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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Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of Macca
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a cloudy bright golden colour with a small head. Some lacing.

And not surprisingly the aromas are of... apple. Big juicy granny smiths. The coriander comes through a bit as well and there is something that reminds me of old ladies. Talc? Yeah weird I know.

The apple isn't as strong on the palate as I would have expected. The flowery talc flavours come through a lot stronger.

Light bodied.

This is ok but I'd rather not be reminded of old ladies bath products when I drink beer.

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Photo of kshankar
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange with a decent foam.

Aroma is of green apples. Taste is predominantly of green apples too, and I get some yeast from it, but not much in terms of the coriander. It's very tart because of the green apple, which is fine, but I don't think its very balanced with the spices that the bottle claims it has.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and drinkability is on the higher side, but the taste is too one dimensional to me.

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Photo of chaz01
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Unibroue Ehphemere tulip glass.

A: Cloudy, pale yellow, nice head that recedes quickly.

S: Very fragrant apple aroma with a bit of grassy pine tones.

T: Definitely some apple flavor, but it's not overpowering. Just a little tartness to complement the Belgium qualities.

M: Maybe a little thin in the mouth, but very refreshing. A little sweetness, but not what you would expect from a "fruit" beer.

D: Not really meant to be a session type beer, but goes really well with certain types of foods. The apple flavor would complement a chicken or turkey dinner well, or perhaps go well with some smoked or sharp cheese.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with plenty of quickly disappearing head. Lots of fresh cut apples after popping the cap. Apples and vinegar are ripe in the nose. A bitter sweet taste awaits the first sip. Lots of yeast available in the taste. I could sip this easily. I am glad I got the Unibrue variety pack.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I rather like this one. One of the few fruit beers I can stomach. Not often, but, it is still a good beer in my book.

Pours a hazy golden straw color.

Sour granny smith apple aroma, with a wheaty backbone. Slightly yeasty as well.

Tart, sweet and a bit dry on the mouthfeel. Champagne like effervescence, a bit subdued, but still evident.

Nice offering from Unibroue.

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Photo of mjaskula
2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale and hazy yellow with a huge white head that falls quickly and disappears. A little effervescent, but otherwise uninteresting.

The aroma takes you aback. There's green apple as expected, but then something else in there a creamy or cheesy aroma. The flavor is similar, green apple followed by a weird creamy flavor, maybe some vanilla. I don't get any of the spices.

The creaminess and some of the apple stays with you a while after. Not exactly pleasant. Overall I don't find it that drinkable, but I will finish the bottle.

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

Wow. just when you're not expecting anything unibroue knocks me off my feet all of a sudden.

Pour is cloudy golden to yellow to orangeish. thick headed and creamy, not too showoffy either.

Smell is overwhelming. strong. exceptional by all means. apples, apricots, maybe even some over-mûre bananas....nothing's clear and there's so many fruits there, the coriander pops up nowhere here but definetly it's so complex it's hard to figure it out....this is great.

Taste however correlates poorly. not a bad thing though, it would seemingly be sweeter but it was rather dry wit-like, citrusy and grainy at a time, grassy even, much of the coriander popping up here. discrete bitter finish. the body is a bit thin, which is the weak flank it has, but in all, this is a fab beer.

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Photo of BricksandPorter
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured cold into an American Pint glass.

Pour - beautiful orange-white with a fantastic two finger head. Small bubbles and a cloudy thickness that seems to be the trademark of this breweries flagship offerings. Head is creamy, thick and sticks around for a good while.

Nose - bake an apple pie with no cinnamon - there ya go. Thick, fruity and all sweetness in this nose.

Taste - and then it goes south. After sipping, reassessing, and sipping again I have come to one conclusion: This is apple cider. A strong, acidic, alcoholic apple cider. Strong fruity flavor, notes of berries, cedar and lemon citrus do nothing to stand up to the granny smith apples you will taste for hours after this beer is done. Way too fruity for my liking - honestly, it tastes like a jug of October cider that's been out in the sun too long.

Mouthfeel - chunky, decent carb but very tough to forget - and not in a good way. I am not happy about this choice.

Drinkability - no way, no how. I cant get into this beer. Way too sweet, way too punchy - i feel kind of hoodwinked by this one.

For shame...

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Photo of chickenm
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a large fizzy white head that quickly fades away and leaves no lacing. Sweet and sour aroma of green apples, spices, and yeast. Taste is similiar to the aroma. Light body with high carbonation, fairly dry. This is drinkable and would make a refreshing summer drink, although if I had a craving for apple I'd probably choose a cider over this.

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Photo of TommyW
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, gold body with a tall white head.

S- Granny smith apple peal with some notes of spice.

T- Thin malt profile that quickly moves into a sweet/tart apple taste with notes of spice.

M- Crisp feel with an aggressive carbonation towards the finish.

D- Somewhat refreshing, but nothing there to say "this is beer". It's more like an apple-flavored soda.

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Photo of femALEist
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ephemere-Ale brewed with apple juice, coriander and curacao. Served out of a bottle. It poured a foggy golden yellow. It smelled of caramel green apples, vanilla and coriander. It tasted of a light crisp sour apple, yeast, milky with a light lingering spiciness on the tongue. The flavors seemed too fake tasting though for my own taste. It tasted a bit too much like a green apple jolly rancher. It was reminiscent of a wine cooler with a beer twist. Do they even make beer coolers? This would be a good example. Definitely not my taste and I won't be drinking this one again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with best before date of 3/11/11. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a light opaque orange color with some sediment particles floating around. Shows a 1 inch head that reduces to very little and little to no lacing. Can clearly see the carbonation bubbles in the beer.

S - Very nice tart green apple smell along with Belgian white scents.

T - The apple taste is there but I really cannot taste the curacao. The malt is biscuit like and goes well with the apple and yeast combo.

M - It is smooth, but the beer seems to coat my toungue with carbonation in an odd way.

D - I can see this as an enjoyable choice for a spring/summer night, but it is not something I would go out of my way to get often.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy/hazy yellow into a glass with a frothy white head. Smell was faint but of spicy and sour apples. Taste was similar, earthy and floral up front balanced by some apple sweetness and spice. Decent fruit beer, not overpowering by any stretch, well balanced just nothing too special about it.

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

Bottle samples-Nice beer for the summer. Foggy straw body with a small whitish head. Aromas are citrus, apples, and a sugary candy aroma. Tastes like sweet and sour/tart apples. Slight alcohol taste is present as well. A nice refreshing summer beer for sure.

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Photo of jsh420
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best before 4-11-11

pours cloudy golden yellow with a 1+ finger head that left no lacing

smells of apples of course and some yeast

taste is much like the nose green apples that are somewhat candy like - a little watery

mouthfeel - well carbonated very crisp and light

drinkability is good but i dont think i could drink more then one in a session

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Photo of droomyster
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold with a small but rich white head. The aromas are massive. Granny Smith apples practically assault the nostrils. Green apple carries over strongly on the palate, with yeast also featuring prominently. The taste is takes the label a bit too literally for my taste. It's unique and interesting, for sure, but I don't honestly enjoy the taste. Am glad to have tried it.

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Photo of bump8628
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold-orange with an inch of white head that fizzles down to a wispy cap.

Tart apple definitely jumps out in the nose with a faint chalky, fruity yeast character in the background.

More apple on the palate. In fact, it masks whatever spicing there is in the beer, along with the malt profile. The apple is fairly authentic tasting. It's very tart, definitely Granny Smith, as advertised, but it really overwhelms, and I get tired of it after a few gulps.

Meh, I can't imagine an apple beer could be much better than this. That said, I can think of a handful of fruits better suited to brewing, and, particularly, to this beer.

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Photo of joecast
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cloudy light golden color. low medium carbonation. nice frothy white head and a little lace to boot.

impressive aroma. all the spices named on the label and apple are easily identified without the beer being muddled as a consequence. a bit of a cross between a wheat with its spicy phenolic coriander and yeast, a bit of cidery apples, and a touch of belgian white to round it all up.

the taste too has lots of different characters to it. not brought together quite as well as the aroma, but still easily enjoyable. adding the last bit from the bottles seems to dull some of the sharper aspects to the beer as it adds quite a bit of fine sediment. i prefer the sharper version as it stays a bit more light and refreshing.

surprisingly it ends up being a bit heavy and filing in the end. perhaps that sediment is taking away more from the beer than i thought. anyway, it is a very nice beer and quite unique. well done.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle poured into an Allagash tulip in three parts. The bottle says this is an ale brewed with apple juice, coriander and curocao.

Appearance: Golden and very cloudy. Color is a bit dull, watery golden white on the outside. One finger white, fizzy head that quickley recedes into nothing.

Aroma: Fresh green apple adds some nice tartness to the aroma. Sweet and tangy Belgian yeast notes dominate. A touch of coriander and wheat malt also are present in small doses.

Taste: Crisp apple tartness hits first, but subsides quickly. It becomes less prominent throughout the brew. Belgian yeast is the main flavor here too pairing nicely with the corainder. The wheat malt is really weak overall. A bit too watery for my liking. I really don't get any of the curacao here.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied overall. Carbonation is more moderate then expected. Crisp.

Drinkability: Low ABV and clean, crisp, and fresh flavors give this high drinkability. Still has the feel of a sipper overall.

Overall, this is a nice, clean, crisp brew. The highlight of this is the green apple notes. Definitely too watery, but it is meant to be light. The curacao could play a much more prominent role here too and it would add much needed complexity.

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Photo of DrDoitchbig
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden yellow that ironically sort of resembles apple juice. The color is good but calling the head retention poor would almost be an understatement. It started at about one finger and quickly degraded to the thinnest collar. I believe this adds to the apple juice esque appearance.

Smell: Big juicy, tart green apples are clearly dominant. Followed by some fruity esters which I assume are from the use of a Belgian yeast strain.

Taste: Again the delicious tart green apples are on the forefront. The fruity yeast definitely complements them quite well. The apple flavor is less dominant than in the smell which lets a bit of biscuit like malt shine through.

Mouthfeel: The body is a little on the thin side for my liking, but it certainly isn't terrible. The carbonation however is quite bothersome. It's almost on par with champagne.

Drinkability: Generally speaking fruit beers are too sweet for my liking, but this could be a bit of an exception. There's a solid beer backing some great tart apple flavors.

Overall I found it an enjoyable beer. I found it to be more of a tart fruit flavor than outright sweet. Which was definitely a pleasant surprise. Again this isn't my favorite style, but this would be on my short list if I'm in the fruit mood.

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

Pored into an over sized wine glass.

Effervescent as hell that initially creates a big head that quickly fades into a thin, whispy layer. The liquid is a deep, cloudy golden haze and there is plenty of chunky yeast sediment at the bottom of the glass.

Big green, sour apples in the nose and mild sweet malts.

Tastes of mild malt sweetness up front and sour green apples midway and a very mild hop at the end.

This is almost too carbonated. Almost seems like a type of Italian or Portugese soda - good in that regard I suppose.

As advertied - this is a nice crisp summer refresher. Like I said, it seems to be more of an traditional European soda...carbonation and all, which is good, but I suppose this is what a fruit/vegetable beer is all about. Just not really my thing - if I am looking for beer.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Poured this Unibroue product the day we got it in. Tremendous yeast at the bottom of this bottle refermented apple ale. Poured with a huge airy head that was snowy white. A cloudy light gold color sat below in the body. Wild fast bubbles are fun to watch.

The apple smell is pervasive. At arm's length it is sweet apples, almost like an apple candy or apple fruit roll up. Up close I get a apples with a bit of scotchy smoke, kind of weird and interesting.

This beer is much more spicy than I had anticipated. The bottle says coriander and curacao, I'm not sure what curacao tastes like, but this has spice and it's not the typical apple pie spice. The tartness of the apples is apparent on the front end, but it finishes with a spicy note. Even after a minute I still have a tart sourness in my mouth.

Light on the mouth. This should be served very cold. A good beer for the Spring.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Ephemere poured a light amber color into the glass with a champagne like foam head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The smell was dominated by apples of course with faint spiciness in the back. It was thin in the mouth and light malt taste that was a cross between a light beer and apple cider. Overall my wife was a fan of this but it is not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Long813
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated: A 12091138Q
From LCBO, 750ml

G: Chalice

A: Hazy green body with two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent retention, but dissipated into a think ring around the edges of the glass and leaves little lacing.

S: Green apples, some yeast. Not a lot of flavours, but the apple smells so good. Freshly picked, a little sour.

T: Same as the smell, which is disappointing IMO. This comes across as sparkling wine and not a beer. It's pleasant for tasting like apples, but not great in a beer classification.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Makes for a foamy texture in the mouth and leaves a bitter apple finish.

D: This is good to try once, but nothing I would have again. Came off as sparkling wine/cooler and not much a beer.

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Photo of Mavajo
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one-finger thick white head that lasts briefly. No lacing.

This brew has a fantastic apple fragrance. My wife sitting next to me could smell it clearly and remarked that it was the best smelling beer I've ever had. I mostly agreed with her, and was getting quite excited for the inevitable onslaught of wonderful apple goodness in the taste...

...unfortunately, it never came. The apple taste is disappointingly subtle - I couldn't believe how bland it was. There's also notes of wheat and coriander. This brew just tastes waterd down. It's like someone took a couple ounces of a nice apple lambic, and then diluted the rest of the bottle with water. Such a huge disappointment.

The mouthfeel is watery but fairly smooth. But after the let down of the taste, it was hard to find the mouthfeel anything but lacking as well.

This beer could have scratched a fantastic itch - a nice cheap alternative to those wonderful fruity lambics and geuzes. But it's not even close. Will not buy again.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,069 ratings.
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