Posts Tagged ‘unibroue’

unibroue éphémère cranberry

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

it’s been a while since I was able to score a bottle of unibroue’s éphémère cranberry.

  • however, they have a stash over at handy deli that no one seems to be picking up.  more for me!
  • you see their apple version of this brew all over the place, which is pretty tasty in its own right.  they also have a black currant variation.
  • however, the cranberry is my favorite – it has a very clean wheat back with a hint of cranberry on the nose and, as usual, fantastic carbonation that ties it all together.  beeradvocate dorks complain about its sweetness, but it wasn’t noticeably sweet to me.
  • I’m not even a big fan of wheat beers, but I would bring this to any outdoor summer event in a heartbeat.  it would also be a great option for introducing a lady friend to the great world of craft beer.
  • I can see this beer being a big hit by adding straight cranberry juice to secondary in a straight wheat and carbing it up nice and heavy for a tart, crisp result.  time to get brewing…

unibroue terrible

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

terrible lineup

unibroue was a very influential player during my transformation into a beer geek.

  • back in my U of I days, where one king ruled the land, I thought I was innovative as hell when I would buy a sixer of dos equis lager or red stripe.
  • however, my mind was mildly blown one night out at some bar (boltini’s, perhaps?) when a friend ordered up a couple bottles of la fin du monde.
  • admittedly impressed by the bottle art and high abv, I gave it a shot, and was wholly unprepared for the flavor, carbonation, and aroma that followed.
  • unibroue thus became my “favorite” brewery, and remained my favorite for many years.  I kept coming back to those big belgian bottles when my student budget allowed.
  • one of my favorites in their lineup was (and still is) terrible, an abbey style strong dark ale.  bottles of terrible were popped on many a special occasion in years past.
  • as with all brews from these guys, terrible shows vigorous carbonation, and my pour has a great initial head that dies down after a bit.
  • the aroma is boozy with some fruitiness, and the body is spicy and roasty.  this beer is definitely a good idea as an after dinner/dessert drink, as recommended by the brewers.
  • FYI, The French expression ce n’est pas terrible is a weird one, because the word terrible is a semi-false cognate par excellence, as it can mean either “terrible” or “terrific.” (cite)
  • check back for more unibroue reviews in the future, including a 2+ year/fresh fin du monde bottle comparison.

terrible closeup

terrible bottle