Éphémère Strawberry & Rhubarb

Éphémère Strawberry & Rhubarb by Unibroue
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

HAVE YOUR PIE AND DRINK IT TOO!
Is there anything as delicious and refreshing as the classic summer flavors of a strawberry rhubarb pie?

Well… now, yes there is. Fraise & Rhubarbe, the latest Éphémère from Unibroue.This highly refreshing and tasty treat is perfectly balanced with hints of sweet strawberries paired with the mild and herbaceous tart side of rhubarb. The resulting garden of flavors is totally reminiscent of a delicious strawberry & rhubarb pie.

Style: Belgian style fruit flavored wheat ale
Appearance: Golden, slightly cloudy with a creamy white head
Effervescence: Medium and sustained
Aroma: Delicate strawberry hints with rhubarb herbaceous notes
Flavor: Pleasant strawberry and rhubarb flavors reminiscent of the pie that reunites these two fruits
Body: Light to medium
Suggested glass: Flute or tulip
Pairings: Curried chicken, Pineapple ham, Spinach salad, Pineapple upside-down cake, Vanilla ice cream (float), Blue cheese, Triple cream Brie cheese.
Aging: 12 to 18 months, best when fresh

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
11
Served at: 
39 - 43º
Judges Review 
Joseph Formanek's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Éphémère Strawberry & Rhubarb by Unibroue is an offering with quite intense fruit character, though the base Belgian beer character, particularly the fermentation flavor, is somewhat subtle. Considering that the base beer is a Wit, this is a bit more acceptable. This beer is being evaluated as a Category 29A Fruit Beer as per the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines with the base beer being a Wit.

An intense fresh strawberry aroma hits you upon popping the bottle, along with a background of a grainy wheat note, as expected for the style. Any rhubarb character is overwhelmed by the fresh strawberry nose. There is very little fermentation character noted in the aroma. The beer is a hazy golden color with a solid white small bubble head with lacing that lingers throughout the drink, again as is typical for the wit style.

The flavor carries through a moderate fresh strawberry flavor with a grainy wheat background.  The strawberry remains the dominant character throughout the drink. No bitterness is noted. The finish is rather sweet, though moderately refreshing, as if you were drinking a fresh fruit juice. The fermentation is very clean with subtle Belgian notes. The body is a light medium, and the carbonation is moderate.  

Overall, the extremely fresh fruit character is the dominant quality of this beer. Strawberry lovers will rejoice with this offering. Though the character of the strawberry seems a bit under-fermented and the overall complexity is rather lacking, this beer still delivers a refreshing summer treat. Cheers and enjoy! 

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