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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-10-2003

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Photo of semihobo
2.38/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 750ML for $5.99, best before 1-26-07.

Huge foamy head on the first pint, took up more than half of the glass, and took a while to settle. When it did, it left a solid sheet of head, quite nice. Barely any on the second pint, though. The beer itself is murky, I don't think I could tell it apart from cider from the supermarket.

Smells exactly like a Juicy Juice box, one of those "fruit punch" flavors. Some currant tang is there, but also apple juice and some wheaty lemon. Still, it's the juicy juice above everything else, with some alcohol. Kind of artificial.

Tastes like a kid's juice box also, but with some sour wheat added in. Quite tangy. The alcohol is very present but at only 5.5% it isn't that bad. Still, it's surprising that it's evident at all. The wheat adds a nice undercurrent to the fruit taste, but it's the cassis that dominates, leaving a sour finish in the mouth.

This is a very thin, watery beer, which is fine for the style in my opinion. Carbonation is pleasant, and helps to balance the sour fruitiness of the black currant. Goes down a lot like cider, actually.

I like other Unibroue products, which makes this even less satisfying. It's different than most other fruit beers I've had, but in the end, I just don't like drinking it very much. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of akorsak
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 750 mL C&C bottle poured into a Kwak tulip glass. The ale is slightly chilled and is warming gradually.

Appearance: The ale pours with little head. As it sits in the glass, it has a helles-esque paleness tinted ever so slightly by a reddish-purple dye. Not the most appetizing appearance.

Smell: The smell somewhat redeems the appearance. There is a light, pleasant black currant and wheat nose that dominates. There is no appreciable hop smell.

Taste: The black currant is very delicate, giving a brief taste before disappearing behind a wheat taste. The black currants impart a very dry character on the ale.

Mouthfeel: The ale is very dry and the black currant does not impart an assertive flavor, giving the beer poor mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The ale is light and low on ABV, giving it a decent drinkability.

Of the three Éphémère varietals that I've had (Pomme, Cassis and Cranberry), this ranks a solid number three.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy orange with a large head,but the head disappears very quickly. The smell has a slight fruity aroma yet for a fruit beer it's not that fruity. The taste,however,is very fruity. The black currrant flavor is very prominent. This is very sweet and wine-like. The m/f is light and well balanced. Overall, this is a decent beer but I'm not a big fruit beer guy.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 chugamugofsud
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is easily the best of the ephemeres. It does change year by year as the currant flavor changes with the harvest. It pours relatively dark compared to the original ephemere and gives off the currant aroma very strongly, I was giddy when I poured it. The flavor is exceptionally strong and you can barely taste the backdrop of malt on which the currant is laying. Excellent brew, I recommend it.

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Photo of stouty1
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From just popping the cork I knew this beer was full of fruit. Very fizzy pour with a huge opportunity for a thick head if care was not taken. Smell had an overpowering fruity scent (not bad, just fruity). Champagne-like feel to the first drink. This beer successfully hides the wheat feel with bubbles. Maybe I should have swirled it a few times to reduce the carbonation.

750 mL bottle gives me enough to drink that satifies me for awhile. I think it is too champagne-like and fruity for me.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amber pour with a great burgundy cast and a frothy pinkish beige head that immediately sizzles loudly down to nothing. No traces, just a steady stream of bubbles cascading from the bottom of my Rapscallion sniffer.

Aroma is tart and crisp wheat notes, lactic tartness, very genuine cassis, and a lambic like funk that may be attributed to the fruit. Definately pleasant smelling, and the fruit doesn't smell artificial as in the apple.

Flavor starts with brisk wheat, subtle cassis, gentle herbal notes, berries, and lambis tartness and just a touch of something funky from the addition of fruit to the fermentation.

Body is between medium and light with a soft, wheaty mouthfeel and bothersome carbonation. After each pour, I give it some rough swirls to release some of the fizz.

Thanks for the bottle gabe!

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Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very interesting beer, tasty enough, but it must be an acquired taste...not for the light hearted.
The colour is that of pink grapefruit with a hint of tea to dull.
A full short crown leading to a large glass ring and thin island lace.
The aroma is light, that of a thin sherry.
The taste is strong of the black current front and back starting sweet...fading...fading...gone in short order.
Does not leave me wanting more, but then I'm an IPA kinda guy.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yet another solid offering from Unibroue. From a 750mL bottle. Poured out to a cloudy peach orange color with a big bubbly head that was similar to pouring a Dr. Pepper. The carbonation calmed and a thin layer of bubbles remained on top of the beer. High levels of carbonation. No Lace. Aromas were very fruity and naturally sweet, yet not overpowering or brash. Taste was enjoyable; strong flavors of berries and dark fruit, with light malts in the background. Reminds me of a champagne. Nice. Mouthfeel was very zesty and had a nice thirst quenching quality to it. Slightly dry finish. A nice brew, one of the better fruit beers available. Recommended.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber and poured into a tulip glass. Had a slightly hazy light maroon coloring, vibrant carbonation and a frothy pink-tinged head that sputtered and fizzled down over the span of a couple minutes.
The smell had a sweet-tart aroma with elements of orange peels, ruby grapefruit pulp and black currant. The malt character, especially the wheat aspect, was quite restrained and nearly undetectable.
The taste was tart with a citric base that left a grapefruit-y, slightly metallic aftertaste. Again, the malt flavor was lacking with only the barest accounting of dusty, doughy yeasts and malt. The feel was light, lively and quite a bit like champagne in its abundant carbonation.
Overall, Unibroue's black currant wheat beer was refreshing and had a certain amount of appeal. Still, it's not something I'd be looking for on a regular basis.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish gold, big foamy head that does finally collapse, and hugh-bubbled carbonation. Smell is a watery tart (ha ha) fruit odor with a not quite medicinal hit. Flavors amounting to flavored club soda come forth: currant, grape skin, and a touch of sugar. The mouthfeel is thin, body is weak. Not a terribly good beer. If you like currants it might hold some interest. Unibroue does much better stuff.

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Photo of beertaster13
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper orange with a nice frothy white head, lots of carbonation. The smell is strong of grapes and apples, nice honey wheat and buttered toast. The taste is a fabulous wheat with nice fruity notes. The currant is like a nice crisp fruit and the honey wheats balance nicely with this beer. Definetely the best fruit beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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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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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 jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of walleye
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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

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Photo of ski271
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
3.71 out of 5 based on 371 ratings.
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