Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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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
Ratings:
2,078
Reviews:
1,016
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
14.88%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
191
For Trade:
0
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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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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought it sounded interesting so I bought a 750ml bottle and poured it into a Guinness pint glass. It poured light and crisp and was an applesauce in color with a light white head that laced the rim of the glass. It continued to bubble, kind of like Sprite. The aromas given off were interesting. At first it was of sweet apple and had kind of a pilsner tint to it. As the beer went on it smelled more like a granny smith, or a cider, and the coriander became more apparent. The taste too began sweet before tasting a bit sour, and like a granny smith cider. It tasted pretty good. The mouthfeel was very light and crisp. The beer was very, very carbonated and continued to be so. It didn't really dry out like I thought it would. I think that for a single beer, it's very drinkable. It's essentially a cider so I'd say it's better suited for a hot day. It was definitely interesting. It's probably worth a try although nothing too special.

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Photo of colts9016
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A thin frothy white head that is creamy and foamy with little retention. The color of the beer is pale straw with a light orange copper hue. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is a good amount of effervescence in the beer. The head left a little lacing on the glass.

Nose: Apple aromas are strong then some malt, yeast, sugar, phenols, florals, and citrus.

Taste: Surprised that the beer is balanced between apples and malt. There are other flavors of citrus, floral esters, yeast, bread, toasted malt, and a hint of wood.

The mouth feel is carbonated, a tad astringent, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium light also. This beer surprised me the flavors to me were on the mild side, but the beer was balanced fairly well. If I would have had a stronger apple and malt flavor that gave more presents on palate, I would have given it a better score.

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Photo of silentjay
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours similar to a witbier, very hazy orange with a decent white head that quickly, quickly recedes to a small film with little lacing left behind.

first and strongest aroma is green apple followed by plenty of coriander, some candy sugar and plenty of yeast.

flavor is tons of candy sugar, some artificial green apple candy flavors, as well as some apple peel, orange citrus, banana and clove. some light bready malts back that up.

Mouthfeel is good. Bottle refermentation makes for a creamy, yet bubbly feel to a light-medium bodied brew that finishes clean with some lingering fruity sweetness.

Drinks very well, quite obviously this beer's best quality. refreshing summertime brew that doesn't quite pass into the "too fruity" realm, but has plenty of fruitiness nonetheless.

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Photo of augustgarage
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Lindemans flute. Best before, February 10th, 2011.

Chartreuse yellow body, lightly hazy with a slender dense magnolia finger of foam. Superior head retention.

Pale malt, green apple, perhaps a hint of diacetyl, though it could be a caramel note. Odd aromatics.

Spice, curaçao, and malt do not meld together well - the flavor profile is disjointed and somewhat off-putting. The apple taste is there, but seems adulterated with all the adjuncts. Pale almost pissy malt doesn't help things at all. Relatively eathy citrus-tinged finish with dull apple must rounding things out.

Light bodied, with decent carbonation. Maybe a touch slick.

With the right food or cheese, this might pair relatively well, but I would avoid this on its own. A low point for the brewery...

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -pale hazy blond with one finger of fizzy white head which subsided immediately. No lace to speak of.

Smell - Coriander and green apple, fruit esters, spicy floral notes and yeast.

Taste - sweet malt and yeast upfront then a brutal onslaught of harsh fake "jolly rancher" like green apple and coriander. Its so intense it drives every other flavor off you palette. Tart green apple candy finish. Not enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied slightly chewy with moderate carbonation

Drinkability - Fairly drinkable though I really wouldn't care for another. This really wasn't my cup of tea. I just couldn't get over the fake green apple flavor.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a fluffy bright white head that drops rather quickly. Lots of carbonation, not much lacing. Clear golden color.

Smells of green apples and a faint trace of Unibroues house yeast.

Tastes just like it smells, yeast, green apples and a little bit of cornbread.

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Photo of climax
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was hard to write about the appearance before the nose, because whew boy did it have an aroma! It poured a rather drab golden color, hazy with a tall wispy head that crackled and faded quickly.

Candy apples, and strawberry jam oozed from the bottle as I popped the top. Once I became accustomed tot he initial blast of fruit, a more solid and smooth green apple smell was accompanied by skunky lager tones, sweet caramel, and coriander.

The apple seemed somewhat repressed upon first taste, as it just tasted like an adjunct lager. As it slid down the throat and into the aftertaste, the more sweet apple cider flavors seemed the linger. Although I wasn't a real fan of a beer this loaded with fruit flavor, the apple flavor did seem authentic and not too artificial.

The body was light, but held together with abundant carbonation that had a lingering bite. It was an apple beer for sure, an a non-offensive one at that, but one's enough.

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Photo of STEG
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color into an allagash flute. smell has apple corriander and orange and not too much else, perhaps some yeasty notes as well. The wheatiness sticks out in the original sip bt the applr becomes more and more apparent as it is drank. Mouthfeel is light with a wateriness to it. I could have a bunch of these and plan on using it as a segway for some into craft beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

This beer poured a bright amber color with a large head that stayed throughout the beer. It smelt very much like apples and like a sparkling wine. It tasted like a sparkiling wine; very strong apple flavors with just a bit of a beer like taste. Very sweet and very light which makes it very easy to drink. Overall very interesting and not bad if you like the apple taste.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - opaque almost straw light yellow, lots of carbonation. Small white foamy/fizzy head that was gone quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell - green apples, mint, floral, wheat and yeast.

Taste & Mouth - lots of carbonation on the tongue, apples at first then a smooth refreshing hint of mint as an after taste.

Drink - Once again another beer that I appreciate for its distinctiveness; but not my sort of thing. I can't see myself wanting more than one of these at a sitting. The back of the bottle mentions how it goes perfectly with certain foods like cheese and pork - I wouldn't mind testing out that theory

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Photo of mralphabet
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured gold & yellow mix and very hazy. Big fluffy head that disappears as quickly as it comes. No lacing....

S: Apples, bitter sweet (Granny Smith), yeast and spice, with a touch of malt. As it warms I'm getting other fruit, little strawberry like smells. But all in all Apple is the deal.

T: Just like if smells.... Bitter yet sweet, the yeast really comes out here and sits on top of the malt, almost cider like. But Apple is the main component here. Aftertaste is on the sweet side.

M: Light to mid bodied, good carbonation. The feel is crisp yet smooth with a little creaminess.

D: Very easy drinker, I could drink a few of these... It is a little Cider like with the amount of apple you get. This may not be everybody's kind of brew but I like the difference of these kinds of brew. My first apple brew.... and I like this one... It is a Unibroue and you really cannot go wrong with these guys.

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Photo of dcook11
2.25/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I must say I came into this with a little bit of prejudice because I dont like this style of beer.

A-a layered beer with a nice white head and many dark seeds lingering in the glass possibly from the apple.

S-APPLE. malt....little to no hops.

T- APPLE. malt...nothing much going on

M- light and fruity.

D- would not ever have another unless I was offered it by a friend

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Photo of larryi86
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy yellow with a 2 finger white head that disappears quickly.

S- Green apples, with a hint of some spices and yeast.

T- Sweet and tart green apples, spies come out to balance the apples. The yeast seem a little out of place.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing. This is what I was hoping for when I brought an apple beer.

D- This is refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer day. I am not a huge fruit beer person, but I will get this again when I am in the mode for a fruit beer.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Cloudy, absolutely no head, and no lacing. Looks like unfiltered cider from a health food store... but more lively. Very lively in fact.

Smell- Apples, apples, and more apples.

Taste- Delicious. Has all the lovely full body of a good ale, but slight apple tartness.

Mouf- decent

Drinkability- sure thing

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw/gold color. Poured a 3 finger fizzy white head that dissipated quickly to a nothing; just a few random bubbles. Decanted continually. No lacing.

S: Green apple and grass; almost acidic. Faint spice and clove in the background.

T: Green apple; sweet and tart. Clove and corriander in the middle. Mostly just fizzy in the finish.

M: Very light body. Ample carbonation. Tart, fizzy and crisp. champagne-like.

D: Very easy to drink. Like carbonated juice. In retrospect, missing many beer qualities, but I really liked it.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a great palate cleaner. and a very gentle apple quality. it's completely a crisp beer that doesn't have an lingering quality of misplace ingredients. the citrus quality was well blended between the apple sour. there is some floral quality even. this is was a clean cut beer that doesn't have much to offer but doesn't really fail along the way. i wouldn't have more than one at a time.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,078 ratings.
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