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Éphémère (Cranberry)Éphémère (Cranberry)

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 2001 and has since been celebrated on a variety of seasonal fruit ales such as apple (brewed all year long), cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, raspberry and blueberry.

It has a delicate cranberry flavor which gives it the perfect sweetness-acidity balance.

2014 - Only available in Canada

Added by kbub6f on 02-27-2003

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy and veiled dark straw color with light activity. Thick foamy light beige 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with mediocre legs but good swirl reaction. Flavors of cranberries, wheat, sweet grains, Belgian yeast, and floral hops. Fluffy medium body with extra crispy carbonation. Light strength finish, slightly sour, mostly grainy and fruity, a bit flowery at the end. The fruit feel is a little shy. High freshness, decent texture. Probably one of my least favorite Éphémère. Still overall a very good quality fruit beer.

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Photo of willcumbie
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FrancisM12
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric_Standard
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a prominent, dense head, which retains fairly well. Thin, fine, and unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Cranberries ans spicy wheat malt dominate the aroma, presenting a slightly sweet aroma, somewhat like a wine cooler..

Taste: Sharply tart cranberries vie with spicy wheat for supremacy. Tangy sour apple notes present as well. A mild wave of tart and sour cranberries bring the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very full, with soft carbonation, and just a hint of zestiness.

Drinkability/notes: A rare example, a cranberry beer. Would that there would be more of these.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoneguy
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aufie
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought this beer at the grocery store a few days ago here in Dallas, Texas (750ml bottle). The 2016 version has a nicer looking and more colorful label compared to the one displayed here. I really liked the taste.

(L) It has a hazy golden color and a thin white bubbly head.

(A) It has a very pleasant and inviting aroma with a lot of yeast and cranberry.

(T) The taste is a very nice blend of yeast, bread, cranberry, orange, banana, and coriander. It is a little bit sweet but not too sweet. It is tart but not too much, and unlike some other tart fruit beers it did not give me any heartburn. Not much bitterness though.

(F) Easy drinking, a bit fizzy, yet nice flavors and aromas. I think it was light and just right.

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Photo of -chii-
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden honey color with lots of bubbly carbonation. Head is two fingers of intense white foamy bubbles that retain for a very long time before fading some, however it never fully dissipates. The appearance is somewhere between a Belgian style pale, and champagne. Overall it works and the brew is quite beautiful.

S: Belgian yeasts and cranberry dominate the nose. You also get some notes of orange peel, sweet bread, coriander, pepper, and some subtle earthy spiciness.

T: Cranberry rightfully is the first flavor to jump out at you. There is also some orange, bready malts, Belgian yeasts, coriander, pepper, banana, and earthy spices. Finishes bittersweet and tart with a lingering cranberry aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Not much to the body, very crisp and refreshing, it's a great brew to start with but lacks depth.

O: A pleasant change up brew for me. It is making for a great start the day brew. It has a beautiful pour and has some nice aromas and flavors. If you like Belgian ales and cranberry's this is for you. I am enjoying this brew and would definitely drink it again. Overall a solid offering from Unibroue now on to the next.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of d6a5fa971c
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rickzim1
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 750 ml. corked, caged bottle with an expiration date of 07-25-2016. Sampled on November 22, 2015.

The pour is peach-yellow with a modest head that fades some but never dissolves.

The nose features the cranberry as it should but I pick up the Belgian toasted bread and mild spiced characters underneath.

Light to medium body but creamy too.

The taste is basically mellow with a big cranberry sweetness. Mile bitterness to finish. Easy to drink but you have to like fruit in your beer. I am ambivalent about that.

This is the first time I have seen some of the other Ephemere variants in New Hampshire. I have had the more available apple.

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Photo of djgustafson
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Decker
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bf7
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

After at last opening the wire and cork seal, I was able to pour a fizzy golden-amber beer. The head soon died down to a thin partial coat but rather high carbonation was evident in the prickly mouthfeel. The nice fruity aroma seemed to reflect variety of fruits, including apples, and not just cranberries. Likewise for the flavor. The fruit addition here is limited to a level that allows the light malts and fruity yeast flavors to appear. Sweet aroma but moderately tart and lightly bitter flavor.

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Photo of AndyEdgar
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BB 8/20/16 at 45 degees into tulip
Aroma hint of coriander
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy/creamy, diminishing to 8 mm creamy layer
Lacing – none
Body medium yellow, clear, sediment in bottom
Flavor like a dry white wine without the vinous components – unable to taste the cranberry or orange separately – nicely blended; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, dry, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is way underrated, if you dont like fruit beer, why buy this? its a wonderful example of cool fruit in a wheat beer, and deserves more credit than it gets. the price is amazing too, under 7 bucks for a cork and cage bomber. not color to it at all from the cranberries, just a simple looking wheat brew with a tall and lasting white head. the nose has some slightly off funk to it at first, but it grows on me, maybe a combination of the berry tartness and the yeast and the fact that this bottle has some age on it. really bright cranberry aroma, cuts the heaviness of the wheat malt, which is pretty sturdy here. the same is true in the flavor, where the berries come on in the middle and come on real authentic. its easily the best use of cranberries in beer that i can recall. not much sweetness here, but a lot of body, makes it seem more manly than it probably is, and helps it linger a bit despite being quite dry. the carbonation is enormous here too, which i always like in the style, and the yeast profile is decidedly not neutral. its tangy almost, belgian-esque, less esters but its bold and compatible with the cranberries for sure. this is my favorite beer in this series so far, by a long shot.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells like a tart cider. Cranberry is somewhat hidden.

Flavor is fairly sweet initially, with notes of cranberry tartness contrasting. A wheat malt backbone supports nicely, but the cranberry tartness is fleeting.

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Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A really great brew by Unibroue.

This is a light bodied beer with nice spice notes and a perfectly subtle cranberry finish. Very Tasty!

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Éphémère (Cranberry) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 195 ratings