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Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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3.6/5
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2,087 Ratings
Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,082
Reviews:
1,018
Ratings:
2,087
pDev:
15%
Bros Score:
3.23
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
194
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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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Photo of BigBlacke
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
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%
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 +7.5%
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 +6.9%
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 +8.3%
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 -8.1%
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 +11.1%
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 +14.2%
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 +3.3%
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 +15.8%
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 +4.7%
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 -11.9%
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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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden straw color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the tart apples with a little bit of bready and biscuit malt. The flavor is once again heavy on the Granny Smith apples. There is a little bit of malt, but it is well hidden behind the fruit. There is a light tartness to the beer. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to an enormous white head. This beer is pale yellow in color and looked like an adjunct until I dumped some yeast into the glass. I could smell the green apple as soon as I popped the top. I got an even bigger whiff once I started pouring. The apple obviously dominates the aroma. I think I get some malt in there, too. The taste is big on apple, as well. The finish has some spiciness to it. It tastes like some Belgian yeast. It finishes like a wit. There is plenty of carbonation. I expected it to be sweeter since I know a couple of women who like it a lot. It reminds me of a mix of hard cider and witbier. It was worth a try.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into McAuslan glass.

white head dissapeared, color is blond,apricot, unfiltred, medium carbonation

smell fruity, distinctive fruit smell for Unibroue, smell green apple, acid

taste: like a white wheat beer with a background of green apple. theres the acidity of the grannysmith. Taste is fresh, and light and acid

mf: active carbonation, aftertaste of apple juice

drinkability: good. fruit beer are not my favorite in general, because sometimes its only a mix between a white,blond and fruit flavors.
but this one makes a good product, halfway between cider and beer.

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Photo of Swedes21
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - beer pours with a tremendous amount of head, about 3/4 of the glass. Nice foamy head that last a fairly long time. the beer itself is cloudy yellow. Lots of smell coming from the pour. Some nice lacing is also occurring.

Smell - Obvious apple is the dominant spell, however, there is a hint of sweetness to this beer.

Taste - Surprised the apple does not come through as much as i would expect. there is minimal aftertaste to this beer. Can really taste the hops in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation adds to the aftertaste a bit, however, not the overall impression i am looking for. I am expecting a stronger apple taste, i am not getting it.

Drinkability - I expect an apple beer to have a stronger apple presences, this beer did not bring the full apple crunch to the table. I did not mind this beer, but not something i am looking for down the road.

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Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This I found to be surprisingly good, the apple a nice complement to the whole, giving a light but characterful beer.

Faintly hazy gold, it has a medium-big airy off-white head quickly shrinking to a thin ring and no lace.

Aroma is strong ripe green apples, plus yeasty grain, coriander hint, and hint of fruit besides apples.

Taste is coriander and green apples up front, a bit sweet and light, then a drier, fruity-yeasty grain finish with lightly sweet grain-citrus-fruit aftertaste following. Feel is fairly lively.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ephemere (Eh - fem - may - ree) is my first venture into the wild and dangerous frontier known as Fruit and Veggie beerdom. I plan to drink every single fruit and vegetable brew known to man, so right here, this moment, is pivotal. Does this Unibroue beer dish the fruity whiffs of heaven, or does it douse the evil hell-fire with a dull taste of dastard dandies?

Unibroue's apple brew is an appealing, albeit cliche golden hue that has a nice big head that diminishes into a skimming float-layer of ballerina bubbles.

The money-maker is without a doubt the smell with this beer. Give it a swirl and bask in the granny apple goodness of Ephemere. Apples. All day.

No way near as pronounced as the smell, but definitely memorable in it's appley goodness. Has a refreshing brisk bite to it as well. Probably because of the carbonation. Has an aftertaste of apples as well, but more along the lines of a cider/old feel to it.

The drinkability is just fine. It's simple, if you like beer and apples, you'll enjoy it. If you like beer and don't like apples, then you may want to skip it. If you don't like beer but like apples, this could the beer for you. But if you don't like beer or apples then...go eat a pear, ya fruit.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best before 02-19-12 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light straw color with a 1/2 finger bubbly white head which dissipates almost instantly. Looks like a light apple cider.

Smell: Green apple with belgian yeast and a hint of spice. Very similar to sparkling apple cider.

Taste: Semi-sweet green apple up front followed by light belgian yeast. Aftertaste is dry and light. Not a lot going on here. The flavor is nice but not very complex at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. Goes down very smooth so you could drink several if so inclined.

Overall: Decent beer overall. There's not a ton going on here but the flavor is good and it is highly drinkable. I won't necessarily recommend this beer, but if you're a fan of Unibroue, it may be worth checking out.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,087 ratings
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