Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
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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:
As its name suggests, Éphémère is an ephemeral ale that comes and goes with the seasons. It was developed as a series to feature a seasonal fruit in a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale. The label depicts a fairy, an ephemeral spirit associated with fruits picked at the peak of ripeness during each harvest season. She first appeared in the spring of 2001 and has since been celebrated on a variety of seasonal fruit ales such as apple (brewed all year long), cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, raspberry and blueberry.

The most beloved and well known of the Éphémère beer series. Its amazing popularity across North America has made it a year-round favourite instead of only a seasonal brew.

Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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

[Eyes] little cloudy, good foamy head. Golden pale color.
[Nouse] This beer has a fuuulll fruty aroma, remembers me when i was kid to my cereal "fruti lupis" the apple is present in all this beer,
[Mouth] Very refreshing and excelent body, sweeet, the taste is nice and fresh, the head is creamy and the aftertaste is fruity

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.29/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis won't hold a candle compared to IIPA's and impy stouts, but I'm gonna review this objectivly, taking into account its style and qualities. This is the second time ive had this excellent brew, but didnt review before for some reason or another.

A cloudy wit-bier looking concoction, with little clingy champagne-like bubbles on the sides of the glass. A good inch of head, but it soon enough dissolves into nothing.

Aroma is crisp and somewhat tart cherry and apple. Some sugary honey is in here too.

Sharp crisp apple straight away, crisper than any cider. Nice sour tartness.

A tad light in the mouthfeel, but otherwise very complex and drinkable. A unique brew in every respect.

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Photo of scottoale
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml.brown bottle, caged/cork, no freshness date.

Poured into my Duvel tulip a murky light golden-brown with 1/4" of white, non-lasting foam. Not much lace too speak of.

Smells like sweet, sugary Granny Smith's and a hint of spice. The flavor is much the same with a faint bit of tart to the finish. Reminds me of unfiltered apple cider.

Medium body at best, average mouthfeel and no detectable alcohol...a bit boring sums it up for me. Next.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date on back label) into my NBB glass. It was a cloudy pale gold with yeast chunks floating in it. It had a modest fizzy white head that quickly evaporated into a partial collar Good carb but no lacing.

The aroma was excellent but of course I absolutely love Granny Smith apples. If you don't then it might be too sweet for you. Big punch of GS apples and some spice in the aroma. Pretty much goes for the taste as well. Heavy on GS apples but since I love them I don't find it too cloying. The base beer is good as well so it's a good mix. Mouthfeel is good with the sharp taste and the carb.

Overall, it's a really great beer. I highly recommend. For me, I could see this as a several time a year beer. Maybe mix it into my 3-4 wits that I constantly cycle thru. Might get too sweet after a couple so not a true session beer but close to it for me.

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

One of those reviews that slipped through the cracks on my Montreal trip. Found some notes and here we go. 12 oz bottle that I had at the American Flatbread in Burlington, VT. Served with a standard pint.

A: This beer first and foremost has a very highly carbonated look. Lots of carbonation activity running up the glass. The color is a yellow that is hazy. My pour rendered a nice finger and a half of head that didn't last very long. No lacing to really mention. Pretty standard.

S: This beer really showcases the apple. So much so, it is almost unappealing. Wheat and grains peek through just a bit, but apple is at the front in this nose.

T: A lot more subdued than I was expecting from the nose. Green apples are the main focus of this brew, but a very nice sour/sweet flavor. Not overpowering. The wheat is there along with a touch of thin malty sweetness. There are also notes of citrus and also some herbs/spices that I can't exactly put my finger on but they add a slightly metallic taste.

M: This brew is high in carbonation but not as bad as I assumed it would be. Very, very crisp. It really quenches the thirst. Apple is your main aftertaste but there isn't much of that. Very clean.

D: Pretty decent beer. It reminds me a lot of a cider without being one. It still has that beer flavor to it and isn't too crazy when it comes to the apple. I could and would drink more. Girlfriend loved it, but then again, she loves ciders. Good crossover beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this beer produced a huge, pillowy eggshell white head of tiny bubbles. Great retention and nice lacing. Hazy straw colored liquid. A very nice looking beer in every way. Delicious aroma of crisp apples, some spices (coriander) and floral hops. Pronounced apple flavors live up to the aromas promise, subtle malts appear first but are quickly quashed by the fruit flavors, then followed by the crisp hops. The hops provide a green apple like character. Quite sweet almost as though it were a hard cider. High carbonation in an otherwise light beer only adds to this impression. Is it a good beer? No. Is it a good hard cider? Yes. Is it a good way to get girls drunk? Hell yes. Expensive but worthy of this cause.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazey, opaque yellowish-white colour with a full inch of head off a gentle pour. Carbonation is medium-high. A bit of wet, patchy lace as well. Aromas of apple blossom, coriander, wet leaves, hay, bready yeast and a bit of funk.

Flavour is zippy and spicy with the coriander and clove coming to the forefront. Sweet, but not overly so, with a light fruitiness. Lots of funky yeast as well, with a bit of breadiness. Simple and well balanced. Mouthfeel is a little watery for my liking, but it's summery, light and not overcarbonated. This is a hot day's tipple that's drinkable in quantity. An enjoyable and not overstated apple beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach!

A- pours a very carbonated yellow with tints of green throughout. Very heady, about 3 fingers. Hangs around for a bit.

S- strong aroma of green apples. wheaty and citrusy a well.

T- wheaty green apples. It is a witbier with green apple flavoring. Kind of bland as well.

M- carbonated and somewhat dry and bready.

D- hard to say. It is a session beer but the flavoring could hinder the ability to pound them back. Easy to toss down though.

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Photo of changeup45
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth, certainly refreshing, and pretty good but I have a tough time viewing this as a beer. If someone told me that this was a hard cider I might believe them. A hazy golden color with a nice thick foamy head. Aroma is sweet and fruity and at first I thought might be raspberries mixed in with apples. The 5.5% is much lower than other Unibroue selections I've had. Definitely a unique brew, at least to me it is. A sweet apple taste dominates the flavor with some yeast in there worth noting. Overall it's a nice change from the norm and pretty good for the summertime.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a Pale yellow with a small head and a tiny sizzle of a lace.
The aroma is of Granny apples and citrus.
The taste is sweet and sour green apples.Some light,mild and tiny malts.
The feel was light,medium carbonation,spiced up and crisp.Very cider like.

Notes: Not bad,but to me this was not a beer.It was a carbonated green apple soda.So I suppose it was bad because it is sold as beer,still one can have so much worse.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Murky yellow/brown/green with sediment floating around. Fizzy white head comes to just over 2 fingers, but hangs around surprisingly long. Little to no lacing.

S - Initially I smell something between pure pressed apple juice and vinegar, but after it opens up a bit it becomes obvious that this is essentially a witbier with apple flavor. Coriander backed by sour wheat and powdery yeast is most prevalant, with an undercurrent of cidery/vinegary aroma that seems out of place.

T - Eh. The description sounded good and the bottle was pretty, but this beer is nothing but the most well made yet out of whack brew I've tasted so far. A suggestion of coriander and citrus heads things off, blending with and soon overtaken by a huge sourness from the wheat with an unpleasant metallic twang. At the peak of intensity, it drops off sharply to reveal a sickly powdery note from the yeast coupled with the sweet/sour apple flavor that makes for a taste not unlike cough syrup. Luckily very little of this carries into the aftertaste except for a pleasant green apple flavor.

M - Pretty much like any good wit, which is what this brew is fundamentally. Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

D - As I said, it's totally off balance, the flavors don't harmonize at all, but it is well made and perhaps could've been a good beer. I wouldn't drink more than one of these as the overly sour flavor really irritates me.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy yellow/orangey with a thick white head that stays around for a while.

Smells like apples, no suprise, some other dried fruits, bananas like a typical wheat beer.

Tastes like Blanche de Chambly with a hint of granny apples, not much body. A nice refreshing beer.

Overall a good fruit beer, but there other beers are better.

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Photo of GoreStorm
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a grassy, mellow and light gold, very large fluffy head. the head has an okay retention but does fade after a while. i rated it a bit higher as i was out of town when i had this and didn't have access to my glasses that i normally have. i wasn't able to use the kind of glass i'd want to use for this.

the smell is very enticing, some grainy smells and a sourish apple and some malt. very nice.

this is odd, it smells more like apples than it tastes like apples, the flavor is not bad, i just wanted more of an apple flavor. it's sourish and dry with apple, some low sweetness. okay.

nice mouthfeel, very bubbly and drying. feels nice. almost like drinking a good cider.

not too drinkable, i wouldn't be opposed to drinking this again or even regularly it's just not a knock out.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint.

Hazy straw yellow body. Initial pour produces a substantial head, though this reduces quickly to nothingness. No lace.

Intense sour green apple aroma.

The flavor is much more subdued in it's appleness than I would have guess from the aroma, which is a good thing.

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Photo of Voonder
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours banana yellow with a little head. Smells like apples. Lots of apples. Right after I opened a botlle it just hit my nose. Very nice. But you can't really taste those apples, just a liitle touch, which is nice I was afraid it was going to taste like cider. Pretty refreshing beer. I would most definately have another one. Probably the best fruit/veggie beer I've ever tryed.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden color with a large, fluffy white head that fades to a thin film and ring with no lacing. Lots of active carbonation.
S: Immediately upon opening the bottle is a strong fruity smell like an apple jolly rancher. Eventually once poured the ripe apple is still present but a stronger presence of a belgian pale and some spice. More interesting than expected for a fruit beer.
T: At worst, this tastes like a Unibroue beer, the typical Belgian yeast and malt body, but slightly watered down. The ripe green apple flavor is very noticeable but not overwhelming and the high carbonation makes this very refreshing. However the aftertaste is slightly watery. I wasn't very excited to try this beer and I was somewhat surprised by this but still would not drink this frequently.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy off white head that leaves little lace. Head retention is pretty pour for a Unibroue beer. Soft macintosh apple aromas and some wheat, fruity esters and cookie dough fill the nose. The taste is less dominated by apple. I agree with a previous reviewer that this is like BDC without the spiceyness. Apple is there, but so is a lot of wheat and malty flavors that amply hold their own. Hops are very light throughout. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with carbonation, bottle conditioning at its best. The finish is somewhat shortlived, apple and esters.

This is a decent fruit beer. Its not the boldest beer in the world, but it doesnt taste like an alcapop either. The apple and beer flavors are well integrated. A refreshing and simple summer sipper.

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Photo of pvsob
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy gold color with a one finger head that recedes slowly leaving a thin film. Very little lacing is present.

S- Green apples, malt, and some spices.

T- Starts with a hint of sweetness, but this is quickly overtaken by an almost puckering green apple flavor. It ends with some light malts and spiciness. This one has a clean, sharp finish.

M- Thin with plenty of carbonation.

D- A style of beer that doesn't have a lot of WOW beers in it, but Éphémère is enjoyable. This is a very refreshing and clean beer, whose fruit flavor doesn't taste artificial. I look forward to trying the other fruit beers from Unibroue. Cheers!

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Photo of BWH3
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not necessarily my cup of tea but I am willing to give it a whirl

A: Poured a hazy pale straw with a decent white head which is rapidly consumed by the effervescence of this brew.

S: I was impressed by how multifaceted this beer is. Most fruity beers seem to only focus on well the fruit. Obviously, the sour green apple is prominent, but you get signs of a solid belgian pale malt base to temporize the sour note of the apple. Further, notes of spice are there as well.

T: Also impressed by the balance hear. A bubbly crisp green apple taste up front. Following is the malt body and the notes of hops and fresh spice come on at the end to burn the lips and palate ever so slightly.

M: Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles, but not enough body.

D: Not as bad as I anticipated. I am curious to try one with a less sour fruit offering.

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Photo of spointon
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this ale from a 12oz brown bottle into an Allagash Whire glass.

A= This brew poured the color of pale straw and was slightly hazed. The snow white head was 3/4 inch and quickly dropped to a frothy skim. Very active carbonation release.

S= The smell was dominated by apples of course - reminded me of an apple Jolly Rancher candy - with the slightest hint of malty aromas underneath.

T= The aromas of this one make you think it will be wine cooler sweet, but the malts and Unibroue's classic Belgian yeast flavors save it from being cloyingly fruity. For a fruit beer, it is not nearly as unbalanced as most other fruit beers tend to be.

MF= This brew was rather light bodied and quite crisp, no doubt due to the signature Unibroue effervescence.

D= Not my favorite style of beer, nor my favorite offering from Unibroue, but this was not an unpleasant beer. It could go down well on a hot summer day, especially when paired with some spicy grilled shrimp.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a cloudy golden yellow with one finger head that eventually sinks to a spotty coating.

Aroma is of green apples, a bit of orange, and that's about it.

Flavor isn't very complex either. Mostly green apple, with a bit of spiciness, and some wheat malt.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit harsh.

For a fruit beer, I suppose it's alright. I've never enjoyed fruit beers and never would have bought this if it didn't come in the mix pack of Unibroue beers that I bought. I would probably take apples over most other fruits in beers which I find either way too sweet or way too sour. In any case, I think fruit should just stay out of beer.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light golden color with a touch of haze. The smell is active with lots of green apple smell. The taste is light, and reminds me of a spiced cider type of beer. The one thing that stands out to me is that typical yeast flavor that comes though and can typically be found with most of the Unibroue beers. This is easy to drink and goes down smooth. Another refreshing offering by the Unibroue company.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Hazy golden with a nice white head and good lacing

S-WOW! Green apples. Green apple juice. Green apple Jolly rancher... OK you see where I am going with this.

T-The majority of the fermentables must be apple juice. Green apples don't have an overpowering flavor so I am guessing the "beer" base of this beer had to be slight on flavor.

M-Much like all of the Unibroue beers, the mouthfeel is great. Nice crisp and clean.

D-Eh. Goes down pretty smooth but not sure if I want to drink much of it

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours hazy, light yellow with thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is of sour apples, white grapes, and aerosol air freshener.

Palate has a funk sour taste with apple, high carbonation, and musk cologne taste on the finish.

Interesting idea for a beer, but not for me.

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Photo of Strix
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived a cloudy pale yellow with little head.

Definitely a green apple presence in the smell, also pale fruity smells and yeast.

Fairly light. Bubbly, yeasty, and with light fruits. Green apples do make themselves known during the taste, but then things fall off.

A very bubbly mouthfeel, like champagne. Too much for me.

Worth a try, but given all the stellar brews I've had from Unibroue, not my favorite.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,098 ratings