1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

Not Rated.
Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,810 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,810
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 71 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Éphémère (Apple) Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,810 | Reviews: 968 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

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


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

Complex flavors were hard to figure out at first. At the beginning I noted a "cherry cough" kinda flavor, but that went quickly away when the apple cidery flavors came it.

Appearence: Like many fruit beers, it's a cloudy shade of whatever color the beer is. This was a cloudy yellow.

Smell: Sweet. Period. Not like a beer. Also typical.

Mouth: Thin, watery but the content of the beer rolled on the tounge telling of this beer?'s substance.

Drinkability: Again, not my thing but again, anybody who prefers these kinds of flavors could have a few more easy.

Taste: Light like a Hefe, sweet but not syrupy, they made a beer with a lot of balance between the apple and wheat flavor. Very tasty beer? Nope. Very tasty Cider? Better.

Ricochet, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not big on fruit, but the appleness here was interesting. Spiced with coriander and the belgian sourness thing going on that mixed with the apple to yield a sour-apple taste, which was good.

The color had a very slight twinge of green, though I could have imagine that. It did seem a touch cloudy as well. I had it before dinner and my attraction wore out pretty quick.

Not bad overall and popular with the ladies.

farHillsBrewer, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of PorterLambic
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, orangish-honey color. 1 1/4" tight head that drops slowly but leaves no lace.
Smell: WOW! Green apples, malt & spice (coriander according to the label although I'm not familiar enough with that spice to be certain).
Taste follows the nose and then some. Green apple, malt, hops, spice (coriander again? and maybe a litlle pepper).
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Medium body, smoooth, effervescent on the tip and back of the tongue.
Drinkability is extremely high, I would gladly drink one of these every day, even without the apple flavor.

PorterLambic, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, hazy, yellow-orange color with a decent, puffy, white head. The aroma has an unmistakable green-apple quality…tart and slightly sour-smelling, along with a fruit sweetness. There’s a bit of yeast, orange, and spice in the aroma as well, but it all mixes very well.
I don’t think that this is a particularly sweet beer. There’s a foretaste with a malt sensation, but the sugars are very restrained. The beer is very carbonated, and there’s an effervescence that you can pick-up all the way through the bottle. Yeastiness and a slightly mouth-puckering tartness (but just a bit) come through in the finish. It all rolls together to make a very refreshing beer.
I generally don’t like fruit beers, but this is one of the few that get my vote. It’s got a fruit-flavor throughout the taste, without the artificial sweetness that you often find. Very good.

Suds, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This sat in my beer closet for some time, as I was quite expecting not to like it. Fruit beers generally strike me as too artifical-tasting and overly sweet. I kind of bore the same relation to it that I did with Schindler's List. Whatever it was that put me in the mood to see a movie, it wasn't a desire to be horribly depressed by scenes of mass slaughter. And whatever it was that put me in the mood for a beer, it wasn't a desire for, well, green apples.

But with the expiration date approaching in the next year, I thought it time to take care of business. So there ya go.

It pours quite nicely. Champagne like in appearance, though the carbonation is not quite so thorough. Similar in color, though, with an initial large-bubbled white head that fades fairly quickly. Quite appealing in a flute.

The aroma of green apples hit pretty hard upon first opening. In fact, my wife, sitting about 10 feet away, was able to smell it. So strong was it initially that I worried the same characteristic would dominate the flavor. But after just a minute or so had passed, the appleishness (sure, that's a word) of the aroma had faded a bit, and the beer actually picked up a nice bit of musky barnyard aroma. This helped round the scent out well.

Green apple is, of course, the first thing one notices upon tasting this beer. But it is quickly supplemented in a number of ways. A mild, slightly sugary malt sweetness kicks in after the initial tastes fade. The back-end is nicely, though very moderately, spiced, with another hint of slightly funky barnyard flavors. The most noticeable supporting actor in this troupe is the curacao, which lends a nice juicy orange flavor to the aftertaste -- but mingled with more earthy flavors to leave an overall well-rounded impression.

All in all, a much nicer beer than I expected. Effervescent in mouthfeel, and not at all cloying in flavor, with a surprising amount of depth. Unibroue rarely disappoints!

mzwolinski, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I smelled apple as soon as the cap was twisted off. Pours a glowing peach hue with a fizzy, like cola carbonation, white colored head. Strong green apple aroma, some malt and coriander, quite inviting. Carbonic acid was honestly the first impression after the first sip, highly carbonated. Subtle apple comes mid-palate and then faded to some residual traditional witbier spicings in the finish; dry, light and airy. This would pair up pretty good with some pastry-encrusted baked brie with honey drizzled on it. Not too aggressive, just about enough fruit and spices to appease the senses. My only gripe is it seems overcarbonated; I'll be burping apple Jolly Ranchers for an hour. Drinkability's good, one's enough, though, I could see a severe case of the "green apple quick-step" if drank in mass quantities.

crookedhalo, Sep 10, 2004
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,810 ratings.