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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) - Unibroue

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

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
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 Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange, almost grapefruit coloured, big wehite head and sticky lace. Smell is currant, yeast, wheat, honey, and some citrus. Taste is currant again, sweet/sour middle, yeast, with wheat and citrus to finish. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation, medium bodied. Pretty refreshing and enjoyable, didn't think it would be this good. Best of the Ephemeres.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml $5 whole foods
duvel tulip

purply-red-orange and full of vibrant carbonation. no real head, a slight ring and a white haze on the surface. smell is full of children's chewable tylenol.. mixed in with equal parts of cough syrup, benadryl, and currant juice (if such a thing exists). prune juice let's call it. tastes tart and spry, malty wheat notes bear the burden and the fruit flavor seems to be added like blueberry syrup to a dunkin donuts coffee. i have to say, the balance of the tart, fresh wheat and the dense, dark fruit is ingenious and makes this beer very drinkable. have only really liked the apple and cranberry.. this is a bit too abrasive for me but surely a must-try for ephemereheads.

Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ephemere Black Currant
750 ML brown bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a hazy and cloudy orange color. Foamy white head on top that transforms to a thin white lace.

Pleasant aroma of fruits and wheat.

Taste is so pleasing on the palate. Clean, refreshing, dry wheat blends with a sweet berry backdrop. Flavors of blackberry and blueberry. This reminds of a sweet champagne. Pressured, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Very, very easy to drink.

This is a really good fruit beer and another winner from Unibroue.

Photo of pjwilson
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The artwork is so beautiful I bought it just for that. Seriously. Unibroue is one of the breweries where you know every beer will be great, or at least worst worth a try. These bottles are really good for the dinner table.
Appearance: beautiful orange color. The pink coloured pour lets you know that this is going to be a bit different. The nice pilowy head fades a little too fast and doesn't leave any lacing. But for the while it's there it looks great.
Smell: reminding me a lot of Russian River temptation. that is there are a lot of chardinay notes. fruity notes of apples and pears. I want to say there is some funkiness in there.
taste: this is reminding me alot of temptation, minus the brett. This isn't quite on the same level of complexity as that great beer, but it is a tasty smooth drinker. The fruit notes are very mild; many beligium pales and tripels taste fruity and don't even have fruit....this is almost along those lines. Again, it's not too sweet...the fruitiness lingers in the back of the throat. It's a very simple beer.
mouthfeel: alot of carbonation despite the fading head. prickly like a saison.
drinkability: very good. i keep feeling compelled to keep sipping. Big sips, but not quite gulps.
notes: a very simple, but pleasant sipper. If this beer had some brett added in, it would be even more fantastic in my opinion. I have to say I will get this again. It's a keeper.

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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 EPICAC
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in 750mL bottle

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish amber, with huge pinkish white head that slowly recedes down to a few millimeters.

Smell: Sweet currant aroma, very upfront.

Taste: The currant flavor predominates here, but mellows in the finish when the wheat flavors become more evident.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation, with a crisp finish.
Drinkability: Very drinkable, currant isn't too pverpowering, while still remaining the focus of the beer.

Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Explodes out of bottle and pours a 5-finger+ thick white head, leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation, strong fruity nose. Starts and finishes sweet, no aftertaste. Strong black currant flavor. Very good fruit beer. $6.95 for a 750ml bottle from Vintage Cellar Blacksburg, Va.

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice dark honey gold with a tinge of pink and a tight white champagne head.

Smells like flavored herbal tea--a nice mixture of spice and juice like candy instaed of booze. The dark currant is evident along with lime and honey malt. Waxy.

Very tasty fruit dominates in the mouht-curant, raspberry, lime, the crisp alcohol zip of a good Belgian, and grape. No real stages from front to back, but it leaves a nice tang in your mouth that makes you crave for more.

Split a bottle of this with the ladyfriend over steak and we couldn't have been happier. I cannot see the point of spending 30 bucks on a good bottle of wine when 6-7 dollars can get you something so wonderful as this!

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice a light pink color, rose perhaps. The head was white and frothy tall and fell slowly as it laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity, much like the aroma of a German white reisling or a sweet white table wine.

The flavor was lightly fruity with a flavor similar to a German white table wine, however a carbonated one. The flavors were light and fruity and not very complex at all.

The finish was dry with a light fruit impression into the aftertaste. The body was medium light. There was just not much going on in this beer. Nothing worth the price of admission at least. If you must try the beer, go for the apple rendition.

750 ml bottle. $7

Photo of CortexBomb
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is nice hazy light yellowish and a thick head while the scent is, unsurprisingly, strongly of black currant with some wheatiness creeping in.

As for the taste...basically much like the smell...it's mainly the black currant that is on display here. Unlike the Apple Epherme there seemed to be more of a malty wheat presence here, and the beer wasn't as sweet, but it was still dominated by the fruit. Overall flavour crisp, fruity, with a bit of that floral Belgian tinge on the edge. I thought it was solid but not remarkable.

Mouth, well, strongly carbonated but no real bitter to speak of, and really just a shade above average. Drinkability on this was very good, easy to drink, perhaps too easy, the 750 didn't last very long.

Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious, dry, fruit beer. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. the perfect accompaniement to a fruit and cheese platter on the lemonade porch here on the Rairtan Bay. I don't often see this brew around here so it was a rare and special treat. i really enjoy the Unibroue line of products and have it planned to visit the brewery next time the family goes to Vermont.

Photo of walleye
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured a pink peach with a big white head. flavor black currents and a nice sweetness with other berry fruits and some sourness. flavor was kind of wine cooler with the champagne fizzs with the black currents and raspberries. has nice bite to it from the carbonation

Photo of ski271
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Large, corked, beautiful bottle. Hazy amberish-red with a large, frothy, pink quickly diminishing head.

Smell: Kind of like a sweet white wine. Perfumey, fruity and floral. Currant, cherry and roses.

Taste: OK it even tastes like a sweet currant-flavored wine cooler at first. Lightly sour with flavors of currant, honeysuckle, oak and plums… among others. Very floral, especially on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and an effervescent texture with the lively carbonation

Drinkability: This one just didn’t do it for me. Some of the flavors just seemed out of balance and distracting from the overall sensation of the beer. It was refreshing, interesting and worth trying, but I don’t see myself getting this again anytime soon, especially considering the price.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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 DogFood11
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml bottle served in tulip.

You can tell its a well crafted brew with alot of work involved but it just didn't do it for me. Huge fruity grape/rhubarb/cherry type aroma that completely dominates the smell, taste, mouthfeel etc. Massive carbonation was a bit annoying and popping in feel. Some sour stinging in the throat and a filmy sour aftertaste that sticks on the roof of my mouth. Pink lemonade with lots of sugar comes to mind.

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ML corked and caged bottle.

Pours a pinkish orange clear brew with a strong white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Scent is STRONG black currants. There is also a strong scent of peaches to this. Fainter scents are yeast and menthol strangely enough.

Taste is malt and tart with a fairly strong flavor of currants. Very light and airy in flavor. There is a taste of peaches. The brewer maximized the flavors of fruit here and almost eliminated any beer flavors.

Mouthfeel is quite good and is champagne like in its carbonation level.

Tasty unique beer that is very drinkable. This is the perfect beer to use instead of champagne for a breakfast or brunch.

Photo of Vancer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Now this was completely different from any brew I’ve ever had. Champaign beer, who’d a thunk it? Caged & corked 750ml with the wife-zilla on a Saturday afternoon. Hazy, orange brew with a foamy white head, Enticing! Turns dark amber and sassy by the end of the bottle, when the yeasts are called into action.

Currant / orange in the aroma and taste, somewhat on the sweet side. Very Champaign foamy, almost soda in consistency. One bottle is fun, don’t think you could quaff very much in a sitting.

Photo of bashiba
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice cloudy copper color with a huge thick head with a pinkish hue, retention is mild at best.

Smell was a strong black currant sweet odor with a nice bit yeast coming through as well.

Taste is had mild tartness to it with a bit of yeast and wheat and the black kurrant coming through.

Mouthfeel was creamy and crisp.

Drinkability is ok, kind of bland.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 fisherman34
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what you want from a fruit beer. Delicate aromas of current and citrus, along with with a great purple tinged amber body. I think it strikes a great balance between the current and the slightly grainy malt backdrop. A lingering, but not cloying, fruit and grain finish. I can’t imagine this style being interpreted much better than this.

Photo of erica
4.87/5  rDev +32.3%
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!!

Photo of meathookjones
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out of the 750 an interesting pinkish light red with a tall foamy white head of bubbles. The head fizzles down fairly quick leaving very light lacing. A light sweet fruity aroma with hints of black currants. Some wheat beer notes in the background, pretty pleasant and light smell. Taste was similar with a sweet fruitiness being dominate over a solid malt base. Pretty mild in flavor with hints of the currants. Very bubbly and lively in the mouth. Easy drinking overall but a bit too much carbonation. Refreshing and easy drinking stuff that I will probably come back to.

Photo of Beervis
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 750ml bottle a cloudy amberish color with a fluffy pink head. The head crackled very loudy and faded fast. It left a sugary haze on the glass it was drank.

Smell is fruity and sweet, but a touch of spicy "stale" yeast.

Taste is very fruity sweet. The body is somewhat light and malty. It seems to coat the mouth with thick fruit, with a tiny bit of yeasty spiciness to balance it out. Definitely thirst quenching, yet not too watery.

Very drinkable on a hot summer day. This beer is a good fruit beer as it is intended to be. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of frazbri
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Unibroue Ephemere Cassis had a very wine like appearance complete with champagne bubbles. The color was peach like with a tall white head. The aroma was full of berries and something familier to spree candy. The flavor was tart and woody. Sour apples and cranberries carried the flavor. The body was light, and the carbonation spritzy. Can a beer taste tart and have a dry finish?

This is another tasty beer from Unibroue. Drink this with your wine loving friends. It may open some eyes to the versatility of beer.

Photo of SwillinBrew
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.

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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
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