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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1465   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2003
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Fairly strong sour apple nose with a cloudy yellow appearance. The apple flavour isn't as strong as the aroma but definitely there. Yeastiness characteristic of Unibroue is there, with a light, crisp finish. Very refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (8113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WisconsinBeer (705) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Loads of carbonation with a mazzive foamy head. Light banana and apple aromas. Very light palate, sweetness is not overly apparent. Hints of apple and spice. Light and refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4171) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Unibroue -- y'know it doesn't seem to matter what kind of wierd sh*t they decide to brew, it all comes out good. Sensuous yeast and caramel apple and vinegar aroma -- I wanted to tuck some behind my ears and down my cleavage. Frosted, mashed banana colored, tall white head, immaculate bottle and label. Oh, that that apple faery visits me some night! Lightly sweet, which was surprising given the density of the aroma. A little tangy and banana-y with an almost artificial pear quality. A little brine, vinegar and spice. Too drinkable. Light bodied, but it does well just the same. Proper fizz. Maybe I'm a candyass girlieman, but a good fruit beer is hard to beat. Éphémère, éphémère, ma éphémère, dis-moi les choses douces...

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2003
BIG sour green apple nose that surprisingly doesn't really come through too much in the flavor. The coriander is surprisingly forefront, and I think the curacao is pretty strong too. I appreciate the fact that this is an apple beer and there is so much more going on, but it may actually be a tad too modest. On top of that, the Belgian yeast is just too apparent, I've almost grown bored of the estery yeast Unibroue uses so fervently. The finish of the finish gives one last peek of apple, but all in all I crave more.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
This rocks. Like a belgian or a wheat mixed with a sour cider without massive carbonation. I could drink this all day.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Sour apple, yeast aroma. Golden body with a big white head. Great sour apple flavor and sweetness, has a yeasty background. Very refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2616) - 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 (1276) - 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 (2172) - 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.


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