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

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Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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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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Photo of paulzy
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

Appearance: A rich translucent yellow, can't see through the glass. Fast-disappearing head with near-zero lacing.

Smell: Pungent. The fruity apple smell filled up the room immediately. Very pleasant.

Taste: Mildly fruity, very Unibroue. The smell really overpowered the taste in my beer. Very sweet with a tiny bit of tart (I suspect from the apple) at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Eh. I was disappointed. The thin mouthfeel is appropriate to style, but the sweetness kept me from enjoying the thick feeling that some fruit beers give you.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, especially for an early afternoon or dinner beer.

Overall: I'd recommend this beer if you're interested in a light, fruity drink, not if you're interested in a fascinating beer.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
2.57/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle bought at Jasper's Homebrew in Nashua, NH into a Unibroue Tulip. Best before date of 6/28/08 so not out of date.

A. Hazy yellow brew with a moderate head that quickly resolves to a mere wisp with little to no lacing.

S. This is where is runs awry. Once in HS a friend puked in the backseat of my car without me knowing. The smell the next day was a tart alcoholic smell. This was dead one.

T. Try as I might I couldn't elicit an apple smell. I did detect some malt. But all in all this is a mild and unimpressive brew.

M. Crisp at least, but still average.

D. Very mild like water. I hoped this would be an impressive fruit beer, but alas it was very unimpressive.
T. Maybe a little apple and maybe some malt, but all in all this is

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

A- This one pours a bright yellow coor with slight greenish tint. It is non transparent. Head is 2 fingers of nice pillowy head after semi conservative pour. The film sticks around on the top for the duration of the drink.

S- Sweet Granny Smith apples. This makes me think of a cider. The spices are hard to detect in the nose since the apples are so overwhelming.

T- Apples for sure, and the corriander finally comes through. Belgian candy sugar makes it all sweet.

M- High carbonation and fizzy on the tongue. The thickness is light to medium.

D- Drinkable and refreshing.

Overall- After the smell, I did not think I would like it. The apples really take charge. But after the taste, it proves to be refreshing and enjoyable much like a cider. I think after a hard-hot day outside, this brew would prove itself to me.

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Photo of stuckonhops
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured this into my duvel tulip(as with many of my beers lately)

A-- poured a nice cloudy golden color with a foamy thick head due to my hard pours i like to do to induce head...not much lacing and head did not last long but also did not fade instantly...

S-- WOAH! as soon as i popped the top on this one the granny smith punched me in the nose...it made me anxious to get started because i love apples and didnt expect that strong of an apple aroma...very nice

T-- another woah with a sucker punch to my tounge of granny smith apples but it wasnt completely sour like you expect grannies to be...nice and balanced with good aftertones of sweet malts...

M-- kinda bubbly compared to other beers ive had lately and the bubbles stayed into the stomach..kinda made me burp more than the "average(if there is such a thing)" beer but didnt bother me at all...did not coat my tongue either...smoothish

D-- i may drink two of these in a row but NO more than that due to the bubbly aspect....i loved this beer though and will definetly get it again...it was better than i could have expected...another nice taste for me from unibroue..thanks guys

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Photo of iceball585
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale straw yellow color, cloudy, one finger thick white fluffy head that lowered slowly, lots of sediment floating throughout

S- Strong smell of green apples, lemons, flowery, hint of malt

T- Green apples, pears, citrusy (oranges and lemons), grains, wheat, yeast, some spices

M- Light/medium body, medium/heavy carbonation, tart, both sweet and sour

D- Worth trying, but can't drink a lot of it

This beer is definatly different. I'm glad I finally got up the courage to try this one but I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't buy it again. Also not really a fan of the excessive amount of sediment.

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

Pours a slightly opaque medium sunset gold color with a thin white head which dissapates quickly.
Nose is all that of caramel covered Granny Smith apples, flowers, perfume, lemon zest and yeast. An attractive and complex sweet fruity aroma!

Spritzy carbonated mouthfeel; very refreshing and light.

Flavor is of sweet and sour green apples, light caramel, lemon drop candy, honey and light crystal malts. Aroma much more interesting than the overall flavors.

Easy going down but very much reminiscent of a wime cooler rather than beer Great summer refresher however.

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

12oz bottle in Duvel tulip

A: Hazy golden color with a white head that disappears quickly leaving no lace
S: Apples with a spicy background, no obvious malt characteristics
T: Comes across as a mix of cider and a very light ale. The apples come through but are not overwhelming. Spices are in the background, waaay in the back.
M: Crisp and full at the same time, does not feel thin/watery on the tongue, but is not too thick.
D: Very refreshing, would make a great lawnmower beer. At the same time I am not sure I will pick up more, I guess it depends on the price. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice hazy, orangy yellow with a nice 2 finger rocky head. Head retention is pretty good and you can see tons of tiny carbonation bubbles upon close examination. Leaves a pretty good lace.

S: Apples of course with floral hops and hints of cinnamon spice. It's like warm apple pie...

T: nice sour granny smith apple flavour with a noticeably tart finish. Also a nice bit of spiciness on the lingering finish.

M: light and smooth with a slight carbonation tingle. goes down quite smoothly.

D: I come to appreciate this beer more and more with each one I drink. It drinks like an apple cider with a nice dry, tart finish. Very easy to quaff and would make a nice summer beer. Nothing too outstanding, but nevertheless I recommend that people try this one.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very small head with little retention. Head dissaptes and disappears immediately.

Smell is of cloves and apple.

Taste is of granny smith apple with some clove and spices underneath. I think I taste a little bit of orange peel.

Dry on the mouth, but it clings fairly well.

This i s a fairly decent beer that is pretty easy to drink. Try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Cloudy and straw-colored. Very good head retention. Pretty much looks like a wit, which is probably what the base of this beer is.

Smell - Tart apples, a bit of citrus rind and spicy, funky Belgian yeast. Has a cider-like quality to it.

Taste - Dry and slightly tart. The apple flavor is quite pronounced but more cidery than syrupy. There's a grainy, wheaty character hiding underneath it, but it's fairly subtle. The aftertaste has an odd yeasty funk to it that clashes with the fruit. This is rather bad.

Mouthfeel - Highly effervescent and light on the tongue, bordering on watery.

Overall - Not very enjoyable. Over-carbonated with an overly phenolic yeast character.

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Photo of rec
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Upon pour you'll find a merky golden-pear coloured body with bubbly two-finder head. The head quickly dissipates however, with little to no lacing.

Sour apple comes through on the nose first and foremost, like a freight-train on open road.

The taste is cider-like, very thin with plenty of carbonation. Bitter, sour apple and berry are the definitive flavours, with a hint of damp cinamon and hops in the background. It's actually really not something that I'm enjoying, despite how passable or even interesting the above description may sound.

The brew lacks depth and complexity, and in all honesty I'd rather be drinking a vodka apple cider, but if you're a fan of framboise you may well get to like this one.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. Not much retention,and just a bit of lacing. Smell is of sweet fresh fruit,and candy. Body is light,and carbonated. Taste is of sweet fruit,with apple up front. A nice juciey,finish,makes this a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been particularly fond of this one, but thought I'd give it another shot.

A: Clear. golden-yellow, big white head, good retention, some lacing.

S: Cider, bread, spice and a slight yeastyness. Thankfully it doesn't have that fake-apple smell (like some urinal pucks).

T: Apple cider, yeasty spices, bready, hint of tropical fruit. Modest bitterness and very little residual sweetness.

M: Well-attenuated and dry (not at all sweet), moderately-high carbonation.

D: Good for what it is (but I'm still not a fan).

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

The weakest (that I have tried thus far) of an otherwise stellar Unibroue line. Granted, this is not a cider so one should not expect sweetness of taste to match the apple bouquet. However, the intensity of taste doesn't come close to the promise of the nose; I'm left wanting more. This beer simply doesn't know what it wants to be -- it's not a cider, of course, but there's not enough of a "beer" character.

It's not bad; it's just not as good as Unibroue's other offerings, such as Fin du Monde or Don de Dieu.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/light amber color with a fizzy, small white head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of apples and yeast.

T - It tasted of sour apples. It wasn't overpowering and not too tart. There was a nice grain flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and a little bubbly. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is pretty good. It is very different from other beers of this style.

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Photo of brendan13
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy light golden colour with a few centimetres of white head that quickly falls away to a thin whisp.
S - Very predominant apple aroma, slightly sweet.
T - Strong apple taste that hits the tongue with a bit of sweetness then becomes tart towards the middle and back. Some spice notes and wheat malt base.
M - Fairly light bodied with a high carbonation.
D - Not something to drink all the time or session but a couple of these on a warm summers day would be alright.

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Photo of JamesS
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This fruited ale has a nice look, a very light blonde coloring, although almost no head and no lacing. It has a great scent, with a wonderful apple kick that’s very nice. It has a good ale flavor, with a nice maltiness and an interesting, if slightly sour, apple taste, as if a granny smith apple had been squeezed into the bottle. It goes down nice, if a bit fizzy. It is worth a shot if you like fruited beers, although this is different than a fruited wheat or a lambic, especially if you can find it in the Unibroue sampler pack.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A dulled and hazy neon yellow with a greenish hint. A constantly shifting head that dies out quickly and unimpressively. Some obvious protein issues, as the beer clears out with a little warmth.

S: Smells of sour apples while the heads is fizzing, but quickly segues into a a strong sugary sweetness when the head falls off.

T: Blunt but not pucker-inducing apples. The sweetness doesn't follow through as much as the aroma would indicate, and I for one am pleased. A bit watered down with a lightly sour and dry finish.

M: Active and fizzy. Adds to the freshness of the apples.

D: I'm not a cider fan, and I like how this is more along the lines of an apple champagne. Not one I would choose first off, but a decent beer none the less.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,082 ratings
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