Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,069
Reviews:
1,011
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
14.88%
 
 
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Photo of wordemupg
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -32.2%
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 -29.8%
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 -5.5%
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 +15.7%
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 -0.3%
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 +18.5%
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 +25.9%
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 -0.3%
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 -15.2%
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 +19%
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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Photo of Buggies
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy golden yellow with a big white head that fades to a thin fizzy one.

S: Green apples... that's about it.

T: Apple flavored fizz water. Nothing else really going on. The coriander shown the slightest hints.

I'm glad I tried this, but I won't ever buy this again. Just fizz water that tastes like it has green apple Jolly Ranchers in it.

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Photo of skrib09
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the cap popped like a champagne cork. poured a dark gold, really hazy, with a fluffy white head.

champagne smell, really fruity and sweet, plenty of apple aroma. i can almost smell how dry it seems to be.

taste is very apple. not much else to say.

it's very carbonated. the mouthfeel is bubbly. it's drinkable.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the uniqueness of this brew. Had one at the Belgian Beer fest back in 06 and recently had one again.
A: Pours a hazy golden/amber color that produces a nice billowy head that dissipates slowly and leaves a little lacing along the glass.

S: Crisp apples, baked apples, yeasty/bready, spices, and malts

T: Similar to the nose...a little more apple than expected, but still very nice. Spicy too.

MF/D: Carbonation is spot on, however the totality of the apple is a little big...

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Photo of mulder1010
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Will preface this... Have had this on tap and in bottle. I dislike the bottle big time. Very metalic and loses its apple and spice character that on tap has. In the bottle the smell is a dull apple, not the crisp apple that the tap version has. Very sad because this beer could be a very good white ale. If I rated this beer as the tap version I would give this a B because of the smell, taste and drinkability. In the bottle I get very tired of this beer after 2-3 sips.
Had this on tap in AZ for 3 months and it was excellent. Moved to Australia and my GF bought me a 6 pack and I could not finish it. Too metalic and only saving grace is the brewery and that I have had it on tap beforehand.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I loved the Cassis while I was at the Mondial de la Biere in Montreal. We picked up some local brews before heading back to the states and since I am a fan of nearly all of the other UniBroue beers I have had I thought I would give this a try. I'm not really sure what to think of this. First impression is that the scent of apple is way too overpowering, it's like they are trying to hard to remind you that they made a beer with apples. The taste is also nothing impressive. It tastes like they mixed bad cider with a bad belgian ale and neither characteristic is particularly pleasing. There is almost no body to this beer and it drinks like a can of flat soda. I probably wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip-shaped glass.

Éphémère poured a hazy light gold with a thick bubbly white head that dissipated quickly.

The smell was yeasty with a hint of apple or ripe pear and the flavor had a stronger presence of fruit. The feel was very bubbly and light. It was refreshing after a long hot day.

Éphémère was more like fruit-flavored club soda than beer and not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of berserker256
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a tulip-shaped glass of this stuff from the bar down the street that has about 36 beers on tap at all times. It's quite unlike any beer I've ever had. By the time it got to me it only had a thin head left and was very cloudy and hazy. Very yellow. It really gave off some apple fumes. Apple was the biggest odor by far. Maybe some earthy wheat also. The flavor was overpowered by Apple. More the sour apple flavors associated with cider and not the sweet types. Kind of Granny Smithy, I guess. The other flavor was wheat beer. Spiced cloves and sour apples in a semi-thick brew. It's not bad. It's just unusual and definitely a novelty. Easy going down but not what I'd like to drink all night.

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Photo of damienblack
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Figured I should try this at some point for the hell of it. Pours deep honey-golden. Lots of bubbles and carbonation. Smells like muted apple flavoured graham crackers. Taste... this to me basically tastes like slightly apple-flavored tonic water. Just lots of bubbles, and a lot of blandness. Extremely carbonated, super bubbley, but no depth behind it. Drinkable if you like this sort of thing. This has to be the most bland beer produced by Unibroue. The few that will like it will love it, but most people expect better from them.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a goblet glass. Best by date of 9-17-10 on the back of the bottle.

(A)- Pours a cloudy bronze w/ serious bubbles coming up almost like a sparkling soda. No head to speak of but has a thin layer of white bubbles.

(S)- Seriously sweet, spiced apple aroma. Just like a granny smith apple; slightly sour but sweet too. Slight ginger ale/ mountain dew citrus attempts.

(T)- Man, this is dry! Drier than a red wine. Very thin and light body to it. Delicate granny smith apples with a touch of honey and spice. Crazy delicate!

(M)- This really dries out the mouth, but in a good way. This leads the way to the sweet fruit finish. Lots of carbonation to the point of almost being sparkling, but it works fairly well. This is so light that it verges on the point of just being club soda.

(D)- At 5.5%, this is an easy drinker for the most part. Super light, delicate, and exceedingly carbonated. A cool beer to serve to wine freaks w/ appetizers if you happen to be entertaining! They wont believe its beer they are drinking! If you dont like super dry beers or wines, then this probably wouldnt be for you.

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Photo of juju7
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy honey with a soft head that fades quickly. The nose offers a very pleasan mix of spicy vanilla and tart green apples. Also a little it of coconut in there. Very enticing. On the palate it is slightly sweet but more tart and acidic from the apple flavours. Quite highly carbonated, finishes long and dry. Not a session beer but a good beer for every now and then.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Foggy, blonde, and topped with a fizzy white head that forms quite nicely, but recedes quite quickly. No lacing... it all slides back down the glass walls, pretty much as soon as it appears.

S: The green apple scent fills the air as soon as the bottle is cracked. A soft spiciness pairs with it nicely, and makes for a nice first impression.

T: The flavour doesn't follow through with the expectations the nose left me with. Apple tastes a little watery... moreso than just being subtle. A bit of a Blue Curacao flavour... it actually seems a little stronger than the apple, honestly. A little yeast and some wheaty malt comes through, as well.

M + D: It comes close to having the sparkling mouthfeel that many of Unibroue's offerings have, but ends up being a bit sticky. It also seems somewhat heavy for what it is - that's not to say it's really weighty, it's just a notable medium body when I was expecting something a little more delicate. It's not the heaviest in alcohol, but it seems this one wouldn't have been bad if it were a little lighter in flavour and alcohol.

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

Pours a pale, hazy orange gold with a big head that recedes way too fast.

Green apple on the nose with a bit of wheat and yeast. There's also a strange note that reminds me of provolone cheese.

Wheat and yeast flavors with green apple holding the beer together. A bunch of spices with some moderate tropical fruit and bubblegum. Slight but pleasant astringency. The wheat gives it some body, but it's still a bit thin. However, that makes it very easy it guzzle.

Overall, it ain't tops by any means, but damn, I could down 'em.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one a while back out of the bottle before I knew the proper way to appreciate beer.

This one has been sitting in my cellar for about 8 months, so I figured it was time to give it another go.

Incredibly fizzy white head from pour which dissipates in under 2 seconds. Still a fair amount of carbonation. Very hazy pale orange, with light yeast sediments that float around from time to time.

The smell is fairly non existant. There is green apple and light lemon scents present. Very sweet in the nose.

Very crisp, easy to drink on a hot day after cutting the lawn. Very refreshing, and definitely prefer to this to an American adjunct (in response to a few recent threads and forum posts tehehe). Some orange zest that I'm picking up, and a nice belgian yeast strain all culminate to produce a nice easy drink.

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