Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
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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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Ratings: 2,079 |  Reviews: 1,016
Photo of SoonerNY
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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 -1.9%
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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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz pint, on one of the first nice (weekend) patio days of the year, searching for an outdoor seat, and I park it at the Sugar Bowl, a little university-area bistro, whose tables are adorned with ads for this new beer on tap...provenance, perhaps?

This beer arrives to the table in a largish Unibroue chalice, and appears a cloudy pale golden yellow hue, with minor rising effervescence, and two fingers of puffy, finely foamy bone-white head, which falls away rather slowly, leaving a few instances of paramecia lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of candied apple, acrid yeast, pithy orange, gritty wheat malt - all very apple cider-esque. The taste is sour, fruity apples, a touch of earthy yeast, some ethereal coriander, and light grainy malt. Simple, but very refreshing at the same rate.

The carbonation is rather soft and innocuous, the body a medium-light weight, with very little discernible smoothness. It finishes with a dry and fruity flourish - again, rather simply.

Quite refreshing for a sunny, brisk spring day, it went down quickly, daring me to have another. The apple character comes across as subtle and musty, but does well to imbue this fruit beer with a particular elan.

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Photo of PhilfromPA
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden color with very large head, lingers for a while

S - Sweet green apples, spices

T - Light and refreshing and not quite as sweet as the smell would have me to believe it would be. Green apples upfront with a slight tarty/bitternes

M - Slight carbonation although remains smooth, very light almost watery

D - Moderate, the smooth mouthfeel and pleasant taste, yet lightness would offer someone a good sessionable brew given that they like green apples enough. The abundance of green apple and slight lingering aftertaste of bitter would limit the drinkability for me.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "Best Before: 09-17-10"

A- Hazy yellow/golden. Pours with massive 3+ fingers of white head, which fades rapidly into a thin, sparse cap.

S- Sour apple fruitiness couples with a slightly wild yeastiness and some rather nondescript spiciness.

T- Funky green apple and yeastiness. A pronounced coriander / orange peel bitterness on the finish.

M- Crisp- No surprise for a Unibroue offering, this one prickling with very lively carbonation. For this interesting apple offering, this works pretty well.

D- OK. More of a one-off change of pace type beverage than anything for me, but is pleasant and drinkable.

Future outlook: I've yet to have a bad beer from Unibroue, and this is no exception...though this one is a bit more on the outside of what I typically want from a beer.

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Photo of Martin2D
2.18/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Bright yellow with a huge white head that retained quite well

S - Apples, not much of anything else

T - I have no idea here. It smells like apples, but tastes like nothing. Despite the low ABV, it has quite a nasty alcoholic taste

M - Well carbonated, almost too much. Light in body

D - Not a beer I would ever drink again. I used to hate fruit beers and this is a prime example of why. Vile swill.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-super huge expansive white foam is fizzy and dynamic still with excellent retention and intricate spit bubble lace. foam never disappears completely and is reduced to a pretty thick frothy disk. body is a hazy pale golden with the slightest green apple tint and very fine rising bubbles. a great looking witbier.

S- the smell of coriander and orange peel are just as evident as the sweet smell of apple blossoms and apple juice giving this one an incredibly floral and fruity bouquet. some pale wheat, vanilla, ceylon cinnamon and eucalyptus lie behind the fruit and spice, but this one definitely showcases it's featured ingredients.

T- a bit of coriander up front and candied orange peel followed by green apple and the slight bitterness of apple skin. some lemon-lime soda flavors in there as well, but not enough to be a turn off. overall flavor is rather delicate, allowing some very light grain flavors to come out. all bitterness seems to be attributed to the apple must, giving a great balance between sweet/bitter and tart/spicy. lingering flavors of coriander, apple skin, and crisp peppery radish finish this one off with a very earthy feeling and clean fruity aftertaste.

MF- crisp, fizzy, and modestly juicy, with that sort of tannin acidic indescribable feeling one gets after eating a green apple. very refreshing.

D- an excellent thirst quenching wit, although fruit flavors generally deter me from drinking for than one or two. i've been putting this one off for awhile, but i'm glad i finally found a single. unibroue kicks ass in all departments.

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Photo of Risser09
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - fridge temp - best by 9/17/10

Appearance: Pours a semi cloudy golden yellow with a 3.5" tall white head. Great retention and lots of coating lace. The head is quite foamy with its small bubbles.

Smell: Sharp coriander spice and a funky green apple aroma. It really has a fall aroma to it, but it's very light and original. The curacao makes total sense, although not obvious.

Taste: Strong spice of the curacao and coriander. Basically, you have a powerful mix of apple, orange and lemon. They really aren't other flavors, probably because they are so overpowered by the main three. Very original!

Mouthfeel: Tart, spicy, light bodied and pretty well carbonated. The flavors make the mouthfeel very unique. No noticeable alcohol.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could share a case of this with the girls and boys to make both of them satisfied. Unique and complex.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light Amber/Creamy Yellow with a half inch of head.

Smell: Ripe Apples, Yeast, Cinnamon

Taste: A conglomerate of flavors meet to form the subtle apple that is quickly dessimates 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.

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Photo of GoGriz
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased in a mixed mystery 12er...most reviews cover this well. 1.5" head that dissipates quickly. Apple jolly rancher followed by yeasty finish. Light, zesty, refreshing but leaving me wanting more from this beer. Average, probably wouldn't buy this beer again.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Unibroue Ephemere Apple poured a hazy gold color with a large frothy white head that held well. The aroma and taste is of fresh green apples with a very light spicing. The flavor is a balance of fruit and spice with a little sweetness at the beginning and a slight bit tart at the finish.

Ephemere Apple is a little cider or light wine like. The body is light and the carbonation is zesty on the tongue.

Fruit/vegetable beer style is not a favorite style of mine; however, this is my favorite of the style to date. Anyone that is a fan of the style should enjoy this ale.

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Photo of Kromes
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden orange with a thick head that quickly died out. Smells like spiced apples and yeast. Initial flavor is very green apple with a belgian coriander spice somewhere in the background. There are some other fruity flavors in there maybe strawberry. No noticeable hop or bitterness. It was a little bit watery feeling. Excellent flavor.

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Photo of Aenema
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw with lots of yeast sediment. There is a 1.5 inch head that quickly disappears. There is no lacing.
Smell - Green apples and sweetness dominate the nose.
Taste - Sweet malt with a long green apple finish. Nice tartness.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium body, moderate carbonation with fine bubbles.
Drinkability - Sweetness prevents this from being more drinkable, but it is still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, translucent pale straw color with a large, fizzing white head. No lace but solid retention.

Smells like Unibroue yeast, granny smith apples, nutmeg and clove.

Tastes like it smells:granny smith apples, nutmeg and subtle, flowery light malt in back. Light, fizzy carbonation goes with with the effervescent personality of this beer. Mouthfeel of medium body with fizzy carbonation dancing on the tongue.

Although this is a perfect spring/summer beer, I couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting as I find similiar novelty type beers best when enjoyed singularly.

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Photo of gciccarelli
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pale, hazy orange. Virtually no head.

S - Green apple, slight hint of spice.

T - Apple, obviously. Starts slightly sour, finishes with a hint of spice.

M - Medium body, low carbonation.

D - A little too sweet to drink a lot.

An alright brew...

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass. When poured, resembles applesauce in a glass; cloudy orange/golden with blond highlights and a thin white head. I drank this while curled up in my new Slanket (I can't afford a Snuggie so screw you for judging me).

S - Sour popcorn, candied apples. Smells like carnies, I'd guess.

T - Sweet honey/green apple nectar. Citrus, almost lime-like. Definite crisp green apple tart here. I like it.

M - Crisp, bubbly, medium bodied.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber.A cloudy light golden color with a nice big fluffy white head,loads of nice carbonation,very little lacing. Aroma is tart green apple,some yeast type funk,and some subtle spice notes. Flavor is not as tart as the aroma would lead you to believe,a nice "real" apple taste,some wheat, and a touch of farmhouse funk kind of like an apple Saison.Much more depth as it warms. A short crisp finish, very drinkable.
I have been sitting on this for a nice Spring day like this. nice choice.

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Photo of GJ40
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Tyler's in Apex, NC.

A - A yellow, straw color with a very small white head.

S - Green apple, lemon and grass.

T - Starts somewhat sour and tart but then goes dry with some cherry in the finish.

M - Moderate carbonation with very fine bubbles. Good body.

D - A good beer but it seems to be missing something and doesn't quite come together for me. I think I'd like more sour or something else to fill out the flavor.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very light gold in color. Nice frothy, thin head. Smell the sour apple as soon as I popped the top on this one.
This is much less offensive than the Chambly I just drank. Taste is all sour apple. There is a very large amount of carbonation in this beer, but it works well with the flavors and style. Not something I could drink alot of, but different.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy light golden with a tightly beaded head and some light lacing. Smells a bit like a dusty apple jolly rancher. The taste is somewhat similar. Grainy and with some artificial sour apple flavors and a slightly washed out finish. Heavily carbonated and somewhat creamy. Not for me really.

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Photo of DannyS
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Clear yellowish orange, very thin head that dissapates almost immediately

S - Lots of bright apple and spice, by far the best facet of this one.

T - Not really sweet, but possessing a lot of apple and spice. Very little actual hops or yeast in the backing to suggest it's a beer.

M - Thin, with a large, tempermental fizz. Not very endearing.

D - Very drinkable, if not the the disappointing taste.

Overall - It almost feels like slightly darker light beer with apples and coriander. It's certainly not terrible, but the flavors are so unbalanced it doesn't make for a memorable experience.

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Photo of JayNH
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a large white foamy head.

S- Sweet and sugary, a hint of green apples.

T- Dry sugary sweet. A hint of apple, but very artificial tasting.

M- Light bodied and well carbonated.

D- For a fruit beer it's a solid brew.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a - vibrant pale cider with a frothy 3-finger head that drops quickly to nothing. Tastiest foam I've had an apple beer, if that counts.

s - belgian yeasts mixed with a little apple juice. A touch of metal in there. Faint scent overall - probably a good thing compared to a cloying sweet scent one might expect from the category in general.

t - interesting take. starts with the bite of an ale then double-punches with a fast hit of sweet and sour that is gone even before I finish swallowing. Almost no aftertaste other than a little bit of remaining sour. There is apple in there for sure but some spice as well. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I could convince my wife this is a dry raspberry beer. Avoids the cloying sweetness or ultra-sour that usually ruins these beers.

m - light body with a medium body coating. High carbonation - usually an easy knock on my beers - actually works okay here. But it foams so much in the mouth that it feels like I'm gulping air more than swallowing a beverage. Dry finish.

d - this is probably a one-time trial for most of us seeing as it is a fruit beer from a belgian brand. I dig the belgian take on a hard cider but the odd mouth foaming throws off my drinkability score. If it settles down more by the end of the glass I'll update my score but I doubt that will happen.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Admittance--this is NOT my thing. I loved Apple Jacks as a kid, and that was that, with not an apple to speak of since... still, pours a ncie, golden body with a thin yet consistent white head, with effervescence showing this to be a lively brew... intensely tart darts of apple, windblown with a fresh cut of wheat... easy drinking, clean body, light to medium and slightly bubbly on the tongue--swift start to finish.... apple tart is unmistakeable... secondary flavors built off that clean, crisp, unfiltered effervescence.... as a filler in the case, not bad... I must reiterate, I mean no disrespect to the brewer, and have found more than a few silly beers that shipped faux fruit along with its malt and hops, but this is tastefully done...

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

Gave this brew a try last evening. Bottle said drink before 1/10/10. The brew poured to a slightly cloudy yellow color with a fair sized white bubbly head that broke down very quickly, the bubbling action reminded me of champagne, I got no real lacing to speak of. Strong apple aroma, my wife was feet away of my glass and she asked me "are you drinking a fruit beer?", when I said yes it has apples in it she said "thats what I smell!" So that gives a good perspective of the aroma profile that dominates. Also there is a spicy zest in the aroma that is clear from the coriander, curacao and the yeast that is used. The flavor also has a strong apple presence that gives it a slight tart feeling. This brew does not seem like most wit's as the coriander is not noticeable till the very end. The end seems to be quite dry. Has a nice zest to the feel as it prickles the tongue. Clearly not my favorite brew from Unibroue but overall pretty tasty, more of a summer drinker, but based on the price I am not sure i would really get this one again based on what else is out there.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 44.8% out of 100 with 2,079 ratings
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