Éphémère (Cranberry)

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Quebec, Canada
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #178
Ranked #25,681
3.65 | pDev: 13.7%
Aug 26, 2022
Feb 27, 2003
Notes: 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
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Reviewed by kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Éphémère (Cranberry). I got it in a 12 mix pack

Look: Cloudy rose colour, about a finger of white head.

Smell: Yeast, cranberry

Taste: Witbier and cranberry. light malt, a bit sour also

Feel: Medium body, light to medium carbonation

So overall would I recommend it? Not really, the cranberry notes are pretty strong

Would I buy it again ? No
Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours rose tan into a nice tulip. Nose is fruity and rich here of tart apple and sour keys. Taste is tart cranberry with fizzle finish. Decent all around.
Mar 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Not into fruit beers but this one was pretty good. It helps l like cranberries (or any berry for that matter). Pours a foamy head with good retention accompanied with a hazy, burnt yellow colour with some suds. The aroma is a balance of yeast and, you guessed it, cranberries. Tastes like a 'blonde' or even a witbier with a cranberry flavor that doesn't overpower - which can be seen as a fault. I would have liked a tad more cranberry kick.
Jan 03, 2020
Rated: 3.54 by quadmad from Canada (ON)

Nov 05, 2019
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Reviewed by altstadt from Canada (BC)

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cloudy rose-tan color. High flux of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. Poured a tan head of tiny bubbles that is shrinking and being replenished from below almost as fast. No lacing.

Tart cranberry and apple scent with a light fresh bread yeast under it. Swirling the glass enhanced the cranberry and kicked up a little bit of funky barnyard. The slight barnyard works well with the other scents.

Starts off with strong cranberry flavor and then morphs to a funky yeast and light malt that doesn't blend as well with the cranberry as it could. The result is something that tastes a little bit off, although I can't place what I don't like about it. The cranberry comes back to dominate the aftertaste, but it has changed in the voyage.

Full on tongue tickling as it bursts into a foam that quickly grows to large bubbles. The bubbles leave the tongue feeling like a light alcohol burn after swallowing.

My notes from a couple of years ago said "Very light touch on the cranberry. Slightly more sour than their other ales. Seems to be missing something." I would say that the cranberry is more dominant than it was at that time. The flavor still seems to be missing something. However, even though it is not entirely to my liking, it is a good representative of the style.
Oct 12, 2019
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Reviewed by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

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.
Sep 15, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by willcumbie from Virginia

Jul 31, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 3.76 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC)

Dec 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

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.
Nov 24, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by Phoneguy from Indiana

Jun 26, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by aufie from Texas

May 31, 2016
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Reviewed by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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.
May 25, 2016
Rated: 3.29 by -chii- from Canada (QC)

May 23, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

May 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

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.
Dec 27, 2015
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Man I had this next to the apple version and couldn't tell the difference at all. It's supposed to be a fruit beer but tastes like an overly herbal hefe or wit that just barely has a touch of added fruit?
Dec 26, 2015
Rated: 4.11 by d6a5fa971c from Maine

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.48 by rickzim1 from New Jersey

Nov 27, 2015
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

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.
Nov 22, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by djgustafson from North Carolina

Oct 11, 2015
Rated: 3 by Decker from Oklahoma

Jul 27, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by bf7 from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2015
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

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.
Jul 05, 2015
Rated: 4 by AndyEdgar from Illinois

Jun 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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
Jun 15, 2015
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.
Apr 04, 2015
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

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.
Apr 02, 2015
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Rated by stoutmasterjames from Maryland

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!
Mar 31, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by LehighAce06 from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by aquazr1 from California

Mar 05, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by BigJim5021 from Indiana

Feb 18, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by mattboyer182 from Indiana

Feb 15, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by MaxPowers from Michigan

Feb 14, 2015
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Reviewed by Brenden from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.
Feb 10, 2015
Rated: 4.28 by Marie-Sophie from Canada (QC)

Jan 31, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jan 31, 2015
Rated: 4 by Ale_Dog from New York

Jan 27, 2015
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Reviewed by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
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.
Jan 25, 2015
Éphémère (Cranberry) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 199 ratings