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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Elemental
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is nice - light but hazy with a small amount of head

Smell - There is an apple smell that pretty much overwhelms any other aroma that is trying to get through, almost like a hard cider

Taste - light and tasty with a good body for such a light beer. There is very little bitterness that is masked by the fruity green apple taste. Not to sweet.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Again very light and refreshing with a crisp taste. Very easy to drink on a nice summer day.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: A 750ml cork and caged bottle, with the usual colorful Unibroue oval shaped label – for the Éphémère, a winged beauty clad in a tight figure hugging gold dress sits aside a green sash with an Apple pictured on it. Labeled as 5.5% and Best Before 05-01-05

Appearance: A very light straw like yellow golden body that has a distinct haze to it – not exactly cloudy, but milky in style. The head is voluminous and massive leaving a huge smattering all over the glass. The gargantuan white frothy head soon collapses to a much more manageable 1” mass that has an 'old-pillow' existence, such that any indentations remain, and never recover.

Nose: As soon as the cork was extracted, the odor of fresh spritzy Granny Smith Apples punctuated the atmosphere long before the “phup” of the cork finished resonating in my Apartment. But amazingly, when you get close to the beer and inhale – the aroma is rather delicate, far from overpowering. Baked apples and cinnamon mixed with Coriander.

Taste: Fresh green apples, fan-fare the entrance. The coriander is present in strength mixed with a zesty curacao. Spicy and refreshing. The freshness of the apples lingers throughout the beer, slightly tart at times, but they are strongest in the middle. I expected more of a Cider, than a Beer, which would have been easy to do - I have tried many such attempts in the UK and all have been very acidic in character. This is not, it is much better than that, for the Apples are crafted, almost surgically implanted, into the beer. Very impressive. Dry finish with a tart ending.

Mouthfeel: Above average in strength, but high in quality, the high carbonation is smooth and far from prickly. Clean, slightly tart at times, but always very refreshing. A comfortable 4.0.

Drinkability: I had a 750ml – and it was no problem emptying it. I just love those apple burps!!!!

Overall: My hat’s off to Unibroue, since coming to the States and trying many of their beers, they have truly impressed me no-end with all of them. They are definitely one of the greats that’s for sure.

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Photo of Jarod
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz foil covered bottle. Served in a small goblet.

This beer poured a pale yellow color that had a slight haze to it but was very well carbonated. The head that was produced was an off white head that had a creamy consistency and lasted fairly well, but when it fell, it went fast. Some lace visible, but nothing outstanding. The aromas were mostly of green fresh picked granny smith apples, some spices were present (clove, cinnamon, coriander), wheat grains and other fruits could be smelled (banana, orange, lemon). The tastes were a mirror to the nose, mostly green apples, wheat grain, fruits (lemon, banana), spices (clove mostly with some coriander). It left an aftertaste of fresh apple pie with a wheat flour crust. It was light bodied. It started off a little on the over carbonated (sharp) side but calmed down fairly fast. It reminded me of champagne with apples in it. For a hot summer day this beer was very refreshing – it quenched my thirst and was pleasant to drink.

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Photo of alexgash
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another thanks to Kluk for this one. Apparently Premier just got it in. What an outstanding cure for the apalling Utah heat! Poured a hazy golden orange with a whipped white head. This is one of the best smelling beers I've had. Unibroue yeast and wheat at the base with an ethereal sour apple aroma dancing around. I wanted my small glass to turn into a pitcher so I could chug it! Taste was refreshing wheat/yeast with a very subtle sweetness (the smell was deceivingly sweet, but I was glad to find the taste not so). Finish was crispl and slightly tart with powerful granny smith apple notes ( but not sweet like cider). The apple notes lingered. Best "summer beer" I've had this year.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a nice aroma this beer has! Immediately after popping the cork on this 750mL bottle, pleasant thoughts of sour apple Jolly Ranchers come to mind. It's very fizzy and the head is enormously fluffy. Dry on the palate this beer is...very crisp. The apple flavor is pretty reserved but very pleasant. I'm not too familiar with coriander and curacao, so I didn't know what to look for in the flavor for them. But this is a wonderful brew that's not too sweet, not too sour, with just the right amount of everything.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been exploring the outstanding offerings from Unibroue, and I had been searching high and low for this, but no luck. Then, on my last trip to Half Time, the Hudson Valley's Beer Mecca, what do my wondering eyes see, but Ephemere! Thanks, guys!

Anyway, this beer pours a golden yellow, with a fizzy white 3 finger head that fades tout d'suite (fast). When you open it, you'll get a blast of green apple, then it backs off to apple, caramel, and malt. The taste is tart apple and citrus, with a faint malt note. The carbonation is light and fizzy, which gives it a brisk, smooth, light mouthfeel. The finish is smooth and mellow apple and citrus.

A lovely beer, great for summer quaffing.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Ephemere - Apple

Presentation: 12oz. gold foil top bottle poured into goblet.

I always anticipate anything new I get to try from Unibroue, which is absolutely a world class brewery. On to Ephemere, an intriguing beer indeed. Pours a pale apricot with only light visible through the glass. The head is big and very fizzy dissapating quickly to nothing and there is no signs of lacing on the glass. The nose is faint with an apple sweetness. This is a very balanced beer with a definite apple theme that is not overdone. Sweet red delicious apples support the malts up front and almost lip puckering granny smith apples travel with the hops in the back end. There is a refreshing bite from the carbonation and the finish is dry. Overall this is a very unique beer that is extremely drinkable. I would have no problems drinking a 750ml or two....

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish color with a nice tight white head. Aroma is strongly apple scented with a bit of spice underneath. Taste was kind of a surprise with the apple flavor very subdued and very well balanced. There was no sickening sweetness or overpowering fruitiness as in some fruit beers. Overall a good beer but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is such a beautiful thing! This is what "fruity" beer should taste like. The crispness of the apples and mild hint of hops combine religiously, making this one bad ass brew. The little fairy on the front is pretty cool too. The smell is of very strong apples, so I was expecting something sugary, but alas, it was not. The head lasted a little bit, but died down in the end, which was to be expected. I am gitty like a school girl over this one! Horray for Unibroue and another one of thier fantastic beers! Canadians aren't all bad.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy light gold color with a frothy white head. The aroma is spicy. There is a great aroma of green apples here. The taste is much the same. Apple flavor comes through, but the spices added make this a much more complex brew. It's smooth, highly refreshing, and Belgian like in taste. The mouthfeel is good. This is a light bodied beer. I love this brew; a real good sessions beer and a break from the norm.

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Photo of dmarch
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a hazy golden color with a large white head. Aroma is of orange and coriander. Taste is very citrusy and finishes with the flavor of cider. Not as much apple flavor I expected, but I got a great tasting belgian wit and the apples add another dimension of flavor.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is similar to a wit.....hazy light golden. Approaches apple juice color, but not quite that pale. The nice looking dense white head has good retention. Aroma is delicate, but quite nice. Sweet apple, cinamon sticks, must and fruitcake. Nice tasting thirst quencher. Takes just a little getting used to on the first try, but it definitely grows on you. I am happy to discover that this beer is not very cidery or acidic. There's just a little tart senstion, but not a lot. I reminisce about the green apple taffy I enjoyed during my youth as I drink. The musty undertones really add a pleasant quality to this beer. Just a slight amount of bittering is noticed. Lively carbonation is noted in the mouthfeel. Body is a little better than medium. I like this one.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color.Has a great aroma of apples with some spicyness and yeast notes.A really distinct taste- light ale with hints of apple.Beers like this are really not my thing but this is quite nice.There's a certain spiciness that comes thru the tart apple flavor.An effervescent mouthfeel completes the picture.Overall I would have to say quite an enjoyable beer.Has a very unique flavor and a great tartness thats perfect for a summers day.Dont know if I would have more then 2 but still very nice indeed.

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Photo of nomad
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent, extremely pale yellow color - eerily similar to Bud Light. Had a sudsy head that stayed due to lots of miniscule carbonation. Smell was of very tart green apples, little tinges of coriander, and a bready presence too. Also, a raw wheat smell like a gueuze; actually, in general like a gueuze with a green apple character. But, the coriander brings on a spiciness that hurts the apple and wheat/malt body.

Taste was not as fruity as the nose, moreover a subtle mix of wheat finesse, the light golden malt of a summer ale, a tiny bit of spice from coriander and curacao, and the nascent sweet and sour of the apple adding some character in the background. Had an easy slide of a mouthfeel, suprisingly no fizz. An inviting drink, good though not the best fruit beer, but definitely better than most.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a pale golden, forming a huge pure-white sea-foam head with superior retention and nice lacing. Adding the yeast turns it a beautiful murky white. Carbonation is strong. Aroma is intoxicating....fresh green sour apples perfectly in harmony with the trademark Unibroue yeast notes...cloves and a hint of banana to round it out. One can smell green apples across the room. Oh boy...what a taste. Amazing stuff this is...tastes exactly as it smells, however the green apples are not as strong as I would have thought by aroma, but still tart and juicy, complementing the crisp wheat and delicate pale malt body. Mouthfeel is spritzy like champagne with a brisk, clean mouthfeel and slightly astringent finish. Hops are only in the background and slightly perfumy and contribute just enough bitterness to complement the sweet apples. Very easy to drink, however I would have liked just a tad more malt sweetness. This is great stuff...indeed another masterpiece from Unibroue. I can only imagine what the peach tastes like.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: I honestly don't much see the point in a granny smith beer. Pours a murky yellow with a medium white head. Quick lacing. Strong aroma of sour apple and wheat. Light-bodied with a character consistent with other beers of the style. Sour apple dominates the flavor, along with some wheat and spice in the background. The finish is rather crisp and stays with the apple theme. Not bad for what it is, I just don't see the point in beers like this.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw gold, with a copious ivory head. Head doesn't have a whole lot of lasting power, but attractive while it was there. Ephemeral, you might say.
Aroma is almost entirely sour apple. Wonderful. I don't know about you, but i love sour apple, and this was just what i needed, to quote the Cars. Sweet and candy-like, akin to sour apple Warheads candies. Very light coriander spiciness behind the apple.
Flavor is much less apple-y than I had anticipated. The malts and coriander come through very nicely, and the balance is wonderful. Apple is the perfect choice for the style, which i believe is something close to a witbier. The coriander is very spicy, and lends the perfect compliment to the sour apple flavoring. I'm not sure what curacao tastes like, but an odd sweetness seemed to mingle with the apple, so perhaps that was it. Malts are light, and allow the other flavors to take precedence. Body is very light, and the carbonation is perhaps a bit too high for my tastes. Almost like champagne, with vigorous small bubbles. I'm not really into that, but I can't say it didn't work for the beer. Great summertime quaff.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle. Best before date of 05-01-05. Poured an opaque golden color. Giant billowing white head which refused to die and a ton of carbonation keeping the head going

Smell: tart/sweet apples, citrus, coriander. Not as strong an aroma as I expected.

Taste: sweet taste at start, almost candy-like. Then sweet/tart apple taste reminiscent of Braeburn apples. As it moves around on the palate the spices and citrus becomes more apparent. Not too familiar with coriander so maybe that's what left the faint ripe blueberry taste at the finish.

Feel: wonderfully smooth, slightly creamy. Dry and refreshing.

Drinkability: hard to believe there's any alcohol in this beer. Very easy to drink but best as a post-dinner dessert beer. I shared this with my wife (a moderate beer drinker) and she loved it. Perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.

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Photo of cokes
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dilute golden, bolstering itself to dirty yellow with the yeast pour. Loads of puffed head.
The advertised cider, coriander and (to a lesser degree) curacao appear on the nose. The typical Uni-brew Black pepper shows up as does some masking chalkiness.
Dry-ish and peppery up front. The apple profile is certainly evident, but more limited than I had expected. This is mostly a wit, with only traces of cider. Coriander shows up, along with particles of orange and lemon. Squirting apple sensations. Yeast adds dough and soft farmhouse qualities, but is also responsible for an unpleasant chalky hue, which acts to suffocate the other flavors. Ends somewhat hoppy bitter, and floral dry.
Light bodied and refreshing, but just not tasty enough (even apart from the off-flavor) to make me want to drink much of it.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale straw wit-like color w/ a pure-white stand of sudsy head, head retention is minimal, very inviting look

Aroma: loads of sweet apples, cotton candy, bubblegum, coriander, lemon

Flavor: the wit resemblance extends to the flavor as well, wheaty, spicey, appley tartness, orange zest, dry finish, I should really be able to say more about this...

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly astringent, zesty carbonation, ridiculously refreshing

Overall Impression: Unibroue is just an amazing brewery. This is another great innovation of theirs. I'm thoroughly impressed. The bottle label says, "Truly, a refreshing summer delight in every sip." I couldn't agree more. My girlfriend who doesn't drink beer at all (aside from the sips I require her to take of every beer that I have) said it was her favorite one she has tried so far. And that says a lot! A testament to the likeability of this beer, atleast.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good ale that pours a thick white head, leaving little lace. There is a distinct apple flavor with good carbonation but there is a lemon citrusy tartness to it. It has a clean mouthfeel and finishes smooth. Light summery brew, very easy to drink a few of these.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy white-ish yellow with a white-ish head and big bubbled carbonation (champagne-like); leaves no lace. Candy like green apple aroma a la Sour Green Apple Jolly Ranchers. Light sour green apple flavor to start finishing with a bit of spiciness from coriander (witbier-ish). Light bodied and airy; very effervescent.

Pricey but good !!

Label states: "Ale brewed with apple juice, coriander, and curacao"

Best Before: 04/30/05
Tasted: 07/25/03

($7.99 / 4-pack)

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, hazy yellow into a standard pint style glass. The first few ounces converted *completely* to foam (8 to 10 fingers) and took a few minutes to settle. Subsequent pours were less active, but it still took 5 minutes to pour it all. Mountainous head lasts so long that the top layer of foam kind of dries out, forming a crust of sorts until it eventually melts back into the beer. Stunning first impression.

Aroma - obvious big apple nose and yeast to a lesser degree, but I don't really detect anything else.

Pleasant sour apple taste enhanced by the active bubbles. The yeast flavor is certainly there but is overshadowed by the apples. I only taste the curacao and coriander influence when it warms to nearly room temps. The last half of the glass tastes sweeter than the first half, either due to a higher concentration of yeast particles or the way the flavor develops at warmer temps.

Mouthfeel - Good body, great carbonation throughout, very smooth.

Drinkability - This is a specialty kind of selection, and not something I would drink regularly, yet I would buy it to share with others as a classy alternative to the standard ale. Its fruitiness lends itself well as a tasty summer pick.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hazy golden sunrise color with a foamy bright white head that dissipates into a rich lace. The instant you open the bottle, a strong aroma of fresh picked apples is apparent. Once poured into the glass, a light underlying yeastiness was also detectable. Moderate in body with a spritzy and zesty texture from the strong carbonation. Taste is sweet candied sugar and tart green apples with a bit of fruity yeast. (reminiscent of an apple-flavored Jolly Rancher). Finish is crisp and quite clean. One of the best (possibly the best) fruit beers I’ve had the pleasure to drink.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy this is good!! Maybe it's just that it's summer and this hits the spot. I love the honey-cream color, and the puffy white head on this beer. The nose is that of granny smith apple ala jolly rancher candy. The taste is that of a good French cider, yet with a great beer taste on the tail end. The bubbles here are fine (like champagne), and the mouthfeel is superb, with very fine, again, Champagne like carbonation. The addition of orange and coriander is ever so faint and does wonders for this beers overall complexity. A cleansing bitterness prevails on the finish and baits you for another try. A cool breeze on a warm summer night-delicious!!

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Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
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