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 Fnord
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a generous white head.

Smell - Slightly tart apple, with perhaps a touch of wheat.

Taste - Mostly apple, with a bit of coriander and wheat in the background. Some sweetness in the beginning and some non-bitter hops in the finish. Not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thin with high carbonation.

Notes - I'm not sure if there's really wheat in it or if the coriander just makes me think of a witbeer. Regardless, it's probably Unibroue's least impressive beer, but that's not saying much. It's a tasty and somewhat subtle fruit beer. Ephemere's something both a beer geek and his non-beer-drinking girlfriend can enjoy.

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Photo of aepb1
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy yellow body with a fluffy white head

S- Very strong apple nose and not much else

T- Muted sour (green) apple hits up front and finishes with a little spice

M- Light-bodied and on the high end of carbonation

D- Not a bad fruit beer but there's not much complexity at all

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Photo of SebD
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It has a cloudy yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderalty and lacing is present.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of apples and a bit of spices. It smells very sweet.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very strong apple taste to it almost like apple cider and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with alot of sweetness and dryness

Drinkability: It's a very smooth beer but the apple taste is way to strong and sweet for my liking.

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Photo of beldin96
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - Cloudy appearance. It has a great yellow color. When poured had about a 1" head that lasted a long time.

Smell - Granny Smith Apple smell. There is also a little bit of sweetness to its smell.

Taste - Sourness to the taste like a good apple. It had some sweetness to balance the sourness, but not sugar sweet. It was a great flavor.

Feel - There is a great effervesce to it. It is very light on the mouth, and disappears off the tongue.

Drinkability - For a fruit beer it was really nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of Domingo
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this in bottles a few years ago in bottles (I wasn't overly impressed) but on tap this it a totally different animal!
Had this at the Las Vegas Yardhouse.
Arrived a pale desert sand color. It's definitely unfiltered - lots of yeast/wheat particles in there. The lacing was as good as any I've seen - it made perfect rings down the glass.
The flavor profile is a mix of wheat ale fruity notes (banana, pear, citrus) and big waves of green apple. Unlike my memory of the bottled version, and many other apple beers, the apple notes didn't taste like artificial apple jolly ranchers. It was more of tart apple juice or cider. In fact, the beer reminded me a bit of the weiss/apple mixers from Andechs. Not quite as good...but still pretty solid.
Mouthfeel is thick, but never chalky or heavy like some unfiltered wheat brews can be. Still, it did seem too light at times (texture-wise) so it isn't perfect.
While this is definitely a fruity beer (so your mileage might vary depending on personal preferences) I found this to be a great dessert/nightcap brew and one I'm hoping my local YH will carry as well. Not bad at all!

(Edit: The bottled version isn't even close to the draft version. Grabbed some as a follow-up and they're okay, but much milder to the point of being boring...FYI. I'd give it a 3.3 or so. Not "flawed" but ZZZZzzzz.)

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Photo of GilGarp
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stamped 100909 which I think is a 'bottled on' date. Part of a four bottle tasting pack with Unibroue's lighter beers.

Served cool into a pint glass, the Éphémère has a pale golden appearance with fizzy head that settles very quickly.

Aroma is exactly what the label suggests: green apple. Almost like green apple candy though because it is so sweet. Hard to fault though when it is what it is.

Flavor is really like that of a very light green apple cider. Thankfully a lot drier than the aroma would suggest. The spices help to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is light in body and low in alcohol. Carbonation is just about right. Very dry finish.

Overall not as bad as I had expected given the reviews. It's certainly not my new go-to beer but the brewery seems to have achieved what it set out to make. A green apple beer, that is.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
2.02/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle with a freshness date

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow pour with a thick white head. Good retention, with a slippery lace

S - Nose is heavy with green apples, and almost sickly, sugary sweetness...it's downright funky (like rotten fruit) in the background and rather off-putting if you breath in deeply...is it from the yeast?

T&M - Light bodied, smooth and slightly sweet up front, with a tartness in the finish. Lot's of green apple flavor. Feels a bit one dimensional.

D - For everything I don't like about it it's actually rather light. The more of it I drink though, the more the tart sticks to my palate.

Edit - Turns out I couldn't even finish this one...the artificial, tart apple flavor eventually overwhelmed me, and it ended up being a drain pour...lowering drinkability score as a result.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- cloudy, hazy yellow amber with a creamy head, nice retention, and sea foam lace.

S- Sweet, fresh green apples dominate with whiffs of wheat and citrus, notes of clove.

T- Follows the nose, sweet tarts, green apple, wheat and clove with hints of citrus

M- Light, clean and crisp, effervescent

D- Very easy to drink, fruity and fizzy, slightly overcarbonated.

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Photo of Natural510
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Unibroue snifter.

Pours a cloudy, pale orange with respectable amount of foam, which left a ring of lacing on the glass.
Scent is candy-sweet, strong with green apple.
Flavor is sugary, reminding me of Smarties candy (with the yeast adding a powdery effect). Green apple otherwise dominates the flavor.
Light, clean finish with no astringency or bitterness of note. Feels slightly flat toward the end.
Basically an apple-infused Belgian pale ale with a soft, champagne-like finish. Some may not care for it, but I enjoyed the light, sweet & fruity quality of the beer.

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

A - Golden. Unfiltered, so lots of particles floating around. Nice!

S - Apples, like the name says.

T - Light, apple tasting. Kind of like a light cider. Very tasty.

M - Crisp. Medium body.

D - Very high. It is very smooth and goes down easily. Good beer for a summer day.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Light yellow with one finger of thin bubbly white head. Slightly cloudy.

S - Apple. Yeast. Some sourness. A cider-like nose.

T - Light citrus, apple. typical wheat beer taste with a nice apple compliment. Some cloves and overall has a Belgian ale profile. Doesn't taste like cider at all.

M - Light body, smooth. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of plfahey
4.51/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Yellow straw in color, pretty hazy, moderate fine white head with fair retention.

Aroma-Smells like a Belgian wit with some apple added. Moderately high coriander aroma, some orange aromas, moderate fresh apple aroma. Light grain aroma underneath all of the fruit and spice, no apparent hops. Light tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango show through. Smells very fresh and very refreshing.

Flavor-Wow, this is tasty. Awesome blend of orange, coriander, apple, with some light honey and grainy malt flavors. Little to no hop flavor, and very low hop bitterness. Less tropical fruit here. Coriander flavor lingers into aftertaste. My only complaint would be that it finishes a little sweet, though it is never cloying. Very good.

Mouthfeel-light body, moderately high carbonation, almost effervescent. Smooth, somewhat crisp, very refreshing.

I could drink a shitload of this. This is the perfect brunch beer, or would work as a supplement to sparkling cider. Very tasty.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is light orange with thick head. Has a distinct apple smell along with being sweet and floral.

Apple's are evident in the taste, this is borderline cider. Also picked up a hint of orange, spices and malt. Relatively light bodied (almost watery) with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is very dry.

Overall, this is a decent fruit flavored beer. The dryness and watery body hurts the drinkability, but interesting nonetheless and worth checking out.

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Photo of BigBlacke
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Actually a quite interesting beer from Unibroue. It is a light cloudy gold with a rocky 1 inch head. Smell is a wave of apple and orange peel with a faint yeast scent on the background. Taste is of very crisp refreshing apple with a delicious belgian yeast biscuity flavor. Mouthfeel is similar to that of a saison. Very high carbonation and bite. Drinkability is lower than some beers due to its sweetness. Not bad though.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love several of the other Unibroue offerings and that's partly why in comparison I was so disappointed with this one. Poured about a 1/2" head which totally dissipated. Amber. Definite smell of apples and a taste subtley apple. This beer is kind of a cheat though because they had to add the apple juice to the product to get the apple flavoring, it isn't simply from brewing with apples.

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Photo of bbb099
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - My first fruit beer. Coloration reminds me of a hef, though this is a little more cloudy.

Smell - Strong yeasty smell reminiscent of butter. I did not detect much apple aroma.

Taste - Taste mostly the way it smells. A little sour, but not in a bad way. You can taste the apple more than you can smell it.

Mouthfeel - High amount of carbonation. Love it.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Might be a little light to have with a meal, possibly better for a dessert beer.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split with bbb099

A: It poured a hazy gold, with a fair amount of quickly dissappearing froth. Seems quite carbonated.

S: Overpoweringly smells of golden apple, or is it possibly a gala? Whatever, it's good. Strong apple notes with a hint of yeast.

T: Very apple-y. It's as if someone were to mix hard cider with a very mild hef (minus the wheaty taste). It definitely tastes of granny smith, none of the golden apple notes remain. A hint of spice hits on the aftertaste, but not enough to pin down a particular flavor.

M: Very light beer that's well carbonated, fizzy almost.

D: Very smooth, it went down very easily. I don't know if I could handle drinking another immediately, but I'm not going to count that as a knock since the flavor is so strong.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a head that clears rather quickly due to high carbonation. Mild lacing ring.

S - Strong yeast funk playing softy with green apple jolly ranchers.

T - The green apple flavoring is here and its surprisingly not too tart. The yeast isn't that strong either which is a surprise. The carbonation plays well balancing the two but I think I could use more tartness from the green apple.

M - Very light and the yeast doesn't even bother me.

D - Well it was cool to get this so cheap and I have had it with a year or more on it and it seems the green apple flavor shines with age. Still fresh it is rather tasty. One is good for a sitting.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Delirium Noël snifter.

A: Pours a very light gold with a crazy white fizzy head. Super carbonated and frothy. Good head retention but no lace.
S: Big notes of golden apple juice and a kind of yeasty weird stank.
T: Very sweet with obvious flavors of apples. Some nice Belgian spices come through to balance things out. Finish is slightly tart but the aftertaste is sweet.
M: Medium body, sticky, and a bit dry. This beer coats your mouth and leaves a gritty sticky feeling similar to soda which I'm not very fond of.
D: Flavor's not bad, and I guess this is pretty good for what it is, but I'm not loving it. Refreshing enough, but it's too sweet for my taste, and the mouthfeel is just a little too uncomfortable for me to want this very often.

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Photo of Lillenk
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is nice. sort of light golden, somewhat hazy color.

Smell is very nice but way less apple than I was expecting.

Taste was really nice. Beer forward with hints of apple and spice and a very nice crisp clean finish.

Mouthfeel was good, fairly light but because of the complexity I wouldn't have more than one or two.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 28 November 2010.

750ml corked and caged, shared with a friend in 10oz snifters while watching Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Poured softly for a 2-finger head with wonderful retention, very cloudy gold. Lacing was sticky, covering 20% of the glass. Aroma consisted of Belgian yeast with slight sour apple, orange peel, and some lemon. Taste had a dry feel, and had a slight sourness, like that of eating gummi worms. Extremely dry feeling on the mouth, and a touch of candy apple. Lambic-like carbonation, slight sour apple stays on the palate from taste-to-taste. Like a half-sour Belgian. Can't wait to have this again.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Medium golden tan, cloudy. Nice 2 inch carbinated white head

Smell - Apples, floral, wheat and yeast. Smells very nice

Taste - Starts of with a bite of apple, you get the wheat and some coriander taste also. The apple flavor is sour but still strong and enjoyable. This is basically a very mild ale with some floral flavors.

Mouthfeel - Its light and mild, no challlenge to mouth, palette, stomach, etc. Kind of forgetable after a few drinks.

Drinkabilty - Well, nothing special here. Kind of a step up from blue moon. Its smooth , easy to drink, and light in alcohol. This could be better. More spices and less sour apple, but it is a decent enough to drink. Its very light , could drink 3-4 of these ona hot summer day for sure, but i wouldnt want to.

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Photo of scott451
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let this warm from fridge temperature. A vigorous pour from the 750ml into a glass mug. A big three finger rocky head on a clear gold. Lots of carbonation which soon dissipates. Not much lacing.

Fresh apple smell is apparent from across the room. Close up there is some funky yeasty smells. Slightly sour. The yeasts come out as it warms. The first taste is of green apples. Very clean and long lasting. Impressive. Very light malts but the apple rides high on them.

Moderate carbonation but it is a light body and light colour. Big on the smells, but a restrained but well-crafted taste palette. Unlike a lot of fruit beers, this one actually tastes like beer while mretainig a strong fruit aftertaste.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed orange color. Two plus fingers of fizzy off-white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Green apple is abundant, but in an artificial way like a starburst or something. Plenty of spiciness with nutmeg, corriander cinnamon, and ginger.

4.0 T: Part beer, part cider. Granny Smith apple flavor and spices of the nose with emphasis on corriander. Pretty fruity, but also dry. Not bad. Mild tartness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Could benefit from a bit more body, but not bad.

4.0 D: Not bad for a fruit beer. The base beer is pretty good and enough fruit is used to not feel watered down. Would drink again.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a golden colour with small head that dies quickly.

S - What els can I say but apples (green ones)

T - Sweet apple with a hint of wheat niot much else.

M - Light body with heaps of fizz.

D - without wanting to be sexist this beer is targeted at females.It offers very little in complexity.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,069 ratings.
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