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Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of kenito799
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked bottle, poured into hotel tumblers.

Drank it in Quebec City.

Aroma is the first thing you experience here when you pop the cork--whoa, huge wallop of green apple aroma, makes you think you are in for some over-flavored apple beverage. Pouring, however, tones this down. A somewhat nondescript cloudy light golden amber liquid with a soft foamy but impressively lingering head. But back to the smell...the apple dominates, but the smell is of fresh ripe apples in front of a light malty beer smell--this doesn't smell like cider.

The taste is a similarly pleasing amalgam of a light malty beer with lots of fresh apple flavor throughout from start to finish. Lightly actve carbonation complements the flavor and makes this refreshing and drinkable, much less sweet than I thought it might be from the inital smell. Fairly watery though, underneath the apple. Nice for a change, and well done, but the actual apple flavor didn't excite me particularly, so I give that an "above average". Actually, perhaps what I mean is, why do we need an apple beer? Cherries are great in beer and lambics, perhaps not apple, methinks. Cider, after all, is there for the apple lovers.

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Photo of brdc
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice looking, golden brew with a nice, plentiful white head.
The aroma is as expected, heavy on sour apples, with some yeastiness but not a lot more. Pleasant but undeveloped.
On the palate it is quite refreshing, sweetish at times but with a hoppy bite here and there. Unfortunately, it has a very thin mouthfeel, giving you a "watered-down" feeling.
Quite drinkable and refreshing, but nothing really special. Perhaps it is because I always expect a heavy brew with a flavor explosion from Unibroue. It is not here.

Presentation: 341ml brown twist off with a foiled top, no freshness date.

Appearance: Fluffy white head collapses into a thin sudsy lace. Bright golden bubbly clarity.

Smell: Ripe granny smith apple, core and all with some light spicing on the side.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Sweet-tart apple, crisp yet meek wheat malt … light bodied. Flowery with a spiciness in the back to balance.

Drinkability & Notes: If it was not for the apple character this would just be plain carbonated water with a little malt on the side.

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

12 oz bottle poured into chalice.
Pours fizzy and hazy, honey in color. Despite the active carbonation little head forms

Aroma is all fresh green apple. Not offensive like acetylaldehyde, sweet, and pleasant.

Taste is primarily tart green apple. Some spiciness, maybe from Saaz hops, coriander or similar spice.

Mouthfeel is light in body, crisp and highly carbonated. Finishes very dry.

Quite drinkable, good light dessert beer.

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

Yellow orange color / not clear / mild carbonation / mild head

Sweet apple / tart and sugary

Tart sweet apple flavors dominate / kind of sour, a little bitter / spicy and creamy / finishes slightly dry

Pretty spicy carbonation / medium bodied

Light and refreshing. Tasty and juicy. Nice drink.

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Photo of apresskibrewer
2.2/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - A frothy golden pour, with an actively raised head. dropped quickly to a gentle lace
Aroma - candy apple.
taste - again... candy apple. strong candy apple, from start to finish.
mouthfeel - crisp and smooth.
drinkability - so sweet... i consider it having a very low drinkability level... I wouldn't buy it again.

my brother was trying this beer with me... and he thinks...
"It tastes like Budweiser, that tried to add apple with candy taffy."

Considering the style tends to use artificial adjuncts/supplements to get the flavor, it is still too unbalanced for my taste. IMO not a well rounded brew, even considering the styles goals....

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Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Better than I expected. I thought this one was going to taste like a wine cooler and put off drinking it for a while. (If its a spring release, mine was a year old). Pours a cloudy straw color, like a witbier, with plenty of "chunks" floating in it. I haven't seen this much particulates since I had a Hop Hog.

Taste was like a very mild witbier with some apple flavoring. Did not have witbier astringency but was not overly sweet or unnatural tasking from the apple. The mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing and drinkability was good. Not too sweet, I could have easily downed a few if I was out with friends.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a flute glass.

Pours a pale golden color with champagne like carbonation and a similar head.

Smell is intense green apple.

Taste is green apple with some tartness and a slightly dry finish.

Good fruit beer, which is tough to make. Enjoyed one glass, but couldn't drink much more than that.

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Photo of daburtman
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

for a beer that could almost fool some people into thinking they are drinking sparkling wine, this beer almost filled my room with apple. the most intense fruit beer ive ver tried, ive had it in growler and bottle, growler was alittle better, but for being a apple beer it wasnt as easy to drink as id think. had a little bit of a weird aftertaste, but im looking forward to trying the other ephemere styles like cherry,grape, etc.

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Photo of Brad007
4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nearly golden color. Smells strongly of apples and/or apple candy. Mmm. Taste is much of the same, except that the apple is reduced in the background with just a hint of sourness that balances it out.Tart and somewhat tangy. Very drinkable still, which shows that Unibroue only brews good beers.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An appealing, wheat-colored blonde ale fills my chalice and builds a white head before it quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing. Some particulates collect at the bottom as it sits. Fitting that my friend (trep) described Unibroue's as "a yeasty mess"...he may be onto something, as most of their brews do have a common thread in both taste and aroma. Nevertheless, I found the Ephemere apple to be quite appealing to the nose, with its notes of tart, spice, candy apple, and floral bouquets.

The taste had some good apple flavors, as expected. A candy-like sweetness reminiscent of Juicy Fruit lights up the palate and is accentuated by a nice carbonation level. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and relatively crisp, but doesn't have much of a burst to the aftertaste. All in all, this is definitely a beer that goes down easily, partly due to it's low (5.5%) ABV. The "apple, curacao, and coriander" make for a tasty brew, but it lacks the intricacy of most other Unibroue beers.

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Photo of slyke
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ephemere Apple pours a hazy yellow with a white head that fades rather quickly to a thin cap. The smell has notes of tart apples and coriander. A little of the tartness come through in flavor, but the coriander is more noticeable in the taste. A rush of carbonation in the initial mouthfeel made me expect a crisp finish that didn't materialize. While this beer was interesting, it is not something I would want to session. It is worth trying, however.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's kinda hard, but if you can pour this one like a hefeweizen...very carefully. It pours nice and big, but after a minute or so it falls into a thin lacing that doesn't hold so well. The color is a light cider brown, almost like a light IPA. The smell once you open it is apple. Floral apple tones that must be mixed with something citrisy...the bottle says coriander and curacao. They must be what I'm smelling in company with the apple. Now there's barley even a lacing. A minute head. The smell reminds me right away of a belgian triple mixed with hefeweizen. Clove is what reminds me of a hefeweizen. The mouthfeel is the first thing I notice, it's got that carbonation that's prominent and sticks to your tongue the whole time you drink it. The flavor is slightly clovey and Belgian-like, however the apple cider and light citrus then take over and finish dry. The flavor reminds me of a mixture of candy and medicine. Overall, I will probably not have this one again.

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Photo of fank2788
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best before 1/09 served in a snifter
This beer pours out a pale gold color with a fairly large pure white head which doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon. I was able to notice the smell immediately after pulling off the cap. There is a good deal of sour green apple, granny smith like, on top with a bit of cloviness and banana underneath. The taste too starts out with a lot of sour apple flavor which is somewhat balanced by grainy, bready maltiness and a bit of hop spice it's fairly sweet as well. The apple flavor may dominate a bit too much for me. This beer is very bubbly and active on the tongue, finishes dry and leaves a lingering apple taste. Light and refreshing this beer is fairly drinkable if it is your "thing". I could see personal preference playing a huge role with this one, some will love it some will hate it, I find it to be an interesting, different beer from Unibroue, good but not great.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle with a Best By of 9/20/07, in a thistle shaped tumbler

Poured with life & vigor, a nice snap to it. Lite, dry crisp cider (duh) nose, sweet apples are obviously upfront, but not obnoxiously. I'm inclined to say MacIntosh or another baking apple. Soft malt background, fresh straw, some honey, even an echo of pie spice (old cinnamon, nutmeg). Head was a finger of loose, lively bull pearl white foam that sang & danced, then ran out like it wasn't paying the check to a thin sheen of a floater that didn't lace at all. The body is a murky, clouded, dull golden straw hue. A few bubbles eek slowly up the glass sides.

Surprisingly tart given the nose, on the semi-dry tonguefeel there is a subtle pie spice quality above the rather soft apple taste. In a quirk, the malts take on some characteristics of a pie dough, and are just below the soft apple with peel taste (again, I'm thinking MacIntosh or similar). It is very easy to drink. I can see this being a great warm/hot weather beer.

It gets drier on the palate, a little crunchy, subtle crisp hops add to the dryness and even get a wee bit peppery. It finishes ever so slightly syrupy, a little tart, and leaves a clean, coated, chewy apple cider sheen behind...perhaps even a bit like a caramel apple.

This was good, but it didn't wow me. I feel the Cassis version is far superior and much better. That is not to say this was bad, but that the Cassis is that good. This would be a great refresher, would pair fantastic with a summer salad (Waldorf especially), lite seafood, or pork. Actually, it would go really well with a simple pork dish...I'll have to try that. A good fruit beer, and worthy of checking out.

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Photo of logansboat15
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The winged fairy princess on the label tipped me off to what I was in for! A very cloudy, pale yellow appearance with a high carbonated fizziness when poured. Sour apple aroma with a hint of banana. Very light taste of green apples but the carbonation predominates. Finishes in a slightly sour note. Light, tingly mouthfeel, dry overall presentation. Highly drinkable if this is your favored style. Light in alcohol and delicate in body that should appeal to white wine enthusiasts. Would pair well with stir fry or grilled chicken breast.

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Photo of tkarsies
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was wishing for warm weather so decided to try this out. Best before date 8/08. Served cool in a pint glass.
Apperance was pale yellow with lots of tiny bubbles. This started off with a huge white head that required a second pour to fit the entire bottle in my glass. A small amount of white lacing remained. Lots of yeast floaties throughout the beer like I would expect from a witbier.
Not a strong-smelling beer. There was some apple fruitiness as well as a faint hint of yeast similar to other Unibroue beers.
Apple flavor dominates, like apple juice. There is a little flavor of wheat and yeast. A hint of spices was detected, but this was very faint. Mouthfeel was fairly light and effervescent.
I guess this could be considered fairly drinkable, but I’m not sure I want to drink more. It is very sweet from the apple flavor but there is not much else going on in this beer. This could be a good warm weather treat. I love many of the other Unibroue beers, but this is not one I am likely to visit again any time soon.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't have any of mom's favorite lambic on hand for a birthday toast, & champagne was getting kind of lame after all these years, so out came this stuff. The bottle had a best by date that was coming around pretty soon, so I was glad to have a go before things got too stale.

A good cork pop made my presentation look halfway decent, & the splash of tart green apple cider hitting our noises killed the panic attack I was bound to have, had things not gone well.

Not much head on the pour, but very well carbonated. I could practically feel the individual bubbles burst, just like a fresh can of soda. Very bright & golden, but not totally clear. As much as I try, I never get all the yeast to completely lay down when I pour.

Very potent yeast is the first thing I taste, while the fruit lags behind. The skin of a green apple is evident, though not as pronounced as I had hoped. The backend washes down with a sweet & sour mix of dried apricots, obviously more noticeable as it warms. The coriander is there, but less spicy orange rind, & more lemongrass & ginger. It leaves a tacky mouthfeel & an aftertaste similar to pinot grigio.

Despite all that is included, it really is sort of bland. It's evidently not as fresh as it could of been, but nothing really stands out. Refreshing yes, but so is iced-tea on a hot day. Fresh iced-tea also isn't $7 a bottle.

Mom still liked it, but I have a feeling she's just being mom.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale pear/yellow color. Light foamy head turns to a good film atop the beer.

Smell: Strong green apple aroma is apparent from a distance, but closer inspection shows it to be tempered with cinnamon, malts, and yeast.

Taste: The apples are a bit dulled in the taste, and it is combined with a bit of spices again. The yeast taste is more present here than in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Not as crisp as a cider, presumably due to the yeast, but it's a smooth light-bodied beer with a rather high and noticable tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to consume, easy taste. Alcohol is low.

Not my typical thing, but it's done well. It's basically like a sparking cider, but more yeasty (and has a more beer-like texture). It's more carbonated than I typically like my beer, but that works with the flavor. Probably won't get it again for myself, but with others, sure... Nevertheless, fun to try.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this beer at festivals before, but it really tasted better when I tried it very cold last night. It is a lightly sweet candy-like beer which has some champagne-like qualities. It's not for every occasion, but it is good when you want something light and sweet.

It poured a cloudy dark yellow with a champagne-like head. I didn't get any coriander out of the aroma (it's written on the bottle) but I did get a good amount of sourness. Flavor was a cross betweeen champagne and a pear-flavored soda (if there was such a thing). A very light, refreshing and crisp mouthfeel.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,087 ratings
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