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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) - Unibroue

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

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%

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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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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass at the Avenue Pub, New Orleans.

A: Reddish orange with undertones of black cherry. A huge 2-3 finger head that stayed for the happy hour; thick and frothy. Fruitful lacing.

S: Smell the dark fruits. Black currant followed by coriander, wheat, spices, yeast, citrus. Almost like a wine.

T: Fruity and sweet, but not cloying. Wine and champagne qualities follow nose. Light, semi-dry. Divine. A nice surprise. Several people at the bar were pleasantly pleased, too.

M: Medium with frothy carbonation.

O: An after-dinner sipping beer. A regal taste. One of my new favorties from Unibroue.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 16:13:12 | More by brewskifan55
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Haven Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky cranberry red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, black currants, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with some slight yeast flavors as well. The fruit flavor is also pretty mild based on what I was expecting from the smell. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but in my opinion it smells better than it tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 01:24:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light reddish brown color, bubbly white head, moderate retention. Scent brings tart fruit notes blended with tangy wheat malts, light mustyness, faint spice. Taste brings initial sweetness but fades into tart and and sour, rinds and zest of citrus, somewhat bright. Finishes dry, lighter side of medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. A decent fruit beer option.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 14:32:45 | More by rfgetz
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body is murky bright pink. Fluffy white head.

It smells sweet, like a lambic actually. Its very reminiscent of Lindemans' lambics-very sweet. Except this one is more naturally sweet. Didnt really get any kind of spices, but the taste is very good and sweet.

I dont mind this one so much, its very sweet and I wouldnt recommend more than 1 pint. It did come in a pretty glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 18:11:49 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up an opaque, rosy-russet hue with a small, though persistent, white head.

Smell: Softly fruity, scantly tart with thin, thin traces of herbs and subtle malted wheat.

Taste: Modestly tangy wheat malt, with a low sweetness upfront and throughout. Subdued cassis flavor, faintly tartish and including a tenuously tannic edge. Small hint of herb. Lightly fruity finish with a neutral grain quality in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Finely carbonated.

Overall: A decent, refreshing fruit brew that, while I didn't love, I did enjoy a bit more than the standard Éphémère apple.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 16:33:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/4/2011 at Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains berries, light Belgian yeast but not much else.

T: The taste starts out with tart and sweet flavors of the black currant. The malt character is very thin and there’s almost no hops presence but that is expected with this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent option if you’re in the mood for this type of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 02:40:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unibroue Éphémère Cassis

A pale pink body and an off white head. Aroma full of blackberry, with alittle Belgian/Unibroue fruity yeast strain. In the taste, bitter, light and fruity, though alittle watery. Black berry and a small portion of wheat lends a subtle tartness and is semi sweet. Mouthfeel is decently carbonated, thin and finishes clean and abrupt. Overall, a decent fruit beer, but Unibroue has much better offerings. They also make an apple version with a more assertive flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 17:31:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 15:40:52 | More by mdaschaf
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: no lace to speak of. Amber with red-orange hues. Murky.

S: musty candy aroma. Very unique.

T: candy apple with lemon and orange citrus notes.

M: a little thick. Light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Never seen this one to even try it. Glad I had the chance. I am picky with fruit beers. If they are too thick and too reminiscence of hot apple cider that has been allowed to cool, they arent for me. Thats what I get from this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 02:59:33 | More by kylehay2004
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4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark apricot color in the tall wine glass. Flavor is both buttery and fruity at the same time. Excellent carbonation with tiny bubbles makes for a rich, tart mouthful. Tastes like raspberry with a nose of plum. Pleasant, refreshing acidity. An enjoyable quaff. One of the best fruit-flavored beers I've encountered. Honest fruit flavor but beery. Had this at Church Key in San Francisco.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 05:43:55 | More by mactrail
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Blanche de Chambly fluted pokal at The Firkin.

Haven't seen this one stateside yet, so I jumped on it at the Firkin. It pours a hazy sunrise amber topped by a finger of pinkish-white foam. The nose comprises raspberries, white grapes, and mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of red grapes, very light cranberries, light raspberries, light flowers, light blueberries, light toffee, and clove. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly scratchy feel. Overall, a solid beer, but one that doesn't wow. I think I was expecting a currant-enhanced Belgian-style brew, but the fruit really took over and swallowed everything else whole, Monstro-style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 04:18:27 | More by TMoney2591
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2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours an opaque pink-red into an American shaker glass with a very thin skim of white bubbles that leaves no lacing.

S: fruity and tart, but not a whole lot of "beer" characteristics.

T: I get the black currents in tons. Also strawberry, sour cherries, black raspberries. Not malt or hop notes. A lot of berry and fruit.

MF: heavy and chewy, but no carbonation or bitterness to balance the cloying sweetness or heavy syrup like feel to it.

O: not a beer I would ever drink again, plain old bad. It has an unappetizing look and smell and the weak "beer" characteristics make this drink seem like a summer sugary drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 01:54:59 | More by nickthetick
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very pretty reddish-amber into a pint glass with a finger of off-white head. Subtle aroma with hints of apple, currants, and clove.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly watery mouthfeel. Notes of currants, apple and pear cider, lavender, and a hint of vinegar on the finish.

Extremely light and quite refreshing, although half a pint was plenty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 23:34:49 | More by grittybrews
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4.8/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! I work at St. James Infirmary in Reno, NV. And we just enjoyed it on draft! It went so fast!!!! The light, and refreshing taste of this beer is the best for a hot summer desert night. I prefer the Cassis over the Ephemere. I couldn't have just one! I recommended it to another Unibroue Fan, and we bonded immediately!

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 23:50:38 | More by georgette
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's in Baltimore. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red/amber with a finger of off white head that fades to just a layer.

Smell: Surprise, this one is really fruity and a bit perfume like.

Taste: Fruity and slightly sweet. A bit tart, I think this was from the black currants. My only complaint is that I thought it was a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was just alright. I would have liked it to be a bit more tart and less watery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 03:14:33 | More by oline73
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 10 oz slender glass.

Pours an interesting light pink with a very pink head. Sadly, no real lacing. Aromas are a black currant (surprise) that isn't overly strong. There is also a little bit of yeast beneath the cassis. The taste is dominated by a light cassis without dominating the beer. It is still obviously a beer with flavours of bready malt in there too. Coats well, not sweet, but not a beer I could drink much of... My wife really enjoyed it too.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 01:29:58 | More by kjyost
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Chancey Smith's. I generally hate fruit beers, but this is the exemplar of the style. Glowing amber orange with a ring of white head and spots of lacing on the tulip. Smell and taste are mild yeast, perfume, flower pedals, sweet berry fruit, and a tart astringency from the black currant. Light-bodied mouthfeel is delicate and refreshing, but a little watery as well. Signature Unibroue spice produces a sharp, carbonated bite on the palate. Not much aftertaste. Overall, Ephemere Cassis is a nice treat now and then, especially on tap. A cut above others in the genre, and certainly worth a try at least once.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 18:58:50 | More by cratez
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 03:03:07 | More by Sammy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pinkish red with a nice thick white head, some lacing.

Smells fruity, raspberry, cranberry, and some black current I suppose? Some light citrus and grainy notes.

Tastes like black currents up front, somewhat sour, tart and a slight hop finish, some spices detected, cloves and black pepper maybe, but still a bit too sweet.

This is a very thirst quenching and drinkable beer, one of the best fruit beers I've had for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 17:59:19 | More by GodOfBeer
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my favorite beers while I was at the Mondial de la Biere in Montreal. Although I have enjoyed many of Unibroue's beers in the past I have never seen their Ephemere beers in my local beer store.

A - The very generous 4oz sample poured a nice rose color into my new Maudite goblet. A thin head quickly dissappeared.
S - There was a strong scent of blackcurrent but nothing too overpowering.
T - The sweet taste of the blackcurrents offset the beer nicely. It was not overly sweet. I wouldn't equate this to Ribena sweetness.
D - Really enjoyable, especially on a warn summer day.
M - Goes down really smooth. I'm hoping to find a few bottles of this at my local beer store the next time I trek over there.

This was the one beer that I got additional tastings of while at Mondial. I'm really hoping to find this locally.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2009 01:31:51 | More by tdawgydog
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light white head fell quicly to a round edgy to film. Strawberry amber color--unique, interesting. Sharp Fruity spice in the nose--black currant, yes, but also yeast, lots of fruity esters, qualities of a framboise or kriek, cherry notes. Can taste the wheat tang in the beer as well along with the carbo bite. Sweet in the front and dry and tangy going down. Plenty of sweetness to balance the increasing lactic sour as it warms. Light body, but taste fills your mouth. Fun, interesting, clean, and grabs your attention. My favorite of the Ephemere line I've tasted, though it might be a bit biased since this is my first on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2006 03:59:13 | More by FightingEntropy
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden amber into a Lindeman's bulb, producing a nice creamy-white cap of foamey head and enough lace to tell me this had potential. Concord grapes and bubblegum on the nose, along with a vinuous astringency and a touch of wheat malt. Smells a bit sweet, and the uninitiated might be scared away by that! A touch of lactic tartness and fusel . . . having only had this in the bottle before I think I'm in for a treat, and the first sip tell me yes I am! Sharp, tart and tangy, but not without some yeastiness, notes of wheat and pale biscuity malts, and of course the berry and grape notes of the currants. In saying vinuous on the nose, I am reminded of the taste of the bitter-sour, green, plant or weed-like quality I remember from concords fresh off the vine when I was younger, astringent, vegetal, and refreshing all at once. This brew certainly has this quality, Yeast quality seems to take on a muskiness of its own as this warms up, and reminds me of thew bottled version. Mouthfeel is fairly round despite any overt sweetness and body is nicely realized. I recall this as having more of a pumpkin or gourd-like quality to it out of the bottle, or rather that that quality was more pronounced. Either way this is a real winner. Finishes dry and a bit sharp. Very well-done and worth trying more than once in a sitting! Guest tap at Minneapolis Town Hall during Anniversary Week.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2006 01:59:16 | More by Chaz
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2006 22:03:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.88/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, imagine my surprise when walking into The Washington House in little old Sellersville and seeing not only an Ephemere tap handle, but finding out that it's the Cassis!! Woo-hoo! I immediately decided to order it; no long, drawn-out decision-making this time!

Appearance was fair enough, when tapped, the head just erupted like a big fluffy volcano, spilling over the sides of the glass.. mmm, sticky hands... No, it was ok though. Over an inch of white, fluffy, airy head that settled after 5 minutes maybe, which then left over an inch of my pint glass empty.. oh well. Anyway, the colour of the beer was a pinkish, amber-red colour, and it was clear, unlike in the bottle.

Smells like - you guessed it - Black Currant!! Really fresh and pure, it actually made my mouth water, as I'm a big lover of wild berries and that sort of thing. Wow, yeah this smelled so beautifully sweet and fresh, even a bit spicy. I also picked up a bit of a wheaty smell in there too, however faint. And the taste was, again, Black Currant! Gosh, who would've known? OK, so I'm in a bit of a sarcastic mood this morning. But really, that's mostly it, there is a spiciness to it as well, though I can't put my finger on *what* spice(s).. The finish is actually a bit on the watery side, yet not even slightly bland. Don't know how that works, but it does! This is definitely not an artificially fruity, syrupy-sweet beer, this is very very fresh tasting, I thought I felt a light meadow breeze blow by even.. Perhaps..

Mouthfeel was quite fizzy, and so it was filling, yet the actual beer was more thin, a strange oxymoronic description perhaps, but that's how it goes... I'd say this beer is very very drinkable, I wish it were cheaper and in more places, so I could drink it all the time! This is not one I'd get sick of. It's just too light and refreshing and really just puts me in a Wild Berry (Black Currant) mood!!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2005 14:31:11 | More by erica
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Hollinghead. I wasnt sure what a currant was supposed to taste like until i had this refreshing beer.

It poured a cloudy pinkish straw color with generous solid linen white head... i mean it was sparlking white and bubbly.

The aroma was a good blend of fruits with some sort of berries and peach dominating. When I drank this i could taste hints of peach giving way to plums. This drink was very invigorating i have to say. It is crisp and dry on the palate and very pleasant. I could drink this while i'm mowing the yard or after dinner with dessert or as an appertif.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2005 00:33:49 | More by SwillinBrew
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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.