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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,809
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-21-2002)
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Photo of Voonder
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours banana yellow with a little head. Smells like apples. Lots of apples. Right after I opened a botlle it just hit my nose. Very nice. But you can't really taste those apples, just a liitle touch, which is nice I was afraid it was going to taste like cider. Pretty refreshing beer. I would most definately have another one. Probably the best fruit/veggie beer I've ever tryed.

Voonder, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden color with a large, fluffy white head that fades to a thin film and ring with no lacing. Lots of active carbonation.
S: Immediately upon opening the bottle is a strong fruity smell like an apple jolly rancher. Eventually once poured the ripe apple is still present but a stronger presence of a belgian pale and some spice. More interesting than expected for a fruit beer.
T: At worst, this tastes like a Unibroue beer, the typical Belgian yeast and malt body, but slightly watered down. The ripe green apple flavor is very noticeable but not overwhelming and the high carbonation makes this very refreshing. However the aftertaste is slightly watery. I wasn't very excited to try this beer and I was somewhat surprised by this but still would not drink this frequently.

yourefragile, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy off white head that leaves little lace. Head retention is pretty pour for a Unibroue beer. Soft macintosh apple aromas and some wheat, fruity esters and cookie dough fill the nose. The taste is less dominated by apple. I agree with a previous reviewer that this is like BDC without the spiceyness. Apple is there, but so is a lot of wheat and malty flavors that amply hold their own. Hops are very light throughout. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with carbonation, bottle conditioning at its best. The finish is somewhat shortlived, apple and esters.

This is a decent fruit beer. Its not the boldest beer in the world, but it doesnt taste like an alcapop either. The apple and beer flavors are well integrated. A refreshing and simple summer sipper.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of pvsob
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy gold color with a one finger head that recedes slowly leaving a thin film. Very little lacing is present.

S- Green apples, malt, and some spices.

T- Starts with a hint of sweetness, but this is quickly overtaken by an almost puckering green apple flavor. It ends with some light malts and spiciness. This one has a clean, sharp finish.

M- Thin with plenty of carbonation.

D- A style of beer that doesn't have a lot of WOW beers in it, but Éphémère is enjoyable. This is a very refreshing and clean beer, whose fruit flavor doesn't taste artificial. I look forward to trying the other fruit beers from Unibroue. Cheers!

pvsob, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of BWH3
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not necessarily my cup of tea but I am willing to give it a whirl

A: Poured a hazy pale straw with a decent white head which is rapidly consumed by the effervescence of this brew.

S: I was impressed by how multifaceted this beer is. Most fruity beers seem to only focus on well the fruit. Obviously, the sour green apple is prominent, but you get signs of a solid belgian pale malt base to temporize the sour note of the apple. Further, notes of spice are there as well.

T: Also impressed by the balance hear. A bubbly crisp green apple taste up front. Following is the malt body and the notes of hops and fresh spice come on at the end to burn the lips and palate ever so slightly.

M: Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, but not enough body.

D: Not as bad as I anticipated. I am curious to try one with a less sour fruit offering.

BWH3, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into an Allagash Whire glass.

A= This brew poured the color of pale straw and was slightly hazed. The snow white head was 3/4 inch and quickly dropped to a frothy skim. Very active carbonation release.

S= The smell was dominated by apples of course - reminded me of an apple Jolly Rancher candy - with the slightest hint of malty aromas underneath.

T= The aromas of this one make you think it will be wine cooler sweet, but the malts and Unibroue's classic Belgian yeast flavors save it from being cloyingly fruity. For a fruit beer, it is not nearly as unbalanced as most other fruit beers tend to be.

MF= This brew was rather light bodied and quite crisp, no doubt due to the signature Unibroue effervescence.

D= Not my favorite style of beer, nor my favorite offering from Unibroue, but this was not an unpleasant beer. It could go down well on a hot summer day, especially when paired with some spicy grilled shrimp.

spointon, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a cloudy golden yellow with one finger head that eventually sinks to a spotty coating.

Aroma is of green apples, a bit of orange, and that's about it.

Flavor isn't very complex either. Mostly green apple, with a bit of spiciness, and some wheat malt.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit harsh.

For a fruit beer, I suppose it's alright. I've never enjoyed fruit beers and never would have bought this if it didn't come in the mix pack of Unibroue beers that I bought. I would probably take apples over most other fruits in beers which I find either way too sweet or way too sour. In any case, I think fruit should just stay out of beer.

roadhouse, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light golden color with a touch of haze. The smell is active with lots of green apple smell. The taste is light, and reminds me of a spiced cider type of beer. The one thing that stands out to me is that typical yeast flavor that comes though and can typically be found with most of the Unibroue beers. This is easy to drink and goes down smooth. Another refreshing offering by the Unibroue company.

Wetpaperbag, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Hazy golden with a nice white head and good lacing

S-WOW! Green apples. Green apple juice. Green apple Jolly rancher... OK you see where I am going with this.

T-The majority of the fermentables must be apple juice. Green apples don't have an overpowering flavor so I am guessing the "beer" base of this beer had to be slight on flavor.

M-Much like all of the Unibroue beers, the mouthfeel is great. Nice crisp and clean.

D-Eh. Goes down pretty smooth but not sure if I want to drink much of it

MinorThreat, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours hazy, light yellow with thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is of sour apples, white grapes, and aerosol air freshener.

Palate has a funk sour taste with apple, high carbonation, and musk cologne taste on the finish.

Interesting idea for a beer, but not for me.

yemenmocha, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived a cloudy pale yellow with little head.

Definitely a green apple presence in the smell, also pale fruity smells and yeast.

Fairly light. Bubbly, yeasty, and with light fruits. Green apples do make themselves known during the taste, but then things fall off.

A very bubbly mouthfeel, like champagne. Too much for me.

Worth a try, but given all the stellar brews I've had from Unibroue, not my favorite.

Strix, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for picking this up in a sampler case for me. Poured cool into a flute as the bottle directs.

A - The ale is the color of sparkling apple cider w/ a finger band of bone white. The bead is very fine and there is a myriad of pin sized bubbles rushing to the rim. A gentle haze is noticed, but the ale is clear as the base of the glass.

S - The aroma is of apple wine or cider w/ a slight green apple sour note. There is a fruity yeast ester w/ a gentle spice odor.

M - A mildly effervescent, slightly spiced and semisweet yeasty feel w/ a creamy wheat-like finish.

T - Apple sweet tart flavor that is crisp then lets the light malt w/a subtle light spice note come forward. The taste, while very light is slightly creamy w/ a nice fresh apple flavor.

D - This is ok, but the apple taste really gets muted after half of a bottle and this is more refreshing than flavorful. I enjoyed this, but probably would choose a peach or cranberry flavored Ephemere if I had the option

Slatetank, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a hazy lemonade-orangeade body crowned with three giant fingers of bright white creamy foam that deforms into a soapy ring that doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell is dry and a bit medicinal, with a note of bruised green apples.

Dry, sour and crisp, this beer hits me wrong, and is bound for the kitchen sink drain at first swig. No, the second sip is not so sour, but is still very dry and crisp, which I like. A metallic note puts me off at the third swig, and once again I debate sinking this brew. A milder apple flavor emerges amidst the aggressive carbonation, lending a bit of redemption to this drink, and making me back off the urge to dump it, then comes the medicinal note. Yech! I'm not the kind of guy who pours out beer, by the way, but the flavor profile of this beer is simply annoying.

Dry, crisp, and ultimately pretty refreshing, the drink is overly carbonated, but not obnoxiously so. This would be a good drink for a picnic outside, when the weather is hot as Hell and anything cold would taste good. Otherwise, skip it.

cvstrickland, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow, with a rapidly diminishing bubbly white head. The colour is attractive, but the lack of head definitely detracts somewhat. Light wheat aroma, with a strong, well-defined presence of apple. Very fresh. The taste reminds me a lot of blanche de chambly, but with a lot of the spice replaced by apple. In fact, it tastes very much like a blend of cider and weizen. The whole package adds up to provide some incredibly refreshing and light flavours, which makes this the perfect accompaniment to a light meal or hot day. The body is medium-light with the keynote aggressive carbonation, which I think is a good match for this style. Superb drinkability.

bobsy, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw colour, with a thick white fluffy head. Lacings are a little thin.

Aroma is the highlight. Your standard wheat and citrus aroma with some characteristic Blanche de Chambly spice. An apple tartness/sourness giving it a sweeter smell. Quite nice.

Taste is a let down. BDC with a lot less spice, no cloves anywhere, leaving it incredibly light. A hint of perfumy apple in the finish, slightly dry. This could have benefited from a lot more spice and would have been a winner if it were alot more sour.

Mouthfeel is disapointingly thin.

A summer refresher but curiously light for a Unibroue offering.

CanuckRover, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a pale yellow reminiscent of a hefeweizen with a bubbly off white head that dies quickly. Plenty of green apple and spice in the nose. A little sweet but decent for the style.

Surprisingly dry and very bubbly, like champagne or cider. If I didn't know, I probably wouldn't even think this was beer. Still, it's not too sweet or fruity and shows surprising drinkability for a fruit brew. Probably quite refreshing in the summer heat.. Only the overcarbonation would keep me from downing a sixer of this.

daliandragon, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber color. Not all that great head retension. Rocky head. Light green apple skin mixed with the familiar unibroue belgian-like yeast taste. Very light and refreshing. Smell is sugary and sweet like their La Fin Du Monde but there's less abv and less bitter balance. Anorther whiff gives off some hard to detect extras. Kind of complex and utterly drinkable.

gonzo46and2, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a golden straw yellow with slight cloudiness and much bubbling. 1" white head retained nicely with a touch of lacing in my champagne glass

S - apples, coriander, honey, light malts and a slight citrus tang.

T - apple hints mixed with oranges and malts. Kind of similar to a Hoegaarden but a more balanced taste and in my opinion, somewhat fuller tasting. A slight nuttiness in the finish.

M - light bodied, heavy carbonation, washes over the palate well

D - highly drinkable, light, balanced and tasty!

Overall - I bought this with some reservations as I'm usually not a huge fan of fruit beers but this was surprisingly similar to a belgian white with a touch of apples. This was on sale at Wegmans for $7/4 pack so seeing as I'm a huge Unibroue fan, I had to try it. Probably my least favorite of the Unibroue selection so far, but definitely worth a try if you like something a little out of the ordinary.

DmanGTR, Jun 24, 2008
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 ccrida
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Éphémère is a hazy pale gold with lots of bubbly streamers forming a a large, tight white head with decent last, leaving light lace.

Smell is a nice dose of granny smith that's not to overwhelming or artifical, with a quinine like mineral background reminiscent of a saison. Overall rather soft and quite nice, although heavy on the C02.

Taste is not nearly as apply as I recall, instead this is more like a watered down version of La Fin du Monde. Neither good nor bad, just very bland, with only a hint of apple, like a seltzer water.

Mouthfeel is over carbonated, with a sharp spritz and a thin, watery body.

Drinkability is ok, as this is a lightweight beer that it rather bland. However, it's way to carbonated to drink with speed, and not particularly interesting as either a Belgian Pale or fruit beer.

ccrida, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of HomeRunBaker
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was a little disappointed with Éphémère. I was expecting a strong apple, almost cider-like taste, which isn't what I got. It smelled great in the glass, similar to apple juice. The taste, though was just average. There was definitely apple there, but it was weak. The apple taste gave the beer some sweetness which was nice, but I was hoping for something stronger. Still a decent experience though.

HomeRunBaker, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stella Glass

A: Light amber, murky in glass, finger of head that quickly dissipated.

S: Apples of course, but not overwhelming. Granny Smith smell with slightly sour scent.

T & M: Apple is apparent but does not overpower the brew either. Not much on the after taste, a little watery going down. Mouthful is full of carbonation, very enjoyable.

D: Definitely drinkable, don't know if I would want to have more than a few in a sitting. Not really a session beer but then again I don't think many fruit beers are. Unibroue continues to amaze me as I try their various brews.

elniko, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of grub
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

sampled on tap at volo may 29/08.

pours hazy gold with a very small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. alcohol. strong green apple, almost like a jolly rancher. wheat bread. crackers. bit of grain. there's a nice sour component to it too, which seems to be more from the apples than any kind of funk. bit of caramel. just a touch of the unibroue house yeast and its characteristic spice.

taste is ok. low bitterness level. floral. the apple comes across slightly soapy and a bit artificial. light alcohol. white bread. bit of biscuit. bit of that jolly rancher thing again, but without most of the sourness. bit of spice, mostly just the unibroue yeast again.

mouthfeel is good. very fine well integrated medium carbonation level. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is ok. the nose was good, but the taste was a big disappointment. nicely balanced with the alcohol hidden fairly well, but just unimpressive and slightly disappointing overall.

grub, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with an egg shell colored white head. Eventually the head settles to a thick collar.

Very strong scent of apple that seems to overwhelm the rest of the beer. What is beneath the apple is a hint of wheat and if I try hard I begin imagining some lemon zest.

I'm trying to enjoy this as I remember my last bottle being a bit better, but it is coming off as displeasing and reminiscent of a sour apple bubalicious bubble gum. Initially sweet, but moves on towards a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very lively and light, but the flavor and scent make for a beer that is difficult to finish. I would not recommend this. Seems akin to a Smirnoff product.

Jmamay22, May 21, 2008
Photo of Lukie
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a cloudy haze of golden straw. Big frothy sparkling head with a slight tinge of mellow green.

As soon as the bottle was opened you could smell the apple. Sweet vanilla custard, apple tart sweetness, and some cinnamon spice. It smells like a warm apple pie overall.

Tastes of tarty apple, with lingering sweetness. Cinnamon and some slight all spices round off the pallet. There is no hint of hop character at all.

I have heard mixed opinions of this, but for a White Ale style, this is fantastic. Easy to drink and absolutely perfect for the hot Australian climate.

Lukie, May 20, 2008
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,809 ratings.