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Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
2,085 Ratings
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 cosmicevan
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +4.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -0.8%
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 +1.4%
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 -6.1%
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 -18.1%
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 -36.4%
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 -9.4%
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 -9.2%
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 -0.6%
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 +6.1%
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 -21.4%
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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Photo of rootbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into allagash tulip.

A: pours cloudy yellow, mostly chill haze, with a finger of foamy white head.
S: just opening the bottle releases a powerful green apple aroma, the pour releases a smell that reminds me more of a hefeweizen in the malt aroma and a hint of yeast
T: green apple and light sweet malt, also yeast
M: high carbonation, light and thin
D: good, almost like beer and cider had a kid

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Photo of Exiled
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(12oz Bottle)

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Smell is yeasty sour candied apples, spices, citrus, and caramel. Taste is a lot like it smells with yeasty sour apples, spices, and citrus. Light mouthfeel, high carbonation. Overall, its very drinkable, and refreshing.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with about of finger of fizzy white head. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of Belgian yeast and phenols, hints of apple and pear, and a little mustiness. Smelled like a subdued Belgian Pale Ale.

T: Similar to the nose - a subdued Belgian Pale. Hints of sweet apple and a good dose of yeasty grain that is typical of lots of pale Belgian beers. Perhaps a little sour lemon towards the finish. Kind of meh for me.

M: Medium bodied and a little chewy. The body is a little on the flat side. I expect a lot of carbonation from a beer like this, but there is actually very little.

D: This beer is just OK IMO. To me it tastes like a watered down version of Delirium Tremens. It would be pleasant on a warm day or with some mild fish.

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Photo of Macca
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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 -6.9%
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 +9.4%
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 +6.9%
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 +12.2%
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 -30.3%
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 +16.4%
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 -35.3%
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 +2.5%
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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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,085 ratings
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