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Éphémère (Cranberry)Éphémère (Cranberry)

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
2014 - Only available in Canada

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Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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 Thomas_Wikman
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
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 Cannibalgasm
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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 puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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 chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Ozzylizard
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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 +13.7%
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 -1.6%
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 Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hazed pale yellow brew shows some depth while still shining, developing a bubbly whitish head that displays pretty good retention and stick.
The Belgian spicing is unassuming, showing softly from front to back and just laying a firm foundation for the beer without overdoing it or being understated. It gives up very soft spicy and earthy notes, a bit of a mix as far as light kitchen spices and sweetness. It lets the cranberry stand out pretty well without taking over the brew, everything working together to be gently tart as well as softly sweet in a way few brewers can master.
The feel is equally soft, a very light body that doesn't lack depth. It moves nicely, staying soft while a gentle crispness never stops nipping and it stays smooth the whole way through.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: Cantaloup colored body under a white head. Nice thick film of retention, but no lacing.

Aroma: A buttered popcorn aroma with banana and cranberry.

Taste: Starts with a metallic note, then transitions into bready malts, yeast, and cranberry tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, easy to drink.

Overall: Not bad at all, I like the cranberry as it's not overpowering.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice light summery Belgian beer. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a flute. Hazy straw/diluted tea color with a good size carbonated white head. The head fades pretty fast and there is minimal lacing.

Subtle aroma of Belgian yeast, orange zest and tartness from the cranberries. Flavor is more of the same. Tastes kind of like a Witbier with some fruit added. The yeast is fairly prominent. The orange provides some sweetness, the cranberries add tartness. Nice balance. Some Witbier like spicing with the coriander.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, Very nicely carbonated. No hint of alcohol.

I had this one with a lobster and bread. A nice alternative to champagne!!!!

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Photo of Jonada
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle best before 7/25/2016. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker yellow color with 3+ fingers of a white soapy head with great retention. Body is hazy with possibly the highest amount of visible carbonation I've ever seen in the glass.

Smell: Wheat, clove, cranberry juice, red berry, banana and some pear.

Taste: Light sweetness and tartness with cranberry and orchard fruits upfront. Flavors yield more towards base beer in the finish and aftertaste, with notes of wheat, spicy yeast and a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium/high, but gentle carbonation.

Overall: Really nice stuff. The cranberries are subtle but integrated really well into an already solid base beer. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a hazy golden straw color, huge huge head that fades at a slow rate with a good amount of patchy lacing on the glass, the cranberry did not affect the color in the slightest.

Smell is surprisingly straight forward and more like a witbier with a strong citrus and yeasty aroma, nose is fairly light and sweet without any hint of hops.

Taste is definitely on the yeasty side of the tracks, light fruity flavors, mostly citrus style, cranberry flavor is not very strong at all but there is a hint of tartness behind all the sweetness, carbonation is medium-high and kind of like a soda in it's sharpness, finishes semi-dry and more refreshing than you would think for a "fruit" beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 7/25/2016. Pours hazy bright golden straw color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big tart cranberry, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Awesome aromas with great complexity and balance of cranberry, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart cranberry, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cranberry, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of cranberry, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; wit ha great yeast/malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited witbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of cranberry, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of biegaman
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Éphémère Canneberge (Cranberry) isn't red at all but instead a bright yellow that's sunny as the southern Mediterranean. (Be skeptical of vibrantly colourful fruit beers - those that use syrups or juices - but know that brewing with real berries typically lends little colour.) As is characteristic for Unibroue beers, this one has a head half the size of a cantaloupe.

The aroma is reminiscent of flower blossoms, apricot jam, and orange marmalade - all great things but none remotely cranberry-like. The only semblance of red berries would be in dried, sweetened form (think along the lines of an Ocean Spray product). No matter, this is a positively wonderful bouquet and far more complex than anything that hangs off an end aisle at the supermarket.

Cranberry is an autumn fruit but this ale, with its zestfulness and citrus fruit notes, is terrifically and decidedly summer-like. That's because it is, at its base, a Witbier (which explains the delightful orange marmalade flavour and white pepper-like piquancy). And this being Unibroue the yeast certainly factors in too; fresh bread, savory herbs, and peach and pear esters round out the profile.

Cranberries are unmistakably more tart than sweet, so it's a little odd that the real story here be honey, marmalade and canned tropical fruits. But in all this there remains a little tartness, enough anyway to conclude each sip with a tangy little bang!. And while the acidity is not dagger-like, there is enough of it that, for the thirsty, it's just what the doctor ordered.

Éphémère Cranberry may be my favourite of the series. It admittedly does a pitiful job at capturing the essence of the fruit but is nonetheless a genius little recipe insofar as easy quaffing and warm-weather drinking is concerned. Those who appreciate the dry, spicy berry flavours of Tavel or Bandol rosé, and even those who prefer chugalug pink-tinted plunk, should love this.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +9.3%

07/23/13 From a bottle. A large bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. I'm a big Ephemere Apple fan & could not pass up the opportunity to give this a whirl. I was not disappointed. Unibroue makes quality stuff. Always well balanced. Always with a hint of this or a fleeting sensation of that. In this case I got the cranberry aroma but the flavor arrived so late, I thought it had missed the train. At the risk of sounding trite, I'd love to try this with some turkey or light game bird. Thanks, Unibroue, for this week's reason to live.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3/5  rDev -18%

Hazy color reminiscent of the Pomme. Fast fading head and next to no retention. Unibroue's classic yeast comes through in the aroma. Peppery, spicey, fruity, and balanced portions of cranberry on the nose. Cranberry tannins and a bit of the puckering effect of eating fresh cranberries. Meduim body, high carbonation. Didn't really like this one which is disappointing because I love cranberries and Unibroue even more.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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: 4.19, 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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/10/09. Bottle. Pours a light yellow with a small white head and lively carbonation. Aroma of sweet cranberry, grape. Flavor is of chewable cranberry/grape candies. Sugary like those sugar-coated gummybears. Slight tartness/prickliness. Rather sweet and artificial tasting to me. Just ok, I'm not really digging the flavor here.

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Photo of jwc215
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cage-corked bottle:

Pours hazed golden with a fizzy white head. The label says that "artificial colors" were added.

The smell is of sourdough, a bit musty, with very faint cranberry.

The taste is of sourish - a bit of lemon mixed with the cranberry. Cranberry more noticeable in the "repeating" than in the flavour, which is pretty weak - some wheat breadiness and a touch of sour with some cranberry.

It is light - more fizzy than effervescent. Quite the carbonated one, here.

Not much of a brew, in the end. A fruit beer that is relatively light on the fruit, which is okay, but a blandness going on that just doesn't hold my interest. At least it is not syrupy sweet as many other fruit beers, I suppose.

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Photo of Fatduck
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wheat ale brewed with Cranberry Juice, natural flavors, and Artificial Colors. - No ones likes Artificial color... My first thought was that it might pour a red cranberry color, but luckily its simply a pale wheat color.

Big bubbly head that drops almost instantly. Smells and tastes like a very well crafted wheat beer. My fruit wheat beers never taste this clean. The cranberry comes out very well but still leaves room for the smooth wheat flavor. Its a little over carbonated for me, but it's Unibroue, belgian style, so I wont mark it down too much. That said, my 750ml bottle is almost gone in the time it took me to write this.

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