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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1501   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Light aroma, apple peels. Light color, like an apple juice. Some carbonation, not a lot, but apparent. I would have liked more apple flavor, but it was refreshing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Strong aroma of apples. Malt seems very carbonated/spritzery. Sweet apple flavor is complemented well by notes of spice and hops and is not cloying. Clean, carbonated finish.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2003 Hazy glowing golden under a very tall head that lasts and lasts. Fantastic fruity aroma - I really expected the flavor to be full on apple cider - luckily it wasn't. It was more malt, some of the herbal spiceyness, even a little hop now and then - the apple flavor is definitely there, but almost more of a compliment to the ale. Palate was smooth, but on the thin side; also very effervesent. This brew was made more enjoyable by the setting - the Cleveland Orchestra playing at Blossom music center 7/3/03 - along with fireworks and the sight of my daughter doing interpretive dances to Sousa marches. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2003
Extremely long lasting white head on top of apple cider colored liquid. Aromas consist of a unique blend of yeast, apple, coriander, and floral notes, along with a wheat malt and spicy clove; Very nice complex aroma. Oh yes, I forgot to mention I'm not a big fan of fruit beers!!! Flavor starts out very wheat malt and apple flavored, but apple is more subdued than label suggests; Very dry and clove spicy, along with being well balanced, dry, and has an aftertaste of green apples. Very dry mouth feel, but not astringent, and higher level of carbonation. Did I tell you I'm not a fan of fruit beers? This one is pretty damn good! Damn I hate when that happens!!!!! Very nice complexity with spices, fruit, and malt, all balanced pretty well without overpowering each other. It's not something I'd drink all night long, but can these people make a bad beer??!!!!!!!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2003
This beer pours a yellow color with a moderate head and little lacing. The aroma was filled with apples and not much more. The flavor tasted like a 50/50 mix of your normal Unibroue beer and apple cider - quite enjoyable. It was a little sweet but it was very well balanced. This is a good beer and I would recommend trying it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1722) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Instead of the sour apples the is supposed to be the dominant flavor, I find the overwhelming olfactory sensation of bubblegum. Very strong soft, pink, sugary bubblegum. This happens as well in the taste. Slightly sour, but more sweet with a dash of pepper. I didn't find this acidic or sour, but yet more of a belgian strong ale with heavy sweetness and a full palate.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Light straw peach color with a tall spritzy shiny white head. SOur apple candy aroma with hints of yeast. Has a belgian triple like aroma.Light dry apple on the front with a pale malt finish. Very much an apple spiced wit. Minor fault (IMO) of being a touch thin and a bit acidic. Perhaps what I should expect for this one? Somewhat like sucking on a "Jolly Rancher" and drinking a wit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2596) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Pale yellow color, exceptionally cloudy. Full billowy head. Nice aroma, apples and wheat malt. The apples are nice, but somewhat of sour apple candy. Slight hint of spicy hops. Notably dry palate, with mild wheat malt presence, slight apples, and dry, lightly tart finish. The significant dryness, coupled with a high effervescences, leaves the finish almost empty. I'm glad this beer is dry and not sweet, but its almost too dry. Still, nice and well balanced. It works for me.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2003
The nose on this beer is probably the best example of a fruit beer anyone could smell. The taste is not as overwhelming but still outstanding. A wonderful beer from a great brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2003
Hzy pale straw. Big white head. Aggressive carbonation. Fake apple nose, but very delicious. A great summer beer, pleasant acid, crisp and quenching. Surpisingly well balanced.


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