BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S ÉPHÉMÈRE CASSIS

Unibroue’s Éphémère Cassis was another one of the ales that I never had the pleasure of enjoying before. The 3 Éphémères from Unibroue that will be first time experiences for me are: Framboise, Cassis, and Cerise. I was able to get my hands on eight 750 ML bottles from a private source here in Redding, California back in November 2018. Bottle date of our Éphémère Cassis: June 22, 2011.


BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

Style category: White Ale brewed with fruit

Brewed since 2001
Origin: Chambly, Quebec

Unibroue’s Éphémère Cassis is a seasonal beer offered for a limited time only. With its blackcurant aromas enhanced by a mild astringency, it’s the perfect beer for the summer.

As its name suggests, Éphémère is an ephemeral ale that comes and goes with the seasons. It was developed as a series to feature a seasonal fruit in a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale. The label depicts a fairy, an ephemeral spirit associated with fruits picked at the peak of ripeness during each harvest season. She first appeared in the spring of 2000 and has since been celebrated on a variety of seasonal fruit ales such as apple (brewed all year long), cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, raspberry and blueberry.


FACT SHEET

ABV
5.5%
Fermentation
TOP
Color
PALE RED WITH PINKISH HIGHLIGHTS
SRM
7
Clarity
SLIGHTLY CLOUDY
Head
PINKISH WITH FINE LACE
Meniscus
QUICK
Bubbles
MEDIUM
Effervescence
MEDIUM AND SUSTAINED
IBU
8.5
Body
THIN
Aftertaste
MEDIUM

 


OUR BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S ÉPHÉMÈRE CASSIS

APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
We served it at 40° F in the signature Unibroue Éphémère drinking glass. The pour gave an easy 3-finger height,  which was  a creamy, dense, faint pink / white colored head. Dense, patchy lacework is left behind as the head collapses. Color is light brick with light pink highlights. We did ensure the glass was “beer clean”. The rim color variation is a medium golden color. During consumption, (as with previous Unibroue BrewViews) the head held an 1/4″ height until the bottom of the glass. This is consistent of the Unibroue products.  Quite incredible I might add, for a beer that is nearly 8 years in the bottle. By now, you know that Unibroue advocates in its pouring ritual to introduce the yeast into the glass. And with this bottle, there was quite a bit!
AROMA / BOUQUET:
Massive in Blackcurrant, gooseberry, passion fruit, hints of raspberry, combined with the floral aromatic notes of carnations and roses. Also notes of Rooibos tea, faint eucalyptus, Belgian yeast and slight woodiness.
TASTE:
The tart, flavor mix of dark berries- blackcurrant, gooseberries, blackberries, are welcoming; Sauvignon Blanc grape flavors round it out. There are also notes of raspberries and meyer lemon pith. An underlying tannic character adds complexity and balance to the blackcurrant’s acidity and sweetness. The classic Éphémère spiciness brings everything together.

MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Light bodied, it tickles the tip of the tongue and the sides of the mouth with its moderate effervescence. The tartness and herbaceousness is cleansing on the palate. Very easy drinking and quite refreshing. It is welcoming, and begs you for that next sip.


FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

CHEESES:
A wide variety of bries, cheddars, Stilton, Camembert, Gorgonzola, Manchego, herb infused goat cheeses.

APPETIZERS:
Beet salad, blackcurrant and walnut stuffed baked brie.

ENTRÉES:
Smoked salmon, lamb chops or legs, pork belly, game birds, roasted venison, moule en frite (that goes with nearly any beer, doesn’t it?) Pork Medallions with Blackcurrant, Apple and Crispy Sage, Duck with Éphémère Cassis and Blackcurrants.

DESSERTS:
Blackcurrant sponge pudding, blackcurrant and gooseberry pie, Tiramisu, a wide variety of chocolate desserts. Cheesecake with blackcurrant syrup dressing, lemon curd, and blackcurrant cake.


OVERALL IMPRESSION

I was quite impressed that this Éphémère had aged so well, and had not lost it’s character over the years. With the flavor profile, I knew that this would become my favorite one in the Éphémère series.

Another great Summer refresher- and according to Master Brewer Jerry Vietz, he informed me that Éphémère Cassis will be released again in the near future, perfect timing for enjoying it during the warmer months.

The aged version had developed great character to it, and did not lose its punch after nearly 8 years. I am very eager to try a fresh version, and compare my tasting notes. World class… get as much of it as you can when it is released again, because as you know, they are ephemeral!

MY THANKS GO OUT TO:
Andrew Murphy of Unibroue in Portland, Oregon, JY Lacombe, and Master Brewer Jerry Vietz, and their long time support of Belgian Beer Journal.


VIDEO ON ÉPHÉMÈRE CASSIS

Sylvain Bouchard, Unibroue’s Sommelier, presents Éphémère Cassis, a beer that would go perfectly with a wide variety of dishes. (Video is in Canadian French)


LA BRASSERIE UNIBROUE
80 Des Carrières Street

Chambly (Québec)
J3L 2H6 Canada

Tel. : 450 658-7658
Fax : 450 658-9195
Web: http://Unibroue.com
Email : Info@Unibroue.com


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