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Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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1,763 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,763
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 27
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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 Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

The beer is a light yellow color, and teeming with effervescence. Nearly transparent with a small white head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma does indeed bring apples. Spiked apple cider, apple juice, with a light helping of yeast and spice. Beer, meet apple juice. The body is relatively thin, with ample carbonation. Mild alcohol presence. A good apple fruit beer. One is plenty. You must like apples if you are to enjoy this beer.

09-25-2011 02:59:22 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of ZenAgnostic


2.58/5  rDev -28.1%

750ml bomber poureds into a Trois Pistoles snifter. Didn't realize until afterward that the back of the bottle specifically says not to pour it into snifter, and instead recommends flutes.

Appearance - Medium white head with medium low retention. Effervescent body.

Smell - Definite apple. Light to mod maltiness. Sorta mild and underwhelming.

Taste - Really dry. Only the slightest bit of sweetness competes with mild alcoholic astringency in the finish. Not a bad beer. But very underwelming.

Mouthfeel - Head doesn't feel like anything in the mouth. Doesn't offer much in the way of texture.

Overall Drinkability - May go decent with a pairing, but there's not much in the way of interesting qualities. Neither a flute nor food would probably save this beer. Sort of like the Michelob Ultra for fruit beers. Unibroue, I am disappoint.

09-24-2011 19:47:28 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -6.7%

From the caged, corked bottle stamped 07-05-12. Sampled on September 17, 2011. The pour is a hazy, cloudy orange-amber with a foamy little head. The aromas of apples lead the way with a zingy hoppiness in the background. The body feels in the light-to-medium range. The taste is also full of apple and yeast but it is also kind of dough-like. There is a sharp sour hop bite at the end. Adequate but not my style.

09-17-2011 22:14:14 | More by puboflyons
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

750 mL bottle into Ommegang tulip

A - Cloudy gold in color with a finger of white head that dissipates very rapidly. No lacing.

S - Sour green apples and a backing of Belgian yeast. A bit sweet.

T - Green apple again, backed by coriander and yeast. Sweetens with a honey-like taste. Hard to look past the apple and pick out anything else. I'm thinking of lemon-lime soda a bit.

M - Medium body, heavy carbonation. Refreshing, but with a dry finish.

O - Overall it just isn't my kind of beer. In this awkward style I tend to review even more to my tastes, and I just don't love it. A weird collection of flavors.

09-12-2011 02:04:27 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

A - a very cloudy apple juice hue, tall soapy white head retained at a thin covering
S - sour granny smith apples, bubble gum, yeasty
T - sweet & sour apple throughout, grainy, a strange mustiness that's not the most pleasant, with bubblegum flavour
M - lighter body with lowish carbonation, a feel resembling fresh pressed apple juice, with a dusty and bready finish
O - it started promising but this strange dusty musty taste and feel keep creeping in, just not quite up to the standard I expect from Unibroue

09-11-2011 00:51:44 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.13/5  rDev -12.8%

A - Hazy yellow hue with a half-finger off white head and little lacing

S - Tart green apple upfront with a subtle pale malt scent in the background

T - Very flat apple flavor, definitely not what I was expecting. It was much sweeter and less complex than I hoped for.

M - Light bodied and watery on the palate with little carbonation

O - I probably wouldn't reach for this one again. The flavor profile was too sweet and had a fake apple quality to it.

09-06-2011 03:53:39 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of eclipse54


2.68/5  rDev -25.3%

A 12 ounce, foil-wrapped bottle with a best by date of 09/26/2012. Into a tulip...

The body is a hazy straw color and has some yeasty sediment floating around in it. The head is perfectly white and consists of numerous, relatively large bubbles. Unfortunately, it does not last long, and little-to-no lacing is left in its wake. The smell is of strong apple juice, sugar, some spice, a bit of yeasty funk, faint straw, and some muddle earthy notes. Taste is of candy apple backed by prune juice. Really, this tastes like carbonated juice and not at all like a beer I've encountered before; all I can think about is an apple Capri Sun that thirsty children would drink during half-time of their pee-wee soccer games. The sugars from the apple and prune dominate everything except a minty, toothpaste like finish. Quite unpleasant. Mouth is crisp and well carbonated, but finishes very sticky and sugary. Overall, this is a very odd beer, and not one I'll be picking up again any time soon.

08-27-2011 02:17:45 | More by eclipse54
Photo of MattyG85


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottle says best by 05-04-12.

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange with some particles floating around the glass. Decent one finger white head that fades into a patchy layer. Lacing is very light.

Smell: Big aroma of sweet and tart green apples. Hints of other fruits as well including berries, pear, and pineapple. Some pale malts and yeast are also present and their is a spicy aroma from cinnamon and ginger along with a hint of coriander.

Taste: Yeast and pale malts up front give way to a big burst of sweet and sour green apples. Hints of other fruits including pear, pineapple, and berries. Has a moderate level of spice throughout provided by yeast, cinnamon, ginger, and coriander. Fairly complex but the apples dominate.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: This is a very tasty and creative brew. Pretty sweet and sour but not overbearing. Its a lot like a strong and complex apple cider but you can still easily tell its a beer.

08-23-2011 08:13:36 | More by MattyG85
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Finger of white froth over a hazy hue reminiscent of a pale, unripened orange. The nose is great (and "tickly") ... apple sweetness to apple tartness with faint coriander on top of other spices. Deep pulls reveal dark berries. There is a ton going on in this aroma, and it's all stellar -- I just don't happen to have the exotic fruit knowledge to help describe what all is there. Flavors are loaded with fruitiness, and they all stick like syrup to the back of the throat. Super heavy carbonation, maybe a little much. Apple tartness and sweet pear as well as berries. Bitterness and dry malty flavors are present. Spicy but also a tad musty. A very unique and complex beer, but not all of it works well together.

08-17-2011 13:42:26 | More by washburnkid
Photo of chodinheaven


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle into a tall glass.

Champagne like in its enthusiastic head and light color. Light, slightly hazy straw color with lots of visible carbonation. On the nose there is, of course, a big hit of fresh green apple. Coriander and and wheat malts follow.

Light, refreshing, tangy and dry all come to mind on the first few sips. Carbonation is actually not as high as I thought it would be, but is more on the medium side. An crisp apple taste is the main attraction here, but its rounded out by dryer tastes of coriander and lemon rind. Syrupy finish, but dry in the mouth feel. Overall, this is a thirst quencher, and a pretty good one at that. Decent complexity, but probably won't buy it again. Worth the try though.

08-12-2011 02:40:34 | More by chodinheaven
Photo of mooseo


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Hazy yellow golden straw color. Slightly bubbly with a 1/2" bright white head.

S - Moderate sweet aromas of green apple and other spices. Almost reminds me of a strong apple cider.

T - Nice flavor. Instead of a strong apple taste as I expected, I was delighted to find a nice mix of citrus and spice. Granny smith, pear, pineapple, and cinnamon notes throughout. The apple flavor is very subdued at first. However the finish provides a bitter sour apple tinge, which I loved. This beer is rather complex and not overpowering - which I can appreciate in a fruit beer.

M - Light to medium bodied, this beer is very smooth and clean. Average carbonation.

D - Delicious apple beer. It's highly drinkable. This is the first bottle that I've tried, but I had this on tap at Monks Cafe in Philadelphia a few weeks ago (as dessert). It was perfect. While on tap it might have been a bit more flavorful, the bottle is very close and stands as one of the best fruit beers I've ever had.

08-12-2011 02:10:05 | More by mooseo
Photo of t420o


4.28/5  rDev +19.2%

I have had this several times and very often find myself craving one of these on a warm night.

Best Before:4/18/12
Enjoyed on: 7/21/11

A- Pours similar color to a wit beer. Straw colored and hazy with a 1 finger white head that leaves decent lacing

S- fresh tart granny smith apple as well as some apple juice flows together nicely with the malt, yeast, and slight hop taste.

T- There is just a perfect amount of apple taste in this beer and its incredible. It is perfectly balanced with the malt and yeast in my opinion. It's a perfect summer beer and I am amazed it doesn't get more love on here.

M- Slightly light but a perfect easy drinker for a summer day. Good carbonation feel

O- Fantastic beer with great drinkability. Perfect for summer, but great whenever. I crave this often and have never been disappointed. A great beer.

08-03-2011 20:54:16 | More by t420o
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.4%

Ephemere is the ideal drink for people that barely enjoy beer. I say this because my wife enjoyed it, and that is a good bell-weather.

There is apple present in the smell and taste. It isn't overwhelming, but it is the center of this beer. I pick up the ale in this beer, but the apple is even more present.

This beer tastes good and it is very easy to drink. I recommend it as a gateway beer for newer drinkers.

08-02-2011 01:02:06 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of MrSwitch


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Served in the Ephemere fluted glass.

A- A golden straw color with about 1-1.5 in of head. Some lacing but not too much.

S- It smelled of tart apples, a bit sour, but it wasn't overwhelming. Smell similar to that of a cider. Not particularly sweet.

T- This is where I am most conflicted. I already drank a few beers before this one, so I can't say if I would completely rely on my first impression, yet the taste still threw me for one. Unbelievably sweet for fruit beer. To the point of being overwhelming. Taste was highly reminiscent of Gushers oddly enough. However, the finish was quite pleasant: some dry tartness.

M- Quite bubbly more similar to that of a cider or champagne, but you can definitely tell it's still a beer. Very fizzy, not too heavy, but not too light. Fairly well balanced.

O- Honestly, still not too sure about this one. The initial taste is overpoweringly sweet, yet finishes nicely. Appearance, mouthfeel, smell were all nice, but it's the taste that keeps me from saying it was a good beer. I'll have to come back to this one.

07-22-2011 03:12:47 | More by MrSwitch
Photo of Rifugium


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Not a cider, but an apple beer. And surprisingly very tasty. Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a thick puff of white head that mellows out after a minute or so. Big aroma of fresh apples and apple skins, and not in a bad / acetaldehyde way. Light grains and herbs in the background. Tart flavor, full of crisp apples; pale malts and light sugars take the edge off a bit mid-palate. Light mouthfeel, and very drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a session, unlike many fruit beers..

07-20-2011 22:52:24 | More by Rifugium
Photo of GallowsThief


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a flute.

A – Cloudy and yellow pour with a stark white one finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a nice ring.

S – Big green apple smell like a granny smith. Reminds me of holiday scent. Champagne smell as well. Like a mix of Thanksgiving and New Years (what I remember on those holidays which tends to be not much).

T – Well like the smell we have apples and plenty of them. Has a cider like quality. Grapes are there as well but not really a sweet brew.

M – Low carbonation or at least it feels that way. Very drying mouthfeel. No trace of alcohol. Thin.

O – Well now its an odd one. It does not even taste like beer. Its much like champagne honestly. Its good for what it is, has decent taste but I would skip it.

07-19-2011 00:14:26 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of sk8man121


3.33/5  rDev -7.2%

16 oz pour into pint glass at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME.

A: Pours an opaque, dirty and dull yellow with straw highlights. Little to no head.

S: Cinnamon, apple clove , crayon, yeast, chemicals. Very Yankee candle like, and almost fake smelling. Still, smells pretty damn good in a weird, almost embarrassing way.

T: Bubblegum sweetness up front, followed by a somewhat sour apple. Very sweet; like an apple-flavored lolly pop. Some spice, but not as apparent as in the nose.

M: Moderate carbonation; thin, watery mouthfeel.

O: I dunno. I've had this beer a few times and enjoyed it far more than I am right now; this keg could be a bit off, hence the $2.99 special price. It just tastes like sugar, which I'm not in the mood for right now. Certainly not one of my favorite Unibroue beers ever, but especially off-tasting right now.


07-16-2011 19:27:54 | More by sk8man121
Photo of chocosushi


4.18/5  rDev +16.4%

12 oz -> Unibroue-lip

A ~ Bronze/Copper with a Green-hue. Tiny Bubbles.
Translucent with decent retention and good lacing.

S ~ Sliced granny-smith apples (including skins), rock sugar, coriander, & fresh apple taffy.

T ~ Apples all 'round. Crisp sliced green apple, Candied Apple, AND Caramel Apple. Lemon Zest and Hibiscus flower on the finish. Excellent.

M ~ Crispy, Tangy, & Semi-Dry with a lush finish that oozes fresh fruits. It's like drink a Green Apple.

D ~ Nice change of pace from Unibroue's beers. One of the most interesting fruit beers I have ever had.

07-16-2011 06:32:36 | More by chocosushi
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Slightly hazy golden colour, finger of light fluffy egg white head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Tart apples and cloves, touch of banana sweetness and grassy wheat.

T - The apples come through nicely off the top alongside the cloves and wheat. Fresh apples linger on the palette. Surprisingly fresh and not too overpowering and synthetic.

M - A bit heavy on the carbonation and reminiscent of a sparkling wine.

O - A tasty summer drink and certainly worth a try. A bit underrated IMO and would certainly be appreciated by any fan of fruit infused beers.

07-16-2011 02:43:19 | More by andrenaline
Photo of tobelerone


2.98/5  rDev -17%

What's up with this one? Looked alright, but not much head or lacing....a somewhat cloudy, dark yellowish color.

Smells heavily of apples and I like it. But the taste - not so much. Surprisingly bland, the apples don't really come out all that much and neither does anything else. A faint taste of coriander is detectable but it's pretty subtle too. Kind of was looking for something a little more in your face here. Would have like a lot more apples and coriander. It sounded good but didn't deliver.

This has a thin and somewhat spritzy mouthfeel and is easily drinkable but it begs the question: what's the point? I wouldn't buy this one again. Very unexciting, to say the least.

07-15-2011 16:27:48 | More by tobelerone
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3.83/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured out as a hazy golden yellow color, The head was white and fizzy. There was just a touch of lacing after the head settled but not much more. The smell of the beer is great, I love the smell of the fresh apple blended with the Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer is good but I feel the apple gets a little lost in the mix. The mouthfeel is soft on the tongue but keeps its integrity with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good brew, I've had Apple beers that I like more, but this one seems to be the most popular in my area.

07-08-2011 19:39:13 | More by Knapp85
Photo of seabass87


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Poured from 12 Oz bottle into pint glass.

A- Pour reveals a translucent yellow body with a slight green tint. Temporary 2 finger head that dissipates into a foamy ring. A fair amount of sediment transferred, and is floating around. Good amount of carbonation.

S- I'm getting apple juice, green grapes, orange peel, summery spices, alcohol, and something bitter that I can't quite put my finger on. I'm hoping the taste is not as bitter.

T- As expected, the apples come out a lot stronger in the taste. I'm getting slightly tart apple taste and a little bit of spiciness. Relatively low ABV - alcohol taste is non-existent, but there's a slight warmth in the aftertaste. While the apple taste is very apparent, it's not obnoxious or sweet. This is a very simple, straightforward taste.

M- Very light and crisp. The carbonation is definitely there, but isn't champagne level. The finish is mostly wet.

O- This is my first fruit beer, so I unfortunately can't compare this to other of this style... I probably wouldn't go out of my way to drink this, however, this is a refreshing ale that I could see myself drinking on a hot summer day (like today!)

07-08-2011 00:00:27 | More by seabass87
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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured into a rocks glass. It was the only thing available to me at the time.

A - Unfiltered hazy blonde brew, playfully swirling up to a nice frothy coating. Retention was moderate. Overall quite attractive.

S - Apple cider comes to mind, other than that just a pleasantly sweet aroma.

T - Sweet with a nice sour backing. Not overpowering with the apple flavor, but the flavor of green apples is present, along with lemons and spices.

M - Light body with a mellow carbonation level and a tart finish.

D - Delightful. Not something I could do very often, but as a dessert beer or to split a bottle with a few people every once in a while would be a treat.

07-04-2011 19:41:21 | More by PhageLab
Photo of JMad


3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

I drank actually drank this from a little plastic hotel cup.

The beer was a light golden yellow with a thick white head. It smells of fresh, sliced green apples with a hint of yeast hops and watermelon. The taste is mostly green apple with Belgian yeast and banana. The beer is light and soft with smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I enjoyed this beer even though the only reason I bought it is because my girlfriend wanted to try an apple beer,but the apple flavor was a little overpowering.

07-03-2011 06:33:23 | More by JMad
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -10%

12oz into a mini snifter.

Somewhere between straw and golden, with a fast-disappearing head. Cloudy.

Smell is faint and of granny smith apples mostly. Some vague sweet malt characteristics also.

Taste is pretty much all apples, with hints of wheat. Slightly sweet at first, but not really, and not at all tart. Smooth and musty, and the must is a bit strange. But, overall, the flavor isn't terribly strong and is a bit watery.

Mouthfeel is medium and the beer is less carbonated than I expected.

I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was expecting something tarter and more carbonated.

06-22-2011 01:18:49 | More by musicforairports
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,763 ratings.