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Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
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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

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Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of STEG
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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 +14.4%
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 -15.3%
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 +8.1%
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 -37.5%
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 +5.3%
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 -1.7%
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 +4.2%
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 -2.8%
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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Photo of djbreezy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - heavily carbonated, huge soapy head, rich golden hue

smell - apple, lemon, yeast

taste - tart green apple, yeast, fresh fruit

mouthfeel - light, heavy carbonation, foamy, bubbly

drinkability - the apple flavor is strong but offset by the intense carbonation, if the carbonation was lessened, this would improve the beer dramatically

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowy head as white as snow, an inch-thick and audibly crackly. The liquid is a hazy witbier-esque washed-out yellow color. Lace tries to cling but just slides down the glass and disappears.

In the aroma: big green apple and soil-like earthiness from the yeast. A bit of lemon, some peach, and a Jolly Rancher-type candy sweetness.

More Jolly Rancher in the flavor, this time all green apple (surprise, surprise). There's sugar cookie dough too, and more of the super-earthy yeast character, but the tartness and sweetness of the apple is very much the dominant trait here. Pretty much tastes just like I bit into the freshest, juiciest green apple on the planet.

Very bubbly, although just as it feels like a carbonation explosion in the mouth, it suddenly becomes smooth and goes down extremely easy. Leaves a little bit of tartness/pucker in the finish, which is what you might expect from a beer brewed with apples.

Had my first one of these five years ago, and thought it was too much like a green apple soda. This next meeting with Ephemere was better, offering a few more dimensions than just sweet bubbly apple beer. Still not my favorite, and not one I'd go to often, but it's solid and so damn refreshing that its drinkability is almost off the chart.

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Photo of artcurtis
4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a bottle into my Taipei 101 Pilsner glass.
A-Pours a HUGE head, similar to a hefewizen, that dissipates almost immediately. The head is big and bubbly, almost like champagne. It pours a slightly cloudy golden color, similar to many other white ales. Very bubbly.
S- Probably the weakest part of this very fine beer. Has almost an acidic nose with just a hint of apple. Not really much else there.
T- Absolutely delicious. Definitely green apple. Has as much tartness as sweetness, not very heavy on either. But apple is very much at the forefront here. Tastes very natural, I don't get any added sugars. I think it's just straight up apples brewed in.
M- Excellent. Very light and bubbly. Fills your mouth like a champagne. I don't tend to compare beer to wine, but this one definitely has some similarities with sparkling wine.
D-Extremely high. I could easily sit and drink the whole 4 pack in under an hour, and will drink it all tonight. Not a very high ABV, great warm weather beer. Absolutely one of my top summer brews. Drink it on the hottest day of the year.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a clear straw yellow, w/ thin bubbly white head, no lacing as consumed.

Aroma: Initially I pulled some saison yeast aroma. Quite complex: Tropical fruit esthers, banana, light honey malt aroma, floral roses, and green apple.

Flavor: Light banana upfront, followed by light strawberry and sweet honey malts. Balance is towards the fruits on the palate. Finish is lightly tart with tinges of banana and green apple.

M: Light in body and mouthfeel, but medium carbonation, slight astringency from the tartness of the green apple. This beer had a slight watery feel.
O: I enjoyed this beer. The aromas are wonderfully refreshing. The watery mouthfeel is actually appropriate to style due to fruits that tend to thin out fermentables (BJCP) ;). A well made fruit beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.46/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Duvel tulip-- reviewed on iPhone...

this is a hazy golden with 3 fingers of cottony white head. Giant floating yeast particles. Looks pretty good.

Smell reminds me of apple cinnamon oatmeal... There is a hard apple cider note on top of wheat and oat notes. Those all translate to taste, but the sweetness comes across more. Nice refreshing flavor and finish.

The mouthfeel is light and airy. Very smooth and easy-drinking.

This beer is surprisingly good for a fruit beer.

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Photo of DuffManOhYeah
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had really high hopes for this beer so maybe it was because of this that it left me kind of bummed

A- Somewhere between an orange and blond color, kind of murky, with a rather domineering head that sustains well.

S- Dominated by sour, green apple smell. Almost like an artificial green apple candy, somewhat like apple juice. Also that distinct yeasty bread smell common to most Belgian beers

T- Nothing special. Basically tastes like a weak sour apple candy that has dissolved in malty carbonated water

M- A nice carbonated texture that leaves a pleasant aftertaste

D- Highly drinkable mainly because the flavor and feel is not very complex. I personally like the taste of apples, but some people might get sick of it.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +18.6%
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 +10.8%
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 -3.6%
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 -22.2%
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 +12.2%
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 +12.5%
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 -17.5%
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 +0.6%
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 -13.6%
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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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,087 ratings
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