Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
2,091 Ratings
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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Ratings: 2,091 |  Reviews: 1,019
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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Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright hazy golden color with a large soapy white head that dissipated into a soapy cap. I poured the yeast in so plenty of floaties hang'n out. The smell has a slight spice edge followed by juicy apples. It has a bit of a citrus scent as well. The taste is of spice and what I assume is curacao, and apples. It has that green apple jolly rancher taste. There is also a mint like taste. The feel is light and fizzy; its sweet but has some malt balance, finishes on the dry side. Overall not a bad brew, that has some good apple taste. The mint presence is a bit odd. Worth a try.

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

341 ml brown bottle.

A- Nice head. very effervescent. Pale cloudy yellow with a tiny hint of green. Overall a good looking beer that looks like what it is, a bottle-conditioned apple witbier.

S- Slightly sour apple. Faint Unibroue yeast.

T- Much like the smell. Light with Granny Smith green apple aftertaste. Pleasant Unibroue yeast flavours, though these could be more prominent. I found it lacked some of the cider (fermented apple) flavours that some apple beers (Sainte-Paix for example). It tasted goos but did not wow me.

MF- Smooth but heavily carbonated. Light bodied.

D- Very easy to drink but slightly lacking in character.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled opened with a whoosh, followed by a strong smell of granny smith apples. Poured with a beautiful cloudy pale straw color and a nice head; however very little lacing on the glass. Effervesced nicely throughout the tasting and was surprisingly light in the mouth considering the carbonation. Almost buttery on the tongue with only a slight tingle followed by a mild taste of clove and coriander. Very little apple flavor. Quite crisp and refreshing, although I don't think I would drink more than two in a sitting.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a large white head supported by a lot of little tiny bubbles rising to the top. The aroma is dominated by the tart green apples and a touch of yeast. The taste much like the aroma features the green apple flavors most predominately with just a touch of malt and a hint of yeast. The mouthfeel is light and crisp and very fizzy from the high amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I found it to be too one dimensional relying too heavily on the apple flavors.

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

I stumbled upon Ephemere Apple at a local watering hole while trying several different belgians. I had no idea what I was in for. The 1st thing that come to mine is "Holy Apples Batman!!" I had to double check with the bartender to make sure he'd poured me the correct beer. I thought it was a cider. The only give away was the cloudy un-filtered appearance not so common with bottled ciders.

Although it is very fruity, I don't think its done poorly. Its a welcome change. I don't normally drink fruit beers, but I will definitely look for this at our local beer store. Althought its a fruity, the belgian characteristics come through as well. It has a very hazy unfiltered look to it, like many craft brewed Hefe's, but instead of the banana aroma and taste thats so prevalent, its overwhelmingly apple.

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Photo of Floydster
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked bottle from Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo

Poured into pint glass with golden color and a huge head with lots of carbonation similar to a sparkling wine

Smell was mostly sour apple, like a granny smith

Taste was about the same and had a nice sour finish with sweetness hitting you at first

One of the better fruit beers I have tried

Pretty drinkable for how sweet it is

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

12-oz. brown bottle poured into tulip glass. Best before 11-01-08 printed on bottle's rear label.

Appearance: poured the first portion of this beer into the glass with care not to disturb the sediment on the bottom. Golden colored body with a never ending champagne-like carbonation which leaves little head and mild lacing. Second half of bottle is swirled and poured into glass which introduces clouds of yeast. Head thunders up and then settles right back down to a thin layer.

Smell: definite tartness of Granny Smith apples. Belgian yeast and candy sugar along with citrus, lemons and limes.

Taste: sweet and tart apples, bananas, oranges and lemons along with yeasty bread crusts. Alcohol is very low key. Slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: the body is increased from light to medium when the yeast sediment is added to the glass. The carbonation makes my mouth come alive.

Drinkability: while I wouldn't probably drink more than a few at any one time, because I don't want to overload on the apple flavors, this beer is very interesting and easy to drink.

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

Picked up a bomber looking for something different to drink during the final days of summer.

A- Poured a hazy and cloudy yellow color- little head- what was there appeared to be foamy and soapy.

S- Smell was of ripe granny smith green apples- tart and sour- but natural and organic, nothing too artificial.

T- Taste really did not have much apple in it- pretty typical light golden unibroue brew. Lots of spices and sweet flavors.

M- Moutfeel was bubbly and warm.

D- Easily drank this bottle, but did not enjoy it so much. It lacked what I was looking for and truly teased the sweet apple flavor.

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

Serving Type: 1pt 9.4fl oz

Appearance: Pours like a golden apple juice, light head w/ minimal lacing. Pretty clear

Smell: Like golden sweet Granny Smith Apples w/ some light malt, light raspberry that is barely noticeable

Taste: I was a little disappointed here, I was hoping that the apple taste would be a little stronger. It is a light beer w/ fizzy characteristics. Apple taste w/ some raspberries mixed in, the ending is slighty bitter. Very light and crisp though

Mouthfeel: A somewhat thick drink due to the high carbonation. Goes down very crisp though

Drinkability: like the bottle says...this is great for a hot summer day. Just sit back and relax while slowly sipping this brew.

My ONLY regret w/ this drink is the mellowness in the actual apple flavour. The smell just wraps you in, inviting you to enjoy it...but than the taste is strangely mellow. Like a light cider.

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Photo of flowerysong
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fluffy white head, light golden body.

Smell: Tart Granny Smith apples with a bit of coriander and light malt.

Taste: Very light. A bit of wheat, a bit of apple, some spice notes. Tart, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin, highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Intriguingly delicate; nothing to get in the way of drinking it, and the light flavour would pair well with light cheeses or starchy desserts.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

AP: A hazy, honey color, big carbonation creates a small adequate white head that is retained very well.

Nose: Sweet and ripe apple, raspberry, creamy french vanilla, wheat malt and a nice complex tangy yeast on the nose.

flavor & feel: This very active and lively, light bodied brew has a nice dry wheat malt and sour, tangy yeast with sweet raspberry and tart apples mixed with a subtle french vanilla that features an active but smooth feel. The balance of all of this is very well done. Wild, tangy, green heirloom style apple flavor is very nice, a lush, creamy foam gives it a vanilla smooth texture which adds interest to the flavor and feel. Perhaps a bit thin of complexity, the yeast effect is mild for a Belgian style.

Very well done.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-3-07
Best before 1-9-09

Pours a cloudy pale gold, with a billowy white head that takes forever to settle.

Smell is all Unibroue Belgian, with maybe a hint of sweet and sour fruitiness.

Taste is nowhere near as sweet as you might expect, replaced by a very pleasant fruit sourness. The finish is slightly bitter with a little breadiness, and without the alcohol warming you get with many Unibroues.

Mouthfeel is great, big-time carbonation makes it very light and refreshing.

Drinkability is also very good, well balanced flavors and lower abv make it very enjoyable.

Overall, a great fruit beer. Not super-sweet, the fruitiness takes a backseat and adds only complexity.

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Photo of errantnight
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a lil bit of delightful.... if not entirely flavorful...

pours hazy straw with a rich, vibrant head that gives way quickly... decent lacing...

smells at first like a jolly rancher, then just crisp, fresh apple. smells much sweeter than it is, but not too over the top.

taste is... well, it's light. strangely, i think strawberries first before apple... like a real, fresh strawberry, albeit not a very ripe one. then a hint of apple. malt and hops are barely there... light, crisp, light, crisp...

speaking of crisp, highly carbonated, very refreshing.

i was expecting more nuances to come out as it warmed, but really the aroma waxed and waned as temperature jumped around... but the apple always stayed just on the fringe... actually has me hankering for a lambic, but i'd be happy to serve and drink this all summer long... and in LA... that's a lot...

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Photo of bort11
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Grinder's to finish out my session.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Head was a little fizzy with a thin lace. Color was a very hazy unfiltered golden yellow. Like an unfiltered apple juice.
Smell has a tart green apple aroma that I like. And it's not an artificial green apple like a Jolly Rancher, but a natural smell that you get after biting into a Granny Smith. There is also a slightly spicy yeast aromo that is common with Unibroue beers. The taste wasn't as tart as what I would have expected it to be. The yeast and the malt must be mellowing it out.
Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy. this is a nice after dinner digestive.

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Photo of Overlord
2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is with a sad heart that I must give my first decidedly negative review of a Unibroue offering.

I've found this to be a superlative brewery, so I was pretty eager to try this apple flavored brew. While not a huge lover of fruit flavored beers, there are several I do enjoy. But, this was not one of them.

No real head, but a strangely large amount of carbonation. The apple taste was sour and tart, not crisp. The overall affect was of cider gone bad, then pumped with club soda. Nor was there much going on besides the unappealing apple taste.

Just not a good effort.

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

I started see this beer all over the place so I thought I would give it a try. It was very pleasant. It is not something I would drink on a daily basis but nice relaxing evening brew. The bottle is elegant and the art work on the label as with all Unibroue is weel thought out and fitting to the type of beer. There is even explanations of the type of glass to use, the yeast and how to open the bottle.

Appearance- I was not expecting the thick head you get from this beer. Make sure you pour it slowly. There is some thin lacing on the glass. The beer itself is very cloudy and dark yellow.

Smell- As soon as the cork pops you can smell the apple and then yeast. Both scents are very strong followed by a mild seasoned aroma.

Taste- It is like a parade. First comes the apples, then yeast, then malt, spices and trailing at the end an extremely weak bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Very balanced and somewhat thick and cloudy feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability- A very good relax and sip ale that could pare wit a lot of different foods as well.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,091 ratings