Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit and Field 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 SheepNutz
4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy dark golden color with a huge 4 finger head which has great retention. Big chunks of lace are left down the side of the glass. The smell is rich in sour apple, like a sour apple blowpop. There seems to be some alcohol to the smell, even though it's a low abv. The taste has some apple tartness, with a bit of spice, probably from the coriander added. It has to be one of the most refreshing brews I've ever had. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, just a little bubbly. The drinkability is very nice, and I could put away a few of the 750mLs easy. Definately going to get some of the big bottles on my next beer run!

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Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle conditioning announced itself with a gigantic head that filled the glass after just the first few ounces were poured. Seltzery white tiny bubbled, the head settled down after a few moments and I was able to fill the glass. The aroma is perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of this beer. Granny Smith apples, more to the candy-ish Jolly Rancher side of the spectrum, but as the beer warmed a sweet, cotton candy element emerged as well. The green apple notes were more subdued in the flavor, and could have been taken more for a yeast by-product than a brewing adjunct. The overall effect was a Belgian take on fruit beer. Not spectacular, but interesting.

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Photo of BierReise
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly effervescent,cloudy straw yellow with a ful size white foamy head which dissipated to a semi-thick layer of foam. Aroma is yeasty, tart and green apples. Very crisp with flavors of apples, wheat and coriander. This is a nice refreshing brew that I thouroghly enjoyed.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lovely lookingbeer. Pours a thin, white head. Head lasts a while, but cleans the glass -- no lacing at all. The beer is a solid yellow color. Aroma? Apples, of course! Green apples. Smells a little poppy, too. Taste? Apples! tastes nice. Not sweet like a cider. Very crisp. Refreshing. A nice summer drink, but only one every now and then, please.

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Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at The Beer Store (Terry Fox North of the 417: Kanata), 6/08/03, 2800 miles in my trunk.

There's a great big, white, bubbly, coarse head that collapses to uneven foam. Some spots and arcs on the glass. The beer is cloudy yellow/white with a little peachiness. Lots of pepper in the nose, and some apples, of course. The middle is a little thin, a little plain, with pepper and a little butter at temperature. Sweet apples abound in an otherwise dry finish. Apples and grains in the aftertaste.

Good. It's a little tastier than the original (because of the apples), but it's not really exciting. It does get pretty nice at temperature, though: apples butter and pepper.

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Photo of clvand0
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a yellow color with a moderate head and little lacing. The aroma was filled with apples and not much more. The flavor tasted like a 50/50 mix of your normal Unibroue beer and apple cider - quite enjoyable. It was a little sweet but it was very well balanced. This is a good beer and I would recommend trying it.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When first poured, it was a straw yellow with a slight green hue with a rich white head. The smell of fruit reminded me of apples, "Granny Smith" and "Macintosh" for starters. The taste was mostly of apples and a hint of orange and spices. The front of the bottle says, "Ale Brewed with Apple Juice, Coriander and Curacao". It was not overly sweet or bitter, but, there was an effervesent feel in my mouth after each sip. Very well balance for an "Ale with Fruit", which makes this beer, very refreshing.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy yellow color with a meringue-like white head. The brew is highly carbonated and that hits you on the roof of your mouth. Lots of complex green apple and spice flavors. It finishes quite cleanly. This is a very nice warm weather beer.

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Photo of Jon
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ephemere pours a deep golden color with a huge, bubbly head. A steady stream of carbonation is present. The head retains well, leaving trails of lace down the glass. Aroma is mainly of tart green apples, although notes of coriander, citrus rind and yeast are evident, as well. Taste is big on green apples up front, obviously, but lingering behind are orange rind, clove, and coriander. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, despite the carbonation that is obviously present. This is a light-bodied brew for the most part, although it can be filling. Overall, while this brew is not overly sweet nor sour, the apple flavor lingers after the final sip. A quality fruit beer all around, and an excellent one to have on hand in the summer months.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used a flutish/pilsner glass as recommended on the bottle and man be careful it pours like champagne. Straw yellow color with a huge sticky white head. Candi sweetness, bubblegum, and green apple in the nose. Initial wheat dominance followed by some spice and then apple skin and a touch of white pepper. A nice refreshing wheat beer with some tart apple but it is not overly sweet. The brew shows good balence and has some nice richness and smoothness in the mouth and on the tongue. Refreshing brew. Dry on the tongue on the finish.

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Photo of MJR
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale gold with a fluffy white cap that starts out big and holds at a finger thick.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle, the green apple aroma just leaps out at me...even from several feet away. There's a good dose of yeast, along with a hint of coriander.

Taste: The intense carbonation blurs the beginning, but after that it opens up with a green apple flavor that gets stronger and stronger, but still doesn't quite match up to the aroma. Underneath it is a solid base of fresh wheat and chalky yeast. There's a touch of spiciness, with some coriander showing up here and there. The apple flavor continues into the aftertaste, where it really jumps to the foreground.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, with a nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit much in the beginning, but eventually smooths out. The apple adds a bit of tannic length, which sucks a good deal of moisture from my mouth.

Drinkability: Pretty good for what it is. I couldn't drink this all night, nor would I want to. However, it is a very well done brew...in the hit or miss world of fruit beers, this is definitely a hit. Hours later, I'll still be burping apples...

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Photo of marburg
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed white color with a dense white head -- tiny bubbles! Big apple aroma slides over the top of a subtle bananas foster scent. It tickles the nose just gently. While drinking it, the mouthfeel dominates with high carbonation and a fantastic dry finish. The beer has a clear and well-defined, though subtle, sweet apple presence that finishes with a brief peppery note. For some reason, I just think it could be a little more exciting. The slightest hints of ripe granny smith apple peel resides in the aftertaste. A very pleasant summer refresher and definitely worth the purchase at $5. Another solid Unibroue offering; how the hell do these guys do it?

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Photo of DrewBeechum
4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a fresh 750ml corked bottles.

Beer pours a hazy straw color with a spritzy CO2 flooding from the beer forming a white bubbly head.

Aroma is dominated by an intense granny smith aroma with small touches of citrus and coriander spiciness.

Flavor is sharply acid with a sweet fruit flavor. The overall effect is similiar to a green apple jolly rancher.

Body is thin and the acid in the finish provides a light tang that matches well with the spritzy nature of the carbonation.

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Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a hazy yellow color and formed a huge foamy white head that left trace lace as it quickly subsided. An aroma of apples and spices, with a hint of yeast and butter. A flavor of hops, spices and butter. A fairly light and slightly sprite finish. A very drinkable beer.

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

Hazy gold, I can compare it to the color of apple sauce with a huge two fingered creamy bubbly white head. Aroma is fragrant of green apple tones, spices characteristic of Unibroue, and notes of a slightly musty yeast the complements the overall aromatic expressions of this beer. Taste well, the granny smith green apple flavor is not really detectable within the flavor as much as in the aroma. The light creamy apple sour tone and high carbonation mixed with the spices of this lighter palatable ale add an very nice twang to the flavor profile. Drinkability a definite easy going beer very drinkable great retreat from the summer heat one well done fruit flavored ale, I can't say I always care for them usually hit or miss I am glad this one connects.

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Photo of Darkale
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely did not expect to enjoy this beer, and really did enjoy it.

Immense, popping, fizzing white head with a fruity aroma full of apple and spice (to be expected, of course, given the ingredients). Cloudy gold body.

Brisk and sharp and slightly tart. Mouthfeel is crisp but also slick. Strange to taste apples in my beer, but the result is a very refreshing, very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Realale
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy very light gold. Tight fizzy white head settles slowly to a very thin complete cap.

You can smell the tart crisp apples from a couple of feet away! Its very mouth-watering, but really over-powers everything else on the nose. With time, a slight hint of malt manages to poke through, but that's it.

Quite yeasty on the palate, and a bit dilute in the midpalate. The apple is there, but its nowhere near as strong as it is on the nose. Sort of like a watered down Fin du Monde with apple added. The apple does contribute tannic length (thanks MJR!), and the mouth-feel is all bottle-conditioned soft fine carbonation. An interesting beer, but not one I'm sure I'd have again (although I'm still burping apple the next morning, so in a way . . .).

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Photo of kelticblood
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very excited about trying this offering from Unibroue.I had never seen it before or heard of it, and it sounded great from the bottles short description.Appearance was perfect with a monster head that erupted even with a soft pour, and left chunky white foam.The aroma was exquisite of apple juice.The colr was a hazy and cloudy gold.Bottle left sediment at the bottom.Mouthfeel was creamy with a rolling texture as with all of Unibroue's offerings.Bitterness is definately from green apples.Spiced with coriander and curacao.I think I could drink these all day.All the Unibroue's beers I've had are 8% and above ABV so this is quite a change.A natural green apple taste that does not taste fake.Spotty traces of lace left.Slight wheat after taste. A subtle lingering bitterness.Very refershing and highly drinkable.The reason the drinkability wasnt higher is that these can get a touch sweet after awhile.Even my girlfriend who hates beer was impressed with this and drank almost a half a bottle.

Note:I rarely give out 5's but IMO this deserved it.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle best before 5-1-05. Pours a hazy straw color in the glass. Head slowly builds to a mountain of white foam. Aroma is sweet floral scent with a bit of coriander. The first sip reveals a much drier beer than I had imagined. The apple juice doesn't add much sweetness. The taste is also far more subtle than you might think with a fruit beer. Very subdued appple flavor. The other thing that is quite noticeable about this beer is the mouthfeel. It is like soft water. Carbonation is not harsh and is silky on the tongue. I've got one for the cellar too.

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Photo of proc
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. It poured out to a chalky, cloudy, golden color in the glass. The aroma is excellent. Light apple and other fruit. The taste was quite good. The apple is done just right, not overbearing at all and combined with the spices made for a nice, summertime-style, treat. This beer actually reminded me of drinking champagne. Definetely worth a try. I'll be revisiting it before summer is over.

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

My assumption is that Ephemere 2002 is the same as Ephemere Pomme (Apple)......

Cloudy golden/orange pour with a huge head. Light fruity nose highlighted with apple, a hint of dried apricot and some spiciness. The taste to me was of less apple than the nose had suggested. In fact i would say it was somewhat light and creamy with a "bubblegum" finish. Not sweet at all but more subtle and refreshing. Not bad as an overall beer drinking experience.

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Photo of Garin
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a big frothy small-bubbled head that dropped to a half within a couple of minutes. The colour was a pale and cloudy yellow, and the carbonation was brisk.

As soon as the bottle opens, you can't help but smell the apples! It's very nice and refreshing. As you get closer, sweet candy or bubblegum, fruit, and a little yeast come up to your nose.

The flavour is a bit lemony, a bit appley, and quite refreshing. Some malty bready flavours build up as I get through the bottle, with a little bit of bitter yeast in there as well. The flavours aren't too complicated or deeply layered, but they are fresh, clean, and interesting.

In the mouth, it feels creamy, and the carbonation is pleasant but not overdone.

As usual, Unibroue has produced a solid, respectable beer. It's not their most complex or ground-breaking beer, but what is a run-of-the-mill beer for Unibroue could be considered a triumph for just about anyone else.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before anything else can be established about this seasonal fruit ale the aroma envelops you and the room as soon as the cork is popped, like a gleeful genie escaping its bottle (or the winsome nymph that graces the label). Sweet, tart nose of apple, hints of spice, intense at first but it mellows out soon enough. A light bubbly straw colour, chunky white foam head thanks to the bottle conditioning, although no real lacing to speak of. Taste of apple is predominant of course, like a fruit version of Blanche de Chambly, very smooth although mildly acidic due to the apple must presence. A very pleasing experience, although I could only handle one or two a year, which suits this as a seasonal just fine.
A bottle has already been put away to age a bit.

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Photo of MAB
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer on lees with apple must
750ml bottle 5.5% abv

It sounds by the description on the label that this is the third incarnation of Ephemere and that the past and future versions may not involve apple must.
It poured with a tight but thin frothy head which quickly died down. It is fairly yellow, appropriately about the color of apple juice. It has the opaque character of all the Unibroue line with the signature yeast look and taste.
The apple flavor is quite understated but strengthens on the aftertaste. Slight cidery nose, but the taste didn't have the acidity I find in a real cider.
It lacks the alcohol and lively flavors of the better beers they produce, but it is drinkable. However, with this one, the large bottle is a bit much for one person.

edit (2010): It's been seven years. My opinion remains the same. I was given a bottle, so I drank it. I still wouldn't spend any of my own money on one, though.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: This beer is called Unibroue De Saison in Quebec City, QC when you can find it on tap. The tap handle is quite easy to spot as it is a huge, green transluscent apple:-) This sample was quaffed at Oncle Antoines in QC, possibly my favorite bar there. The appearance was dark gold with a nice fluffy, white head. The aromas were of strong apple scents, yeast, sugars, and other fruits as well as malts. The taste was very complex and yet very simple at the same time. This is a very well crafted beer. The mouthfeel was perfectly balanced and the drinkability was great as well. Another classic beer from Unibroue that is even better on tap than it is in the bottle (which is saying a whole lot!)

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 2,103 ratings