Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
2,082 Ratings
Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

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

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Photo of Reidrover
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
Cloudy yellow ale with a very large tight bubbly head..its pure white.
Aroma? Apples..grany smith..I have never smelt this much apple and it wasnt a Cider!
Well the taste is also all about apples butr I am getting apple skin along with the Granny Smith.
There are some discenable matls holding thin gs together though.
Mouthfeel is OK, lively to say the least.
DRinkbale OK but I really have to question if the line between beer and Cider has been crossed here.

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Photo of Wheelinb
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have never been a big fan of fruit beers but I do enjoy this one. The tastes are so subtle, not too sweet, not too fruity, but a terrific balance in between. I like the the hint of sour apple and the blend of hops. The aromas coming from this beer do not hint at the flavor to come. Nice body which makes it quite drinkable but not a session beer at all.

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Photo of getalife2k5
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy, pale copper/amber. bubbly white head that fizzes away and leaves a thick ring around glass.

S: fresh, sweet green apples. perfumey. like a green apple Jolly Rancher. there's something a little zesty... well, like fermented green apples i guess, maybe with some kind of spices?

T: not as sour or sweet as expected. lightly tart, like fresh sparkling green apple juice or champagne.

M: has a little body, like juice. bubbles very small and don't offer too much excitement.

D: dare i say it might be a chick beer... seems like a beer you should sip, like a white wine, but you just want to down it to get more effect.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.49/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle out of the Unibroue variety case I purchased from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into an oversized water glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy gold color. The head is two fingers tall, white in color, very tiny sized bubbles, fine retention and no lacing.
Smell: The aromas are green apples, bubble gum and yeasty notes.
Taste: The flavors are sparg, green apples andgeneric fruit sweetness.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very crisp and medium bodied.
Drinkability: This beer is stupendously drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of teejay76
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber/Creamy Yellow w/ .5 inch of head.

Smell: Apples, Yeast, Cinnamon

Taste: A bunch of flavors combine to form the subtle apple which shifts into a soothing honey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Completely refreshing and very enjoyable. Subtle hint of dryness on the end.

Drinkability: I could enjoy this beer anytime/anywhere. It would be great with food and even better in the Fall. I look forward to tasting this again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of HopBacchus
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rusty golden nectar pours into clean glassware, a quickly expanding snow colored head forms nicely at the top, pleasant variation in bubble size, head fades in a hurry leaving a very thin layer of white on top, lacing is poor to mediocre,

I've stumbled into the cellar of some British cider brewer from the turn of the century, the lovely nostalgia inducing scent of apples consumes my nostrils. A more subtle sniff finds notes of citrus vinegar sweet malts and coriander. I'm now standing in the cellar by the kegs about to greedily devour this heavenly smelling brew.

Green apples are woven artfully into soft malty sweetness, the apple notes are more subtle than i was expecting (in a good way) though certainly still in the foreground, Pleasant slightly sour orange notes and there is no shortage of coriander in this brew.

The body is thin and well carbonated, goes down easy.

As someone who certainly enjoys mixing it up with a fruit beer now and again, i really enjoyed this beer. I find that a lot of fruit beers unfortunately taste like wine coolers and or juice; this beer certainly does not have this problem, it tastes like a beer. Another highly palatable beer from a great brewery, Cheers Unibroue!

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

Hazy straw-yellow with a one inch white head, Effervescing and inviting.

Smells like an apple jolly rancher candy with a hint of malt caramel.

Taste is actually quite delightful and refreshing. Not what I expected at all from the aroma. Simple caramel malt and a nice crisp, clean hop bite with a subtle-soft green apple finish, very dry.

Quaffable on a hot summer's day.


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Photo of stephens101
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A large, quickly expanding almost pure white head finishes off above the rim in a flurry of tiny bubbles which shine in the light. After hesitating for a few seconds it fades calmly until only a thin layer of froth is left behind. Very little lacing is seen. Color is a greenish orange, kind of like apple juice. Smells big on the fruits up front with some vinegar in the background. Apples, apple rind, coriander and a splash of orange float to the nose upon closer inspection. Very promising so far. Tastes involves more coriander, green apples, sweet apple juice, and a bready base. Light bodied and highly palatable but tasty. One of the best "fruit" beers I've ever had. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

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Photo of erz316
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caged & corked 750ml bottle, best before of 11-17-10, poured into conical pint glass.

A - an odd whitish pale straw colour, with big 2 finger head that sinks down to .5 thickness in about one minute. the body of the beer definitely has a slightly greenish tint to it, that is what is giving it this slightly off-putting colour. the head is rather disappointing as it fades down to nothing quite quickly; the head is white.

S - this smelled very apple-y from the moment the cork popped off. the brew's top notes are split about 50/50 between a strong granny smith apple flavour, and a blunt malty sweetness. the rest of the beer, mainly undertones, are of a slightly spicy corriander; but the note of the spice is pretty much toned out because of the intense apples. would have liked to get some more of the corriander in the nose.

T - wow, I was expecting to basically bite into an apple, but this is quite lacking in the apple flavour. the overall taste is slightly apple-y, slightly malty sweet, and a bit acidic. the initial taste is a sour malty flavour, a bit astringent, and some solid apple flavours; maybe the curacao (which is supposed to be a more bitter orange) is manifesting itself in this sourness/astringency. the coriander definitely makes itself known if the nasal passage is open, like when you take the it into your mouth (thats what she said!). otherwise it is hard to get a hold of. the finish is definitely more coriander than the initial with a continued presence from the apples and a more pronounced voice from the curacao which is clearly there. the aftertaste is pretty clean, just some lingering granny smith flavours.

MF&D - the body is well carbonated, but it is just a bit too thin for my tastes. Its a good beer, but not really my thing. maybe for the lady, but not enough apples for me to want to finish the bottles.

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Photo of erosier
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a golden hazy yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat and then a huge apple aroma - granny smith to be precise.
T: Not as much apple as I was expecting. The beer had a very strong apple aroma but it did not follow into the taste as it was much more subtle there. There was a nice sweet wheat malt base, some hints of coriander and then a little apple right before a big yeast flavor took over.
M: Very rich, kind of heavy feeling, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable for sure.

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Photo of tattooed81
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a small head that lingers briefly. Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. It smells of fresh apples, refreshing but not overpowering.

This beer fills your mouth with the smell of apples like standing in the middle of an orchard. It is not like most fruit beers in that it only gives you the hint of apple.

Clean and refreshing it finishes with a nice crisp finish.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: opaque yellow/straw colored with a nice head that dissipated into half-finger pillowy coating.

Smell: plenty of green apple with a light malt aroma.

Taste: nice malt with a little wheat flavor; the apple is nicely present without being overdone. I can really taste the coriander in this one -- it's got that Trix/Fruity Pebbles flavor there at the end. Again, though, it's not overdone, just nicely complementary to the apple flavor. While it doesn't taste like a traditional beer, it is still rather tasty.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Almost too much carbonation to really call "creamy", however.

Drinkability: high level of carbonation reduces drinkability, but it is quite refreshing and I think would be quite drinkable in warmer weather or with hotter foods.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swirled to release the sediment, this pours a cloudy pale golden-straw colour, with an initially frothy head of white foam, that subsides quickly to a ring of film. Lacing is noticeably poor. Otherwise, it looks like a pretty decent wit.

Lightly tart notes of green apple peel on the nose, with some sweet citrus and herbaceous freshness. Really very fragrant and refreshing, quite sweet, but the acidity cuts through it nicely.

Smooth, sudsy wheat acidity, with a lightly herbal midpalate, and apple peel on the back. Extremely clean and refreshing, certainly not too sweet. It does lack depth and length, but for a slugging beer like this that's almost a plus. Mouthfeel is thin but crisp.

I like that this is not overblown with sweetness. It has the fruit acidity and character, but it's blended with a pleasant wit base, leaving it clean and crisp, not heavy or sickly. This is a fruit beer done pretty well - the apples lend some extra character to an already decent beer, but don't dominate the flavour.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle aug 5 2009

A nice color, a hazy golden yellow that was hard to get in the glass. head boomed but faded fast with zero lace

S i was impressed by the nose on this beer. apple pie/caramel apple with some yeast. i dont think apple when i think beer, being said i was surprised by this one and hope i find others like it

T much like it smelled but a little tart and not as strong as the smell would lead you too believe

M/D the high carbonation took a bit away from this one, not as smooth as i would have liked but not bad

i will admit this one caught me off-guard i enjoyed the taste and smell much more than i thought i would

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Photo of gordavidson
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A pale, slightly cloudy yellow liquid with a decent amount of carbonation streams keeping the thin, white head alive.

S- Sugary sweet green apple with some bubble gum as well. Pretty sweet smelling, but nice for quaffing.

T- The extremely sweet apple flavor hits hard up front and the bubble gum comes in later. There is a hint of white bread in there as well. The sweetness never becomes overwhelming, which is pretty surprising...

M- A nice carbonation level keeps things light and clean.

D- At first I thought the sweetness was going to become a problem, but this actually was rather enjoyable for a fruit beer. I don't see myself getting this again, but it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: light color filtered with lots of carbonation and a really thick white head sticking around for a while.
S: smells like a cheap white ale with apple aromas. I can pickup a hint of coriander and light malts. The yeast kind of spoils it a bit making it smell a little funky; there are fruityer strands of yeast that could have been used.
T: has an off Belgian white ale flavor with light coriander and decent malts but the apple does not really come through and the flavors do not linger in the mouth for very long.
M/D: there is a lot of carbonation that went into this beer and it still feels watery to me and does not stimulate the tongue much. It's a decent brew to drink but I will not be purchasing again.

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Photo of kaseydad
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a huge white heady foam with an....apple juice colored ale.

A slight sour apple aroma but also some slight banana and orange smells as well. Kinda reminds me of an apple jolly rancher.

Well I was expecting a major apple blast on the taste, but it isn't there. There is a weird apple/malty combination that really isn't meshing very well with each other. I do like the apple aroma whiffing through the nostrils as you take a sip from the glass.

Carbonation is there.

I would have an extremely hard time recommending this even on a hot day. I was excited to try it, but it just wasn't what I was expecting unfortunately. I am not even too sure what I consumed.

The bottle says it is best before 2011. Maybe I should have waited a little to see what the bottle conditioning does. I love Unibroue but not this beer.

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Photo of eat
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, fluffy, bright-white one-finger head which ends up disappearing fairly quickly. No lacing. The beer is a glowing, cloudy light-yellow. Okay looking beer.

Sour, astringent apples hit you in the face. Unibroue yeast, heartburn regurgitation and some mild apple pie spices. Too acidic and funky smelling, I can't say I'm into this.

McDonald's apple pie in the mouth followed by a light-Belgian ale flavour with faint grain, nutmeg and cinnamon on the way down. The sweetness isn't overdone at all and what is there is balanced out by some tart-apple bitterness in a dry finish. Neither malty nor hoppy while still obviously a beer. No alcohol shows itself.

Light-bodied with a typical Unibroue champagne-like carbonation; lots of small bubbles dancing in your mouth. The light feel fits the light flavour but isn't a standout.

For a fruity beer this is actually quite impressive, I'm not usually a fan. It still retains enough beer qualities to keep it from being designated a beer-like cider. I don't think I would buy this again but would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fruity brew (especially if you plug your nose).

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass from a basic 12 oz bottle. Pours a white cloudy hazy yellow with some white foam. Sediment from the bottle gets stirred up and can be observed in the glass.

Smell is sweet and citrus. Definitely apple.

Taste opens with some carbonation, builds into a malty sweetness, and then finishes with a tart apple taste. Holds up very well throughout - relatively clean for the tartness observed. Goes down smooth.

Some fruit beers are one and dones, but this holds the apple back and just introduces it to you, making it a drinkable brew. Its clean and crisp, and that makes you want to have more than one.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A - Cloudy light golden color, big white head at first but quickly faded away leaving no lacing on glass. Lots of yeasty sediment floating around.
S - Got a strong whiff of green apple as soon as I popped the lid off. Little yeast in the back but mostly apple aroma
T - Strong green apple taste is dominant. Some caramel backing, can also taste some yeast and wheat. hints of Corriander in the aftertaste
M - Light mouthfeel mixed with high carbonation and the sweet apple doesn't really taste like a beer to me.
D - yes its drinkablewith the low ABV, but a little too sweet for me.
Overall, i'm glad i tried it but I won't go looking for it

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Photo of btchesandsake
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a white fizzy head that fades quickly. Didn't leave any lacing for me.

The nose is caramel apple all the way, it really smells good.

The taste reflects the nose pretty well. Tart apple flavor that fades fairly quickly and leaves a watery feel in the mouth.

I am not usually a fruit beer person, but as was stated below in some of the other reviews, this is a really great example. Probably the best I've come across so far. It won't be a regular visitor to my glass, but I wouldn't turn it down.

Overall, a good beer and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of kels
4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a bomber with bamadog the other day. I was surprised to find there weren't more reviews of this one and that they were so low. Ephemere might not be the most amazing beer I've ever had, but for a fruit beer, I think it's one of the best you could get.

Appearance: Pours a glimmery golden apple yellow, like apples juice with more gold. A huge 4 finger white fizzy head forms immediately on the pour and fades quickly to a clingy skim with a thick white ring of lacing atop the slightly cloudy liquid.

Smell: Smells like caramel apples, crisp and sweet and slightly sticky. Light yeast and hops accompany and it smells absolutely mouthwatering.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Unbelievable! It is literally like biting into a juicy, sweet-tart, green apple. Slight yeast and caramel malt join the bright, clean, effervescent apple in a crisp, fizzy feel. Delicious.

Drinkability: High. Could it be any higher?

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Photo of theghost3
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden yellow with a 1/2 finger head that sticks around for just a short while. Typical of a fruit beer. Minimal lacing.

The smell is overwhelmingly green apples with a hint of yeast. The green apple is much more subdued in the taste than smell but is obvious. There's a hint of spice and wheat too but not a whole lot to the favor besides the apple. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry.

This is a fairly drinkable beer. It's nice on a hot day, but don't expect much in the way of complexity in flavor or smell.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a 1 finger head that holds up nicely for a good while and leaves a fait amount of lacing.

Strong aroma of sour apples. So powerful, all I really get out of it is that green apple scent.

Taste hits just as hard with the sour apple flavor along with some yeast. Not horrible but it just doesn't feel like beer.

Very bubbly with lots of carbonation. I'm not sure how to classify this one. It was interesting to try but I can't see myself drinking this again. If you absolutely have to have a beer that tastes like apple cider, well they got that dead on but I can't remember when I've ever had that type of craving...

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Photo of bamadog
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with Kels. Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden straw color with a huge 3+ finger head that is nearly perfectly white and is thick and fluffly; body is only slightly hazy and has very strong carbonation bubbling up throughout.

Smell: On the pour, the first thing I get is a TON of juciy granny smith apples; some grainy wheat and yeastiness in the back. Not an overpowering nose once it sits for a few minutes, but wow, the apple scent that is so strong at the beginning is amazing.

Taste: A nice tart green apple flavor is dominant and is followed by a mild and sweet caramel backing; strong hints of grainy wheat and yeast; very subdued Belgian style spices (coriander) are hidden within the apple.

Mouthfeel: Tart enough to make me want to pucker a little bit; strong carbonation and apple-citrus leaves a nice tingle in the mouth and it's left a little watery, leaving the mouth wanting some more.

Drinkability: The low ABV and wonderfully powerful apple flavors combined with the mild yeastiness and spiciness makes for a nice beer and a pleasant change from a huge beer... Easily sessionable and I have to admit, I like the mouthfeel because it does something a little different than other beers that simply dry or leave a coating.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,082 ratings
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