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 taez555
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Anam Cara Publick House.

Served in a wineglass filled to the brim it poured a cloudy mahogany body with a small head.

The nose was surprisingly mild. Mixes of soft malt but mostly a nice fruit mix dominated by a soft black currant smell. Very faint and low key.

The taste was really quite something. Light to medium bodied and very smooth. A soft body that you can tell is malty but really doesn’t scream the malt flavors. Sort of like a lambic without any defining malt character. The black currants really make this beer though. Unlike the apple, which I’m really not crazy about, this didn’t have a fruit punch or jolly rancher sort of tartness. Amazing balance or tart fruit against the malt. Every sip surprised me how well balanced and non-teeth rotting the fruit flavors were.

My new favorite ephemere. I wish I could find this in bottles, but I’ll have fond memories of this one for a while.

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

Sampled on-tap at The Sunset Grill in Boston.

This beer poured a cloudy, golden color with creamy, white foam that persisted. The smell was bready malt with a light fruity aroma of currants (sort of like light grape or raisin). The taste was lightly tart fruit (currants) with bready malt and very, very low hops. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and modest carbonation with a light aftertaste. This was a pretty good brew, and tasted better as it warmed up a little.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed orangy pink color (very similar to ruby red grapefruit juice) with a good light beige head. Aroma of black currants, some pale malts and light spicings. Very carbonated, almost too carbonated. Soft currant taste, not too sweet, moreso dry. Rather thin in body and mouthfeel with a minerally, watery, lightly perfumy aftertaste. Burpy carbonation is a bit distracting from the overall experience. A pretty solid beer aside from being overcarbonated which I found also in the apple Éphémère. Worth a try, especially if you like black currants.

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Photo of baiser
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a soft pink colour, with a big fluffy head with pink tint. A good finger of foam lasted throughout, gorgeous lacing on the glass.

Huge aroma of black currants and sweetness. Reminded me of ribena. Great aroma.

Taste was typical ephemere, but with a black currant twist. Tart, crisp and sweet. Some astringency, a tad oily. Finishes dry. Not as good as the apple, but still a great beer. Mouthfeel was light but carbonated.

The black currant wears away after a while, so just one is enough for me.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out fairly pink, with some orangey tinges at certain angles. Fluffy head that holds a bit of pink tinge and sticks around to the finish.

Fresh taste.... tart black currants initially, with wheat in behind. It's real beer, that's what I like about the ephemeres. It doesn't finish with a syrupy sweet aftertaste - there's the bitterness of a wheat beer to prove you were drinking a respectable brew. The fruit fully integrates with the beer.

However, this isn't the Apple (nothing is...). Good, but not amazing.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking forward to the newest Ephemere series, I pour in anticipation. What I saw stunned me. The liquid pouring out was pink. Pink, like a grapefruit. After everything is poured, it starts to look more like a beer and less like a Woody's cooler. Though, the head still has that pinkish tinge to it. Ephemere cassis now looks more ruddy red than pink. Much more pleasant to look at, though I have to deduct a half point for the initial pink scare. Lace lightly sticks to the glass. Nothing too special. Smells of sweet malt, dark cherries, blackberries, blueberries, plums and other various dark fruits. Sweet, uncloying taste. The fruits are definitely dominant. Their is a very light malt presence in this. Which is fitting for this beer. Their's even a tartness, probably from the blue and blackberries that seems to replace the bittering balance of hops. Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, giving a more harsh feeling in the mouth and even more gassy after effect. Still, highly drinkable and thirst quenching. Not one of Unibroue's best, but definitely worthy of the Unibroue name.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This version has a big, pinkish, peach-white head. The beer is hazy and peachy-orange. Smell is tangy with sour black currents. Wow. The beer starts tangy with obvious black currents. The middle is sourish, tangy, full fizzy fruity. Finish is quite bitter, very dry, fruity and there's a slightly nutty aftertaste. This is a good beer, but it's not the best Éphémère by far. It develops a little more with temperature, gaining some butter. But overall it could probably use less cassis for my tastes.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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 TerryW
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gotta go against the grain on this one. I fail to see the excitement in the Ephemere's, although as a rule I enjoy Unibroue's work.

Big head on pouring that settles out to a thin ring. Golden orange with a somehow bluish cast (or maybe that's just my imagination).

Smells deliciously of currants, but doesn't deliver tastewise. Just too thin, bitter and metallic. Interesting, but doesn't thrill me in anyway. I'll stick with some of the other U-beers.

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Photo of pootz
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: decanted to my Pilsner flute with a wonderful clouded honey hue...thick puffy, sticky cap...lively effervessence. Aroma of fresh currents over a musty background. Starts prickly from the carbonation...produces a creamy mouth feel punctuated with berry tartness backed with malty bodie and a touch of earthyness from the yeast. Finish is fairly dry with berry tartness combines with now detected hops and a slight spice note from the final tastes of the yeast. A nice lighter bodied flavored beer from this brewer which is perfect for thirst quenching and very drinkable.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a honeyed pink with a creamy head that leaves a generous sticky lace throughout. Aromas are fresh and zippy, and fruit driven with sweet currant and malt on the tail end. In the mouth the beer is crisp and cleansing and again very fruit driven. Perhaps as I am a wine drinker as much a beer drinker, this beer strikes a heartstring. The mouthfeel is brisk and somewhat creamy with currant flavors chiming in on the long tangy finish. This is a great summer refresher for fans of fruit infused brews. No apologies given.

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Photo of Jason
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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 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 Cwrw
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm. From the popping of the cork, I could tell this was something unique, special.

Light ruby, orange, red tomato juice colouration; a colour somewhat hard to describe. The head is near uncontrollable, large, and off white, meringue. Lacing is patchy, and hardens and sticks very rapidly. Medium-sized bubbles. The aroma, for me, is divine. Super sweet, sugary, and trippel-like. The first smell reminded me of sour soothers. Sweet, tart, ripe sour apple, black currants(obviously), extreme berry and bubble gum aromas. There is not much to smell besides the sugary sweetness, but, for me, that is adequate enough, because the aroma is done so authentically and unashamedly. The taste is not as sweet as the smell might make you expect, but actually quite dry and bitter, due to the black currants. Heavenly berry flavours combine with yeast, malt, and buried hops somewhere in the back. Good carbonation, though gaseous. Full bodied. Drinkability is splendid: give me this any day of the year. The taste of a true fruit beer. The Ephemere series continues to impress me. The taste of the chosen fruit is never subtle, but full out.

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Photo of Garin
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another lovely brew. It poured a hazy sunset golden pink, with a thick billowy head that just kept coming.

The nose is sweet and full of currants.

A nice tart currant flavour mixes with a nice malty breadiness. The flavour is mild and refreshing. I was a bit worried about the currant being overpowering, but those fears were unfounded.

It feels a bit thin and watery in the mouth, but I suppose that adds to the refreshing nature of this beer. It is very, very drinkable -- especially now that we're getting some nice hot weekends. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 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 Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle - Pourred a light reddish brew with a huge bubbly head. Aroma of fruit is veyr present and resemble raspberry. Good carbonnation as with all the Ephemeres. Taste is very sweet with light tart aftertaste. I would have enjoyed this one with more tartness and less of that sweetness (it's almost like a glass of juice after a while). Definetely not my favorite from the Epehemeres series.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle, same nymph on the label as the Peach Ephemere. Appearance possess a golden nimbus with an intense infusion of light rosy red tones throughout the body, nearly a hazy pumpkin when held to the light (remembering that yellow and red make orange, and they're trying real hard in this ale). Big fizzy head, almost like cream soda.

What strikes me first is that it smells just like a raspberry wheat ale I brewed a couple of years ago with fresh fruit, and the flavour is similar as well. Enough about my brewing though...

Sharp effervescent berries on the nose, tart but not too overpowering. The flavour of wheat can be detected upon the first sip before the tartness of the fruit takes over, a combination of raspberry, cranberry and fresh current, which also lingers with a mild astringency on the palate for the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light and a little watery, yet the rather intense carbonation adds a little more texture.

Very drinkable, would make an excellent light summer beverage. However I feel it falls short of the Apple, and even the Peach as well, at least for me. Regardless, it's still a worthwhile addition to the Ephemere series.

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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 Rastacouere
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottle: Appearance is sublime. Gorgeous murky yellow robe with a ruby tone, very carbonated. The head is huge and white, frothy and most rocky with long-lasting fine thin lacing. Aroma is big, fruity, yeasty. The taste is wheat, cassis, raspberries, oranges, all about fruits and berries. Medium to full bodied, creamy. Crispy tartness (if that exists) loads the mouth. Slightly astringent finish around the gums. I'd have to take it side by side with the apple one, but I believe this is my new favorite of the Ephemere line.

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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
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