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 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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Photo of mobrado
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

That fabulous Unibroue yeast keeps this drinkable, but not by much. Unfortunately they dosed it with the same stuff that's used in Hubba Bubba Atomic Apple.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looks like apple cider and smells like apple pie. Unfortunately the flavor is nowhere near as potent as the aroma. Very bland and watered-down, like some sort of hard cider-spritzer.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with powerful activity. Thick extra foamy white sparkly 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with good legs.

Aromas and flavors of fruits and citrus, slightly grainy. Strong sugary taste of apple, melon, and lime with floral spices. Like a dessert witbier.

Slick medium body with prickly carbonation. Soft and crisp finish ending with a sweet fresh fruity mouth feel.

Overall an excellent fruit beer with great flavors and very refreshing. Very sweet but not excessively.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 750 mL Bottle

A- Hazy Pale Yellow with a thick head that doesn't stay long. Minimal lacing.

S- Granny Smith Apple is the dominant note in the aroma. This is backed well by coriander and bready maltiness. Delicious!

T- Quite unlike the nose, the taste sees less of an apple domination. Coriander seems to help a witbier like taste become the centerpiece of the beer's taste. The Apple seems to come in a bit later and is less noticeable.

M- Light and effervescent. Light Body. Medium-High Carbonation.

O- Another excellent beer from Unibroue. Unlike many of their other beers, this one is low and alcohol and extremely refreshing. The apple is crisp and a nice addition to the already great base beer. For some reason, the apple was stronger in the taste the first time I had it on tap and a bit less so in the bottle. Still good and highly reccomended.

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Photo of MooseBoose
2.76/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thin, watery, lots of apple in the nose but as much in the flavor. Missing alot of the "beer" taste in this one. Love some of Unibroue's stuff, but not this one.

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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 TheHammer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a thumb of head that did not lace and did not stick around too long. The body shows fairly strong carbonation with a slight hazy. The colour is a very pale apple juice brass.

Smell: Sour apples dominate the nose with a steady backing of grainy malt behind it. Warming doesn't really bring out anything more then what's already there which is solid and I guess what I should expect from an apple infused beer.

Taste: The apples permeate the entire beer, but the start of the beer takes on the sweeter aspects of the fruit as cider-like apples mesh well with steady grain malt. Then the sour apple taste takes front row as it replaces the normal hop bitterness. That said, it feels very tightly reigned in, by grain malt and the barest note of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is very tightly reigned in. That steady malt carries itself like a bouncer standing in the centre of a patio with his arms crossed, with an apple party a bit dampened by his presence. The carbonation is solid, helping out the entire beer, and while I wouldn't say it's a bumpy ride, I've had smoother experiences.

Drinkability: It's that reigned in aspect that really makes this a beer you could just go to town on without reprieve. It's very light on the system so you don't feel bloated at all, it's smooth with flavour to keep you interested and very refreshing.

Final Thoughts: With most apple infused beers, I'm always left asking...well why didn't you just brew cider then? In this case, the answer is "Because I don't want to taste that sweet, I want the sour part of the apple, but not too sour" which to me is a good answer. The only problem is to stop it from dominating the beer, it's been put on a tight leash. I still recommend giving this beer a shot regardless, as it's certainly one of the better apple hybrids out there.

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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 WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like the Ephemere Apple.....I don't think I could drink a lot of it at one sitting but its good for at least one. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent carries sour apple with touch of Belgian flare. The taste has much apple with Belgian yeast base....I believe the tartness will increase as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

3/22/15 (Bottle) - Light golden pour, generous pillow head, thick texture. Sweet apple aroma. Beer is very sweet, tastes OK, feel light and smooth. OK beer but I like others better from this brewer.

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Photo of shillzor
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a part of the Unibroue variety pack. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours golden and hazy, with a three-finger white head. Even after the head disappears, there's a nice stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Sour apple, yeast, and a touch of spice.

Taste: Tart apple up front, which gives way to a disappointing metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink with a medium body. There is a small bite of alcohol on the finish.

Overall: It's refreshing, but lacks complexity. Not the best beer from Unibroue.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,061 ratings.
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