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Brewed by Unibroue (Sapporo)
Style: Fruit Beer
Chambly, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 1458   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 10   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Éphémère is the third in a series of lively original-recipe beers that come and go before you know it. From season to season and year to year you’ll find a different Éphémère beer.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Soft, fruity, spicy and flowery aroma, definite apple juice, pear, coriander, faint pineapple and lemony citrus. Light golden color, quite hazy, with a voluminous, exceedingly creamy and lasting head and thick sheets of lace. Flavor profile seems to be very close to that of a Wit style, with slightly tart fruit, light, honeyish malt sweetness, some yeast esters, spiciness, and only really seeing the apple flavors towards the finish, which is nice since subtle fruit additions in fruit beers are rarely seen. Light, creamy and effervescent mouthfeel. Very refreshing. Ostensibly a spring seasonal but I'd say it works equally well in the heat of summer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2003
Aromatic fresh green apple aroma. Some sweet malt character up front that fades into a cidery finish. Strange cream soda flavor in the middle. Not bad, but I want a bit more yeast tart/funk to make this a bit more interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Nice floral, watermelon, tarty aroma. Pours nice and sparkles beautifully in the glass with a quick fluffy head, a bit of nice yeastyness in there. Refreshing and nice served as it is, fairly cold at about 47F or so. (It's warming fast.) A bit of mustyness in here and that's a good thing. I like this though there seems to be an artificial edge to the aroma.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JMerritt (1770) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Cloudy, yellow color with a massive, rocky, white head with excellent retention. Aroma starts sour and appley, but quickly turns tremendously sweet and candyish like boiled sugar or watermelon candy. Then, comes the downside: the flavor. It starts quite astringent, and shares many qualities with carbonated water. Flavor is reminiscent of Beverly, an Italian palate-cleansing soft-drink that I try each time I'm at Walt Disney World's Epcot, but makes me want to yak each and every time. Very little candyish qualities in the flavor, and no apple taste whatsoever. Finish is of cobwebs, malt, and some ripened fruit (ok, and maybe a little sour apple), but it is far too little too late to save this. I thought I was going to have a phenomenal beer, but this just didn't deliver.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Apple nose leaps from the bottle, like an apple-flavored hard candy; nose from the glass is full of Unibroue house character as well. Cloudy light straw-colored body, medium white head, receding. Light and refreshing, starts with the Unibroue flavor and finishes with green apple. Unusual, to say the least.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2003
golden hazy color with, good sized white head that quickly fades. yeasty sour green apple aroma. Taste is of green apples,sweet malt, with some mild coriander and clove spiciness, a refreshing summer beer, that's a nice change of pace

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Tart green apple aroma hovers above the fizzy golden body. Flavor is mellow, with some sourness from the apples and a touch of malt and yeast. Tastes the same as every other ephemere, just with a different fruit.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2003
This one pours a pale, golden, straw color with a big, creamy white head that lingers. It has a big aroma of apples, yeast, coriander, and orannge. Medium body with lively carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, this one goes down exceptionally well. The flavor is wonderfully balanced between the apples and coriander, with just a hint of orange. The finish is long and sweet with a big fruit burst of apples and a lingering coriander spiciness. What a fantastic beer, especially for these hot, summer months.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Now this is an innovative warm weather beer (something that is sorely needed). Very spritzy and lively on the tongue. The apple flavor is present but not overwhelming. A bit of a floral flavor as well. A great summer evening beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Yellowish apple ciderish color, very hazy. Large creamy soft head. Aroma is apples, dough and cinnamon. A medium bodied fruit beer. Very Spritzy. Lively carbonation. Malts are fruity and slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. The apple flavor is very subtle and is more tart than sweet. There is a touch of wine cooler-ishness to it, but its most definitely a beer. This is a perfect beer to sip on a hot summer evening. Yet another interesting beer from Unibroue. Mouthfeel is full and soft. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.


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