Éphémère (Original) | Unibroue

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Éphémère (Original)Éphémère (Original)

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 01-31-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 44
Photo of ordybill
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a pale yellow color with a small white head. Has a nice fruit flavor with pretty heavy carbonation. Very good

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Photo of Schimms
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Nice, light yellow with thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Something different...a kind of funk I'm not familiar with - but pleasant.

T: Sour up front, but finishes with nice fruit, slightly tropical. Sour fruit lingers for a bit. Very interesting.

F: Thin with dry finish.

O: Very interesting - perfect for hot summer days. The whole seems to greater than the sum of its parts. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ephemere pours a bright orangish amber with a fizzy white head tha falls to a thin foam leaving slippery lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is fruity as is expected from a fruit beer, smelling of currants and lemon.

Flavor is a tart mix of currant juice, coriander, orange, lemon and a biscuity malt. Bitterness is very low but tartness/sourness takes it's place in balancing the sweetness from the malt. Yeast males an appearance too with peppery/fruity esters as well.

Mouthfeel is light, with a rather aggressive amount of carbonation, not too much to be considered harsh however.

Overall a very nice fruit based beer, should be very pleasing to the wine crowd and one of the better fruit beers I've had.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden color with a fizzy head that dissapates in a minute or two. This beer is a cross between a cider and an ale.

The smell is wonderful. When you smell it you think it is going to be extremely sweet. It almost smells like apple candy. The taste is very different. It tastes very mellow, and is does not taste very prominate in anything. Good beer, but I'd just rather drink a Magner's cider and not have the beer subtle overtones.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark peach color, slightly orange with a nice carbonation-head that's off-white in color, falls quickly. The beer smells amazing, very fruity tones come in, such as black currants, peaches, raspberries, wild berries, kind fo like a fruit juice. Lots of fruitiness in the taste too, but not as much as the smell leads on...

This beer is tangy and biting, the carbonation attacks you and a very minimal amount of hops come through in the end, however this is highly drinkable and a great beer to try.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown, small white head diminishes pretty quick, although sticks around, not much lacing. Smell is malty, with some citrus and yeast, spices. Taste is very malty, this is an old bottle so the malt has really come through, a lot of light fruit and citrus zest. Mouthfeel is low body, with medium carbonation. Not bad, too bad I didn't try while fresh but it has aged pretty well.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been a fan of the Unibroue selections since my first La Fin du monde and this one does not disappoint. Tried as part of a choose your own flight at the Flying Saucer. Very light in color with hints of citrus and berry. Easy enough to down, but not a session beer. A little too much on the sweet side. Taste of alcohol limited.

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Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap, it was poured to a pale yellow color with golden highlights. Had a nice sized white head that had nice retention and broke down slowly leaving a good amount of lacing throughout. The aromas of this brew seem to have a fruit like essence, had to pinpoint the exact fruits but I thing I can notice both lemon and orange. Also can notice a yeast like aroma that reminds me of a Belgian. The taste is very nice, yeast is the first thing that I notice which seems to lend it self to the fruit like flavors. These fruit like flavors seem to be very similar to what I expected from the aroma. Over all this is a very nice brew, very refreshing. Would be a nice brew to have during the warmer months IMO.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed side by side with the apple, cranberry, and peach versions for comparisons sake.

This version is the basic body of all the others, without any fruit taste. It makes me wonder, should this be listed as a fruit beer? It tastes like a Belgian ale to me. Pours a hazy golden color, with a somewhat moderate head. Smell is tart, with not much hops apparent. You can tell by smelling that this beer will have more malt than hops. In fact, when tasting I detect little to no hops here, instead finding a very sweet beer. Well carbonated. Not especially complex, this is a simple beer. Not especially smooth. Drinkability is average. I haven’t been blown away by the Éphémère series, and this isn’t an exception.

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Photo of mudhoney
2.36/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The pour on this was alright in appearance with a pale golden color, and a frothy white head.
The nose presents a very fruity apple smell similar to a freshly cut granny smith apple.
The taste was a bit to sweet and overpowering for me, but has alot of layers of fruitiness.
The tap handle lured me in, and the name intrigued me, but this isn't a beer I would try again.
Definitely a sipping beer.

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Photo of TerryW
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Explosive from the bottle, just like it's fruit flavoured kin. Handsome rich hazy gold colour. Substantial head that settles to a heavy film, not much by way of lace.

Gentle Belgian type nose, not a real grabber but intriguing enough. Slightly sweet and fruity. However, disappointingly thin in body. Washed out character.

Not what I've come to expect from Unibroue. Maybe a dud bottle. I expect I'll revisit this one.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great gold colour with a fresh Belgian nose that really whet my thirst. The nice thing about all the Ephemere beers is the balance
and drinkability. This original version especially goes well with many foods. Too bad in B.C. you can only buy this beer in the 8-pack that shows up at X-mas

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third in the ephemere series. Darker colour than the others. A bit of brown dominated by an orange hue. The two finger head that seems common in ephemere beers. Sour and tart smell. Fruity, mild, citrus, refreshing. Tastes good. A plethora of fruits and berres coat the tongue, lightly accented by hop bitterness. Slick mouthfeel. Smooth. Very refreshing beer. Great on a hot day. Too bad it's December, but that makes little difference. A good beer can be enjoyed any time of the year.

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Photo of scottum
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out amber with a nice bright white head. Sweet, yet not overloaded with sugar. This is a fruity tasting beer, but I can't quite get at a specific fruit flavor unlike the other Ephemere brews which put it right in your face. Not overly complex. Good carbination in the mouthfeel which helps with the dry finish. Makes you want another sip.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourred a light reddish brew with a beige head with good retention. Smell of sweet fruit and light spice. Very refreshing taste with hard to describe fruity taste (maybe orange or lemon...) Good body. Overall, another great fruit beer from Unibroue!!!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy autumn gold, tinted slightly with garnet. Head is initially thick and frothy, dying quickly to a thin misting. The head dissipates into a thick ring about halfway through the beer, but never completely dies out. Small flecks of lacing cling to the glass.
Aroma is mostly belgian sweet wheaty malts. Spicy and estery, the beer wafts hints of apple, coriander, papaya, and clove. Sweet and witbier-like.
Flavor is sweet, very much a witbier, with crisp wheat malt and affirmed with estery flavors. Pronounced coriander and clove, with a hint of apple, lemon and papaya. No hops. The beer finishes with a dry wheatiness. No aftertaste to mention. Well carbonated, with sparkly bubbling. Light bodied, full flavored and very refreshing, an excellent summertime brew.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

The head is big, white, crusty, coarse and foamy. The beer is a cloudy, peachy-orange. There is some fast, fine carbonation, and floaties on the last pour. Lacing is minimal, with a couple of small spots. The nose is spice and fruit, sugar, Unibroue all the way. A peppery citrus front gives way to a buttery, tart fruity middle. A little foamy. This is the original, but I taste apples anyway. The finish is dry and champagne-like, with some grains and a little butter.

This is a good beer. It sort of tastes like a simple Unibroue base beer that you'd build other beers on. Maybe that's the idea, eh?

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Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange colour. Very lively pour. The nose is lightly fruity if not reminiscent of weiss beer (ie. banana & glove). Also a light mouthfeel and again fruity hints highlighted by banana, lemon & apple. A good tartness on the finish. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a hazy yellow-gold, and fast rising tiny bubbles support a frothy bright-white head that holds exceptionally well and maintains a creamy 1/2'" throughout the glass. Lacing is somewhat limited, but occasional streaks and alot of spottiness do catch the eye. The bouquet expresses a gentle fruitiness and some mildly sweet malt. It's light bodied with a natural, delicate but effervescent carbonation that's crisp in the mouth. The flavor displays some yeasty fruitiness atop a thin, well-attenuated and lightly sweet and mildly fruity malt (apples, some background berry and gentle citrus). It's hard to tell if there's some wheat in there, or if it's the yeast; but it does have a slight acidic tang. And it's very nicely balanced with underlying bitterness allowing the natural acidity and crisp carbonation to be the backbone. Finishes dry. It's quite delicate, really enjoyable, and nicely refreshing. A beautiful beer that's quite attractive served in a flute or other tall-thin glass. It makes an excellent apertif, and would also be a great after-dinner drink on a warm summer night outside. Worth trying. I enjoyed this original version much more than the newer versions with fruit must added.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer all the way and very deserving of straight 4.5's in my book. This fresh sample came from this years(2003)Unibroue Ephemere Collection 8 pack which contains 2 bottles each of this years(apple)and previous years Ephemere offerings(original, cranberry and peach as well). I personally enjoyed this beer more than the Apple Ephemere!(which is a damn fine beer in itself...) Anyway, this beer poured a nice clear golden, mid-amber colour with a huge frothy head lofting atop the beautiful elixer! This smelled very yeasty and wonderful, it almost reminded me of a cross between a wheat beer and a blegian saison style ale, if you can imagine that combination! This beer tasted great...it was a yeasty with a damn good bottle-conditioned mouthfeel that Unibroue is known for. This had an excellent drinkability factor as well, and goes down in my book as one of Unibroues greatest beers! It's just too damn bad that this isn't available at all in the US or even outside of Quebec(for now at least...)I sincerely hope that this changes so you can all experience Unibroues wonderful Ephemere beers...especially this original one!

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Éphémère (Original) from Unibroue
3.85 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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