Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of fourplayed
4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on Tap at Congregation Ale house .L.B. Ca. O.k. here goes my first beer review.

Clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger head on it.

Milld sweet smell of Green Apples, fruit & Honey ...(my first thought was sparkling cider). Smells good -refreshing!

Taste is Wow! I expected it to be sweater, but taste is very nice..well balanced apple and mild fruit sweetness while maintaining the fact this is a beer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, clean, tiny bubbles dance on your tongue. Finishes very clean without lingering aftertaste.

Very drinkable..I could drink this all day on a nice hot Summer day.

Overall a good beer for anyone who is not much of a beer drinker to those who like a mild, clean, very flavorful beer. I'll be back for more!

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Photo of ecoboy
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Outstanding and highly recommended.

Bottle conditioned in a 12-oz bottle, it did not considerably differ from that conditioned in the larger size.

White pillowy head, enormously exciteable. Hazy yellow gold.

Tangy tart aroma represents the fresh fruit, the malt and the hops; goes light on the spice (coreander plainly listed on label is not overdone.) Not desserty, this has a vinous aroma that doesn't overpower. Nothing false about it.

Not as tart in flavor, or even as appley as the granny smith on the label would leave one to believe. Clearly ale made from grain, and nowhere near cidery. Lovely subtley with suitable complexity: brisk flash of biscuity malt, zip of citrus peel hops and third, the real apple flavor. Short, refreshing, light finish of fruit and grain.

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Photo of aquatonex
4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Pours hazy medium amber, looks like a hefe. 4 fingers head! I think I wasn't very careful on this pour. Extensive retention, had to wait awhile for it to dissipate. Smells fruity (mainly apples) and delicate spice (coriander) with some background notes of malt. Taste was ridiculous. Mild but solid apples with the spice and the malt to keep you noticing it's still a beer. Almost nothing like a beer though. No bitterness whatsoever, everything is just like the title, 'Ephemere'. I only had it out of a 12 oz bottle, I think I need to have the full experience with the larger bottle. Definitely a unique and wonderful brew.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited about trying this offering from Unibroue.I had never seen it before or heard of it, and it sounded great from the bottles short description.Appearance was perfect with a monster head that erupted even with a soft pour, and left chunky white foam.The aroma was exquisite of apple juice.The colr was a hazy and cloudy gold.Bottle left sediment at the bottom.Mouthfeel was creamy with a rolling texture as with all of Unibroue's offerings.Bitterness is definately from green apples.Spiced with coriander and curacao.I think I could drink these all day.All the Unibroue's beers I've had are 8% and above ABV so this is quite a change.A natural green apple taste that does not taste fake.Spotty traces of lace left.Slight wheat after taste. A subtle lingering bitterness.Very refershing and highly drinkable.The reason the drinkability wasnt higher is that these can get a touch sweet after awhile.Even my girlfriend who hates beer was impressed with this and drank almost a half a bottle.

Note:I rarely give out 5's but IMO this deserved it.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.74/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very hazy yellow-gold with a big white frothy head. Out of this world aroma, with wonderful green grapes, fresh sweet apples, subtle banana and clove. Thankfully, the taste is not overpoweringly like apples. In fact, I get as much lemon flavor as I do apple. Alcohol is present in the flavor even though it is not a high percentage. Taste goes on and on. Medicinal phenolics somehow work with this brew, not detracting from it in the least.
Creamy and spritzy at the same time (if that is possible), and ever-so-smooth.
So many flavors in perfect balance, this beer begs the question -

How do you like them apples? Very much, thank you.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.72/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a clear straw yellow, w/ thin bubbly white head, no lacing as consumed.

Aroma: Initially I pulled some saison yeast aroma. Quite complex: Tropical fruit esthers, banana, light honey malt aroma, floral roses, and green apple.

Flavor: Light banana upfront, followed by light strawberry and sweet honey malts. Balance is towards the fruits on the palate. Finish is lightly tart with tinges of banana and green apple.

M: Light in body and mouthfeel, but medium carbonation, slight astringency from the tartness of the green apple. This beer had a slight watery feel.
O: I enjoyed this beer. The aromas are wonderfully refreshing. The watery mouthfeel is actually appropriate to style due to fruits that tend to thin out fermentables (BJCP) ;). A well made fruit beer.

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Photo of Hefe
4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on 12/3/03 from 12 oz. bottle dated best by 5/21/05

Appearance: Hazy gold witha a thick off white head that disappeared fairly quickly

Smell: The green apple practically jumped out of the bottle at me. In the glass, the apple was up front but not overpowering. Notes of yeast, spice, malt, are in the background.

Taste: Here the apple is much more subdued. Balanced with lemon, clove, yeast, banana, with coriander and orange on the hoppy dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy without feeling heavy.

Drinkability: Exceptionally so.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a white head that lasted for a decent amount of time. Limited lacing.

Smell: Very sweet. Apple is all over the aroma. It really permiates the room when you open a bottle of this stuff.

Taste: A light taste with subtle hints of apple which is very nice. A nice hop flavor and zingy bitterness compliment the subtle sweetness of the apple.

Mouthfeel: Light and fluffy. Very nice.

A very drinkable and nice brew.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
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)

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
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!

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Photo of artcurtis
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into my Taipei 101 Pilsner glass.
A-Pours a HUGE head, similar to a hefewizen, that dissipates almost immediately. The head is big and bubbly, almost like champagne. It pours a slightly cloudy golden color, similar to many other white ales. Very bubbly.
S- Probably the weakest part of this very fine beer. Has almost an acidic nose with just a hint of apple. Not really much else there.
T- Absolutely delicious. Definitely green apple. Has as much tartness as sweetness, not very heavy on either. But apple is very much at the forefront here. Tastes very natural, I don't get any added sugars. I think it's just straight up apples brewed in.
M- Excellent. Very light and bubbly. Fills your mouth like a champagne. I don't tend to compare beer to wine, but this one definitely has some similarities with sparkling wine.
D-Extremely high. I could easily sit and drink the whole 4 pack in under an hour, and will drink it all tonight. Not a very high ABV, great warm weather beer. Absolutely one of my top summer brews. Drink it on the hottest day of the year.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours a bright gold color with a fizzy head that builds and then dissipates quickly. Probably the least heady beer I've had from Unibroue so far, but a nice shower of bubbles from below maintains a pleasant halo.

What a smell that rises from this...sooo heavy on the crisp, bright smell of fresh green apples. Slinking around behind that is a slight fruity/flowery effervescence that you find to greater and lesser extents in all of their beers. I presume that this comes from the house yeast.

More green apple in the flavor. So crisp and refreshing and yummy. All of that sharp apple flavor is nicely balanced by the stronger yet still soft presence of the flower/fruity and now somewhat herbal yeast character. Mouthfeel is equally crisp with a pronounced carbonation.

So yeah, when it comes to apple beverages, this completely blows away any of the mass produced "ciders" that one would find. Definitely worth a try, and if it were just a little bit cheaper, it would be a great summer staple.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown twist off with a foiled top, best before date of 11-19-10

A: Cloudy light golden color. Fluffy white head collapses into a thin sudsy lace.

S: Ripe granny smith apple, core and all with some light spicing on the side.

T & M: Slight sweetness-tart apple, crisp, and light bodied. Flowery with mild spiciness.

I am a huge fan of the 'La Fin Du Monde' by the same brewer. This is a very good fruit ale.

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Photo of kjyost
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not normally a fruit beer fan. I love ciders, I love beer, just not normally the confluence of the two. Got it in the Unibroue sampler pack w/ Blanche, Maudite & Fin...

Cloudy with a great apple aroma about it. It quite simply is my favorite apple flavoured beverage at this point. Creamy head without an overwrought carbonation like most ciders. The malt seems to balance the apple beautifully. If you like cider, you'll love this beer!

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Photo of Brad007
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nearly golden color. Smells strongly of apples and/or apple candy. Mmm. Taste is much of the same, except that the apple is reduced in the background with just a hint of sourness that balances it out.Tart and somewhat tangy. Very drinkable still, which shows that Unibroue only brews good beers.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, orangish-honey color. 1 1/4" tight head that drops slowly but leaves no lace.
Smell: WOW! Green apples, malt & spice (coriander according to the label although I'm not familiar enough with that spice to be certain).
Taste follows the nose and then some. Green apple, malt, hops, spice (coriander again? and maybe a litlle pepper).
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Medium body, smoooth, effervescent on the tip and back of the tongue.
Drinkability is extremely high, I would gladly drink one of these every day, even without the apple flavor.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky glowing pale yellow with a thick head of off white that retains well and laces nicely.

Aromas similar to the Blanch de Chamblay I just had. Witte bier characteristics upped a notch with fresh, green apples. No artificially enhanced aromas here. There's a nice carmelized white sugar nuance as well.

Flavors remind me of a summer day, floating in the clouds. Sweet and tart Witte characteristics, lemon peel, spice, yeast, wheat, fresh Granny Smith apples, and more apples.

Body is medium with a light and airey texture and fine carbonation. Soft and playful palate. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

wow unibroue impresses me again and again...

appearance: very light and bubbly. nice head. good amount of lacing.

smell: sweet apples all the way. faint touch of hops or citrus... couldn't tell

taste: wow, sweet apples all the way. very sweet. very appley (i know that's not a word). slightly tart.

mouthfeel: crisp, and refreshing. leaves you salivating for more.

drinkability: on a summer day i could drink these till september.

again, another great beer from unibroue. just wish the alcohol content was a bit higher, but i guess you can't win 'em all...

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Photo of jegillikin
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is an excellent all-around apple ale. The initial scent is of green apple, and the taste is certainly of apple-flavored ale, but the most enjoyable characteristic of this beer is the aftertaste -- almost like a green apple jolly rancher, actually.

This was fun to drink, and I'd enjoy another without hesitation.

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Photo of kels
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a bomber with bamadog the other day. I was surprised to find there weren't more reviews of this one and that they were so low. Ephemere might not be the most amazing beer I've ever had, but for a fruit beer, I think it's one of the best you could get.

Appearance: Pours a glimmery golden apple yellow, like apples juice with more gold. A huge 4 finger white fizzy head forms immediately on the pour and fades quickly to a clingy skim with a thick white ring of lacing atop the slightly cloudy liquid.

Smell: Smells like caramel apples, crisp and sweet and slightly sticky. Light yeast and hops accompany and it smells absolutely mouthwatering.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Unbelievable! It is literally like biting into a juicy, sweet-tart, green apple. Slight yeast and caramel malt join the bright, clean, effervescent apple in a crisp, fizzy feel. Delicious.

Drinkability: High. Could it be any higher?

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Photo of Ribky
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one both on tap, and in a bottle.

A- Light golden color with foamy white head.

S- It smells like a granny smith apple.

T- Tart apple finish on a very light, refreshing ale-like body.

M- Almost like a champagne, very bubbly.

I would pick this above most hard ciders if I was in the mood for cider. Very refreshing and light tasting beer. It is a very solid midpoint between a sweet cider and a glass of champagne.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a pale golden, forming a huge pure-white sea-foam head with superior retention and nice lacing. Adding the yeast turns it a beautiful murky white. Carbonation is strong. Aroma is intoxicating....fresh green sour apples perfectly in harmony with the trademark Unibroue yeast notes...cloves and a hint of banana to round it out. One can smell green apples across the room. Oh boy...what a taste. Amazing stuff this is...tastes exactly as it smells, however the green apples are not as strong as I would have thought by aroma, but still tart and juicy, complementing the crisp wheat and delicate pale malt body. Mouthfeel is spritzy like champagne with a brisk, clean mouthfeel and slightly astringent finish. Hops are only in the background and slightly perfumy and contribute just enough bitterness to complement the sweet apples. Very easy to drink, however I would have liked just a tad more malt sweetness. This is great stuff...indeed another masterpiece from Unibroue. I can only imagine what the peach tastes like.

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Photo of drewbage
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

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Photo of eb003
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours like a wheat beer...cloudy and pale with a golden hue. When I poured this, the head actually lasted for quite some time...maybe it has to do with the glassware I used (what I call an "extended" pilsner glass as it's a 24 ounce vs the 12-16oz). It has a very aromatic bouqet of apple and spice. I really enjoyed the taste of this one...it wasn't fruity at all, but very light. The mouthfeel on this is very good, as it is crisp and light on the palate. I rate this high on drinkability as it is refreshing, not very filling, and I could drink this all day.

This is the second of my ventures into the Unibroue line of brews and I found this one to be very good. It is pricey (here it's about 7.50 for a 4 pack), but it's a nice change up to the regular line up of brews for me. My only complaint is that this appears to be seasonal. I'll have to give the other Ephemere seasonals a try.

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Photo of Francis_Matthews
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A light, fruit beer that embodies apple flavor without overpowering through sweetness. It's refreshing and crisp with a soft and subtle vanilla note on the smell and palate. You can drink four of these and not feel any bloated, heavy framboise-like, richness on the stomach. At a smooth 5.50% ABV, you don't have to struggle to get through it. Very good paired with meat and potatoes or pasta. Perfect on a summer day in a cold glass. I've only found them in singles or a 4-pack, $2.99 a piece or $10.99, respectively. Unibroue makes fantabulous beer, try the others!

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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