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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,849
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 81 | 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 neonbrown82
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is easily one of the best fruit beers I've had. Tastes like candy, or juice.

The beer looks almost like your run of the mill witbier, though it appears to be very clear for a wit (like your run of the mill wit). It has only the feintest hint of a green tint. A thick white effervescent head forms, pops like a bowl of rice crispees, and falls without a trace. Not even a ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Lacing? Feh.... there's not even head!

But everything else about this beer is forgivable. The aroma is mouthwatering. Who dropped a green Jolly Rancher in my Blanche de Chambly? This beer smells like stripper perfume. Sounds trashy, but you know you like it.

The taste is like a really good witbier (Blanche de Chambly perhaps) with a few Jolly Ranchers dropped in and dissolved. Very interesting mix with incredibly drinkable results. The beer is very light in body and easy to drink a lot of without it getting too cloyingly sweet, even. Not a fan of fruity beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Photo of Dizzy
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden color, amost like a hefeweizen with a fizzy white head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is green apple and yeast. Taste is apple , yeast and spices.Mouthfeel is thin with a lot of carbonation. I expected more complexity from this, but its still ok. Wouldn't go out of my way to try this again but its not bad.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

Poured into the glass a hazed deep golden, almost peach in color. The head was white in color and consisted of tight fine bubbles. The lace was delicate, but still sticky.

The smell was fresh green apples, yeast, cereal grain, and light spices.

The taste is a bit tart, green apples, yeast, a light graininess, other fruits and an almost peppery spiciness. Very faint to no hop profile or bittering.

Active carbonation combined with a medium-light body give this a crisp and clean mouthfeel.

If you like apples, you should thoroughly enjoy this one.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up at the ABC Liqour store on Baymeadows Rd. here in town, and I poured my in my Unibroue tulip for a little something different.

The beer poured a belgian style dull gold color with a few undiscovered sources of carbonation. A constant quarter inch of bright head retained throughout the drinking. The nose was strong on sweet, lightly sour, apple tones. The flavor of the beer proved to be quite sweet and apple infused without pushing over the limits of turning into an apple/beer alco-pop type deal. A slightly creamy texture developed as this one warmed, and the beer proved to be an enjoyable digestif, but too sweet to be sessioned and not my favorite style. Still an interesting rendition of this style of beer.

Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at a patio in Montreal, the rain was pouring, but the beer tasted fine!

Colour was murky yellow, orange with a nice 1/2 inch head.

Smell was like a normal witbier, but with a nice apple-like twist. This really adds to the freshness of the beer, and make it more suitable for when it is hot.

Taste was apple-like, very refreshing and combined with the usual witbier tastes. The wheat base was pretty solid and the yeast profile was just right. Drinkability was very good.

Photo of ccs
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I opened this in celebration of finishing the last paper of my undergraduate career.

When my husband handed me the beer and said, "it's all you." I knew when he meant. There was a lot of coriander in this beer. (Something he can't stand.) From the aroma to the taste, you know it's there and not hidden. It's a hazy yellow with a thick head and quite a bit of carbonation. Very apple, spicy, and tart taste. It was okay, but nothing I'd want another of.

Photo of Vancer
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You just can’t go wrong with Ephemere , ie Unibroue. They make top notch brews.

I mean, sunshine yellow with a thick and fizzy white head. Not bad, but here comes the aroma of apples (duh) and coriander on top of sweet malts.

Then in the quaff, subtle hints of the above with a very malt Curacoa kick (no, I don’t know what Curacoa is)

I just know that the wife really enjoyed her samples, as did I. This brews was very fizzy and softly carbonated – just a top notch summer drinker!

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ephemere (Apple) pours a golden color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is nice, apple dominates. Flavor is also pretty good, I'm not the biggest fruit beer fan, and I can say this is fruit beer done well. The apple flavor while strong was balanced by a wheat base, it never got sweet or cloying. This beer is quite light, I found it to be enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of jhollick
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden pear color (or apple if you prefer) with a strong effervescence; Large and thick bubbly white head.

Smell: All yeast and a tart apple smell.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly formidable given what you might expect, and very velvety and smooth. The bubbles are delightfully tiny and they tickle the tongue.

Taste: The trademarke Unibroue spicing and yeast sweetness are present. In my opinion, the apple flavor is brilliantly done, not giving in to overbearing sweetness or tartness. This is the caliber I wish all fruit beers could be. Unfortunately, as the buds familiarize themselves with the apple flavor, the beer takes on a somewhat watery consistency. A hint of cinnamon and coriander round out the flavor and compliment the apple flavor.

Drinkability: Light, crisp, sweet. I could drink a couple of these, which is more than I might normally engage in for a fruit beer..

Overall: The highlights of this beer for me are the mouthfeel and the sublimely balanced apple flavor. It might not be for everyone, but it should definitely be tried by everyone.

Photo of UberWasser
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a bright gold color with a fizzy head that builds and then dissipates quickly. Probably the least heady beer I've had from Unibroue so far, but a nice shower of bubbles from below maintains a pleasant halo.

What a smell that rises from this...sooo heavy on the crisp, bright smell of fresh green apples. Slinking around behind that is a slight fruity/flowery effervescence that you find to greater and lesser extents in all of their beers. I presume that this comes from the house yeast.

More green apple in the flavor. So crisp and refreshing and yummy. All of that sharp apple flavor is nicely balanced by the stronger yet still soft presence of the flower/fruity and now somewhat herbal yeast character. Mouthfeel is equally crisp with a pronounced carbonation.

So yeah, when it comes to apple beverages, this completely blows away any of the mass produced "ciders" that one would find. Definitely worth a try, and if it were just a little bit cheaper, it would be a great summer staple.

Photo of Phatz
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What an interesting unique beer. It had some tart fruity apple attribute that tasted a bit like a cider but the malty backbone made it more solid than a seltzery cider. Very nice.

Appearance: Served a bright yellow color with a white head.

Smell: Sour apples that is slightly sweet and firmly tart.

Taste: Brilliantly balanced to avoid being cloying but it does lean toward the tart green apple side with some spices that make it zesty. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp light body that is prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a sessionable fruit beer for sure. It is pleasantly balanced and very refreshing.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of teg8612
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass, allowed to warm slightly.

Looks golden in color with a white head which fades to a thin line.

Smell is strong with green apple with a hint of spice.

Boy, you really taste the apple. Very sweet with only a hint of wheat malt. Lightly spiced at the end to finish a very light mouthfeel.

Very nice but not a session beer. Crisp for a hot summer day.

Photo of jettjon
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip glass with a tremendous head that fades away slowly leaving only a few spots of lacing behind. Color is green apple with numerous small bubbles. There’s yeast in the bottle. Nose of very sweet apple and that signature Unibroue yeast. Taste is something like apple juice, not beer-like at all, fading to a kind of watery concoction like a glass of water with an apple Jolly Rancher dissolved in it. A little bit of yeast is evident, and everything finishes on an ever so bitter note, though I’d stop short of attributing it to hops. Mouth is watery and flatly carbonated… in other words, it feels sort of flat. Drinkability is OK; it’s not offensive, but not inviting, either.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kenadee’s Ultra Pub in Milwaukee, WI.

A: Pale, cloudy, lemon juice color with a soapy lace.

N: Baked granny smith apples, coriander, and just maybe a dash of cinnamon.

T/MF: Initially sweet, with a strong carbonation bite. Slightly wheaty with a flavor of green apple candy. Then tartness sets in crisp and zesty. Lightly bitter finish, possibly from hops, possibly not. Very light bodied but carbonation gives the sensation of it being fuller.

Drinkability: Pretty killer for a fruit beer, especially on a hot Milwaukee night.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Odd stuff, this. Like Unibroue is trying to avoid making beer.

Cloudy yellow under a white quickly-fading head. Smell is nice and sweet, apply, as promised. Not a lot going on here, but pleasant enough.

Taste is dry and a bit sour, and not much like beer: I suppose there is some malt here and some hops as well, but they're both well hidden.

Very thin mouthfeel

If you are thirsty on a hot summer day, this would be very drinkable.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lightly hazed pale golden straw. Very volatile, fleeting white head.

Smell: Extremely fruity, with melon, green apple, strawberry, pineapple, white wine, slight bubble gum, and mild curaçao notes. Trademark Unibroue yeast adds a bit of earthiness and an undercurrent of banana. Coriander adds a bit of peppery spice.

Taste: Light and dry, slightly tart with a touch of citric rind bitterness. Lots of apple and melon notes, but not overwhelmingly fruity or saccharine. Well-balanced. Tangy, crisp, and refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin but smooth and frothy and very clean.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and an excellent match for any chocolatey dessert (I had it with molten chocolate soufflé). May also work well with cheesecake or as a marinade for pork.

Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden color with a large-bubbled head that disappears quickly.

Sour apple aroma...something of a cross between cider and a light pale ale. I'm drawn to it, but not sure why.

The flavor is too much apple. There is little hop or malt flavor. This beer is closer to a cider than a beer. The body is full as is the carbonation. Summed up in a word: tart.

I wouldn't want to drink this regularly, but as a change of pace it's okay.

Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome looking beer on draught. A hay colored cloudy urine, very dense yellow that lightens slightly around the edges. Little white head with no retention or lacing.

Huge variety of fruit aromas, the obvious apple, kiwi, passion fruit, pineapple, strawberry, belgian yeast, wheat, with not much in the way of hops and very little malt aromas. Very fresh and clean.

Not as complex as the nose would lead you to believe yet very refreshing. Candied apple, pineapple, peach, kiwi, with big belgian yeast, very wit beerish.

A sweet treat of a beer, perfect for a hot summers day like today. Highly drinkable but the high level of RS could make it difficult as a all day session beer.

Photo of gosurfobx
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale with a slight hint of green. Smell is that of wheat with some green apple in it. The green apple is more evident in the taste of this beer with strong wheat flavors and a bit of orange citrus. Good mouthfeel with some nice carbination. A very drinkable beer, great for hot weather.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this beer. I figured it would taste something like a lambic, with strong fruit flavors. I was wrong.

This poured a cloudy pale yellow into a tulip glass. A vigorous pour resulted in a 3/4 inch head that lasted for a moderate amount of time, before fading away. Some lacing on the glass remained.

The aroma was not nearly as appley as I was expecting. In fact, it smelled like a typical Belgian ale, with lots of yeast. A hint of apple in the background was all I got for the fruit.

The taste was fairly light, very much like a Belgian pale ale. Yeasty flavors predominated, with only a hint of apple flavor in the background.

It finished quite crisply, with a fading flavor of apples.

This beer was kind of disappointing. I was hoping for more fruit flavor. Not a bad beer, but it didn't wow me.

Photo of acrawf6
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy yellow with a white head.

Smell. very natural and fresh apple. Very similar to a red apple just cut.

Taste. Corriander seems to be used here, but not in excess. More apple tastes, but a little sweeter than the smell, and doesnt taste as fresh as the smell; more like apple juice. taste also has a yeasty characteristic to it as well.

Mouthfeel. It' s pretty good, lots of carbonation, good balance, light body, but just right for this beer.

Overall an interesting beer. Unibroue always packs a crapload of carbonation in their beers, and this seems to give it an elegant characteristic to it, as if it was a sweet champagne. But as far as beer goes, an interesting alternative and quite tasty, but not one i would have cravings for. not a big fan of the coriander.

Photo of goochpunch
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy brass color with a violently fizzy head that disappears within seconds. Smell is strongly of sour apple laffy taffy and hints of coriander. Tastes of granny smith apples, coriander, and light yeast tones. Very tart and refreshing but thins out too much in the finish and becomes seltzery. Despite the lack of head, this is very bubbly and champagne-like. It's a little thin in the finish, however. Quite drinkable as a hybrid of cider and ale.

Photo of supercolter
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- golden, a bit hazy... lots of head, even in a pint glass, melted away quickly
S- could smell the apple a foot away from the bottle, very potent- couldn't smell too much else but the apple
T- feels like it will bite hard, but ends up having a very light flavor- very sweet and appley (is that a word)
M- so light in my mouth i forgot it was there, little fizzy but doesn't affect drinkability
D- meant to be sipped but could easily be chugged

Photo of gmcfarre
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy yellow with strong, 1 inch head even on extremely careful pour. Head fades though, but lacing remains heavy and consistent.

S- Not too dissimilar from a wheat beer, with yeasty wheat tones. Apple scent does not dominate, but it definitely present and enhances as it warms. Ok, once warm the apple is overwhelming, dominant and sweet.

T- Starts with smooth wheat flavor with a slight bite accompanied by intense sweetness. Finish is all candy green apple, and a bit tart.

M- Smoothness that tries to quickly dry out before you even swallow. Finish continues the dry trend.

D- Green apple sweetnees is too much for me to have more than one (maybe two) in a sitting.

As opposed to most beers, I actually thought this was more complex before it had warmed. Once warm the apple dominated and took away some of the wheat beer characteristics.

Photo of eb003
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours like a wheat beer...cloudy and pale with a golden hue. When I poured this, the head actually lasted for quite some time...maybe it has to do with the glassware I used (what I call an "extended" pilsner glass as it's a 24 ounce vs the 12-16oz). It has a very aromatic bouqet of apple and spice. I really enjoyed the taste of this one...it wasn't fruity at all, but very light. The mouthfeel on this is very good, as it is crisp and light on the palate. I rate this high on drinkability as it is refreshing, not very filling, and I could drink this all day.

This is the second of my ventures into the Unibroue line of brews and I found this one to be very good. It is pricey (here it's about 7.50 for a 4 pack), but it's a nice change up to the regular line up of brews for me. My only complaint is that this appears to be seasonal. I'll have to give the other Ephemere seasonals a try.

Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,849 ratings.