Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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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:
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 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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Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for picking this up in a sampler case for me. Poured cool into a flute as the bottle directs.

A - The ale is the color of sparkling apple cider w/ a finger band of bone white. The bead is very fine and there is a myriad of pin sized bubbles rushing to the rim. A gentle haze is noticed, but the ale is clear as the base of the glass.

S - The aroma is of apple wine or cider w/ a slight green apple sour note. There is a fruity yeast ester w/ a gentle spice odor.

M - A mildly effervescent, slightly spiced and semisweet yeasty feel w/ a creamy wheat-like finish.

T - Apple sweet tart flavor that is crisp then lets the light malt w/a subtle light spice note come forward. The taste, while very light is slightly creamy w/ a nice fresh apple flavor.

D - This is ok, but the apple taste really gets muted after half of a bottle and this is more refreshing than flavorful. I enjoyed this, but probably would choose a peach or cranberry flavored Ephemere if I had the option

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into a goblet yields a hazy lemonade-orangeade body crowned with three giant fingers of bright white creamy foam that deforms into a soapy ring that doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell is dry and a bit medicinal, with a note of bruised green apples.

Dry, sour and crisp, this beer hits me wrong, and is bound for the kitchen sink drain at first swig. No, the second sip is not so sour, but is still very dry and crisp, which I like. A metallic note puts me off at the third swig, and once again I debate sinking this brew. A milder apple flavor emerges amidst the aggressive carbonation, lending a bit of redemption to this drink, and making me back off the urge to dump it, then comes the medicinal note. Yech! I'm not the kind of guy who pours out beer, by the way, but the flavor profile of this beer is simply annoying.

Dry, crisp, and ultimately pretty refreshing, the drink is overly carbonated, but not obnoxiously so. This would be a good drink for a picnic outside, when the weather is hot as Hell and anything cold would taste good. Otherwise, skip it.

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Photo of bobsy
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow, with a rapidly diminishing bubbly white head. The colour is attractive, but the lack of head definitely detracts somewhat. Light wheat aroma, with a strong, well-defined presence of apple. Very fresh. The taste reminds me a lot of blanche de chambly, but with a lot of the spice replaced by apple. In fact, it tastes very much like a blend of cider and weizen. The whole package adds up to provide some incredibly refreshing and light flavours, which makes this the perfect accompaniment to a light meal or hot day. The body is medium-light with the keynote aggressive carbonation, which I think is a good match for this style. Superb drinkability.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw colour, with a thick white fluffy head. Lacings are a little thin.

Aroma is the highlight. Your standard wheat and citrus aroma with some characteristic Blanche de Chambly spice. An apple tartness/sourness giving it a sweeter smell. Quite nice.

Taste is a let down. BDC with a lot less spice, no cloves anywhere, leaving it incredibly light. A hint of perfumy apple in the finish, slightly dry. This could have benefited from a lot more spice and would have been a winner if it were alot more sour.

Mouthfeel is disapointingly thin.

A summer refresher but curiously light for a Unibroue offering.

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

This pours a pale yellow reminiscent of a hefeweizen with a bubbly off white head that dies quickly. Plenty of green apple and spice in the nose. A little sweet but decent for the style.

Surprisingly dry and very bubbly, like champagne or cider. If I didn't know, I probably wouldn't even think this was beer. Still, it's not too sweet or fruity and shows surprising drinkability for a fruit brew. Probably quite refreshing in the summer heat.. Only the overcarbonation would keep me from downing a sixer of this.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber color. Not all that great head retension. Rocky head. Light green apple skin mixed with the familiar unibroue belgian-like yeast taste. Very light and refreshing. Smell is sugary and sweet like their La Fin Du Monde but there's less abv and less bitter balance. Anorther whiff gives off some hard to detect extras. Kind of complex and utterly drinkable.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a golden straw yellow with slight cloudiness and much bubbling. 1" white head retained nicely with a touch of lacing in my champagne glass

S - apples, coriander, honey, light malts and a slight citrus tang.

T - apple hints mixed with oranges and malts. Kind of similar to a Hoegaarden but a more balanced taste and in my opinion, somewhat fuller tasting. A slight nuttiness in the finish.

M - light bodied, heavy carbonation, washes over the palate well

D - highly drinkable, light, balanced and tasty!

Overall - I bought this with some reservations as I'm usually not a huge fan of fruit beers but this was surprisingly similar to a belgian white with a touch of apples. This was on sale at Wegmans for $7/4 pack so seeing as I'm a huge Unibroue fan, I had to try it. Probably my least favorite of the Unibroue selection so far, but definitely worth a try if you like something a little out of the ordinary.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored body with a full, though thinning, white head.

Smell: Aroma of apples, certainly, but there's also notes of coriander, bubblegum, and that ole Unibroue yeast.

Taste: Sweetish, vaguely tart green apples and (though to a far lesser degree) peaches overlaying a delicate wheat taste. No real hop character. Small pinch of spices. Slight yeastiness near the end. Bit of apple-flavored bubblegum on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fine, lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Fair enough for a glass full of apples. At least Granny Smith would be damned proud, God rest her soul...

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Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my Meantime snifter, Éphémère is a hazy pale gold with lots of bubbly streamers forming a a large, tight white head with decent last, leaving light lace.

Smell is a nice dose of granny smith that's not to overwhelming or artifical, with a quinine like mineral background reminiscent of a saison. Overall rather soft and quite nice, although heavy on the C02.

Taste is not nearly as apply as I recall, instead this is more like a watered down version of La Fin du Monde. Neither good nor bad, just very bland, with only a hint of apple, like a seltzer water.

Mouthfeel is over carbonated, with a sharp spritz and a thin, watery body.

Drinkability is ok, as this is a lightweight beer that it rather bland. However, it's way to carbonated to drink with speed, and not particularly interesting as either a Belgian Pale or fruit beer.

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Photo of HomeRunBaker
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was a little disappointed with Éphémère. I was expecting a strong apple, almost cider-like taste, which isn't what I got. It smelled great in the glass, similar to apple juice. The taste, though was just average. There was definitely apple there, but it was weak. The apple taste gave the beer some sweetness which was nice, but I was hoping for something stronger. Still a decent experience though.

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Photo of elniko
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stella Glass

A: Light amber, murky in glass, finger of head that quickly dissipated.

S: Apples of course, but not overwhelming. Granny Smith smell with slightly sour scent.

T & M: Apple is apparent but does not overpower the brew either. Not much on the after taste, a little watery going down. Mouthful is full of carbonation, very enjoyable.

D: Definitely drinkable, don't know if I would want to have more than a few in a sitting. Not really a session beer but then again I don't think many fruit beers are. Unibroue continues to amaze me as I try their various brews.

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Photo of grub
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

sampled on tap at volo may 29/08.

pours hazy gold with a very small dense white head. the head drops fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. alcohol. strong green apple, almost like a jolly rancher. wheat bread. crackers. bit of grain. there's a nice sour component to it too, which seems to be more from the apples than any kind of funk. bit of caramel. just a touch of the unibroue house yeast and its characteristic spice.

taste is ok. low bitterness level. floral. the apple comes across slightly soapy and a bit artificial. light alcohol. white bread. bit of biscuit. bit of that jolly rancher thing again, but without most of the sourness. bit of spice, mostly just the unibroue yeast again.

mouthfeel is good. very fine well integrated medium carbonation level. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is ok. the nose was good, but the taste was a big disappointment. nicely balanced with the alcohol hidden fairly well, but just unimpressive and slightly disappointing overall.

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Photo of Jmamay22
2.36/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with an egg shell colored white head. Eventually the head settles to a thick collar.

Very strong scent of apple that seems to overwhelm the rest of the beer. What is beneath the apple is a hint of wheat and if I try hard I begin imagining some lemon zest.

I'm trying to enjoy this as I remember my last bottle being a bit better, but it is coming off as displeasing and reminiscent of a sour apple bubalicious bubble gum. Initially sweet, but moves on towards a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very lively and light, but the flavor and scent make for a beer that is difficult to finish. I would not recommend this. Seems akin to a Smirnoff product.

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Photo of Lukie
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a cloudy haze of golden straw. Big frothy sparkling head with a slight tinge of mellow green.

As soon as the bottle was opened you could smell the apple. Sweet vanilla custard, apple tart sweetness, and some cinnamon spice. It smells like a warm apple pie overall.

Tastes of tarty apple, with lingering sweetness. Cinnamon and some slight all spices round off the pallet. There is no hint of hop character at all.

I have heard mixed opinions of this, but for a White Ale style, this is fantastic. Easy to drink and absolutely perfect for the hot Australian climate.

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Photo of drxandy
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into marquis by Waterford white wine glass, before opening/pouring i agitated the bottle to bring the yeast back into play, as I like it.

Smells of Belgian yeast. sweet apple sourness, pale malt, almost cotton candy smelling

On first taste, I said yum! Extremely easy to drink, sweetness matched by a nice mellowness of yeast. Carbonation brings out some interesting flavors, candi sugar sweetness, almost melony perhaps from the curaco and coriander, bananas, very crisp - when swished in the mouth, the taste completely changes. With swishing, the carbonation becomes so intense that it reminds me of sucking on an alka-seltzer almost.. kinda weird but interesting

mouthfeel is great, well balanaced, foamy and crisp

I paired with a hot sauce laden burrito and after my mouth was on fire, the only thing i could taste was straight carbonated apple.

A fine unibroue beverage, one that anyone can enjoy.

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Photo of grahambo
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: This beers poured a clear yellow/gold much like a granny smith apple cider, with a bright white head that quickly came down to a lace that stayed until the end.

S: Granny Smith apples and a bready scent from the Unibroue yeast.

T: Sour apples at the start then a bit of light wheat malt finishing with the yeast character expected from the brewer. As others have said this beer was a little less flavorful than I had expected.

M: Thin but the carbonation level was appropriate and was very refreshing.

D: I would have no problem sharing a few bottles of this on a nice summer afternoon, it was refreshing and had a nice if understated flavor profile.

Sidenote: Paired very well with a chicken curry stir fry.

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

Light gold pour into a Duvel tulip glass. White head dissipates quickly into ring around the beer.
Light aromas of spice and the ubiquitous Unibroue yeast, a quick shot of green apple and some lingering tart apple.
Lightly tart flavor with a hint of apple but not enough to be overwhelming. Less flavor than I'm used to from a Unibroue beer.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but nicely carbonated.
Easy to drink, but fruit flavored beers are not my thing but I could see having one of these on a hot summer day as a refresher.

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Photo of Biggness
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a light amber, it smelled like an apple jolly rancher. I was suprised aftere the smell how mellow the flavor was in the beer, there was a slight taste of apple and an even slight flavor of beer. It was very easy to drink @ 5.5% alcohol. I would stick to the other beers from Unibroue this one was a bit of a let down after the many great ones I have tasted from them

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Photo of AgingWarrior
1.71/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a very cloudy pale yellow green color with a yellow/green foamy head. Smell is dominated by apple. The taste is just bad.
I drank a couple of sips and poured the rest down the drain. Granted, I'm not a huge fan of fruit beers, but this was just nasty.

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Photo of gpogo
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy pale straw. Thin exciting white head, unfortunately dissipates.

A- Incredibly aromatic, my nose doesn't need to be near the glass. A very sweet fruity aroma with a slight spiced smell.

T- The curacao and corriander fill my mouth with a light apple fruitiness. Dry finish.

M- Very lively, high carbonation. Very crisp

D- Very drinkable! The aroma alone is worth it, just pour a glass and enjoy the smell.

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Photo of umtox
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A slightly fluorescent chartreuse, quite a beautiful beer. I sat and stared at this beer for a while after it was delivered. It sure is unique.

S: Tart apple, dry malt and a hint of caramel.

T: Light up front, dry carbonation giving way to tart apple. The fruit flavor is light and dry and certainly not overdone or overpowering.

M: Crisp and dry with fairly high carbonation. Very nice on the palate.

D: Very drinkable...the restrained flavor make this fruit beer very enjoyable. I could have see myself enjoying multiples. I would love to try this beer with seviche or any grilled seafood.

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

A-Hazy whitish yellow w/white head.
S-Apple, pear, faint alcohol and spice, and light citrus. The aroma is very fresh, and the apples permeate the air as soon as you pop the bottle.
T-Faint apple and pear with light spice and on the sweet side. Flavor is delicate and very clean, and a strong witbier character emerges just before the finish.
M-Very light w/modest carbonation.
D-Aroma is wonderful. Paired w/a Danish Havarti. They went well together.

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Photo of Ben4881
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Éphémère (Apple)

Uncorking this beer I think best describes its opening. It is almost a banana yellow, which is transparent at first. After activating the sediment at the bottom of the bottle, I poured the rest. Watching the sediment swirl like marble was pure enjoyment. Now the beer has an unfiltered hefeweisen appearance. The sheet white head erupts with countless effervescent bubbles that collect and foam like whipped topping. Bubbles like champagne, as the head dissipates quite rapidly, and looks like a hefeweisen ... interesting indeed.

Granny smith apple tart with a yeasty backdrop dominates the bouquet. I could smell the apples the instant I popped the top off the bottle, which sounded more like an uncorking of a champagne bottle than opening a beer. I detect a hint of other spices in the nose, though I can't put my finger on it...

It's hard to get a sense of the flavor right away. The bubbles get in the way. Upon swallowing, flavor emerges. First it's the sweetness and tart of an apple. Then it dries out, before giving way to sweet caramel malt and apple aftershock. I have a sweet tooth and I dig a heavy caramel apple. This is quite an unexpected treat.

Bubble city. This Éphémère is "ephervescent" and it's difficult to find the body in this beer beneath all the bubbles. It is there initially, but the bubbles lighten the mood quick. If Unibroue wanted a champagne feel, they certainly hit the target. Well done.

As I mentioned earlier, I do have a sweet tooth and this beer delivers. It has a dryness to it that makes it drinkable, and the malt aftertaste reminds me I am drinking a beer. Yet, the caramel quality to the malt makes me think I am eating a caramel apple. In which case, I don't think my stomach could handle another one at the moment. The bubbly lightness makes it a great beer to offer a new convert. I will definitely have another, just not tonight.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,100 ratings