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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,796
Reviews: 967
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-21-2002)
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Photo of JISurfer
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

JISurfer, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WesWes, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dmarch, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Bighuge, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of lackenhauser
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

lackenhauser, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

nomad, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mitchster, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Dogbrick, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw gold, with a copious ivory head. Head doesn't have a whole lot of lasting power, but attractive while it was there. Ephemeral, you might say.
Aroma is almost entirely sour apple. Wonderful. I don't know about you, but i love sour apple, and this was just what i needed, to quote the Cars. Sweet and candy-like, akin to sour apple Warheads candies. Very light coriander spiciness behind the apple.
Flavor is much less apple-y than I had anticipated. The malts and coriander come through very nicely, and the balance is wonderful. Apple is the perfect choice for the style, which i believe is something close to a witbier. The coriander is very spicy, and lends the perfect compliment to the sour apple flavoring. I'm not sure what curacao tastes like, but an odd sweetness seemed to mingle with the apple, so perhaps that was it. Malts are light, and allow the other flavors to take precedence. Body is very light, and the carbonation is perhaps a bit too high for my tastes. Almost like champagne, with vigorous small bubbles. I'm not really into that, but I can't say it didn't work for the beer. Great summertime quaff.

UnionMade, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle. Best before date of 05-01-05. Poured an opaque golden color. Giant billowing white head which refused to die and a ton of carbonation keeping the head going

Smell: tart/sweet apples, citrus, coriander. Not as strong an aroma as I expected.

Taste: sweet taste at start, almost candy-like. Then sweet/tart apple taste reminiscent of Braeburn apples. As it moves around on the palate the spices and citrus becomes more apparent. Not too familiar with coriander so maybe that's what left the faint ripe blueberry taste at the finish.

Feel: wonderfully smooth, slightly creamy. Dry and refreshing.

Drinkability: hard to believe there's any alcohol in this beer. Very easy to drink but best as a post-dinner dessert beer. I shared this with my wife (a moderate beer drinker) and she loved it. Perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.

Boilermaker88, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of cokes
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dilute golden, bolstering itself to dirty yellow with the yeast pour. Loads of puffed head.
The advertised cider, coriander and (to a lesser degree) curacao appear on the nose. The typical Uni-brew Black pepper shows up as does some masking chalkiness.
Dry-ish and peppery up front. The apple profile is certainly evident, but more limited than I had expected. This is mostly a wit, with only traces of cider. Coriander shows up, along with particles of orange and lemon. Squirting apple sensations. Yeast adds dough and soft farmhouse qualities, but is also responsible for an unpleasant chalky hue, which acts to suffocate the other flavors. Ends somewhat hoppy bitter, and floral dry.
Light bodied and refreshing, but just not tasty enough (even apart from the off-flavor) to make me want to drink much of it.

cokes, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale straw wit-like color w/ a pure-white stand of sudsy head, head retention is minimal, very inviting look

Aroma: loads of sweet apples, cotton candy, bubblegum, coriander, lemon

Flavor: the wit resemblance extends to the flavor as well, wheaty, spicey, appley tartness, orange zest, dry finish, I should really be able to say more about this...

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly astringent, zesty carbonation, ridiculously refreshing

Overall Impression: Unibroue is just an amazing brewery. This is another great innovation of theirs. I'm thoroughly impressed. The bottle label says, "Truly, a refreshing summer delight in every sip." I couldn't agree more. My girlfriend who doesn't drink beer at all (aside from the sips I require her to take of every beer that I have) said it was her favorite one she has tried so far. And that says a lot! A testament to the likeability of this beer, atleast.

GreenCard, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good ale that pours a thick white head, leaving little lace. There is a distinct apple flavor with good carbonation but there is a lemon citrusy tartness to it. It has a clean mouthfeel and finishes smooth. Light summery brew, very easy to drink a few of these.

jdhilt, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy white-ish yellow with a white-ish head and big bubbled carbonation (champagne-like); leaves no lace. Candy like green apple aroma a la Sour Green Apple Jolly Ranchers. Light sour green apple flavor to start finishing with a bit of spiciness from coriander (witbier-ish). Light bodied and airy; very effervescent.

Pricey but good !!

Label states: "Ale brewed with apple juice, coriander, and curacao"

Best Before: 04/30/05
Tasted: 07/25/03

($7.99 / 4-pack)

RBorsato, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, hazy yellow into a standard pint style glass. The first few ounces converted *completely* to foam (8 to 10 fingers) and took a few minutes to settle. Subsequent pours were less active, but it still took 5 minutes to pour it all. Mountainous head lasts so long that the top layer of foam kind of dries out, forming a crust of sorts until it eventually melts back into the beer. Stunning first impression.

Aroma - obvious big apple nose and yeast to a lesser degree, but I don't really detect anything else.

Pleasant sour apple taste enhanced by the active bubbles. The yeast flavor is certainly there but is overshadowed by the apples. I only taste the curacao and coriander influence when it warms to nearly room temps. The last half of the glass tastes sweeter than the first half, either due to a higher concentration of yeast particles or the way the flavor develops at warmer temps.

Mouthfeel - Good body, great carbonation throughout, very smooth.

Drinkability - This is a specialty kind of selection, and not something I would drink regularly, yet I would buy it to share with others as a classy alternative to the standard ale. Its fruitiness lends itself well as a tasty summer pick.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hazy golden sunrise color with a foamy bright white head that dissipates into a rich lace. The instant you open the bottle, a strong aroma of fresh picked apples is apparent. Once poured into the glass, a light underlying yeastiness was also detectable. Moderate in body with a spritzy and zesty texture from the strong carbonation. Taste is sweet candied sugar and tart green apples with a bit of fruity yeast. (reminiscent of an apple-flavored Jolly Rancher). Finish is crisp and quite clean. One of the best (possibly the best) fruit beers I’ve had the pleasure to drink.

Morris729, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy this is good!! Maybe it's just that it's summer and this hits the spot. I love the honey-cream color, and the puffy white head on this beer. The nose is that of granny smith apple ala jolly rancher candy. The taste is that of a good French cider, yet with a great beer taste on the tail end. The bubbles here are fine (like champagne), and the mouthfeel is superb, with very fine, again, Champagne like carbonation. The addition of orange and coriander is ever so faint and does wonders for this beers overall complexity. A cleansing bitterness prevails on the finish and baits you for another try. A cool breeze on a warm summer night-delicious!!

moulefrite, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and light greenish-tinged yellow color. Massive soft white head, really cottony. Laces in large dots. Hard to get past the apple in the aroma, but there's also a sense of sharp goat cheese and a prickly spice. Compared to the smell, the flavor is quite muted and fluffy, coriander leavens apple and is joined by a pumpkin pie impression. A bit of ester. Light and well carbonated. Slight currant and citrus aftertaste. Not really my style, I actually like to hold my nose on this and somewhat limit the apple aroma's impact on the overall flavor profile.

ADR, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.7/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy dark golden color with a huge 4 finger head which has great retention. Big chunks of lace are left down the side of the glass. The smell is rich in sour apple, like a sour apple blowpop. There seems to be some alcohol to the smell, even though it's a low abv. The taste has some apple tartness, with a bit of spice, probably from the coriander added. It has to be one of the most refreshing brews I've ever had. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, just a little bubbly. The drinkability is very nice, and I could put away a few of the 750mLs easy. Definately going to get some of the big bottles on my next beer run!

SheepNutz, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioning announced itself with a gigantic head that filled the glass after just the first few ounces were poured. Seltzery white tiny bubbled, the head settled down after a few moments and I was able to fill the glass. The aroma is perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this beer. Granny Smith apples, more to the candy-ish Jolly Rancher side of the spectrum, but as the beer warmed a sweet, cotton candy element emerged as well. The green apple notes were more subdued in the flavor, and could have been taken more for a yeast by-product than a brewing adjunct. The overall effect was a Belgian take on fruit beer. Not spectacular, but interesting.

Brent, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly effervescent,cloudy straw yellow with a ful size white foamy head which dissipated to a semi-thick layer of foam. Aroma is yeasty, tart and green apples. Very crisp with flavors of apples, wheat and coriander. This is a nice refreshing brew that I thouroghly enjoyed.

BierReise, Jul 14, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lovely lookingbeer. Pours a thin, white head. Head lasts a while, but cleans the glass -- no lacing at all. The beer is a solid yellow color. Aroma? Apples, of course! Green apples. Smells a little poppy, too. Taste? Apples! tastes nice. Not sweet like a cider. Very crisp. Refreshing. A nice summer drink, but only one every now and then, please.

dwarbi, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at The Beer Store (Terry Fox North of the 417: Kanata), 6/08/03, 2800 miles in my trunk.

There's a great big, white, bubbly, coarse head that collapses to uneven foam. Some spots and arcs on the glass. The beer is cloudy yellow/white with a little peachiness. Lots of pepper in the nose, and some apples, of course. The middle is a little thin, a little plain, with pepper and a little butter at temperature. Sweet apples abound in an otherwise dry finish. Apples and grains in the aftertaste.

Good. It's a little tastier than the original (because of the apples), but it's not really exciting. It does get pretty nice at temperature, though: apples butter and pepper.

kbub6f, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a yellow color with a moderate head and little lacing. The aroma was filled with apples and not much more. The flavor tasted like a 50/50 mix of your normal Unibroue beer and apple cider - quite enjoyable. It was a little sweet but it was very well balanced. This is a good beer and I would recommend trying it.

clvand0, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of BeerManDan
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When first poured, it was a straw yellow with a slight green hue with a rich white head. The smell of fruit reminded me of apples, "Granny Smith" and "Macintosh" for starters. The taste was mostly of apples and a hint of orange and spices. The front of the bottle says, "Ale Brewed with Apple Juice, Coriander and Curacao". It was not overly sweet or bitter, but, there was an effervesent feel in my mouth after each sip. Very well balance for an "Ale with Fruit", which makes this beer, very refreshing.

BeerManDan, Jun 28, 2003
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,796 ratings.