Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue
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3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Nice brew for the summer months. Very light and refreshing, and a bit of a change from Unibroue's other offerings. Flavors of apple, corrander, and sweet spices were present, as was a nice level of carbonation. Aromas were slightly sweet and herbal. Finished dry, but with a slight sweetness on the palate. This is a very drinkable beer. Recommended.
07-10-2005 16:38:45 | More by Frozensoul327
4.58/5 rDev +27.6%
Murky glowing pale yellow with a thick head of off white that retains well and laces nicely.
Aromas similar to the Blanch de Chamblay I just had. Witte bier characteristics upped a notch with fresh, green apples. No artificially enhanced aromas here. There's a nice carmelized white sugar nuance as well.
Flavors remind me of a summer day, floating in the clouds. Sweet and tart Witte characteristics, lemon peel, spice, yeast, wheat, fresh Granny Smith apples, and more apples.
Body is medium with a light and airey texture and fine carbonation. Soft and playful palate. I could drink this all day.
07-07-2005 14:52:05 | More by AlexJ
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Chased some forest nymphs with this one on 6/24/2005. 12-oz. goblet pour at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH.
½-inch huge froth at start, with no settling, which was mighty fine. Almost a blade runner neon yellow mixed with lime hue, and chock full o haze. Very green apple squelch on nose, but also a back alley cardboard box feel to the whole thing. Wheaty, with only a touch of apple essence and a whisper of juicy fruit gum.
Refreshing, but nothing I would usually gravitate towards.
07-06-2005 00:48:07 | More by Truh
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Hazy light gold color with a fizzy white head that hangs around for a while but then dissipates to just a ring with no real lacing.
The aroma is fresh green apples with a hint of spices and citrus.
The taste is very much like witbier with an apple undertone, more subtle than you would expect from the aroma. Yeasty, wheat taste with a definite coriander zip and orange zest and then the green apple.
Fizzy, refreshing, and very drinkable for a summer brew.
06-29-2005 03:52:19 | More by whynot44
4.72/5 rDev +31.5%
A very hazy yellow-gold with a big white frothy head. Out of this world aroma, with wonderful green grapes, fresh sweet apples, subtle banana and clove. Thankfully, the taste is not overpoweringly like apples. In fact, I get as much lemon flavor as I do apple. Alcohol is present in the flavor even though it is not a high percentage. Taste goes on and on. Medicinal phenolics somehow work with this brew, not detracting from it in the least.
Creamy and spritzy at the same time (if that is possible), and ever-so-smooth.
So many flavors in perfect balance, this beer begs the question -
How do you like them apples? Very much, thank you.
06-27-2005 21:29:32 | More by waughbrew
4.15/5 rDev +15.6%
750ml bottle with a freshness date.
Pours a golden color with fluffy white head that sticks around a while, but then quickly fades.
Smells of very bright, juicy granny smith apples, with hints of fruity spice.
Mouthfeel is light but very slick and creamy. The aftertaste is very dry and fruity. The apple taste is very evident, but not overbearing in the mouth.
This is a very drinkable, refreshing summer beer. I drank it on a 90+ day, and it was extremely thirst quenching. There's not alot going on that is very complex, but it certainly did what I expected it to on a hot summer scorcher. It is what it is!
06-27-2005 15:02:32 | More by Beervis
4.68/5 rDev +30.4%
Appearance: Hazy yellow with a white head that lasted for a decent amount of time. Limited lacing.
Smell: Very sweet. Apple is all over the aroma. It really permiates the room when you open a bottle of this stuff.
Taste: A light taste with subtle hints of apple which is very nice. A nice hop flavor and zingy bitterness compliment the subtle sweetness of the apple.
Mouthfeel: Light and fluffy. Very nice.
A very drinkable and nice brew.
06-27-2005 03:38:16 | More by Ellbert
4.18/5 rDev +16.4%
Really not what I was expecting. I had thought that the apple would be omnipresent, and upon popping the cork, this idea lingered and my taste buds primed.
It poured a little differently than expected, however. Into a wiezen glass, there was moderate head, and a golden color that was coming close to straw.
At the first sip, the apple was barely detectable but for the aftertaste. As I drank more, it was more apparent. Really a lot nicer than if it had been omnipresent. A very solid wheat beer canvas with wonderfully subtle notes on the green apple. Just a hint of tartness.
Perfect beer for the warm summer evening of last night, shared with a good friend and good conversation.
06-27-2005 00:29:56 | More by unklesyd
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
This one pours a hazey light yellow with a white head that sticks around for a while. Very aromatic. As soon as I removed the cap I was hit with the smell of apples. The taste is of wheat and apples and its also a little yeasty. It has a pleasant flavor but I felt as though something was off. I think I was expecting some more sweetness or maybe a little bit of tart because it is an apple flavored beer but overall it's delicious. I'd definately recommend it to anyone.
06-17-2005 01:10:13 | More by Brian700
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
Served in a tulip glass at refrigerator temperature, alongside a goat cheese salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing (eaten after the tasting).
A - Looks like a witbier; pale straw yellow color with a slight haze. Head is modest, but quite well presented, and the lacing is consistent.
S - Candied grany smith apples - not like a Jolly Rancher, but more like a Sour Apple Blow Pop. Underneath the fruit forward nose, you'll find some light witbier spices (like coriander). Clean, fresh and springy.
T - Surprisingly, the big apple scent does not follow through in the taste. Apple is a well blended undertone and shares the spotlight with the witbier flavors. Refreshing and clean without being overbearing. The aftertaste reminds me of a yeasty sourdough bread.
M - Slightly watery wouthfeel with an active carbonation that dies down quickly to provide a clean swallow without being sudsy - very characteristic of Unibroue beers.
D - A great drinker for a spring or summer afternoon; very refreshing.
Ephemere is perfect for helping your malternative swilling friends graduate to the world of beer.
06-16-2005 20:01:33 | More by EPseja
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
Served in a tasting glass at just under fridge temperature, I paired this with a goat cheese salad with raspberry vinagrette dressing.
Appearance- A hazy pale gold, very reminiscent of a witbier. The uniform head reduces gradually to a ring, and lacing is adequate.
Smell- Nice! Juicy, candied apples, leaning even more into lollipop territory in the sweetness. A witbier spiciness appears moments later in a beautiful transition.
Taste- Not as bold as your nose would have you believe. Also not nearly as sweet as you'd expect. If the smell is a wave coming in, then the taste is the wave going back out to sea.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slightly thin and watery, the mouthfeel is nothing much to speak of. Drinkability, on the other hand, is excellent. This beer is easy to approach and would be a great way to ease your lesser informed friends off the the Mike's Hard Lemonade, the wine coolers, etc.
06-15-2005 15:00:54 | More by yelterdow
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
My second Unibroue of the evening. Served on tap at Max's. Just the right temperature and in a brewery labeled tulip shaped glass.
The appearance is exactly like the Blanche de Chambly. In fact, I had the pleasure of having them side by side to reiterate. Without taking a whiff, you wouldn't know the difference. It had the same pillowy two-fingered off white head, great lacing and retention. The banana yellow haziness was the same as well.
Smells of Granny Smith apples.
Taste was wheaty goodness of the Blanche de Chambly that someone soaked a few Jolly Rancher apples in. The malty and yeasty goodness is still there.
The apple doesn't detract from the light to medium mouthfeel. It doesn't cloyingly keep around in your mouth destroying your tastebuds, either. Like the blanche, crisp and refreshing.
Definitely worth a few. Not my favorite Uni-brew, but definitely a good beer.
06-15-2005 14:24:26 | More by Dithyramb
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
This is an interesting beer from Unibroue and really very different than most every other beer out there. Apple beer. It's a murky peachy color with ample carbonation and little head. The smell is of fresh rinds of Granny Smith apples, perhaps simply some citric acid. The strange smell is in the aftertaste, although the beer itself has a very thin body and a weak malt character. I'd like to see a strong pale given this dose of apple, but instead it's a weak glass of wheat beer. I suppose this is a real quenching beer and easy to drink, but for all it does differently it still fails to impress on the whole.
06-13-2005 04:00:24 | More by 99bottles
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a huge white head, looks like a quality belgian wit. Smell is all wit too, fruity yeast smell with hints of clove, corriander and a light apple bacound. Taste is very wit-like also, with a nice spicy flavor like corriander and clove, with a light hint of apple, really a nice belgian style wit, im not really picking as much of an apple flavor as i was expecting but its good all the same. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, very refreshing for the summer. The drinkability is good, but the spiciness lowers it a bit.
06-03-2005 00:59:35 | More by silver0rlead
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
Clear, pale gold, with a big fizz head.
Smells mildly of apple peel, and very much like fresh springtime countryside air.
The apple flavor is as mild in taste as in smell. Noticeable, aye to be sure. But not overwhealming at all. Not particularly tart, and definitely not sweet either. Truth be told, i've never had one quite like this. One of my beverages of choice is klarbrunn. THis reminds me a bit of it, but in a beer format instead.
Light, fizzy, refreshing mouthfeel. I don't know if this is true to form for their vision of the beer or not, but it did hit the spot on a sunny June 1st afternoon.
Quite drinkable, quite refreshing, and something a novice could devour like a pro.
06-02-2005 19:34:50 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.2/5 rDev +17%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey colored body that initially fiizzes up like a champagne and then settles down quickly to a white sliver of a ring around the surface of the beer; no lacing
Smell: Strong apple scent, with a bit of coriander and citrus peel
Taste: Tastes like it smells with a blast of green apple flavor that makes this almost like a hard cider (but far less sweet); after the swallow, other flavors come to the fore, including the coriander spice and curacao and just a hint of a wheat beer flavor; very interesting and complex
Mouthfeel: Effervescent and light
Drinkability: Not something to drink everyday, but a worthy summer offering
05-24-2005 22:38:59 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
750ml bottle corked and caged.
Appearance: Pale yellow like apple juice with a little head of foam and lots carbonation in the glass.
Smell: I loved the sweet smell of the green apples that dominated this beer. It also had a hint of citrus to it.
Taste: It tastes like it smells, with that fresh spiced apple taste that I liked so much.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp carbonated aftertaste.
Drinkability: An excellent beer that is good once in a while but not too often. For $5.99 it's not too expensive for such a good beer.
05-23-2005 03:38:31 | More by AltBock
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
A nice looking beer. Much more so than I expected. It's a bright, rich translucent yellow, with a massive, light foamy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Nice.
Obviously, apple is the first thing I notice in the aroma - even before it gets near my glass. Green apples are practically jumping out of the bottle. After the pour, and getting a little closer to the beer, the apple is much more subdued, and mixed pleasantly with sweet spice notes and yeast.
The taste is a logical extension of the aroma. The apple presents much more tartly - sour green apples. Nice Granny Smith baking apples. The spice elements are here too - I can't quite put my finger on it. There's also a slight bitterness that comes up underneath. It suprised me a bit, but seemed to fit pretty well overall. The aftertaste is largely apple, but more like an apple-flavoured candy aftertaste than true apple. Overall, it's quite nice. It doesn't knock me out, but it's very nice, and extremely refreshing.
It's light and active on the palate, and easy drinking. I won't seek this one out too often, but it'll make for a nice summer quaff when I want a light yet tasty treat. Truly pleasant and refreshing.
05-20-2005 14:32:46 | More by thesilverhand
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance: Pale honey in colour. A white bubbly head deposits at the top and then falls away as the mass bursts incrementally. There is quite alot of lively carbonation going on in this glass. Not any lace remnants to speak of as I plum the depths.
Smell: Sour green apples and spices. Characteristic yeasty ambiance notable.
Taste: Despite what I had suspected, a fairly delightful fruity apple experience. The sweetness and biting sour are the flavours I gather in. These are nicely dispersed and then washed away into a lingering juicy aftertaste where the spice becomes more pronounced. Nice. Fresh and vivid apple character. Tastefully spiced per usual from our neighbors to the north.
Mouthfeel: Floats like a butterfly. Carbonation leaves its fizzy impression on the palate.
Drinkability: Good for the style I suppose. I personally am not going to lay about and drain any number of these. If you want to step back from traditional beery beer for a second, this is the ticket.
05-17-2005 03:44:09 | More by SupaCelt
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
Much like drinking a sour apple Jolly Rancher candy.
Needless to say, if you do not like sour apple Jolly Rancher candy, you will not enjoy this beverage; I, myself, do. It was tempting to rate this higher because of my personal preference.
A good, solid offering from Unibroue; one who has had enough of their beers should be able to recognize this as one of them.
Tasty, well crafted and refreshing.
05-10-2005 00:26:46 | More by ommegangpbr
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
Pours a very cloudy light orange color. Maybe the color of applejuice if it was extremely cloudy in appearance. Big white head crops up immediately, then dies down to about a finger. Aroma is very interesting and inviting. Huge fresh cut green apple character, also some pale malt with plenty of yeast. Somewhat vinous in aroma. Flavor starts off with lots of bready malt, not unlike a Belgian pale ale. Bitter green apples quickly come into the picture, adding an acidic bitter character to the semi-sweet malt. Hops are present with the faintest of citrous bittering, and a spicy flash. Yeast is noticeable, as well as the coriander. Finish is slightly vinous, but is a little too sweet for white wines. It is not too far removed from a hard cider. However, the apples are kept in check by the huge malts and it does not drift into the cider category. Kind of a cross between a witbier and a hard cider, yet influenced by Belgian pale ales. Very interesting indeed. Carbonation is crisp and powerful. A little sweet for my liking, but still complex and a good change of pace.
05-08-2005 04:28:47 | More by BeerFink
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Had this on-tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison, TX. Served in a chalice, this beer was light with a big bubbly head that fell down to a 1/4 inch sudsy topping. Nose was full of tart apple. I figured this would make me pucker, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the apple flavor somewhat mellow. More like appleskin than tart apples. Mouthfeel though was thin and the beer/malt flavor was subdued. This is certainly a thirst quencher, but I wouldn't make it a regular beer. You could market this beer with the O'Doul's jingle: "It's what beer drinkers drink when they're not drinking beer."
04-23-2005 20:05:31 | More by pentathlete
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
Cute label...fairies with beer!
Appearance: beer is a cloudy golden color. Head is dense white foam, so thick it almost looks like cream, but it dissipates quick.
Aroma: This is all about the fruit. Heavy notes of fresh apple pulp, caramel. Very sweet yet inviting. It might be artificially flavored but the smell is all natural.
Taste: Apple flavor is more muted than you'd expect with that smell. It comes in in the first sip, vanishes to let a light malt chactaer take center stage, and then reappears in the aftertaste. Dry, clean finish. Light, bubbly mouthfeel.
Drinkability: In hot weather this would be a nice light refresher. I can see pagans using it in rituals when they run out of mead or wine. Between the fairy on the label, the sweet-tart apple, and the light character, this has Beltaine written all over it.
04-22-2005 23:15:23 | More by Hunter
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
Nothing stunning about the appearance. Light yellow with a small head, not too much lacing on the glass. Great aroma. Smells like [drumroll...] APPLES! Smelled exactly as if you were biting into a green apple. Gotta love it. The taste however didn't stand up to the smell. Tasted a little watered down and not as fruity as I expected it to be. Fizzy carbonation tingled my mouth a little bit and very easy to drink.
This is a great beer to split with your female counterpart. Anyone that's a fan of light beers would probably appreciate this and it makes a great stepping stone on the way to better beers.
04-12-2005 02:55:53 | More by Jacobob10
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
12 oz. bottle. Very cool lable which includes golden tin foil. Hot chick with with wings who appears thirsty? Pours out a slighty cloudy tannish yellow with a good size white fluffy head. The smell is apples and candy with some peppery notes in the background. The taste is much more mild than the smell. Very effervesant as tons of bubbles make their way to the top.
The beginning is where the apples hit you. They quickly give way to more sweetness and it finally ends with a slight spicyness. A very unique beer. I actually have a 750 ml of the Cassis in the basement.
This is one of those beers that I don't think I would buy a ton of. I can't really handle more than one. This would be a great apperatif (sp?) or desert beer.
04-08-2005 22:27:48 | More by CharlesRiver
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,772 ratings.