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 Sammy
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a fresh apple. Had frrom a warmed bottle at Beer Bistro's Belgian fest, served by Stephen Beaumont himself. Smell of apple, very authentic, smooth. Still can only have so much of it, as sourness and could use more spice? Fruit beers not my main style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a pale golden body.

S: lots of green apple with the tartness of these apples captures well. some malts but little else.

T: more green and yellow apples with a more strongly present malt backbone as compared to the scent but still light.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: not too bad. certainly drinkable but these fruit beers are just for trying to me. These arent "regulars".

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with best before date of 3/11/11. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a light opaque orange color with some sediment particles floating around. Shows a 1 inch head that reduces to very little and little to no lacing. Can clearly see the carbonation bubbles in the beer.

S - Very nice tart green apple smell along with Belgian white scents.

T - The apple taste is there but I really cannot taste the curacao. The malt is biscuit like and goes well with the apple and yeast combo.

M - It is smooth, but the beer seems to coat my toungue with carbonation in an odd way.

D - I can see this as an enjoyable choice for a spring/summer night, but it is not something I would go out of my way to get often.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very well made beer, certainly not for everyone, but unique as fruit beers go, since it isn't super sweet. the pour is hazy and very pale golden in color with a lively white head, fizzy and maybe pushing three inches tall. the nose is fruity like green apple skins, but not the flesh. there is very little sweetness or tartness in the nose, just sort of that apple essence. also a nice light wheat malt base and a fun bright Belgian yeast strain. the flavor is decidedly apple forward, but its like granny smith apples or something, not too sweet, not too tart, nice and clean and crisp. floral blossom apple and hop profile is more robust than anticipated, and it works well to sharpen things up. long curious finish where the yeast takes over. I liked the flavor of this quite a lot, despite what the BA community seems to think. its something different for sure, but it is absolutely artfully made whether you like it or not. awesome feel with upbeat carbonation and a fluffy but delicate texture. it really works, especially in early spring here. seems just right to me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out as a hazy golden yellow color, The head was white and fizzy. There was just a touch of lacing after the head settled but not much more. The smell of the beer is great, I love the smell of the fresh apple blended with the Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer is good but I feel the apple gets a little lost in the mix. The mouthfeel is soft on the tongue but keeps its integrity with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good brew, I've had Apple beers that I like more, but this one seems to be the most popular in my area.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet green apples in the nose.
T: The taste is a mixture of sweet and tart apple flavors—it’s like taking a bite into a Granny Smith apple but doesn’t have as much of the sweetness. The flavors of apples linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied and thin on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy yellow with a large head and lots of ascending bubbles. Not much for lacing but a thick head retains throughout. Smell is of full on green apples, taste is the same and has a bit of a sour kick to it. Quite an odd beer but I enjoyed it. For such a prestigious brewery I was expecting a bit more taste, as this compares to almost a Magic Hat #9 or Harpoon UFO Raspberry/Blueberry in terms of body/mouthfeel/drinkability. Not bad, but I'm sure they can do better.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reminescent of a Belgian Wit and a Sprakling white wine. Tart, sour, and defyant esters. Spicy, peppery, and lightly sweet. Citric and acidic. Ooh, by the way, APPLES! Granny smith to be exact. The cidery aromas trascribe into the flavor and ride it on through to the finish. Lightly earthy and grape skin flavors add bitterness and roughness. Finishes dry, tart, and mildly sweet. High carbonation scrubs the palate, and the alcohol numbs it. Dry and bubbly. Aftertaste is a little phenolic and warm...remaining tart and sour.

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

20oz pint, on one of the first nice (weekend) patio days of the year, searching for an outdoor seat, and I park it at the Sugar Bowl, a little university-area bistro, whose tables are adorned with ads for this new beer on tap...provenance, perhaps?

This beer arrives to the table in a largish Unibroue chalice, and appears a cloudy pale golden yellow hue, with minor rising effervescence, and two fingers of puffy, finely foamy bone-white head, which falls away rather slowly, leaving a few instances of paramecia lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of candied apple, acrid yeast, pithy orange, gritty wheat malt - all very apple cider-esque. The taste is sour, fruity apples, a touch of earthy yeast, some ethereal coriander, and light grainy malt. Simple, but very refreshing at the same rate.

The carbonation is rather soft and innocuous, the body a medium-light weight, with very little discernible smoothness. It finishes with a dry and fruity flourish - again, rather simply.

Quite refreshing for a sunny, brisk spring day, it went down quickly, daring me to have another. The apple character comes across as subtle and musty, but does well to imbue this fruit beer with a particular elan.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey colored body that initially fiizzes up like a champagne and then settles down quickly to a white sliver of a ring around the surface of the beer; no lacing

Smell: Strong apple scent, with a bit of coriander and citrus peel

Taste: Tastes like it smells with a blast of green apple flavor that makes this almost like a hard cider (but far less sweet); after the swallow, other flavors come to the fore, including the coriander spice and curacao and just a hint of a wheat beer flavor; very interesting and complex

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and light

Drinkability: Not something to drink everyday, but a worthy summer offering

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Photo of kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz (750ml) brown glass bottle with cork & screwcap top served into a N'Ice Chouffe stemgoblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: 1.5 finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy murky yellow-gold.

Sm: Fresh sliced apple is very dominant and very luscious. Maybe some spice is present as well. A strong scent, and a pleasant one. Bravo.

T: Brilliant complex green apple is delicious and dominant; it's very flavorful indeed. Some spice is present, particularly about the climax, but it isn't horribly bold. It's a simple fruit beer, but a very effective one. It avoids being too cidery, which seems difficult given the ingredients. I find it exemplary. It's very well balanced as well. Bravo.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but also a touch tingly. The thickness is right on the money. Supports the flavours very well.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable, and with an average ABV, but still one higher than other equally drinkable fruit beers. I'd love to try it on draught. This would be a good beer to use to try to transition someone from macrolager shite or to try to get the missus to like beer. The price is rather high - at least as a US import - however.

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Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Cloudy and straw-colored. Very good head retention. Pretty much looks like a wit, which is probably what the base of this beer is.

Smell - Tart apples, a bit of citrus rind and spicy, funky Belgian yeast. Has a cider-like quality to it.

Taste - Dry and slightly tart. The apple flavor is quite pronounced but more cidery than syrupy. There's a grainy, wheaty character hiding underneath it, but it's fairly subtle. The aftertaste has an odd yeasty funk to it that clashes with the fruit. This is rather bad.

Mouthfeel - Highly effervescent and light on the tongue, bordering on watery.

Overall - Not very enjoyable. Over-carbonated with an overly phenolic yeast character.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: It pourred a light brew with a faint smell of cider. Huge head with good retention skill. Lot of carbonnation and the usual wheat taste from Unibroue. The spice and apple aroma are too faint and therefore this probably my least favorite from the Ephemere series. I did notice that it is better when drank warm. The sour taste of apple is accentuated. Note: I once drank this on tap and it was way better but can't find it on tap anywhere now.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/light amber color with a fizzy, small white head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of apples and yeast.

T - It tasted of sour apples. It wasn't overpowering and not too tart. There was a nice grain flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and a little bubbly. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. It is very different from other beers of this style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

G: Plain 16-ounce imperial pint glass.

A: Pours with a single-finger white head that dissipates rather quickly. Medium amount of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top, and the beer is about the same color as natural apple juice--a tad bit lighter than apple cider. Little to no head retention.

S: Definite, strong scent of green apples on the front end, followed up by mild grains.

T: Strong, tart apple flavor to begin, fading into a mellow spice reminiscent of a spiced cider. Not bad at all.

M: Strong carbonation, and a slight waxy feeling in the mouth. The tartness and carbonation combination almost stings the tongue.

D: I wouldn't plan on having more than one of these in a single sitting, although I think it could be a decent pairing with an apple dessert.

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Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into new belgium globe glass.

Color is like apple cidar/ apple sauce. Very hazy. Thin white head, that leaves little lace. There is also little sediment particles floating around.

Smell is of sour green apple. The malts seem to be carmolized. Taste is very sour/bitter. Heavy on the green apples. It taste similar to cidar.

Mouthfeel is very bitter, but goes down smooth. Leaves a crisp aftertaste. Nice carbonation.

Overall, this was a pretty easy to drink beer. It was a little bitter, but that was expected and it wasn't too overwhelming. It was a nice change from the regular beer. I'd recommend at least a try of this beer.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 7/17/2015. Pours fairly hazy pale gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple juice, pear, white grape, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of apple juice, spice, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of apple juice, pear, white grape, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apple juice, pear, white grape, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of apple juice, spice, wheat, and yeast ester flavors; with very nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruit flavored witbier style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of apple juice, malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-gold body that's topped by a frothy bright-white head that displays excellent retention and maintains a firm 1/2" cap throughout. Unfortunately, it leaves only minor spotty lace. The bouquet expresses an amazing aroma of fresh-picked Granny Smith apples. It's lightly sweet and tart (and yet there's no tartness in the flavor?) - very enticing! It's light bodied and crisp with a zest on the tongue. The flavor delivers much less than the aroma might lead you to believe, but it's still quite nice. Soft apple notes combine with some yeasty fruitiness atop a thin, well-attenuated and lightly sweet malt. It's quite delicate, and somewhat one-sided, but nice. It's very reminiscent of a light white wine. And although it does have a great drinkability in that it's light bodied and refreshing, I was left looking for something more.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass

A - hazy yellow-gold with off white head. Head has decent retention.

S - VERY fruity. I could quickly and easily smell this beer from 2 feet away after pouring. Aroma mainly that of green apple - a bit candy like - plus spices (coriander). In fact, would not guess this was a beer from odor alone.

T - while the aroma is shockingly sweet, the hefty sweet flavor is mostly countered by a good bit of sourness. A pretty good sour/sweet balance. Still, with this flavor, I'm a bit surprised this is marketed as an "ale" rather than a "cider".

M - light body; medium carbonation; dry finish.

O: once I adjusted to the strong apple flavor, I started to really enjoy this 'beer'. As fruity as a cider, but with a quite different flavor profile.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of sour apples, along with some spices, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with very strong sour apple flavor that completely dominates. There a touch of spice and a light background of Belgian yeast. The malt character is thin and there's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is sour.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, there are a few sour beers that I like and this one definitely is not among them.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some golden apricot + brassy highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a small patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of crisp slightly sweet green apples over the top of hints of pale malts and just a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts with moderate flavors of both sweet and tart green apples. Light distinctive flavors of Belgian yeast adding a hint of fruitiness and spices. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades very quickly.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink - a very nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Not a cider, but an apple beer. And surprisingly very tasty. Pours a hazy straw-yellow with a thick puff of white head that mellows out after a minute or so. Big aroma of fresh apples and apple skins, and not in a bad / acetaldehyde way. Light grains and herbs in the background. Tart flavor, full of crisp apples; pale malts and light sugars take the edge off a bit mid-palate. Light mouthfeel, and very drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a session, unlike many fruit beers..

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored body with a full, though thinning, white head.

Smell: Aroma of apples, certainly, but there's also notes of coriander, bubblegum, and that ole Unibroue yeast.

Taste: Sweetish, vaguely tart green apples and (though to a far lesser degree) peaches overlaying a delicate wheat taste. No real hop character. Small pinch of spices. Slight yeastiness near the end. Bit of apple-flavored bubblegum on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fine, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Fair enough for a glass full of apples. At least Granny Smith would be damned proud, God rest her soul...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clouded light honey-gold with abundant visible carbonation. The head is massive, pure white and fluffysoft, which doesn't bode well for lace. In fact, there's a miniscule amount of glass coverage as I drink.

The nose is of spiced green apples and smells a whole lot like cider/perry, but with a zesty, herbal character as well. The flavor is a curious, tasty commingling of wheat malt, apples and spice. There isn't a great deal of malt present, either in terms of flavor or mouthfeel.

The beer is Granny Smith apple fruity, slightly tart and earthily spicy with coriander most noticeable. The coriander isn't as upfront as it is in many witbiers because it has to compete with a rather bold fruit flavor in this case. I also pick up the faintly musty tang of Belgian yeast which adds complexity and character. The finish is acidic and dry and the body leans toward thin with a pronounced bubbliciousness.

Ephemere Apple is pretty good stuff. I like fruit beers that add spices to the mix, but don't lose their fruit beer personalities. This is no 'humdrum pomme' but a zesty, snappy, Belgian-influenced apple beer that is winsome and tasty.

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