Éphémère (Apple)

Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
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Quebec, Canada
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #230
Ranked #26,897
3.61 | pDev: 14.96%
Sep 01, 2022
Oct 21, 2002
Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
Notes: As its name suggests, Éphémère is an ephemeral ale that comes and goes with the seasons. It was developed as a series to feature a seasonal fruit in a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale. The label depicts a fairy, an ephemeral spirit associated with fruits picked at the peak of ripeness during each harvest season. She first appeared in the spring of 2001 and has since been celebrated on a variety of seasonal fruit ales such as apple (brewed all year long), cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, raspberry and blueberry.

The most beloved and well known of the Éphémère beer series. Its amazing popularity across North America has made it a year-round favourite instead of only a seasonal brew.
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Ephemere (Apple) from Unibroue. Purchased in a mixed six-pack from Franklin Beer Company, Franklin, PA, 27/08/22 for $ 15.00 (Including tax)/six-pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.208/oz) with twist-off caps. On room-temperature shelf at store and stored at 37 degrees at home. Reviewed 01/09/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped “BF 10-08-22” in yellow ink on the rear shoulder. Served at 47.4 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 55.7 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Pale straw (SRM 2), hazy. Bottle refermented.
Body – Gold (SRM 5), opaque. Under direct light, same – just looks dirty. When rear-lite, pale gold (SRM 4) and translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density and fizzy, leaving a 1.o to 1.5 mm bubble ring and a thin island.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Strong apple/fruitiness with a bit of fermenting apple as well. No coriander. No malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly sweet with apple and weak cider, no malt, no hops, no yeast. No ethanol (5.5 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. No gastric warming evolves. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery edging into the area of creamy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 My only previous encounter with this brew was in 2005, well before joining BA, and so had no review. Not bad overall.
Sep 01, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by bkwagie

Aug 19, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by drstalker from Illinois

Jun 06, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Hazy light orange, white head, retention isn't so great, neither is lacing
Apple eau de vie, coriander, vanilla, doughy wheat aromas
Tastes like a wit with a bit of cointreau and apple eau de vie mixing into it, a bit of spice, fresh pasta
Light bodied, could use more carbonation
There are better wits out there
Feb 04, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Cloudy amber appearance with a small but long lasting white head and spotty lacing. Aroma delivers the promised apple scent amid the yeast though not much else emerges. A spicier dimension in the taste but still overshadowed by apple. Well carbonated, medium bodied mouthfeel.
Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Rhetion from Florida

Oct 04, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by zachkrauter from Indiana

Jul 27, 2021
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Reviewed by whibbitt

4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours orange with a head that did not last too long for me. The smell and taste resembles a cider with a hint of beer. Apple is the dominant flavour, but there is a subtle beer and malt taste that distinguishes it from a cider. Overall worth a try if you like beer and cider.
Jul 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Jaasoares from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy orangish golden color with a white head. Apple is distinctly pronounced on the nose with a slight bit of tangerine. Taste is mostly of apple and some spice to begin with turning mildly floral, dry and bitter at the finish. Overall, the flavor is too heavily of apple.
Jun 14, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by ovega04240

May 18, 2021
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Reviewed by BalancingBrooms from California

4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Burnt orange with a tight white head that lingers with carbonation streaming up the glass. Big green apple burst when i cracked the cap off, mix of Belgian yeast and candied apple on the nose, very sweet smelling. Opens with a big blast of carbonation that leaves white grapes front and then folds into classic Unibroue Belgian yeast with spice. Ends dry with a lingering apple skin tartness. Body is light with full carbonation. A nice beer, lots of apple. Not too sweet by any means, would be great on a hot summer day.
May 15, 2021
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Reviewed by HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small short lived white head.
Aroma is mostly apple with some breads malt and yeast character.
The apple is pleasantly more subdued in the flavor. I’m glad this isn’t as sweet as the aroma. The apple balances well with the malt. Finishes crisp and dry.
Had this from the mix pack. None of them disappointed.
May 03, 2021
Rated: 3.89 by smi69 from New York

Apr 05, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by Taenim from New Jersey

Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a nice white head that lasts a while. In the nose, it is initially apple, with yeast coming in as well as malt. In the mouth, apple, with a yeasty breadiness after.
Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Loerke from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
An excellent post-workout summer brew that is better than almost any alcoholic cider I know, and agreeably lower in alcohol than most of the other the offerings from Unibroue, which ranks among the most reliable beer conglomerates in the world. Ephemeral and seasonal, this brew has pretty straw lacing and a lovely smell, like the harder-to-find versions of Éphémère. Because the apple taste is a bit too cloying, I prefer the harder-to-find Blueberry variant of Éphémère and would like to try others; I wish Unibroue would export other varieties to the United States.
Dec 15, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by YJY from England

Oct 16, 2020
Rated: 4.2 by 12ozfan from Illinois

Oct 04, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Aug 23, 2020
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
11.2oz bottle from the variety pack

Looks like budweiser, but with a prettier head. Smells like green apple Laffy Taffys. Tastes like a malty cider. Good ole Unibroue yeast delivers even more fruit character long into the finish

Tasty stuff, but the apple comes off as artificial, whether it is or not
Aug 15, 2020
Rated: 3.65 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

Jun 15, 2020
Rated: 3.67 by mattreitz49 from Florida

May 31, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia

May 26, 2020
Rated: 3.91 by Danzifer from Ohio

Apr 28, 2020
Rated: 4.48 by schizoidman from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Kam from North Dakota

Apr 03, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by bf7 from Pennsylvania

Mar 21, 2020
Rated: 3.68 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Feb 08, 2020
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Rated by BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Taster at Portland on Tap
Jan 27, 2020
Rated: 3.58 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Jan 07, 2020
Rated: 3.59 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Nov 28, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by robebo44 from Virginia

Nov 19, 2019
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Light carbonation with about a medium body
Aroma is wheat,grain,earthy citrus peel, fruit candy
Taste was malt,wood, candy fruit with a little dark fruit
Excellent complex flavorful beer
Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 3.44 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Oct 11, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by moundbz from North Dakota

Sep 18, 2019
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Reviewed by octortus from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
355 mL Bottle. ABV 5.5%
Appearance: Veiled honey gold, Low-Medium carbonation, Less than half a finger of quickly dissipating off-white fizzy head, Thin broken cap remains.
Aroma: Green apple candy, Green apple skin, Wheat malt, Slightly floral, Slight white grape juice.
Mouthfeel: Low to medium body, Slightly creamy, Slightly prickly medium carbonation, Dry finish.
Flavour: Green apple, Yeast ester, Slightly floral, Wheat malt, Slight white grape juice.
Overall: Somewhat refreshing, but pretty one-dimensional. A wee bit too heavy on the green apples, but... it was labeled.

Review: 61
Sep 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Golden to dark yellow lemon body color, maybe even a hint of chestnut brown edge as well. Fairly clear, with a nice column of middle carbonation. Head is foamy and fine, reaching just barely under thee fingers but good staying power. A styrofoam puck manages to stick around.

Aroma is green apple, but smells too much like store bought apple juice. Grocery store sweetness and not much cidery tones or beer quality either. Respectable, but a bit of a one note and not a great one.

Palate takes a sort of odd road. Apple juice like flavor, more akin to breakfast drink than any kind of apple pure flavor. This is also a bit wet bodied but not too terribly, as some malt chewy flavor kicks in slightly with some light sucrose to kick in and save it. Flirts with a slightly peppery and carbonated aftertaste as well.

A sort of run of the mill fruit beer that doesn't quite get everything rolling.
Sep 07, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by chiefz1 from New York

Aug 26, 2019
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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