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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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348 Ratings

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 23
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-10-2003)
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Photo of walleye


3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 03:14:54 | More by walleye
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 19:50:25 | More by ski271
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 03:42:45 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of DogFood11


2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 04:11:02 | More by DogFood11
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 01:41:03 | More by Zorro
Photo of Vancer


3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 12:43:02 | More by Vancer
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 22:45:23 | More by bashiba
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 18:42:39 | More by merlin48
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 21:07:29 | More by fisherman34
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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 12:55:30 | More by meathookjones
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 13:23:27 | More by Beervis
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4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 02:12:19 | More by frazbri
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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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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2005 21:40:45 | More by watermelonman
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Currant beers are always intriguing and surprising. Looks murky peachy pink in color, more like a wine cooler with its white and sparkling head. Smells like peaches, red wine, berry-like tart and a touch sour. Tastes of peach, blackberries, and grape skins (and many other sweet tart fruits) define the sweet and tart characters up front. Active and teasing carbonation acts on the palate. Develops musky wine like flavors in the body and throughout the finish. Finishes light, crisp, and refreshing all the while increasing alcoholic flavors. A great beer for getting your pansy buddies away from the Purple Haze.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 18:28:17 | More by BEERchitect
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy mixture of peach and light cherry colors with a nice fluffy head fead by an endless supply of tiny bubbles rising the head lasts and lasts.

Aroma is sweet mixture of fruit white grapes, peach and some cherries. Also what must be the black currant or the above is what the currant smells like as I haven't had the pleasure before now. Anyway all this fruit is on a wheat malt base that carries it well.

Tatse is good and diffrent didn't know what currants were but they are tastey enough. Taste starts sweet peach and grape then turns tart again must be the currants but some cherry mixed in as well. Finishs tart with what seems to be a touch of spruce.

Mouthfeel is almost medium but a dry finish and seems to make it light at the same time.

Drinkability is good, the black currant was knew to me but seems to make a tasty addition to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 17:15:20 | More by mntlover
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ephemere Cassis pours a cloudy dark straw color with a purplish hue mixed in. A large fizzy white head forms on top and quickly dissolves to a creamy ring around the surface.

A strong fruity aroma with notes of grapes and peaches hovers over the surface and greets you before each sip. This light bodied beer has a fizzy effervescent body, sort of like champagne.The flavor is a somewhat sour fruity combination of grapes and peaches. In the background there's a bit of wheat and yeast flavor reminding you that you're drinking a beer and not a wine cooler. It finishes slightly sour leaving a dry palate with some fruity notes on the tongue.

Overall, this is an easy drinking fruity flavored beer. I couldn't really detect any currant in this beer, but I did like the fruity combination I did discover. I found Cassis to be a great refreshing thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 01:10:11 | More by WanderingFool
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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle, corked and caged. While some Unibroue products are availabe here in Wichita, this one isn't. Picked it up at Royal Liquor in KC, MO.

Appearance: While pouring out of the bottle, this brew had a strong pinkish, peach color to is. However, after it was collected in the glass, it became more glowing amber-orange, though it did retain a peach hue. A white head rose up huge but settled quickly. A thin layer of bubbles remained at all times due to the enourmous bead that was supporting it. I don't know that I have ever seen a beer with that many bubbles rising up from the bottom. The lacing was minimal at best.

Smell: Currants were definitely noticeable on the nose, especially right after the pour. They had their usual sharpness, but it wasn't overly biting. They provided the typical "cold" smell that I have noted with currants before. I know "cold" is a weird descriptor for smell, but there you go. There were light cherries underneath, along with hints of vanilla and sour yeast. The aroma seemed more complex that what I described above, but I just couldn't put my finger on specifics. There were a lot of subtleties that added up to a nice nose.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but heavier than I was expecting. The carbonation tickled the tongue and sometimes gained enough strength to make the beer feel foamy in the mouth.

Taste: The wheat came across stronger than I was expecting upfront. Hints of currant came through, but I thought the fruitiness was more reminiscent of grapes and apples, with just a hint of tartness. The aftertaste gained an odd lactose quality (not bad, just odd) and some balancing bitterness.

This beer was a little bit of a let down in the flavor catagory. I much prefer the apple over this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 01:08:36 | More by Quaffer
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750mL corked and caged 2005. A very good pink purple color that gives a mostly white head. The smell is the most impresive part of this beer. Lovely bouquet of currant, a little apple, and some grape come through. A well balanced wheat beer base suits the large fruit taste of the currants. A dry tart fruit taste of ripe sugar plays well against the body of the wheat and the neutral flavor. It is nicely carbonated like a triple and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 12:02:22 | More by Higravity
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, CT this past week. I guess I associate Cassis with dark dark purples and/or black so I was surprised to see this come out looking like a wheat ale. I almost asked if she had made a mistake until the smell wafted up at me and it was clearly laced with currant. A very light tangy currant taste throughout and not nearly as sweet as a Lindemann which makes it more interesting IMO (although I have a wicked sweet-tooth). The notes say fall seasonal but it's definately a summer brew for me and it was appropriately dry and light enough as such. It was very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2005 16:15:11 | More by packetknife
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the currants and very sweet. Smells pretty good. The flavor is much like the aroma - lots of big currant flavor and lots of sweetness. Pretty nice, in my opinion. They went a little over the top with the currant flavors, but I like it. The mouthfeel is fairly thick. Drinkability is very good here.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 14:33:28 | More by clvand0
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 750ml cork and caged bottle, with the usual colorful Unibroue oval shaped label – for the Éphémère, a winged beauty clad in a tight figure hugging shimmering gold dress sits aside a purple sash with a bunch of Blackcurrants pictured on it. Labeled as 5.5% on the front, with a Best Before 01-19-07 on the reverse. Cork is dated 0403 and was a real Beea-hatch to get out!

Appearance: Immense carbonation is released on the pour and races up the glass sides. The high volume of froth remains in the glass for some time, acutely interesting; the head is an expansive “creamy-white with a hint of purple” in color. The painfully slow collapse is audible, yet even a few mouthfuls do not reduce the depth of the head significantly. The body retains a hazy clouded turbidity that settles the fleshy yet murky peach body against the merest hint of a purple black currant trait. Careful examination reveals a serious amount of virulent streamers within the glass. Somehow it seems very fitting that I chose an old Gueuze Tumbler to serve up this one.

Nose: Lots of red grape skins and a low end black currant hue hang heavy over the mouth of the glass. Sharp pink grapefruits and a zesty sharp wheat aroma tinged with a flash of yeast. Distinctive.

Taste: Sharp wheat entrance with an equally sharp but fruity low key strength black currant, which are stern in the expanded middle. Zesty yeast filled finish wraps around the cheeks and tongue with a sharp cutting grape skin effervescence subliminally dissolved in fleshy pink grapefruits. Long finish which is dry and sharp with a pastel like black currant ending.

Mouthfeel: Champagne like vitality, the mouthfeel is vivacious and bubbly. Rich feel on the tongue and puckering at times. Not a big mouthfeel per se, but it certainly projects one.

Drinkability: The low key black currant essence, as opposed to a full-on “over the top” fruity black currant flavoring, means that this is indeed rather inoffensive in the long run. As a lambic lover, I am certainly attracted to the dry sharp and citric zesty profile, so this 750ml was a fine companion tonight.

Overall: Described as “a Wheat Ale brewed with Black Currant juice and natural flavors”. Enjoyable, but I still cannot help but be reminded of those black currant flavored energy drinks or the sparkling water with a hint of black currant. Not a bad offering at all, reasonably priced, and I wouldn’t turn it away, but this is not one that I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 04:39:15 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a slightly pink orange color. Reminds me of grapefruit juice. The 3 finger head falls to a sparse coating over top. The nose is very nice. A blast of sweet black currants. There is not a lot more going on with it. The flavor is nice and mellow, with slightly tart and sweet black currant over top of a very neutral beer base. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I find this beer to be very refreshing and clean. A nice summer brew. I really do like it. Thanks Chris.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 01:00:15 | More by kmpitz2
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Chris for sharing great beer. 750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a hazy apricot color with two fingers of head that die off fairly quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is very very sweet and full. Lots and lots of currants (duh!) and slighty spicy as well. The taste is very fruity as well. The sweetness really stands out, and it's almost on the edge of cloying. A slight bit of clove on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is fairly high. A nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 00:55:42 | More by SheepNutz
Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.