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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,849 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 1,849
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy from the suspended yeast particles, yellow-gold in hue with a very modest peachy influence. A massive bright white head topped the beer; it was at least three fingers in height. Impressive. The head retention was admirable; it slowly faded to a tight cap. The subsequent lacing was patchy but it didn’t cling well. Still this is an interesting looking beer and my curiosity is aroused. The nose is airy, it reminds me of a Wit. Wheat aromas start the bouquet, followed by a kiss of marshmallows and dried oranges. There is a very faint suggestion of spice. These aspects are pleasant “as is,” however this says nothing of the lovely green apple aromas of the finish. The apples don’t smell like cider but more like a Jolly Rancher. The potency isn’t very strong, this is disappointing, regardless the bouquet is still inviting. In a word the palate could be summarized as refreshing. That said, the beer isn’t outright flavorful, sure it is tasty but where is the flavor depth? Upfront is a mild sweet wheat and marshmallow taste, which softens by the middle. Here the green apples emerge and then fade. The finish is malty with a dash of spice, apples, and dried orange peel. Not to mention a kiss of yeasty dough. In the aftertaste the apples reappear. Overall the palate is pleasant but it is far from remarkable. Still I’m not complaining drinking this. Medium in body with big, lively carbonation, the mouthfeel is very enjoyable. This is the best aspect of this beer. The effervesce cleans the tongue after every swallow. Refreshing. I bet this beer would kill with pancakes. Yum. The low abv is a plus too. It is an easy quaff. This would make a pleasant lazy warm Sunday afternoon beer. Even though the palate isn’t very bold I still enjoy it. I would really like to try it again. Thanks mdings for the sample.

Photo of baiser
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL corked bottle. Enjoyed this with a baked apple cake.

Poured a cloudy yellow orange colour, with a large foamy white head, less than average retention. Wonderful colour.

This beer smells so damn good. I'm an apple fan, so this may be biased. Aroma of granny apples is overwhelming - like apple cider. Also some peppery spices. Smelled sweet and delicious.

Taste reminded me of a blanche de chambly with the added apple flavour. Spiced, with an apple tartness. Somewhat astringent, and a slight hop aftertaste. Needless to say, quite fruity.

A treat for the senses.

Photo of shapudding
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy lemonjuice color, can't see through it. Some beading coming up to the white and frothy head. Smells like you just cut open a ripe granny smith apple... Actually, maybe even sweeter, like a green apple jolly rancher. Slightly vineous scents.
Highly carbinated, almost champagnelike, bit too much for me... Taste is not as sweet as the scent would lead you to expect. Pretty dry tasting. Slight chardonnay taste with maybe a touch of green apples. Drinkability would be higher for me if the carb was lower. Decent flavors, not too strong, just nice. Could not do a bunch of this in a sitting, but nice for maybe one or 2 glasses.

Photo of RocketWidget
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed side by side with the peach, cranberry, and original versions for comparisons sake.

I enjoyed this slightly more than the cranberry version. Pours a hazy golden color, with head that nearly overflows unless the drinker is careful. Smell is sweet and musty, perhaps a little tart. I detect little to no hops here, with the fruit being the primary form of flavoring. A sweet beer, with the apple taste being somewhat shallow. Well carbonated. Not especially complex, this is a simple fruit beer. Somewhat smooth. Drinkability is average. A slight step up from the cranberry, but not by leaps and bounds.

Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: decanted with a hazy honey color...rocky sticky cap...lively effervescence...heavy nose of ripe apples and musty yeast...peppery tongue mingles with a malty apple body and a clean tart spicey finish...very much like an apple wine spritzer fortified with malts. A nice drink

Photo of axisjones
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap- slightly hazy greenish golden with a pillowy head. Moderate lacing on the way down.
The smell was sweet apples, very rich if not a little deceiving.
The initial taste is pretty much hopless with notes of coriander and orange peel with an apple overtone. Its really not as appley as i imagined it would be. Decent, not great taste. Worth a try.

Photo of bignick
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a beer that I really enjoyed. The appearance was not particularly notable. It poured a light golden color, with average head. The apple smell is very strong, and just makes me want to drink it. The taste is not nearly as potent as the smell, but the apple taste is far from subtle. It is almost a cross between cider and beer, and I really enjoy it.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coaxed from a 12 oz. browner that has a "Best by 4-30-05" label and "Ale brewed with apple juice, coriander, & curacao." Ephemere Apple filled me Duvel glass with a fury & frenzy not seen the likes of which since my last Bell's TwoHearted pour. A virtual sculpture of white pillowy cloudy head 1/2 way up the glass. Apple aromas are hitting me nose already! Oh yeah, and the pour is cloudy, like orange with champagne like bubbles beading up. Eventually this spumescent cover fizzled down to a scant coating.

This gets a perfect scents grade. Huge cotton candy aroma with tons of Granny Smith and MAcintosh style apple essence. Tons of scents erupt from this canuck.

First swigs: Apple lolipop flavors like the ones with the gum in the middle. The obvious tastes are of tart apple and cider, but also some lemon rind like powdery notes creep out also. As this warms, some maltiness and yeasty notes are introduced.

A lite bodied beer with a slick feel. These styled brews are a toss up on drinkability. If in the mood, these would be a delicious and expensive nite.

Last swigs: A bit one dimensional with an apple pie flavor, but UNIBROUE never dissapoints this beer lover. 5.5% ABV, this is a reasonable beer style that reminds me of a white wine.

Beer is good. Happy fruity beering.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clouded light honey-gold with abundant visible carbonation. The head is massive, pure white and fluffysoft, which doesn't bode well for lace. In fact, there's a miniscule amount of glass coverage as I drink.

The nose is of spiced green apples and smells a whole lot like cider/perry, but with a zesty, herbal character as well. The flavor is a curious, tasty commingling of wheat malt, apples and spice. There isn't a great deal of malt present, either in terms of flavor or mouthfeel.

The beer is Granny Smith apple fruity, slightly tart and earthily spicy with coriander most noticeable. The coriander isn't as upfront as it is in many witbiers because it has to compete with a rather bold fruit flavor in this case. I also pick up the faintly musty tang of Belgian yeast which adds complexity and character. The finish is acidic and dry and the body leans toward thin with a pronounced bubbliciousness.

Ephemere Apple is pretty good stuff. I like fruit beers that add spices to the mix, but don't lose their fruit beer personalities. This is no 'humdrum pomme' but a zesty, snappy, Belgian-influenced apple beer that is winsome and tasty.

Photo of Longstaff
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was skeptical when this beer first came out and didn't try it until recently due to my anti-fruit beer prejudice. I ignored it at my own peril since this was a pretty tasty brew if you keep an open mind. First thing I noticed when I flipped the cap is aroma of apple juice filling the room. I was still skeptical at this point that it was just going to be overly sweet and too fruity, but I was wrong. First sip indicated that it was not sweet but in fact pretty dry and you could actually taste barley malt and not just apples. It was immensely interesting to have the the malt flavor compete with the green apple flavor to see who wins. It was a dead heat - both flavors are winners. Body was light,crisp, and tart which gave it a refreshing quality. When I finished, I was dissapointed that I only bought one.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Cloudy and soft, light hay-colored, with a fizzy white head that disappears rather swiftly. The nose is full of apples, with a touch of yeast and spice as well--a very pleasant aroma.

Surprisingly, the apples don't completely dominate the taste, though temper that statement against my expectation that I'd be tasting cider. Apples are the main element, but there's also a bit of complexity here, with a nice, wheaty crispness and hints of coriander around the edges.

Pretty darn good for a hot summer day, and a nice post-dinner compliment to barbecue.

Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,849 ratings.