Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) - Unibroue
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Reviews by Kicksmile67:
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
I bought this beer on my loyalty to Unibroue. The bottle and name "fairy" didnt come off as manly and tough. After about an hour of teasing and interesting pictures with the bottle I pulled the cork.
The appearance for this beer is very nice. Dark amber with carbonation moving through it like a busy street. The smell is really what impressed me with this one. It had a very beautiful aroma of dried fruit and alcohol. Almost wine like to the nose, and was enjoyed by everyone I offered it to. The taste was different but good. The beer was very present but in the same volume as the currant notes. No real strong hop flavor but in my opinion that would have hurt the taste. The mouth feel was rich and smooth and got better when it warmed. The drinkability was good but being so rich with flavor and body, it proved to be quite filling.
06-21-2006 17:04:06 | More by Kicksmile67
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4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
Appearance: a light pinkish pour with shades of orange. A nice, full head with a pleasant appeal.
Smell: the nose has a wonderful prefumy-fruitiness to it. very fresh and light. Hints of black currant and a touch of grapefruit.
Taste/Mouthfeel: toned down compared to the nose. little sweetness. the fruitiness here is more of a tease. subtle and refreshing without being sticky or sweet. a lively & crisp mouthfeel combined with the refreshing fruity qualities make this an easy drinker.
Drinkability: a lovely sipping beer for the warm summer weather. crisp and refreshing this one was a treat!
08-28-2004 15:17:13 | More by Popsinc
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Appearance This body is a beautiful orangish-peach with a white, delicate, puffy head that stayed around forever.
Smell The light grape, peach, and grapefruit notes were underscored by a surprisingly hearty yeasty malt base.
Taste Ah, far superior to the Ephemere (Apple) sample. This is light with the wonderful fruity notes from the nose along with a well-done tartness and, again, a noticeable yeasty base.
Mouthfeel Light in the mouth like a glass of fine French champagne. The carbonation is playful and entertaining.
Drinkability I opened this just before starting dinner on this unseasonably hot, 80+ degree Seattle day. As the sun began to set outside my panoramic kitchen window I sipped on this Unibroue and appreciated the everyday joys of life. Well done.
Comments I was turned off to the style after trying the Ephemere (Apple), but francisweizen wouldnt shut up about it so I included this in a trade with Rastecouere. I couldnt be happier.
Update I decided to try the 05 vintage almost a year to the day after I had the 04.
This really is a terrific ale. This years seems a tad more farmy with some noticeable horse blanket and a very understated fruitiness. A solid entry in an often unusual style classification.
05-01-2004 01:15:28 | More by RoyalT
2.8/5 rDev -23.9%
Coral/salmon body with almost no head. Microscopic carbonation. Aroma of sweet fruit, musk, and currants. Extremely assertive, Champagne like carbonation bites at the palate. Then flavors of cassis become ever so present. There isnt much else going on beyond perhaps some metallic elements. Very one dimensional but I guess thats ok with this beer. Pretty easy to drink if you can handle the carbonation. Not too sweet or robust on the fruit and very light bodied. My girlfriend loves it while I find it dull and lacking in character. Too each his own.
07-20-2006 14:14:16 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
look ~ this one pours a grapefruit pink color and is very cloudy. The head is very good: come up large off the put; very creamy; bone white; falls at a decent pace; no lacing. Good visible carbonation. I got some floating bits in there as well (I'd normally say trub, but this looked like fruit).
smell ~ good aroma. dominated by the fruit (black currant and berr flavors) and unibreau yeast. the yeast flavors are common to many of their beers and the spice and citrus plays pretty well off of the fruits. The grain bill, hops, and alcohol are all very weak compared to this dominant pairing.
taste ~ similar to the nose. there is a stronger grain presence here, but it is of the lighter variety (cracker, breadcrust, a bit of wheat maybe). The fruit flavor is obviously black currant and has some grape and other berry tastes in there. Again, the yeast plays well off of these flavors. No real hop taste, but enough bitterness to balance the sweetness (along with some citrus from the yeast).
feel ~ decent for the tastes that are playing out here. Light body (but I think there is a feeling of substance from the suspended yeast, like in a hefe). High carbonation. This makes a fluffy feel that compliments the fruit nicely.
I'm not crazy about brews where added fruit take away drastically from the malt-yeast-hops trifecta. That being said, this was a decent fruit beer that was well balanced, if not very complex. I'd take this over a fruili any day.
04-03-2012 23:54:06 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3/5 rDev -18.5%
A 750ml bottle, with best before 1/19/07 on the label. A pretty red/orange color with a thick white head. Aroma was all sweet fruit. It tasted of currants, with a little maltiness. I thought it was very fizzy, like I was drinking champagne. An OK beer, for me a nice change of pace.
10-07-2006 12:52:20 | More by lordofthewiens
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
i had this after La Fin Du Monde, so maybe this is a little unfair because of expectations... either way...
A: interesting, i'd never seen a strawberry-cream cheese colored head before until now. the fluid is a pinky orange. head is nice and fluffy. lace is well pronounced throughout.
S: berries and yeast, some sweetness, but i can smell some bitterness as well.
T: minor malts with citrus and woodland berries. i like it, i've never had a beer like this before. it's a little yeasty.
M: slightly better than average, i wasn't expecting such a bitter bite at the end.
D: specialty only, enjoyed once in a while, far from an 'everyday' drinker.
i liked it, but compared to La Fin... La Fin is win.
12-19-2009 05:04:50 | More by EsoxLucius
2.98/5 rDev -19%
Orangey amber hue with a fluffy light pick head, excellent retention.
Smells of sweet fruit and a musty yeast with a hint of malt in the back.
Light bodied and crisp with a wet watery palate. Yeasty fruit clash with a grain malt throughout. Muted spices, dull fruit. Decent tartness form the fruit and fermented grain. Faintly soapy and pretty dry finish.
I'm not too impressed with this version of Éphémère, half decent at best. It did the job on this hot summer day.
07-20-2004 19:11:29 | More by Jason
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
750 ml corked and caged bottle, a new arrival at Wines of Distinction, Abingdon, Va., where it was purchased for $6.50. The cork twists off with moderate effort, producing gunsmoke and a noticable aroma of tart berry. Served chilled into a tulip glass, the body is a hazy, pink apricot shade, with a purple tinged offwhite head. The head quickly drops into some dollops of patch lace.
Aroma is predominantly blackberries, with a funky and musty yeast note. Wheat beer aroma is in the backdrop.
Mouthfeel is highly charged with carbonation. Light bodied, with lots of effervesence.
Taste is dominated by tart berry. More blackberry than any other fruit, though some white grape notes are apparent. Grainy wheat and a funky, earthy, musty yeast presence are also assertive. Becomes more dry toward the finish, and the mustiness is more apparent. The finish is relatively clean, with a mildly musty aftertaste.
This would be a good breakfast beer. I think it would pair well with fruit and sausage. It has a subdued spiciness(mostly white pepper), that lends itself to such a pairing. Quite interesting, but nowhere close to the excellent taste of the apple version.
08-07-2005 18:42:39 | More by merlin48
4.28/5 rDev +16.3%
Large bottle, caged and corked, freshness indication says this one should be fine till 1-07. Pours a shimmering tone of peachy, melony orange, cloudy, with a almost pinkish head settleing to a film that leaves loose and wet lacing. Nose is of soft fruits, witha splash of yeast and spice. Fairly tart brew initially, sweet and spicyness comes in later. I love this style, so this one is a homerun in my opinion. Light, fruity, yeasty complexity underneath it all. Tasty, thirst quenching, fine drinking brew. Delicate summer dessert berr or would be fine with salads, fish, etc etcwould be interesting to pair w/ BBQ.
11-19-2005 14:08:41 | More by Billolick
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
On tap at The Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...
Translucent bright orange brown, like an opaque pastel watercolor gouache, I've never quite seen this color in a beer before. Pale white crystalline head, settles at 1/4 of an inch. Bright aroma, plenty of berry with an appetizing juicy astringency. Light and effervescent mouthfeel. Interesting flavor, but a little disappointing -- the currant is there but is not a stand out, a wheaty cracker element seems to cancel the flavor and it almost seems neutrally watery mid mouth. A hint of the fruit comes back to tone the finish and aftertaste. Like the Apple, the aromas are strong but the flavor is quite subtle and more fleeting than you think it will be.
05-01-2005 18:54:22 | More by ADR
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
Appears a golden copper cloudy hue with a white frothy head leaves even Belgian style lacing. Aroma tart currants touch of wheat sharpness along with the fruitiness, but has quite a tart mustiness to it all I'm digging it. Taste has a nice balance of tartness and sweetness with the currants finishes a bit dry with herbal hop character. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied slightly sticky with some residual sugars high spritzier carbonation levels. Drinkability to me is nice tart enough not extreme mild fruit sweetness makes this one of the more drinkable fruit infused ales.
02-10-2006 22:03:37 | More by WVbeergeek
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
ST: 750ml poured into a weizen glass. ABV and DBD.
A: Cloudy, grapefruit pink with a fluffy full finger head. The head cuts to half in about a minute, but a good swirl will revive it. It leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
S: Tangy currant, citrus, spice, wet metal.
T: Sweet at first, but quickly gone, then tangy, bitter sour currant which dominates the flavor. There is a bit of zing and green at the end.
M: Medium and dry.
O: Most beer drinkers ridicule fruit beers. As long as fruit beers are done well, I enjoy them on warm days in the sun. Unibroue always makes a quality product, so I gave this beer a shot. Tangy, bitter, dry and tart rather than sweet: these are the proper attributes to a good fruit beer. Ephemere has a few of these. It is a little unbalanced in its bitterness (the green taste at the end), and the beer aspect is a bit hidden behind the currant. It is, however, not overly sweet, and it does have a refreshing characteristic which is nice for warm days.
05-12-2012 20:06:09 | More by ianjsullivan
4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
(Served in a chalice)
A- Cloudy orange body with a big white head that had a slight orange tint. Strong tiny carbonation.
S- The smell of perfume roses and green apples with a faint pear note and a nice currant finish. It has a bit of tartness in the currant finish. Some faint soft wheat notes as it warmed
T- Dry apple finish with a pale malt and soft wheat flavor. The currants offer a nice finish flavor that is not an overpowering fruit but accents the malt and wheat.
M-medium light mouthfeel with a fizziness.
D-This is a very nice wheat beer and the currants offer a good balance to the wheat and another layer of depth to the beer. Very soft and drinkable.
08-29-2005 03:42:45 | More by rhoadsrage
3.66/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Peach/Red hue, finger thickness of white head, low lacing.
S - Cherry, orange, black current, white grape champagne, green apple
T - initial: sour current, orange, cherry, maybe some cranberry. finish is a sour fizziness.
M - high carbonation, low viscosity, fizzy, light, tickles the tongue - very similar to a fruity champagne.
O - Too much carbonation. drinks like a champagne but the flavor isn't as good.
03-24-2013 19:51:26 | More by weonfire
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
This arrived as a nice pale and light orange color, with a small head that lasted well and left some minor lace.
The smell is very nice. It's fruity but in a light and appealing way. The taste is solid malt and fruit up front, and gives way to a hint of citrus and light hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly sharp while the drinkability is very high.
I like this more than the apple version.
07-04-2005 21:40:45 | More by watermelonman
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
On vacation in Montreal, don't recall seeing this back home in Alberta, so grabbed a bomber for the hotel room.
This beer pours a cloudy orangish-pink, much like grapefruit juice, with lots and lots of puffy, foamy pink-tinged head, that melts away quickly, leaving sparse lace around the glass. It smells of sweet, tart black currants. The taste is mild black currant bitter fruitiness up front, followed by a nice soft wheatiness. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, the body smooth and light, and it finishes fruity - sweet and tart, as it began.
As a fan of black currants in every form I've yet encountered them - parents' garden, French Creme cookies, and Chambord liqueur - this goes down well. Nothing too complicated - a level application of the eponymous fruit to a decent base ale.
08-01-2009 00:38:55 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Had on tap at the Pickled Pig
A: This beer was a hazy peach/pink/grapefruit color. There was a very tiny white head on top, but not much in the way of head retention or lacing.
S: Definitely fruity with some currant and a little bit of peach/orange and grapefruit. There is a slight tartness, but not strong at all.
T: Similar to the aroma, there is some nice fruit flavor - mostly peachy and orange with some other fruit, that I can only assume is cassis. It is pretty light with a slight tartness.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Had a slightly tangy thing going, but overall was rather smooth and easy drinking.
O: A pretty good beer, nice fruit flavor and easy drinking. Would be really nice on a hot day outside or with dessert.
10-07-2011 15:40:52 | More by mdaschaf
3.4/5 rDev -7.6%
This pours a cloudy orange with a large head,but the head disappears very quickly. The smell has a slight fruity aroma yet for a fruit beer it's not that fruity. The taste,however,is very fruity. The black currrant flavor is very prominent. This is very sweet and wine-like. The m/f is light and well balanced. Overall, this is a decent beer but I'm not a big fruit beer guy.
02-11-2006 22:29:12 | More by jmz62565
Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.