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 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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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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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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