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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Reviews: 993
Hads: 1,956
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 38
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the Unibroue tasters pack.

Appearance - cloudy golden straw color. Tiny bits of sediment within the beer and little in the way of visible carbonation. Two fingers of white head leaves behind impressive rings of lacing. Pretty good retention.

Smell - apple Apple and more apple. Maybe a touch of grapes that gives it a vague wine resemblance. But Apple is the hero.

Taste - watery, a bit bland, the apple doesn't shine through here nearly as well as it does on the nose. Nothing weird, it's just very bland. Some spices namely a touch of cinnamon come through upon repeated sips.

Mouthfeel - light body and surprising carbonation with a rather dry finish.

Overall - this isn't bad beer, but the apple flavor is just too non existent for my tastes.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

October 29, 2014

750 ml bottle, tulip glass

A – Bright gold where the light passes through more, dark gold where denser in the glass. Some chill haze but clearing. An inch-plus of white, mildly craggy foam on top, taking several minutes to fade.

S – Hot apple cider, highly prominent. Some spicy Belgian yeast, and tropical spice. Like a traditional Belgian pale or golden strong, mixed with apple cider. Perhaps some green apple esters.

T – Apple is much less prominent in the flavor, very much like a traditional Belgian pale with the peppery, spicy flavors. Apple is in the background, slightly tart with a lingering sweetness.

M – Very brisk, highly carbonated, tons of scrubbing bubbles, very similar to Duvel and the like. Sweet champagne-like finish, moderately dry.

O – I thought the apple would be overwhelming, but this is surprisingly well-balanced. Otherwise a fantastic Belgian-style pale or tripel, with a twist.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a hazy golden yellow with nice carbonation . Dense white two finger cap settles to a sudsy white layer of bubbles.

Aroma of apples and cider.

Taste of apples in a yeasty beer.

Suds up but quickly settles down. Hint of apple aftertaste

Interesting and glad I tried it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Sept. 30, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 30, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on July 14, 2013 at 11:21 a.m. in Quebec (that’s if I deciphered the codes on the bottle right); Gold foil on cap/neck

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 5-to-6 fingers of rocky white head. Tons of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Good-to-above average retention on the top of the glass all the way down. (Sight - 3.88)

Smelled apple juice from pretty far way. Also caramel, green apple, caramel apple, light cider, kiwi, green grapes, foamy corn and bubblegum. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted pretty close to the nose, but not quite as good. Got green apple, apple juice, caramel apple, toffee, caramel apple, green grapes, kiwi, cold cider, sweet sugary Belgian notes, bubblegum and light Sweet Tarts. (Taste - 3.38)

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, fruity finish. Refreshing though. (Feel - 3.38)

I had high hopes for this one because everything I’ve had of Unibroue has been excellent, but this didn’t quite do it for me. Decent for summer though. (Overall - 3.50)

3.50 | 80 | B

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy straw with a large, fluffy head. The aroma is of fresh granny smith apples and sour apple candy. The flavor is candy forward, but more like candied apple than hard candy. I am powerfully reminded of applejacks by this beer. The mouthfeel is super fizzy and light. This is not a serious, comtemplative beer, but as a fun tipple I really like it.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 2013 From bottle At home. Tulip glass. Just as I remember it. Perfect Granny Smith apple notes gently overlaid on an easy Belgian single foundation. The appleness dissipates quickly enough but there is a bit of lack of ID in the finish. A bit like a whisper. You get the message, but...Great w/pork. Major points for being unique with out trying too hard.

06/09/12 At Shorty's, NYC. Had the bottle & liked it (Still waiting to kiss a girl.) On tap it's a much brighter flavor. Not too sweet but the green apple essence is in the house. Nice texture. Not too syrupy. Now to try it w/one of Shorty's Pork roast pork sammies.

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Photo of tlery
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A - Yellowish with a pillowy head that dissipates quickly to a thin, speckled white layer.
S - Green apple dominates with the subtlest hint of yeast.
T - Green apple, again, dominates with a noticeably bready finish.
M - Medium bodied with a crisp finish.
O - One-noted. Not something I'd reach for regularly, but credit is due for the fact that this is a green apple beer not trying to disguise itself as something else.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some golden apricot + brassy highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a small patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of crisp slightly sweet green apples over the top of hints of pale malts and just a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts with moderate flavors of both sweet and tart green apples. Light distinctive flavors of Belgian yeast adding a hint of fruitiness and spices. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades very quickly.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink - a very nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden yellow color with two fingers of fizzy white head. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Green apple and Belgian yeast aromas.

Taste- Tart and sweet green apple flavor with notes of clove.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a big amount of prickly carbonation.

Overall- A good fruit beer and very refreshing. This would be good to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 2 fingers of white suds over a very cloudy body of yellow; very active carbonation

S - sweet and tart green apple juice, Belgian yeast

T - tart apple juice, some sweetness, Belgian yeast (clove and banana flavors); refreshing

M - medium-bodied; very high in prickly carbonation

O - This seems more like an apple-flavored soft drink than a beer to me. It's probably decent for the style (it is intended to be a fruit beer, after all), but just not my idea of what a beer should be. I'm also not a big fan of the flavor of Belgian yeast. If you like Belgians and/or fruit beers, give it a try.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11-12 14 and poured into Boulevard tulip. A nice mix of soft green apple and soft spicy Belgian yeast. The apple seems to take more of a ripened apple aroma in time and the spices fade a bit, but it maintains a nice start to the drink.
Very white and loud fizzy head. Apple juice colored with active bubbles rising. Very clear.
Again with a nice mix of fruit with a distinct Belgian presence. Soft drying on the finish. Greenish apple flavor (and more tart than sweet), but not excessive or dominating, leaving room for some yeast character.
Highly carbonated (esp. for a capped drink) and the effervescence is brings lightens the drink nicely. Soft.
A good solid drink overall, well balanced with nice flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 7/17/2015. Pours fairly hazy pale gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple juice, pear, white grape, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of apple juice, spice, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of apple juice, pear, white grape, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apple juice, pear, white grape, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of apple juice, spice, wheat, and yeast ester flavors; with very nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruit flavored witbier style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of apple juice, malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow brew, with a white head, some lacing.

S - Sour fruit and sugar, a la sweet tarts, with some vegetal notes.

T - Apple, probably mostly crisp green apple, flavor is forward. Mild yeast and spice notes, but primarily fruit.

M - Crisp, clean, drinkable.

O - Nothing wrong here, just not terribly interesting. I love green apples, and apple beer seems like a good idea, but this is fairly plain.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Has a white-yellow color, like white grape juice, and a very healthy white foam. Smells like sour fruit, not unpleasant but not great. The flavor is more complex. The apple is most dominant but isn’t overpowering. The beer is more dry than sweet, even a little tart. Has a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is a little lacking in some regards but the beer is still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with a white ring of head.

S: Orange, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, fruity Belgian yeast esters, and lemon in the nose.

T: Orange, orange peel, orange pulp, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied, not exactly smooth.

O: Mouthfeel could be better, smoother, but there's a nice balance between sweet fruits and spices.

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Photo of Auraan
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a two finger fluffy white head that grew before receding into a foam of white, leaving no lacing. It looks quite good for a fruit beer, like a tripel. Scents of green apple, grainy malt, spicy Belgian yeast, faint apricot and wheat malt. A good, fruity, light, crisp scent with the tell-tale spiciness of Unibroue's Belgian yeast strain. Very nice. Taste begins with heavy, fruity apple notes, on the green apple side of thing, and some slight pear-like flavors. This mingles with spicy and earthy Belgian yeast, faint coriander, very faint lemon-like sourness and a nice backbone of sweat and grainy malt, all present throughout the sip. Finish is grainy wheat cracker, apple and spice, as is the aftertaste. A very good flavor profile, not overwhelming or bold, but light and refreshing, yet still quite complex for the style. Very well done. Mouthfeel is light bodied and watery, with high carbonation and a wet finish. Refreshing and crisp, befitting the rest of the beer. Overall this is a very good fruit beer, with a nice Belgian character to give it depth. Its aroma and flavor are crisp and refreshing and the mouthfeel is light which helps the other qualities. Its a good warm weather beer and quite well done.

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Photo of glass_house
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tall footed tulip. Paired with stuffed chicken breast and garlic parmesan mashed potatoes.

Pours a very hazy straw-colored gold. The head is 2 fingers thick, dense as can be, and refuses to die. The effervescence is immediately apparent. Man I love pouring anything from Unibroue. The aroma is dominated by sour apples and that lovely Belgian yeast. I feel like I'm about to go bobbing for apples in a tub of champagne.

When this beer is cold the carbonation is intense. Like ginger ale on steroids. As light as it is, the fizz makes it a sipper. Light bodied without feeling too thin or watery. The apple, along with white grapes and pear, is present but not overwhelming in the taste. No artificial or uber-fruity sweetness. Only a very mild earthy hop presence, which balances the sweet and sour fruits nicely. As it warms, the carbonation recedes a bit and it transitions from bitingly crisp to a tangy dryness with more pronounced fruit flavors.

Overall, an incredibly refreshing beer. When I'm in the mood for something light and fruity this hits all the right notes. The flavor/aroma profile is complemented perfectly by the texture. Unibroue never disappoints with their Belgian-style masterpieces.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear initial pour (bottle fermented yeast, so the final pour is going to be richer and cloudy), about a goldish straw color about 4 SRM / 8 EBC; off-white creamy persistent head;
S: tangy nose, yeast and apple and coriander
T: sour aged apples, yeast, a hint of umami probably from slight over-aging of the yeast (this is a Summer seasonal and I'm drinking it in Winter); some slight bitterness mainly felt in the back of the palate; final pour contains more orange and citrus, hints of bubblegum
M: thin; slightly mouth-coating; leaning toward dry; bite mainly from carbonation
O: with a relatively low abv, probably makes an excellent crisp summer beer, best served cool to cold but not "very cold"; sessionable

750mL / Weizen Glass

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Photo of hayesjw
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

original placed a "had" review on 3/30/13 as four. on tap in tulip.

re-review on 11/26/13 as 4.25 by bottle.

enjoyed bottle with minimal lees present.

S - apple nose.

A - good head present on cloudy orange ale with moderate ephervesence.

T - bright dry fruit.

M - round body, excellent drinking lambic.

O - enjoyed draft three times. bottle exceeded draft experience today.

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Photo of soju6
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a big head that fades to nominal lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, with a whole lot of apple and bit of spice in the background.

T: Taste of apple, some citrus and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth, tart and a bit much apple flavor.

O: This is a quality beer but fruit style beers are not high on my list.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden glowing hazed yellow with a tall head of bone white foam that popped and faded quickly. Left a nice thin layer on top. The streaming effervescence kept it refreshing with each turn of the glass. Wet fall away lace.

Nose is apple. Not just the apple skins, but also the meat of the apple. Ripe and sweet but tart as well. Right out of the bottle it smells like cider. That smell fades though and you begin to notice the belgian yeast, the honey sweet malt that is light as a feather on the nose and the cinnamon spice tickles the scent. The apple is so fragrant, so piquant.

Taste is light, mellow and positively stunning. It has the flavor of apple which is a strong fruit. But it is tempered by the honey sweet malt that is silky smooth and the dancing carbonation. The drink is lively and the cinnamon adds a bit of depth. The middle of the beer has a kick from a bit of ginger and that adds to the fragrance but never outdoes the apple. Just lets it shine even more. Finishes dry and lingers as pleasant as a summer evening with a lovely sweetness and lively fruit taste.

This beer is a lively drink that is refreshing and crisp with a lightness that is cheerful and vibrant.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served with a slightly goldened straw color with a head that didn't show much retention. Smell was apple and orange, and there are flavors of apple, malt, citrus, and minimal hops in the taste. The beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel (thin, but not too thin and crisp) but also is very acidic, so much so that I could feel it burn my esophagus on the way down. Overall, I think that this is a pretty good beer, as it offers overt fruit flavors while not being too sweet, and it's not too thin. But is it worth the $8 that I paid for a tall glass of the beer? Well, no.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Unibroue Éphémère: white ale brewed with apple juice, coriander, and curaçao peel, 5.5% ABV, sounds thick when poured; Appearance: slightly cloudy yellow; S: apple sauce (immediate), hint of orange zest; Taste/Mouthfeel: nice light spice note, hint of green apple skin; very refreshing, good.

Great summer beer.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of Beercheer31
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ok so the name of this beer translates to "Transitory" which means "Not permanent". I Poured this nanny mammy into a tulep Innis & Gunn glass because all of the other ones were dirty.

I POURED it like a moron so there was a big head on er.

APPEARANCE looks like a hazy apple juice.

SMELLS allot like apple juice, I mean ALLOT like apple juice with a faint Belgian note. Overall it smells like an adult Motts juice box.

Ok, since its a fruit beer and its brewed with apples its understandable that I TASTE a bunch of apples right? Heavy on the apples and I get an ever so faint orange peel taste in the beginning. Dont really taste the cumin until the beer is in my belly and im left with the after taste on my tongue. Mouth feel is light.

Let me tell you ladies and gents, if you like apples then your gonna LOVE this beer! Its ok for me, not great, not awful. If this beer was a women I presume that Id take er home to mamma then maybe a date to Taco Bell or Wendys, idk. As always everyone 'Merica.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very light straw in appearance. Not dissimilar to a Witbier. One finger of head comprised of very large bubbles. Great retention and moderate lacing.

S: As soon as the cork was popped on my 750ml the scent of pungent , sour granny apples filled my nose.

T: This beer turned out to be very nice in balance, by that I mean it was still fruit flavored while not shedding beer elements like so many fruit beers on the market tend to take fate to. The apples tasted real and not artificial and were somewhat sour and reminescent of only the juciest of green apples along with the skin. Sweet malts back up the beer and bread elements come into play with the help of Uni's signature yeast profile.

M: Very refreshing and the slight sourness makes the beer very refreshing on a hot summer day. Carbonation is champagne like and mouth filling.

O: By far the best fruit beer I have ever had. Not artificial and not a wine cooler just a great beer.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.