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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

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1,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,889
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 30
Gots: 103 | 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 Lexluthor33
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a Pale yellow with a small head and a tiny sizzle of a lace.
The aroma is of Granny apples and citrus.
The taste is sweet and sour green apples.Some light,mild and tiny malts.
The feel was light,medium carbonation,spiced up and crisp.Very cider like.

Notes: Not bad,but to me this was not a beer.It was a carbonated green apple soda.So I suppose it was bad because it is sold as beer,still one can have so much worse.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Murky yellow/brown/green with sediment floating around. Fizzy white head comes to just over 2 fingers, but hangs around surprisingly long. Little to no lacing.

S - Initially I smell something between pure pressed apple juice and vinegar, but after it opens up a bit it becomes obvious that this is essentially a witbier with apple flavor. Coriander backed by sour wheat and powdery yeast is most prevalant, with an undercurrent of cidery/vinegary aroma that seems out of place.

T - Eh. The description sounded good and the bottle was pretty, but this beer is nothing but the most well made yet out of whack brew I've tasted so far. A suggestion of coriander and citrus heads things off, blending with and soon overtaken by a huge sourness from the wheat with an unpleasant metallic twang. At the peak of intensity, it drops off sharply to reveal a sickly powdery note from the yeast coupled with the sweet/sour apple flavor that makes for a taste not unlike cough syrup. Luckily very little of this carries into the aftertaste except for a pleasant green apple flavor.

M - Pretty much like any good wit, which is what this brew is fundamentally. Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

D - As I said, it's totally off balance, the flavors don't harmonize at all, but it is well made and perhaps could've been a good beer. I wouldn't drink more than one of these as the overly sour flavor really irritates me.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy yellow/orangey with a thick white head that stays around for a while.

Smells like apples, no suprise, some other dried fruits, bananas like a typical wheat beer.

Tastes like Blanche de Chambly with a hint of granny apples, not much body. A nice refreshing beer.

Overall a good fruit beer, but there other beers are better.

Photo of GoreStorm
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a grassy, mellow and light gold, very large fluffy head. the head has an okay retention but does fade after a while. i rated it a bit higher as i was out of town when i had this and didn't have access to my glasses that i normally have. i wasn't able to use the kind of glass i'd want to use for this.

the smell is very enticing, some grainy smells and a sourish apple and some malt. very nice.

this is odd, it smells more like apples than it tastes like apples, the flavor is not bad, i just wanted more of an apple flavor. it's sourish and dry with apple, some low sweetness. okay.

nice mouthfeel, very bubbly and drying. feels nice. almost like drinking a good cider.

not too drinkable, i wouldn't be opposed to drinking this again or even regularly it's just not a knock out.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint.

Hazy straw yellow body. Initial pour produces a substantial head, though this reduces quickly to nothingness. No lace.

Intense sour green apple aroma.

The flavor is much more subdued in it's appleness than I would have guess from the aroma, which is a good thing.

Photo of Voonder
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of pvsob
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of BWH3
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of spointon
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of MinorThreat
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
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

Photo of yemenmocha
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of Strix
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of cvstrickland
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of bobsy
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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...

Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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