Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of Sammy
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +2.8%
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -0.8%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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 kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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 BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Boone757
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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