Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

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Ratings: 1,925
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 32
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of SFACRKnight
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks like a wit, smells like fake apple, and too much corriander. Tastes like someone dropped a green apple jolly rancher into a mediocre wit and tried to hide the whole mess behind a healthy dose of corriander.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. Its retention is quite decent, and the texture is very frothy. Lacing does appear on the glass, albeit inconsistently. (3)

Smell: Apple hits the nose first, with the rest of the beer appearing in tow. Coriander seems to be the second most powerful note. I also get plenty of candied sugar, wheat, and the Unibroue house character. Interesting, that's for sure - also, it does work. (3.5)

Taste: The flavor, though, is witbier first, apple beer second. A combination of coriander and wheat open it up. The apple notes aren't ephemeral by any means - they're subtle, yet last the length of the flavor profile. It does, however, appear more vividly on the back end; also, I pick up a hint of orange peel and white bread. On its own, it's a good witbier - and yet, the apple notes really add a nice twist to this without making it drink like a glorified cider. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Very dry and well carbonated. For the record, this is what I want from both a good hard cider and a witbier, so no complaints here. Add in its feather light (but not insubstantial) body, and this is pretty effortless to drink. (4)

Overall: Anybody remember Shock Top's Honeycrisp Apple Wheat? That cider/witbier combination that did neither aspect well? This is just like that, only good. It does an impressive job of capturing the best of both worlds. Not only do I have a rock-solid witbier that I would gladly drink again, I also have something to lure in cider drinkers with. (3.75)

3.67/5: More solid work from Unibroue

Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what nice offering again from Unibroue,pours a pale yeloow with a huge blooming head,a great aroma of green apples almost like a green apple jolly rancher.Taste is pretty complex much more than I thought,a nice fresh green apple taste with a nice malted wheat flavor with the two combining to make a great finish.Almost to easy to drink its 5.5% is masked very well.

Photo of Popsinc
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My assumption is that Ephemere 2002 is the same as Ephemere Pomme (Apple)......

Cloudy golden/orange pour with a huge head. Light fruity nose highlighted with apple, a hint of dried apricot and some spiciness. The taste to me was of less apple than the nose had suggested. In fact i would say it was somewhat light and creamy with a "bubblegum" finish. Not sweet at all but more subtle and refreshing. Not bad as an overall beer drinking experience.

Photo of RoyalT
2.37/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light green-yellow in color with a big head that went down cleanly. The head was more like something you’d see with champagne instead of beer. It was very bubbly and went down quickly.

Smell – There’s a faint yeast fragrance in there, but it’s Granny Smith that runs this show.

Taste – The green apple comes out big in the taste (as advertised), but it’s not like drinking apple cider. There’s also a little peach in there as well. My wife likes a champagne spritzer I make with dry champagne, a half shot of apple schnapps, a short half shot of brandy, and a big pinch of sugar. Once I forgot the sugar, and it tasted similar to this.

Mouthfeel – I thought from the champagne-like head that this would be bubbly and heavily carbonated, but in fact it was kind of flat and dry. It’s definitely light-bodied, though.

Drinkability – Not my cup of tea. I’ve had a few fruit-flavored ales that I’ve liked, but this one didn’t make the grade. Sorry.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kenadee’s Ultra Pub in Milwaukee, WI.

A: Pale, cloudy, lemon juice color with a soapy lace.

N: Baked granny smith apples, coriander, and just maybe a dash of cinnamon.

T/MF: Initially sweet, with a strong carbonation bite. Slightly wheaty with a flavor of green apple candy. Then tartness sets in crisp and zesty. Lightly bitter finish, possibly from hops, possibly not. Very light bodied but carbonation gives the sensation of it being fuller.

Drinkability: Pretty killer for a fruit beer, especially on a hot Milwaukee night.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look (3.5/5) ~ pours a medium straw colour with some orange in there. The head was moderate: it rose high off a good pour, fell very quickly without any real lacing. Clarity was hazy, but not totally opaque.

Smell (4/5) ~ The aroma is really all yeast and fruit addition. I get the normal unibroue yeast aroma that you’d expect, but there is a slight acidity and pepperiness that make it a little more like a saison. The apple notes do a good job of straddling intense sourness with a nice sweetness .

Taste (4/5) ~ More or less the same as you get on the nose. The malt character is extremely gentle and distant in the background: I’d guess mostly pilsner or very pale ale malt with some wheat as well (because there is a very slight graininess in there). There’s no real hop flavour, but enough bitterness for balance (although this is mainly done with the acidity). The fruitiness blends really well with the spicy notes (coriander, pepper) and has a flavour a lot like apple skins.

Feel (3.5/5) ~ higher carbonation and very light body make for a refreshing brew that sets off the flavours of the apples really well. Sour beers pretty much need a light body.

Much better than the black currant version of this brew. It was very light and drinkable and really played up the apple flavours with a nice background yeast character.

I’ll just note that the bottle call cellared for about a year and a half.

Photo of weatherdog
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cL bottle poured into two over-sized wineglasses

It pours a really hazy washed out straw color with a pillowy white head and an aggressive carbonation.

The aroma is of sweet/tart green apples very reminiscent of a cider. There is a little bit of like an spiciness that I can't tell if it comes from added spices or the Belgian yeast, but the green apple/cider aroma dominates this brew for me.

Some maltiness comes out in the taste, cutting through the apple aroma. Then comes the apple. It almost the exact flavor profile of a semi-dry cider. A unmistakable green apple taste with some backend sweetness.

The high carbonation fits this type of beer and it makes it pretty drinkable. This is a pretty unoffensive easy drinking approachable fruit beer but not by any means spectacular.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I pop the gold foiled cap I get a rush of fresh cut green apple. Pours into my SN tulip a hazy golden yellow with a volumious active bubbly three finger head that has awesome retention. Aromas of ripe granny smith apple, orange peels and spicy lemon dusted grains. Vibrant earthy Unibroue yeast aromas. Very, very nice overall.

First sip brings a spicy, lemony zesty wheat grain flavor with big notes of coriander, citrus and a mellow green apple flavor. There's less green apple in the flavor than the nose leads you to believe, but it still leaves its mark wonderfully. Spicy yeastiness accentuates each sip with a light, fruity finish. A wonderfully refreshing and unique fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a strong flow of carbonation that dances across my tongue. Ultra refreshing..I could seriously drink a lot of this brew, especially on a hot summer day. One of my new favorite fruit beers...I wish I could get a mixed 12pack with all the flavors. Well worth seeking out. Yum.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife's favorite beer, not mine. It poure a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a nice head. It had a tart odor to it, and more of a sour apple than sweet apple taste. Somewhat carbonated, felt OK in the mouth. A nice beer to drink a few of, but not something I'd want to drink all the time. A summer beer.

Photo of babyhobbes
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice golden color with a think white head. It smells strongly of apples but I don't really detect much else.

The taste is of apples and the finish is real crisp. The apple flavor isn't as overpowering as I expected. This brew is very refreshing and worth a try this summer.

Photo of shapudding
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy lemonjuice color, can't see through it. Some beading coming up to the white and frothy head. Smells like you just cut open a ripe granny smith apple... Actually, maybe even sweeter, like a green apple jolly rancher. Slightly vineous scents.
Highly carbinated, almost champagnelike, bit too much for me... Taste is not as sweet as the scent would lead you to expect. Pretty dry tasting. Slight chardonnay taste with maybe a touch of green apples. Drinkability would be higher for me if the carb was lower. Decent flavors, not too strong, just nice. Could not do a bunch of this in a sitting, but nice for maybe one or 2 glasses.

Photo of Duster72
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark yellow. Huge aroma of ripe green apple. Huge is not an understatement - it approaches jolly rancher territory. Taste is slightly tart green apple with definite orange undertones. There is some biscuity maltiness there as well to keep it under control to some degree. Feels like a sparkling cider in the mouth. Carbonation is very high, which I like here. Fun change of pace for springtime, but not something I would want on a regular basis.

Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 341ml brown twist off with a foiled top, no freshness date.

Appearance: Fluffy white head collapses into a thin sudsy lace. Bright golden bubbly clarity.

Smell: Ripe granny smith apple, core and all with some light spicing on the side.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Sweet-tart apple, crisp yet meek wheat malt … light bodied. Flowery with a spiciness in the back to balance.

Drinkability & Notes: If it was not for the apple character this would just be plain carbonated water with a little malt on the side.

Photo of merlin48
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to this one. 12 oz bottle pours into a tulip glass a slightly hazy, honey yellow with a three finger head of white, tightlyknit foam. The head retains very well, and stabilizes at 2 cm for the remainder of the glass. Aroma is fascinating, with bubblegum and McIntosh apples, with an array of Belgian-like spices in the background(cloves and coriander). Mouthfeel is a dose of fizzy carbonation, akin to a Belgian pale ale. Taste is surprisingly complex, with a yeasty, mushroom earthiness, tart green apples, fresh baked bread, cloves and coriander. Flavor profile is very similar to a fine Belgian pale ale, with the addition of sour apple. Very nicely done. A very tasty, sipping ale, with a very good drinkability that I found surprising.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled/enjoyed a large bottle, with a cork and cage. Best before dating on the back label. Opens with a nice pop and burst of aroma. Pours a dull shade of light apricot, clear until the final yeasty pour clouds things up. White head, quickly disappears and this brew leaves very little in the way of lacing. Nose is light fruits and sweet perfume. This is a light fruity brew, pleasantly light on the palate. Notes of crisp tart apples, and some yeast. Sort of a tart, fruity, light Belgian/Canadian wheat beer. Fine brew for a summer lunch, salad, cheese, nuts, you get the picture.

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: big head with much carbonation, cloudy, orange-yellow

Smell: apples and earthy-ness--some grape--I think this smells a bit like a white wine

Taste: I taste apples and pear. It has a tart aftertaste

Mouthfeel: smooth and carbonated

Drinkability: I would have this again...It tastes like a beer/hard cider mix, but there is enough of a beer taste to it.

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden straw color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tart apples with a little bit of bready and biscuit malt. The flavor is once again heavy on the Granny Smith apples. There is a little bit of malt, but it is well hidden behind the fruit. There is a light tartness to the beer. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a miss yet with Unibroue, so at a customer at the bar's insistence, I thought I'd give this one a go. Normally, I'm not a fan of fruit-flavoured beers, but hopefully la belle province will deliver.

A = Light golden, just a touch cloudy. Head lingers for the whole quaff.

S = Getting nervous here; the nose is strong granny smith apple. Almost hitting Jolly Rancher level, but I won't go that far. Still, not a good sign. We press on...

T = Phew. Fortunately, Unibroue comes through, but just barely. The taste is of course granny smith apples, with perhaps a bit of straw and malts to remind me that it's not a cider. The finish is quite dry, almost puckery, not unlike the sensation of biting into an apple while feeling thirsty. I like dry ciders, so this is a plus.

M = A bit thin, not overly carbonated.

D = One of the better fruit beers I've had, but still I'm not a fan of the style. Nevertheless, entirely drinkable, and certainly appropriate for the crisp fall weather. Not Unibroue's best, but better than most.

Photo of Byeast
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a massive , white , foamy head. The color was a clear , paler light gold.

Smell: lots of green apple , coriander spice , bit of sour green apple jolly rancher aroma.

Taste: green apples , apple juice , a bit of malt sweetness , light coriander , and a bit of a wheat like tartness. Unfortunatly the nose was much more interesting.

Mouthfeel: light bodied , fairly dry finish.

Drinkability: quite a drinkable brew , high on the list of veggie beer iv'e tried for it natural , (if a bit light) flavor. Smells more complex than it tastes though.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Tap in Haverhill, MA.

Cloudy bright yellow in color. Tight carbonation. Sheeting action on the glass. Aromas are mainly Granny Smith apples with some baking spices and cane sugar. Flavor drops off from the smell. Watery-thin, with a pseudo-apple flavor that I could see used as a masking agent in making liquid forms of pharmaceuticals. Just an unpleasant flavor here. Finish is dry and short-lived. Low body and not very pleasing to the palate. The nasty flavor really hurts the drinkability here.

Photo of jakester
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Best before date of 6-21-07 on the label. YAY!

Aroma is sure appley. I smelled apples as soon as I opened it. Pours a hazy yellow with a 2 finger head of white foam. Carbonation looks effervescent. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, with only trace lacing.

There is also a nice bready malt smell, as well as yeast. Might also be some coriander and other spices in there. Smells yummy.

First flavor is pilsner malt, followed by yeast. The apple comes next, a little on the green side. It's slightly tart, and a little champagne-like. Hop character is very low, with only slight bitterness detected. Aftertaste is apples and maybe bananas, with a nice tartness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, really refreshing. Carbonation is pretty damn high. Finish is dry and tingly.

I like this. It says on the bottle it's a "refreshing summer delight", and I'll bet it is. I don't think I'd want to drink it all day, but if I was thirsty, it'd really hit the spot. It's tasty, fizzy, fruity, and delish. One of the best fruit beers I've had in a long time.

Photo of magictrokini
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with a huge white head. Granny Smith abounds in the nose, like a cider. Light, bubbly mouthfeel that tends to get too bubbly and make the beer a bit acidic. Tart apples and spice throughout, with some pear flavors. Lots of fruit, not much beer, but good.

Photo of deebo
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle with BB date of 05-04-12.

A-Poured into a globe it is hazy with a yellow/orange color. A finger of white head quickly dissipates. A fair amount of small CO2 bubbles.

S-Apple, slightly caramelized. Sweet yeast esters. A hint of floral hops and some warm spices.

T-A blend of aged musty and fresh apples up front and throughout. Hints of citrus here too. A fair amount of fruity yeasty esters are definite. Finishes with a tart bite.

M-Plenty of tingly carbonation in this one. Light to medium bodied. A crisp, tart drawn out finish. A tad bitter.

D-Bigger on taste than some other fruit based beers I've tried, wouldn't want to drink a bunch of these.

O-A unique beer. Lots of apple flavor with hints of bitter orange. It's a bit odd and I'm not a huge fan of the combination of flavors.

Photo of Swedes21
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - beer pours with a tremendous amount of head, about 3/4 of the glass. Nice foamy head that last a fairly long time. the beer itself is cloudy yellow. Lots of smell coming from the pour. Some nice lacing is also occurring.

Smell - Obvious apple is the dominant spell, however, there is a hint of sweetness to this beer.

Taste - Surprised the apple does not come through as much as i would expect. there is minimal aftertaste to this beer. Can really taste the hops in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation adds to the aftertaste a bit, however, not the overall impression i am looking for. I am expecting a stronger apple taste, i am not getting it.

Drinkability - I expect an apple beer to have a stronger apple presences, this beer did not bring the full apple crunch to the table. I did not mind this beer, but not something i am looking for down the road.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,925 ratings.