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 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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Photo of dgilks
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured as suggested into a Champagne flute. Pours a nice pale gold with a thin Champagne like head. Not very long lasting. Interesting but could have been more appealing.

S - Some tart wheat malt appears to be present. Some apple notes are also present. Could be more intense.

T - Apple, light malts and some tartness. Otherwise not very deep.

M - Crisp, dry and refreshing. The mouthfeel is like a sparkling wine. This would be nice on a summer day and is very nice. This appears to be what Unibroue were aiming for and it does work.

D - This goes down well. It is not overbearing and is enjoyable enough to drink. Unfortunately, it lacks depth and interest to make this something you want to drink much of.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John!

It pours a cloudy straw yellow with a 2 finger head of foam and what looks to be a lot of carbonation.

The smell starts off really nice with a buttload of green apple but that fades a bit and I can smell something with a corn husk nose to it.

The taste has a decent flavour of apple but it gets muddled by something that tastes grainy and and it's downhill from there. The apples I like...I wish it wasn't confused by the other taste that's going on, same thing that's in the smell. This isn't going to be easy to finish, darn it.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is low but it doesn't have an overall good feel in mouth at all.

Drinkability? Not good. The flavours aren't doing anything for me and neither is the mouthfeel. I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it by trade as I think paying for it would not have been a good thing.

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Photo of UA8
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a two inch white head.

S- Scents of cinnamon apple pie and touch of apple cider tartness. Some weird (not really bad but hard to describe) notes of artificial apple.

T- Lightly sweet malts, Apple flavors but not fruit more perfume like, cinnamon and light yeast.

M- Thin body with a high carbonation.

D- I can imagine drinking any more than one of these flavors are just kind of odd.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Would have been higher but it's not my style. Overall very solid Tripel and one of the best ever.

appearance: golden and cloudy. decent head rentention

smell: fruity apple, no hops

taste: Very interesting. I thin kit's a like a wit bier but not sure, low on taste and small apple favlor, not overpowering at all.

mouthfeel: super high carbonation, like champage. poured into a red wine glass and it fit well.

drinkability: I was pleasantly suprised. not a lambic or fruit beer. Like I said it was more liek a wit with different flavors. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10-10 the drink by date on the bottle

Aroma - Apples and a little spice. Maybe a sweaty sock in there too.

Appearance - Thin white head with the beer being a cloudy pale yellow.

Taste - Kind of what I expected. A pale spicy beer. Not a lot of spice but surprisingly little to no apple. I think the spice is overwhelming the apple flavors. This could pass as a pale ale and no one would probably guess at this beer supposedly having apple in it.

Mouthfeel - Plenty of carbonation with a thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Could be drinkable but not something anyone will be considering.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice cloudy yellow color, very nice carbonation, very nice fizzy/foamy two-finger plus white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, nice notes of apple, and mint. The taste is malty/yeast, highly carbonated, with some apple/mint notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but would not buy again, very nice nose, but the taste is so so.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with moderate white head. Definite apple notes in the aroma along with light malt and spices. Yes, to me the apple is of a Granny Smith or maybe even a Fuji. Smooth, pleasant beer and very good on a warm day/evening. Body is light along with carbonation. A good effort in this category. The apple is not overwhelming, and to me that is a plus.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap before and remember liking it. Picked up a bottle to do a live review. Well here goes:

A: Poured a cloudy straw color. Looks almost like a Belgian Wit. Had a huge, white head, taking up almost half the glass. The carbonation killed the head pretty quickly though.

S: Nothing overpowering. Very tart and appley. Maybe some Belgian spices and yeast.

T: Very, very tart and appley. Tastes just like a Granny Smith apple. Has kind of a Belgian Wit backing. Some spice and yeast. Doesn't taste artifical or cheap at all. A well crafted Fruit beer. Probably one of the best I have had.

M: Very light bodied. Pretty bubbly mouthfeel. Goes down way too easy.

D: Very drinkable. I could put away a whole 4 pack easily. Super refreshing and very good tasting beer overall.

Very underrated beer. I think this might be my favorite Unibroue beer yet. Highly drinkable, great flavor and original. I can count on one hand how many fruit beers I have enjoyed, and this one ranks with my favorites.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Best before 7/15/10. Poured into a goblet, to hell with guidelines!. Fizzy crackling soda like head disappears rather quickly, much to my dismay. Light yellow in color. Halfway through I decided to swirl in some yeast from the bottom of the bottle, clouding things up a bit.

S. Overpowering apple scent comes from the bottle before I even pour. Gets a solid grade for that.

T. Interesting. Yeasty funk goodness and a downplayed apple character. Fruity malt adds to the flavor profile. Tangy tip of the tongue kick, is it citrus? Moderate spice. As it warms, the sour green apple gets even more subdued, but its there.

M. Medium bodied with some fizzy carbonation. Spritzy semi-dry finish.

D. One of the better fruit beers I've encountered. Has a definate apple cider meets belgian brew characteristic, and I was happy it was an actual beer and not fruit soda.

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Photo of zythus
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

La Fin du Monde, of the same brewery, is one of my favorite beers in that style. I thought I'd try another beer from Unibroue.

Appearance is slightly cloudy golden. Smells faintly of tart green apples and very mild spice. Taste is most underwhelming - tart apple, pretty unidimensional, not much spice. Mouthfeel has a lot going for it and is a strength of this beer. Drinkable - but why would you want to?

Very unimpressed. I expected a lot more taste and pungency in the nose.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap poured into a Unibroue Flute

a: light golden color, silky head with slight retention

s: tart green apples, light spice

t: slight sweetness followed by a light slightly puckering tart apple. very nice

m&d: light bodied, very drinkable beer. It was a real treat finnaly having this on tap.


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Photo of cdizinno
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown twist off with a foiled top, best before date of 11-19-10

A: Cloudy light golden color. Fluffy white head collapses into a thin sudsy lace.

S: Ripe granny smith apple, core and all with some light spicing on the side.

T & M: Slight sweetness-tart apple, crisp, and light bodied. Flowery with mild spiciness.

I am a huge fan of the 'La Fin Du Monde' by the same brewer. This is a very good fruit ale.

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Photo of gameface23
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours cloudy with tight carbonation bubbles climbing the length of the glass. The tart green apple smell was the best part about this beer. Overall average taste. Refreshing, but it didn't have any flavors that stood out. I wish it had more of a yeasty bite or some honeyed grain to compliment the apple aroma.

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Photo of Beejay
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into a Chimay goblet, nice amber color, hazy looks a lot like apple cider. Lots of white foam on the top.

S: Sweet..Lots of apple. like Jolly ranchers. Something else in there.. possibly rhubarb?

T: Tart.. very tart to start with. Apple, spice, yeast and Still something earthy, I keep going back to fresh rhubarb..

M: Tart, makes you pucker.. Little high on the carbonation..

D: Sorry guys, I have loved everything I have ever tried from this brewery, and this one simply does not stand up to the rest of the line up.. I think it is a little too funky for me..

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV: 5.50 %, bottle>dimpled mug, reviewed 4/18/09

A 4.5 - Cloudy yellow straw in color, w/ a tinge of green. Good 1 finger head w/ ok retention & lace.
S 4.5 - Apple tart smell, not overly sweet, has some sourdough notes.
T 4.5 - Taste follows smell. Apple tartness without being overdone. You can sense the malt in background.
MF 4.0 - medium body for a fruit beer.
D 4.5 - Excellent examle of a unique apple brew. If you are open minded on fruit beers, and like sour apple, than this brew is a must try.

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Photo of SoonerNY
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first review and I really didn't expect this. The smell out of the Chimay chalice was a lot more that I expected. I've been looking for anything Unibroue since stumbling upon them in New Hampshire and I grabbed this off the shelf at a Whole Foods thinking it was another amazing Belgian. Oooops. Didn't realize it was an Apple brew with coriander and curacao.

A: Golden yellow with a thin sudsy lace.
S: Sour apple, coriander, cinnamon and orange and maybe rose.
T: Apple, of course, but like a nice hoppy, yeasty alternative to an otherwise too-sweet for me cider.
D: The high carbonation makes it more of a summer brew, but I could see saving a few for winter nights around a warm fire.

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Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a clear golden amber. It pours a big, pillowy head that looks good but lacks retention, leaving minimal to no lacing.
The smell is tart, crisp green apple with a light note of spices; natural, but no malt or hops presence.
The taste is similar, though a grain and malt presence does show here where it does not in the aroma.
This one is light-bodied. There is a very slight thinness to it that is a step above most of its kind. Otherwise it's just a crisp, clean brew with lively carbonation.
Drinkable. Try it and decide for yourself.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,077 ratings.
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