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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Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very clear golden cider color. Lovely head though, 1/2 finger of froth and it sticks.

Aromas of sweaty clothes and wet green apples. Some table sugar as well.

This is practically 10% apple pucker and 90% water. There's little flavor at all except for a candy-like apple juice kool-aid thing, watered down significantly. It's not terrible but it's sure as hell not good.

Feel is creamy and chalky, and carbonation hides behind it all and comes off muted and dull.

Overall, this is a terrible apple ale. What went wrong here is all I can keep asking. Drain pour.

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Photo of dipso123
2.19/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Tastes like some kind of cheap apple candy and rather overwhelmingly so. Base beer seems like it might be Blanche de Chambly in which case this seems a waste decent beer. Have had the raspberry and it is no better. From these two I sincerely doubt that they are using fruit but rather some sort of flavoring.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber; well carbonated with a loud pop and slight foaming on opening. Fine white half finger head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of pale and wheat malt, green apples, coriander, slightly mineral. Flavor starts with wheat and green apple, then develops a mild Belgian yeast and spice component, finishing with sweet/slightly tart green apple and coriander. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A nice, refreshing fruit ale with great genuine green apple flavor. Although wheat dominates the base, there tastes like some light pale malt in the mixture, which gives is a little body. The flavor progression is good with the Belgian characteristics revealed slowly. Flavors are a little light, but well balanced, I should have tried this series before and this has me wanting to try the other fruit varieties. Nicely done.

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Photo of SenorBiggles
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The yeast flavours are clearly present and similar to Unibroue's blonde/blanche: classic Belgian. Unfortunately, the apple flavour isn't the crisp tartness of a good cider, but more akin to a green apple jolly rancher. There's little aftertaste, so the complexity that the yeast gives to the aroma is the only thing keeping this beer from being totally dominated by the candyish green apple flavour.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 355ml bottle, pours a cloudy golden colour with a big creamy white coloured head.
Aroma green apples, pear, malt.
Taste sweet, apples, grain, yeast.

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Photo of Zipline666
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At first the flavour is a little off putting but then it starts to grow on you. The flavour of sour apples actually works well with the beer melding into something wonderful.

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Photo of tronester
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a big creamy white head. Aromas of tart apple and yeasty phenols. Taste begins with a sour apple blast, then some light grain, followed by some yeast, and finishing with a jolly rancher apple flavor. Mouthfeel is average. Overall an ok beer, a little to sweet for my tastes though.

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Photo of c014572
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smells of sour green apples, highly effervescent. Slight malt aroma. Taste is more of apples than malt, not sour or bitter at all. In fact, there is almost no malt character at all. Although this is not my style of beer, I could see myself knocking back a few of these, once in a while, on a hot summer day. This a very light refreshing beer for the 5.5% if you step back and take it for what it is.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours hazy like a witbier and with a nice big head. The aroma is of Belgian yeast, apples, and soap. The taste is of wheat, apples, but not as sweet as one would expect. Medium body and carbonation that is not too intense.

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Photo of FBarber
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy opaque golden orange. Thick two finger white head dissipates down to a thin white that sticks around.

Smell is a burst of granny smith apples followed by malty notes. The apple smell is quite well done and doesn't smell syrupy or fake at all. It really smells like a freshly cut granny smith.

Taste is a bit disappointing - for all of the great smell, the apple character is actually kind of muted. There is a touch of sweetness to the beer from the apple. Some malty notes but otherwise its actually kind of bland. You almost get a watery taste. There just is something missing here in the base beer - perhaps it should be a bit stronger to balance out the addition of the apple juice. Just be sure you drink it cold!

Feel is very crisp albeit a bit thin and with the muted flavors, the thinness feels watery. Medium carbonation saves it somewhat, but not completely.

Overall this is a remarkably refreshing and quaffable beer, especially on a hot day. In spite of the faults, I'd actually drink this one again.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear until sediment is added with last bit of pour, making it swirly and murky but not terribly opaque, with finer flecks in suspension and slightly larger chunks sinking to rest at bottom of glass. Sediment aside, golden yellow, like cider. Head is fine, off-white and fairly weak, but doesn’t entirely disappear, forming a thin layered ring around edges of glass interior. In bottle, strong apple and pear aromas, but some mustiness (yeast? lees? fruit that’s not quite fresh?). Honestly if I didn’t know any better I would say this is a cider (by the way, why doesn’t beer advocate do Cider, or at least have an affiliate site that does?). After the pour (into Spiegelau wheat ale glass), apple/pear aromas still present, some coriander or other spice notes, and then pea-like vegetal suggestions, but not strong enough to be unpleasant. This same light vegetal (yeast? lees?) character on the taste as well as tart but not sweet apple are probably the strongest, but other white ale qualities shine through, coriander, orange peel and pepper (as you should know, not an ingredient, but an alcohol or yeast, and in some beers, even hop or rye, byproduct) with finish. Also, you can taste alcohol almost immediately, though faint, and despite lower ABV. Light-bodied, effervescent, extremely fine and dense suds, bit of a puckering finish. To rate this beer on uniqueness alone, we have a winner, and while variety is the spice of life, and it’s certainly not an awful beer, it is far from great. Would much rather just have a Witbier and then a Cider than a sort of mix of the two. And at least that way I would avoid the weird pea suggestions. Still, I wouldn’t mind drinking this again if offered.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

A: Pours a clear light golden straw color with lots of lively bubbly carbonation. Head is one finger that lingers for a long time and never truly dissipates. Leaves almost no lacing however. Looks like something in between a Belgian pale, and champagne.

S: Apple aromas upfront predominately green apple. Then you detect aromas of sweet bread, orange peel, Belgian yeast, coriander, and a subtle earthy spiciness.

T: Tastes like a cross between apple juice, and a Belgian white ale. Which is I'm guessing, was what they were going for. Red and green apple flavors upfront then you get some orange, sweet bready malts, coriander, pepper, Belgian yeast, and some earthy spices. Finishes bittersweet and slightly tart.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Smooth crisp and refreshing, but not much depth to it.

O: A nice apple forward brew that's refreshing and easy to drink. Makes for a good early day brew. It has some nice balance to it overall and I would drink it again given the chance. If your looking for a light apple flavored brew this would be a solid acquisition.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured some into a pint glass and some into a tulip. There really wasn’t much difference. The appearance was a clear golden yellow color with a fast rising carbonation seen rising to feed a one finger white foamy and bubbly head that ends up fizzling to nothing coating the top of the beer. Some light adequate light stringy lacing tries to cling to the glass. The smell has a nice amount of spiced apples with a nice allocation of peaches I smelled combined and coming through in a rustic sort of earthy way. The taste was sweet and yet still had a nice spiciness coming through to balance it just a tad. There is a slight apple-like aftertaste and a decent dried apple sort of finish. On the palate, it sat fairly light with a decent harsh like finish. It had a nice sessionable aspect to it. Overall, this is a nice fruit beer well worthy of having again.

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Photo of hophugger
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale, straw color with white fizzy head and spotty lacing. Aroma is of apple and some type of stink that smells kind of like rotting fruit. Taste is crisp, with tastes of slightly watered down apple, yeast and malts. Mouthfeel is very refreshing and finish is extremely clean. Overall, decent ale, very light..

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Photo of jcruelty
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Very apple-y. Tastes like cider. I always hop at the chance to try a new Unibroue, but this one didn't do it for me. I see there's lot of other fruit varieties so maybe some of the other fruits are better?

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Photo of DoctaVinne
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers on the pour, short lived. The translucent straw color felt inconsistent with the watery body. The coriander and spice were more prevalent after each sip, and the apple is what lingers between. Overall a decent fruit style, but my least favorite of the three Unibroue's I've tried. I think it would be too much to have one more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of 98green
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decent wit base with prominent Apple flavor. Very high carbonation. A unique beer for sure, but I don't think I would seek it out again. Only had the single as part of a Unibroue mixed-6

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw color, 3 finger head died down fairly fast decent looking carbonation, Basicly looks like a witbier.

Aroma - Sweet Granny apples followed by coriander and some spice

Taste - first 2 things I taste are a small wheat zest and some corriander, followed by sweet apple.

Mouth feel - Light body slightly prickly carbonation Very easy drinking.

Overall - This is the least outstanding Unibroue beer I've tried to date, With that said its still a pretty good beer. I'm just used to them blowing me away. I like how they handled the witbier apple beer mix. worked out pretty good. Try it if you get a chance.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours hazy gold, I inch finely bubbled foam cap that quickly recedes. S: Big apple nose with coriander and orange peel. T: The apple is big but gets some balance from the malt. It tastes a bit like old cooking apples. F: Very fine soft carbonation, medium high carbonation, light body O: Has that soda pop Bartle’s & James high school date beer character – needs some bitter or sour to balance.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer portion of this beer is decently tasty but the "fruit/green apple" part of this concoction smells and tastes artificial and reminds me more of jolly ranchers than any apple i've ever had.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a flute-y Ommegang chalice.

A: Pours a very nice hazy straw with 1 1/4" fizzy white head that lasts. Retention is actually quite good. Lacing is nonexistent.

S: A very mild but pleasing combo of green apple & yeast. Subtle sweetness & a hint of sharp tart.

T: Sour apple & bready yeast across the palate. Unfortunately the flavor profile is quite weak & essentially goes nowhere. Ultimately a huge letdown following the nose. Maybe if the sweet/tart aspects were more detectable...

M: Highly carbonated & otherwise watery. Imagine drinking fizzy watered-down apple juice.

O: This brew starts strong & finishes weak. I'm simply not that impressed.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sample from a "Beer Sommelier Summer 12-Pack Sampler." Pours a cloudy yellow/orange. A careful pour still nets quite a bit of white foam that recedes a bit but stays substantial. Lacing is apparent, as is effervescence.

Smell is, well, apple. And lots of it. Green apple, sweet and slightly tart. Not too "artificial," like some fruit beers. Then there's the Unibroue yeast poking through and some gentle spices of a witbier--some clove, baking spices, a hint of orange? Slightly bready. Taste is apple and Unibroue yeast, sweet and slightly tart. Again, a bit bready or doughy. Balanced aftertaste, with just a hint of pepper? Body is highly carbonated but not too heavy.

Hard to score: I like it, but I have no illusions that it's a truly *great* beer. I also prefer its pear-flavoured sibling. Still, there's enough of the Unibroue character here to make it a worthwhile beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in a mixed 6pk at the LCBO so around $15.00/6 which is a pretty good deal. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for a minute or two before film out. Medium gold color and unfiltered

S- Oodles of apples here.

T- Apple. Not sour which is nice. Pretty much an apple beer

M- Dry and tart

O- Pretty good. Just an apple beer though.

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with..... BBQ sausages


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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a pale yellow color with a small white head. Has a big apple flavor, that isn't overpowering with pretty heavy carbonation. Very good

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a tough beer to rate. For starters, I'd be hard pressed to find a better smelling beer at 5.5% . . . Aromas of apples and straight up fruit snacks. Taste is pretty similar with a touch of bubblegum and coriander. Feel is nice and prickly. Most don't go for that but I dig it. I enjoyed this beer . . . I expect nothing less from Unibroue.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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