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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +5.8%
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 -0.8%
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 -27%
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 +7.4%
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 +5.8%
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 adam42381
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of BBP
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Translucent yellow with high carbonation and a decent head.

S- Belgian yeast and green apple. Cider like with spices. Fairly weak though.

T- Sweet in a green apple way, but not fruity sweet. It doesn't let the fruit overpower the beer which I appreciate. Has some yeastiness as a foundation. Isn't too overwhelming but at the same time isn't too impressive. Tastes like beer with notes of apple and belgian yeast. I'm trying to find more, but sadly I can't.

M- Very creamy and smooth. Somewhat light bodied, but the carbonation keeps that hidden to a degree.

D- Easy to drink, and light. Sadly it doesn't stand out to me much at all, and I highly doubt purchasing it again due in large part to it's lack of character. Not bad, but nothing too impressive.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured this into a large wine glass. Plenty of carbonation and an opaque cider hue.

S: Smells of green apple and honey. Noticeable malty/yeasty scent.

T: Taste like light beer with some green apple mixed in. As the glass warmed it started reminding me of more of a wine profile.

M: Very light and carbonated.

D: Easily drinkable.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on Tap at Congregation Ale house .L.B. Ca. O.k. here goes my first beer review.

Clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger head on it.

Milld sweet smell of Green Apples, fruit & Honey ...(my first thought was sparkling cider). Smells good -refreshing!

Taste is Wow! I expected it to be sweater, but taste is very nice..well balanced apple and mild fruit sweetness while maintaining the fact this is a beer.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, clean, tiny bubbles dance on your tongue. Finishes very clean without lingering aftertaste.

Very drinkable..I could drink this all day on a nice hot Summer day.

Overall a good beer for anyone who is not much of a beer drinker to those who like a mild, clean, very flavorful beer. I'll be back for more!

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Photo of nukem5
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 6 month old cold stored 22oz cork finish.

A: Poured this into my Triple Karmeliet glass,Thanks Okey, Great color of orange goldish lightly carbed very tiny bubbles waft to the top, Slight cloudy tinge maybe a chill haze or disturbance of the bottle more like.

S: Smells of apples and honey hit me as soon as I open the bottle now in the glass it is no different with the addition of some pale malts.

T: No lies Candied apple with a white wine spritzer chaser.Bitter sour finish. Full of flavors changing almost like a wine does sometime.

M: light and bubbly, balanced, almosty chewy very fine bubbles clean the palate.

D: Very drinkable would like another so I shall perhaps not even share this bottle with anyone but me.

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Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

Appearance: Pours with a minimal and quickly dissipating head, with visible sediment and lasting carbonation.

Smell: Apples! There's a few spices hanging out there, and a smell I typically associate with white wines and champagnes.

Taste: Well, this is a beer? I'm not going to front, this tastes like an apple champagne. There's a bit of perceptible malts if I try to taste them, but there's basically no hop character at all until it warms up a bit. That doesn't mean it doesn't TASTE good though. Actually, it tastes great! The aftertaste is a nice sour apple with just a little bite of alcohol. Smirnoff for the sophisticate, if you will.

Mouthfeel: This feels completely perfect in mouth. The carbonation is superb, it just feels lively all the weay down the throat.

Drinkability: I could drink this whole bottle in one gulp, easily. Superbly drinkable.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. It's a great example of some of the more out-there things that can be done with beer. A great beer to give someone who doesn't like beer.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: 12oz. Bottle, expiration date 2/10/2011

Smell: Apple sauce with ginger, clove and a little pumpkin pie spice. A little bit earthy and has an overall subdued vibe.

Taste: Jolly rancher apple, with a both a candy-like sweetness and sour bite. Slightly crisp. The artificiality of the flavors plus the fizzy carbonation make this more like a fruit soda than a beer to me and while its refreshing its isn't terribly enjoyable up front. Moreover the apple is fairly one-dimensional with nothing of substance playing off it - no malt character to speak of. There are a touch of spices in the middle which become quite intense towards the finish and is the saving grace keeping this from an F. Delicate, earthy and complex with cloves and pumpkin pie its subtle and clean but full flavored. The finish becomes moderately dry and takes on an aged almost dried-apple like character. Combined with the spiciness it turns from soda to a much more sophisticated and interesting product. Lingering apple with just a tinge of the initial undesirable jolly rancher-quality its semi-dry and a little spicy but not very impressive.

Note: Generally not a big fan of this, but has some ok qualities but for as crisp as it is its not very drinkable in my opinion. I'm still fairly new to fruit beers so this may be a shining example, but if so then I should stay away.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy golden yellow with a very fizzy head that dissipates to nothing. There is a ton of carbonation to be noted streaming up the sides of the glass. Lots of little colonies of bubbles around the rim of the glass.

As soon as I uncapped the bottle, green apples were very strong and sweet smelling. after smelling it more, the yeast comes through, too.

Tastes very fruity, the sour apple is definitely there, and the coriander catches up in the back end. very dry, a bit tangy.
The burps certainly taste of apple.

The feel of this beer in the mouth is extremely dry and crisp, almost so much so that it almost feels like there is nothing in the mouth until my tongue is bitten by the high carbonation.

Highly drinkable due to the nice taste, and the light bodied crispness, not to mention the modest abv of 5.5%

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Photo of JAXSON
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light honey with a medium, creamy white head. Really soft look, tiny bubbles abound, good lacing. Aroma boasts granny smith apple, caramel, light hops. Kind of thin feeling, with nice green apple tones, but with cardboard on the finish that drags out a bit long. Refreshing and decent, flavor needs to be more soft and of course that classic cardboard quality I could do without.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a golden transparent color with a white bubbly head.

S-the nose brings some tart green apple with woody core included. there is a light malt backbone with a light yeasty characteristic but mild.

T-there is a muttled malt and yeast tastes, very murky and sock like, notes of tart green apple and lots of core with notes of seltzer water and a thin finish.

M-smooth and soft, tingles the back of the throat with a medium body and a clean finish.

D-this beer is singular and messy, the malt presence seems out of whack and the green apple flavors are not inviting at all.

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Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Flying Bison tulip glass, which was the closest one I could find to the one instructed on the bottle. It poured a hazy, pale golden/yellow color with a big, bright white, fizzy head to it.

The aroma really shows the apple. It's almost a mix of a granny smith apple and a sweeter, candy flavor almost like an apple flavored jolly rancher.

The taste has a crisp apple flavor to it with both sweet and tart flavors coming through. It definitely has a cider quality to it but with a slightly sweeter presence. I liked the crispness it had which made it feel very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Drinkability is decent, it had some cool and interesting flavors to it and the crispness of the apple made it pretty refreshing. It was a bit on the sweet side and maybe a bit light on beer flavors overall though for me. It felt more like a cider or apple juice then a beer at times, not that those things aren't delicious though.

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

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Very light and cloudy, two finger head that will vanish before you know it.

S: When I opened the bottle I thought I was about to eat an apple. Really smells like you are about to drink apple juice, with a hint of alcohol

T: To me it tastes just like an an apple beer should taste. The smell leads into a strong apple taste, with a light finish. Alcohol is not overpowering. However, as I drink the apple becomes less noticeable and the alcohol stand out more.

MF: Very light.

D: While the ABV would let you drink it for a long time, the taste would become too much. I tired of this beer quickly.

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Photo of Chizoad
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's apple juice and beer!

A slightly cloudy yellow beer with a sadly weak head that disappeared completely in a minute or so. Color was nice though.

Very strong apple scent coming from the beer, but also something funky. Not bad actually.

Annnd it tasts like fizzy apple juice and funky beer. Honestly, I think I prefer sparkling apple juice. There's something a little like sulfur or maybe a cut apple that has been sitting out too long.

Weak carbonation that doesn't give the beer any brightness. I think aggressive bubbles would really help this offering out.

Not particularly drinkable. I would not have this one again.

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Photo of jegillikin
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is an excellent all-around apple ale. The initial scent is of green apple, and the taste is certainly of apple-flavored ale, but the most enjoyable characteristic of this beer is the aftertaste -- almost like a green apple jolly rancher, actually.

This was fun to drink, and I'd enjoy another without hesitation.

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Photo of NODAK
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is very sweet...apple juice and spices dominate. It's very different.

Carbonation here is very high. Immediately fruity on the palate, but taste is somewhat covered up by the aggressive fizziness. Body and finish are dominated by green apple and a sprinkling of coriander spices. Not overally sweet, the sugar is kept well in check with a twinge of tartness. Sort of reminicent of a watery apple cider. No bitterness to speak of. Faint apple juice taste lingers in the aftertaste.

Fruit beers are really hit or miss in my opinion. I think this is a good one because the fruit taste is very natural tasting and not over the top. Often, fruit in beers tastes very artificial, but not here. Recommended.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: tremendous head; pale yellow color; abundant strings of carbonation
S: very aromatic, with sweet apple overtones
T: unusual flavor: the advertised apple juice is prominent; the coriander and curacao are more subdued; very bright taste profile; sweet, abundantly spiced

This is a fine summer beer, perfect for those occasions where your beer tastes are straying toward the fruity side of things.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy bright medium orange with a frothy white 1-1/2 head of very tight bubbles that melts to a thin (1/4") layer of foam being constantly fed from the bottom.

Aroma is very lightly wheat malt with associated spiciness and freshly sliced granny smith apples.

Mouthfeel is really full of tiny bubbles that almost foam in your mouth. Sharp tingling feeling all over the tongue adds to the slightly sour taste of the green apples. Very 'crisp' tasting. Just a hint again of the wheat malts and white pepper. Finish slowly melds from the tart green apples to a slightly sweet finish with just a bit of alcohol warmth.

I'm not a fan of fruit beers. This is one of the few I would recommend.

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Photo of jar2574
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good, but not great apple-beer. Apple's not my favorite fruit to work into a beer but they did a decent job. Appearance is hazy orange-yellow, not much carbonation. 1/4 inch head disappears after about a minute. Smell is nice, apples predominate. Taste is apple, smooth, malts, some zest from the coriander. Mouthfeel is quite good. It's a crisp beer good for a summer day. Goes down quite easily, but I suppose the apple flavoring might get old after a while.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold colored brew, pretty hazy and lots of little bubbles rising to form a puffy white head. Scent is mostly granny smith apples along with some light malts. The taste is pretty complex and i cant think of anything ive had like it. Its got a wheat beer base with a light amount of tart apple flavoring, along with some spice and a bit of a yeast profile. And yet despite the layers its all pretty mellow. Kind of biting on the tongue, thin to medium bodied. Certainly a unique brew.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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