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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Fruit Beer
Chambly, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 464   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 8   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Beer on Lees with Black Currant Grapes!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Aroma of strawberries,guavas and all manner of tropical delights. Pours a pink rose like liquid raising a frothy head. Light bodied and perfect starter for those whos significant others dont like beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2004
This is a beer I've been looking forward to - thanks very much to radiomgb for this bottle - since I really enjoyed all the other Ephemeres and I am a huge fan of Cassis. Pour didn't disappoint - beautiful light brown with a slight lavender hue. Big head tinged with traces of purple that immediately releases the black currant aroma before dissipating to a thin covering. Carbonation seems right for a nice refreshing beer and the fruit is well-balanced with the mild malt tucked in behind. I may be biased due to my love of black currant but this is my vote for the best Ephemere to date. Looking forward to trying it on tap after reading Oakes' review.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2004
This is the first time I’ve had an Éphémère from the tap, rather than the bottle. Cloudy dark amber colour with subtle purple hints. Sweet black currant aroma with light yeast undertones. Effervescent, but the prickly carbonation from the tap seems to work better than the fizzier type sometimes found in the bottled Unibroue product. This carbo cuts through the sugar and fruit notes, making them less cloying than, say, the apple or peach Éphémères. The blackcurrant is the main focus, backed up by pale malt and hedgey hop notes. Refreshing and balanced. While some Unibroues like Maudite don’t seem to do well on tap, this one really has. In part this is due to the fact that it’s intended as a refresher, so the pricklier but finer artificial carbonation is more suited than fizzier natural carbo. Also, the dominance of the Unibroue yeast seems muted here when compared with the bottled Éphémère products. That helps as well, given that this is a session refresher. In short, a well-balanced fruit beer, and I look forward to seeing the other beers in this series on tap, as from this example they seem more suited to that than they do to bottle-conditioning.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Thanks to jcalabre for this. Wasn't sure what to make of it, looked like a very fizzy pink lady, tasted like strawberry lime champagne with less alcohol. I immediately thought "this is a beer my wife would like" - and she did. Really not that bad if you are in the mood for something completely different.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2235) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2004
Red-orange in colour, very large pinkish head. Aroma of black currents, cherries, yeast and some apples. Flavour was a very soft black current, just enough to now what kind of fruit it was, some yeast, slight sweetness, cherries and raspberries. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
Looks like carbonated pink grapefruit juice. Sweet fruity smell. It reminds me of Snapple Stawberry/Kiwi. It's almost like the White Zin of beers

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
(75o ml bottle) Huge head - enough to make Tom Byron jealous! Copper body. Fruity nose of black currants. Nicely tart, mild black currant flavour. Fizzy, sour finish. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Orange color,large white head that took a while to dissipate.The aroma was unique to say the least.Since i'm unsure of what Currants smell like i'm going to have to just say that this brew was fruity,light yeast content and there are some other detectable fruits as well,raspberry and maybe some over ripe apple.The taste was much the same for flavor with the exception of a tartness coming through and that currant like taste and apple and raspberry,sweet and fruity seems to be the theme to this brew. The after taste is fruity and lightly tart with just a mild sweetness coming through at the tail end.Pretty decent brew much better then some other fruit beers i've had,and thanks to Rastacouere for this fine example.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Peach colored, with a white head that doesn't dissipate. Sweet fruity aroma, raspberry or blackberrys. Flavor is light, sweet and fruity. It is almost like a champagne. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2003
orangy red with large white pink head. currant, lemon, mixed fruit, yeasty aroma. there's some mixed berries and tart orange in the flavour. dry yeasty finish. very nice.


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