Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Ephémère Sureau (Elderberry) | Unibroue

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Ephémère Sureau (Elderberry)Ephémère Sureau (Elderberry)
Very Good
42 Ratings
Ephémère Sureau (Elderberry)Ephémère Sureau (Elderberry)

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using a balanced combination of the elder's fruit and flowers, it offers an explosion of berry flavors along with subtle floral notes and hints of tropical fruit reminiscent of the Muscat's powerful bouquet.

IBU: 6

Added by rugene on 04-02-2017

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue "Éphémère (Elderberry)"
on tap @ Lucky's Last Chance, Manayunk, PA
$8 / pint

Look: Hazy violet body. No head, but I'll chalk that up to the bar glass and bartender's pour and give them the benefit of the doubt.

Smell: Fruity and floral. Elderberry and white grape.

Taste: Surprisingly tart, and very fruity. Full of flavor. There's no perceptible bitterness but it's not needed as the tartness lends to a dry finish with fruit lingering.

Feel: Acidic and bristling on the tongue with a gently effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: Quite enjoyable. It's much more full flavored than the previous incarnations of Éphémère, and almost more like juice with beer added than beer with fruit added. It goes beyond beer and would make a great apértif or digestif, and could stand alone as a dessert beer, but would also pair well with main main courses. Highly recommended.

 899 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of generallee
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one hit my nose as soon as I cracked the cap with heavy notes of elderberries and sourdough bread! The flavor matches it's aroma. It has tart elderberry and sourdough bread flavor up front that slides into a mild fruity sweet finish.

 238 characters

Photo of OKbrew89
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap and poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy purple color with a two finger head that lingers and leaves a small ring of lacing at the top of the glass. Nose of elderberry, grape, and wheat. Taste is elderberry and Ephemere yeast with a dry finish from grapes and wheat. Medium carbonation and medium-light body.
The elderberry is really allowed to shine, and if you're not a fan or familiar with the fruit, it makes a slightly funky beer. It hits the trademark yeast note that all their beers have and has a very wine-like dryness to it. A fun one.

 555 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, typical caged and corked bottle, which has been strangely difficult to procure around here, for some reason.

This beer pours a hazy, dark ruby amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of low-lying streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, somewhat dank yeast (a bit of a departure from the house strain), concentrated elderberry extract, some mildly boozy white grapes, and a touch of musty, herbal, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, a lesser wheaten cereal character, muddled dark fieldberry notes, an estery and earthy yeastiness, further mixed domestic citrus peel essences, and more understated leafy, weedy, and musty floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess skulking about, looking for a place to happen. It finishes off-dry, the yeast, generic malt, and fruity elderberry character predominating.

Overall, this is yet another well-made, fruited-up offering from this Lower Canada brewing concern (no matter who owns them). The elderberries do indeed shine, like their forebears, um, before them. Worthy of getting your grubby hands on, should you get the chance.

 1,380 characters

Photo of rugene
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep red color ale with a light pink color foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light tart elderberry notes with light Belgian sweet malt notes. Taste is also a mix of light tart elderberry notes with some lightly sweet malt notes. Body is full for style with good carbonation. Solid fruit beer and very enjoyable for a hot sticky summer evening.

 390 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium reddish orange with a fine one finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of berries; don't know elderberries, but reminds me of tart, over-ripe raspberries, hint of wheat and lemon. Flavor is tart elderberry (reminiscent of raspberries to me), lemon citrus, wheat malt. Finishes tart with residual berry and a pleasant rustic earthy note. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. This Ephémère is tarter and fuller flavored than the last two I've tried and the better for it. I have a low tolerance for sourness in beer, but this tartness is so clearly from the berries that I liked it and want to try elderberries next time I see them. Interesting color, sharp carbonation and great fresh berry juice flavors. Refreshing and enjoyable.

 823 characters

Photo of patre_tim
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A purple-brown and slightly hazy colour, moderate carbonation, and 2 fingers of pinkish head.

Smells of soured fruit, blueberry Hubba Bubba bubble gum, and fruity jam.

Tastes fruity and floral, slightly sweet, slightly sour, and again the berry gum.

Light body, slightly expand in your mouth foamy.

Drinking this on Muskoka, Dec 12th, 2017. Fruity, interesting feel, and a little strange overall. Love the brewery.

 421 characters

Photo of Whatup14
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Roby923
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A different beer than a traditional ale. Not too sweet, just right amount flavour. Included in a Unibroue mixer-pack and probably would never have bought this beer this separately. Worth a try if you can get your hands on it. Rare to have elderberry mixed in with a wheat ale.

 280 characters

Photo of epyon396
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a bottle or import date listed.

Appearance: It has a nice deep purple, red, and brown body that has good opalescence. It has a light pink and purple head that is short with a creamy texture. It's a great looking beer.

Aroma: The aroma in this beer is very strong and it can be picked up just from being in the same room as the beer. It has a very strong berry aroma that smells a bit like raspberries and mulberries. Getting closer to the glass only amplifies it stronger and it smells a bit like a fruit roll-up.

Taste: This beer has a very unique and interesting flavor that is punchy. There is this fantastic mix of berries combined what tastes a bit like orange. There is this fantastic mix of plum, raisin, raspberry, and a bit of cranberry sauce at the end.

Mouthfeel: It feels light and effervescent. It is clean on the palate and it finishes dry.

Overall: It's a fantastic beer that I would love to buy again. It really made a lasting good impression with the strong and complex mix of flavors that it delivers. If you want a beer that is light and bubbly with a nice strong hit of fruit flavor, this is it. I would strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys berries. It would pair very nicely with chocolate and it would make a great alternative the standard holiday beers. I would love to buy it again around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

 1,362 characters

Photo of dannycohen62
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is a nice reddish purple with a thin thumb's worth of white head. Not much lacing to speak of. Smell is nice and fruity, with the berries coming through strong. Oddly enough, it finishes with a smelly feet funk. On the tongue you get a nice fruity taste with a definite hit of wheat in the back end and then the Unibroue yeast. The berries are quite nice, but the wheat at the end is a nice finish. The feel is high carbonation with a medium/light body.

I enjoyed this beer despite the smelly feet odor on the nose. The berries worked well.

 550 characters

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 4/12/2017. Pours hazy reddish orange/purple color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light pink head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of juicy/lightly tart elderberry, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, coriander, orange peel, peppercorn, light banana, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, elderberries, spices, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of juicy/lightly tart elderberry, pear, apple, white grape, coriander, orange peel, peppercorn, light banana, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spice and light fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of elderberry, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, coriander, orange peel, peppercorn, wheat, cracker, biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, elderberries, spices, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from yeast spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and slightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is a very nice fruited witbier style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, elderberries, spices, and bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. Great fruit presence with perfectly balanced yeast/spice flavors, and a nice malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,923 characters

Photo of ewpass
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pink-red with strong head. All-fruit nose. Light body with considerable carbonation with a tart, dry finish. A good beer for the summer deck.

147 characters

Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy reddish berry color, with a white head with some retention.

Hints of berry fruit and sour/tart in the aroma, gives the sense that it will be a bit acidic.

Nice tart presumably elderberry flavor, and finishes quite dry and clean. Wheat malt may be adding to the tart character, but flavors are fruit driven.

Fairly light body, with moderately high carbonation. No astringency or warming, but drying from the carbonation.

A very nice, easy drinking beer. Crisp and refreshing on a hot day. Definitely feel like elderberry works well in a beer like this one.

 579 characters

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wer34truh
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterPro125
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 750 mL Bottle

L- Pours a Pink-ish Red colour topped by a 1 finger foamy white head. Great retention and some light lacing.

S- Distinct smell of Elderberry with a light floral note backing it up. Very pleasant!

T- Again, the distinct notes of elderberry do the bulk of the work here. The fruit here is pretty sweet but there is a nice tartness to it. Not getting anything floral in the taste. A slight mineral water taste on the finish.

F- A nice medium body and a subtle, light carbonation.

O- Overall, Ephemere Sureau is an excellent fruity summertime brew. The flavours are undoubtedly fruity, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that this is a dessert beer. It is sweet without being too much so. Well balanced despite not having a ton of hop presence and very easy drinking.

 799 characters

Photo of mcrawford
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of White
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrJuengling
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ephémère Sureau (Elderberry) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 42 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.