Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) - Unibroue

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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant)Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant)

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 26
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-10-2003

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Photo of Popsinc
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 wouldn’t shut up about it so I included this in a trade with Rastecouere. I couldn’t 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 year’s seems a tad more farmy with some noticeable horse blanket and a very understated fruitiness. A solid entry in an often unusual style classification.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 isn’t much else going on beyond perhaps some metallic elements. Very one dimensional but I guess that’s 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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of weonfire
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of watermelonman
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a salmon-glinted, foggy, pale golden with a mounded, cloud-like white head with soft pink accents.
Perfumed nose of currants and botanical garden, with features of lilac and rose, based upon a lightly tart wheat-induced lemon.
The wheat is noticed first in the mouth. Hull-like with a sedate lemon tartness. Coriander is next, and for the first few microseconds, this seems a typical, if tame witbier. The finale, however, is full of fireworks. Currants add a mashed jellied sweetness, with a muted sour edge. It's the crossroads of blueberries, cherries, and plum, spooned with powdered suger. It turns monumentally floral on the hind quarters, full of pollen, lavender, roses, lilacs, and honeysuckle. Even Unibroue's yeast signature seem to bow before what is happening here, the hallmarks of chalk and black pepper are noticed in harmony. The afterglow is a microcosm of the brew itself, all ripe with vanilla, lavender, roses, honey, and berries.
It's bright, highly carbonated lightness is nigh impossible not to gulp down. It balances acute flavors with blunt integration. I didn't much care for the apple version. But this is out of this world.
A geniune champion fruit beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Chancey Smith. Pinkish-blackberry colour. Sweet aroma, taste is both tart and sweetish yet drying finish, and a bit above average mouthfeel. All of these qualities show improvement in the formulation from previous years of the cassis. Average more or less for a fruit beer.Asserive carbonation.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Cassis is not too much different from the other versions of the Ephemere except that the fruit flavor is a little bit lighter. It pours a hazy orange body with a touch of pink that's topped by a short bright-white head. It drops shortly to a thin lid of creamy foam and leaves next to no lace. The bouquet expresses a subtly sweet and slightly tart fruitiness that may or may not be cassis (it's just kind of non-descript). The body is light, and it's crisp on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled and gently effervescent carbonation. The flavor is only slightly "cassis"; and mildly sweet, with its tart and dark character balancing. It finishes short and dry. It's very delicate - very, very delicate - and quite one-sided, but it is refreshing. And at least it's not the syrupy sweet presentation of cassis that you normally find, because that's just so off-base. Nice, but probably not worth it. The other versions are better.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New batch! Yay!

Big old creamy light pink head (2 fingers) that retains well. Ruddy amber body.

Plenty of wheat on the nose, plus a lovely helping of black currant.

Taste is nice and tart and currant-y, though it isn't too potent. Not quite watery, but still.

Mouthfeel is... kinda like soda.

It's decent and fruity, but not particularly magnificent. For the price point, a decent cassis. Probably awesome for baking. I mixed some with some boozy tasting pumpkin beer and it came out pretty well.

Photo of cjgator3
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey amber color with a fizzy head. Smell is sweet and tart with yeast, grapes and currant in the nose. Taste is slightly tart with faint fruity notes that finishes dry. This is not the most interesting brew but it is decent nonetheless. I am glad I tried it but I do not think I will purchase again.

Photo of RickS95
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's a fairly strange looking beer in that it's basically orange in color. Maybe burnt orange, but very orangey. There's lot of 'stuff' floating around in the orange liquid. Even the white head is tinted with orange highlights. Moderate retention and slight traces of lacing.

It's got a very fruity smell. Even for a fruit beer it's aggressive in the nose. I can't say I've ever been exposed to black currant, but it's got a grapey, raspberry-like scent. There's something else in the nose that's a bit odd, but I can't put my finger on it. Kind of a yeasty smell.

Clearly has a fruity taste, but again, not being exposed to black currant before, I can only speculate that that's what I'm tasting. It's almost got a watered down flavor. Malt is obviously, but there's no hop presence.

With it's watered down flavor, it's got a thin, watery feel to it. Carbonated bite, particularly in the swallow where it literally burns the throat going down. Light bodied and effervescent. Tries to be dry in the finish, but it's only partially successful.

Probably the worst Unibroue beer I've had. At best it's average and that might be because I'm feeling generous. Looks and tastes more like a sparkling water or wine cooler than a beer.

Photo of shoky01
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been waiting on this one for a while and on this release I snagged it as soon as it hit shelves.

750 bottle served cold in stemless red wine glasses.

A: very pink grapefruit colored a bit cloudy, with a pink head about a half inch thick, didn't stick around long.

S: has that distinct Unibroue spice smell that all their fruitier beer.

T: first impression is watery and light. Then an almost grape like flavor followed by spices. The coriander is noticble with a little of the citrus from the orange peel.
A little bitter fruit flavor on the end. Not sweet fruit like the others they make so its different.

MF: very light.

OA: I like it, it has hints of the Ephemere apple but the Currant changes it enough to be something new. I'm a big fan of Unibroue and haven't had one I didn't like yet. So happy to have this one finally!

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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
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