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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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1,853 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,853
Reviews: 974
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 81 | 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 TheManiacalOne
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of sour apples, along with some spices, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with very strong sour apple flavor that completely dominates. There a touch of spice and a light background of Belgian yeast. The malt character is thin and there's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is sour.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, there are a few sour beers that I like and this one definitely is not among them.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Pokal)

A- This beer has a hazy brownish-yellow body with a thick rocky off-white head that fades soon after the first sip. There is a faint sighting of microbubbles in the hazy body.

S- This beer has the aroma of jolly rancher apple candy with an earthy yeasty aroma to follow. There is a faint musty note and bubble gum hint at the finish.

T- The taste of this beer is all wit. Smooth white bread dough flavors with faint green tart apple in the background. The finish has some faint bubble gum flavors soon overpowered by stronger clove finish. There is a granny smith apple taste that lingers just a bit after each sip and is paired with a soft hop bitterness when the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a sharp fizzy finish that enhances the apple and hops.

D- From the aroma I was worked that this beer would be another all artificial flavor candy wheat beer, but the flavor was much better than I expected. Nice sipping beer and I would like to try pairing it with some desserts but alone one was enough, mostly due to the aroma.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. pours a straw yellow with maybe a touch of gold and orange. it almost looks a little green too when held up to the light. a nice soapy head that faded to nothing very quickly. the nose is mostly that of green apples with maybe a little bit of spice as well. fairly light mouthfeel with some medium to high carbonation. little bit of lacing. the taste is pretty decent, could be a little better though. mostly you taste the green apple up front with some nice belgian malts. just a touch of the belgian yeast coming through, i thought there would be a much stronger taste and smell of the yeast like most unibroue's. it finishes nicely with a slight bite on the tongue and a somewhat lingering taste of apples. the drinkiability is a little above average due to the fact that the apple isnt too overwhelming like a lot of fruit beers and the moderate to low ABV. i would prolly not seek this out again, but every other unibroue ive had was amazing, this one kinda of falls short a little bit.

Photo of farrago
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge white foam like a sink full of dish liquid bubbles, the pale yellow gold color has streaks and markings similar to sand art. Without surprise, the apple comes through clear as a bell in the nose, the coriander to ginger spice delicate enough to avoid muskier clove side, citrus breeze of orange and lemon, yeast onto raw pie dough and a vague nuttiness. Light-bodied, presence carried almost exclusively by the enthusiastic carbonation. The lemon, orange citrus much more present here, if not an iota sweeter. While decidedly green apple in profile, there's yellow and Fuji apple too. The coriander, cinnamon-led spice washed out some by said carbonation. Straw, hay more sweet than bitter. That said, there's a light pucker in store for you as it finishes. Very little aftertaste or retronasal action. A decent offering, naught more.

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.

Photo of dakid618
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a light golden color with two fingers of fizzy head that disappears quickly. Smells like I dropped a bunch of jolly ranchers in a wheat beer. Taste is similar to the smell, all the body of a wheat beer with a green apple taste. Light mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable. The least impressive beer I've had from unibroue yet.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice.

A-Cloudy pale-golden beer. Topped with a pale white, light head; persists slightly.

S-Green apple rolled out of the bottle on the pour. Further inspection revealed more to the aroma. Sweet in some instances, sour in others. Some yeasty spiciness under the green apple.

T-Tastes like a Belgian-style pale spiked with green apple tart and sweetness. The characteristics of Belgian ale yeast are detectable under the prominent apple character. Corriander spice comes through, as well.

M-Medium-high carbonation, with a light, refreshing body. Slight green apple tartness, though not enough to pucker my lips.

D-I would love to drink this brew on a hot July afternoon. In the winter, it seems a bit off. Regardless, a quite drinkable brew, enjoyable overall and in its effectiveness in framing the apple within a light Belgian-style ale.

Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with 1/2 inch of foam that slowly dissolved into a layer of fine bubbles

S - I'm smelling some green apples, not a usual apple smell, but a definite green almost unripe aroma

T - some wheat and yeast flavors along with an apple aftertaste

M/D - Light bodied and very well carbonated, a pretty easy drinking brew if you can deal with the off apples taste, it seems to get better as you go, but if you don't like it, you won't like it kind of a thing

Photo of nms1987
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow. Champagne-like head was bountiful and fizzy at first but quickly died off.

Apples (obviously). It had some smells in common with brut blanc de blancs champagne or white wines.

Wheaty malt and some yeast taste. Obviously there is an apple taste too but a dry one... again, not dissimilar to champagne

Light-bodied and fizzy.

Fair. Goes down easy but I don't know if I'm going to grab another.

Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as part of a variety 12-pack from friends on a trip to Canada.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 3/4" white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Meringuey head lasts and lasts, with plentiful chunky lace. Aroma is green apples and spices. Taste is light, with echoes of the nose. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, with pretty easy drinkability. Could have a bit more substance, but still a nice brew.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good basic fruit beer, classically Belgian in style and character. It is cloudy due to being unfiltered, and pours with a nice head that is pretty well retained over the greenish amber color. Like other refermented beers fro Unibroue, this one has a crisp sparkling mouthfeel that dominates in the mouth, but the pronounced apple flavor comes through, even though it is very subtle in the bouquet. Very soft finish, with little aftertaste, the main lingering sensation is from the high carbonation. Nice for an occasional occasion, but not a beer that I will drink regularly.

Photo of Riccymon
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy straw color from the bottle with a massive, 4-5" white head resulting from the first half of the pour alone. Lots of bubbles rising while I drank and good retention of the head. I quickly noticed the sharp smell of sour apple with a little lemon and some funky dustiness also in the nose.

The taste is certainly of tart green apples, but it is of more of a watered-down cider nature. As such, mouthfeel is thin and a little astringent. The coriander the bottle mentions is just barely there, near the finish. This is an interesting beer to try, though not one I'll likely revisit.

Photo of Bagman007
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Has a very pale yellow coloring with a pretty good amount of head.

S- Has a fruity, sweet apple scent to it, but not really that strong.

T- Has a nice apple like taste to it without being overpowering. Somewhat sweet and somewhat like a Blue Moon. Kind of tastes like fruit punch.

M- Very sweet taste, well carbonated.

D- Fairly drinkable beer. The apple flavoring is not overpowering.

Overall a very good beer. At first it seemed like a Blue Moon knock off with a little twist, but it was someone else that told me the beer had apple in it. Couldn't quite put my finger on that taste.

Photo of JeffV
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this from a 12 oz bottle into a red wine glass.

A- Glowing gold. A little orange. Nice head and retention.

S- Lots of apples. I wonder if that is natural acetaldehyde or some sort of flavoring.

T- Lots more apples. A little like a wheat beer. I wonder if they used a wheat beer yeast. Not much hops but somehow the sweetness isn't overpowering.

M- sort of fizzy, light

D-Might start to feel like smirnoff ice after a few of them but it is easy to consume in non binge drinking quantities.

Photo of auburngrad82
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes-

A- Pours a cloudy pale yellow with lots of sediment suspended in the beer. Half-inch head.

S- Very fruity, apples are front and center.

T- Spicy and friuty, with coriander prominent.

M- Thin but nicely carbonated. Drinks more like a sparkling wine or champagne than your typical beer.

D- I've had this a couple of times now and, while it's not the best offering from Unibroue, I would definitely do it again.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL purchased at Green's in Columbia, SC, into an Ommegang chalice.

This beer pours a hazy orange, kind of looks like pulpy orange juice or tangerine juice.

As soon as I pulled the cork, the entire room smelled like a green apple Blow Pop. I accidentally got some in my nose when sniffing, and the green apple smell lingered for a while. Excellent nose.

To be honest, the first fruit I taste is more of a white grape. There's obviously a lot of green apple there, but the initial taste screamed white grape. There's some definite spice involved. I was really worried about this being too green apple-y, but I don't feel that way at all. This is a pretty tasty brew.

Very highly carbonated. Didn't make it any more difficult for me to drink, but it provided a tingle that I can see others perceiving as possibly harsh. I think this is a very drinkable beer, especially during the summer months.

This isn't my favorite beer, and I may not even buy more, but I think it's phenomenal for its style, hence the high marks.

Photo of illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12 oz bottle to pint glass. Hazy opaque peachy straw color. Visibly effervescent, big white head, rather fizzy though. The foam shrivels to nothing quickly with no lacing.

Nose: Phenolic and coriander notes are detectable beneath the big sweet apple aroma.

Mouth: Green apples, sweet and lightly tart, shroud a fairly typical witbier flavor profile consisting of banana pith, eggnog, and coriander. Carbonation is very very high, which is limiting the drinkability as I struggle to sip without getting the pop-rocks-in-cola feeling. The bubbles are too coarse for a Belgian style beer as well, making it too prickly on the palate. Not bad, just needs some refinement.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow-straw colored. Poured almost like champagne, with a thick white head forming quickly, then settling down. Very clear. Did not leave much lacing.

Smell: Sour apple dominates, and there's not too much else. Not a bad smell, but if I didn't know better, I would not think that this was a beer.

Taste: The taste was deceiving, considering the smell. Belgian malts dominated, with just a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end. There was almost no sour apple flavor despite the aroma. Some apple flavors began to come out as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, but thin. Felt like I was drinking a slightly less carbonated version of champagne.

Drinkability: I liked this beer. It's very easily sessionable, and I would likely buy this again. It's my first Unibroque beer, and it did not disappoint.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much head here, settled to nothing but a lace in less than 3 minutes. Cloudy opaque liquid with sediment on the botom of the glass.
Granny smith apples. not much else.
This beer is apple flavored seltzer water, the beer aludes to malt in the finish and than..nothing.
Lots of bubbles.
This is an average beer, probably the weakest offering I have tried so far from Unibroue. Although I could drink lots of it since it feels as though its seltzer water.

Photo of Kraken
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

My Mom picked this up during our last trip to the Oak Tree in NJ, she liked the label. Poured into three glasses and shared with the family. Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Moderate pour evokes an aggressive champagne like head that fizzles to nothing. No lace. Color is a dull cloudy yellow.

Nose- Sour candy apple, plenty of doughy conditioning yeast.

Palate- A very mild ale. Extremely light, slightly active carbonation. Very pungent green apple in the end. Totally one dimensional but slightly refreshing. Light apple sweetness, novelty wears off fairly quickly.

Mouthfeel- Active, slightly tart.

Drinkability- Not my favorite, but novel.

Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(With French accent) It is a very beautiful pour, ah yes, do you agree? Yes, very much cloudy like unfiltered apple juice with a nice half inch of head. Very nice, very nice!

The smell is quite compelling, very cold though. Do yo have a napkin? Ahh, I enjoy the lacing on the glass. Very nice, very nice! I smell oranges and tangerines and some spice. A very nice smell. Very nice...

A tingly carbonation accompanies this beverage, it is very light in flavor. A nice flavor yes, but very light. I detect a hint of sourness, then it is gone. For sourness requires stillness and the beer is active with carbonation. Carbonation trumps the sour.

As the beer warms I see more clove and cinnamon and spice. A sweet unripe green apple when agitated. Nice legs of lacing on the glass still. This is a sexy beer that improves as it warms, yet to what degree? How hot should I let this beer get?

Nice example of the style, though truly a style within a style...

Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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 Trappissed
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't want to repeat too much of what has already been said, so I just want to add on that in addition to the granny smith apple juice taste, I actually tasted hints of some sort of medicinal flavor; mainly in the aftertaste. It was hard to put a finger on because it was somehow a familiar taste, but that was actually what sort of ruined the flavor for me overall. It was still fairly drinkable, but the smell was the highlight for me. This is the only apple flavored beer I've had to date and with that being said it is still decent and worth trying.

Photo of praufs01
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thin murky yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma -Green apples and caramel with hints of yogurt.

Mouthfeel - Light fizzy carbonation.

Taste -Sour granny smith apple flavor up front that finishes with flavors of sweet golden delicious apples.

Overall - Fantastic brew.

Photo of coldmeat23
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

GLASS: Unibroue Tulip Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a crystal clear dark golden color. Nice big head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal foamy lacing, almost non-existant.

Smells like yeasty sugarcakes, topped with apples and cotton candy. Apple smell is natural, not artificial. Big funky Belgian-like yeast notes. Spicey notes of coriander.

Espscially after the way this smells, I expected the apple to be more prominent. It's very subdued and mellow. Tastes very much like a 'light' cider with a little extra body.
Smells wonderful, but misleads you to the point of being disappointed by the actual flavor.

Feels similar to an ale, in body. Light and crisp, yet mantains a slight touch of creaminess.

At only 5.5% abv, there is nothing here to draw me back. If I have an urge for something like this, I'd rather have a cider.

Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.