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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

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Ratings: 1,888
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 30
Gots: 103 | 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 Hibernator
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue Ephemere
1 PT 9.4 FL Oz
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a hazy orange color. Light in appearance.

Impressive nose with a fruity presence. I certainly detect whiffs of apples, oranges and cloves. Nice aroma.

Pressured mouthfeel with a clean, grainy taste. Citrus fruit and Belgian spice with a tart granny smith apple finish.

A well crafted fruit beer without question. Very enjoyable to sip on a warm day. Definitely recommended for those would like fruity beers and appreciate the Belgian yeast/clove combo.

Photo of ryantupy
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! This has got to be one the funkiest tastng beers ever. It pours a golden clear color with a nice lace. It actually looks like sparkling apple juice. Smells like apples and about nothing else maybe a little yeasty. It tastes like sweet acidic apple juice with a wheaty malty character. Very well balanced but definatly lacks complxity a quality I have come to expect from Unibrou.

Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big brown Unibroue bottle, best if drank by 2-10-2006.

Very, very nice pour. About as nice as a white beer can get. Perfect shade of honey yellow, perfect little head.

Smells of spicy Duvel fruits along with green apples and cloves. Burny. Wonderful. Just the perfect amount of fruit mixed with the Belgian Wheat goodness.

Taste good. The nose, basically, only slightly washed out by a grand fizziness that feels cool but kills the apples.

Photo of Citadel82
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one that is easy to find locally. I really love its champagne like qualities as well as the clear and ever presesnt apple aroma and flavor. not as cloying as many ciders, The green apple flavor blends well with the "beer" aspects, the doughy yeast, the soft biscuity malts and the faint hop presence. This is a beer to enjoy with lighter fare.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Whole Foods Market here in Madison. Stacking this one up against New Glarus' Apple Ale I had about a month ago which was superb.

Pours a golden/straw yellow with a neon greenish hue when held up to the light. Lively bubble action feeds a foamy white head that shrinks to a coating but stays for a while. Aroma is tart apples and some musty yeast/wheat - kind of like a sour Jolly Rancher. Taste is granny smith apples and grassy wheat. The apple is more subtle than in the New Glarus, more tart as well, but I just liked the Apple Ale better. Don't get me wrong, this is tasty, but I liked the sweeter cidery approach better than the tartness here. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp like the Ale. This fruit beer certainly has more of a "beer" flavor than the Apple Ale, but I preferred the later. Still this is another good offering from Unibroue, so far so good from our friends North of the border.

Photo of cubedbee
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle best before 2/17/05. Pours a pale hazy yellow with a finger of dense whit head, pretty good retention. Big green apple aroma with some hints of lemon, bubblegum, and spices. Taste is a mild green apple upfront giving way to a clean wheaty malt and just the slightest tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth yet has a highly carbonated bubbly effervescence---very nice, although it does lead to some strongly appled flavored burps. This is a really good fruit beer, not at all like an apple cider that most people would expect, and is a really nicely flavored but accessible beer.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Unibroue line of products continues to amaze me. I was very skeptical about this beer, thinking it would be a sidestep from some ciders I’ve tried. I was wrong, again. Huge granny smith effervescence, lager-like color with a huge head and cloudy pasteurization (lack thereof). This beer ended up being a very sweet Belgium type beer.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was going to get a 4-pack of this, but I figured one was worth a shot, just in case I wasn't feeling it and didn't want the other three bottles. Turns out, though, I think it's pretty tasty, especially since it's still close to 100 degrees in Richmond, currently, and this is helping to quench the thirst and beat the goddamn heat.

Appearance: Huge head at first, though it dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is thick at first too, which somehow also dissipates rather quickly. The color, though, a thick and hazy straw yellow, along with the huge persistence of bubbles, are saving the appearance, and it turns out to be quite nice.

Smell: Though stupidly, I thought maybe this would be like the apple Smirnoff Ice stuff, and I feel bad now that the thought even entered my mind, especially since I like Unibroue so much. The apple, for a fruit beer, is more of a variable to enrich the difference and the taste. It's light, but instead of syrub or artificiality, it feels like real juice from granny smith apples. Also some slight bubblegum, candi sugar, and lemon zest, as I expected. A pretty refreshing aroma overall.

Taste: When I swish it around with my nasal cavities forced open (sounds goofy, but maybe you know what I mean), the apple is felt beautifully, and is not overdone but just right. It's more of a Belgian Pale Ale with apple added to enhance that fruitier side of it; though it can be tasted, the bubblegum, apple, lemon, and sugars are melded together nicely, in a mellow, not overpowerful state that pleases the palate.

Mouthfeel: Starts off creamy, then goes into a bit of carbonation since it's so infused with the bubbles. Body is light to medium. Quite nice, again, for a thirst-quenching, heat-forgetting beer.

Drinkability: Though it's not extremely sweet, I don't know if I'd want to make a session out of this. It seems like with any fruit beer, eventually the notion of the fruit may either get a bit boring, not lively enough, or tiresome. However, if you're wanting something that's craft-worthy without being overly insane to the palate, this is certainly worth trying. If I can find them, I'll probably be trying the other varities of Ephemere also.

Photo of karst
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold with huge white head and thick lace. Aroma of apples and bubblegum esters. Seen it described as "green apple Jolly Ranchers dropped into a glass of Duvel" Thought it would taste like apple cider but inspite of dominate apple flavors it displays its Belgium side with orange zest, clove and crushed coriander with a curacao bitterness merged in sweet sparkling wit-like light body with a tingling mouth feel from the strong carbonation.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reminescent of a Belgian Wit and a Sprakling white wine. Tart, sour, and defyant esters. Spicy, peppery, and lightly sweet. Citric and acidic. Ooh, by the way, APPLES! Granny smith to be exact. The cidery aromas trascribe into the flavor and ride it on through to the finish. Lightly earthy and grape skin flavors add bitterness and roughness. Finishes dry, tart, and mildly sweet. High carbonation scrubs the palate, and the alcohol numbs it. Dry and bubbly. Aftertaste is a little phenolic and warm...remaining tart and sour.

Photo of fisherman34
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and light gold in colour. Green apple and some mild yeast aromas. Flavor wise, the apple dies off a bit, and a sweet cherry flavor moves in. It reminds me of cherry Bubbliscious gum. With all of the fruit flavors going on, it still retains its beer flavors as well (gentle hops, yeast, etc.). Oddly enough, I kinda wish this beer was a bit sweeter, but this is still some solid stuff.

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.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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