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

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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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Photo of glass_house
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tall footed tulip. Paired with stuffed chicken breast and garlic parmesan mashed potatoes.

Pours a very hazy straw-colored gold. The head is 2 fingers thick, dense as can be, and refuses to die. The effervescence is immediately apparent. Man I love pouring anything from Unibroue. The aroma is dominated by sour apples and that lovely Belgian yeast. I feel like I'm about to go bobbing for apples in a tub of champagne.

When this beer is cold the carbonation is intense. Like ginger ale on steroids. As light as it is, the fizz makes it a sipper. Light bodied without feeling too thin or watery. The apple, along with white grapes and pear, is present but not overwhelming in the taste. No artificial or uber-fruity sweetness. Only a very mild earthy hop presence, which balances the sweet and sour fruits nicely. As it warms, the carbonation recedes a bit and it transitions from bitingly crisp to a tangy dryness with more pronounced fruit flavors.

Overall, an incredibly refreshing beer. When I'm in the mood for something light and fruity this hits all the right notes. The flavor/aroma profile is complemented perfectly by the texture. Unibroue never disappoints with their Belgian-style masterpieces.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear initial pour (bottle fermented yeast, so the final pour is going to be richer and cloudy), about a goldish straw color about 4 SRM / 8 EBC; off-white creamy persistent head;
S: tangy nose, yeast and apple and coriander
T: sour aged apples, yeast, a hint of umami probably from slight over-aging of the yeast (this is a Summer seasonal and I'm drinking it in Winter); some slight bitterness mainly felt in the back of the palate; final pour contains more orange and citrus, hints of bubblegum
M: thin; slightly mouth-coating; leaning toward dry; bite mainly from carbonation
O: with a relatively low abv, probably makes an excellent crisp summer beer, best served cool to cold but not "very cold"; sessionable

750mL / Weizen Glass

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Photo of hayesjw
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

original placed a "had" review on 3/30/13 as four. on tap in tulip.

re-review on 11/26/13 as 4.25 by bottle.

enjoyed bottle with minimal lees present.

S - apple nose.

A - good head present on cloudy orange ale with moderate ephervesence.

T - bright dry fruit.

M - round body, excellent drinking lambic.

O - enjoyed draft three times. bottle exceeded draft experience today.

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Photo of soju6
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy copper color with a big head that fades to nominal lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, with a whole lot of apple and bit of spice in the background.

T: Taste of apple, some citrus and a bit of spice. Mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Moderate body, smooth, tart and a bit much apple flavor.

O: This is a quality beer but fruit style beers are not high on my list.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden glowing hazed yellow with a tall head of bone white foam that popped and faded quickly. Left a nice thin layer on top. The streaming effervescence kept it refreshing with each turn of the glass. Wet fall away lace.

Nose is apple. Not just the apple skins, but also the meat of the apple. Ripe and sweet but tart as well. Right out of the bottle it smells like cider. That smell fades though and you begin to notice the belgian yeast, the honey sweet malt that is light as a feather on the nose and the cinnamon spice tickles the scent. The apple is so fragrant, so piquant.

Taste is light, mellow and positively stunning. It has the flavor of apple which is a strong fruit. But it is tempered by the honey sweet malt that is silky smooth and the dancing carbonation. The drink is lively and the cinnamon adds a bit of depth. The middle of the beer has a kick from a bit of ginger and that adds to the fragrance but never outdoes the apple. Just lets it shine even more. Finishes dry and lingers as pleasant as a summer evening with a lovely sweetness and lively fruit taste.

This beer is a lively drink that is refreshing and crisp with a lightness that is cheerful and vibrant.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served with a slightly goldened straw color with a head that didn't show much retention. Smell was apple and orange, and there are flavors of apple, malt, citrus, and minimal hops in the taste. The beer has a pretty nice mouthfeel (thin, but not too thin and crisp) but also is very acidic, so much so that I could feel it burn my esophagus on the way down. Overall, I think that this is a pretty good beer, as it offers overt fruit flavors while not being too sweet, and it's not too thin. But is it worth the $8 that I paid for a tall glass of the beer? Well, no.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Unibroue Éphémère: white ale brewed with apple juice, coriander, and curaçao peel, 5.5% ABV, sounds thick when poured; Appearance: slightly cloudy yellow; S: apple sauce (immediate), hint of orange zest; Taste/Mouthfeel: nice light spice note, hint of green apple skin; very refreshing, good.

Great summer beer.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of Beercheer31
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ok so the name of this beer translates to "Transitory" which means "Not permanent". I Poured this nanny mammy into a tulep Innis & Gunn glass because all of the other ones were dirty.

I POURED it like a moron so there was a big head on er.

APPEARANCE looks like a hazy apple juice.

SMELLS allot like apple juice, I mean ALLOT like apple juice with a faint Belgian note. Overall it smells like an adult Motts juice box.

Ok, since its a fruit beer and its brewed with apples its understandable that I TASTE a bunch of apples right? Heavy on the apples and I get an ever so faint orange peel taste in the beginning. Dont really taste the cumin until the beer is in my belly and im left with the after taste on my tongue. Mouth feel is light.

Let me tell you ladies and gents, if you like apples then your gonna LOVE this beer! Its ok for me, not great, not awful. If this beer was a women I presume that Id take er home to mamma then maybe a date to Taco Bell or Wendys, idk. As always everyone 'Merica.

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

A: Very light straw in appearance. Not dissimilar to a Witbier. One finger of head comprised of very large bubbles. Great retention and moderate lacing.

S: As soon as the cork was popped on my 750ml the scent of pungent , sour granny apples filled my nose.

T: This beer turned out to be very nice in balance, by that I mean it was still fruit flavored while not shedding beer elements like so many fruit beers on the market tend to take fate to. The apples tasted real and not artificial and were somewhat sour and reminescent of only the juciest of green apples along with the skin. Sweet malts back up the beer and bread elements come into play with the help of Uni's signature yeast profile.

M: Very refreshing and the slight sourness makes the beer very refreshing on a hot summer day. Carbonation is champagne like and mouth filling.

O: By far the best fruit beer I have ever had. Not artificial and not a wine cooler just a great beer.

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Photo of hardy008
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lemon color with a large three finger white head. There are a lot of bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass, to support the head on this beer. I could smells green apples before my nose got close to the glass. I can also smell wheat and some spices.

Tastes more tart than I thought it would based on the aroma. There is green apples. wheat, spices, Belgian yeast, light amount of green grape skin, and some acidity. Interesting flavor. Not what I expected, but not bad either.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry. Easy to drink and refreshing. I wouldn't mind trying this again, now that I know what to expect.

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Photo of Pouprep
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance - Nice color, liked it.
smell - a nice smell of apple, the amount of fruit is just right.
taste - Just right for an fruit beer.
mouthfeel - Not a lot to say here.
overall - A nice spring and summer beer. I think that unibroue got it right for want they wanted to share.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored body, highly carbonated with a decent fizzy white head. Smells like grainy malt and red apple. Taste is a bad mixture of grain and almost-tart apple, which ends up being not warming, not sweet, not refreshing, just, well, grain and apple. Thankfully the finish is quick. The body saves its drinkability- light, amply but not harshly carbonated, and that fizzy head is actually nice and soft.
I trusted Unibroue, and they tried to deliver, but I think apple is just too light of a fruit to try to make into a balanced beer, and Unibroue won't make alcoholic fruit juice like some breweries do (no disrespect). This was a decently satisfying hot weather beer, but not quite a success.

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Photo of JasonSandeman
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slight yellow, cloudy.

Smell - tart apple and wheat, but a touch of skunk after opening for the first couple of minutes.

Taste - Tart apple and wheat with a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel - A little thin with nice carbonation.

Overall - The beer was different. For those that don't like fruit it would be a turn off. For me it is just okay. Forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kots84
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pile hazy yellow.

Smell - sweet green apple and wheat.

Taste - Green apples and wheat. Same as the nose.

Mouthfeel - A little thin with nice carbonation.

Overall - Not into many fruit beer but this one I like. Would buy this beer in the future.

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Photo of drinking12many
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer of this style. For this style its probably pretty good. I personally thought it was ok being someone who likes darker and hoppier beers. Not big on many Belgian beers and similar.

- Smell was great with a nice apple tartness probably the thing I liked most about this beer.

-Carbonation was pretty high lacing was light on the glass I poured into.

-mouthfeel was rather thin as expected color similar to wheat beers.

Overall not a bad summer beer but kinda sweet for me if I wanted something fruity Id rather have a Lambic but Id try it again if someone gave me one like they did this one.

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Photo of RonPizzle83
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: The visuals are similar to that wheat style that screams golden cloudy goodness. 2 finger head dissipates quickly.
Smell: As soon as i popped the cork the smell slapped me face first, an unexpected wonderful fruity flavor.
Taste: The initial taste was better than expected. Little to no carbonation with hints of apple goodness and a very distinct "wheaty" rust towards the end. After drinking longer the fruity flavor begins to become overwhelming and reminds you that you are drinking some version of hard cider.
Overall the quality is there and the aroma is great but this drink is meant for people that do not drink IPA's and who enjoy sweet drinks.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy two finger head which dissipates quickly. Some of the head remains on top of the brew until the end; almost no lacing. Decent carbonation.

The smell is musty, yeasty, bubble gum and apples.

The taste follows the nose with the sweetness of the apples dominating the taste. Virtually no hop character to speak of, which is common for this style. This is bordering on too sweet but if you like apples then try it.

The mouth feel is thin, high in carbonation, not much else.

Overall this appears to be your average fruit beer, very sweet with the character of the dominating fruit, in this case apples, and then not anything else. One or two of these on a hot summer day, like today, would be nice but the sweetness gets to be too much after a two and I need something with some hops in it. Typical for the style; try it once.

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Photo of FLima
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful label, a fairy offering you a treaty. Let's see.
Hazy yellow golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Predominant aroma of apples and notes of malt, Belgian yeast and a mild tartness
Great flavor, perfect sour balance with notes of green apples, coriander and orange peel. Hints of white grapes. Acidy aftertaste and a bit dry, not so ephemera.
Light to medium body with good carbonation and tiny bubbles.
This is so much better than apple ciders. Great brewery, producing great beers. Can't wait for savoring their other batches.

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

I thought it was a fruity berry aroma more than apple.
Wheat beer taste initially - light crisp, then berry/ apple sweet taste
Mid to high carbonation, sweet linger. A little light for me.

650mml bottle bought from the Bottle Barn, Santa Rosa, USA a few days earlier. Shared between two people. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
3.63 out of 5 based on 2,065 ratings.
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