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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,877
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 30
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of cracgor
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark yellow, almost orange, hazy beer. Rocky white head with good lacing. Decent Retention.

Smell: As soon as I open it, I smell granny smith apples. A little grassy and sweet as well.

Taste: A nice jolly rancer green apple opening followed by a beer malt flavor. The two are good but don't play well together.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. A bit dry and a little tart. It would be much better if it was tarter.

Drinkability: It's drinkable. I wouldn't put it in the recommend category, but a decent and different beer to enjoy.

Photo of UncleFlip
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Large, thick white creamy head springs up quickly and stays a while. Underneath is it a pale yellow, hazy brew with slightly orangish undertones if you work at it.

The first sniff revealed a smell of malt and green appels. A quick accidental sniff while looking at the beer called up a smell like cotton candy. Odd. I couldn't get it to return. There's a little woody spice on the nose here, but overall, its an airy, light aroma.

The first thing that hits on the flavour is a quick hit of apple (sort of green apple and sweetened apple juice combined), followed by a very hefe-ish taste. On second and subsequent sips, this profile seems oddly reversed. As the glass goes on, the apple flavour is less apparent, but takes center stage on a small belch after a sip. :) I think the taste would be better if the apple flavour were a bit more of the green apple quality than the sweetened apple juice variety, and were slightly more up front to match the other flavours of this beer.

This one's just a wee bit too fizzy for my tastes, and the body seems oddly just a bit thick but at the same time a bit watery. A mouthfeel paradox can sometimes be good- but in this case, it's just confusing.

Despite this brew's shortcomings, I think it's above average on the drinkability scale. Maybe not my first choice, but it's one I could drink more than once in a session.

Be well

Photo of circuitmonkey
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow in color with a slight cloudiness. Pours a big head, almost like a sparkling cider or champagne.

Seemed to have a slightly higher level of carbonation than most beers

Has a slight smell of granny smith and something else... maybe yeast?

Taste was not particularly pleasing to me and was about the most disappointing aspect of this beer. It tasted vaguely like granny smith, but had other aspects to it that I just didn’t like to well.

Photo of carln26
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at Cicero’s today. It poured a hazy gold color with a thin white head, that didn’t last long. No discernable lace left on the glass. The aroma is dominated by apple maybe a little citrus. Taste is crisp apple, a little sweet. Slight orange citrus in the finish. This is like drinking a Jolly Rancher apple flavored candy. Slick crisp mouth feel. Low drinkability. This is just too sweet.

Photo of sinistermadman
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light yellow with decent carbonation - very slight 0.5 cm tall head.

Smell: Apples obviously, but with a spicy nose. Label states coriander.

Mouthfeel is slightly astringent and puckering. Grainy wheat laden body followed with a subtle green apple twang.

I love Unibroue but this offering is passable to me. Not a bad brew particularly when the style is considered, but not one that will make it into my regular rotation anytime soon.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Truh
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of whynot44
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of waughbrew
4.74/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Beervis
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Ellbert
4.69/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of unklesyd
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Photo of Brian700
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EPseja
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Photo of AltBock
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,877 ratings.