Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) | Unibroue

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

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 12-10-2003

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Photo of erica
4.87/5  rDev +31.3%
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!!

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Photo of Skidz
4.85/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Best Before 01-19-07

Pours out a hazy pinkish pale gold and sits a foggy peach-amber in the glass with a large fluffy faintly pink-tinted bone white head. Fades slowly leaving a good skim on the surface and some light lacings around the glass.

Fresh and flowery aroma of currants, cranberries, stawberry and orange peel. Light wheaty dustings around the edges with hints of corriander and melon. Intoxicating and attractive aroma.

Tastes faintly fruity up front, lending a few light traces of grapes with tart, nearing sour skins. Currants build up and explode in a frenzy of fruit flavors. Honeydew, plums, pineapple, and mango all contribute to this eclectic mix of flavors. Soft, dusty core of dry, crackery yeast holds out through the finish, with some light bitterness lending some grassy flavors.

Soft, light and lucious in the mouth. Carbonation fine and delicate, ever expanding in the mouth. Absolutely brilliant.

Haven't found too many fruit beers worthy of even an occasional purchase, but this is one of the best. Very mild in approach compared to the locally produced fruit beers around here, but in that way, it's almost more enjoyable. Pick apart the tiniest fragments of flavor and you've got yourself one marvelously complex beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a salmon-glinted, foggy, pale golden with a mounded, cloud-like white head with soft pink accents.
Perfumed nose of currants and botanical garden, with features of lilac and rose, based upon a lightly tart wheat-induced lemon.
The wheat is noticed first in the mouth. Hull-like with a sedate lemon tartness. Coriander is next, and for the first few microseconds, this seems a typical, if tame witbier. The finale, however, is full of fireworks. Currants add a mashed jellied sweetness, with a muted sour edge. It's the crossroads of blueberries, cherries, and plum, spooned with powdered suger. It turns monumentally floral on the hind quarters, full of pollen, lavender, roses, lilacs, and honeysuckle. Even Unibroue's yeast signature seem to bow before what is happening here, the hallmarks of chalk and black pepper are noticed in harmony. The afterglow is a microcosm of the brew itself, all ripe with vanilla, lavender, roses, honey, and berries.
It's bright, highly carbonated lightness is nigh impossible not to gulp down. It balances acute flavors with blunt integration. I didn't much care for the apple version. But this is out of this world.
A geniune champion fruit beer.

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Photo of georgette
4.76/5  rDev +28.3%
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!

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Photo of fisherman34
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This scarlet red beer has a glow to it. And some noticeable CO2 bubbles rising. A plush, snow white head rests on top and never goes away. The lace coats the glass like a primer. Not an inch missed. The aroma is exquisite. It's so easy to describe, yet so much more. My description will not do it justice. It's like blackberry puree...or more like the blackbeery ice cream I used to enjoy on my camping trips in Northern Wisconsin as a child. It's a bit perfumey, and I usually don't care for perfumey aromas, but this one is awesome. Nice prickly mouthfeel, yet there's a creaminess to it as well. The nose led me to believe that this would be a sweet beer, but that is not the case by a longshot. It's got more tart blackberry notes than sweet ones. But it's a nice blend nonetheless. And the light acidity to it adds a refreshing quality to the beer. This one is quite nice.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma has a malty core with a firm, though not overpowering, overtone of fruit - currant, orange, and a hint of sour apple, plus a touch of what must be the coriander. Has me salivating like a mastiff! It pours a beautiful slightly hazy dark orange-amber, a nice tangelo color I have not seen before in a beer. The foamy head is pale orange-tan and leaves some generous lacing. Flavor is mainly fruity, again with currant and orange, a bit sour but not puckeringly tart, with hints of coriander and lemon. Thick but not syrupy texture has plenty of fizz and sass. According to the Unibroue website, this is available only in Canada. Bonjour! I bought my bottle in Atlanta - well, Roswell.

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Photo of leaddog
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a hazy pink grapefruit colour with a finger width of foamy light pink head.

Smell- Black currants, orange (citrus), and general fruitiness.

Taste- Tart and tangy black currant are the star flavour. There is a hint of the citrus character to this. It is sweet but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The aftertaste leaves a indication of eating skittles. Quite interesting.

Overall- A nice take on a fruit beer by Unibroue. I enjoyed the tart and tangy characteristics and the unique usage of black currants in this beer. You don't see many(if any) black currant beers out there. A pleasure to drink and worth a try!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle, corked and caged, 2004 edition:

Nice. This is perhaps the best of Unibrous Ephemere line. Upon popping the cork a lovely grapefruit juice coloured liquid emerges and is topped with a snow white mountain of a head. Aromas are all wheaty and yeast up front with the lovely essence of fresh black currants as well. The taste is fruity with the currant providing a sweetness and a bitternes. This is dryer and less sweet than the other Ephemeres, making it the best of the bunch to me. The mouthfeel is wheaty and creamy and the drinkability is perfect!

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Photo of medic25
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Poured a hazy, orange-brown with a thick pink-tinged head. The aroma is incredible! Tart currants, with a bit of yeast thrown in. Fruity blackcurrant flavor, quite sharp on the tongue. Again, there is a little bit of a yeasty flavor. Drinkability is great, this would make a great beer for drinking on a summer evening.

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Photo of sleazo
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of kpwill07
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Served in a tulip glass, from Unibroue no less.

The appearance of this beer is... bright. Orangeish looking, almost peach like. Nothing like Lindemans Cassis, which pours a deep red. The lacy head retained quite well.

The smell: fruity. Somewhat tart. Not overpowering, very subtle.

The taste and mouthfeel is where this beer shines. Unlike the Lindemans, the taste is much smoother, more on the subtle side. This results in high drinkability. I could drink this all night, unlike almost any other fruit beer I've ever had. I simply love this stuff.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from a corked and caged 22-oz bottle into a Triple Karmeliet glass due to the lack of a flute.

A- Cloudy orange-amber body with a huge white head that slowly fades into swirls and a fairy ring.

S- The smell of perfume and candied fruit. The nose was a bit sharp when the beer was cold but mellowed as it warmed.

T- Tangy berry flavor and a hint of oranges. The wheat flavor is very smooth, almost soft. I detect an orange-like flavor in there as well. This is very smooth and not too sweet. Almost like a traditional Lambic.

M-medium light mouthfeel with a lot of fizziness.

D-This is a very nice beer, it has a good balance for a fruit beer and it’s not too sweet. Due to the balance and it’s moderate sweetness the flavors and the wheat add another layer of depth to the beer. Very drinkable. Unibroue keeps producing great beers. I’ve had a lot of their beer and they are all exceptional!

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Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of scottum
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pop the cork.

Pours out a hazy pink red with a mountain of white-pink head. Black Currant must is very much a part of this brew. That flavor is just so tastey. Other fruity is in there too with a touch of spice and the bitters. Goes down smooth and haas a dry finish. I'll have to pick up a few more of these on my next trip to Canada.

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Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful caramel/orange colour, a little cloudy, with a dense white head. The aroma was very fruity, with a strong black currant smell. The flavour was dominated by a rich fruitiness, with a pleasant sour acidity that was stronger than the bitterness from the hops. Light yeast characteristics helped both the flavour and the smoothness. Fruit lingered on the palate for an enjoyable finish. Nice light body.

Unibroue has done a wonderful job with the Ephemere line, and this is definitely the best I've tried so far.

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Photo of alexk307
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pink. A very unique color that I've never seen in a beer before. Tiny white head on the top throughout.

S: Berries! Blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries. Smells like a berry lollipop.

T: Sweet berries on the front end, finishing out with some lemon peel and coriander. Finishes very sour.

M: Super bubbly. Champagne type bubbles.

O: A very unique beer, very fruity and unique. Will seek out again.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip at the Mondial beer festival. Pour was frothy and foamy. Aroma was musty. Pink grapefruit in color. Intense raspberry aroma with a tart witbier/blackberry taste. Leaves you wanting more. Wispy and delicious.

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Photo of vitesse
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from brown 750 mL bottle....

what a good fruit beer. pours a gorgeous reddish/straw gold color. awesome black currant aroma in this one. flavor is just sublime. the currant flavors don't overwhelm the palate and leave plenty of space for unibroue's yeast profile to come out. another very dry, effervescent fruit beer that's miles ahead of the syrupy sweet stuff out there. get this if you like fruit beers!

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours out murky orange with a large pinkish-white head. The aroma is mostly fruity from the black currants, but there is also malt and Belgian yeast. Malty wheat body with a nice fruit flavor. The fruit isn't overpowering or too sweet. A little tart. High carbonation. Great drinkability. I like this a little more than the Ephemere apple. The black currant is a more interesting flavor. This would be a great summer beer.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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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