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Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
2,085 Ratings
Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)

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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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Ratings: 2,085 |  Reviews: 1,017
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-gold body that's topped by a frothy bright-white head that displays excellent retention and maintains a firm 1/2" cap throughout. Unfortunately, it leaves only minor spotty lace. The bouquet expresses an amazing aroma of fresh-picked Granny Smith apples. It's lightly sweet and tart (and yet there's no tartness in the flavor?) - very enticing! It's light bodied and crisp with a zest on the tongue. The flavor delivers much less than the aroma might lead you to believe, but it's still quite nice. Soft apple notes combine with some yeasty fruitiness atop a thin, well-attenuated and lightly sweet malt. It's quite delicate, and somewhat one-sided, but nice. It's very reminiscent of a light white wine. And although it does have a great drinkability in that it's light bodied and refreshing, I was left looking for something more.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, of course.

Pours out a slightly pale gold colour, big head (it is Unibroue, after all), and fine carbonation. Oh how I love these big bottle conditioned beers. Nose brings some light apple scents which instantly fill the room as soon as the cork is pulled. These are acompanied by a slightly bready, yeasty note. Flavour: well, the short description on the bottle says "beer on lees with apple must". That's absolutely perfect description of the taste. This is apple, but soft and light - unlike Niagara's unique all-out apple attack. Must is evident, with yeast, bread flavours. Think clean laundry as it comes out of the dryer (w/o Bounce or similar sheets) but in a good way. Mouthfeel is classic bottle conditioned, light, energetic, happy. Drinkable? Yes! This is good beer. Can't wait for the Ephemere mixer pack to make it to Ontario (I know it's coming...).

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Photo of 49degrees
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another very interesting brew from the Quebec based Unibroue company. New for 2002, the second in their (hopefully) ongoing series of different beers. Each year a new brew is released under the Ephémère name. This year's version is a "strong beer on lees with apple must." A very intriguing brew indeed.

Served in traditional 750ml corked bottle that gives a solid pop on opening. It pours extremely well and is reminiscent of their Blanche de Chambly wheat styled ale (moderately cloudy) albeit with a slightly more golden hue in the color. Head size starts huge, at roughly 2," slowly disappating to a solid, rich, white foamy head of about 1/6" height. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the goblet as I continue to drink.

Aroma is very interesting with a very pungent aroma of apples (Granny Smith??). Taste wise, this is a real winner. Don't let the concept of fruit in your beer scare you off. I've has several lambics in the past of which few truly excited me, however, this brew, complete with apple must is a great exception.

Bubbly, robust and very drinkable, Ephémère takes a page from the Blanche de Chambly book, adds a little fruity kick plus a warmth which makes this quite a smooth release.

This one won't be around for long, so if you're looking for a slight change of pace once in a while, this one should put a smile on your face.

Bon Chance!!

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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