Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue

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Reviews: 986
Hads: 1,937
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 120 | 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 cokes
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dilute golden, bolstering itself to dirty yellow with the yeast pour. Loads of puffed head.
The advertised cider, coriander and (to a lesser degree) curacao appear on the nose. The typical Uni-brew Black pepper shows up as does some masking chalkiness.
Dry-ish and peppery up front. The apple profile is certainly evident, but more limited than I had expected. This is mostly a wit, with only traces of cider. Coriander shows up, along with particles of orange and lemon. Squirting apple sensations. Yeast adds dough and soft farmhouse qualities, but is also responsible for an unpleasant chalky hue, which acts to suffocate the other flavors. Ends somewhat hoppy bitter, and floral dry.
Light bodied and refreshing, but just not tasty enough (even apart from the off-flavor) to make me want to drink much of it. (815 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale straw wit-like color w/ a pure-white stand of sudsy head, head retention is minimal, very inviting look

Aroma: loads of sweet apples, cotton candy, bubblegum, coriander, lemon

Flavor: the wit resemblance extends to the flavor as well, wheaty, spicey, appley tartness, orange zest, dry finish, I should really be able to say more about this...

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly astringent, zesty carbonation, ridiculously refreshing

Overall Impression: Unibroue is just an amazing brewery. This is another great innovation of theirs. I'm thoroughly impressed. The bottle label says, "Truly, a refreshing summer delight in every sip." I couldn't agree more. My girlfriend who doesn't drink beer at all (aside from the sips I require her to take of every beer that I have) said it was her favorite one she has tried so far. And that says a lot! A testament to the likeability of this beer, atleast. (924 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good ale that pours a thick white head, leaving little lace. There is a distinct apple flavor with good carbonation but there is a lemon citrusy tartness to it. It has a clean mouthfeel and finishes smooth. Light summery brew, very easy to drink a few of these. (263 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy white-ish yellow with a white-ish head and big bubbled carbonation (champagne-like); leaves no lace. Candy like green apple aroma a la Sour Green Apple Jolly Ranchers. Light sour green apple flavor to start finishing with a bit of spiciness from coriander (witbier-ish). Light bodied and airy; very effervescent.

Pricey but good !!

Label states: "Ale brewed with apple juice, coriander, and curacao"

Best Before: 04/30/05
Tasted: 07/25/03

($7.99 / 4-pack) (473 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, hazy yellow into a standard pint style glass. The first few ounces converted *completely* to foam (8 to 10 fingers) and took a few minutes to settle. Subsequent pours were less active, but it still took 5 minutes to pour it all. Mountainous head lasts so long that the top layer of foam kind of dries out, forming a crust of sorts until it eventually melts back into the beer. Stunning first impression.

Aroma - obvious big apple nose and yeast to a lesser degree, but I don't really detect anything else.

Pleasant sour apple taste enhanced by the active bubbles. The yeast flavor is certainly there but is overshadowed by the apples. I only taste the curacao and coriander influence when it warms to nearly room temps. The last half of the glass tastes sweeter than the first half, either due to a higher concentration of yeast particles or the way the flavor develops at warmer temps.

Mouthfeel - Good body, great carbonation throughout, very smooth.

Drinkability - This is a specialty kind of selection, and not something I would drink regularly, yet I would buy it to share with others as a classy alternative to the standard ale. Its fruitiness lends itself well as a tasty summer pick. (1,217 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hazy golden sunrise color with a foamy bright white head that dissipates into a rich lace. The instant you open the bottle, a strong aroma of fresh picked apples is apparent. Once poured into the glass, a light underlying yeastiness was also detectable. Moderate in body with a spritzy and zesty texture from the strong carbonation. Taste is sweet candied sugar and tart green apples with a bit of fruity yeast. (reminiscent of an apple-flavored Jolly Rancher). Finish is crisp and quite clean. One of the best (possibly the best) fruit beers I’ve had the pleasure to drink. (590 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy this is good!! Maybe it's just that it's summer and this hits the spot. I love the honey-cream color, and the puffy white head on this beer. The nose is that of granny smith apple ala jolly rancher candy. The taste is that of a good French cider, yet with a great beer taste on the tail end. The bubbles here are fine (like champagne), and the mouthfeel is superb, with very fine, again, Champagne like carbonation. The addition of orange and coriander is ever so faint and does wonders for this beers overall complexity. A cleansing bitterness prevails on the finish and baits you for another try. A cool breeze on a warm summer night-delicious!! (651 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and light greenish-tinged yellow color. Massive soft white head, really cottony. Laces in large dots. Hard to get past the apple in the aroma, but there's also a sense of sharp goat cheese and a prickly spice. Compared to the smell, the flavor is quite muted and fluffy, coriander leavens apple and is joined by a pumpkin pie impression. A bit of ester. Light and well carbonated. Slight currant and citrus aftertaste. Not really my style, I actually like to hold my nose on this and somewhat limit the apple aroma's impact on the overall flavor profile. (559 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy dark golden color with a huge 4 finger head which has great retention. Big chunks of lace are left down the side of the glass. The smell is rich in sour apple, like a sour apple blowpop. There seems to be some alcohol to the smell, even though it's a low abv. The taste has some apple tartness, with a bit of spice, probably from the coriander added. It has to be one of the most refreshing brews I've ever had. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, just a little bubbly. The drinkability is very nice, and I could put away a few of the 750mLs easy. Definately going to get some of the big bottles on my next beer run! (673 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioning announced itself with a gigantic head that filled the glass after just the first few ounces were poured. Seltzery white tiny bubbled, the head settled down after a few moments and I was able to fill the glass. The aroma is perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this beer. Granny Smith apples, more to the candy-ish Jolly Rancher side of the spectrum, but as the beer warmed a sweet, cotton candy element emerged as well. The green apple notes were more subdued in the flavor, and could have been taken more for a yeast by-product than a brewing adjunct. The overall effect was a Belgian take on fruit beer. Not spectacular, but interesting. (660 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly effervescent,cloudy straw yellow with a ful size white foamy head which dissipated to a semi-thick layer of foam. Aroma is yeasty, tart and green apples. Very crisp with flavors of apples, wheat and coriander. This is a nice refreshing brew that I thouroghly enjoyed. (274 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lovely lookingbeer. Pours a thin, white head. Head lasts a while, but cleans the glass -- no lacing at all. The beer is a solid yellow color. Aroma? Apples, of course! Green apples. Smells a little poppy, too. Taste? Apples! tastes nice. Not sweet like a cider. Very crisp. Refreshing. A nice summer drink, but only one every now and then, please. (347 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at The Beer Store (Terry Fox North of the 417: Kanata), 6/08/03, 2800 miles in my trunk.

There's a great big, white, bubbly, coarse head that collapses to uneven foam. Some spots and arcs on the glass. The beer is cloudy yellow/white with a little peachiness. Lots of pepper in the nose, and some apples, of course. The middle is a little thin, a little plain, with pepper and a little butter at temperature. Sweet apples abound in an otherwise dry finish. Apples and grains in the aftertaste.

Good. It's a little tastier than the original (because of the apples), but it's not really exciting. It does get pretty nice at temperature, though: apples butter and pepper. (681 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a yellow color with a moderate head and little lacing. The aroma was filled with apples and not much more. The flavor tasted like a 50/50 mix of your normal Unibroue beer and apple cider - quite enjoyable. It was a little sweet but it was very well balanced. This is a good beer and I would recommend trying it. (327 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When first poured, it was a straw yellow with a slight green hue with a rich white head. The smell of fruit reminded me of apples, "Granny Smith" and "Macintosh" for starters. The taste was mostly of apples and a hint of orange and spices. The front of the bottle says, "Ale Brewed with Apple Juice, Coriander and Curacao". It was not overly sweet or bitter, but, there was an effervesent feel in my mouth after each sip. Very well balance for an "Ale with Fruit", which makes this beer, very refreshing. (504 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy yellow color with a meringue-like white head. The brew is highly carbonated and that hits you on the roof of your mouth. Lots of complex green apple and spice flavors. It finishes quite cleanly. This is a very nice warm weather beer. (252 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ephemere pours a deep golden color with a huge, bubbly head. A steady stream of carbonation is present. The head retains well, leaving trails of lace down the glass. Aroma is mainly of tart green apples, although notes of coriander, citrus rind and yeast are evident, as well. Taste is big on green apples up front, obviously, but lingering behind are orange rind, clove, and coriander. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, despite the carbonation that is obviously present. This is a light-bodied brew for the most part, although it can be filling. Overall, while this brew is not overly sweet nor sour, the apple flavor lingers after the final sip. A quality fruit beer all around, and an excellent one to have on hand in the summer months. (732 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used a flutish/pilsner glass as recommended on the bottle and man be careful it pours like champagne. Straw yellow color with a huge sticky white head. Candi sweetness, bubblegum, and green apple in the nose. Initial wheat dominance followed by some spice and then apple skin and a touch of white pepper. A nice refreshing wheat beer with some tart apple but it is not overly sweet. The brew shows good balence and has some nice richness and smoothness in the mouth and on the tongue. Refreshing brew. Dry on the tongue on the finish. (536 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale gold with a fluffy white cap that starts out big and holds at a finger thick.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle, the green apple aroma just leaps out at me...even from several feet away. There's a good dose of yeast, along with a hint of coriander.

Taste: The intense carbonation blurs the beginning, but after that it opens up with a green apple flavor that gets stronger and stronger, but still doesn't quite match up to the aroma. Underneath it is a solid base of fresh wheat and chalky yeast. There's a touch of spiciness, with some coriander showing up here and there. The apple flavor continues into the aftertaste, where it really jumps to the foreground.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, with a nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit much in the beginning, but eventually smooths out. The apple adds a bit of tannic length, which sucks a good deal of moisture from my mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty good for what it is. I couldn't drink this all night, nor would I want to. However, it is a very well done brew...in the hit or miss world of fruit beers, this is definitely a hit. Hours later, I'll still be burping apples... (1,186 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed white color with a dense white head -- tiny bubbles! Big apple aroma slides over the top of a subtle bananas foster scent. It tickles the nose just gently. While drinking it, the mouthfeel dominates with high carbonation and a fantastic dry finish. The beer has a clear and well-defined, though subtle, sweet apple presence that finishes with a brief peppery note. For some reason, I just think it could be a little more exciting. The slightest hints of ripe granny smith apple peel resides in the aftertaste. A very pleasant summer refresher and definitely worth the purchase at $5. Another solid Unibroue offering; how the hell do these guys do it? (656 characters)

Photo of drewbage
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a fresh 750ml corked bottles.

Beer pours a hazy straw color with a spritzy CO2 flooding from the beer forming a white bubbly head.

Aroma is dominated by an intense granny smith aroma with small touches of citrus and coriander spiciness.

Flavor is sharply acid with a sweet fruit flavor. The overall effect is similiar to a green apple jolly rancher.

Body is thin and the acid in the finish provides a light tang that matches well with the spritzy nature of the carbonation. (500 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy yellow color and formed a huge foamy white head that left trace lace as it quickly subsided. An aroma of apples and spices, with a hint of yeast and butter. A flavor of hops, spices and butter. A fairly light and slightly sprite finish. A very drinkable beer. (283 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold, I can compare it to the color of apple sauce with a huge two fingered creamy bubbly white head. Aroma is fragrant of green apple tones, spices characteristic of Unibroue, and notes of a slightly musty yeast the complements the overall aromatic expressions of this beer. Taste well, the granny smith green apple flavor is not really detectable within the flavor as much as in the aroma. The light creamy apple sour tone and high carbonation mixed with the spices of this lighter palatable ale add an very nice twang to the flavor profile. Drinkability a definite easy going beer very drinkable great retreat from the summer heat one well done fruit flavored ale, I can't say I always care for them usually hit or miss I am glad this one connects. (756 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely did not expect to enjoy this beer, and really did enjoy it.

Immense, popping, fizzing white head with a fruity aroma full of apple and spice (to be expected, of course, given the ingredients). Cloudy gold body.

Brisk and sharp and slightly tart. Mouthfeel is crisp but also slick. Strange to taste apples in my beer, but the result is a very refreshing, very drinkable beer. (391 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy very light gold. Tight fizzy white head settles slowly to a very thin complete cap.

You can smell the tart crisp apples from a couple of feet away! Its very mouth-watering, but really over-powers everything else on the nose. With time, a slight hint of malt manages to poke through, but that's it.

Quite yeasty on the palate, and a bit dilute in the midpalate. The apple is there, but its nowhere near as strong as it is on the nose. Sort of like a watered down Fin du Monde with apple added. The apple does contribute tannic length (thanks MJR!), and the mouth-feel is all bottle-conditioned soft fine carbonation. An interesting beer, but not one I'm sure I'd have again (although I'm still burping apple the next morning, so in a way . . .). (772 characters)

Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.