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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,867 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 30
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of Aenema
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw with lots of yeast sediment. There is a 1.5 inch head that quickly disappears. There is no lacing.
Smell - Green apples and sweetness dominate the nose.
Taste - Sweet malt with a long green apple finish. Nice tartness.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium body, moderate carbonation with fine bubbles.
Drinkability - Sweetness prevents this from being more drinkable, but it is still quite enjoyable.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, translucent pale straw color with a large, fizzing white head. No lace but solid retention.

Smells like Unibroue yeast, granny smith apples, nutmeg and clove.

Tastes like it smells:granny smith apples, nutmeg and subtle, flowery light malt in back. Light, fizzy carbonation goes with with the effervescent personality of this beer. Mouthfeel of medium body with fizzy carbonation dancing on the tongue.

Although this is a perfect spring/summer beer, I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting as I find similiar novelty type beers best when enjoyed singularly.

Photo of gciccarelli
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pale, hazy orange. Virtually no head.

S - Green apple, slight hint of spice.

T - Apple, obviously. Starts slightly sour, finishes with a hint of spice.

M - Medium body, low carbonation.

D - A little too sweet to drink a lot.

An alright brew...

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. When poured, resembles applesauce in a glass; cloudy orange/golden with blond highlights and a thin white head. I drank this while curled up in my new Slanket (I can't afford a Snuggie so screw you for judging me).

S - Sour popcorn, candied apples. Smells like carnies, I'd guess.

T - Sweet honey/green apple nectar. Citrus, almost lime-like. Definite crisp green apple tart here. I like it.

M - Crisp, bubbly, medium bodied.

Photo of WakeandBake
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber.A cloudy light golden color with a nice big fluffy white head,loads of nice carbonation,very little lacing. Aroma is tart green apple,some yeast type funk,and some subtle spice notes. Flavor is not as tart as the aroma would lead you to believe,a nice "real" apple taste,some wheat, and a touch of farmhouse funk kind of like an apple Saison.Much more depth as it warms. A short crisp finish, very drinkable.
I have been sitting on this for a nice Spring day like this. nice choice.

Photo of GJ40
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex, NC.

A - A yellow, straw color with a very small white head.

S - Green apple, lemon and grass.

T - Starts somewhat sour and tart but then goes dry with some cherry in the finish.

M - Moderate carbonation with very fine bubbles. Good body.

D - A good beer but it seems to be missing something and doesn't quite come together for me. I think I'd like more sour or something else to fill out the flavor.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very light gold in color. Nice frothy, thin head. Smell the sour apple as soon as I popped the top on this one.
This is much less offensive than the Chambly I just drank. Taste is all sour apple. There is a very large amount of carbonation in this beer, but it works well with the flavors and style. Not something I could drink alot of, but different.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy light golden with a tightly beaded head and some light lacing. Smells a bit like a dusty apple jolly rancher. The taste is somewhat similar. Grainy and with some artificial sour apple flavors and a slightly washed out finish. Heavily carbonated and somewhat creamy. Not for me really.

Photo of DannyS
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

A - Clear yellowish orange, very thin head that dissapates almost immediately

S - Lots of bright apple and spice, by far the best facet of this one.

T - Not really sweet, but possessing a lot of apple and spice. Very little actual hops or yeast in the backing to suggest it's a beer.

M - Thin, with a large, tempermental fizz. Not very endearing.

D - Very drinkable, if not the the disappointing taste.

Overall - It almost feels like slightly darker light beer with apples and coriander. It's certainly not terrible, but the flavors are so unbalanced it doesn't make for a memorable experience.

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

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a large white foamy head.

S- Sweet and sugary, a hint of green apples.

T- Dry sugary sweet. A hint of apple, but very artificial tasting.

M- Light bodied and well carbonated.

D- For a fruit beer it's a solid brew.

Photo of talkinghatrack
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a - vibrant pale cider with a frothy 3-finger head that drops quickly to nothing. Tastiest foam I've had an apple beer, if that counts.

s - belgian yeasts mixed with a little apple juice. A touch of metal in there. Faint scent overall - probably a good thing compared to a cloying sweet scent one might expect from the category in general.

t - interesting take. starts with the bite of an ale then double-punches with a fast hit of sweet and sour that is gone even before I finish swallowing. Almost no aftertaste other than a little bit of remaining sour. There is apple in there for sure but some spice as well. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I could convince my wife this is a dry raspberry beer. Avoids the cloying sweetness or ultra-sour that usually ruins these beers.

m - light body with a medium body coating. High carbonation - usually an easy knock on my beers - actually works okay here. But it foams so much in the mouth that it feels like I'm gulping air more than swallowing a beverage. Dry finish.

d - this is probably a one-time trial for most of us seeing as it is a fruit beer from a belgian brand. I dig the belgian take on a hard cider but the odd mouth foaming throws off my drinkability score. If it settles down more by the end of the glass I'll update my score but I doubt that will happen.

Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Admittance--this is NOT my thing. I loved Apple Jacks as a kid, and that was that, with not an apple to speak of since... still, pours a ncie, golden body with a thin yet consistent white head, with effervescence showing this to be a lively brew... intensely tart darts of apple, windblown with a fresh cut of wheat... easy drinking, clean body, light to medium and slightly bubbly on the tongue--swift start to finish.... apple tart is unmistakeable... secondary flavors built off that clean, crisp, unfiltered effervescence.... as a filler in the case, not bad... I must reiterate, I mean no disrespect to the brewer, and have found more than a few silly beers that shipped faux fruit along with its malt and hops, but this is tastefully done...

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

Gave this brew a try last evening. Bottle said drink before 1/10/10. The brew poured to a slightly cloudy yellow color with a fair sized white bubbly head that broke down very quickly, the bubbling action reminded me of champagne, I got no real lacing to speak of. Strong apple aroma, my wife was feet away of my glass and she asked me "are you drinking a fruit beer?", when I said yes it has apples in it she said "thats what I smell!" So that gives a good perspective of the aroma profile that dominates. Also there is a spicy zest in the aroma that is clear from the coriander, curacao and the yeast that is used. The flavor also has a strong apple presence that gives it a slight tart feeling. This brew does not seem like most wit's as the coriander is not noticeable till the very end. The end seems to be quite dry. Has a nice zest to the feel as it prickles the tongue. Clearly not my favorite brew from Unibroue but overall pretty tasty, more of a summer drinker, but based on the price I am not sure i would really get this one again based on what else is out there.

Photo of jjanega08
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= murky hazy darker yellow color with a 2 finger head and average lacing
S= wow very appley. Smells like those green apple laffy taffys. All I get is apple
T= it got weirder with the sip. Its apple but a lot less than I expected. A strange flavor comes in that I'm firmiliar with but I just don't know what it is. Like an old bruised red delicious apple maybe? Interesting
M= a little heavy and coating but average.
D= pretty high. Average beer that's a little weird and unique.

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

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

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

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

M..
Light-bodied and fizzy.

D..
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.

Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.