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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

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Reviews: 997
Hads: 1,970
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 21.21%
Wants: 39
Gots: 140 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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?

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Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of inebrius
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Photo of RoyalT
2.37/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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Photo of scottum
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of skar
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Stopper
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Shaw
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one hard beer to find. I received a couple of 12oz. bottles from a friend that bought some in northern New Hampshire. It is a slightly hazy dull yellow color with a big fluffy white head on top. The head took a long time to dissolve to a thick sheet on the surface. A few spots of lace stuck to the glass, but most fell back into the beer.

The aroma is mainly apples, although hints of spice (clove) and yeast can be detected. Each sip of this thin to medium bodied beer begins with a dry apple flavor. Towards the middle a hint of spices and wheat move in before the mildly tart finish. A light apple taste is left behind.

This is a smooth tasting, well balanced beer. It is a nice change of pace to other styles that are out there. I think this beer may appeal to those wine drinkers who snub anything made out of malt.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a very light cloud of hazy yellow with a thin white loose head that fades fast and leaves very minimal lace. Smell is apple-isious! Lots of green apple with the skins even, not cidery tart, more like a subdued creamyness like an apple shampoo, has some banana, pear and musty notes. Not all that strongly pungent but wonderfully complex and subtle. Taste is sparkly smooth with an easy going apply bite of green apple, with the skins too, light pear and banana with a smooth yeasty finish and a fading soft crispness. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, easy, refreshing, interesting, fun, unique, another Unibroue keeper.

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

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with "best before" warning -- in this case 04/30/05 -- stamped above the bar-code of its rear label; $6.49/4 from the Beverage Warehouse down near Culver City.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, straw-like gold; obnoxiously large, snow-white head; moderate lacing; head recension can be measured with a sun-dial.

Aroma: Largely of green apples, yeast and spicy clove.

Taste: Lightly sweet and somewhat tart; strong notes of yeast, green apple and clove; dry finish; gentle hints of citrus type fruit and coriander throughout. Light bodied; fairly crisp.

Notes: Flavor profile doesn't quite do it for me. May re-review down the road. Pour with caution.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from the 750ml bottle to share with two friends. Immediately, we could detect the fragrant green apples. It smelled incredibly fresh. The color was a nice light golden color with a cloudy appearance. There was a nice head to it that did stick around for a little while. The taste was quite refreshing and while the apple was quite evident, it was overpowering. It had a light mouthfeel which made it very easy to enjoy. There was a nice yeasty after taste. I do not recommend drinking this as quickly as one might another refreshing beer, but rather drink it as slowly as you would any other nice beer that you wish to fully appreciate.

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Photo of aaronh
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale straw colored beer is topped by a fluffy white head that seemingly lasts longer than summer itself. The aroma of green apples hits you as you open the bottle. Once in the glass, more of a spicy wheat aroma greets the nose. The taste is very light, almost like "Sierra Nevada wheat light", but with an overlay of green apple. Very refreshing and nice. Pretty dry finish. Moreso than just about any beer I can remember. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. A bit too light for my tastes, but this beer pulls it off well. Drinakbility is decent, but this is not my first choice of a summer quencher. Give me a hearty hefe over this any day. Still, a solid beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

ok i heard alot about this and i was really stoked to see it in my local beer shop so i immediatly bought a 750ml bottle and ran home. upon opening it smelled of lovely green apples (the cork still smells like apple candy) and it poured out a golden yellow with a nice white head. the taste was somewhat of a let down though. didnt really have the strong apple taste that the aroma hinted too, it kinda tasted like a watered down hefe with just a hint of green apple. i dont know, but i just didnt dig it at all. i was decent, but not at all what i had expected. the mouthfeel was nice and light with good carbonation and it was refreshing. i only had a glass full and was done with it, damn.

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Photo of Viking
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice, this one. Especially as a summertime thirst quencher. Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy gold. CO2 surges to the top like water falls at Niagra. Incredibly bubbly, sort of reminds me of champaigne. Head is thick, white, and fluffy; very long lasting. Smell of green apples is incredily strong. Smell is tart, and somewhat candy-like. Underneath the apple, if you can dig that far, is a smell of grainy wheat. Flavor at first is heavily laden with Granny Smith apples. It also has a very grainy wheat flavor, more noticeable after a few sips. Aftertaste is only slightly fruity, and rather big on the wheat. Light bodied brew, with a very rough mouthfeel. Incredibly drinkable on this hot August evening. Thirst quenching, and flavorful. Definitely a brew for my fridge next summer.

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Photo of Elemental
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is nice - light but hazy with a small amount of head

Smell - There is an apple smell that pretty much overwhelms any other aroma that is trying to get through, almost like a hard cider

Taste - light and tasty with a good body for such a light beer. There is very little bitterness that is masked by the fruity green apple taste. Not to sweet.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Again very light and refreshing with a crisp taste. Very easy to drink on a nice summer day.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 750ml cork and caged bottle, with the usual colorful Unibroue oval shaped label – for the Éphémère, a winged beauty clad in a tight figure hugging gold dress sits aside a green sash with an Apple pictured on it. Labeled as 5.5% and Best Before 05-01-05

Appearance: A very light straw like yellow golden body that has a distinct haze to it – not exactly cloudy, but milky in style. The head is voluminous and massive leaving a huge smattering all over the glass. The gargantuan white frothy head soon collapses to a much more manageable 1” mass that has an 'old-pillow' existence, such that any indentations remain, and never recover.

Nose: As soon as the cork was extracted, the odor of fresh spritzy Granny Smith Apples punctuated the atmosphere long before the “phup” of the cork finished resonating in my Apartment. But amazingly, when you get close to the beer and inhale – the aroma is rather delicate, far from overpowering. Baked apples and cinnamon mixed with Coriander.

Taste: Fresh green apples, fan-fare the entrance. The coriander is present in strength mixed with a zesty curacao. Spicy and refreshing. The freshness of the apples lingers throughout the beer, slightly tart at times, but they are strongest in the middle. I expected more of a Cider, than a Beer, which would have been easy to do - I have tried many such attempts in the UK and all have been very acidic in character. This is not, it is much better than that, for the Apples are crafted, almost surgically implanted, into the beer. Very impressive. Dry finish with a tart ending.

Mouthfeel: Above average in strength, but high in quality, the high carbonation is smooth and far from prickly. Clean, slightly tart at times, but always very refreshing. A comfortable 4.0.

Drinkability: I had a 750ml – and it was no problem emptying it. I just love those apple burps!!!!

Overall: My hat’s off to Unibroue, since coming to the States and trying many of their beers, they have truly impressed me no-end with all of them. They are definitely one of the greats that’s for sure.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 997 ratings.