer, but also pair well with many main course entrées. Highly recommended; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering, especially for a hot summer evening!