Éphémère (Cherry) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Cherry)Éphémère (Cherry)

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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.

Reminescent of rosé wine with a dry aftertaste of wild pin cherries.

Added by PeerlessMark on 06-19-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Photo of beertunes
4.59/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pleasant light pink color. Bright cherry aroma. Crisp and bright cherry flavors. Clean and crisp body. Excellent drinkability. Great beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is so brutally underrated i think, but i dont think these guys get enough love in general, all of their beer is pretty awesome. maybe unknown a little in this market, oh well, more for me. this is so much better than the apple i think, cool to see draft in colorado too. pink in color, smelling bright like the fruit, and tasting as authentic as can be on the cherry, finally a cherry beer that isnt medicinal or sweet, or a wild ale, one of the first i would drink again really in that family. the wheat base is nice, flavorful, fresh, and distinct from other white wheat beers in its body and texture. i love how the cherry isnt dominant, lets the cereals come out in the middle, and it doesnt linger in the finish. i think this could satisfy a fruit beer lover any place on the spectrum, and because of the drier finish, its more of a session than others. this has me a lot more curious than i was to try the rest of the fruited beers in this series. these guys can do no wrong in my mind, i would drink this again for sure, especially in a summer context. effervescent and as refreshing as red fruit beer can be for me.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of heddar33
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a = A very lovely apricot orange color, slightly clouded. A rosy short-lived head that dissipates to a thin film on the top, some lacing.

S = Pleasant, light fruits and yeast.

T = Cherries are present, but not predominant. Tart, not sweet. Also, some spiciness.

M = Light and bright, respectable amount of carbonation.

O = To me, the overall profile of this ale is almost like a pilsner, if that's even possible. The fruit and spices adds intrigue to the flavor. It would make a wonderful summer sipping beer, or pair it with a nice chicken dish any time of year instead of a white wine. Dare I suggest you even serve it with the right dessert?

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This cherry version of Ephemere is a sort of blood orange nearly red color with a thickness. It has a wispy nearly white film of head that sits as a foam that leaves a bit of thinnish lace on the glass.
The cherry's here in no small order, a nice mix of tart and sweet mingling with pale malts, wheaty in nature, and unoffensive yeasty note, and a gently peppery note.
The flavor's got a nice, tart cherry bite too. Sweetness gives way to the tart taste while giving a little balance to it. The yest brings gentle peppery spice and a touch of earthy funk. Malts lay it all on top with an overlying crackery note.
This beer is crisp, with a hard bite in the medium body. Smoothness isn't full, but it isn't completely sacrificed either.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, standard caged and corked bottle. This one sort of flew into Alberta under the radar of late, kind of replacing the Cassis version on the shelves. Oh well, still nice to see something new from this brewer.

This beer pours a hazy, medium pinkish-orange amber hue, with three flabby fingers of super-fine puffy, foamy pink-tinted white head, which leaves little beyond a few skinny swaths of sea-spray lace around the glass as it evenly dissipates.

It smells of sweetly tart mushed cherries, grainy pale malt, a bit of spiced (i.e. cinnamon and/or cloves) applesauce, and earthy, somewhat zingy Belgian-esque yeast. The taste is semi-sweet, somewhat neutered cherry juice, soft lemon and apple fruit esters, a hint of low-key earthy, funky yeast, dutiful bready, lightly grainy pale malt, and an ephemeral (sorry!) dank savoury spiciness.

The carbonation is light, frilly, and fairly frothy, the body on the far side of medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes on the tempered sweet side, the cherry and other muddled fruit just chillin', the yeast in an agreeable holding pattern, and the malt forgotten, but not gone.

A decent cherry-accented pale Belgian ale, rather easy to drink on one of the sunniest and hottest days of the year. More complex than just that, I know, but that's merely an added bonus.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - copper with a hint of red, slightly pink head is creamy and held nicely
S - sour cherry with a very strong medicine like aroma, light grains
T - sour cherry with a mineral or medicine twang, a little soapy on the finish
M - creamy and well carbonated, slightly sour but smooth finish
O - nice enough but something about it just isn't as nice as previous ephrmere offerings, but Unibroue is always worth a try

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DaveBar
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO 3yrs ago for just over $5.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 9deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high off white head that films out in 4 or 5 minutes. Light red colour and filtered clear

S- Nice cherry here. No medicinal scent at all like some fruit brews.

T- Super light and smooth beer. Must try. Super mellow and blended to perfection.

M- Aged perfection.

O- Very good. Have tried many of this companies fruit brews before and did not like them at all. Put a few years on it and watch out! Fantastic

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went very well with...... Home made ice cream with my favorite vanilla bean


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Photo of StormAles
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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