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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Ratings: 1,852
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
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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 NJpadreFan
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unibroue- Ephemere (apple) best before 5-29-05

Well here we go, I'll give Unibroue another try. So far they are 0/2 with me. ( yuk on Maudite and Trois Pistoles)

Appearance- Light yellow with thick thick white head and massive carbonation. Looks just like a cider drink.

Smell- apples, of course. I also detect the usual Belgian spicey,yeasty odor.

Taste- Blahhh. Not bad but not enjoyable. A faint dry apple taste. Like eating an apple slice that sat on the counter all day. I don't detect alcohol which is good.

Mouthfeel- bland, watery, maybe a little carbonation.

Overall, I'll drink the rest of my bottle but I wouldn't purchase again nor would I suggest you buy it.

For something similiar but tastier- Wyders dry pear cider!

Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A fruit cup. I get a lot of pears, orange, and the distinctive Unibroue yeast. Smells refreshing.
Appearance: Pale thin yellow with very active carbonation feeding a frothy pure white head. Mild lacing.
Flavor: Much like the aroma, but the apples really pop in the taste. I don’t get any hop or malt taste at all, this is more like a fruit juice cider mix.
Mouthfeel: Medium thin body that is very bubbly.
Overall Impression: A real example of the diversity of beer. Without the Unibroue yeast taste, if given to me blind, I wouldn’t even think it was beer. Very fruity and sweet. Glad my wife liked it, I think the whole bomber would start to get a bit old, which would be a shame. This is a great dinner party dessert beer.

Photo of JackTheRipper
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with an initially huge head that dissipated to what is now a thin layer of foam. No real lacing. Nice amount of bubbles seen in the body of the beer.

Smell: Mostly a tart apple smell which is quite powerful, I could smell this one across the room, underneath the nose full of apples is a faint grassy herbal sort of smell.

Taste: Going by the smell, I was expecting an overwhelming taste of apples, but I don't find that to be the case. The initial taste is a mixture of a soft apple taste that is drowned by an acidic, yeasty taste. The finish is more a strawberry(wierd, I know)/ apple taste.

Mouthfeel: I've had two Unibroue beers, and both have been fizzbombs. The carbonation is over the top. Swirl the beer in the glass two or three times and a full one inch head springs back to life. If the level of carbonation was lower, I think this would be a much better beer.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, looks good, smells great, taste is ok, but the fizzbomb factor will steer me away from this beer in the future.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow color. Very small head on the pour that disappears very quickly. No apparent lace on the glass.
Aroma of Jolly Rancher candies ! Holy smoke, batman that smells good. Behind the strong apple aroma is more subtle notes of yeast and wheat bread.
Flavor seems to be very light Trippel style with loads of apple added. The combination works very well and beer is sour yet balanced by some light malt and yeast.
Very nice mouthfeel with solid carbonation helping the sour taste go down smoothly.
I've avoided this beer because of an aversion to fruit beers. I should not have waited so long. Very nice brew.

Photo of beerinator
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibreau Ephemere (Apple)

Appearance: Bananay golden, cloudy. Nice white frothy head with very good head retention.

Aroma: Grapy and winey. Very Very fruity in the nose. Smells of candied apple. Complex caramel smells.

Taste: Apple smell is way bigger than the apple taste. Apple is present in the middle of the tongue. Complex flavor with mild alcohol presence. Sweet candy caramel is present. Very smooth beer with mild aftertaste. Spicing is mild.

Notes: Overall a fun beer. Not something you'd want to drink a lot of. Might pair very well with a salad. Good starter beer for a night of tastings.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apples used in the brew? Check. Aroma of Granny Smith apples? Check. Taste of green apples? Check.

Hooyah. This be apples beer, for sure.

Very slightly hazy golden body topped by highly retentive mounds of white froth that laces with incredible gusto. A taste of summer in January when stouts are the order of the day. Well, why not summer fruit? Yes!

This is one delightful brew so off the wall as to be totally memorable. Great dry taste and super crisp mouthfeel. Very good drinkability. Let's vote for motherhood and apple pie. Yeh!

Photo of chaduvel
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orangy yellow with a frothy head. Intense aromas of granny smith apple. Amazing smell fills the entire room. Touch of wheat and yeast round out the aromas. Taste is of unibroue yeast with a strong backing of wheat and pale malt. Apple adds a touch of sour and thankfully no sweetness. The sweetness comes from the smell and not the taste. Unique and fantastic.

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

An interestin appearance...cloudy golden yellow with decent lacing. Distinct green apple smell with some light floral elements..plus a definite yeasty smell. Taste was strongly apple, witha bit of restrained hops in the background.Kind of like a cider, but with a rounded quality that was way beyond what I have ever tasted ina hard cider. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a very nice dry quality. A touch of a wit beer here, as yeastiness made its presence known from time to time. Very easy to drink. Probably even better during warmer weather...refreshing quality.

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

Served with the yeast since this is a wit with fruit. It was actually difficult, had to drink a great deal before I could get to the yeast at the bottom to pour it in even though I'm sharing this with my girlfriend. These Blanche de Chambly glasses hold very little. Anyway, after all of that this becomes a very cloudy banana-colored brew with a large white head that stays pretty well. Aroma of apple Jolly Ranchers, yeasty banana taffy, and vanilla ice cream. Lots of sweetness. Have to give it points on that aroma, it's very unique. It surprises you when it hits your tongue, no non-malt sweetness at all and no invasive fruit character. There's a dose of green apple in there, but it's not overpowering and doesn't take away from the wheaty goodness of this interesting wit. Light-bodied with delicate yeast spiciness and lots of wheatiness with a touch of clove. Minimal hops, but they're there and balance it out well. It's like Blanche de Chambly with apples. I'd say this is a very good fruit beer, and I'm usually not a big fan of fruit beers. Up there with New Belgium's Frambozen.

Photo of putnam
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great whipped egg white top that settles slowly over cloudy orange/yellow liquid.
The aromas are of apple Jolly Ranchers (a brand of candy).
On the palate it is dry, with some spicy yeast struggling to assert itself through the barrage of green apple extract rising through my sinuses. Little room for any flavor of malt here. There is a subtle, firm bitterness on the finish.
I'm confused. The label says it is brewed with "curacao" which is both an island and a type of orange liqueur. I taste nothing like orange here. The apple flavor is supposedly due to "apple juice." But this tastes like extract or something artificial. I wonder what labelling laws have to say about the definition of "curacao."
Ultimately comparisons with Lindeman's Fruit beers may be made, only this is not at all sweet.

Photo of Winter
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden with a white head. Aroma consists of green apple, yeast, spices, alcohol and banana. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy. Soft green apple, vanilla and malt combine to form the front. Apple flavor seems right on target without being too tart. Yeast flavors emerge in the middle. Finishes with flavors of banana and corriander. Very unique taste.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: It pourred a light brew with a faint smell of cider. Huge head with good retention skill. Lot of carbonnation and the usual wheat taste from Unibroue. The spice and apple aroma are too faint and therefore this probably my least favorite from the Ephemere series. I did notice that it is better when drank warm. The sour taste of apple is accentuated. Note: I once drank this on tap and it was way better but can't find it on tap anywhere now.

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

A very interesting beer. It pours a hazy yellow color with a huge, frothy white head. Sour apples to the nose, as well as some spiciness. The taste is of apple, a bit of wheat, some breadiness, a hair sweet to the taste as well as the sour apple taste. An interesting change of pace, but I couldn't drink many at one time.

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

I bought an ephemere mixer pack. Two bottles each of ephemere original, peach, cranberry and apple. I decided to try the apple first. Hmm, on pour I knew my money was well spent. Voluptuous three finger head that ever so slowly disippated to two. Poured in a newly bought pilsner glass, so I'm excited twice over. New beer, new glass. Anyways, the body is a hazy orange colour. Cloudy and light. Big, pillowy head. Sniff. Hmm, sweet smelling. Like an orchard after rain. A little green apple tartness behind a white curtain of malt. Now for taste. Yummy. Not wow, but yummy. Tart granny smith and/or golden delicious apples, crisp and smooth sweet malt, faint bitterness upon swallowing. Sweet and sticky mouthfeel. Makes the mouth smack just a little after finishing. Excellent, nay, perfect drinkability. I think this beer will soon become standard in my house. This would make a great apertif for a lunch or light supper.

Photo of Hefe
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on 12/3/03 from 12 oz. bottle dated best by 5/21/05

Appearance: Hazy gold witha a thick off white head that disappeared fairly quickly

Smell: The green apple practically jumped out of the bottle at me. In the glass, the apple was up front but not overpowering. Notes of yeast, spice, malt, are in the background.

Taste: Here the apple is much more subdued. Balanced with lemon, clove, yeast, banana, with coriander and orange on the hoppy dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy without feeling heavy.

Drinkability: Exceptionally so.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one comes out with some nice, witbeer like visuals. Rather large head, which dissapears fairly quickly. On the scent, the maltiness surprisingly overpowers the apple sweetness, which was completely unexpected.

The taste is not quite as strong as I would have liked. Much more witbeer than apple. Somewhat dissapointing. The mouthfeel's fairly pleasent, though a bit lighter and more watery than I wanted from it. Not a bad beer, really, but I wanted a little more from it.

Photo of gnaussea
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of dpend
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of taez555
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of granger10
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,852 ratings.