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 mlazzaro
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle w/ cork and cage. exp. 6-22-13.
Beautiful color, strawberry pink with light pink head. Foamy and dense head, beer looks great. Low carbonation which is surprising considering the cork and cage method. Smells like raspberry or blackberries and tart dark currents. Light yeast aroma. Flavor is very clean. Light soft malt, clean neutral flavored yeast. Bright acidic ending. Black current and orange isn't sweet or overbearing. Thin body. Smooth mouthfeel. Black current is suiting flavor. Simple, unique and delicious. This is by far the best Ephemere I've had. I enjoy it even though it hasn't made the leap to being soured or funkified. It does come off as a naked Lambic, I believe this beer would be exceptional soured.

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

A: This poured a cloudy pinkish copper with off-white head.
S: It smelled like fresh apricot and cranberry, with lots of wild yeast and lemon peel, and a little coriander and currant.
T: It tasted like sweet apricot and bitter lemon peel, with some wild yeast and coriander and currant, and a little apple cider vinegar. It had a clean aftertaste that was sweet and tart.
M: It was thin and fizzy. Surprisingly light body.
D: This was a nice unique beer, but not as much currant as I expected or hoped. It had a nice scent and taste, but weak body. Easy to drink. Could probably age well.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up an opaque, rosy-russet hue with a small, though persistent, white head.

Smell: Softly fruity, scantly tart with thin, thin traces of herbs and subtle malted wheat.

Taste: Modestly tangy wheat malt, with a low sweetness upfront and throughout. Subdued cassis flavor, faintly tartish and including a tenuously tannic edge. Small hint of herb. Lightly fruity finish with a neutral grain quality in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Finely carbonated.

Overall: A decent, refreshing fruit brew that, while I didn't love, I did enjoy a bit more than the standard Éphémère apple.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/4/2011 at Rose Alley Ale House in New Bedford, MA served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains berries, light Belgian yeast but not much else.

T: The taste starts out with tart and sweet flavors of the black currant. The malt character is very thin and there’s almost no hops presence but that is expected with this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent option if you’re in the mood for this type of beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a little lighter than I expected it to. The color of the beer was a reddish looking orange color with a white foamy head on top that settles into a thin fizzy layer over top of the beer. The smell of the beer has a good aroma of the Black Currants along with some light spices in there too. The taste has a light wine like qualirty to it. It's a little tart but follows up with some sweetness too. The mouthfeel of the beer was light bodied and pretty refreshing actually. Overall this brew doesn't really compete with the Apple version in my opinion. I was still happy to have tried it.

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Photo of jsh420
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours pink ruby orange with a fizy white 2 finger head that left no lacing

smells of grape jelly and a little malt

taste reminds me of grape jelly on whole grain buttered toast - a little sour

mouthfeel could be better - light body with tons of carbonation that gives it a fizzy light bite

overall - not the best fruit beer but decent flavors - doubt i will by another bottle

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unibroue Éphémère Cassis

A pale pink body and an off white head. Aroma full of blackberry, with alittle Belgian/Unibroue fruity yeast strain. In the taste, bitter, light and fruity, though alittle watery. Black berry and a small portion of wheat lends a subtle tartness and is semi sweet. Mouthfeel is decently carbonated, thin and finishes clean and abrupt. Overall, a decent fruit beer, but Unibroue has much better offerings. They also make an apple version with a more assertive flavor profile.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig

A: This beer was a hazy peach/pink/grapefruit color. There was a very tiny white head on top, but not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

S: Definitely fruity with some currant and a little bit of peach/orange and grapefruit. There is a slight tartness, but not strong at all.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is some nice fruit flavor - mostly peachy and orange with some other fruit, that I can only assume is cassis. It is pretty light with a slight tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Had a slightly tangy thing going, but overall was rather smooth and easy drinking.

O: A pretty good beer, nice fruit flavor and easy drinking. Would be really nice on a hot day outside or with dessert.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this on the shelves...

Poured into a Maudite snifter...

Appearance-Light amber body with alot of carbonation bubbles when held up to the light. Head is light pink with tons of little bubbles. Got about 2 to 3 fingers. Nice head retention and lacing, pretty beer.

Smell-Tart apple and peppery. Some berrys as well.

Taste-Almost like a wheat ale when first consumed, then when it hits the back of the throat I got alot of nice tart apples and berrys. THe more I drink I also get some nice citrus lemon notes and some pepper.

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied, high carbonation. Crisp with a clean finish.

Overall-Really nice fruit beer. Lots of different fruity components and very easy to drink. Unibroue is the most under appreciated brewery in my opinion, but hey, more for me. Reccomend this especially at 6 bucks a bomber.

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

New batch! Yay!

Big old creamy light pink head (2 fingers) that retains well. Ruddy amber body.

Plenty of wheat on the nose, plus a lovely helping of black currant.

Taste is nice and tart and currant-y, though it isn't too potent. Not quite watery, but still.

Mouthfeel is... kinda like soda.

It's decent and fruity, but not particularly magnificent. For the price point, a decent cassis. Probably awesome for baking. I mixed some with some boozy tasting pumpkin beer and it came out pretty well.

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Photo of shoky01
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Been waiting on this one for a while and on this release I snagged it as soon as it hit shelves.

750 bottle served cold in stemless red wine glasses.

A: very pink grapefruit colored a bit cloudy, with a pink head about a half inch thick, didn't stick around long.

S: has that distinct Unibroue spice smell that all their fruitier beer.

T: first impression is watery and light. Then an almost grape like flavor followed by spices. The coriander is noticble with a little of the citrus from the orange peel.
A little bitter fruit flavor on the end. Not sweet fruit like the others they make so its different.

MF: very light.

OA: I like it, it has hints of the Ephemere apple but the Currant changes it enough to be something new. I'm a big fan of Unibroue and haven't had one I didn't like yet. So happy to have this one finally!

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Photo of Crossmd
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass at 42 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a hazy sanguine-orange with a 3 finger white head that dissipates into a consistant cap.

Smells to me very strongly of a well projected raspberry more than a cassis. Rose petal and maybe a hint of pomegranate. It's not intensely complex, but it's there in force.

Taste is a light, slightly tart and very dry red fruit that isn't unlike a light cranberry. Not much else beyond that. Almost no finish, just the slightest tartness left on the tongue. Lots of effervescence, but without it there wouldn't be enough structure to make it worth drinking. Not especially a distraction.

Supremely drinkable, and very pleasant - if sort of thin on flavor. Absolutely a summer style fruit beer, but one that doesn't taste super synthetic. I wish that it had a little bit more density, more boldness, even if at the risk of drinkability. Would work very well as an aperitif.


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Photo of kylehay2004
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: no lace to speak of. Amber with red-orange hues. Murky.

S: musty candy aroma. Very unique.

T: candy apple with lemon and orange citrus notes.

M: a little thick. Light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Never seen this one to even try it. Glad I had the chance. I am picky with fruit beers. If they are too thick and too reminiscence of hot apple cider that has been allowed to cool, they arent for me. Thats what I get from this one.

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Photo of Antikythera
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We were in Quebec for a wedding and I had to buy alcohol in a grocery store just to say I did. Thank you, Metro, for carrying something this awesome. The cassis blows the pomme out of the water.

A: warm gold-pink, heady and fizzy, cloudy.

S: holy cow, black currants! on top of wheat.

T: Tart and warm. Hazy summer sunshine in a bottle.

M: dry and fizzy, but doesn't dry out the mouth. Feels much more refreshing and thirst-quenching than the unfiltered appearance would suggest.

O: I need an excuse to pop back over the Quebec border and get more of this.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured an apricot to pink grapefruit color with a fizzy one finger diminigshing white head.No lacing on the glass.

S.Citrus, grassy, fruity, floral, grapes

T. Acidic, sour, and fruity. I am getting some of the yeast popping through. Apple, pear, grape, berry, bubblegum Almost lambic but not quite that sour.

M. Light and small bubbles, make this brew light and fizzy.

O. Ok but noy my favorite fruit beer, I think I will pass on this brew next time, but it was interesting nonetheless.

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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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Blanche de Chambly fluted pokal at The Firkin.

Haven't seen this one stateside yet, so I jumped on it at the Firkin. It pours a hazy sunrise amber topped by a finger of pinkish-white foam. The nose comprises raspberries, white grapes, and mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of red grapes, very light cranberries, light raspberries, light flowers, light blueberries, light toffee, and clove. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly scratchy feel. Overall, a solid beer, but one that doesn't wow. I think I was expecting a currant-enhanced Belgian-style brew, but the fruit really took over and swallowed everything else whole, Monstro-style.

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Photo of xuptygm
1.57/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had this on tap in Victoria BC and thought it was just skunked or something.... so I tried it again in a bottle to no avail. The review is based of the bottled version.

A: pours a pink grapefruit color. Head is similar to that of coca-cola or any other heavily carbonated beverage. Leaves no lacing.

S: berry….if I didn’t know what this was I wouldn’t ever guess it was a beer.

T: …..not much. Carbonation overpowers what little berry flavor there is to it. Alcohol is unnoticeable. I don’t usually hate on any beer, but this reminds me of fizzy sugar water. Somewhat of a bitter finish.

MF: thin….waterlike, heavy carbonation.

O: pretty terrible beer really. I would not even call it beer myself. It seems more like a fizzy wine cooler, but with less taste than a wine cooler. Too bad, I was really excited for this one.

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3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light pink with a fluffy head. Smell is slightly sweet with citrus notes. Based on appearance and smell I was expecting a fairly sweet beer. The taste is more crisp and tart. It's very light on the tongue and doesn't have mush after taste.

The currant flavor comes through a little but this has more of a citrus taste to me. As it warmed it developed a little more depth of flavor. It was very light and refreshing. It was a nice treat on a summer day but isn't something I would go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of nickthetick
2.62/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: pours an opaque pink-red into an American shaker glass with a very thin skim of white bubbles that leaves no lacing.

S: fruity and tart, but not a whole lot of "beer" characteristics.

T: I get the black currents in tons. Also strawberry, sour cherries, black raspberries. Not malt or hop notes. A lot of berry and fruit.

MF: heavy and chewy, but no carbonation or bitterness to balance the cloying sweetness or heavy syrup like feel to it.

O: not a beer I would ever drink again, plain old bad. It has an unappetizing look and smell and the weak "beer" characteristics make this drink seem like a summer sugary drink.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pink beer with surprisingly white head. This bottle is more carbonated than necessary, but no idea whether that's standard practice.

Sweet fruity aroma is overwhelmingly blackcurrant. Flavours are more subtle, with hints of malted barley and other notes as well. Finish has bitter elements but is fundamentally sweet.

A pleasant summer treat, but fruit beers will continue to remain a "once in a while" occurrence for me...

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Photo of grittybrews
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very pretty reddish-amber into a pint glass with a finger of off-white head. Subtle aroma with hints of apple, currants, and clove.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly watery mouthfeel. Notes of currants, apple and pear cider, lavender, and a hint of vinegar on the finish.

Extremely light and quite refreshing, although half a pint was plenty.

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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 oline73
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's in Baltimore. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy red/amber with a finger of off white head that fades to just a layer.

Smell: Surprise, this one is really fruity and a bit perfume like.

Taste: Fruity and slightly sweet. A bit tart, I think this was from the black currants. My only complaint is that I thought it was a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one was just alright. I would have liked it to be a bit more tart and less watery.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy ruby red colour with a pinkish hue, finger of big bubbled head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Nice fruity scent on the nose with the black currants coming through nicely alongside some cloves and banana notes.

T - Again, the black currants dominate but do not come across synthetic. Reminiscent of a cherry fruit roll-up, with a reminder that it's still beer on the finish.

M - A little too carbonated for my liking and comes across a bit like sparkling wine.

O - A very tasty fruit infused beer that still boasts solid beer characteristics. Very refreshing in the summer.

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Éphémère (Cassis / Black Currant) from Unibroue
3.71 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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