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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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82
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1,811 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 26
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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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 Dithyramb
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dithyramb, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of 99bottles
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

99bottles, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

silver0rlead, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

GIVEMEBACKMYSON, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, May 24, 2005
Photo of AltBock
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AltBock, May 23, 2005
Photo of thesilverhand
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

thesilverhand, May 20, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

SupaCelt, May 17, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ommegangpbr, May 10, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerFink, May 08, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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."

pentathlete, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of Hunter
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Hunter, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jacobob10, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CharlesRiver, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled/enjoyed a large bottle, with a cork and cage. Best before dating on the back label. Opens with a nice pop and burst of aroma. Pours a dull shade of light apricot, clear until the final yeasty pour clouds things up. White head, quickly disappears and this brew leaves very little in the way of lacing. Nose is light fruits and sweet perfume. This is a light fruity brew, pleasantly light on the palate. Notes of crisp tart apples, and some yeast. Sort of a tart, fruity, light Belgian/Canadian wheat beer. Fine brew for a summer lunch, salad, cheese, nuts, you get the picture.

Billolick, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, Illinois. Golden color, like beer mixed with apple juice. Does anyone remember Shasta Red Apple Soda? This brought it to mind immediately. But the character here is more complex and spicy, of course. No "cidery" taste to speak, just a well-done fruit beer.

DrunkMcDermott, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a fresh apple. Had frrom a warmed bottle at Beer Bistro's Belgian fest, served by Stephen Beaumont himself. Smell of apple, very authentic, smooth. Still can only have so much of it, as sourness and could use more spice? Fruit beers not my main style.

Sammy, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of trancefishy
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light hazy yellow, watery apple cider. near nothing head.

Aroma: tart apples

Taste: tart apples. really not a whole helluva lot going on. a bit sweet, with a nice long smooth tart finish. essentiallly a bubbly showcase for green apples. simple and elegant

mouthfeel: fuzzy, bubbly. just right for what it seeks to show

Nice beer. simple and good, nice dessert tastiness

trancefishy, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of hefevice
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 341ml bottle. Pours hazy light straw with a small white head that disipates fairly quickly. Overwhelming aroma of apple with honey and light yeast/malt in the background. Apple dominates in the taste as well, almost masking a malty finish with almost no bitterness. My first friut beer, so not sure what to expect.

hefevice, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale hazy yellow with an effervescent head. Very strong apple cider aroma, mixed with some other general tart fruityness. It tasted much the same as the nose, sour and mediciny. Horrible. Very highly carbonated, Sprite-like mouthfeel. This is the only beer I've had to date that I couldn't finish.

gimmehead, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -8.9%
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 +13.9%
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 -14.4%
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 +8.3%
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
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,811 ratings.