Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 My Favorite Éphémère. The yellow beverage looks well carbonated and is hella generous with head. The taste of apple is the first you come by, swiftly supported by the sour aspect of this beer that makes it truly refreshing. A light bitterness accompanies the finish.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stong bitter/sweet apple aroma as soon as the bottle is opened. Cloudy straw gold with huge head and constant champagney bubbles. The beer itself smells of apples and of belgian yeast or lambic beneath it. Flavor is of slightly fermented granny smith apple juice with some yeasty bitterness in the finish. Tasty, but not overwhelmingly so.
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle): Cloudy yellow with big off-white froth. Aroma is tart apple. Taste is watery green apple, mild tartness. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was unimpressed by this one.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUL 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. brown bottle.Corked & caged bottle. Expires 05-01-05. Highly carbonated, almost too much so. Cork almost shot out of my hand when opening it. Poured out a greenish- yellow wheat color. Has a huge head that fades slowly to a great lacing on the sides of the glass. Aromas of apple Jolly Ranchers, Granny Smith apples, and yeasty bread. Sourdough, maybe. Aromas are sweet, joy-inducing, almost overpowering. Subdued apple taste to it. Yeasty middle, with a sweet, apple finish to it. My first Unibroue, and not a let down, either. You owe it to yourself to try this beer at least once.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Éphémère, I have a hard time pronouncing the name of this beer, I think it’s
(F-em-ear) but what do I know. Anyway, this was another great creation from Unibroue; I thought it was a lot like their Blanche De Chambly, but with a faint Granny Smith Apple aroma and taste. This beer is light and fizzy, with a smooth slightly oily palate, and a moderately dry finish. When I poured Éphémère into the Unibroue recommended flute shaped glass, it resulted in a mammoth white head, more than even champagne would have. I think I am going to drink the others out of a different style glass, and see how the beer reacts. Overall, this is a great beer for drinking during the intense Florida summer months.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004 Re-rate June 13 2004 at Ciro's in Toronto. Draft. Apple seems slightly more restrained in the flavour but a little more refreshing. Mouthfeel is awesome and effervescent. Check out the kickass new tap handle. Orignal rating - Tried it on tap at La Forquette Fourchette in Chambly, PQ and later in bottles. Excellent summer beer, very refreshing. As the bottle warmed the finish had a bit more alcohol in it. Aroma is great, and the apple flavour and aroma are well balanced throughout.
PorterPounder (5339) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
New at the local pub - Very strong aroma upon opening - the folks sharing the booth with me could smell it as soon as I set it down on the table. Aroma reminds me of apple bubble yum -pleasant - but a bit artificial - but hey it's a fruit beer and a bit whimsical for Unibroue in my opinion - refreshing change. Hazy golden appearance with a thick sticky head which sticks around for quite a while. Flavor is appley as well but not in the same way as a cider - you can tell it is an ale. Very smooth drinking and refreshing. Finishes strong and would make a good after dinner beer in my opinion.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This tasted better cold.As it warms it becomes way too candyish for me. Very light,hazy,golden. Big,white,lacey head.Becomes smaller but lasts. Great,fresh aroma. Apple,yeast,spice,hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated,and suits this beer well.The apple adds a little thickness. Hay,pale malt,and spicy flavors. The apple is just a undertone in the mouth. Finsis is crisp,smooth, with lingering spice,malt, and apple. Wasn't sure what this was going to be,but pretty well executed in my book.Extremely pleasing and drinkable.
ciderguy (98) - Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Another mistake on my part assuming that an apple fruit beer might mildly resemble a cider. Unfortunately, not the case. The smell and pour was all beer. THe flavor, if I tried real hard, I think I might have been able to tast a hint of green apple. Typical beer after taste. I'm sure for most avid beer drinkers, they might find this a good beer, for a cider drinker, it was just plain beer. And that's not good.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
When i popped the bottle the immediate smell of apples, no, green apples filled the room. Very mellow taste that wasn't nearly as strong as the smell. the flavor of the apples is more nuanced with a slight fizziness. A light wafery apple is all that's left dancing across your palate, playfully, and lightly lingering...making you think "gwood frickin' brew!"