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 Washburne
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second review - it's been a while since I had the Apple Ephemere, so I decided it was time to give this year's batch a go. 12oz bottle into my Chimay glass.

A - Golden straw-colour, very cloudy. Thin but bubbly head that lasted until the final sip, though I don't recall any kind of lacing - still, the head was very good for only a 5%ish beer.

S - Very strong smell of apples, although not as dominant as my previous try. This is a beer you can smell from across the room though. Some spices in there that I recognise but can't identify (I'm no chef) and a little maltiness.

T - Seemed less watery than I recall, and the apple flavour is a little more understated. Also more on the tart side than sweet which was appreciated.

M - Still a little too watery although much improved from last time I had it. Bubbles almost made it feel like drinking a sparkling wine, but in a fairly good way.

D - While I don't see myself drinking more than one of these in a night, as I'm not generally a fruity beer kind of guy, I can see how some people would. It slips down pretty easily and the low alcohol content for a Unibroue means that it's not going to knock you off your feet.

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Photo of oelergud
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellowish golden translucent body with good carbonation. White head falls quickly leaving little lace.
As expected the green apple scent is dominant. Some grass, hay and faint pine. Fresh and crisp.
Fresh green apple taste almost cider like. Tongue prickling and gone in a flash without much in the way of aftertaste. Faint tart finish.
Refreshing and thirst quenching and will probably do best in the summer heat.


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Photo of xzqrut
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured out a nice hazy golden orange color, with nice carbonation, but only very mild head, some lacing. Smell was light, with faint apple and some spices. Taste was very nice, with apple again coming up front, with a very light and smooth spicey following. The mouthfeel was very nice, again good carbonation, very smooth. All in all a nice fruit beer, I would like to have it on a summer night and review it again.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Lightly cloudy golden body with a white head.
S- Apples come through strongest with some other light citrus fruits behind there. Light tart and sour aromas to it also. What surprised me is blueberries come out of this also.
T- Big apple cider flavor. Interesting blueberry comes through also. Very light hint of fruit with a tad tartness to it. Light bitterness lingers on the tongue.
M- Medium to light carbonation with a thin body.
D- Very good. Has a nice complexion and balance to it. I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

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Photo of Byeast
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a massive , white , foamy head. The color was a clear , paler light gold.

Smell: lots of green apple , coriander spice , bit of sour green apple jolly rancher aroma.

Taste: green apples , apple juice , a bit of malt sweetness , light coriander , and a bit of a wheat like tartness. Unfortunatly the nose was much more interesting.

Mouthfeel: light bodied , fairly dry finish.

Drinkability: quite a drinkable brew , high on the list of veggie beer iv'e tried for it natural , (if a bit light) flavor. Smells more complex than it tastes though.

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Photo of Pinto21
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a light cloudy yellow with decent white head that faded to very good lacing

smelled of apples and thats about it

tasted light and appley with a bit of malt, but weak and watery

goes down easy and feels good

not bad, but weak, i woulda like more to it, but not bad

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Photo of atigerlife
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a framboise tulip glass.

Pours a light yellow, slightly hazy like a wit. Big, chunky white head. Initial blast of carbonation is chaotic, explosive. Can actually hear the bubbles from a couple of feet away. Interesting.

Aroma of green apples, yeast [Belgian) and rather dusty.

Taste is light. Sweet green apples. Spices similar to a wit. Surprisingly weak and watery.

Mouthfeel is light and cleansing.

Overall, an interesting beer. Definitely not a session beer, but more of an intriguing refresher. But, be warned, by the time I was finishing my bottle I found it rather cloying and was glad I was finished.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy yellow color with a monstrous solid white head that stays well. The nose is of tart green apples and Belgian-style yeast. Not much else, but that's enough. The palate is maybe a little more bland than the nose would lead you to believe, but it is light, refreshing and laced with green apples and a pleasant sweetness from the malt. Some residual yeast notes here as well, as you'd expect from Unibroue. The body is quite light and refreshing. Heavy-handed carbonation, and finishes quite dry. My wife loves this beer and that's not an indictment. I like it too, for gian white ale flair. Blanche De Chambly with tart apples. Nice.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Head fades fast to splotches. Cloudy dark orange color with bits of brown sediment (could be apple???).

S - Smells like sour apples and also sour cherries. Hints of grapes too.

T - Watery upfront. Aftertaste is like a sour apple sucker.

M - Slight carbonation, pretty light on the tongue.

D - It tastes good but I don't know how many fruity beers I (personally) can drink in one sitting. Depends on my mood I guess.

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

From a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a inch of white foam. Smells of green apple and mild spice. Tart tastes of green apple, lemon, and spice. A frothy medium body with above average carbonation. This is a very crisp and refreshing offering. I would seek it out again.

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

12oz bottle into mug. Probably also good out of a flute glass, snifter, or tulip.

Cloudy golden color with an eggshell white head that holds well, and settles to a thick frothy cap. Spotty lacing.

This beer is loaded with apple aroma, which quickly filled up the kitchen within a moment after pouring. Mild tart scents that are sinonymous with Belgian ales. A touch of spiciness.

A little bit of grainy malt along with sweet applejuice flavors. A little bit of bubblegum flavor is also there. The thin body and high carbonation mixes with a little bit of alcohol to provide a bite. A little bit of hop bitterness is in the back of the tongue, but doesn't hang around long.

Much sweeter than the beers that Unibroue is famous for. I think they did a good job with the apple flavor. Not quite as tart as a New England Cider. This one is probably better cold. Recommended.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent fruit beer from Unibroue. I like their stuff, but I'm never really overwhelmed by it and this is yet another of their beers that I buy only when the mood hits me.

Fitting apple juice colour with a very excited head that takes its time to settle down.

Rather dry, yeast apple smell. Bitter, not much sweetness.

Tart Granny Smith taste with dry yeast backing. Malts and hops not detectable.

Wierd mouthfeel: at times it seems too fizzy, and at other times it is very smooth. Drinkable, but the 750ml bottle can be a challenge.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +15.6%
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 -1.7%
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 +14.4%
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 +14.4%
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 -2.5%
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 +8.9%
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 +8.6%
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 +20%
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 +1.4%
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 -28.1%
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 +10.3%
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 -9.4%
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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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,081 ratings
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