Éphémère (Elderberry)

Éphémère (Elderberry)Éphémère (Elderberry)
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Fruit and Field Beer
3.88 | pDev: 9.28%
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Éphémère (Elderberry)Éphémère (Elderberry)
Notes: Brewed using a balanced combination of the elder's fruit and flowers, it offers an explosion of berry flavors along with subtle floral notes and hints of tropical fruit reminiscent of the Muscat's powerful bouquet.

IBU: 6
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 54 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Ale brewed with elderberry juice and flowers , also some spices.

Jun 05, 2017
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The slightly hazy pinkish purple beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 2” off white creamy pinkish purpleish head that recedes slowly leaving little or no lacing on the sides. Sipping creates some small patches of lacing that mostly slide back down to the liquid

The aromas are mostly slightly tart elderberry forward and are a lot like a mix of several different berries with the blueberries in charge. There are also some nice floral notes mingled in here

The flavors are slightly tart and mostly fruity with the berry mix up front but with no real bitterness showing. It seems like there's a mix of berries in here backed up by a light, sweet wheat and floral character with just a hint of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, slightly tart with a bit of acidity and with a soft light prickliness from the finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the berry flavors and tartness head for the background while allowing a well balanced slight sweetness and slight bitterness to emerge before they recede leaving some light berry tartness to close out the show.

On the whole this is a refreshing and enjoyable wheat beer with lots of berry flavor and floral character that is blended with just enough tartness and carbonation to freshen the palate. I'd be happy to have another and may go looking for few more.

Feb 04, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, hazy pink with a decent head and good fizz.

Smells pleasantly perfumy, with fruit and potpourri blending nice against a plain, lightly peppery wheatmalt.

Tastes like it smells. Simple, almost understated by today's standards, but still very lively and pretty. The elderberries are sweet on the very front and get bitter and nicely medicinal near the middle, giving way to a finish of wheat and some old timey aperitif-like bitterness on the very back end.

The Ephémère series may seem quaint, in this the Age of Sours, but I still appreciate an well-made beer in which the fruit accentuates beeriness, rather than defining it. Elderberry is the best Ephémère by a wide margin, and it's definitely worth your money.

Jan 07, 2018
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ewpass from Canada (PE)

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pink-red with strong head. All-fruit nose. Light body with considerable carbonation with a tart, dry finish. A good beer for the summer deck.

Sep 22, 2017
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Sam106 from Canada (QC)

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Jun 09, 2017
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ccjeff from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great pink color with nice haze. Light fruit taste. While fruit taste is there it is not overwhelming. Low ABV makes this an easy drinker.

Nov 13, 2017
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KurtKilgore from New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dec 09, 2017
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 5-finger white head that vanishes, leaving no lace. Hazy red/amber color. Light-medium bodied and medium carbonation, elderberry nose. Almost sweet elderberry flavor, hops totally hidden. Best by 4/12/2019, $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Aug 21, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue "Éphémère (Elderberry)"
on tap @ Lucky's Last Chance, Manayunk, PA
$8 / pint

Look: Hazy violet body. No head, but I'll chalk that up to the bar glass and bartender's pour and give them the benefit of the doubt.

Smell: Fruity and floral. Elderberry and white grape.

Taste: Surprisingly tart, and very fruity. Full of flavor. There's no perceptible bitterness but it's not needed as the tartness lends to a dry finish with fruit lingering.

Feel: Acidic and bristling on the tongue with a gently effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: Quite enjoyable. It's much more full flavored than the previous incarnations of Éphémère, and almost more like juice with beer added than beer with fruit added. It goes beyond beer and would make a great apértif or digestif, and could stand alone as a dessert beer, but would also pair well with main main courses. Highly recommended.

Jun 02, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep red color ale with a light pink color foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light tart elderberry notes with light Belgian sweet malt notes. Taste is also a mix of light tart elderberry notes with some lightly sweet malt notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Solid fruit beer and very enjoyable for a hot sticky summer evening.

Jun 24, 2017
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a purplish-brown with a barely off-white, nearly creamy head.
Smell is sour, perfume & fruit with a bit of malt.
Taste is perfume, tart, elderberry & wheat.
Very lightly carbonated, lightish body, hint of drying.

Dec 04, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 14, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy dark golden pink pour. 2 fingers of foamy pinkish head. Great lacing.

S: Tart and fruity... elderberry and jam. Light yeast.

T/F: Light berry and fruit... not as much as expected from the nose. A bit floral as well... milder Belgian style yeast and wheat underneath. Packing less 'oomph' than expected. No real tartness but not sweet either. Well carbonated... light bodied. Fruity/berry finish and aftertaste.

O: A solid fruit beer... not the best of the Ephemere series but very easy drinking. One I'd definitely have again.

Jun 22, 2018
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JayQue from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice understated fruity beer. Pours a beautiful dense amber reddish color with a slightly pink, bubbly white head. Head retention is about average and there is a wispy ring of lacing near the top of the glass. Aroma is fruity and a little malty. The tartness is somewhat covered in the aroma. Taste is a mild, effervescent fruitiness, with a slightly tart undercurrent and an overall malty presence. Understated, bubbly and a little fruity. Mouthfeel is good, delicate, nicely carbonated with understated fruit, sourness and maltiness. This beer does not stand out, but the subtle flavors are well done and it is very drinkable.

Mar 18, 2018
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mpyle from Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy reddish berry color, with a white head with some retention.

Hints of berry fruit and sour/tart in the aroma, gives the sense that it will be a bit acidic.

Nice tart presumably elderberry flavor, and finishes quite dry and clean. Wheat malt may be adding to the tart character, but flavors are fruit driven.

Fairly light body, with moderately high carbonation. No astringency or warming, but drying from the carbonation.

A very nice, easy drinking beer. Crisp and refreshing on a hot day. Definitely feel like elderberry works well in a beer like this one.

Sep 09, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy red color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of fruit (similar to blackberry), alcohol, sweet malt, slight herbal notes, slight yeast, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of a Fruit/Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also an elevated tartness and strong herbal dryness. Tastes of fruit (similar to blackberry), alcohol, sweet malt, strong herbal notes, slight yeast, and slight floral hops. Overall, good appearance, complexity, herbal notes dominate aroma and body, so the blend is unbalanced.

Mar 15, 2018
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 14, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, BB 04-12-19 ... poured into a generic tulip glass)

L: hazy, pinkish tawny liquid; dense sponge of snappy, crackly foam atop, slight pinkish tone... no lace

S: aroma burst forth right from cap removal - lots of berry... sticking my nose in the glass, the classic spice and light citrus essence of the base beer beams prominently, but a nicely-balanced, jammy berry note stands parallel

T: the Belgian spice and almost green apple skin flavors combine with the vinous, almost brandy-like berry... somewhat punchy bitterness via the spice and perhaps also carbonation; the finish has a rather strident herbal / berry skin bite and a mild phenolic hum, all lasting long into the otherwise dry aftertaste... rather flowery perfume note builds on the palate

F: well-carbonated, but not quite sizzly; seems to be a delicate, fleecy texture to its viscosity... in combo with a thin dusting of yeast sediment, the wheat element is apparent in tangible 'cushion' to its body... wonderfully dry

O: interesting taste, thankfully far from sweet... I could definitely see drinking one at a party if it was an option... it might go well with a salad containing dried berries, walnuts, pungent blue cheese... welcome variation

Jun 14, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a murky pink color with almost 2 inches of lively, light pink head that had good retention and left no lacing.

A notable berry scent jumped out as soon as I cracked the cap. Behind that was a bit of yeast and grain.

Nearly identical on the palate, along with a gently tart component.

The body was medium, and had a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, I could easily drink a few of these. Overall, another good version of this beer. Worth trying if you see it.

Mar 19, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, typical caged and corked bottle, which has been strangely difficult to procure around here, for some reason.

This beer pours a hazy, dark ruby amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of low-lying streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, somewhat dank yeast (a bit of a departure from the house strain), concentrated elderberry extract, some mildly boozy white grapes, and a touch of musty, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, a lesser wheaten cereal character, muddled dark fieldberry notes, an estery and earthy yeastiness, further mixed domestic citrus peel essences, and more understated leafy, weedy, and musty floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess skulking about, looking for a place to happen. It finishes off-dry, the yeast, generic malt, and fruity elderberry character predominating.

Overall, this is yet another well-made, fruited-up offering from this Lower Canada brewing concern (no matter who owns them). The elderberries do indeed shine, like their forebears, um, before them. Worthy of getting your grubby hands on, should you get the chance.

Aug 31, 2017
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generallee from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one hit my nose as soon as I cracked the cap with heavy notes of elderberries and sourdough bread! The flavor matches it's aroma. It has tart elderberry and sourdough bread flavor up front that slides into a mild fruity sweet finish.

Aug 13, 2017
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 27, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium reddish orange with a fine one finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of berries; don't know elderberries, but reminds me of tart, over-ripe raspberries, hint of wheat and lemon. Flavor is tart elderberry (reminiscent of raspberries to me), lemon citrus, wheat malt. Finishes tart with residual berry and a pleasant rustic earthy note. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. This Ephémère is tarter and fuller flavored than the last two I've tried and the better for it. I have a low tolerance for sourness in beer, but this tartness is so clearly from the berries that I liked it and want to try elderberries next time I see them. Interesting color, sharp carbonation and great fresh berry juice flavors. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Jun 11, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 23, 2017
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jul 10, 2017
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 54 ratings