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Éphémère (Cranberry) - Unibroue

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Éphémère (Cranberry)Éphémère (Cranberry)

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BA SCORE
82
good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 106
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-27-2003)
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Reviews by Garin:
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a pale straw yellow, cloudy with a huge rocky long-lasting head that sticks to the glass.

Aromas of sweet fruit: jammy, and full of berries. Some funkiness in the nose as well, with hay and tart brightness. A yeasty sort of aroma comes in at the end.

The flavour is tart and refreshing up front, followed up by berry sweetness. I'm not sure that I'd know this was cranberry, exactly, but I have no trouble finding the fruit. Wheaty malt fills the middle very richly. It finishes with a dry tang reminds me of my home-brewed wild-fermented Berliner Weisse. Perhaps there is a touch of souring? I'm finding a surprising amount of (subtle) elegance and depth in here.

The mouthfeel is brisk and refreshing. For me, it definitely has shades of Berliner Weisse in it. It has that solid carbonation, the chewy wheat, and a touch of acidity. It certainly *isn't* Berliner Weisse, but I think there's some inspiration there.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 07:46:27 | More by Garin
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British Columbia (Canada)

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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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New York

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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Boto

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle: Hiding in the back of the fridge. This one pours a slightly hazy, golden yellow color. There was a very small white head on mine which didn’t linger or leave any lacing. The aroma is good. Some tart cranberries. Background notes of wheat and spices. The taste is also good. Tart cranberry, but not overpowering. Some wheat and bready notes. Slight spices. A nice brew!

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JAHMUR

Connecticut

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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle-Golden liquid pours out, capped with a thin white head that falls back to a thin ring. Straw and cranberry in the nose, a touch of yeast and grain. The flavour profile is sweet yeasty cranberry with the cranberry becoming more pronounced towards the end. Slightly hoppy and lemony as well. Spritzy carbonation in the finish. Standard.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 18:41:15 | More by mrmanning
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Éphémère (Cranberry) from Unibroue
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