Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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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:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-21-2002

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, picked up at riley's a couple months ago i think

appearance: poured into a tulip...pale golden body, like real pale...big foamy white head forms and leaves a strong and active bubbly lace...looks like sparkling grape or apple juice...lots of floaters towards the bottom

smell: aroma is a crisp yeast body, sweetened apple juice, pear, corriander and other light spicing noticeable...pretty nice

taste: this fruit beer is enjoyable enough, but perhaps a little bland...sweet but watery apple juice, pear, citrus, white grape, corriander, moderate spicing, lively yeast

mouthfeel: crisp and sweet, dry finish

drinkability: good

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Photo of xav33
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unibroue Ephemere Apple
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a shaker
Best before 09/07, bitten into 11/06

Poured a murky bright straw color with a small fizzy mostly diminishing white head.

Smelt of strong candy apples and oranges.

Taste was upfront strong sweet gummy apples, with moderate sour granny smith apples, and also light oranges, caramel, and spices followed by a moderate bittersweet dough and spice and apple on a lengthy finish that leaves you wondering what apple you have just bit into. Palate was light to medium bodied, slightly creamy at first then slightly dry, fizzy, light astringency.

Overall, as far as fruit beers go, Unibroue knocks this one out of the park. Awesome taste and smell.

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Photo of techdiver
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation that forms a modest head that dissipates very quickly. But, the first thing you notice is apples. As soon as I opened thed bottle I smelled apples. This however does not come through as strongly when actually checking what's in your glass. Tast was lacking what I would have thought to display more apple character. Not my favorite Unibroue.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a decent white head. The head has little staying power and doesn't really lace the glass much at all.

The scent bounces back and forth between sour apple candy and apple salt water taffy for me. There's Belgian character buried beneath the various apple notes, but it's barely notable.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
It tastes a lot like apple juice, not like bottled apple juice but the actual juice of an apple. You can taste both the fruit and the bits you aren't really supposed to eat like the core. There's a mild Belgian funk and an even lighter crisp wheat character, but apples really run shit with this beer. The beer drinks with a medium body that kind of just runs through your mouth. It doesn't really bite anywhere or stimulate my mouth in any specific way. It just kind of goes down easy.

I am the last person to be a fan of lambic/fruit beer/vegetable beer but I decided to ignore my preference this weekend and I'm glad. I would put this beer in with hefeweizens for drinkability. A good summer beer for sure, and a good drinking beer when the mood strikes.

Bottom Line:
Don't be discouraged by the beer if your scoffing at it's apple content because it's actually pretty damn good. This beer has piqued my long dead interest in the style. W00t Unibroue!

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden/yellow color. Small white head that is sustained with a steady stream of carbonation. The smell of apples hit me the second I opened the bottle. Also a hint of yeasty spicyness. The malts are light tasting, giving the impression of a wheat beer. The apple flavors come through but are not overpowering or sickly sweet as you may expect. I found this to be a rather nice little beer. Something very nice for a change of pace. Light and easy on the palate but with enough flavor to make it interesting. Once again i'm impressed with Unibroue.

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Photo of Freshie
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a very appealing appearence except for the very active carbonation. Pale, cloudy yellow color with fizzy white head, that dissapates quickly to the sides.

The smell is a very clean, sweet smelling apple. Very impressed. The only other apple flavoured alcoholic beverage i have had is ciders, and they usually have a much more over ripe musty apple smell. This was pleasant to the nostrils.

Clean and biting apple hits you square on the palate. Mild malt comes afterwards. The sweet, citrusy hops stays with you.

A very decent beer, and something pleasantly different.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy light yellow color, with a thick, fluffy, white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces. Bubbles of carbonation quickly rise in the glass.

This beer has an apple like aroma. Behind that, it smells of earthy yeast. Some spices are present in the aroma also. Coriander mostly. It has a citrus hop aroma as well.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It has a cider like taste. Apples upfront. Yeast behind that mixed in with some spices. A slight citrusy flavor is also present. It tastes very sweet.

This beer is quite crisp. It goes down smooth, leaving a sweet apply aftertaste. It is highly carbonated.

I doubt this beer would make the best session beer. It is quite sweet. One or two pints is definately not bad though.

Overall: I have been looking forward to trying this beer. Although I am slightly let down with it, it is still good. It is a little more cidery than I would like.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a spritzy white head. No lacing but head retention is strong. Golden body with masses of fine carbonation swirling about.

Green apples can be picked up from quite a distance as my wife mentioned she smelled it from about 5 feet away. I like to keep my distance. I also get some peaches, apple pie, cinnamon, Bananna and pink lemonade. Mouthfeel usually isn't a huge factor but this brew excells in this category. Spritzy and lively without being overbearing. Cleans up rather nicely.

Notes: I can tell this is a well crafted brew as its complex without being annoying. This is not something that will see my fridge too often though as sour apples, spices, and sweetness is not for me. With that said though this is a must try.

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Photo of BlackAngus
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy straw-yellow, next to no head. Some lacing.

S - Some maltiness, but apple dominates. Very pleasant.

T - Wheat, some sour apple, apple in the finish. Very pleasant, no alcohol burn.

M - Very finely carbonated, medium-light body. Very clean.

D - Very drinkable. Aside from the price, I would drink the hell out of this.

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Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Magnum's in early August for 2.49. Best before 9/10/07.

Beer poured a cloudy golden color with a well sustained white head. Nose is of champagne and sour apples. Taste is somewhat having a wheaty quality with a sour apple finish. Mouthfeel has a champagne quality to it, quite bubbly and lively. Drinkability is OK. One is pretty good to try but I am not sure how the second one will go down.

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Photo of Osiris9588
2.59/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with gold foil and freshness date of 9/20/07. It pours a pale apple juice color with a thin head, exhibiting very little retention or lacing. I would assume the corked version would offer better carbonation.

The nose is filled with green apple, pear, some malty and yeasty notes, and strong sense of sugar. The taste is apple and subtle malt--and very little else.

The mouth is light, not at all complex, and not very inspiring at all. The lack of body and flavor make it drinkable, but I won't drink one of these ever again. I don't see a point.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another one I've had too many times to count but never bothered to rate. I poured it into a snifter; it had a medium straw color and a small white head which dissapated quickly. Through the hazy body you can make out plenty of champagne-like bubbles that make for an interesting appearance.
The smell was what I would call typical and expected; mild tart apple, sweet fruits, candy sugar, mild yeast and almost no hop presence. I was impressed with the taste, which was rather mild despite the nose; doughy yeast and sweet/tart fruits blended very well to give a nice and varying mouthfeel, which started with the carbonation tingle, then went through sweet and sour and ended smooth, but almost watery. Overall a very decent fruit beer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed pale straw color with a fluffy white head that thins.Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells of tart apples over a mild bready and yeasty base. It generally smells fine, but once in a while I catch a whiff that seems like the Belgian yeast aroma and the apples blend in a way that smells like feet.

Luckily the feet thing doesn't translate into the taste. Tastes like a very light Belgian style ale with a tart apple taste blended in. Light yeasty and bready flavors appear upfront with a mild tart apple taste that appears and rides through the finish.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

This is a refreshing fruity beer and quite drinkable, but not as good as I expected from Unibroue. It would be a decent choice on a hot summer day, but I can find beter summer beers at much cheaper prices.

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Photo of malcontent
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring, Ephemere yields a large, bubbly head that soon reduces to an even layer of thin head across an attractively hazy, pale orange body.

The fragrance is exactly as advertised; apples are the predominant scent, but clove, yeast & lemon accompany as I would expect from a witbier.

The taste is straightforward green apple & wheat/yeast. Tastes like many summer beers with the added kick of fruit.

Although the carbonation is refreshing there is a cotton-like feeling left on the tongue with the additional drawback of an almost soda-pop feel. The weakest area of the beer.

I could see having a couple of these in hot weather but it’s something I’d have to be in the mood for. Good but not great.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of apples on their own and didn't think I'd like this beer. I was pleasantly surprised.

It was average-looking coming ouf the the 750 mL bottle, with a large rocky head topping a cloudy golden body. The smell was the first hint that this beer may end up being better than many of its fruit-enhanced counterparts. I walked across the room to do something else and could smell the tart green apple aroma from 10 feet away! As distinct as it was, it blended well with the slightly sour yeast smell that accompanied it.

At first blush, the flavour was disappointingly one-dimensional. The immediate impression was like drinking a liquefied apple Jolly Rancher candy. Repeated sips and greater consideration revealed a more moderate take on the first impression and subtle, lightly-roasted malts revealed themselves a little more.

The carbonation was a little too low and the mouthfeel a little sticky for my liking. I would have liked a crisper finish, but I concede that may have made it too cider-like for others.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Top reads 2005.

A- Light and murky. Golden pale orange-yellow. Carbonation billowing from the bottom of the glass. The head climbs up taking over 1/2 the glass.

S- Very sweet and apple-ish. A touch of yeast.

T- Not overwhelming as I thought it would be. Very mild and soft. Slight yeast taste at the end with an apple kick. Maybe a little pepper taste.

M- Just as all the Unibroue beers, GREAT mouthfeel. Light and cool, very refreshing.

D- Lower alcohol content than most of the unibroue brews, this is very drinkable. Good for company that doesn't like beer but likes wine. A good foot in the door for those not into beer...yet...

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Photo of beckje01
2.16/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Lots of bubbles, with a green hue to the yellow end of the spectrum.

S- Sour apples with a slight malt.

T- Very slight apple tang, but thats about it. So light on taste the smell was very promising and I was let down.

M- Super active, like tonic water.

D- Not hard to drink at all.

Just no reason to drink this one really more like sparkling water, really if the beer was less carbinated I might have been able to enjoy some very light balenced flavors but with this much carbination nothing much comes through. I would also like to try this beer with more apple flavors I think it would be nice with all that carbination. Really I would like to see the carbination scaled back or the taste scaled up.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a wheat beer, cloudy with nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Green apple on the nose, lacing doesn't stick around.

The taste is fine, it's just not that full bodied. Mostly Smith apple, coriander, wheat. Nothing to write home about.

Feels okay in the mouth, like a decent wheat beer. The taste is just weak. Apple is present, but very little character besides. It's not really active and bold like a good lambic, but it's also not cloying like fruit beers can be. If you like Pyramid's Apricot wheat or Sam Adams' Cherry wheat, give the Ephemere line a taste.

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Photo of beals
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours white-pale, slight cloudiness gives it a gold color; almost looks like apple juice, in fact. Thick white head that faded after about a minute.

Aroma: Smells of sweet apples (of course) blended with a strong yeastiness.

Taste: Apple, not quite juice yet not quite cider, quickly shifting to alcohol for a moment. Spicy notes emerge, balancing the natural sweetness of the apples and giving the beer a drier flavor. Finishes with the sour touch of Granny Smith apples.

Mouthfeel: Plentiful carbonation, lots of small bubbles, gives the beer a slightly sharp mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not really a session beer -- I might have two of these, but that's about it.

Overall: I like the taste of coriander in food, and I like the spiciness in this beer, but I can't find a clear link between the two. I think I might just need to try some other beers with coriander. In general, I like this take on an apple beer, but don't know if I'll be shelling out over 2 bucks a bottle for it again.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy, light straw color with a thin white head. Steady streams of bubbles racing to the surface.

Smells of apples (duh), grains and yeast. The sour apple scent was very welcoming.

Taste is of sour green apples, wheat, and yeast. Nothing else really stood out to me. Not sure if the apple flavor helped or hurt. The aroma had me really intrigued, but the taste was a bit of a let down.

Really carbonated...almost too much. Thin, champagne like body. I am not extremely impressed, however, I won't give up on fruit beers yet.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is easily one of the best fruit beers I've had. Tastes like candy, or juice.

The beer looks almost like your run of the mill witbier, though it appears to be very clear for a wit (like your run of the mill wit). It has only the feintest hint of a green tint. A thick white effervescent head forms, pops like a bowl of rice crispees, and falls without a trace. Not even a ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Lacing? Feh.... there's not even head!

But everything else about this beer is forgivable. The aroma is mouthwatering. Who dropped a green Jolly Rancher in my Blanche de Chambly? This beer smells like stripper perfume. Sounds trashy, but you know you like it.

The taste is like a really good witbier (Blanche de Chambly perhaps) with a few Jolly Ranchers dropped in and dissolved. Very interesting mix with incredibly drinkable results. The beer is very light in body and easy to drink a lot of without it getting too cloyingly sweet, even. Not a fan of fruity beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Dizzy
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden color, amost like a hefeweizen with a fizzy white head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is green apple and yeast. Taste is apple , yeast and spices.Mouthfeel is thin with a lot of carbonation. I expected more complexity from this, but its still ok. Wouldn't go out of my way to try this again but its not bad.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

Poured into the glass a hazed deep golden, almost peach in color. The head was white in color and consisted of tight fine bubbles. The lace was delicate, but still sticky.

The smell was fresh green apples, yeast, cereal grain, and light spices.

The taste is a bit tart, green apples, yeast, a light graininess, other fruits and an almost peppery spiciness. Very faint to no hop profile or bittering.

Active carbonation combined with a medium-light body give this a crisp and clean mouthfeel.

If you like apples, you should thoroughly enjoy this one.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up at the ABC Liqour store on Baymeadows Rd. here in town, and I poured my in my Unibroue tulip for a little something different.

The beer poured a belgian style dull gold color with a few undiscovered sources of carbonation. A constant quarter inch of bright head retained throughout the drinking. The nose was strong on sweet, lightly sour, apple tones. The flavor of the beer proved to be quite sweet and apple infused without pushing over the limits of turning into an apple/beer alco-pop type deal. A slightly creamy texture developed as this one warmed, and the beer proved to be an enjoyable digestif, but too sweet to be sessioned and not my favorite style. Still an interesting rendition of this style of beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at a patio in Montreal, the rain was pouring, but the beer tasted fine!

Colour was murky yellow, orange with a nice 1/2 inch head.

Smell was like a normal witbier, but with a nice apple-like twist. This really adds to the freshness of the beer, and make it more suitable for when it is hot.

Taste was apple-like, very refreshing and combined with the usual witbier tastes. The wheat base was pretty solid and the yeast profile was just right. Drinkability was very good.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,069 ratings.
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