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 chickenflea
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ephemere is light colored and cloudy with a tall fizzy head. The head dissolved to a thin surface film within 10 minutes.

The nose is spiced green apples with an herbal character as well. The flavor is a curious, tasty commingling of wheat malt, apples and spice. The Belgian yeast is unmistakeably pervasive. The malt is muted to let the intended flavors sing out.

The beer is a tart apple, with an earthy spiciness that settles into the back of your cheeks.

Light bodied and carbonated, this beer demands to be noticed like a June bug bouncing across your window at night looking for to get to the light inside.

Ephemere Apple is pretty good. I am not a big fan of fruit beers. But this one is well made and focused.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The key to this beer is to pour it into a tulip glass or at least some sort of glassware that opens up. I wasn't crazy about the beer the first time I had it (from the bottle) but the glass makes a notable difference in aroma and flavor.

Pours a golden straw hue with rich, slightly sweet yeasty smell with overtones of sour apple. The flavor is that of a mild Belgian / white ale, subtle complex yeast, a hint of sweetness, a very mild sour bite with just a hint of apple. This was very easy to drink and I was a bit sad I'd bought only one.

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Photo of blackc5
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz foil capped bottle at about 42F.

A - A golden straw with minimal white head that fades almost immediately but can be resurrected with a quick swirl. No lacing. Just ever so slightly cloudy.

S - Smells strongly of fresh green apples right off the tree. Very strong. Just a bit of spice and pineapple as well.

T - An interesting hybrid type flavor somewhere between a wheat ale and a quite dry yet fruity hard apple cider. Just a bit of yeast and coriander to add zest. No hop presence detectable. Overall it works, and surely gets points for uniqueness although I can't see it as a beer I would go back to often.

M - Very dry finish, with a quite crisp light body. Good carbonation, almost champagne-like.

D - Went down easy enough, and I could see subsituting this for a hard cider if you are looking for more of a fruity crispness to go with a meal.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a thick three finger head which gives way to a skim with little to no lacing. The aroma is very good, nice green apple smell with corriander and some other fruits present. The aroma is strong and very inviting. The taste fell a little bit short, there wasnt much there. A wheat backbone with hints of apple and corriander, but after the smell i expect a more full flavorful taste. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is okay, there is nothing to really dislike, but there is nothing to make you crave more either. It needs a stronger flavor.

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Photo of konadrinker
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Cloudy amber with a frothy 3 finger head that last nicely.

S- Green apples filled the room as soon as I poured. Also picked up some pineapple and coriander.

T- Like it smells. Not very good overall. Tasted more like a bitter cider than anything else. Skunky slightly musty finish that turned bitter.

M - Oily with a dry finish

D- Not one I would drink again. I was disappointed as so far Unibroue has been in my top spots for their other beers.

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Photo of gmw
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Hazy golden color, minimal head retention and lacing.

s - Apple, with hints of yeast and bread

t - Apple, and sweet, but not cloyingly sweet.

m - Lovely. Generous carbonation.

d - Wonderful. Could drink all day.

I appreciate all beers within context. I had this beer tonight with a plate of pan fried apple-onion pork sausage. Fantastic. This is also a great beer to sip while resting in the shade on a hot summer morning.

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Photo of Naugros
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like cloudy lemonade with a slight green cast to to it. The head rises thick and frothy and only falls a little, bolstered by the ample carbonation that bounces the lees around in the glass. No lace at all.

The smell is of Granny Smith apples and Belgian yeast esters. I would have liked for the apples to outshine the yeast on the nose, but it is the other way around.

Take a nice, dry cider and ferment with brettanomyces and voila! This is what this tastes like. There are a few other flavors here as well: bread and a little lemony citrus to brighten it all up. There's a hint of banana in the aftertaste as well. Again, I wish the apple had been a wee bit more assertive, but this is nice.

The body is light and the carbonation heavy. It has some brightness to it. Pretty clean wash.

If I was going to drink an alcoholic apple beverage, I'd go with one of the many quality ciders available in my area. So I doubt I'd get this again. However, this rating is for drinkability and this one went down easily. With a 5.5% ABV, you could drink these one-for-one with most hard ciders and have the satisfaction that you're drinking a beer.

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Photo of udubdawg
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a hazy gold color, a thin light colored head fed by many lines of rising bubbles but a fizzing out quickly.
Aroma is mildly spicy and highly fruity, not unlike a low-spiced cider. It is a little difficult to get anything else though the aroma itself isn't unpleasant.
Taste is bold sweet-tart apple flavor, general fruitiness I struggle to identify, mild spiciness, and is quite thin and finishes dry with a cidery acidity, but a sugary sticky flavor still manages to stick around. The body is thin and the carb a bit distractingly spritzy, even masking the flavor a bit. The beer wasn't bad, but I've little desire to crack open another.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cL bottle poured into two over-sized wineglasses

It pours a really hazy washed out straw color with a pillowy white head and an aggressive carbonation.

The aroma is of sweet/tart green apples very reminiscent of a cider. There is a little bit of like an spiciness that I can't tell if it comes from added spices or the Belgian yeast, but the green apple/cider aroma dominates this brew for me.

Some maltiness comes out in the taste, cutting through the apple aroma. Then comes the apple. It almost the exact flavor profile of a semi-dry cider. A unmistakable green apple taste with some backend sweetness.

The high carbonation fits this type of beer and it makes it pretty drinkable. This is a pretty unoffensive easy drinking approachable fruit beer but not by any means spectacular.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 6/2/10 notes. Had on tap at the Brickskeller in DC.

a - Pours a golden, amber color with 1 inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of very sweet apples, mint, and piney hops.

t - The taste matches the nose; sweet apples, mint, fruity hops. Too sweet to me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I'm a big fan of Unibroue's beers but this is my least favorite I've had so far. I wasn't a big fan of the sweet apples and mint combination...it was just too sweet for me. Wouldn't try again.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle from sampler
Best by 9-17-10; cellared for 5 months

A: A slow pour results in a fizzy white 1.5 finger head with LOTS of carbonation. Instantaneously faded to a carbonation supported cap. Honey gold color and mostly clear.

S: Green apples are upfront on the nose with some grain and flowery aromas.

T: Very sweet and heavily carbonated, not even beer like. The flavor is surprisingly grainy and crisp with an even so slight hop bite on the finish with hints of pear and coriander.

M: Lots of carb. with a soda-like thin body and fairly dry.

D: Not bad but a little fizzy and the sweetness gets old. Much like carbonated apple juice. Refreshing and dry, might be good for a hot day.

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Photo of Keffa
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Cloudy, dark gold, very small bubbles make up a 1.5mm ring of head that stays put with each sip. No real lacing per se.

S: Apple, which is obvious, a little bit of malt, like a fresh loaf of bread. A little yeast too, but the apple is dominate. Doesn't really remind me of a beer, but...

T: Surprising given the smell. The apple is far subdued compared to the aroma, but is still the main component of the flavor, along with a little pale-like malt and a little bit of yeast. Not much though past the apple. Very one trick, if you will.

M: Very nice carbonation, very active on the tongue. Very creamy/smooth. Nice clean finish, like that of a fresh apple cider, minus the heavy feeling cider gives you.

D: Pretty easy to drink, but has to be, IMO, because otherwise, this isn't a truly remarkable beer. Is it decent, sure. Would I drink it again, possibly. Would I actively go out of my way to find it? Definitely not.


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Photo of cosmicevan
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32oz growler picked up a few hours ago into a goose island flute(?).

A - a honey color much darker in the center and a lighter tint along the sides of the glass. Had nice steady and even champagne like carbonation that continued long after the pour. Initially had a nice frothy head which eventually died down.

S - Yowza! Apple (duh), pears, and that candy-like unibroue yeast only FAR sweeter. This is quite possibly the sweetest smelling beer I've ever sniffed.

T - The taste isn't nearly as sweet as the nose suggests. Sort of like a fermented apple juice. Not as tangy and wine-cooler like as some other vegetable beers I've had. A bit sour, seems like it is missing something. Kind of like when you drink a flat soda and it is missing that spark...this beer is like that if you were to compare it to a great tasting apple juice. Albeit this is not apple juice...just very similar, but missing the sweetness of a great glass of applejuice. I enjoyed it and would drink this again.

M - Very smooth and even. Like a fermented apple juice. Pretty refreshing and a touch sour. A bit watery and flat feeling in the mouth dept...seems like it is missing something to make it phenomenal.

D - I could drink this one all day, especially in the warm summer months. Really easy to drink. This could be a good candidate to bring to a dinner party where there aren't a lot of beer drinkers.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer actually took quite awhile to pour, I do not know if I was a little to greedy on the poor, but the first half the bottle created a head that filled basically the entire glass. But now that the whole bottle is poured its a pale gold which is slightly foggy (think a lighter colored apple cider), with a decent sized and slow receding white head.

The Aroma is full fledged Belgian style yeast, and apples, with a decent bit of orange hitting in there (must be the added Curacao).

The taste is quite nice, and has many different layers and stages to it, at first its a very yeasty bread, and later a blast of apple cider hits, and it fades in a sparkling apple juice kind of finish.

Mouth feel and drinkability are slightly better than average, smooth and easy going, but nothing has me running to buy a case.

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Photo of saxman75
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Abbey Gastro Pub Jun. 3, 2010.

A- A cloudy gold with very thin slow dissipating off-white head.

S- Mouthwatering tart apple. Also some malty-ness.

T- Surprisingly refreshing. Apple character is at the fore, with some malt to follow. Smooth at the back of the tongue.

M- A bit bland. Not much interesting going on carbonation or otherwise.

D- It is drinkable and refreshing to be sure, but other than the uncommon semi-tart apple flavor, there's nothing special about it. I have friends who "don't like beer" that might even find this agreeable.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light and fruity ale, nothing remarkable but a fair refresher.

Presentation: 750ml brown corked bottle. Front label offers an tacky illustration of female fairy on a swing of greenery holding barley surrounded by golden fonts with the name of the brew. Front shows main ingredients and bottle refermentation. Back label alongside perfunctory legal notes offers a short description of the brew, intent, recommended glassware. Notes best before date (09-16-10) Alc. by Vol. (5.5%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Poor retention, no lacing, and a minimal surface memory.

S - Apple with a touch of spice, a bit yeasty and rather fresh.

T - Fruity splash in the mouth, almost all apple pivoting around a Granny Smith, with a faint spicy touch, and a bit sour. There is a citrus touch... Might be the Curacao, although the curacao is the liquor, right? So do they mean that they added laraha fruit?

M - Light body with generous carbonation. Crisp and somewhat dry finish.

D - Works very well in its mixture of lightness and freshness, nothing profound but rather quaffable.

Notes: Nice light offering from Unibroue. Nothing to rave about but an enticing social quaffer.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head and considerable sediment floating around. Smell is very sweet, strong apple aroma. Taste is milder than the smell, green apples with some spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light amber with a rapidly fading head.
From the aroma, this could pass as a white wine. Lots of tangy green apples and orange peel. Wheat is nearly overwhelmed by the fruit but a doughy note is noticeable. Vague herbal coriander also present. A bit too sweet (confectionery-like) but still nice.
Flavours suggest that Unibroue has got a perfectly acceptable wheat beer and then dumped a truckload of apple lollipops into it. Very sweet, quite artificial. Coriander and orange peel definitely not forgotten though.
Carbonation is annoyingly high, yet still manages to fail at drying out the sweetness.
Too much apple, too sweet.

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Photo of vdread
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ephemere pours a very hazy yellow, with an ample frothy head that soon disappated into nothing. the smell is primarily of tart green apples, and yeast.

taste is pretty one-dimensional. apple rinds, coriander, yeast, and other spices are apparent. it's tart, easily sippable, easy to enjoy.

the aggressive carbonation is a fault, and stands in the way of appreciating the full flavors. i find this beer more enjoyable when flat.

i wasn't really blown away or impressed by this beer, especially for the price tag. It wasn't exactly unpleasant, either. The high carbonation is the only real fault i could find. Otherwise a charming, tarty fruit beer.

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Photo of taylocd
2.29/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - gorgeous yellow gold brew but very little lacing
S - sweet apple aroma but not much else
T - this was far too sweet to enjoy as it was about equivalent to apple jolly rancher

M/D - the carbonation combined with flavor made this an undrinkable brew

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Been wanting to try this one for a while.
Pours a light, semi-hazey pale yellow. Is that green tint I see? Heavy pour produced a medium head that didn't stick around.

In the end this beer's highlight is the nose. Crisp green apple and light bread. Yummy.
Apple loses a bit in the taste. It's just not as present. The yeast takes over and makes it more bready with malt giving it a backbone. Very light taste. Not bad, just not great.
Light feel, but the apple becomes sour in the end, thus taking away the crispness feel. Ok drinking. may try it again later.

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Photo of semibaked
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Ephemere Tulip.

A - Pours an uber cloudy golden yellow with a ton of floaties and about an 1 of white head on top that disappears quickly.

S - Light Green Apples with yeast funk and a sharp sugary sweetness dominate.

T - Yeast, sugar and faint green apples with a bit of sourness.

M - Light, crisp with a medium amount of carbonation, goes down very easy.

D - This is a light refreshing beer wish there was more apple and sourness but overall it is pretty decent.

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Photo of chefkevlar
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass with about 1/2 in of head which disappeared quickly. The color is a little lighter than apple cider and it is fairly hazy.

S: you can smell the apple, but there is more going on, citrus and spice are also present

T: Obviously lots of fruit, but the apple is rather subdued. There also some spice and a slight mineral/metalic quality to it. It's refreshing, but overall a little mild in flavor for my taste

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: There is nothing offensive about this brew, but there isn't really anything extrodinary or exciting either. It is refreshing after long day of work and a (seemingly) longer commute though.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Éphémère Pomme looks very much like how you'd imagine an apple beer to look, which is to say that, yes, it looks much like a cider. The big difference here is the climbing, bubbly mound of white suds that conjure to mind a failed (or successful?) eighth grade science experiment. Its honest haze and nonchalant bubbles bode well with me.

And the nose smells like... drum roll please... green apples! If this comes as surprise to you then I suggest you either brush up on your french or at least pay closer attention to labels. The bouquet much more closely resembles a cider than it does apple juice or an apple cocktail. In place of sugar, there seems to be a mighty burst of zest.

The spicy (and somehow savory) zest is likely an offshoot of the yeast because, to my knowledge, no spices are added. That fact notwithstanding, yeast or otherwise, something has contributed a very definite and very real dimension of pizazz. It has the snippy bite of fresh ginger and the sharp gusto of lime juice, both complimenting features to the apple.

The apple, by the way, is perceptively authentic tasting, despite just how boisterously vivid and pronounced it is. The tart, Granny Smith flavour is almost all too colourful, sips induce bright, overwhelming visions of green. It is perhaps the most flamboyantly flavoured beer I've ever tried (and I'm not just saying that because it's a fruit beer!)

The brisk tartness, the snappy zest, the zingy carbonation - it all adds up to a very lively and colourful beer. And in their effort to sell the fruit, Unibroue has sacrificed none of the malts; it is rare, although not unheard of, for fruit beers to have as much body as standard Belgian blondes but this one does. There's also an unmistakable mintiness (nice!).

It should go without saying that you're only likely to enjoy this beer to the same extent you like tart, green apples (or at very least, to the extent you're in the mood for tart, green apples). Those who don't share that taste will certainly be overwhelmed. Comparing fruit beers to more general styles can be like, well, comparing apples and oranges - there's so many sugary, artificial ones out there. Fortunately, this is not one of them.

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Photo of Cresant
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness Tulip glass. Best before: 9-17-10. The body was a lightly hazy pale yellow. A cap of pithy white head remained.

Smell was not surprisingly of apples. Belgian yeast.

Taste was light malts and apples. Unibroue yeast. Mineral. Refreshing and somewhat drying.

Mouthfeel was medium to light. Adequately spritzy. This beer delivered what I expected.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,072 ratings.
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