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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,791 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 santoslhalper
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours an odd light yellow with a thin, foamy white head.

Smell: The smell is a nice sour apple smell, with an actual beer smell in the background. What are the odds of that in a fruit beer?

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a decent creamy apple feel. It's a little less sour than I had hoped, but not bad. The apple taste is very fresh, and almost juicy, but the mouthfeel is kinda foamy. The taste starts to get a little old, but not horribly.

Drinkability and Overall: While beind a pretty refreshing beer, this one has no special or standout qualities to it. The apple flavor is nice, but not as unique as I had hoped. This is one of the more dissapointing beers I've had from Unibroue. It's still not bad though, but keep in mind it's no lambic.

santoslhalper, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - This beer initially has a huge bubbly head. I recedes quickly. The beer is slightly cloudy, and some of the yeast from the bottom of the bottle made its way to glass.

Smell - A sweet apple aroma hits the nostrils immediately upon the pour. The smell reminds me of green apple Jolly Ranchers. Upon closer inspection, I can detect the underlying malt. I do not detect any hops.

Taste - Very crisp with tart apple. It has a subdued malty sweetness. There is also a lingering bitterness in there, but it is not strong. The beer has a slight astringecy.

Mouthfeel - The body is light, perhaps almost vinegar-like. More malt would probably beef it up a little.

Drinkability - Too dry, too attenuated, and not very exciting to begin with. I bought a four pack, but my consumption of these will be well-spaced.

Comments - The apple gives the beer a unique twist, but overall it still falls flat. Try other offerings from Unibroue befire you get this one.

mgdeth, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of cardigan
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Admitted lover of fruit beers, here, so it should come as no surprise that I think this is a great brew. Unibroue consistently impresses me, and this was (if memory serves) the first of their beers I ever tried, and the one I buy most often. The first thing you notice when opening the bottle is that fantastic apple smell. And the pour... what a lovely Belgian head. Mm-boy. The taste is superb, not too tart (which you kind of anticipate due to the Granny Smith aroma) and with a good "full" feeling in the mouth. I don't drink this all too often, due to the cost, but my fridge always seems imbalanced without a bottle of it inside.

cardigan, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The hazy yellow beer reminds me of a hefeweizen or a Wit, even down to the white fluffy head, a swift tart aroma of apples (like I would expect less) comes across the nose. To get a particular apple, a Macintosh, not too tart or sweet. A hint of spice or hops along with a musty flavor (yeast?) come in also.
For me something is missing in this beer. It is just a bit above average. There is no zing, nothing special like I thought; it’s a beer that tastes like apples.

Stubbie1, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of Gregory
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy this beer because of its uniqueness and the refreshing fruity but not too sweet taste. Éphémère has a straw opaque color with sparkling carbonation and a strong scent of Granny Smith apples. It reminds me of my first job on an orchard in New Hampshire. The slight sour taste compares to actually biting into an apple, tongue tingling and all. Not a beer to have after a large meal as it tends to tense the stomach after finishing the first glass. This beer would be perfect to serve and a Halloween party along side some pumpkin ale. I love autumn, especially in a pint glass.

Gregory, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of bruachan
2.65/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

when i opened the bottle, wham. apple. when i poured the beer was a cloudy straw color with e poofy head that disappeared by the end of the beer. the aroma was like a green apple jollyrancher. taste was minimal: there was a sight spice kick and then...nothing, followed by an apply finish. i was expecting a cidery experience but just got slightly apply club soda (with a jollyrancher under my nose)

i have limited experience with fruit beers (Blue Paw Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale is pretty much the extent), but neither have been impressive. i don't get it. i expected much better from unibroue

perhaps the meal this accompanied had an effect. i'll have a retaste and offer new notes

bruachan, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of canadianbarman
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

--large 750 ml brown bottle, corked and wire capped. No freshness date.
--poured a very light, yellowy color...some cloudiness.
--obvious the smell of this one...apples. I liked the smell.

This was my first foray into the Unibroue seasonal beers and I must say that I liked it. I was expecting an apple cider tasting beer but it was slihjtly milder than that. Nice beer.
Thx

canadianbarman, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of aquatonex
4.8/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow...

Pours hazy medium amber, looks like a hefe. 4 fingers head! I think I wasn't very careful on this pour. Extensive retention, had to wait awhile for it to dissipate. Smells fruity (mainly apples) and delicate spice (coriander) with some background notes of malt. Taste was ridiculous. Mild but solid apples with the spice and the malt to keep you noticing it's still a beer. Almost nothing like a beer though. No bitterness whatsoever, everything is just like the title, 'Ephemere'. I only had it out of a 12 oz bottle, I think I need to have the full experience with the larger bottle. Definitely a unique and wonderful brew.

aquatonex, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of truthbrew
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 corked/caged bottle served a bit too cold. Hazy cider yellow. Bottle opened with nary a pop, slight apple scent upon opening. Pours fizzy but head drops immediatly. Light, gentle carbonation, though very little malt presense. Spicing does a nice job and dry finish is welcome. I sense very little sweetness in my bottle, unlike some others here. Nothing dominant here, or stand out either. Wouldn't turn it away if offered again, but nothing I would search out.

truthbrew, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi opaque golden yellow. The initial head is nice but fades quickly to a thin white layer of foam. Aroma of tart apples predominates. For a summer brew, has a surprisingly denser mouthfeel with a slight bit of creaminess. The flavor of apples dominates the palate, but not in a sickeningly sweet way. Finishes clean and crisp. I think this is a pretty nice beer, although one that I couldn't drink a lot of, hence my lower rating in the drinkability aspect.

LarryV, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, in a wide chalice (not the narrow one they recommend).

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, light gold appearance. Small head quickly recedes leaving only a faint layer of film on top.

Aroma: Big tart fruit aroma, with a touch of honey and vanilla, and a little pepperiness. Very enticing smell.

Flavor: A slight sweetness at the first sip, and then a warm, well-rounded fruity tartness (it doesn't taste specifically apple-like to me). Spicy, peppery notes abound. Finishes acidic, and very dry.

Body: Light, effervescent.

Highly unique, very tasty beer. I love to drink this with meals, especially with good cows milk cheeses.

allengarvin, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of SaunaKing
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Quite a pale colour, much like apple juice with a thin head that disappears quickly. Smelled very fruity, like a white wine with some hints of apple. First sip - wow very tart like a granny smith apple, very highly carbonated with a sharp biting mouthfeel. Not pleasant at all. Drinkability is poor. This is a shitty beer experience. The combo of taste and smell is really rank. Just because you can make an apple beer doesn't mean you should.

SaunaKing, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of kindestcut
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Éphémère (Apple) pours a vivid straw/yellow with abundent carbonation showing. The effervescence is very apparent. The stark white head rises very quickly at first pour but disappears rather quickly with little to no lace.

The aroma is mainly fruity, apple of course, and a subdued sweetness that suggests a balance of malt and hops. The flavor is very tasty, although quite light. The mouth is rather dry. I can see how many BAs will see the Éphémère as too light. However, I like it a lot. Because of its light, dry flavor I have found that this is one of the only Belgian-style ales that I prefer cold and that does not improve as it warms.

A very refreshing beer.

kindestcut, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at The Tap in Haverhill, MA.

Cloudy bright yellow in color. Tight carbonation. Sheeting action on the glass. Aromas are mainly Granny Smith apples with some baking spices and cane sugar. Flavor drops off from the smell. Watery-thin, with a pseudo-apple flavor that I could see used as a masking agent in making liquid forms of pharmaceuticals. Just an unpleasant flavor here. Finish is dry and short-lived. Low body and not very pleasing to the palate. The nasty flavor really hurts the drinkability here.

OldFrothingSlosh, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow-gold with 1/4 inch white head. Head dissipates to nearly zero rather quickly and ther is no lacing to speak of. Smells of sweet green apples, kind of like a Jolly Rancher.

Tastes is of yeasty wheat malt and sweet apples. Lightly spicy and with a nice dry finish. A bit sticky sweet in the aftertaste. Mouth is crisp and dry, champagne-like. A decent fruit beer if not overly complex. Nicely done.

ViveLaChouffe, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored with light effervescence a white head (low retention) and sticky lacing. Aroma is subtle; fruity esters, sour apples, spices, yeast and hops. Flavor has a mild sweetness at the start crisp middle, apples, and a dry tart finish. Palate is light bodied and dry with light co2. IMHO: An interesting interpretation of the style. A little light and dry for a fruit beer – more like Champaign.

SeanChouffe, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of winomark
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy medium gold with lots of carbonation and a thick bone white head. Sour apple aromas meld with some wheat malt. Lovely spice present. Belgian candy sugar noticable. Also has a bubble gum flavor. Dry finish, with a nice apple flavors throughout. A very nice beer. A bit lacking in the mid-palate, but otherwise very good. Worth a try for sure.

winomark, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states, "Ale brewed with apple juice, coriander and curacao." Picked this up in Dallas. Unibroue is now available here in Wichita, but Ephemere is not.

Appearance: Lightly hazy, this beer poured a light amber-orange color. It sometimes appeared a muted golden yellow. The white head was coarse and behaved like it belonged to a soda. It was very fizzy and dissipated in the blink of an eye, leaving only the few bubbles that appeared on the surface due to the sustained bead. There was no lacing.

Smell: What da ya know. Apples. The aroma of apples was strong right after the pour. It came across mainly as tart, but there was an occasional heavy sweetness to the component as well. Hints of light alcohol hung underneath. As the beer sat, the aroma warmed, but it was hard to describe exactly what it was I was smelling. It became more roasted, and some light yeast notes became apparent. A little bit of orange peel started to mingle with the apple at this time.

Mouthfeel: Very light and dry, with a fine carbonation. It sometimes came across a little rough as it hit the throat. Really rather nice considering the lightness of the body.

Taste: Tart upfront, consisting of both apples and oranges. A good hit of yeast kicked in right after the fruit. The finish was a continuation of the fruit, combined with a light spiciness. The aftertaste became sweet and reminded me a lot of a green apple Jolly Rancher (especially the associated burps).

This brew can be summed up as fruity and yeasty. Not bad on occasion, but not something that I would indulge in often.

Quaffer, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of Guinness4me
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My beer-loving husband says this beer smells I do when I get out of the shower. I don't know if that compliments me or the beer, but I'll take them both.

The beer (is this really beer?) pours a golden apple color with quite a bit of fizz.

The smell is intoxicatingly apple and made my mouth water. The taste is much like a hard cider and full of bubbly, crisp apples. The hops were light and malt made a quick appearance at the end of the taste.

The mouthfeel was as crisp as the taste with high carbonation and a tasty zing of apples.

If you're in the mood for apple beer, then I'm sure you'd find this highly drinkable. For me, it's not unpleasant but a beer I'd have to be in the mood for.

Guinness4me, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle corked with wire closure. As soon as you pop the cork you are hit with a very strong, sweet, apple smell. Pours a light yellow and cloudy color. Label describes it as "lively" - was it ever: high foamy, almost fluffy, head. Very active carbonation in the glass, in fact it kept foaming even when glass was half empty. Due to the strong apple aroma, I was expecting a similar strong apple cider taste. The taste was a very light apple flavor (almost disappointing because it was all smell). A nice change, look forward to the next seasonal.

BigBry, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is probably one of the lightest looking beers I have ever seen. The only reason I gave a 4 for the the appearance is because of the beautiful carbonation action that this gives off. There is tons of activity going on in the glass. I believe that the aroma is exactly as it should be....ripe apples; and it surely is. I can honestly smell it from about 3 feet away. Its only weakness is that it smells a little too sugary. The taste is wheaty with an apple candy backbone. A tart finish seems to fit well with this beer and somehow the taste comes together. This a nicely flavored ale, but as I expected, 1 would be the most I would have in a session.

ALESwhatCURESya, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of dauss
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy light straw color. Big white bone white head forms, but fades into a smaller head, but doesn't completely disappear and lace on the edges of the glass. Intense apple aroma can be smelled feet away after being opened and poured. Surprising because when you actually bring the glass to your nose to smell it, its not quite as powerful as you would think it would be. Very beautiful bouquet of apples, very sweet smelling. First sip is loaded with apples, strong carbonation in the beer expands and explodes in your mouth. Definite flavors of coriander. This beer must also contain a lot of wheat because it has a residual sweetness, yet it finishes fairly dry. The weird combination of apples and malt doesn't mix extremely well, but it leaves a very pleasing apple and wheat aftertaste. Overall this is a good brew, nothing great or excellent unlike the other unibroue beers.

dauss, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a wine glass that's tinted blue, so I can't really attest to the color of the body. Nice-looking, slightly foamy white head. Beautiful fragrant aroma of ale yeast, wheat, and lots of fresh, tart apple. Light, airy body, reminiscent of champagne (not particularly foamy, but airy like it's not even there). Apple and coriander dominate the palate, with a candy-like sweetness in the background. Great accompaniment for the pear almond tart I'm eating for dessert. That's what I'd call it, a dessert beer. Not for sessions, but perfect for pairing with fruity desserts.

ElGordo, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice a crystal clear pale golden straw. The head was white an rose tall to fall slowly and lace the glass.

The aroma was crisp like a fresh apple including the peel. As the head fell back, the aroma showed a slight spice.

The flavor was crisp with a definite apple presence and the coriander mentioned on the label making an appearance.

The finish was just dry and fairly even with a slight apple and coriander spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium light to light and the beer was refreshing.

750 ml bottle. Not a very complex beer, but an interesting one nonetheless. I wouldn't search it out, but it sure could be a refreshing glass on a hot day.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 341ml brown twist off with a foiled top, no freshness date.

Appearance: Fluffy white head collapses into a thin sudsy lace. Bright golden bubbly clarity.

Smell: Ripe granny smith apple, core and all with some light spicing on the side.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Sweet-tart apple, crisp yet meek wheat malt … light bodied. Flowery with a spiciness in the back to balance.

Drinkability & Notes: If it was not for the apple character this would just be plain carbonated water with a little malt on the side.

Jason, Oct 01, 2004
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,791 ratings.