Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
2,081 Ratings
Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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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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Photo of July2Nov
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy lighter yellow, relatively unremarkable.
S: Sweet and syrupy w/ a hint of coriander.
T&M: It's got bit of a stingy taste to begin with but ultimately ends with the crisp taste of apples. Right before the apple flavor, the carbonation kicks in and taste a hell of a lot like your typical apple drink. But, I really like apples...so I'm down. Basically it's a lighter version of Hornsby. So it brings me back to my early days of drinking...oh the nostalgia.
D: I would drink this one again, if it ever comes out again. If you like the fruit beer, then you could no wrong with this.

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

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pale gold in color with a thick white head that did not stick around for long. Lacing was non-existent.

Smells of sweet malt, green apple and spice. Taste is sweet at first and then turns tart fast. If I think apple Jolly Rancher that is what I taste, but there is much more to it. The sweetness of this up front is quite delightful, and the tart finish is almost sour at times.

It's light bodied and easy to drink. But the tartness of this beer would steer me away from having another is the same session.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy pale yellow body with foamy white head. Head vanished fairly quickly and little lacing is left behing in the glass. As in most Unibroue beers, the yeast is still in the bottle and can be seen moving around after pouring. I find this interesting to watch and impressive.

S- The coriander and green apple hit the nose as soon as the bottle is opened. Some bready yeast can be noted too. Similar to a fresh apple pie. Quite welcoming and delicious.

T- Green apple is upfront. This is followed by notes of coriander and yeast. All three flavors remain on the palate the whole way through and linger. Overall taste is crisp and not overpowering.

M- Medium carbonation and somewhat thin mouthfeel. Yeasty presence is there too. Goes down easy.

D- This is a great summer fruit beer. It is light, crisp, and tasty. Very sessionable on hot days like today. Unibroue never lets me down with their brews and this is another great one. I will have it again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy neon green color that fades along the edges. The head is a massive, billowy three inches in height. The aroma is of rotting green apples, and curacao. It reminds me of a vomit covered barroom floor. The taste is of green apples (without the rot), with a citrusy, curacao spritze in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with prefect carbonation. Overall, I really like the taste and mouthfeel of this beer, but the aroma ruins it for me. I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of weasbri
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I usually start with the appearance of the beer, but with this one, the smell of tart green apple just smacks you in the nose, it's hard to avoid. Very much along the lines of a sour apple Jolly Rancher candy, but a hint of earthiness creeps through after the initial apple shock wears off.
The beer pours a cloudy light yellow-orange with a slight white head.
The flavor is not nearly as potent as the aroma. In fact, here the earthiness and the spices come through, with the tartness tingling your tongue. It needs just a bit more body to it, as it seemed a bit watery at times.
For me, it actually paired surprisingly well with the completely unplanned chicken mango pineapple kabobs and coconut rice.

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

A - Cloudy deep honey-gold hue with an initially massive three finger head that recedes to nothing but the smallest wisp of a collar. This is a pretty color, and its nicely clouded with yeasty bits.

S - I could smell the green apple skin as soon as I popped the top! Green apple Jolly Rancher with some yeasty notes and sweet apple juice.

T - A lambic-like acidity and lightly puckering green apple skin flavors make this a tart treat for summer. Sourdough bread yeasty flavors and sugary apple juice are there too. A bit of wheat twang shows up just before the clean finish.

M - Lots of carbonation and acidity. Light bodied and zesty at first, but it becomes full and foamy when I swish it around in my mouth.

D - A great lambic-like fruit beer that is full of subtle gentle flavors. Drinkable enough in the summer, but it's not really as interesting or complex as I thought it would be.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.31/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A nice color and decent head, ok stringly lacing. Aroma is a weak, thin sugary apple juice, its not bad, but not liking it one bit. The same artificial apple is too distracting for anything else to be tasted. Really, thats probably how its supposed to be, but its just not done well, imo. If this were a light beer with apple juice mixed in, I'd say "hey, this would be tasty for beer drinkin and throwing a frisby on the beach." As it stands, not impressed in the least.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light gold, with one finger of light, white head that settles to a ring. Very cloudy, leaves no lacing or legs.

S- When it's cold, all you can smell is apple juice. As it warms, however, it begins to smell more like a saison with apple in it. Yeasty with a nit of a malt backbone and hints of biscuit.

T- Sweet, but not as sweet as the nose would have suggested. Hints of malt overshadowed by the immense amount of green and golden apple, then some hops come into the finish, to make it smack of a tie between apple and pine. A good bit of yeast in the flavor, and a bit of white bread.

M- Ridiculously carbonated. Fiery on the tongue because it's so effervescent. Other than that, medium/light body and a tad of dryness in the long finish. Doesn't feel as clean as I expected, leaves a resiny feeling.

D- Pretty good. A good session beer, but I can't think of good pairings, so I'd probably have one or two and move on. Get one if you're in the mood to have some bubbly cider.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours an effervescent, but hazed-up golden with 3+ fingers of fluffed up white head into a Douglas scotch ale glass. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Straight up apple juice+ skins & a little lemon

T: Apples & a little lemon peel up front. Dryness follows as the warms along with a little boozey warmth & some white pepper. Finishes with coriander, lemon & orange peel, apples & dryness

MF: Light & effervescent & a little creamyness

Drinks alright for a "rich man's snake bite". Could do a few on a hot summer's afternoon (actually a little cool today). Was surprised how much I liked this!

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Photo of Mdog
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold, thin head fades out to nothing quickly.

Smell: Apple juice.

Taste: Apple flavor dominates, a little note of spiciness and yeast comes through at times, but not too exciting.

Mouthfeel: Kind of fizzy.

Drinkability: This is probably sessionable, but I don't know when I'd ever want several in a sitting.

I've enjoyed Unibroue's bigger offerings in the past, so I gave this a try. Unfortunately, I didn't like it much. I've had hard ciders that I liked better. This maybe has a little more body than Hornsby's or Woodchuck so not as much of a "throw-em-down" apple-flavored drink.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,081 ratings
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