Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue
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4.2/5 rDev +17%
The body of this beer is yellow and hazy, crowned with a giant fluffy white head. I can smell the apple with the glass sitting a couple feet from me, but when I put my nose in it, the apple aroma is nicely balanced by a strong, slightly clovey Belgian yeast character. The body is light and crisp and the flavor is initially dominated by the fruity esters of the yeast, over a light bed of malt. In the finish, this is joined by a subtle touch of wonderfully fresh, crisp, juicy, green apple flavor, with a nearly nonexistent touch of hop spice at the very end. It leaves a sticky sweet coat in the mouth.
This is a very refreshing beer, with its fresh fruit character and light body, but given that seemingly light body, the stickiness left after sipping this is surprising. The dominance of the Belgian yeast is offset very nicely by the fresh green apple aroma and flavor.
09-08-2003 02:58:29 | More by Stopper
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Bought one 12-ounce bottle to-go from my favorite Sarasota pub, The Cock & Bull, after reading an ad for it in Northwest Brewing News while on vacation in California.
When you pop the cap, man, what an apple aroma. After pouring it, though, the aroma was all but gone. Perhaps my nose was just overwhelmed by the initial smell?
The beer looks very much like a Belgian Wheat, which I imagine is the base for this brew. It has a pale and cloudy white/yellow color.
I know this probably doesn't make sense, but the taste is fizzy. The apple imparts a tart quality to the beer that I don't remember tasting in other brews. I suppose you could say it has a cider quality to it, which owing to the (duh) apples.
Éphémère is a good choice for a refresher during the hot days of summer.
09-06-2003 21:08:48 | More by Shaw
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
This was one hard beer to find. I received a couple of 12oz. bottles from a friend that bought some in northern New Hampshire. It is a slightly hazy dull yellow color with a big fluffy white head on top. The head took a long time to dissolve to a thick sheet on the surface. A few spots of lace stuck to the glass, but most fell back into the beer.
The aroma is mainly apples, although hints of spice (clove) and yeast can be detected. Each sip of this thin to medium bodied beer begins with a dry apple flavor. Towards the middle a hint of spices and wheat move in before the mildly tart finish. A light apple taste is left behind.
This is a smooth tasting, well balanced beer. It is a nice change of pace to other styles that are out there. I think this beer may appeal to those wine drinkers who snub anything made out of malt.
09-06-2003 19:24:32 | More by WanderingFool
4.2/5 rDev +17%
Color is a very light cloud of hazy yellow with a thin white loose head that fades fast and leaves very minimal lace. Smell is apple-isious! Lots of green apple with the skins even, not cidery tart, more like a subdued creamyness like an apple shampoo, has some banana, pear and musty notes. Not all that strongly pungent but wonderfully complex and subtle. Taste is sparkly smooth with an easy going apply bite of green apple, with the skins too, light pear and banana with a smooth yeasty finish and a fading soft crispness. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, easy, refreshing, interesting, fun, unique, another Unibroue keeper.
09-05-2003 03:02:54 | More by tavernjef
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "best before" warning -- in this case 04/30/05 -- stamped above the bar-code of its rear label; $6.49/4 from the Beverage Warehouse down near Culver City.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, straw-like gold; obnoxiously large, snow-white head; moderate lacing; head recension can be measured with a sun-dial.
Aroma: Largely of green apples, yeast and spicy clove.
Taste: Lightly sweet and somewhat tart; strong notes of yeast, green apple and clove; dry finish; gentle hints of citrus type fruit and coriander throughout. Light bodied; fairly crisp.
Notes: Flavor profile doesn't quite do it for me. May re-review down the road. Pour with caution.
08-26-2003 08:32:57 | More by Mustard
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
I poured this beer from the 750ml bottle to share with two friends. Immediately, we could detect the fragrant green apples. It smelled incredibly fresh. The color was a nice light golden color with a cloudy appearance. There was a nice head to it that did stick around for a little while. The taste was quite refreshing and while the apple was quite evident, it was overpowering. It had a light mouthfeel which made it very easy to enjoy. There was a nice yeasty after taste. I do not recommend drinking this as quickly as one might another refreshing beer, but rather drink it as slowly as you would any other nice beer that you wish to fully appreciate.
08-25-2003 01:57:28 | More by gueuzegeek
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
Very pale straw colored beer is topped by a fluffy white head that seemingly lasts longer than summer itself. The aroma of green apples hits you as you open the bottle. Once in the glass, more of a spicy wheat aroma greets the nose. The taste is very light, almost like "Sierra Nevada wheat light", but with an overlay of green apple. Very refreshing and nice. Pretty dry finish. Moreso than just about any beer I can remember. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. A bit too light for my tastes, but this beer pulls it off well. Drinakbility is decent, but this is not my first choice of a summer quencher. Give me a hearty hefe over this any day. Still, a solid beer from Unibroue.
08-24-2003 04:47:40 | More by aaronh
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
ok i heard alot about this and i was really stoked to see it in my local beer shop so i immediatly bought a 750ml bottle and ran home. upon opening it smelled of lovely green apples (the cork still smells like apple candy) and it poured out a golden yellow with a nice white head. the taste was somewhat of a let down though. didnt really have the strong apple taste that the aroma hinted too, it kinda tasted like a watered down hefe with just a hint of green apple. i dont know, but i just didnt dig it at all. i was decent, but not at all what i had expected. the mouthfeel was nice and light with good carbonation and it was refreshing. i only had a glass full and was done with it, damn.
08-23-2003 09:44:28 | More by DESTRO
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
Very nice, this one. Especially as a summertime thirst quencher. Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy gold. CO2 surges to the top like water falls at Niagra. Incredibly bubbly, sort of reminds me of champaigne. Head is thick, white, and fluffy; very long lasting. Smell of green apples is incredily strong. Smell is tart, and somewhat candy-like. Underneath the apple, if you can dig that far, is a smell of grainy wheat. Flavor at first is heavily laden with Granny Smith apples. It also has a very grainy wheat flavor, more noticeable after a few sips. Aftertaste is only slightly fruity, and rather big on the wheat. Light bodied brew, with a very rough mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable on this hot August evening. Thirst quenching, and flavorful. Definitely a brew for my fridge next summer.
08-22-2003 00:52:43 | More by Viking
4.28/5 rDev +19.2%
Appearance is nice - light but hazy with a small amount of head
Smell - There is an apple smell that pretty much overwhelms any other aroma that is trying to get through, almost like a hard cider
Taste - light and tasty with a good body for such a light beer. There is very little bitterness that is masked by the fruity green apple taste. Not to sweet.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Again very light and refreshing with a crisp taste. Very easy to drink on a nice summer day.
08-18-2003 20:13:09 | More by Elemental
4.35/5 rDev +21.2%
Presentation: A 750ml cork and caged bottle, with the usual colorful Unibroue oval shaped label for the Éphémère, a winged beauty clad in a tight figure hugging gold dress sits aside a green sash with an Apple pictured on it. Labeled as 5.5% and Best Before 05-01-05
Appearance: A very light straw like yellow golden body that has a distinct haze to it not exactly cloudy, but milky in style. The head is voluminous and massive leaving a huge smattering all over the glass. The gargantuan white frothy head soon collapses to a much more manageable 1 mass that has an 'old-pillow' existence, such that any indentations remain, and never recover.
Nose: As soon as the cork was extracted, the odor of fresh spritzy Granny Smith Apples punctuated the atmosphere long before the phup of the cork finished resonating in my Apartment. But amazingly, when you get close to the beer and inhale the aroma is rather delicate, far from overpowering. Baked apples and cinnamon mixed with Coriander.
Taste: Fresh green apples, fan-fare the entrance. The coriander is present in strength mixed with a zesty curacao. Spicy and refreshing. The freshness of the apples lingers throughout the beer, slightly tart at times, but they are strongest in the middle. I expected more of a Cider, than a Beer, which would have been easy to do - I have tried many such attempts in the UK and all have been very acidic in character. This is not, it is much better than that, for the Apples are crafted, almost surgically implanted, into the beer. Very impressive. Dry finish with a tart ending.
Mouthfeel: Above average in strength, but high in quality, the high carbonation is smooth and far from prickly. Clean, slightly tart at times, but always very refreshing. A comfortable 4.0.
Drinkability: I had a 750ml and it was no problem emptying it. I just love those apple burps!!!!
Overall: My hats off to Unibroue, since coming to the States and trying many of their beers, they have truly impressed me no-end with all of them. They are definitely one of the greats thats for sure.
08-18-2003 06:36:24 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
12 oz foil covered bottle. Served in a small goblet.
This beer poured a pale yellow color that had a slight haze to it but was very well carbonated. The head that was produced was an off white head that had a creamy consistency and lasted fairly well, but when it fell, it went fast. Some lace visible, but nothing outstanding. The aromas were mostly of green fresh picked granny smith apples, some spices were present (clove, cinnamon, coriander), wheat grains and other fruits could be smelled (banana, orange, lemon). The tastes were a mirror to the nose, mostly green apples, wheat grain, fruits (lemon, banana), spices (clove mostly with some coriander). It left an aftertaste of fresh apple pie with a wheat flour crust. It was light bodied. It started off a little on the over carbonated (sharp) side but calmed down fairly fast. It reminded me of champagne with apples in it. For a hot summer day this beer was very refreshing it quenched my thirst and was pleasant to drink.
08-17-2003 00:58:26 | More by Jarod
4.4/5 rDev +22.6%
Yet another thanks to Kluk for this one. Apparently Premier just got it in. What an outstanding cure for the apalling Utah heat! Poured a hazy golden orange with a whipped white head. This is one of the best smelling beers I've had. Unibroue yeast and wheat at the base with an ethereal sour apple aroma dancing around. I wanted my small glass to turn into a pitcher so I could chug it! Taste was refreshing wheat/yeast with a very subtle sweetness (the smell was deceivingly sweet, but I was glad to find the taste not so). Finish was crispl and slightly tart with powerful granny smith apple notes ( but not sweet like cider). The apple notes lingered. Best "summer beer" I've had this year.
08-15-2003 20:17:59 | More by alexgash
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
Wow, what a nice aroma this beer has! Immediately after popping the cork on this 750mL bottle, pleasant thoughts of sour apple Jolly Ranchers come to mind. It's very fizzy and the head is enormously fluffy. Dry on the palate this beer is...very crisp. The apple flavor is pretty reserved but very pleasant. I'm not too familiar with coriander and curacao, so I didn't know what to look for in the flavor for them. But this is a wonderful brew that's not too sweet, not too sour, with just the right amount of everything.
08-14-2003 20:57:49 | More by AudioGilz
4.13/5 rDev +15%
I've been exploring the outstanding offerings from Unibroue, and I had been searching high and low for this, but no luck. Then, on my last trip to Half Time, the Hudson Valley's Beer Mecca, what do my wondering eyes see, but Ephemere! Thanks, guys!
Anyway, this beer pours a golden yellow, with a fizzy white 3 finger head that fades tout d'suite (fast). When you open it, you'll get a blast of green apple, then it backs off to apple, caramel, and malt. The taste is tart apple and citrus, with a faint malt note. The carbonation is light and fizzy, which gives it a brisk, smooth, light mouthfeel. The finish is smooth and mellow apple and citrus.
A lovely beer, great for summer quaffing.
08-13-2003 00:41:01 | More by WaltTrombone
4.18/5 rDev +16.4%
Now Quaffing: Ephemere - Apple
Presentation: 12oz. gold foil top bottle poured into goblet.
I always anticipate anything new I get to try from Unibroue, which is absolutely a world class brewery. On to Ephemere, an intriguing beer indeed. Pours a pale apricot with only light visible through the glass. The head is big and very fizzy dissapating quickly to nothing and there is no signs of lacing on the glass. The nose is faint with an apple sweetness. This is a very balanced beer with a definite apple theme that is not overdone. Sweet red delicious apples support the malts up front and almost lip puckering granny smith apples travel with the hops in the back end. There is a refreshing bite from the carbonation and the finish is dry. Overall this is a very unique beer that is extremely drinkable. I would have no problems drinking a 750ml or two....
08-12-2003 00:24:21 | More by TripelJ
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours a yellowish color with a nice tight white head. Aroma is strongly apple scented with a bit of spice underneath. Taste was kind of a surprise with the apple flavor very subdued and very well balanced. There was no sickening sweetness or overpowering fruitiness as in some fruit beers. Overall a good beer but nothing I would go out of my way for.
08-11-2003 03:24:59 | More by Sixpack595
4.3/5 rDev +19.8%
This is such a beautiful thing! This is what "fruity" beer should taste like. The crispness of the apples and mild hint of hops combine religiously, making this one bad ass brew. The little fairy on the front is pretty cool too. The smell is of very strong apples, so I was expecting something sugary, but alas, it was not. The head lasted a little bit, but died down in the end, which was to be expected. I am gitty like a school girl over this one! Horray for Unibroue and another one of thier fantastic beers! Canadians aren't all bad.
08-10-2003 08:23:18 | More by JISurfer
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
The beer pours a hazy light gold color with a frothy white head. The aroma is spicy. There is a great aroma of green apples here. The taste is much the same. Apple flavor comes through, but the spices added make this a much more complex brew. It's smooth, highly refreshing, and Belgian like in taste. The mouthfeel is good. This is a light bodied beer. I love this brew; a real good sessions beer and a break from the norm.
08-10-2003 03:34:44 | More by WesWes
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
Pours with a hazy golden color with a large white head. Aroma is of orange and coriander. Taste is very citrusy and finishes with the flavor of cider. Not as much apple flavor I expected, but I got a great tasting belgian wit and the apples add another dimension of flavor.
08-09-2003 23:47:24 | More by dmarch
4.15/5 rDev +15.6%
Appearance is similar to a wit.....hazy light golden. Approaches apple juice color, but not quite that pale. The nice looking dense white head has good retention. Aroma is delicate, but quite nice. Sweet apple, cinamon sticks, must and fruitcake. Nice tasting thirst quencher. Takes just a little getting used to on the first try, but it definitely grows on you. I am happy to discover that this beer is not very cidery or acidic. There's just a little tart senstion, but not a lot. I reminisce about the green apple taffy I enjoyed during my youth as I drink. The musty undertones really add a pleasant quality to this beer. Just a slight amount of bittering is noticed. Lively carbonation is noted in the mouthfeel. Body is a little better than medium. I like this one.
08-09-2003 01:57:47 | More by Bighuge
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours a hazy golden color.Has a great aroma of apples with some spicyness and yeast notes.A really distinct taste- light ale with hints of apple.Beers like this are really not my thing but this is quite nice.There's a certain spiciness that comes thru the tart apple flavor.An effervescent mouthfeel completes the picture.Overall I would have to say quite an enjoyable beer.Has a very unique flavor and a great tartness thats perfect for a summers day.Dont know if I would have more then 2 but still very nice indeed.
08-09-2003 00:59:44 | More by lackenhauser
4.08/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured a transparent, extremely pale yellow color - eerily similar to Bud Light. Had a sudsy head that stayed due to lots of miniscule carbonation. Smell was of very tart green apples, little tinges of coriander, and a bready presence too. Also, a raw wheat smell like a gueuze; actually, in general like a gueuze with a green apple character. But, the coriander brings on a spiciness that hurts the apple and wheat/malt body.
Taste was not as fruity as the nose, moreover a subtle mix of wheat finesse, the light golden malt of a summer ale, a tiny bit of spice from coriander and curacao, and the nascent sweet and sour of the apple adding some character in the background. Had an easy slide of a mouthfeel, suprisingly no fizz. An inviting drink, good though not the best fruit beer, but definitely better than most.
08-08-2003 16:50:58 | More by nomad
4.55/5 rDev +26.7%
Pours out to a pale golden, forming a huge pure-white sea-foam head with superior retention and nice lacing. Adding the yeast turns it a beautiful murky white. Carbonation is strong. Aroma is intoxicating....fresh green sour apples perfectly in harmony with the trademark Unibroue yeast notes...cloves and a hint of banana to round it out. One can smell green apples across the room. Oh boy...what a taste. Amazing stuff this is...tastes exactly as it smells, however the green apples are not as strong as I would have thought by aroma, but still tart and juicy, complementing the crisp wheat and delicate pale malt body. Mouthfeel is spritzy like champagne with a brisk, clean mouthfeel and slightly astringent finish. Hops are only in the background and slightly perfumy and contribute just enough bitterness to complement the sweet apples. Very easy to drink, however I would have liked just a tad more malt sweetness. This is great stuff...indeed another masterpiece from Unibroue. I can only imagine what the peach tastes like.
08-08-2003 00:08:25 | More by Mitchster
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: I honestly don't much see the point in a granny smith beer. Pours a murky yellow with a medium white head. Quick lacing. Strong aroma of sour apple and wheat. Light-bodied with a character consistent with other beers of the style. Sour apple dominates the flavor, along with some wheat and spice in the background. The finish is rather crisp and stays with the apple theme. Not bad for what it is, I just don't see the point in beers like this.
08-06-2003 13:29:55 | More by Dogbrick
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,763 ratings.