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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 BeerFink
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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.

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."

Photo of Hunter
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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.

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of trancefishy
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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

Photo of hefevice
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of gimmehead
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of mgdeth
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of cardigan
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of bruachan
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
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

Photo of canadianbarman
3.54/5  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.

Photo of aquatonex
4.77/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

Photo of truthbrew
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Photo of SaunaKing
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

Photo of kindestcut
4.32/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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