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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,787 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,787
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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 jlh8643
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint glass. A very large white head sitting on a cloudy straw yellow body. Lots of carbonation bubbles race to the top. Even before the glass got in front of me the green apple aroma hit me in the face. It dominates right from the start and influences everything else. A medium body is again dominated by the tart green apple with a tang from the carbonation. Definately a different kind of brew.

jlh8643, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even cloudy pale yellow lemon color. I love when extremely pale beers glow as the light reflects inside them. Big bubble white high carbonation head adds a champagne qualty. Aroma is reminscent of a large green apple orchard loaded with extra ripe and juicy frangrant apples. Nice smooth bread and yeast notes hidden inside with a hint of warm apple sauce spice. Sweet and mouth watering. Taste is a crisp bright explosion of green apple cider. Large sharp cardonation compliments the crisp taste. Nice dryness leaves a sticky mouthfeel and there is some subtle alcohol warmth in the throat. Nice yeast and slight buttery back to the apple juiciness. There are some hidden complexities in the aroma and taste of this. Very very drinkable. Everything about this beer is mouth watering. If this is so good in the dead of winter I imagine its perfect for a summer beer.

This is one of those beers that begs you to inhale it. Its almost like Unibroue made a Belgian style fruit beer.

tastybeer, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of MarkBlackout
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I thought this was pretty bad, and i was looking forward to it. Pours with little head, doesn't look like much, doesn't smell like much other than a corky hint of apple. Taste is where I have problems with this beer: there is very little of it. My sample tasted akin to watered down cider. I'd rather drink a 40.

MarkBlackout, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Schwarzbart
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this one into a tulip glass as the bottle recommended. The head poured nice and bubbly and stuck around, but didn't provide much lacing. I noticed plenty of yeast in the bottle, but managed to let only a couple little chunks into the beer. Lots of carbonation bubbles could be seen streaming to the top of this slightly cloudy, pale, straw colored beer.
Smell: Apples and yeast. Smells like granny smith apples and hefeweizen dueling each other.
Taste: Just like it smells with flowery accents. No doubt the apple flavor wins this duel.
Mouthfeel: Excellent light and crisp mouthfeel which is perfect for this style.
Drinkability: This would be a great beer to have on a hot summer day or a good compliment to light fare or a pork dish.

Schwarzbart, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of Shiloh
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden in colour and cloudy with a 1.5 finger head of very tight bubbles. Carbonation is very active.
The nose is of a granny smith type apple and a light smatering of yeast.
The taste is also of the apple with a grassy start.
The taste is short and leaves you lacking...disapointing really but overall a nice product.

Shiloh, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy yellow straw with a small head. The smell is all about apples. It's a nice smell,but i'm not sure it's right for a beer. The taste is also all apple,there are some spices,coriander and pepper,but it's not too strong. The m/f is light and pretty well balanced. It's not bad,but take away the apples and there's not much here. I won't buy this again.

jmz62565, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lemon yellow and cloudy with a creamy white head.

Smell is sweet green apple, with corriander and cinnamon.

Taste is slightly tart apple that is well balanced with yeasty spiciness, and a light splash of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous carbonation.

Although I don't normally care for fruit beers, I find myself enjoying this one. The apple flavoring does not overpower the base flavor of the beer. Very interesting.

Blakaeris, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of geetlord
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When i first opened and poured this beer the room was filled with a blast of fresh green apple smell. It poured a cloudy gold with a thick white head. The flavor was sweet, slightly tart, full of apple flavor and of spices like cloves and cinnamon. There was a mild alcohol bite at the end. It was very smooth and not in the slightest bit bitter. I found it very good, THe apple wasnt to overpoweringly sweet or tart, and the flavors were all well ballanced, I enjoyed this one very much.

geetlord, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a solid cap of foam, about an inch with good retention. Smell is predominantly sour apple, but I also detect some lemon or perhaps raspberry aromas. Taste is sweet but tart, like sour apple, grapes, and wine. The apple flavor is done well, not too overpowering. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy. Not too thin. The alcohol doesn't really come out much. Overall a nice apple flavored fruit beer, but probably not for everyone.

bennetj17, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy lemon yellow with a two finger white head that is constantly fueled by the intense carbonation that bubbles with fury below, last for about fifteen minutes. Thick patches of lace are left behind.

S - Mangoes, passion fruit, pineapple, granny smith apples and white pepper. Aroma become less defined at higher temps.

T - Strong lemon citrus tartness at first, followed by a softer mandarin orange. Some peppery notes underneath. The aftertaste is almost nonexistant. The flavor becomes slightly malty and has more of an apple and lemon flavor in the aftertaste at higher temps. The odor is much more complex.

M - Carbonation is very high, beer has a bit of an acidic touch. Extremely refreshing.

D - An ideal summer beer. Naturally, I am drinking it in the dead of winter. It works well with many foods. Basically, use as a substitute for apple juice (well, don't pack it in your kids' lunches, but you get the idea). It is definitely better cold. Great for a session, also as a gateway beer to the craft world for those who enjoy cider.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife's favorite beer, not mine. It poure a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a nice head. It had a tart odor to it, and more of a sour apple than sweet apple taste. Somewhat carbonated, felt OK in the mouth. A nice beer to drink a few of, but not something I'd want to drink all the time. A summer beer.

lordofthewiens, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: cloudy golden yellow. Visible streams of debris forming interesting patterns.
s: Interesting scent. The area around the glass contains strong apple scents. Smelling the lid of the glass yeilds strong powery yeasts. I get the image of large yeast cakes I knew of when I made pizza in my tweenties.
t: medicine :(...strong yeasts with some apple.
m: sharp carbonation.
d: not a fan of apple flavored beers, so I'll say average.

NiceGuyMike, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of dgallina
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle dated best-before 6-21-2007.

Poured a very pale peachy yellow with very big carbonation. Only a slight film of foam on top, but good lace on the sides. Smells quite sweet at first, with an earthy and smooth oatmeal-like graininess and a nose-ticklling apple tartness. Slightly chewy and earthy grain flavors plus a touch of hops up front, enlivened by green apple sweet and sour finish riding on the huge carbonation.

Earthy grains are somewhat out of place in my opinion. Nice finish, but not something I'd rush to go back to.

dgallina, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of gotbeer
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by this one. It came to my possesion through a Unibroue mixed 8 pack. I'm usually not a fan of fruit or vegtable beers in any way, but this one made some headway.

It appears light in color with a white head. The smell is obviously of apples.

The taste is of some malt with tart granny smith apple in the background. The apple flavor is not at all overpowering, and it compliments the brew nicely. I usually feel fruit beers overwhelm the palate with fruit, and not enough beer. This one does not.

Mouthfeel has a nice amount of carbonation, and the drinkablity is excellent. You could session this all day long on a nice summer day.

As good as a fruit beer gets in my mind.

gotbeer, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of arguemaniac
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, hazy hay color with a sudsy white head that never really disappears. If I had to judge this one using my nose alone, I’d guess it were a cider; the appetizing apple aroma eclipses anything else that might be in there. And, while it’s certainly there, the apple (of the Granny Smith variety) is far more subdued in the flavor, which also includes acidic citrus, coriander, orange peel, and some grain that pulls it all together. Very light mouthfeel with subtle carbonation.

I would say that this brew is much closer in character to a witbier than any sort of fruit beer. But what ever it is, it’s a real treat; tart and acidic, but still delicate and refreshing. Highly recommended.

arguemaniac, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of bitterdestroyer
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow unibroue impresses me again and again...

appearance: very light and bubbly. nice head. good amount of lacing.

smell: sweet apples all the way. faint touch of hops or citrus... couldn't tell

taste: wow, sweet apples all the way. very sweet. very appley (i know that's not a word). slightly tart.

mouthfeel: crisp, and refreshing. leaves you salivating for more.

drinkability: on a summer day i could drink these till september.

again, another great beer from unibroue. just wish the alcohol content was a bit higher, but i guess you can't win 'em all...

bitterdestroyer, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of revdrjbob
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled with Teaser, poured a pale golden yellow into Leffe goblets. A thin layer of fine white foam atop the brew.

Aroma: I instantly smelt apples, like cider, but more enticing. The aplle became slightly bubblegummy, then yeasty with hints of spice and sweet malt. Possibly also a hint of Franco/Belgian yeast wouldn't be out of the question.

Taste: Nice, subtle, sweet apple, a hint of wheatish grainyness, candied apples leading to a dry finish. Very wheaty I find, almost Heffe like, maybe more Wit? Very light in the mouth for a fruit beer, good tasting, easy drinking, but no "wow" factor like the rest of the Unibroue range.

Not something I'd try again, but I'm curious as to the other Ephemere twists.

revdrjbob, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of stof0048
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Lindemans Lambic glass, pours hazy yellow with lots of carbonation and a thick head (1/2 - 1") that fades into a thin layer. Lacing coats the glass as you make your way through it.

S: Can only smell a little bit of apple on this, hints of corriander and spice, some hops.

T: Not as strong of an apple flavor as I would like, the corriander is noticeably present, slight hint of citrus, light taste of hops. Overall a very light tasting beer.

M: Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Dry like champagne. Lots of carbonation rushes over your tongue.

D: Good, but not sure if I'd be up for more than one 750ml in a night. Just a good time to time type of beer.

Overall not a bad beer but I was hoping for more. Not going to give up on this one though, will probably buy again. Perhaps I will try some of the other flavors if I can find them.

stof0048, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from small Unibroue bottle. Expected some aroma of apples, but it was hard to detect. If I didn't have a clue from the bottle, I never would have identified it from smelling.

Taste was pretty bland. Just plain beer with a VERY light flavor of apples. Very light.

Didn't like it at all, I'd go as far as saying icky.

TurdFurgison, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of sevineyes
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown bottle. The label features a green apple and a fairy in almost a Parish style.

A: Very hazy like an unfiltered wheat. Poured with a big pure white head that dimished, but left chunky lacing.

S: Dominant green apple smell, some corriander. I also seem to get a touch of citrus from somewhere.

T: Again, apple presence is strong. Some spiciness. Almost has a dry champagne aspect between the dry finish and the carbonation. Somewhat like an unfiltered wheat with apple cider thrown in.

M: Coats the mouth. Does have quite a bit of carbonation.

D: Don't think I could go for one of these directly afterward.

Overall; I do like this beer as a divergence. It's a well-crafted beer, just not something I could drink all the time.

sevineyes, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Matthew
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and Delaney's tap room. Light yellowish type color with a very small head that fades away quickly. As soon as the glass hit my table the only thing i could smell was green apples. The people sitting at my table also commented on the rich smell of apples. I found that there is a bit of a spicey aroma in the background that is well hidden by the strong smell of apple.
Quite a big apple flavor but the beer is also citrusy with a sour lemon flavor that leads into that spice I picked up in the nose. There is a definate yeastiness to this brew that gives mixes well with the small sour type characteristic. Very sweet with a nicely added spicey flavor.
This beer is very easy to drink and is quite delicious. Its light crispness contributes to its high drinkability. I'd drink this beer again and certainly plan to.

Matthew, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I pop the gold foiled cap I get a rush of fresh cut green apple. Pours into my SN tulip a hazy golden yellow with a volumious active bubbly three finger head that has awesome retention. Aromas of ripe granny smith apple, orange peels and spicy lemon dusted grains. Vibrant earthy Unibroue yeast aromas. Very, very nice overall.

First sip brings a spicy, lemony zesty wheat grain flavor with big notes of coriander, citrus and a mellow green apple flavor. There's less green apple in the flavor than the nose leads you to believe, but it still leaves its mark wonderfully. Spicy yeastiness accentuates each sip with a light, fruity finish. A wonderfully refreshing and unique fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a strong flow of carbonation that dances across my tongue. Ultra refreshing..I could seriously drink a lot of this brew, especially on a hot summer day. One of my new favorite fruit beers...I wish I could get a mixed 12pack with all the flavors. Well worth seeking out. Yum.

orbitalr0x, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue labels are always great, and this one is no exception. poured a cloudy dark yellow color with magnificient white puffy head that rapidly fell to a thin ring. Smell is a pleasant mixture of apples, coriander, and other spices. The bubbles seem to attack the nose. Taste is superb, with a nice combination of apples , coriander and othe spices, and a nice tartness, yet still sweet. The carbonation in the mouth is enjoyable, like champagne. Finish leaves a nice apple taste in the mouth , almost like a fresh apple pie. This was a very nice beer. I'm not much of a fan of fruit beers, but I truly enjoyed this one. Almost too easy drinking.

tgbljb, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale honey color with a minimal fizzy white head. Looks much like champagne.

Smell: Fantastic. Smells like fresh, green apples.

Taste: The smell got my hopes up, but still a great-tasting beer. The apple taste is present but not overpowering and the beer has a nice champagne carbonation to it. Surprisingly, Unibroue's Belgian yeast flavor really comes through in this brew. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy, again, like champagne. Light bodied and doesn't leave any aftertaste or dry feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. The ABV isn't as high as most of Uni's other brews and the taste is very light and refreshing.

Another delicious brew from Unibroue. If you don't mind fruit flavors in your beer, this is a great one to try.

jamesdergen, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue Ephemere
1 PT 9.4 FL Oz
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a hazy orange color. Light in appearance.

Impressive nose with a fruity presence. I certainly detect whiffs of apples, oranges and cloves. Nice aroma.

Pressured mouthfeel with a clean, grainy taste. Citrus fruit and Belgian spice with a tart granny smith apple finish.

A well crafted fruit beer without question. Very enjoyable to sip on a warm day. Definitely recommended for those would like fruity beers and appreciate the Belgian yeast/clove combo.

Hibernator, Oct 01, 2005
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,787 ratings.