Éphémère (Cranberry) - Unibroue
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4.21/5 rDev +17.3%
750 mL bottle corked and caged, bottled March 31 2014 and served slightly chilled. I enjoyed the cherry version of this beer that I tried last year, and with a total of 0 cranberry beers under my belt this variation seemed like an obvious choice - especially since there is no guarantee this will be back again next year.
This beer pours a murky golden-yellow colour, fogged up with sediment but topped with one finger of frothy, white head. It wilts steadily over the next few minutes, eventually settling into a modest cap and collar, accompanied by a thin ring of lace. Wouldn't think it was a cranberry beer by looking at it, but a sniff instantly corrects that assumption - tart cranberries are instantly detectable, with additional notes of white grape, raspberry and candi sugar sweetness. Nice mix of sweet and sour.
Wow, this is one of the best fruit beers I've had in recent memory. The website describes this as a 'white ale brewed with fruit', and white ale is a fairly good description for the base beer. Wheaty pale malt sweetness, orange citrus and apricot notes come through initially, with notes of appleskin and grape. The white cranberry flavour is relatively muted - certainly noticeable, but only a voice in a chorus rather than the main focus of the brew. It becomes a little louder near the finish, with a tart, bitter feel that you'd expect from the fruit. The finish is a pleasant mixture of tart sourness and sweet, juicy berry flavours, with a mild yeasty spiciness that dries the palate out. Medium-bodied, with aggressive carbonation with the same prickly, crisp feel as my favourite golden Belgian ales. Refreshing and very drinkable.
Final Grade: 4.21, a solid A-. Éphémère Canneberge easily ranks as one of my top three fruit beers. It's an enticing beer that combines a Belgian wit, fruity berry flavours and that familiar Unibroue house yeast that keeps bringing us all back for more. That's in addition to the zippy, active mouthfeel that this sort of style demands - making this beer an excellent summer treat, and a fabulous, lighter alternative to heavier white wines, champagnes and, well, malternatives. Recommended.
08-10-2014 18:14:58 | More by thehyperduck
3.64/5 rDev +1.4%
Full 20oz chalice at the Common in downtown Edmonton.
This beer appears a cloudy, medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of fizzy, weakly foamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of paramecia lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.
It smells of semi-sweet cranberry sauce, somewhat edgy wheat grain, a weird additional apple fruitiness, faint yeast, and a hint of white white grapes. The taste is yeasty dark fruit, not altogether identifiable as cranberry, but they're surely in there, candi sugar, laid-back wheat and bready pale malt, and more under-fermented white wine must, the fruitiness therein doing well (or not) to mess with the titular fruit's hegemony.
The bubbles are pretty low-key, barely a frothy edge presents itself, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly fruity in its adequate smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, the wheat malt, cranberry fruit salad, and vinous notes carrying us out.
Once again, Unibroue does well by the guest fruit ingredient, by not overly relying on it - in fact, here it gives it a fair bit of short shrift, allowing that wine character to almost overtake. Nothing as complex as its stronger Belgo-phile offerings, but still, a tasty enough Belgian-style fruit beer, as ever was.
04-12-2014 03:42:34 | More by biboergosum
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
I had no idea they retired this beer. Found it at the House of 1,000 beers for 5 bucks (750ml) Best by date noted at 9/28/07 so it's pretty old.
A - Man the cork is in there tight! Color is a hazy bright yellow almost like a hefeweizen with some bubbly head even after all these years that settles to a mild lace ring.
S - Smells of bright apple, cranberry and fruity yeasts. I get no cardboard or musky smells that I expected after aging this long.
T - Taste is very light but I can taste the bitterness of the cranberry in the finish. Beverage is overall dry and mildly bubbly. It is balanced sweet fruity yeasts first then the dry bitter cranberry finish.
M - Light to medium. Easy to sip
Overall I actually wonder when they pulled this beer from the lineup since I never even had a chance before to try this. I actually still know of a store that has a case of this and it's really not a bad fruit beer overall.
03-03-2012 02:30:37 | More by DrDemento456
Éphémère (Cranberry) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.