Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) | Unibroue

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

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
As its name suggests, Éphémère is an ephemeral ale that comes and goes with the seasons. It was developed as a series to feature a seasonal fruit in a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale. The label depicts a fairy, an ephemeral spirit associated with fruits picked at the peak of ripeness during each harvest season. She first appeared in the spring of 2001 and has since been celebrated on a variety of seasonal fruit ales such as apple (brewed all year long), cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, raspberry and blueberry.

Seasonal beer offered for a limited time only. With its blackcurant aromas enhanced by a mild astringency, its the perfect beer for the summer.

Added by Todd on 12-10-2003

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Reviews by nquigley16:
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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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!

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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.

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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

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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.

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Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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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.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 370 ratings