Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
2,081 Ratings
Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of rings
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried their Ephemere Apple, a rare venture for Rings into the world of fruit beers. Though my German brewing roots typically prohibit much palate for spiced or fruit beers, I do keep trying 'em, just in case something gives.

Ephemere pours blonde, as its base is a simple Belgian wit. There's a huge Granny Smith nose, however, which leaves no doubt as to the direction this one will go. It has a slightly sour bite, off-balanced with a nice fruitiness that is (thankfully) a mere fraction of the bouquet. The body is thin and it's highly carbonated, perhaps due to age, as the bottle conditioning may be a little "overly-done," to quote Mel Blanc. It finishes tart, with lingering sour notes.

While this wasn't horrible -- as I feared -- it still wasn't good. Despite my reluctance, I have had a few decent, and even "good" fruit beers. Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them, although I suspect age may have been the greatest factor in its lack of balance.

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Photo of ksmi116
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale yellow/orange, with a small white head that dissipates relatively quickly and does not leave much retention

S - Easily smell sour apples and champagne

T - Apples and sour oranges in the front, very slight bitterness as well. No strong malt or hops profile, but seems balanced by the fruit. Nothing is overpowering in this beer, except possibly the carbonation levels.

M - High carbonation is possibly the main drawback of this beer.

D - If the apple-ness of this beer sits well with you, you could hit a lot of these in a night, but beware the bubbles.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance; slightly cloudy yellow. White head with quality retention and lacing.

smell; sweet raw apples, sugar water. Powdery hops and weak herbal notes. Sour oders of sugar candy.

taste; watery, very fresh apple juice and unripe pineapple core. Somewhat floral of elder flowers.

mouthfeel; upfront, nice carbonation and a smooth finish. Overall, quite watery and boring. A mildly tart puckering feel is left behind.

drinkability; very drinkable, but not in a good way, more like a light beer.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.34/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Right after open this beer exploded from the bottle, it's an old faithful here. The small body in the glass was as clear as crystal however.
The aroma at first had some very awesome aromas of fruit and spice, but after getting into it deeper, has some acidic aromas that honestly smell very distinctly like Gastric Acid. It went from very enjoyable to repulsive.
Clean light flavors of apple and spices are prominant with a clean dry-ish finish. Not much depth.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- golden mild cloudy body, 1 finger head, very little lacing

S- mild malt/grain, big granny smith sweet apple aroma.

T- Granny Smith apple cider meets a witbier, just ok.

M- light/med body, average carbonation, slightly dry finish.

D- This is a beer I have been hesitating to try, it's just ok. Great beer for a newbie or someone who loves fruity cocktails/wine coolers.


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Photo of Franz4
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- clear golden color with a nice foamy head that settles rapidly to a thin cap.

S- spicy apples and yeast, maybe a touch of maraschino cherry in there as well.

T- apple juice, somewhere right in the middle of sweet and tart, not nearly as sweet as say, Lindeman's Pomme, definite cider taste to it. Pretty 1 dimensional, but the flavor that's there is solid.

M- slight carbonation, slightly dry finish.

D- This is a beer for the right occasion, possibly as a dessert. Could be a good gateway for the friends of ours that don't like beer.

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Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a slightly hazy light gold, with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like sweet apple juice and sour Belgian yeast, with a little orange zest and coriander.
T: It tasted like tart apple cider and sour Belgian yeast and crisp sweet orange peel, with a bit of coriander and champagne grapes. The aftertaste was very clean and crisp.
M: It was watery with moderate natural carbonation. Light and refreshing.
D: This was very clean and easy to drink. It was a very nice Belgian ale that would be perfect to drink in the summer, with a superb balance of sweet and sour and tart flavors. I'm not big into fruit beers, but this was very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of Crossmd
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In reading so far, I think this has gotten a little bit of a bad rap.

The appearance is good, a hazy gold with a good degree of carbonation after the one finger head dissipated.

Smell is okay, subtle like the taste, but full of wheat(?) and green apples.

The taste is good, starts out well, but finishes a little earlier than I'd like, with more dryness than I'd expect for a fruit beer.

The mouthfeel is good, with a lot of effervescence that sometimes fights with the taste. Without this degree of carbonation though, I don't know that the taste would be able to carry this beer alone. Color me glad for it.

Drinkability is there in droves. I personally can kill a bomber with no problem and keep going, should I want to.

Overall, do I wish that it had more impact? Sure. I wish that the drydown had much more flavor, and maybe that it wasn't quite as short lasting as it is. The drinkability though, combined with its subtly pleasing, never arresting flavor makes it something that I could very easily see as more of a warmer weather aperitif.

-And as I consider this more of a sipping cider for a summer night, (and not a cider to be compared with its more robust winter brethren..) I think it begins to do more of what it sets out to do. It doesn't seek to be heavy or especially overpowering, and I appreciate that. Does it make up for what's sometimes a rather thin taste overall? Not always, but this is one that I can (very reasonably)buy, and share during a time of year that is peppered thin with ciders. I think it adds a lot to a repetioire of sometimes heavier offerings from Unibroue, and never find myself regretting buying or sharing it.

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Photo of mbusster88
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours just like apple juice from the store. However there is a huge white sizzling head that is very thin with medium bubbles. Some light carbonation streaming off the glass.

S: Straight up apple smell here. Just like watered down apple juice. Mostly green apples.

T/M: This tastes just like foot by the foot, the fruit snack. Very artificial flavor of apples. Some bite from the tartness but overall not much going on in the taste.

D: To juice like for me, just plain to sweet and bland. Really think this is one of the lesser Unibroue beers.

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

Ok, first off let me say that I love almost any kind of beer. I even like Wild Blue, even though that tastes like grape soda instead of beer. But this... this is not beer. It doesn't even taste like cider. It tastes a little like sparkling white grape juice and apple juice mixed together with even less of a cheap pilsner. I drank it, and can't believe that I did, so I gave it at least a 2 for drinkability. But it tasted awful at first!

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Photo of treznor
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Hazy golden color with a large head that collapsed quickly.

S: As soon as the cork was pulled apples exploded everywhere. Not much different once it was poured.

T: Bland taste with a straight-forward apple taste. After-taste has some tart green apples.

For a summer drink on a hot day, this might be nice and refreshing. However, I can think of a lot of other things I could drink instead in that instance. As it is there's not much going for it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Fnord
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -11.7%
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 -28.9%
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 +26.1%
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 +4.4%
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 -3.1%
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 -43.9%
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 +4.7%
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 +6.4%
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 +10%
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 +2.2%
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 +25.3%
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 +4.2%
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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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,081 ratings
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