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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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Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber, pours a peachy dark pink colour, and generates a large foamy pink yead. Takes plenty of time for the head to settle and a little lacing is left.

Smell is a mix of cherry-like sweetness, some tartness and yeastiness. Something in there gives a bit of a champagne impression as well, though I can't pin it down.

Sweet and tart right off the bat, the mix of flavours almost gives a cream soda impression. Some faint funkiness is delivered to the back half of the mouth.

Light bodied, and fairly well carbonated. Mouthfeel is fine, though it doesn't add a lot to the beer.

Maybe not as easy to down as some fruit beers with similar ABV, but still isn't a slow beer to drink. I haven't had one of these in years, and either my tastes have changed or it isn't quite as good as I remember, because it just didn't hold up to my memories of it. Still probably my favorite of the Ephemere's.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:28:33 | More by elricorico
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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

We have enjoyed all the other Ephemeres, so was happy to see the Cassis back on store shelves (and got a free Unibroue glass with a 750ml bottle).
Pours a dark pink color, with apricot orange hilights. Thick and fluffy light pink head. Decent retention, thin sheets of lace. High marks for unique look.
Smells of sweet black current and the typical Unibroue yeast. The same flavor as the aroma, but not as strong. Slightly sweet and tart black current taste. Nicely balanced flavors.
Medium bodied with lots of carbonation and non-stop bubble streams. A very drinkable fruit beer, not overy sweet and sugary or artificial tasting. Might be my favorie of the Ephemere series.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 14:54:34 | More by BigBry
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

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

Pours a hazy purplish amber, nice head but dissipates, no lace.

Aroma : soft black currant aroma, some hints of fresh cherries and apple. Not much else, but its expected. Flavor is a slightly tart and fruity acidic ale with delicate malt profile, a little a american wheat beer. Some sourness from the fruit (but not in any way a real sour ale). Medium bodied, easily drinkable.

A solid fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 00:02:05 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

750ml bottle corked and caged pouted into corsendonk chalice on sept17 2009

A fairly cloudy orange peach in color, decent pink head that hangs around but leaves no lace.

S heavy fruity floral smell, pretty rare for a beer

T very floral with lots of fruit and some mild yeast

M good carbonation and a little creamy

D different but good in it's own way, I might drink it again just for the color

worth a try, it's something unique

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 03:50:58 | More by wordemupg
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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
Photo of eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly dark-pink/orange with a big fluffy light-pink head. Definitely a unique looking brew. Minimal lacing and retention.

Sweet black current candy. Smells like those blackberry five-cent jelly candies. Some Unibroue yeast in the background but the nose is dominated here by black current candy. A little bit of the vomit smell I found with the apple version but not nearly as much, just the slightest bit.

The black current candy found in the smell is really mellowed-out in the taste. Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting it to be; actually quite enjoyable. More of the bitterness of real black currents as opposed to a manufactured candy taste (like Ephemere Apple. A little like blackberry wine gums. This is not a complex beer; it pretty much only features black currants. Not much else going on here.

Pretty nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied with an appropriate high carbonation. Usually the extreme Unibroue carbonation is borderline too much but I think it suits this fruity beer well.

This could be the most drinkable fruit beer I've had. Their apple version is too sweet for me but the bitter black currents here almost act like hops in a way, balancing out the sweetness. While I'm not a big fan of fruit beers I think I would buy this again if I felt like drinking a refreshing fruity beer on a hot day (possibly with a girl who isn't completely sold on beer yet).

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 02:10:17 | More by eat
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Updating a review written in 2009, as I recall it being a rather old bottle:

A: Almost a peach-orange hue. Light salmon-colored Head forms nicely, topping the glass well up the neck--an appropriately chosen Unibroue tulip. Retention is decent, receding to a solid collar that maintains itself all the way down.

S: Soft and fruity, the black currant coming out nicely. Wheaty, light, and mellow, with some hints of the added spices coming through.

T + M + D: Fruity and soft wheat flavors. The currant is a highlight, with just a modest amount of tartness that balances quite nicely. The coriander comes out with a bold, yet balanced, flavor. Light in body, easy to drink, and refreshing. It's not too bad--not too complicated or complex, and sometimes that's just right!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 20:37:08 | More by Proteus93
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 00:38:55 | More by biboergosum
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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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3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass (my standard vessel of choice for all beers).

Pours a glowing hazy copper brown color. Rapidly fading 1.5 finger, light-tan head.

Aroma has a slight currant and musty tartness to it.

Flavor is murky and difficult to pull any dominating characteristics other than the full body of wheat and light currant. Not at the top of my list for Unibroue beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 21:25:20 | More by Yetiman420
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North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly haze rose color with a nice head that fades all too quickly, leaving nothing much behind

Smell: Smells like watered-down Ribena; little complexity

Taste: Up front, there is a nice slightly sweet/slightly tart black currant flavor but the beer fails to build from there and fades like a typical fruit flavored American Wheat

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting a lot more from the concept; this beer lacks the Belgian complexity I was expecting

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 00:59:31 | More by brentk56
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pink-orange, almost coral, with a big white head with just a hint of a pinkish hue.

Nose is very fruity - tart, sharp, slightly astringent - very much black currant, kind of soft-drink like.

Taste is wheat with a definite astringent black currant tartness asserting itself as the primary element in the taste. Very clean, crisp dark-fruit tartness that complements the very subdued sweetness from both the fruit and the wheat.

Very effervescent carbonation and a light body, both work well with the taste. Very refreshing, well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 13:12:16 | More by JohnQVegas
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Nice orange color (slight red hue with backlighting) with carbonation producing a bubbly 1/2 inch thick white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Cassis, citrus, and light hops.
T: Nice cassis melding with citrus notes. Background note of hops...very similar to aroma. Straightforward, but well balanced. Not too sweet or fruity.
M: Light and effervescent. Crisp, cool, and refreshing on the palate.
D: Very, very drinkable. Could easily have more than one bottle (esp. with ABV 5.5). A nice refresher for sunny, warm days. Good with dessert, fruit, chevre, or by itself as an aperitif.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 02:32:14 | More by mwilbur
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like most ephemere bers this is a crisp , bubbly saison like beer with black currant notes on the nose and the finish. What I like about this beer is its lightness and balance with the fruit. Belgian in aspect but almost Farmhouse French in mouthfeel this is nice Spring beer

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 03:32:22 | More by canucklehead
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2.03/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A cloudy amber body fills the glass, with an energetic bubbly head that quickly dies down without any noticable lacing.

It smells like Ribeena soda, and that's about it. For those of you unaware, Ribeena is a blackcurrent syrup, that has also been sold as a pre-mixed carbonated beverage.

The taste is like an aforementioned blackcurrent beverage, only watered down leaving a washy, unsatisfying flavour, not dissimilar to flavoured water or over-diluted cordial. Yuck.

The carbonation is high, suiting this light, sharp framboise, but it doesn't make up for any of my dislike for the flavour.

Definately not one I'd recommend, and far worse than Unibroue's apple offering, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 12:34:55 | More by rec
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - slightly cloudy light amber color with a nice head that settles quickly into nothing (no retention at all)

S - fruity, lambic-like black currant scent

T - very fruity with a sweet and contrasting sour flavor that is slightly lactic in nature, but very tasty and lambic-like

M - smooth light body with medium-low carbonation

D - This is a nice fruit beer to have with cheese & crackers. While I do enjoy the lambic–like aspects to it, it's fairly one–dimensional in nature.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 01:33:12 | More by scoobybrew
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- It beautiful more red, a little purple and gold color. It is hard to explain but cool. A very nice head and a lot of lace.

Smell- Very fruity odor as soon as the bottle was opened. A strong wheat beer like smell.

Taste- Awesome flavor. Unibroue pulled off their usual magic. Great beer taste with the essence of currant and a hint of a little citrus. The grain and yeast are present in the taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Spectacular smoothness and great hearty body.

Drinkability- A great dessert beer or evening sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 22:11:33 | More by MTNboy
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3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cage-corked 750 ml bottle poured into a Unibroue glass:

Pours slightly hazed orange/amber witha thick head that fizzles down to a vanishing patch. A bit of trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of black currant juice in an artificial way typical of the style. Slight wheat tang in the back.

The taste is of black currant juice - again, in a rather artificial way, though not overwhelming - with some wheat tang. There's a slight touch of vague spiciness in the finish.

The body is light and effervescent.

I thought this great brewery would do something to make this one different than a pedestrian/run-of-the-mill fruit wheat beer, but ... well, I think that this one is just that. Better to save this for the fruit malt beverage crowd, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 14:55:05 | More by jwc215
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours slightly hazy with a slightly pink-hued golden body. There was also a large head that also had a pinkish tinge to it. The head doesn’t last long, or leave any lacing. Subdued aroma of black currants. Mild taste of black currants with a medium-light wheat body. Slight tartness, not sweet. The taste is light and refreshing. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 18:49:55 | More by Boto
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.49 for 750ml at Eagle provisions. Cork was really stuck in there and broke in two as i was trying to open this one. i had to use a cork screw to get the other half out. Poured into a big red wine glass.

A-Hazy orange hue with hints of rose in it. There is a big soap foamy head that starts off at three fingers and winds down to one. lacing is good and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S-Sweet and tart currants are the first thing you notice. Slight funk and a bit of yeast as well. Smells wonderful if you like currants and I do.

T-Tart and lemony at first then pushing through with a bit of sweet currant flavour. the follow through is pleasantly bitter. The yeast is there throughout but it doesn't have that same tried and true unibroue taste which is nice. The bitter, sweet and tart all go well together. The currant flavour is subdued and this tastes like a good fruit lambic.

M--Very effervescent and light. The bubbles work well with the balance as the flavours get to all parts of the tongue.

D-This is a damned tasty beer, another unibroue offering done just as well as the Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 01:49:13 | More by sleazo
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2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear and bright orange in color with generous carbonation. Head is minimal, soapy and dissipates quickly.

Smell is very sweet with an artificial fruitiness. Currant and light citrus fruit. Slight musty yeastiness.

Taste is exactly what the nose revealed. Extremely sweet. Initial fruity sweetness blends to a very dry tart flavor. Finish has a mild maltiness with an earthy yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is very light and bubbly.

I found this beer to be a bit of a disappointment. It is just too sweet for my pallet. Far too carbonated and sweet. This is the first Unibroue I didn't rave about. I won't get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 22:44:48 | More by Blakaeris
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corked and caged bottle required a corkscrew and opened with a violent pop.

Orange with some pink hues, a large head foamed up and burned off completely within seconds.

A mild currant preserve aroma wafts above light wheat brew tones.

Taste is slightly medicinal, currants are nowhere near as pronounced as the fruit in the apple version. Surprisingly dry with a slightly sour finish. Light body, high carbonation and a mildly oxidized cardboard flavor made this a disappointment from a usually excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 22:56:46 | More by shirfan
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a slightly cloudy light amber color and foamed a slightly pink foamy white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present after a initial boiling. The aroma was of yeast and currants. The flavor was of yeast, currants and spices. The body is medium light and the finish is a touch sprite and sweet. This style is not my favorite and I think they did a better job with the apple, even though I had high hopes for this one since I grew up with currants.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 01:53:37 | More by Wildman
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3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ephemere (Cassis/Black Currant) pours a hazy orange with a thin white head from a brown 750 ml corked and caged bottle (that proved very difficult to open, after breaking the top of the cork off accidentally a corkscrew was used, also no easy task). The aroma is lightly fruity, maybe a bit of wheat is noticeable. The body is quite light, more so than I expected, but not unpleasant. The flavor is light, but pleasant and mostly black currant, with just a hint of wheat at the end. I found this beer enjoyable, it was the first black currant beer that I can remember trying, so I didn't really know what to expect and I would have to say I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 22:07:12 | More by Drew966
Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
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