Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
2,098 Ratings
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 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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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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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,098 ratings