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Floris Apple - Brouwerij Huyghe

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-14-2007

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: decent 330mL brown bottle, bright and traditional Belgian farmhouse-style label.

Appearance: cloudy bright yellow straw in colour with initial fizzy carbonation that drops back to sporadic fine bubbles. A half-centimetre head disappears reasonably quickly, leaving a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

Aroma: really quite pleasant - a combination of sweet apples and malts.

Taste: this stuff is fantastic, if a little too sweet for my palate. Again those sweet apple flavours come through, but this time there is a tartness as well. Some wheat and mouth-filling malts hang about too. Fantastic.

Aftertaste: the wheat and malts carry through better than the apple, funnily enough. There is a pinch of sourness in the back though. Overall, very nice and extremely drinkable.

Mouth feel: moderate body which is quite smooth and filling. Lower to moderate carbonation, which suits this lambic perfectly.

Overall: this is only the third lambic I have had to date. The other 2 I found to be a bit of an acquired taste as they were so different and so sour. This one has a good combination of sweet, sour, tart and a malt-driven smoothness. Very nice, even at AU$95 a case (2013).

More User Reviews:
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Floris Apple... no date... no alcohol content.
Strange for a lambic style beer to not boast either. Poured into Lindemans lambic glass flute.

A- Pours a faint apple juice color with very little head that leaves a small ring around the glass. More lacing than head weird.

S- Smells straight up like apple cider. Spicey red apples and a hint of cinnimon.

T-M- Taste is very off from any lambic i've ever had, not one ounce of bitterness to be found. It seems like it has replaced the typical bitterness with sweetness. Taste like sweeted apple juice, light notes of cinnimon and apple zest. Mouthfeel is watery and smoother than apple juice due to lack of acidic feel.(vitamin c)

D- Well its drinkable but maybe for breakfast or hell for lunch break at work. Not one bit of alcohol presense or bitterness.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Delirium Tremens tulip glass during a beer brunch at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC.

Bright and clear yellow gold with a good 2 fingers of bright white head. The head retention was fantastic, reducing to a thick spread of foam that lasted throughout the first course of the meal. Great white lacing all the way down the glass.

Aromas of fresh tart apples, something on the order of vanilla, and just a slight hint of yeast on the nose. Very inviting.

I tasted this alone and then with food. On its own, this brew has a crisp, tart apple bite with plenty of residual sweetness. That interesting lambic bite is definitely present but the brew overall is a bit more sweet. Truthfully, I think the additional sugars aided in the heavier mouthfeel. The finish is relatively short, though I did sense a long bit of sweetness on the linger.

Then I tried it with food, specifically some shaved ham, french bread, and brie. Whoa! Not only did this brew bring the food alive, but the beer suddenly came into a whole new being. It melded perfectly with the other flavors and textures and yet the carbonation and tartness cut right through the fats in the cheese to cleanse the palate perfectly for the next bite. Absolutely fantastic.

I felt that this brew was easily enjoyable by itself but pairing it up with the right food really brought it to life. If you have the opportunity to try it, do so, especially if you enjoy the lambic style. Highly recommended.

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, a surprise find at a beer bar not known for backing up their ambitious list with what's actually in the fridge. The waitress actively tried to dissuade me from ordering this, huh.

This beer pours a hazy, very pale golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of bubbly and soapy off-white head, which leaves a drooping paint job of cobwebbed lace around the glass in its wake.

It smells of sweet apple puree, my sisters' hairspray when I was much younger, subtle grainy pale malt, and musty flowers. The taste is way too sugary, yet still somewhat tart and fruity apple, over a thin grainy malt, and mild earthy, floral hops.

The carbonation is quite sedate, barely a hint of frothiness is perceptible, the body a decent medium weight, being buoyed by the fruitiness as it is, and syrupy smooth. It finishes still damned sweet, the sugary, faintly tart apple ruling the roost.

Diabetics beware - this borders on a veritable sugar overdose, if that wasn't made patently clear already - yet the somewhat fake apple (even though it's apparently real) character doesn't really bother me, in fact it's kind of tasty, in the dessert realm. Perhaps my obstinate reaction to the pushy waitress has helped inform this opinion, and is thus the culprit.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of creamy white head and a hazy gold body. 3.5

Smells like a candied apple, which is good for the style, I suppose. 4

Tastes like really really nice sparkling apple cider, if a trace drier for being technically beer. Not overly sour for an apple lambic, nor overpowering, though it lacks subtlety. 4

Mouthfeel is nice and plasantly foamy without being 'sparkly'. 4

Overall quite nice, though for the price, you could as easily get nice sparkling cider. 4

Photo of goodbyesoberday
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This is not a fruit lambic, it's a mid-strength beer with artificial apple flavour added (and juice too according to the label). If you like something sweet and fake or if you have a genuine passion for apple bubblegum then you'll love it. Otherwise, picking this one off the shelf fails to meet my expectations of a fruit Belgian.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer brewed with apples and spices.

A: Pours a golden applesauce color with a huge tart green apple aroma upon opening.

S: Sour green apples on nose, spicy tartness.

T: Big fresh red apples starts this beer out, with some sugary sweetness which fades to a nice subtle green apple tartness for a finish. Flavor is quick to dissipates off the tongue and very clean overall. Fruity and very spicy, some brown sugar and cinnamon notes as well detected as well as a nice cotton candy presence from the yeast.

M: Crisp and drinks more like an apple juice then a beer with little alcohol detection. Body is thin and juice like.

D: Refreshing on a hot summer day and good drinkability.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours cloudy straw with a minimal white head and little lacing.

Smells like apple juice. Somewhat similar to NG Apple with a little more funk and a bit more sweetness.

Tastes somewhat like apple cider, but again a kind of artificial sweetness to it and it came out more as warmed.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Very cloying.

Artificial sweetness and the warmer it got the more undrinkably sweet it was. If you are splitting a 12 oz bottle 3 ways may be ok otherwise no way.

Photo of VoodooBear
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. brown bottle served in a stemless, oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Thin 1/2 finger head that fizzles out into a thin ring that stays 'till the end, and it leaves some great lacing. It's a cloudy, bright yellow color.

Smell: It has a simple, very sweet and pleasant smell. A mix of malt with red and green apples.

Taste: The sweet and sour taste is great and something that's not found in any other brew. The sour of the green apples dominate, but it's balanced nicely by a red apple and malt sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied with very little carbonation. It's light and very easy to drink.

Overall: Despite the sweetness on the nose and palate, everything feels nicely balanced, surprisingly. This beer is not cloying at all and doesn't have that candy flavor that turns away a lot of people from these types of fruit beers. It's great, very simple and refreshing. Proof that a good beer is not just about having a thousand flavors crammed into a bottle.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of apples are present in the nose—these mostly seem like apple juice and not like the apple Jolly Rancher aromas I've seen in other fruit lambics.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that it has a light amount of sweetness along with faint bits of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather pleasant to drink and the apple aromas and flavors don't seem to be artificial.

Photo of ThaCreep
1.52/5  rDev -58%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The nose is very aggressive and smelly apple syrup very sweet. It does not feel the taste of beer or the taste of white beer, completely embedded in a glucose extremely disgusting for any beer lover. The product is clearly focused on marketing but very young to drink like syrup of fruit juice, both make a soft drink for at least the same taste, it was not alcohol that goes with it.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a very white head, fades fast but leaves some decent patchy lacing.

Smell is all apple, very little else, slightly sweet.

Taste is also very much apple, not tart, definitely on the sweeter side, the apples are very reminiscent of granny smith apples, not my favorite apple variety but decent enough.

Wouldn't have minded a little tartness, taste very much like softly carbonated apple juice.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a single of this on sale for .99 so I already had no expectation going into this. I expected it to be not so great.

Look - quite hazy, decent white head, consistent mid sized bubbles of carbonation
Smell - apple, apple....wait.... more apple
Taste - first sip is sweet sweet apple juice, green apple tart balances it out a bit later on. finishes with apple bubble gum like flavors on the tongue. Beer? it's there, but hidden somewhere behind all that apple.
Mouthfeel - not too bad, there's enough there, good carbonation

Overall, I was happy. A bit surprised at it being a tasty desert. Pop one open and think of a distant land where fresh granny smith apples are bottled with beer and no one thinks twice.

Photo of dstc
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head. Head falls very slow leaving a nice lace.

Smells tart and of green apples. Big fruity aroma, cherry maybe?

Sweet but not too much so. Taste of green apple and spice.

Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation.

Nice and refreshing and I will definitely drink again.

Photo of ledemie
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer, it is in between hard cider and beer, it has a strong taste of apple and smell also. a tit bit on the sweet side, probably good for women, I liked it. I do not think a Belgium beer would use artificial flavors, like mentioned in a previous comment.

Photo of TheSarge
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floris Apple pours well to produce a two finger inch bright white head, and a very murky golden, and mango juice looking body, lacing sticks around for a good duration.

Aromas are of sour apple and light oatmeal.

The taste is of apple cobbler, or plain old apple pie, oatmeal, and a hint of cinnimon. It's a desert in a bottle!

Overall, this is a very enjoyable brew. If you like apple Pop Tarts to Apfel Strudel, this is the brew for you.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Floris apple, Brouwerij, Lambic, 3.5% abv

A: Almost as thin and bodyless as a beer can get. The yellow seems to breakdown within itself into a watery apple cider hue. The tulip yellow tones foam with whites and opaque carbonation. It appears almost transparent.

S: There is an apple juice note throughout, forgettable in scope and nature. Literally, this apple lambic feels like it should be merely apple juice. The alcohol waft is nonexistent and it is questionable as to whether alcohol is even present.

T: There is a highly cloying sweetness with weak cider notes. It feels like a weaker martin Ellis, were it even possible. You can’t have less alcohol than this beer in its taste profile. It feels like it owes my palate alcohol for merely showing up. The juicy notes are interesting for about 3 sips, after that you wonder why you aren’t just sipping juicy juice and doing yourself a nutritional favor.

M: Like the appearance, this is a ghostly apparition of beers past. It haunts your mouth with a light effervesence that lingers to remind your mouth of apples lost and to not be miserly with the sweet profile. However, it is gone before it begins and you are left wondering if it is a beer or a watery cider. The local Delta Gamma will sing its accolades if only for the explicit reason that they, deep down, do not even like beer or alcohol. If you are in agreement with this position, you too will enjoy this beer.

D: It boils down to how much your palate is similar to a toddlers. If you love fruit puree, apple juice, apple cookies, apples to apples, apples smiles and the like, sure, knock yourself out. If you were expecting a beer. Well, this leaves much to be desired on the beer front.

arrative: “ALLLRIGHT! We need to ramp up production ten fold for the next fiscal quarter!” The Belgian overlord boomed into the loudspeaker. The Belgian factory workers, sticky with pulp and apple skins could scarcely understand the need for this. Much. Produce. One thin worker began to sob into the sorting machine as he pulled defective granny smiths from the line. “Adelbrecht! Show fortitude! For how else will those who have mild vitamin C needs get their apples? Will they be supplicated with your tears my dear Adelbrecht?” He nodded and thrust his jaw forward and wiped the acidic juice from his face. Little did they know, all of these apples were not for eating, but fermenting. Their hours of tedious labor would be pureed into a slurry of wasted dreams for the swill of mass communication and sociology majors. The grist of their labor would be ground, not unlike their dreams, into a putrid mash to be consumed near rivers by reluctant underaged girls. Adelbrecht’s efforts would be in vain.

Photo of bbarrows
2.41/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured to tulip glass
A: Straw colored, translucent. White head dissipates quickly
S: Strong tart apple cider aroma
T: Very very sweet with apple and lemon flavors. No hop or malt presence
M: Viscous, not quite cloying, but close
D: Too sweet to have more than one.

Photo of jdhilt
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours with a white three-finger head, fades quickly to thin layer leaving a trace of lace. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Cloudy amber color. Nose is fresh apple. Flavor is sweet spicy apple with a strong sweet finish. Not worth $4.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

Photo of theOpusSG
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Simple and crisp. For those days you just need one.

Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer had a pale yellow color and a thick consistency. There was about a half inch of head and some good lacing.

S: Of course, this smelled predominantly like apples. There was also a hint of malt and spices as well.

T: Naturally, you get a pretty big blast of green apples when you drink this, but also there are hints of spices as well. It's sweet, but not overly so.

M: There's a high carbonation rate and a slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a pretty tasty beer. I like fruit beers on occasion, but I couldn't sit down and drink five or six of them. Still, this is a solid beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Floris Pomme. Served on-draught into a generic pilsner glass at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011. Cost was 3.00 euro.

A: Pours a one finger head of soft but not fluffy cream, good thickness, and good (~4.5 minute) retention. Colour is a semitransparent yellow.

Sm: Sour green apple and moderately full barley.

T: Apple body and climax. A bit like the sour apple flavour of sweeties - i.e. not true apple. Not artificial, however. Very refreshing and pleasant. Simple but effective. A bit lemony towards the finish. Very well balanced, but its simplicity makes this easy.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but not too thin. Full enough to support the flavours and let them emerge. Complements the flavour profile.

Dr: Extremely easy to drink, refreshing, and fairly priced. Usually sour green apple alcohol induces vomiting for me, but this beer avoids that. So that's a plus.

C+

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aaah, its like candied apples in a glass. A quite delightful brew. I'm just not sure that it's beer.

It begins with a cream and velvety pour into the glass, along with a deep golden, hazy hue. A somewhat fizzy initial head disipates into a trace but then holds firm. Nice lacing though.

Aromas are dead on a candied cider / apple juice blend without much of a malty, beer-like backbone to fall back upon. All apples, spices, acidic fruitiness, and a mild vineous-zinfindale sulfery note-- no real surprise.

Flavors are all about the apple juicy-cider notes. No real malt flavor, pilsner or otherwise. No hop character, no beer qualities really at all.

Textures... yea it's like a broken record. Not beery; just cidery. Not bad, just not a beer.

Drinkability however, is great-- just don't make me compare it to a beer anymore. Apple ale? Maybe. There's just no comparing this to a beer with defined perameters. I'm reviewing this on a beverage basis and not really as a Belgian lambic with added apples-- it's just not fair.

Photo of scottfrie
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle purchased on sale. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a very cloudy lemon color with a finger of dense and frothy egg-shell white head that faded into a lasting film.
S: Huge notes of green apples on the nose mixed with Belgian yeast and wheat. Apples smell candy-like and lightly sour.
T: More sugar apple candy taste. I get faint notes of butterscotch, cinnamon, spiced apple, wheat, and spicy Belgian yeast as well. I find this beer more sugary and sweet than tart or sour. There is just a hint of tartness in the aftertaste though.
M: Very smooth full body with a syrupy mouthfeel over soft carbonation. Actually pretty sippable.
O: Pretty similar to cider, and unlike the greats of the style. Not bad for a buck or two, but not something I’d drink often.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BLUF: I avoid fruit-laced beer; not my style. That said, have enjoyed this over the past year+ and will continue enjoying them on occasion. Give this a shot.

A - Beautiful golden, slightly cloudy beer with a nice head that always springs back to life with a swirl; some light lacing.

S - Granny Smith apples; sweet with citrus and a touch of vanilla.

T/M - Apple and pie spices, creamy mouthfeel, nice refreshing carbonation and sweet, but not over-the-top sweet. Nice aftertaste that lingers; quenching when served cold.

D - An enjoyable treat from time-to-time.

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