Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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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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Photo of hardy008
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lemon color with a large three finger white head. There are a lot of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, to support the head on this beer. I could smells green apples before my nose got close to the glass. I can also smell wheat and some spices.

Tastes more tart than I thought it would based on the aroma. There is green apples. wheat, spices, Belgian yeast, light amount of green grape skin, and some acidity. Interesting flavor. Not what I expected, but not bad either.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry. Easy to drink and refreshing. I wouldn't mind trying this again, now that I know what to expect.

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Photo of Pouprep
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance - Nice color, liked it.
smell - a nice smell of apple, the amount of fruit is just right.
taste - Just right for an fruit beer.
mouthfeel - Not a lot to say here.
overall - A nice spring and summer beer. I think that unibroue got it right for want they wanted to share.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored body, highly carbonated with a decent fizzy white head. Smells like grainy malt and red apple. Taste is a bad mixture of grain and almost-tart apple, which ends up being not warming, not sweet, not refreshing, just, well, grain and apple. Thankfully the finish is quick. The body saves its drinkability- light, amply but not harshly carbonated, and that fizzy head is actually nice and soft.
I trusted Unibroue, and they tried to deliver, but I think apple is just too light of a fruit to try to make into a balanced beer, and Unibroue won't make alcoholic fruit juice like some breweries do (no disrespect). This was a decently satisfying hot weather beer, but not quite a success.

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Photo of JasonSandeman
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slight yellow, cloudy.

Smell - tart apple and wheat, but a touch of skunk after opening for the first couple of minutes.

Taste - Tart apple and wheat with a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel - A little thin with nice carbonation.

Overall - The beer was different. For those that don't like fruit it would be a turn off. For me it is just okay. Forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kots84
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pile hazy yellow.

Smell - sweet green apple and wheat.

Taste - Green apples and wheat. Same as the nose.

Mouthfeel - A little thin with nice carbonation.

Overall - Not into many fruit beer but this one I like. Would buy this beer in the future.

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Photo of drinking12many
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer of this style. For this style its probably pretty good. I personally thought it was ok being someone who likes darker and hoppier beers. Not big on many Belgian beers and similar.

- Smell was great with a nice apple tartness probably the thing I liked most about this beer.

-Carbonation was pretty high lacing was light on the glass I poured into.

-mouthfeel was rather thin as expected color similar to wheat beers.

Overall not a bad summer beer but kinda sweet for me if I wanted something fruity Id rather have a Lambic but Id try it again if someone gave me one like they did this one.

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Photo of RonPizzle83
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: The visuals are similar to that wheat style that screams golden cloudy goodness. 2 finger head dissipates quickly.
Smell: As soon as i popped the cork the smell slapped me face first, an unexpected wonderful fruity flavor.
Taste: The initial taste was better than expected. Little to no carbonation with hints of apple goodness and a very distinct "wheaty" rust towards the end. After drinking longer the fruity flavor begins to become overwhelming and reminds you that you are drinking some version of hard cider.
Overall the quality is there and the aroma is great but this drink is meant for people that do not drink IPA's and who enjoy sweet drinks.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy two finger head which dissipates quickly. Some of the head remains on top of the brew until the end; almost no lacing. Decent carbonation.

The smell is musty, yeasty, bubble gum and apples.

The taste follows the nose with the sweetness of the apples dominating the taste. Virtually no hop character to speak of, which is common for this style. This is bordering on too sweet but if you like apples then try it.

The mouth feel is thin, high in carbonation, not much else.

Overall this appears to be your average fruit beer, very sweet with the character of the dominating fruit, in this case apples, and then not anything else. One or two of these on a hot summer day, like today, would be nice but the sweetness gets to be too much after a two and I need something with some hops in it. Typical for the style; try it once.

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Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful label, a fairy offering you a treaty. Let's see.
Hazy yellow golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Predominant aroma of apples and notes of malt, Belgian yeast and a mild tartness
Great flavor, perfect sour balance with notes of green apples, coriander and orange peel. Hints of white grapes. Acidy aftertaste and a bit dry, not so ephemera.
Light to medium body with good carbonation and tiny bubbles.
This is so much better than apple ciders. Great brewery, producing great beers. Can't wait for savoring their other batches.

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

I thought it was a fruity berry aroma more than apple.
Wheat beer taste initially - light crisp, then berry/ apple sweet taste
Mid to high carbonation, sweet linger. A little light for me.

650mml bottle bought from the Bottle Barn, Santa Rosa, USA a few days earlier. Shared between two people. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

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Photo of Francis_Matthews
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A light, fruit beer that embodies apple flavor without overpowering through sweetness. It's refreshing and crisp with a soft and subtle vanilla note on the smell and palate. You can drink four of these and not feel any bloated, heavy framboise-like, richness on the stomach. At a smooth 5.50% ABV, you don't have to struggle to get through it. Very good paired with meat and potatoes or pasta. Perfect on a summer day in a cold glass. I've only found them in singles or a 4-pack, $2.99 a piece or $10.99, respectively. Unibroue makes fantabulous beer, try the others!

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Photo of Murphious
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one unique tasting beer! Apple nose (of course) with hints of banana/bubble gum. Like a combination Heffe/Cider. Very tasty, but a little on the thin-side. The finish is quick--a hint of citrus tang then it's gone, unfortunate, but I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of joesmithrealname
4.41/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm at a loss to how anyone could say that this doesn't deliver what's advertised on the bottle.

It's fizzy, fun, light, not too-high in alcohol content, fruity, and quaffable.

I'll share a 750 of this anytime with a lady.

She'll love it, and so will I.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz/355ml brown Unibroue style bottle. Gold foiled with awesome artwork. Can't say I've had any beer with some sort of good looking Elf Fairy delivering a basket of freshly picked granny Smith green apples lol, but hey! It's well done. Poured this into a stemmed Belgian style tulip glass(fairly narrow glass).

A - wow.. What a brilliantly beautiful colored ale. Stunning bright yellow(maybe golden but idk if I can say golden with this). The yellow just glows with small and faint bright orange glowing within the yellow blaze. Head is magnificent.. No wait.. I turn back to the ale and it's gone. Well it was white and fluffy yet now you'd hardly know it existed. Based on what I saw 5 seconds ago this ale easily could have scored a 4.5 on appearance. Now just faint spots around the edge leaving no stick.

S - fresh and ripe green apples. I wouldn't say apple juice, but the sour apples are there in a huge way. Faint whiff of coriander and spices. Some wheat like malt in the background.

T - sour green apples with some wheat flavors. Yeast is pretty unique even for Unibroue. I get the orange peel just before the green apples take back over. Coriander and spiciness in the finish. Sour and tart throughout.

M - pretty light in the mouth. A real fruitiness to this one. Refreshing on a warm day? I'd like to think so. Easy to drink though I'm not sure I could do multiple due to the crisp apple like flavors.

O - hmm.. Im sorry, but I can't put this in the fruit beer/ale category.. Even with all the apple notes going on. There is still a wheat presence and it's noticeable. It's reminds me a lot of their witbier with a big apple punch. So I can't get past that and I sure as hell don't get a fruit beer with this. Is it fruity? Well yea, but it has enough wheat going on to be just some old fruit beer. Is it world class? As world class as it can get. A damn fine brewery with an idea and they perfected it. Problem is, that's not much in terms of what it is. I love Unibroue and this isn't a complete waste. It's as good as anyone will ever get with a wheat ale with apples and coriander lol. But that doesn't mean it's an A+ brew either. Just a very good brewery with an idea. I'll drink one in spring, but I won't go out of my way to get it. My wife does love it though and she hates beer of all kinds lmao.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - lemon butter murky with some quickly fading cloud white head. No lacing.

S - light sweet banana notes orange peel is noticeable. Very sweet and fragrant.

T - simplistic sadly. Apples dominate naturally.

M - crisp aftertaste like white wine a bit dry despite low ABV

D - overall acceptable and tastes but not outstanding in any way. Maybe a good transition beer to or from ciders.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried a bottle of this maybe a handful of times over the past decade. Its type of bland sparkling apple punch taste and body, with that strange "herbal" (I assume now it was coriander?) overtone, was always something unique and memorable to me. Not that I found it distasteful - it was just something that didn't taste "beer" enough for me. In hindsight, it came across as a weak witbier with some things "off" about it....

Having sampled it on tap recently, I was struck by how much bolder the apple flavor and malt background were in this particular example - easily/arguably the best of any of the times I've had it. Thought I'd give a quick assessment of it at its "peak" -

A: hazy, pale yellow-gold liquid...white, sudsy head - looking fluffy, soft and inviting at first, then collapsing into a steady 1/4" cap, little lace....overall okay, but a bit thrown together

S: oxidizing Granny Smith concentrate (actually semi-potent and pleasant), maybe some coriander, maybe powdered ginger...has some nice things going on, but a little to mellow and old-potpourri-like

T: initially refreshing, lightly-fruity wheat ale - the browning apple skins, (thankfully fairly restrained) spices, and (comparatively more so) the super-mildly caramel-ish malt pull forward and linger just briefly through the finish, dropping off enough to let the floral coriander (I sure hope there's actually some in this) and yeast dominate the aftertaste....slightest bit moreish, overall

M: after remembering vividly how dainty and weightless this always felt, I was a bit delighted to find that this draft had a notch or two more roundness and fulfilling-ity to it....it's still light and mild (but never terribly bubbly), easy to drink but not something you'd slug

O: this is ridiculous! why have i put down so many words about this beer? oh well...

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Look:So, this poured a very pale, cloudy light straw color with light carbonation.

Smell:I vaguely remember having this on tap, so the smell was surprising and off-putting- it was of very strong yeast, apple cider, and almost like a stinky cheese

Taste: definitely tasting apple (light cider or apple soda), sweet, very slight Belgian taste with a quick, mostly clean finish. My wife thought it reminded her of NY seltzer. I think it was better than that.

Mouth feel: light to medium with decent carbonation

Would I have it again? Maybe on tap but probably not

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Photo of Danno48
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy sunflower yellow with a fluffy white head that goes down pretty quickly.

It smells like 1/2 pine tree and 1/2 apple tree. It is quite fabulous. You almost anticipate that it is going to be the most refreshing beer ever.

Tastes of apples but in a dry sense. Almost like they only brewed the skin. Slight pine notes and a little bit of apricot. Very light malt character. I was kinda hoping for more sweetness.

Very fizzy and highly carbonated. Tingles even after you swallow.

I likes it. Very refreshing and crisp.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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