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Éphémère (Apple) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Apple)Éphémère (Apple)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada | website

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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3.63
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Photo of TheHammer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a thumb of head that did not lace and did not stick around too long. The body shows fairly strong carbonation with a slight hazy. The colour is a very pale apple juice brass.

Smell: Sour apples dominate the nose with a steady backing of grainy malt behind it. Warming doesn't really bring out anything more then what's already there which is solid and I guess what I should expect from an apple infused beer.

Taste: The apples permeate the entire beer, but the start of the beer takes on the sweeter aspects of the fruit as cider-like apples mesh well with steady grain malt. Then the sour apple taste takes front row as it replaces the normal hop bitterness. That said, it feels very tightly reigned in, by grain malt and the barest note of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: The aftertaste is very tightly reigned in. That steady malt carries itself like a bouncer standing in the centre of a patio with his arms crossed, with an apple party a bit dampened by his presence. The carbonation is solid, helping out the entire beer, and while I wouldn't say it's a bumpy ride, I've had smoother experiences.

Drinkability: It's that reigned in aspect that really makes this a beer you could just go to town on without reprieve. It's very light on the system so you don't feel bloated at all, it's smooth with flavour to keep you interested and very refreshing.

Final Thoughts: With most apple infused beers, I'm always left asking...well why didn't you just brew cider then? In this case, the answer is "Because I don't want to taste that sweet, I want the sour part of the apple, but not too sour" which to me is a good answer. The only problem is to stop it from dominating the beer, it's been put on a tight leash. I still recommend giving this beer a shot regardless, as it's certainly one of the better apple hybrids out there.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks like a wit, smells like fake apple, and too much corriander. Tastes like someone dropped a green apple jolly rancher into a mediocre wit and tried to hide the whole mess behind a healthy dose of corriander.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like the Ephemere Apple.....I don't think I could drink a lot of it at one sitting but its good for at least one. The beer poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent carries sour apple with touch of Belgian flare. The taste has much apple with Belgian yeast base....I believe the tartness will increase as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its decent.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

3/22/15 (Bottle) - Light golden pour, generous pillow head, thick texture. Sweet apple aroma. Beer is very sweet, tastes OK, feel light and smooth. OK beer but I like others better from this brewer.

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Photo of shillzor
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a part of the Unibroue variety pack. Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours golden and hazy, with a three-finger white head. Even after the head disappears, there's a nice stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Sour apple, yeast, and a touch of spice.

Taste: Tart apple up front, which gives way to a disappointing metallic finish.

Mouthfeel: Easy to drink with a medium body. There is a small bite of alcohol on the finish.

Overall: It's refreshing, but lacks complexity. Not the best beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of Jetlag767
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big fan of fruit beers so that is probably reflected here. Having said that, the apple flavor is light, well balanced and pours rather well.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep semi-cloudy gold with a light copper tone to it. Heavy sediments which could be due to the age of the brew. White head maybe rising to about half an inch with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Strong apple no doubt with yeast scent.

Taste: Sour apple that feels a bit spicy. Yeasty, a little more than what I expected. Has a toasty breaded taste makes you think of sweet bread crumb over an a sugarless candied apple.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, and lightly sticky. Nothing to be impressed about, though technically a fruit beer I would pair this with a meal.

Overall: Good brew, little pricey considering the other beers Unibroue puts out there for the same price. Share with a friend, and drink up. Salud!

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

341 mL foil-capped bottle from the LCBO; one of two beers in their Sommelier's Selection pack that I have yet to try. Bottled July 16 2014, and served well-chilled.

Pours a cloudy, effervescent golden-yellow colour, topped with nearly an inch of fluffy, eggshell white head. Good retention for a fruit beer, as the head manages to last for at least a few minutes until only a creamy collar and thin cap remain. The aroma is subtle but engaging - Honeycrisp sweetness and Granny Smith tartness provide a pleasant background, in addition to wheaty malts and candi sugar. Minor notes of clove and Unibroue's house yeast also contribute.

Pretty tasty. The wheat and pale malts provide a subtle background sweetness, with notes of ripe red apple flesh and green apple tartness attracting more of my tastebuds' attention. Some light clove spice and yeastiness wrap things up, with a hint of apricot in the aftertaste. Light-medium in body, with aggressive, zippy carbonation levels that fall somewhere between soda pop and champagne. It combines wonderfully with the crisp apple flavours and spicy finish, but also limits its drinkability as I imagine bloat would come into play eventually.

Final Grade: 4.11, an A-. Éphémère Pomme is one of the best apple-flavoured beers I've had, but to be fair, I don't recall ever actually liking one very much until now. This is exceedingly good for a fruit beer, and I absolutely love the crisp mouthfeel - but it's still not my favourite in the Éphémère series. As with most of Unibroue's flagship products, this one has a strong Belgian ale vibe, so if you're looking for something along that line with a decent fruity kick, this is a worthwhile option. I'd get this one again, but I'd still rather drink a good craft cider.

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

Ephemere Apple.
The look of it is like a yellow orange golden color. You can see lots of bubble going up. Not much of head,
The smell of it is all about that apple smell. I didn t find it really pleasant. Its obviously different than those Lime beer smell but I find it a copy of a cider.
Now the taste is the same of the smell. That apple presence is there and there is not other taste to it. I mean its not bad, its definitely different than those Lime beer. But this beer is all about apple, there is not other flavour.
So overall would I recommend it ? Even with the 3,5/5 that I gave to that beer I will say No. Don t take me wrong, this beer is not bad but it doesn t have that thing for me to recommend to give it a try.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

341 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased as part of the Unibroue tasters pack.

Appearance - cloudy golden straw color. Tiny bits of sediment within the beer and little in the way of visible carbonation. Two fingers of white head leaves behind impressive rings of lacing. Pretty good retention.

Smell - apple Apple and more apple. Maybe a touch of grapes that gives it a vague wine resemblance. But Apple is the hero.

Taste - watery, a bit bland, the apple doesn't shine through here nearly as well as it does on the nose. Nothing weird, it's just very bland. Some spices namely a touch of cinnamon come through upon repeated sips.

Mouthfeel - light body and surprising carbonation with a rather dry finish.

Overall - this isn't bad beer, but the apple flavor is just too non existent for my tastes.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

October 29, 2014

750 ml bottle, tulip glass

A – Bright gold where the light passes through more, dark gold where denser in the glass. Some chill haze but clearing. An inch-plus of white, mildly craggy foam on top, taking several minutes to fade.

S – Hot apple cider, highly prominent. Some spicy Belgian yeast, and tropical spice. Like a traditional Belgian pale or golden strong, mixed with apple cider. Perhaps some green apple esters.

T – Apple is much less prominent in the flavor, very much like a traditional Belgian pale with the peppery, spicy flavors. Apple is in the background, slightly tart with a lingering sweetness.

M – Very brisk, highly carbonated, tons of scrubbing bubbles, very similar to Duvel and the like. Sweet champagne-like finish, moderately dry.

O – I thought the apple would be overwhelming, but this is surprisingly well-balanced. Otherwise a fantastic Belgian-style pale or tripel, with a twist.

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

Bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a hazy golden yellow with nice carbonation . Dense white two finger cap settles to a sudsy white layer of bubbles.

Aroma of apples and cider.

Taste of apples in a yeasty beer.

Suds up but quickly settles down. Hint of apple aftertaste

Interesting and glad I tried it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Albertson’s in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Sept. 30, 2014
Consumed: Sept. 30, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on July 14, 2013 at 11:21 a.m. in Quebec (that’s if I deciphered the codes on the bottle right); Gold foil on cap/neck

Poured a golden, pale, clear color with 5-to-6 fingers of rocky white head. Tons of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Good-to-above average retention on the top of the glass all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled apple juice from pretty far way. Also caramel, green apple, caramel apple, light cider, kiwi, green grapes, foamy corn and bubblegum. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted pretty close to the nose, but not quite as good. Got green apple, apple juice, caramel apple, toffee, caramel apple, green grapes, kiwi, cold cider, sweet sugary Belgian notes, bubblegum and light Sweet Tarts. (Taste - 3.25)

Light body. Oily-to-thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, fruity finish. Refreshing though. (Feel - 3.25)

I had high hopes for this one because everything I’ve had of Unibroue has been excellent, but this didn’t quite do it for me. Decent for summer though. (Overall - 3.50)

3.45 | 79 | B-

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy straw with a large, fluffy head. The aroma is of fresh granny smith apples and sour apple candy. The flavor is candy forward, but more like candied apple than hard candy. I am powerfully reminded of applejacks by this beer. The mouthfeel is super fizzy and light. This is not a serious, comtemplative beer, but as a fun tipple I really like it.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 2013 From bottle At home. Tulip glass. Just as I remember it. Perfect Granny Smith apple notes gently overlaid on an easy Belgian single foundation. The appleness dissipates quickly enough but there is a bit of lack of ID in the finish. A bit like a whisper. You get the message, but...Great w/pork. Major points for being unique with out trying too hard.

06/09/12 At Shorty's, NYC. Had the bottle & liked it (Still waiting to kiss a girl.) On tap it's a much brighter flavor. Not too sweet but the green apple essence is in the house. Nice texture. Not too syrupy. Now to try it w/one of Shorty's Pork roast pork sammies.

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Photo of tlery
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A - Yellowish with a pillowy head that dissipates quickly to a thin, speckled white layer.
S - Green apple dominates with the subtlest hint of yeast.
T - Green apple, again, dominates with a noticeably bready finish.
M - Medium bodied with a crisp finish.
O - One-noted. Not something I'd reach for regularly, but credit is due for the fact that this is a green apple beer not trying to disguise itself as something else.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some golden apricot + brassy highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a small patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of crisp slightly sweet green apples over the top of hints of pale malts and just a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts with moderate flavors of both sweet and tart green apples. Light distinctive flavors of Belgian yeast adding a hint of fruitiness and spices. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades very quickly.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink - a very nice beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of scratch69
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden yellow color with two fingers of fizzy white head. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smell- Green apple and Belgian yeast aromas.

Taste- Tart and sweet green apple flavor with notes of clove.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a big amount of prickly carbonation.

Overall- A good fruit beer and very refreshing. This would be good to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 2 fingers of white suds over a very cloudy body of yellow; very active carbonation

S - sweet and tart green apple juice, Belgian yeast

T - tart apple juice, some sweetness, Belgian yeast (clove and banana flavors); refreshing

M - medium-bodied; very high in prickly carbonation

O - This seems more like an apple-flavored soft drink than a beer to me. It's probably decent for the style (it is intended to be a fruit beer, after all), but just not my idea of what a beer should be. I'm also not a big fan of the flavor of Belgian yeast. If you like Belgians and/or fruit beers, give it a try.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11-12 14 and poured into Boulevard tulip. A nice mix of soft green apple and soft spicy Belgian yeast. The apple seems to take more of a ripened apple aroma in time and the spices fade a bit, but it maintains a nice start to the drink.
Very white and loud fizzy head. Apple juice colored with active bubbles rising. Very clear.
Again with a nice mix of fruit with a distinct Belgian presence. Soft drying on the finish. Greenish apple flavor (and more tart than sweet), but not excessive or dominating, leaving room for some yeast character.
Highly carbonated (esp. for a capped drink) and the effervescence is brings lightens the drink nicely. Soft.
A good solid drink overall, well balanced with nice flavors.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 7/17/2015. Pours fairly hazy pale gold color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apple juice, pear, white grape, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of apple juice, spice, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of apple juice, pear, white grape, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, clove, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of apple juice, pear, white grape, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of apple juice, spice, wheat, and yeast ester flavors; with very nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice fruit flavored witbier style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of apple juice, malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow brew, with a white head, some lacing.

S - Sour fruit and sugar, a la sweet tarts, with some vegetal notes.

T - Apple, probably mostly crisp green apple, flavor is forward. Mild yeast and spice notes, but primarily fruit.

M - Crisp, clean, drinkable.

O - Nothing wrong here, just not terribly interesting. I love green apples, and apple beer seems like a good idea, but this is fairly plain.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Has a white-yellow color, like white grape juice, and a very healthy white foam. Smells like sour fruit, not unpleasant but not great. The flavor is more complex. The apple is most dominant but isn’t overpowering. The beer is more dry than sweet, even a little tart. Has a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is a little lacking in some regards but the beer is still pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of BierJager89
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with a white ring of head.

S: Orange, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, fruity Belgian yeast esters, and lemon in the nose.

T: Orange, orange peel, orange pulp, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied, not exactly smooth.

O: Mouthfeel could be better, smoother, but there's a nice balance between sweet fruits and spices.

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Photo of Auraan
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a two finger fluffy white head that grew before receding into a foam of white, leaving no lacing. It looks quite good for a fruit beer, like a tripel. Scents of green apple, grainy malt, spicy Belgian yeast, faint apricot and wheat malt. A good, fruity, light, crisp scent with the tell-tale spiciness of Unibroue's Belgian yeast strain. Very nice. Taste begins with heavy, fruity apple notes, on the green apple side of thing, and some slight pear-like flavors. This mingles with spicy and earthy Belgian yeast, faint coriander, very faint lemon-like sourness and a nice backbone of sweat and grainy malt, all present throughout the sip. Finish is grainy wheat cracker, apple and spice, as is the aftertaste. A very good flavor profile, not overwhelming or bold, but light and refreshing, yet still quite complex for the style. Very well done. Mouthfeel is light bodied and watery, with high carbonation and a wet finish. Refreshing and crisp, befitting the rest of the beer. Overall this is a very good fruit beer, with a nice Belgian character to give it depth. Its aroma and flavor are crisp and refreshing and the mouthfeel is light which helps the other qualities. Its a good warm weather beer and quite well done.

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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