Éphémère (Apple)
Unibroue

Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #356
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,915
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.84%
Reviews:
1,041
Ratings:
2,149
From:
Unibroue
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  43
Gots
  207
SCORE
82
Good
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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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
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
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octortus from Canada

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.24/5  rDev -11%
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
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Nass from Florida

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

There is a best by date on the bottle. I like the fancy looking bottle label artwork. The beer is well carbonated. On the nose i'm picking up on the green apple & the taste is the same. In addition to, i'm also getting a fair amount of wheat & coriander in the flavor. I'm not really digging the taste of this combination of ingredients. Oh Well, at least now I can say that I was able to try a beer with green apples added to it. Cheers! B-

Aug 04, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i'm happy with this as an apple infused ale, but not as much as the prettier cassis.
every beer I've reviewed from Unibroue has scored higher than average Ba rating.
a) golden body true to cider, thin head result of fruit addition, scant lace as typical of fruit beer.
s) subtle, apple fruit, vinegar, cider mill, and fruit blossoms. Not much grain or hop.
t) All the above in a wine aperitif like format works. Great first beer of evening or before dinner.
f) Fresh, refreshing, not too sweet, scrubbing.
o) In the top quartile of fruit beers. This one of 7, great idea!

Jul 30, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Stamped on bottle best by date is '02-28-21'.
Cloudy, pale gold color. One finger of white head quickly settles back to a small bubble cap, with an active ring. Lacing left behind slides back down into body.
Big aromas that spread from the glass into the immediate area. Has a base of white ale that expresses bread and yeast. The added smells of green apple and coriander, along with orange and strawberry.
Taste really brings on the green apple, which makes the flavor to be sweet/tart. I also get a brief entrance of strawberry and orange. The coriander blends well with the bready yeast flavor. The after taste settles on the apple.
Medium mouth feel and effervescent. Tickles the tongue and throat. Very good carbonation.
Very refreshing, but there is some dryness that induces another sip. Good use of the apple flavor.

Jul 18, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a customer taster pint; best by 02/28/21.
A: Pours a hazy golden color heading toward amber (think tarnished brass) with very robust formation of at least a four finger, off-white to wheat head, at least of finger of retention, but spotty lacing.
S: Tangy/tart. Aroma is largely very believable (read not artificial) green apple, but also white pepper and tutti-fruity.
T: Semisweet. Mostly green apple and sugar cane. Do not really pick up on the malt. Very light bitterness and an occasional cracker aftertaste.
M: Light bodied, gorgeous effervescence (scads of tiny, champagne style bubbles, and very refreshing.
O: A little less balance than in some Éphémère varieties. Letting it sit seemed to settle it a bit. I cannot say I enjoyed it quite as much as some of those, but I did enjoy it.

Jul 10, 2019
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, transparent amber color with a finger's worth of fine, white froth. Aroma smells almost entirely of tart, green apples, with hints of coriander and Belgian yeast.

The taste features apple juice with traces of lemongrass and coriander, most of which is promptly scrubbed clean by the vigorous carbonation. Chalky yeast adds at touch of class and character that keeps thingsjust north of novelty territory. Medium body and the aforementioned brisk carbonation make for a smooth, eminently drinkable mouthfeel and sharply dry finish.

I must confess, despite its one-dimensionality, this comes off as almost too easy to enjoy. The crisp, clean taste and dry finish make it perfectly refreshing on a hot day. Unibroue is capable of far more demanding endeavors, but you still have to respect this for what it is.

Mar 28, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice apple cider color and ample white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but is nice and foamy. Green apple and juicy nose with a bit of ginger and spice. Flavor is ephemeral, as the name implies, with an estery hint of apple. Light, refreshing and satisfying.

Mar 19, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

Murky yellow/orange.

Nice off-white head; no lace.

Delicious, strong smell of apples & oranges; hint of mango & strawberry. Just a magnificent nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Apple juice & orange flavor, light maltiness.

Not as complex as the nose led me to believe, but still solid. Hot day=big winner.

Mar 17, 2019
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-steve- from Canada

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Makes me sad every time I open a bottle from Unibroue. Sad because it reminds me of all the good Quebec beer that is not available here in Ontario. Probably only see this because of it's Sleeman's (Sapporo) distribution connections.
This cloudy, yellow-hued beer pours a generous head that leaves a lace collar on dissipating. Apple aromas dominate with a slightly spicy undertone. Apple tastes with a minerality and peppery spice. Slight drying on the finish.
Not a bad thirst quencher.

Mar 16, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Hazy golden color with many bubbles, very pillowy and thick white head about 1.5 fingers thick with good retention and lacing.

Granny Smith apples is the most obvious of the aroma, and I can smell it from afar quite easily. Other notes of obvious strawberries and raspberries. More notes of wheat, coriander, and spices.

Tart apple and raspberries are what occupy most of the palette, however mixed in with the wheat it provides a nice flavorful balance. Moderate-high carbonation. Other notes mentioned in the aroma segment are quite subtle, but nonetheless add consistency to this beer's flavor. Feels smooth.

Feb 17, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale amber with a frothy fizzy white head that recedes quickly to almost nothing; The apple fruity smell is quite apparent, but not clearly obviously apple; Smooth and sparkly mouthfeel; The flavor is mild and sweet, again, the apple is not apparent, but definitely a sweet fruity taste.

Jan 18, 2019
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BucBasil from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the 750mL corked bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a crystal clear reddish-orange color with lots of carbonation inside. Head was white, foamy, and stuck around a surprisingly long time.

S: The beer has an obvious apple smell - granny smith/green and golden delicious apples mostly. But underneath there is a manly backbone with bread notes, a tangy Belgian yeast, and some honey and spices. Surprising depth in this one.

T: This is one of the first fruit beers that I've had that could also pass for a great regular beer. The apple note is not so in-your-face, but blends well into a medley of other characteristics of the beer to make for a very refreshing but also well put-together drink. The beer actually strangely reminds me of Duvel or some other Belgian strong pale ale, but obviously not as strong, making this a very nice and actually tasty session.

F: A bit thin.

Overall: Too often, fruit beers put too much emphasis on the fruit and not enough on the beer. This one stakes a nice balance in that it tastes like a Belgian beer with an emphasis on the apple note.

Jan 13, 2019
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C-Stockwell from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: very nice gold straw color with an impressive head
S: apple, raspberry, strawberry, and malt
T: apple and strawberry with a dry finish
F: good carbonation

Very interesting beer, sort of a cross taste wise between pie and a Jolly Rancher. Makes a good aperitif.

Dec 29, 2018
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a pretty good somewhat different fruit ale, less fruit more Belgian Wheat Ale

Look: Hazy golden color with a very thick/tall fluffy chalk white head

Aroma: Wheat, typical Belgian Ale, and apple.

Flavor: The flavor is wheat, honey, coriander and apple, sweet, light, slightly tart.

Feel: medium feel

Dec 06, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 04-01-18
DO1162245QFL
“ÉPHÉMÈRE POMME”

The color is a slightly hazy deep golden color. As it’s poured, a 3 finger length of heavy white foam bubbles to the top. It settles quickly and doesn’t leave too much lace in its wake.

The aromas on this are more reminiscent of a cider than a beer. Sweet apples and fruit, hints of coriander and spice. Fairly simple and inviting, nothing too complex.

A much different flavor profile than expected, but in a good way. The rich Apple sweetness from the nose transforms into a much more subtle flavor profile. The Apple is still very much present, but has a nice balance of Belgian spice and a stronger coriander flavor. The balance in the flavor is better, and establishes itself better as a fruit beer as opposed to a cider that’s just lost.

Lots of heavy carb that froth when it hits the tongue. A crisp beer, no doubt, with those Apple juice sugars creating a light stickiness in the finish. Very crushable.

Nov 30, 2018
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iguanodon from Utah

2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

[Original rating 2013-08-24] Pours hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma of ... apples., and yeast, a little earth. Taste is ... apple, tart, spices. Finish is apple but dry. Nice mouth feel, lively carbonation.

Oct 24, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of 3/9/20; into a pint glass.
Appearance- cloudy straw yellow with some floating sediment and champagne like bubbles; head is a medium thick, fluffy white that produces modest lacing!
Smell- Granny Smith apples and hints of coriander.
Taste- weak apple cider, really not much at all from a flavor standpoint.
Feel - very light, watered down feel with a semi dry finish.
Overall- didn’t expect that I’d favor this, but thought there’d be more to this considering my experience with Unibroue.

Aug 26, 2018
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Beerbuds from Canada

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice fruit beer. I thought it was really well done. Not too sweet and resembles a beer more then nicklebrooks apple pilsner which i also enjoy but is more like a cider then a beer. I would buy it again.

Mar 18, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Curiously like cider, a golden orange with practically no head.

Smell: Faint apples are the predominant scent, followed by slightly spicy hop character. But mostly apples.

Taste: The most cidery beer ever! Follows the nose, with subtle apple and just a hint of malt to remind you that it’s barley. Could do with a stronger flavor.

Mouthfeel: Again, cidery thin and carbonated.

Overall: While I enjoy it, it really needs to be bolder. It’s a good sipper, but why not buy cider?

Mar 03, 2018
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quadmad from Canada

2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Too much like the taste of Granny Smith apples to appeal to me. Fruit flavoured beers have never inspired me. Okay for a test; but not a long term love affair

Feb 19, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Sentience An Android's Tale. Plenty of fresh and natural apple flavors, in both aroma and taste. Pleasant but a bit unidimensional a light bodied though

Dec 04, 2017
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BGDrock from Canada

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiny, slightly hazed gold body, dense white head.
Baskets full of apples in the aroma, bubblegum, grape, and a musty funk, like apples left on the ground of an orchard for too long.
First impression is it's sweeter and more cloying than expected (not crisp), and on the flat side in terms of carbonation. Sugary rather than fruity, although you do definitely get apple coming through. Bready malts. Lacks vibrancy or interesting flavour.
A disappointing brew, lacking full flavour and the body is drab. The high sugar content is reminiscent of those mass brands. Skip it

Oct 24, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was quite possibly the best non-apple cider beer I've ever had...

A fruity beer disguised as a wheat beer, it had a very strong flavor of apples, some orange, and light on the hops. Nonetheless, though it reminded me of a Redd's Apple Ale, it was much better from the perspective of a true beer. Great hazy look, very sweet to the nose, with a decent amount of carbonation. I tasted more apples than I would have like, but overall it was a solid beer.

Jul 24, 2017
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