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 Portertime
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting an overly sweet almost Smirnoff Ice flavor to this beer, I don't really know why. I was pleasently surprised though. Poured a hazy honey color. The nose was a powerful green apple smell almost reminiscent of a sour apple Jollie Rancher but not quite os synthetic. Taste of pleasant tart green apples but not too overpowering. It was pretty well balanced. Very tolerable.

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Photo of shabbtastic
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. A two finger fizzy white head with awesome carbonation. A pale cloudy golden color with nice sticky lacing.

S - A strong scent of green apples are apparent as soon as you pry the cap. Great yeasty banana followed.

T - Light, crisp and refreshing. Sweet pear and sour apple dominate the palate initially, followed by a nice balance of bready yeast.

M - Light and bubbly, very refreshing light bodied white ale.

D - Perfect for a warm afternoon. Delightful ale for a change of pace, light enough to enjoy more than one. Recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass it had a yellowish color and about a half inch of head. The head didn't last, but there was decent lacing. Also, there was a quite a bit of sediment floating around.

S: As soon as you open the bottle - not even getting your nose close it - there's the aroma of green apples. When you do smell it, there's a nice mix of the apples, yeast and malt. extremely pleasing.

T: While the apples dominate the flavor, you do get a good amount of complexity here. It's malty, packed with yeast and has a little hops.

M: A vibrant mouthfeel, with a high carbonation rate and a slick finish. This is definitely a full-bodied beer.

D: While I don't drink fruit beers all that often - they're too sweet - this one is pretty solid. Of course, this depends on your tolerance for apples.

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Photo of Atron67
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- so when i poured i got a cloudy yellow/golden color with an inch thick of head on top. it fell down rather quickly but its not that surprizing. also had big yeast chunks that settled to the glass after pouring

S- the apples are there, idk if its my recent comparison to pomme lindemans that makes me think that its not that strong, but the latter is stronger, then theres a definite strong yeast charachter with a belgian type phenolic & estery charachter that is pretty wierd with the apples. there are times where i see it going pretty well but othertimes i take a sniff and am immediately grossed out for a second.... idk mixed feelings

T- reminds me of a light wheat beer thats been dosed with apples. almost like a german breakfast weizen, minus the awesome phenolic clove charachter that they have. good wheat charachter and a definite apple punch to it, the apples kinda overpower the hops and leave with a slight sweet flavor, but idk how much you can avoid it with fruit beers. (other than fruit stouts), there is a light phenolic charachter on the finish,. about midway throguh the high carbonation temporarily hides everything else giving you only a high acidic taste. then the finish is better than the first half. the wheat comes through more, the apple seems more subdued.

M- high carbonation which i let die down a bit by shaking, it has a light body and smooth finish, leaves after only a slight linger

d- ehh, not huge on fruit beers, but better than some other apple things ive had,

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow body with a small white head. The had had low retention with minimal lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A nice, sweet, apple smell. Hints of a gummy bear smell inn the undertones.

T: A slight, apple taste with a sweet, gummy bear aftertaste.

M: Highly carbonated beer. I felt that this high carbonation definitely took away from the drinking experience of the beer, overall.

D: Ok drinkability but, as noted above, the mouthfeel took away from the overall enjoyment of the beer. It had more of a gummy bear taste as opposed to a apple taste. Ok drinkability, but not too enjoyable.

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

This was a strange beer. It wasn't as bad as I feared, but it wasn't exactly the greatest drink ever. It was very light in colour, like a dark apple cider actually, and it reeked of apples and flowers. The pour was nothing remarkable, and the lacing it left was pretty weak. The taste was not bad; it was sweeter than I usually like, but it was still drinkable. Not something I would keep in my fridge, but my friends (who are more into cosmos and the like) declared themselves fans.

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Photo of KeefD
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely not the best of the Unibroue beers. Apple scent and taste is most present and tastes more like an apple wine cooler than a beer. Carbonation is super-high, yet it's very smooth to drink. The high carbonation is actually nice for a beer like this. There was no head or lacing, and it goes down quick. Much quicker than Uni's other beers such as La Fin Du Monde, which you don't want to drink fast just to get rid of it sooner like I wanted to do with this beer.

Sorry. I just want my beer to taste like beer!

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Photo of WaveRebel51
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was surprisingly good. The aroma was not overpowering -- there's definitely apple but it has a very terrific fruit scent. The apple flavors mix well with the other fruity esters and the other species. I found this very tasty and while it is sweet, it is not overly sweet or cloying. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of becktone
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eye: Poured from a caged and corked 750. Color is a hazy amber color, kinda like a cider but not quite as dark. It would look like apple juice or cider if it were but a shade darker. Not much to the head but a film and lacing isn't really present.

Nose: Definitely smells of green apples, granny smith ones to be sure-a bit of that sour type apple. Get some wheat aroma as well some hints of coriander. Curacao is also there as the label suggests. Would I be able to put my finger on it if the label hadn't outright said it is in there, not sure, but I would've been able to tell you there there is something in there that is sweet and not belonging to the apple, wheat or coriander aroma.

Tongue: Nice blend of apple flavor, some wheat malt, and coriander, which is very apparent. Very dry. Pretty simple beer, not much to it, kinda like a cider, but not so much so. I want to keep looking for more in this beer, but there just doesn't seem to be much more to it.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As I mentioned before this beer is dry, very dry. That was the first thing that hit me when it hit the palate. It also has a champagne character in the mouth-highly carbonated with a fairly light body, goes along nicely with the dry character. This isn't a brew that I'd go out looking for again. Its not bad, but there is just nothing special about it. And for the price I don't think that its quite worth it. It is, however, worth a try...I just won't be coming back to it anytime soon.

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

A: Poured a very cloudy light tangerine color with a thin, creamy white head that soon diminished to a sparse layering. There were huge (1 cm) bran flake like floaties that danced up and down in the glass from the strong aggressive nature of the beer.

S: The nose was stong and dominate with apple sauce, fresh lemons, coriander and pears. There was a nice wheaty quality in the scent as well.

T: slightly acidic and very fizzy with green apples, fresh citrus (lemons) and a nice wheaty malting. You can definitely detect the strong presence of apple juice used in this brew. The beer finished with a sharp and pronounced flavor of green apples, pears, and a light peppery spicing. The wheat malting was truly appreciated and accented the spiciness of this beer. The finish was very crisp, refreshing, and had a good carbonation bite. Overall a beautiful well rounded and soft flavor.

M: tingly from the aggressive carbonation with some sour green apples, pears, and freshly squeezed lemons. The texture was creamy and very soft.

D: A very sweet-n-tart flavored wit with spicy green apples making for a great summer time picnic beer that drank like a wine cooler. Could easily down these on a hot summer day and not tire of it, very refreshing.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle with cork

A: clear wheat colour, some head with small bubbles.
S: nice inviting nose at the pour of granny smith apples, more difficult to persee as the beer gets hotter.
T: tart taste after a while, granny smith's apple at the begining.
M: medium-body
D: this is a good beer when it's pour but half-haour later it's more than ordinary.

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Photo of CoSMoSYS
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two fingered, white-creamy head that clears very quickly. The color reminds me of some golden yellow hay. Very foggy with a lot of bubbles rising.

The smell is absolutely delicious. Apples are there as advertised and a very strong smell of cotton candy malts. Awesome.

I was expecting a bit more kick then I got from the taste as it was quite more mellow than I thought it would be. Very tart apples, sweet malts and orange peels.

Although there isn't must kick to the drink it is very crisp. Very light bodied. I can definitely feel the carbonation as I drink.

Taste does come out more when the beer warms up and there is not much aftertaste. Not the drink I though it would be but I could see myself buying these every so often.

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

This is the first time I've had a self-popping cork. It's an equally convenient and frightening experience.

Appearance: The pour is a hazy gold color that looks electric yellow and super cool in the back light of my computer screen. Its foamy white starts out large, but quickly fades.

Smell: The nose has Belgian yeast, bready grains, and a bit of apple.

Taste: A lot of fruit beers are made by adding lots of fruity flavors to an boring ale or lager. This Belgian golden ale isn't as boring, but it's barely above average. Oh, and there's not a whole lot of apple in the mix. Had the brewers emphasized the granny smith apple as you would've expected, this would be a pretty solid beverage. In conclusion, well made easy-drinking girlie beer, beats bland beer.

Mouthfeel: It's light-bodied and crisp with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a weak effort, but I guess a great brewery's weak effort is better than a lot of beers out there.

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

a: This accent mark laden beer is a clear pale golden color. It pours with a thin white head. The carbonation is very lively with lots of bubbles cascading to the top of the glass.

s: A yeasty nose on this one, lots of sour apples and a hint of pepper.

t: Based on the smell, I was surprised by how mild the taste was. Mild sour apple flavors and a bit of spice as well, perhaps some cinnamon?

m: Champagne like, very effervescent. Lively and tongue tickling.

d: This beer is very crisp and refreshing. I fear I may have not enjoyed this one to its fullest on this blustery february evening. I'll save my other bottle for a warm spring night.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, golden appearance. Nice white, quickly dissapaiting head. Very carbonated..maybe too.
Smells very sweet of apples...really smells like sparkling cider.
Taste is kissed with apples, very much so. Sweet with no malt or hops really noticable.
Very over carbonated which tends to hurt the mouthfeel

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a light hazy golden color with lots of carbonation and is topped off with a nice white head that quickly dissipates and has very little lacing. It has a very sweet, slightly tangy aroma with a hint of pears and apples in it. It has a clean feel with a light body, its sweet and a bit spicy with some hints of malt in it, it a smooth drinking beer with a slight sour aftertaste. This is a very interesting beer and much better than their (Unibroue) cranberry beer which wasn't all that bad.

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Photo of diamondc
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably my favorite "easy-drinking" beer during the hot Texas weather (yep already in the 90s here in S. Texas ..). Sticker says best before 08-08.

A really appealing appearance. Lots of bubbles, a mellow gold color. The added yeast at the bottom of the bottle added some cloudiness. The head slowly dissipates after a minute or so though.

The smell is probably the highlight of the beer. Granny smith apple, a bit of sour funk aroma. Some whiffs of corriander.

The taste is very witbier'ish .. typical coriander taste, lots of malt & wheat tang, spices, almost zero hop presence. The apple lurks in the background, but is not as strong as the aroma would let you believe.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated and prickly all the way to the very end. Some bitterness at the end showed up making this beer very refreshing and quaffable.

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Photo of tapman
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is light brown, sort of beige. Head is a little thin and foamy, at least compared to other samples of other Unibroue beers.

Smells like rotten apples to a degree, which almost makes me feel better about it since it still smells like REAL APPLES, and not some apple flavored syrup from some other company. Does not smell artificial.

All I get is a little yeast and a lot of sour apple. As a beer it doesn't say much to me, but compared to similar tasting products, this would make the best hard cider ever! Definetly a dessert beer and not to be confused with big beers at all.

Very light and quite flat. Got this one out of a 12 oz. sample bottle, though that shouldn't have negative correlation with the big 22 oz.ers.

Like I was saying, if any girl ever requested me to by them a Mike's Hard Apple Cider, I would get them this instead confidently and proudly. I know this may be taboo, but try it with a little Sprite or 7-Up, with perhaps a little grenadine. Hey, it's an apple beer, let's have fun, ey?

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Photo of GRPunk
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tall tulip glass.

A- A beautiful 2-finger, fluffy white head sits atop a cloudy golden yellow beer. The head quickly became a nice lace that left small sticky spots on the glass.

S- It smelled nice and funky. Initially, I though of a (sour) green apple Jolly Rancher, but on further inspection I picked up more spice, orange, and bubble gum tones.

T- It had a nice sour flavors of apple and orange with some definite wheat flavor. It wasn't quite as full-flavored as I expected.

M- A little thinner feel than I thought I'd be getting. The sour flavor made for a dry mouthfeel.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker.

Overall- I think this beer suffered from some unrealistically high expectations on my part. Throw in a great pour and aroma and I was a bit underwhelmed when it came to taste. Not a bad beer, but not the "can't miss" I had built it up to be.

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Photo of BiereBlanche
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. into a snifter.

A- Very pale golden color with thick fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation.

S- Fresh apples hits first, but isn't dominant. Lots of familiar Unibroue fruity - apricot, apple, cherry- and fresh bread notes. Very light and clean, but complex and balanced.

T- Delicate blend with lightly sweet apple, lemon backed by fresh crackers. Hops are absent in flavor and very low bittering, but a small bite from high carbonation. The finish is clean, slightly dry and short, with only a light lingering of fruit notes.

M- Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation to give a refreshingly light feel and crisp finish.

D- Very easy drinking, smooth, very well balanced and full of refreshing, delicate flavors.

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Photo of enki
2.41/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Judging from the other reviews, this beer must be fairly inconsistent. Poured out a cloudy yellow; looking a lot like a hefeweizen. The aroma was heavenly, and the head was thick and foamy, more like a sudsy champagne than most beer.

Sadly, the good impressions ended there. This beer smells fantastic, but tasted really bad. The first thing that came to mind was "baking soda", combined with "where did the apples go"?

I was really disappointed by this beer. Given a choice between it and a Coors (or other mainstream chemi-brew), I would drink the Coors, because an hour later, my mouth wouldn't still taste like Coors. Seriously; my mouth still tastes like baking soda, and hour later.

Ah well. This is undoubtedly the worst review I have given on this site. At least I can follow it up with a Mort Subite (which is, btw, stunningly good).

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Here's the fourth beer to be tried here in the Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational; Éphémère. What's unique about this beer is it's a fruit beer. Will that be enough to swing this beer into its favor. On to the beer:

Into a flute it goes, the beer pours a cloudy white with a shade of blonde color to it. The head is big with lots of bubbles. It looks like a witbier. Gunks of yeast float in the body as I shine it through a light. The aroma is fine: lots of green apple there. And to the taste we go...hey?! Where'd the apple flavoring go? Oh, there it is! It's very subdued underneath the blanket of nearly tasteless malt. There's some sour apple in the back of the palate too. Carbonation is refreshing and strong, drinkablilty is non-offensive.

Is this what diet apple soda tastes like? If you want an apple beverage with lots of carbonation, buy some Martinelli's instead. This is one of the lost souls at Unibroue. But I promise to forgive this blunder if Trois Pistoles (which rounds up the Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational tomorrow) is as good as the community says.

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Photo of gottajiboo2
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from a 750ml bottle from 06

Pours a bright golden yellow with a half inch thick white head that was gone in seconds.

First thing to enter my nose, I immediately thought this smells like a crisp sweet, slightly tart Golden Delicious/Granny Smith apple that I've just taken a bite of. Then after taking several long deep sniffs, I was thinking apple pie with some ice cream.

Tasted like a sweet sparkling cider. I couldn't believe how much the apple really stands out. After a couple sips, my exhale felt sweet like cotton candy.

The mouth feel was clean, crisp, and thin. This was a very enjoyable drink. The word beer doesn't really come to mind, but this was a light refreshing beverage that I will definitely try again sometime.


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Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first ever beer from Unibroue was Blanche de Chambly, and that was perhaps one of my favorite witbier's of all time... having somewhat high expectations for this brew from a company of this caliber, I was not disappointed at all from this unique and different sample... Pours a beautiful cloudy, hazy, foamy, off-yellow color with decent head... appearance was very similar to that of a witbier... the cloudiness really comes through... smell was full of ripe, green, granny smith apples that burst through immediately after opening the bottle... I had recently sampled Leinenkugel's Apple Spice beer, and this was certainly a step above that - almost on a different level... much more smooth and refined... A very fruity, almost citrus-like taste, and the apple factor is definitely more evident in the smell than in the taste... very easy drinkability at 5.5%, and a good mouthfeel lead to a very enjoyable and easy to drink beer... Definiely recommended..

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Photo of dogger6253
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a murky yellow with splotches of orange mixed in. The huge, white head is very pillowy. It doesn't last long though, drops almost instantly to about 1/4 inch. There are a couple of floaties in here too.

The scent is largely apples and pears. There's a little yeast and banana in the mix. The flavor is the high point of this beer without question. It tastes like a Smartie sort of - lemon, apples, pears, bananas...very fruity, very tart.

The body is light, but the carbonation is a little too heavy for me though it is very crisp and refreshing. Considering the massive carbonation and the sweetness of this beer, it is still quite drinkable.

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