Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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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 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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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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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,092 ratings