As with all my conversations with Unibroue’s Master Brewer Jerry Vietz in 2018, he did drop a hint of the newest beer in the Éphémère series that he had been working on for a while. He’ll always let me know that “something new is in the works.”The brewery sent me a sample and the newest Éphémère glass to enjoy it in around the time the beer was released. I’m a bit late in this BrewView, as the product was made available in the US in May 2018. You know how it goes sometimes!
BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Style category: Belgian-style fruit flavored wheat ale
Brewed Since 2018
Origin: Chambly, Quebec
Éphémère Fraise & Rhubarbe (Strawberry & Rhubarb) is a seasonal ale offered for a limited time.
As its name suggests, Éphémère is an ephemeral ale that comes and goes with the seasons. It was developed as a series to feature a seasonal fruit in a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale. The label depicts a fairy, an ephemeral spirit associated with fruits picked at the peak of ripeness during each harvest season. She first appeared in the spring of 2000 and has since been celebrated on a variety of seasonal fruit ales featuring apple must, cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, raspberry, cherry, pear, blueberry and Elderberry flavors. In 2018, the brewery offered fans a newcomer to the Éphémère range of beers: Strawberry & Rhubarb flavor.
Why was Strawberry and Rhubarb chosen for the newest Éphémère? Master Brewer Jerry Vietz explains:
” When the idea came to me to combine two fruits for the very first time in a beer from our Éphémère series, it was natural for me to lean towards the classic pairing between Strawberry and Rhubarb. The herbaceous and tangy profile of Rhubarb perfectly accompanies the sweet taste and sweet scent of ripe Strawberries- flavors that remind us of memories at every sip!”
Fermentation – TOP
Color – GOLDEN
SRM – 5.5
Clarity – SLIGHTLY CLOUDY
Head – WHITE
Bubbles – MEDIUM
Effervescence – SUSTAINED
IBU – 11
Body – LIGHT TO MEDIUM
Aftertaste – DRY FINISH