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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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81
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1,810 Ratings
THE BROS
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okay

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Ratings: 1,810
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-21-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a fresh apple. Had frrom a warmed bottle at Beer Bistro's Belgian fest, served by Stephen Beaumont himself. Smell of apple, very authentic, smooth. Still can only have so much of it, as sourness and could use more spice? Fruit beers not my main style.

Sammy, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +11.4%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with best before date of 3/11/11. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a light opaque orange color with some sediment particles floating around. Shows a 1 inch head that reduces to very little and little to no lacing. Can clearly see the carbonation bubbles in the beer.

S - Very nice tart green apple smell along with Belgian white scents.

T - The apple taste is there but I really cannot taste the curacao. The malt is biscuit like and goes well with the apple and yeast combo.

M - It is smooth, but the beer seems to coat my toungue with carbonation in an odd way.

D - I can see this as an enjoyable choice for a spring/summer night, but it is not something I would go out of my way to get often.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -16.4%

djrn2, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

zestar, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

spycow, May 01, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

G: Plain 16-ounce imperial pint glass.

A: Pours with a single-finger white head that dissipates rather quickly. Medium amount of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top, and the beer is about the same color as natural apple juice--a tad bit lighter than apple cider. Little to no head retention.

S: Definite, strong scent of green apples on the front end, followed up by mild grains.

T: Strong, tart apple flavor to begin, fading into a mellow spice reminiscent of a spiced cider. Not bad at all.

M: Strong carbonation, and a slight waxy feeling in the mouth. The tartness and carbonation combination almost stings the tongue.

D: I wouldn't plan on having more than one of these in a single sitting, although I think it could be a decent pairing with an apple dessert.

Thorpe429, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.4%

acurtis, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet green apples in the nose.
T: The taste is a mixture of sweet and tart apple flavors—it’s like taking a bite into a Granny Smith apple but doesn’t have as much of the sweetness. The flavors of apples linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied and thin on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

metter98, May 30, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Texasfan549, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey colored body that initially fiizzes up like a champagne and then settles down quickly to a white sliver of a ring around the surface of the beer; no lacing

Smell: Strong apple scent, with a bit of coriander and citrus peel

Taste: Tastes like it smells with a blast of green apple flavor that makes this almost like a hard cider (but far less sweet); after the swallow, other flavors come to the fore, including the coriander spice and curacao and just a hint of a wheat beer flavor; very interesting and complex

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and light

Drinkability: Not something to drink everyday, but a worthy summer offering

brentk56, May 24, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clouded light honey-gold with abundant visible carbonation. The head is massive, pure white and fluffysoft, which doesn't bode well for lace. In fact, there's a miniscule amount of glass coverage as I drink.

The nose is of spiced green apples and smells a whole lot like cider/perry, but with a zesty, herbal character as well. The flavor is a curious, tasty commingling of wheat malt, apples and spice. There isn't a great deal of malt present, either in terms of flavor or mouthfeel.

The beer is Granny Smith apple fruity, slightly tart and earthily spicy with coriander most noticeable. The coriander isn't as upfront as it is in many witbiers because it has to compete with a rather bold fruit flavor in this case. I also pick up the faintly musty tang of Belgian yeast which adds complexity and character. The finish is acidic and dry and the body leans toward thin with a pronounced bubbliciousness.

Ephemere Apple is pretty good stuff. I like fruit beers that add spices to the mix, but don't lose their fruit beer personalities. This is no 'humdrum pomme' but a zesty, snappy, Belgian-influenced apple beer that is winsome and tasty.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reminescent of a Belgian Wit and a Sprakling white wine. Tart, sour, and defyant esters. Spicy, peppery, and lightly sweet. Citric and acidic. Ooh, by the way, APPLES! Granny smith to be exact. The cidery aromas trascribe into the flavor and ride it on through to the finish. Lightly earthy and grape skin flavors add bitterness and roughness. Finishes dry, tart, and mildly sweet. High carbonation scrubs the palate, and the alcohol numbs it. Dry and bubbly. Aftertaste is a little phenolic and warm...remaining tart and sour.

BEERchitect, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: It pourred a light brew with a faint smell of cider. Huge head with good retention skill. Lot of carbonnation and the usual wheat taste from Unibroue. The spice and apple aroma are too faint and therefore this probably my least favorite from the Ephemere series. I did notice that it is better when drank warm. The sour taste of apple is accentuated. Note: I once drank this on tap and it was way better but can't find it on tap anywhere now.

Phyl21ca, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -16.4%

kjkinsey, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +11.4%

GRG1313, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a clear golden orange color with lots of carbonation and a large white head.

S: A sort of cheesy aroma and excessively gassy with lots of carbon dioxide stinging the nose. A little bit of a sour/green apple candy aroma if you really strain for it.

T: The flavor is quite bland and unimpressive. There is an underlying flavor of green apple peel which is slightly tart and somewhat sweet. Fairly bland with minimal malt flavor.

M: Excessively carbonated with a light to medium body.

O: Just too much in the way of bubbles and not enough in the way of flavor or aroma.

womencantsail, May 01, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a pale golden body.

S: lots of green apple with the tartness of these apples captures well. some malts but little else.

T: more green and yellow apples with a more strongly present malt backbone as compared to the scent but still light.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: not too bad. certainly drinkable but these fruit beers are just for trying to me. These arent "regulars".

kylehay2004, May 10, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a hazy golden yellow color, The head was white and fizzy. There was just a touch of lacing after the head settled but not much more. The smell of the beer is great, I love the smell of the fresh apple blended with the Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer is good but I feel the apple gets a little lost in the mix. The mouthfeel is soft on the tongue but keeps its integrity with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good brew, I've had Apple beers that I like more, but this one seems to be the most popular in my area.

Knapp85, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored body with a full, though thinning, white head.

Smell: Aroma of apples, certainly, but there's also notes of coriander, bubblegum, and that ole Unibroue yeast.

Taste: Sweetish, vaguely tart green apples and (though to a far lesser degree) peaches overlaying a delicate wheat taste. No real hop character. Small pinch of spices. Slight yeastiness near the end. Bit of apple-flavored bubblegum on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fine, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Fair enough for a glass full of apples. At least Granny Smith would be damned proud, God rest her soul...

ChainGangGuy, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

oberon, Nov 06, 2003
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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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