Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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3.63
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Reviews by mzwolinski:
Photo of mzwolinski
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This sat in my beer closet for some time, as I was quite expecting not to like it. Fruit beers generally strike me as too artifical-tasting and overly sweet. I kind of bore the same relation to it that I did with Schindler's List. Whatever it was that put me in the mood to see a movie, it wasn't a desire to be horribly depressed by scenes of mass slaughter. And whatever it was that put me in the mood for a beer, it wasn't a desire for, well, green apples.

But with the expiration date approaching in the next year, I thought it time to take care of business. So there ya go.

It pours quite nicely. Champagne like in appearance, though the carbonation is not quite so thorough. Similar in color, though, with an initial large-bubbled white head that fades fairly quickly. Quite appealing in a flute.

The aroma of green apples hit pretty hard upon first opening. In fact, my wife, sitting about 10 feet away, was able to smell it. So strong was it initially that I worried the same characteristic would dominate the flavor. But after just a minute or so had passed, the appleishness (sure, that's a word) of the aroma had faded a bit, and the beer actually picked up a nice bit of musky barnyard aroma. This helped round the scent out well.

Green apple is, of course, the first thing one notices upon tasting this beer. But it is quickly supplemented in a number of ways. A mild, slightly sugary malt sweetness kicks in after the initial tastes fade. The back-end is nicely, though very moderately, spiced, with another hint of slightly funky barnyard flavors. The most noticeable supporting actor in this troupe is the curacao, which lends a nice juicy orange flavor to the aftertaste -- but mingled with more earthy flavors to leave an overall well-rounded impression.

All in all, a much nicer beer than I expected. Effervescent in mouthfeel, and not at all cloying in flavor, with a surprising amount of depth. Unibroue rarely disappoints!

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Photo of gottajiboo2
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from a 750ml bottle from 06

Pours a bright golden yellow with a half inch thick white head that was gone in seconds.

First thing to enter my nose, I immediately thought this smells like a crisp sweet, slightly tart Golden Delicious/Granny Smith apple that I've just taken a bite of. Then after taking several long deep sniffs, I was thinking apple pie with some ice cream.

Tasted like a sweet sparkling cider. I couldn't believe how much the apple really stands out. After a couple sips, my exhale felt sweet like cotton candy.

The mouth feel was clean, crisp, and thin. This was a very enjoyable drink. The word beer doesn't really come to mind, but this was a light refreshing beverage that I will definitely try again sometime.

cheers

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Photo of SFACRKnight
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks like a wit, smells like fake apple, and too much corriander. Tastes like someone dropped a green apple jolly rancher into a mediocre wit and tried to hide the whole mess behind a healthy dose of corriander.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. Its retention is quite decent, and the texture is very frothy. Lacing does appear on the glass, albeit inconsistently. (3)

Smell: Apple hits the nose first, with the rest of the beer appearing in tow. Coriander seems to be the second most powerful note. I also get plenty of candied sugar, wheat, and the Unibroue house character. Interesting, that's for sure - also, it does work. (3.5)

Taste: The flavor, though, is witbier first, apple beer second. A combination of coriander and wheat open it up. The apple notes aren't ephemeral by any means - they're subtle, yet last the length of the flavor profile. It does, however, appear more vividly on the back end; also, I pick up a hint of orange peel and white bread. On its own, it's a good witbier - and yet, the apple notes really add a nice twist to this without making it drink like a glorified cider. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Very dry and well carbonated. For the record, this is what I want from both a good hard cider and a witbier, so no complaints here. Add in its feather light (but not insubstantial) body, and this is pretty effortless to drink. (4)

Overall: Anybody remember Shock Top's Honeycrisp Apple Wheat? That cider/witbier combination that did neither aspect well? This is just like that, only good. It does an impressive job of capturing the best of both worlds. Not only do I have a rock-solid witbier that I would gladly drink again, I also have something to lure in cider drinkers with. (3.75)

3.67/5: More solid work from Unibroue

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

Wow what nice offering again from Unibroue,pours a pale yeloow with a huge blooming head,a great aroma of green apples almost like a green apple jolly rancher.Taste is pretty complex much more than I thought,a nice fresh green apple taste with a nice malted wheat flavor with the two combining to make a great finish.Almost to easy to drink its 5.5% is masked very well.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My assumption is that Ephemere 2002 is the same as Ephemere Pomme (Apple)......

Cloudy golden/orange pour with a huge head. Light fruity nose highlighted with apple, a hint of dried apricot and some spiciness. The taste to me was of less apple than the nose had suggested. In fact i would say it was somewhat light and creamy with a "bubblegum" finish. Not sweet at all but more subtle and refreshing. Not bad as an overall beer drinking experience.

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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 cam477
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kenadee’s Ultra Pub in Milwaukee, WI.

A: Pale, cloudy, lemon juice color with a soapy lace.

N: Baked granny smith apples, coriander, and just maybe a dash of cinnamon.

T/MF: Initially sweet, with a strong carbonation bite. Slightly wheaty with a flavor of green apple candy. Then tartness sets in crisp and zesty. Lightly bitter finish, possibly from hops, possibly not. Very light bodied but carbonation gives the sensation of it being fuller.

Drinkability: Pretty killer for a fruit beer, especially on a hot Milwaukee night.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look (3.5/5) ~ pours a medium straw colour with some orange in there. The head was moderate: it rose high off a good pour, fell very quickly without any real lacing. Clarity was hazy, but not totally opaque.

Smell (4/5) ~ The aroma is really all yeast and fruit addition. I get the normal unibroue yeast aroma that you’d expect, but there is a slight acidity and pepperiness that make it a little more like a saison. The apple notes do a good job of straddling intense sourness with a nice sweetness .

Taste (4/5) ~ More or less the same as you get on the nose. The malt character is extremely gentle and distant in the background: I’d guess mostly pilsner or very pale ale malt with some wheat as well (because there is a very slight graininess in there). There’s no real hop flavour, but enough bitterness for balance (although this is mainly done with the acidity). The fruitiness blends really well with the spicy notes (coriander, pepper) and has a flavour a lot like apple skins.

Feel (3.5/5) ~ higher carbonation and very light body make for a refreshing brew that sets off the flavours of the apples really well. Sour beers pretty much need a light body.

Much better than the black currant version of this brew. It was very light and drinkable and really played up the apple flavours with a nice background yeast character.

I’ll just note that the bottle call cellared for about a year and a half.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of weatherdog
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cL bottle poured into two over-sized wineglasses

It pours a really hazy washed out straw color with a pillowy white head and an aggressive carbonation.

The aroma is of sweet/tart green apples very reminiscent of a cider. There is a little bit of like an spiciness that I can't tell if it comes from added spices or the Belgian yeast, but the green apple/cider aroma dominates this brew for me.

Some maltiness comes out in the taste, cutting through the apple aroma. Then comes the apple. It almost the exact flavor profile of a semi-dry cider. A unmistakable green apple taste with some backend sweetness.

The high carbonation fits this type of beer and it makes it pretty drinkable. This is a pretty unoffensive easy drinking approachable fruit beer but not by any means spectacular.

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Photo of JacobMutberg
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I pop the gold foiled cap I get a rush of fresh cut green apple. Pours into my SN tulip a hazy golden yellow with a volumious active bubbly three finger head that has awesome retention. Aromas of ripe granny smith apple, orange peels and spicy lemon dusted grains. Vibrant earthy Unibroue yeast aromas. Very, very nice overall.

First sip brings a spicy, lemony zesty wheat grain flavor with big notes of coriander, citrus and a mellow green apple flavor. There's less green apple in the flavor than the nose leads you to believe, but it still leaves its mark wonderfully. Spicy yeastiness accentuates each sip with a light, fruity finish. A wonderfully refreshing and unique fruit beer.

Mouthfeel is rather light with a strong flow of carbonation that dances across my tongue. Ultra refreshing..I could seriously drink a lot of this brew, especially on a hot summer day. One of my new favorite fruit beers...I wish I could get a mixed 12pack with all the flavors. Well worth seeking out. Yum.

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Photo of Marc33
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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

My wife's favorite beer, not mine. It poure a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a nice head. It had a tart odor to it, and more of a sour apple than sweet apple taste. Somewhat carbonated, felt OK in the mouth. A nice beer to drink a few of, but not something I'd want to drink all the time. A summer beer.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DrinktotheDead
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dieBlume
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of babyhobbes
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice golden color with a think white head. It smells strongly of apples but I don't really detect much else.

The taste is of apples and the finish is real crisp. The apple flavor isn't as overpowering as I expected. This brew is very refreshing and worth a try this summer.

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