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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,811 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,811
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 26
Gots: 72 | 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 gnaussea
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks almost like a lemon drop in color. Yellow, cloudy, wonderful. Smell is clearly of green apple fruitiness. Very nice. Bit of hop on the end of the nose. Flavoe is surprisingly dim on the apple flavor. Some fruity esters, but nothing overwheling. Has the same, subdoed, white ale flavor expected from most breweries, but with a slight touch of the apple. A bit disappointing in my opinion, but still quite nice for a refreshing spring brew. A different kind of beer. One brewed to sit under the shade of a tree on a brisk spring afternoon and enjoy. Not an extremeley complex brew.

gnaussea, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer poured out a hazy golden color with thick white head that lingers and clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: When I popped the cork I immediately smelled the aroma of green apples, which remains strong throughout.

Taste: The first thing noticeable is a hint of sour apples. This flavor is never overpowering, this aspect is very well done. After the initial apple flavor there are hints of spices as well as a hint of alcohol. Nothing remarkable aside from the very well done apple flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, though a bit slick.

Drinkability: All in all this is a very drinkable brew. It would be a great beer to have on a hot day.

EPICAC, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of dpend
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy golden yellow with light head that retained well. Heavy aroma of green apples and traces of wheat.The taste of apples is nicely mild without over powering the beer. Feel is light and refreshing with a nice creamy balance.A must try.

dpend, Nov 27, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pungent green apple aroma wafts out from the instant the cork is released...

Color is clear, pale golden, and is topped with a lush, creamy white head.
Aroma has settled some from that initial sharp sensation, is slightly sweet, and distinctly apple-ish.

Taste: big, brisk hoppiness, then all is mellow. Very light in body, with a crisp, dry finish. Apple flavor is never too strong, just subtle enough, and that's just fine with me.

For some reason, I imagined something bigger out of these guys, but all things considered, this is just right for what they're trying to do here. A nice, mild, bright, fruity ale, perfect for desserts, picnics, parties...but nothing I'd likely turn to often.

feloniousmonk, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8/24/03

Pours to a hazy yellow color with a thick, creamy white head. The aroma is of sweet apples and pears, with a coriander sent as well. It has a very fruity aroma as soon as you pop the top. Amazing fruity aroma, I can't get over. It is a bit yeasty, and medicinal in the aroma as well. The flavor is fruity with the apple, and pear flavors. The flavor flows to a dry coriander flavor in the finish. It is light bodied, refreshing and easy drinking. I really enjoyed this beer.

BeerBuilder, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a HUGE white head with a hazy bright yellow body.

As for the nose, I know this is going to sound bad, but… The combination of malts and apples reminded me of vomit. Green apples, apples, orange peel, coriander, bubble gum, malt, apple cider, cinnamon. But still… the combination just had this overall sense of vomit to me. Not that it was bad mind you, just sort of an odd smell.

The taste was light and easy drinking. Tastes like an apple flavored jolly rancher. Malt, smooth, sugary with a subdued sweetness. Wheat, malt, apple peel, Sort of like a soft apple + jolly rancher + white sugar = this beer.

Overall this was just one interesting brew. Sort of a belgian triple mixed with apple cider. It smells like vomit, but… it’s actually pretty good.

taez555, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this sitting in the refridgerator since summer. It poured a golden yellow color with a thin head. The head lasted through most of the drink. Apples and sweetness were detected in the aroma. The taste was a smooth combination apples, mellow spice, and some bitterness. Very light and refreshing on the tongue, and a mellow tart apple flavor lingers on the tongue. The carbonation was perfect. Very enjoyable, very drinkable, and looking forward to this next year.

Gavage, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one just didn't live up to my expectations. It poured a nice light apple cider color with a nice sized frothy head and lots of bubbles racing to the top. Lots of lacing on the sides. The smell was quite sweet and very appley (sp?). Anyways, the taste showed green apple but not in the way I particularly like. Too tart and there were too many spices retarding the apple flavor. Didn't seem to meld too well. With that being said this was still a solid brew that improved the further along I went in tasting it. But I don't think I'll be going out of my way to get this one again.

granger10, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow what nice offering again from Unibroue,pours a pale yeloow with a huge blooming head,a great aroma of green apples almost like a green apple jolly rancher.Taste is pretty complex much more than I thought,a nice fresh green apple taste with a nice malted wheat flavor with the two combining to make a great finish.Almost to easy to drink its 5.5% is masked very well.

oberon, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale gold with a snow-white head. An instant whiff of freshly sliced Granny Smith Apples escapes. A mild aroma of malt and faint hops follow. The light bodied malt possesses a slightly fresh white bread flavor. The big dominant flavor here is tart apples. A mild lime-like flavor and lightly spiced cider taste are noticed in the finish. A champagne-like effervescence carries the flavors all over the tongue, but diminish the presence of any noticeable body. Purchased on Oct. 16, 2003 - the Best Before Date is 05/21/05. This is a light bodied, light colored and relatively low alcohol (5.5%abv) ale with a fairly long shelf life. I wonder how well it will really keep?

BeerResearcher, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foggy pale golden in hue. Mountainous, dogged, burly white head leaves dense, steadfast lace. Candied, sugary, yet vibrant green apple along with bubblegum esters hit the nose simultaneously upfront in aroma. Softer, rounding wafts of orange peel and signature Unibroue juicy lychee like yeast esters surface as the nose adjust and the beer breathes. Understated waft of herbal phenolics. Reminescent of a green apple Jolly Ranchers dropped into a glass of Duvel. Unique, and oddly enticing aromawise. Apple flavors abound in the flavor profile, but are more of a tart, Granny Smith nature. Pronounced, static, bubblegum undertone, lends a lingering suggestion of flavored flouride treatment. Fruit flavors are sharp and extract like initially to the palate, but mellow as the brew breathes, eventually melding with the mild notes of clove and crushed coriander. Sucrose sweetness augments after a deliberation and couples with the persistent green apple theme, yielding a sweetened, sparkling apple cider impression late. Whimsically spritzy in mouthfeel, light in body, and nearly refreshing. Bitterness is mostly curacao derived, and the paltry hop presence leaves fruit and yeast character unhindered. Finishes surprisingly juiceless, with an abrupt note of tart apple marmalade. Quite an odd brew. Akin to a Belgian wit / cider hybrid. Although it grew on me as I drank it, I don't forsee myself getting another bottle anytime soon. Enjoyable, but certainly not a showstopper. A 750 ml portion is enough for my palate.

marc77, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2002 version. Yellowish apple ciderish color, very hazy. Large creamy soft head. Aroma is apples, dough and cinnamon. A medium bodied fruit beer. Very Spritzy. Lively carbonation. Malts are fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. The apple flavor is very subtle and is more tart than sweet. There is a touch of wine cooler-ishness to it, but its most definitely a beer. This is a perfect beer to sip on a hot summer evening. Yet another interesting beer from Unibroue. Mouthfeel is full and soft. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of ecoboy
4.83/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding and highly recommended.

Bottle conditioned in a 12-oz bottle, it did not considerably differ from that conditioned in the larger size.

White pillowy head, enormously exciteable. Hazy yellow gold.

Tangy tart aroma represents the fresh fruit, the malt and the hops; goes light on the spice (coreander plainly listed on label is not overdone.) Not desserty, this has a vinous aroma that doesn't overpower. Nothing false about it.

Not as tart in flavor, or even as appley as the granny smith on the label would leave one to believe. Clearly ale made from grain, and nowhere near cidery. Lovely subtley with suitable complexity: brisk flash of biscuity malt, zip of citrus peel hops and third, the real apple flavor. Short, refreshing, light finish of fruit and grain.

ecoboy, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of TinusTime
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw with a pure white head of foam. The smell is instant apples. One does not have to stick their nose in the glass at all to find the apple.. The smells wafts towards you from across the room. The taste is well, surprisingly light. In fact, I was rather dissapointed. I could taste the apple, and some yeasty breadiness, but other than that the taste was so light and ephemeral (hence the name) that i kept wanting more richness. This is not to say that its a bad beer, and it would be brilliant to cook with or drink as an appertif in the summer. I guess i was just looking for something with a bit of a more full- bodied flavour. I would give it another try and certainly drink another, just not on a chilly night after a long day of work.

TinusTime, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is in keeping with Unibroue's trademark appearance. It's a hazy yellow-gold with those nice champagne-like bubbles and frothy white head. My six year old daughter instantly smelled apples from half-way across the room. The smell is a wonderful combination of tart apple and a musty Belgian yeast smell. The taste is dominated by apple, but citrus smells are pronounced at the start but fade a bit after it sits a while. It's a very refreshing and interesting beer. Not an everyday beer but a nice change from the usual.

mickeymac, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of inebrius
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thirst slaking golden dappled green wheat with soft notes of dry grass, road dust and honeysuckle. Like biting into a summer apple picked unripe from the tree, dense and raw and tart but hinting the sweetness of coming Autumn. Sweetness like mineral water stirred with drops of clover honey, eucalyptus and lime.

Quite a complex warm weather style brew and who couldn't picture themselves sprawled out on a lazy lawn with some soppresata, double cream cheese and an Ephemere? Quite good.

inebrius, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A massive white foam on top of a murky golden (with some amber color) brew. The nose is powerfully sweet and full of delicious apples.

It is light and crisp with tingly carbonation. The sweetness of the nose carries through in the flavor. It is not too sweet, but it is up there. Some grainy notes balance it well, and the apple presence is toned down to a suitable level. It is very drinkable, but definitely not one to judge Unibroue by.

ElGuapo, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled July 2004
Pours a hazy full gold color. It is well carbonated which generates a white head. A wonderful apple aroma wafts to my nose as I pour this beer. Good this beer might be better than when I last had it. As I go in for a deeper sniff all I find is more apple, perhaps there is a bit of yeastiness, but mostly just notes of sour apple candy. This beer is dry up front, and has a crisp apple candy bite in the finish. There is a hint of light graininess in the background.

This seems a bit too much like a candy apple jolly-rancher. This is certainly much more interesting than when I last had it, but the apple flavors seem fake to me. The apple notes are just too jarring, though they do mellow a bit as my palate becomes used to it.

Sampled August 2003 750ml bottle
The beer is quite murky (like a young cider) and a light brown color, poured with no head at all. It has a pleasing cidery aroma. The flavor is very dry with a subdued apple taste. Not too much flavor over all. I was expecting a bit more excitement from this beer, though it was not bad overall

Gueuzedude, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance – Light green-yellow in color with a big head that went down cleanly. The head was more like something you’d see with champagne instead of beer. It was very bubbly and went down quickly.

Smell – There’s a faint yeast fragrance in there, but it’s Granny Smith that runs this show.

Taste – The green apple comes out big in the taste (as advertised), but it’s not like drinking apple cider. There’s also a little peach in there as well. My wife likes a champagne spritzer I make with dry champagne, a half shot of apple schnapps, a short half shot of brandy, and a big pinch of sugar. Once I forgot the sugar, and it tasted similar to this.

Mouthfeel – I thought from the champagne-like head that this would be bubbly and heavily carbonated, but in fact it was kind of flat and dry. It’s definitely light-bodied, though.

Drinkability – Not my cup of tea. I’ve had a few fruit-flavored ales that I’ve liked, but this one didn’t make the grade. Sorry.

RoyalT, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale hazed straw with a white head. Tart apple is an underlying theme that this beer is constructed around. To say that this is apple beer is to mock the complexity of the brew itself. Yeast, and many spices also show up in the profile. The tart start and finish of the brew make it quite the drinkable. This is one of the better Unibroue Ephemere brews.

scottum, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A beclouded lemon yellow with the head voluminous in stature, color brilliant white, frothy in texture and as it dissolves a velum like sheet of lace forms to conceal the glass. The aroma of tart “Granny Smith Apples” hits your nose first, then the underlying malt sweetness with a citrus like crispness, a real treat for the senses. Start sweet and the top middling in its feel to the palate, the finish has a stinging acidity, very, very dry, tart with the hops present but understated in their spiciness, quite a treat as “Fruit” beers do not rank high on list of beers. Having said that I will definitely hunt up the other varieties, as it is quite intriguing.

Gusler, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of skar
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. The first things I noticed after popping the cork was a strong smell of apples. The beer poured with a nice, fine, white head. The aroma (after the initial smell of the uncorked bottle) was a lighter green apple smell, with strong hints of the wheat used. The appearance is that of a typical Belgian wit.

The flavor confirms what the aroma hinted at. An average Belgian wit, with a moderate to strong apple flavor and a little late spicyness. Not very complex, but a little above average for a fruit/vegetable beer.

skar, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy, light gold in color. Huge, pure white head with strong retention. Airy consistency and constantly fed by vigorous carbonation.
The green apple aroma is noticable at arm's length. Pale malts and an earthiness are noted along with corriander.
Sweet and spicy flavors greet you at the first sip. The sweetness could come from the apples, but the apple flavor itself is greatly muted compared to the aroma. The corriander flavor is there though. The beer becomes substantionally drier by mid-glass and also gains a more bitter note. Flavors of apple skin are picked up as the beer warms.
Medium-light body & highly carbonated. A decent summer offering.

cretemixer, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Stopper
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Stopper, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Shaw, Sep 06, 2003
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,811 ratings.