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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

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1,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
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 Riccymon
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +8.3%
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
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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
3.42/5  rDev -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
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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
2.7/5  rDev -25%
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 +6.9%
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 +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 Trappissed
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
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
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Photo of echdk3
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug

A_Very lively, semi-translucent, hay color. Copious white, sea-foam head is bubbling up and down. Really gorgeous. Bubbles rising constantly all around. Only thing not making it a 5: wish the color was a bit brighter

S_Obvious green apple, wet wood, slightly dank

T_Very tart, green apple, very lively. Sweet fruit aftertaste

M_Light body, extremely carbonated. More like a sparkling fruit juice than a beer

D_Hardly any alcohol taste, feels like Welch's. Taste is a little strong, don't want to have too much more

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

Poured into new belgium globe glass.

Color is like apple cidar/ apple sauce. Very hazy. Thin white head, that leaves little lace. There is also little sediment particles floating around.

Smell is of sour green apple. The malts seem to be carmolized. Taste is very sour/bitter. Heavy on the green apples. It taste similar to cidar.

Mouthfeel is very bitter, but goes down smooth. Leaves a crisp aftertaste. Nice carbonation.

Overall, this was a pretty easy to drink beer. It was a little bitter, but that was expected and it wasn't too overwhelming. It was a nice change from the regular beer. I'd recommend at least a try of this beer.

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

A - poured a hazy gold color that produced a foamy white head that left a an average amount of lacing around the glass

S - smelled strongly of granny smith apples

T - strong representation of the granny smith apples, with some grainy tastes

M - light bodied with more than moderate amounts of carbonation

D - very good if you like granny smiths, but avoid if you don't like them or sour things

Photo of yesyouam
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ephemere Apple is a cloudy, sparkling yellow ale with with a few yeast particles in it. It has a small white head that disappears rather quickly. The primary aroma is doughy yeast with light lemon, apple and coriander. The flavor is the typically balanced Unibroue profile-- sweet, bitter and sour-- light in this case. It has a light and lively mouth feel. The flavor turns from baked apple to a touch of bitter orange in the short, clean finish.
(rated Feb 8, 2007)

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

From a tap @ Stubbies in Gainesville in a Unibroue nonic.

Very hazy golden color with a one-finger white head that was very foamy, decent retention that left a very nice lacing down the glass.

Sweet and sour apples on the nose, almost candy like. Not a whole lot else. Not sure if the bottle is different but the aroma was strong.

Tasted of sweet and sour apples, again almost candy like. A little bit of a breadiness that showed that was likely due to the yeast but apples stole the show here.

Mouthfeel was nice, the carbonation was right on with this one and the bready taste also made for a nice chewiness in the mouth.

Very easy to drink, had it with currywurst and apple sauce and it went great with the meal. Had no problem drinking the pint and would have asked for another if it weren't for work in a few hours.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy goldenrod, with a big puffy head - fizzy and soapy.

S: Jolly Rancher apple at first (artificial), though some natural Granny Smith comes out. Lighter than I thought it would be.

T: Tastes a lot like a light cider. Sweet Granny Smith apples, light sugar and acidity.

M: Way too carbonated to be drinkable on first pour. After coaxing some carbon dioxide out, I find a rather light-bodied brew, tart, pretty fizzy mouthfeel.

D: An interesting little fruit beer, it had enough flavour to keep it interesting through the glass. A nice change of pace, though I'm glad I got the 12 oz. instead of the 750 - I don't think I could drink that much.

Photo of meday
4.49/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from twist off cap into Brooklyn Brewer thick flute that came with Local 1 giftpack from brewery.

Tall, very carbonated head on an exceptionally pale color.

Instead sweet aroma of green apple. Green apple aroma subdues after head gives way.

Strong, but pleasant green apple taste, but balanced well by a very dry finish. Is has the taste of a cider, with the mouthfeel of an ale. A great balance between the two.

Very dry finish and wonderful mouthfeel.

A very balanced and wonderfully drinkable beer.

As with a cider, this would go great with a pork dish, but I think it could complement most meals.

Photo of cleeze
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Now this reminded me way too much of cider...

Appearance was cider looking. Straw goldish hue, with a fizzy head that disappeared rather quickily

It smelled really strongly of apples. Also smelled like cider.

Now it was rather tasty. Great balance between the spices and the fruitiness.

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 ATPete
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

best by 4-20-08 sampled on 12-14-08

Pours a cloudy yellow with hints of orange, with lots of sediment left in the bottle, and a big puffy white head. Booming nose of green apples paired with sweet malt and that classic Unibroue yeast character. Much of the same carries over into the flavor, slightly tart and cider-like with hints of acidity and mild oxidation, sweet pale malt, and a dominant yeast presence. Grainy in body, this beer is definitely on the decline, when fresh the green apple flavor is alot more pronounced and refreshing, the carbonation has slowed down alot as well. One of my favorite "flavored" beers when fresh, but make sure you check the date...

Photo of csmiley
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a light gold color with some cloudiness present. The white head topped out at about one inch and turned to a nice white cap in a short amount of time. A healthy amount of lace is left behind in the glass.

S - Aroma is mild but still pleasant for the most part. Some fruity apple aromas really stand out in front. Starts out similar to green apple but eventually turns to a sweeter red apple aroma. There is a sugary pale malt aroma that brings up the rear. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

T - Not nearly the amount of apple that I was expecting. Still follows the smell though. Starts out tart and green and turns to red and sweet. A touch of Belgian yeast flavors are present but stay pretty far out of the way. The malt base is light but evident towards the end. Pale malt and white bread is what I'm getting.

M - Light bodied with a healthy amount of carbonation that works well for this beer. Finish is sweet, fruity, and clean.

D - Drinkability is good. I can see where this would be a very refreshing choice on a hot summer day. The apple flavor works well for the style of beer Unibroue has paired it with. Really kind of shocked at how quickly this beer tends to disappear. Alcohol is almost completely hidden and really helps with this category alot. Another good brew from the guys up in Canada. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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