Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,729 | Reviews: 962 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Ben4881:
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Uncorking this beer I think best describes its opening. It is almost a banana yellow, which is transparent at first. After activating the sediment at the bottom of the bottle, I poured the rest. Watching the sediment swirl like marble was pure enjoyment. Now the beer has an unfiltered hefeweisen appearance. The sheet white head erupts with countless effervescent bubbles that collect and foam like whipped topping. Bubbles like champagne, as the head dissipates quite rapidly, and looks like a hefeweisen ... interesting indeed.
Granny smith apple tart with a yeasty backdrop dominates the bouquet. I could smell the apples the instant I popped the top off the bottle, which sounded more like an uncorking of a champagne bottle than opening a beer. I detect a hint of other spices in the nose, though I can't put my finger on it...
It's hard to get a sense of the flavor right away. The bubbles get in the way. Upon swallowing, flavor emerges. First it's the sweetness and tart of an apple. Then it dries out, before giving way to sweet caramel malt and apple aftershock. I have a sweet tooth and I dig a heavy caramel apple. This is quite an unexpected treat.
Bubble city. This Éphémère is "ephervescent" and it's difficult to find the body in this beer beneath all the bubbles. It is there initially, but the bubbles lighten the mood quick. If Unibroue wanted a champagne feel, they certainly hit the target. Well done.
As I mentioned earlier, I do have a sweet tooth and this beer delivers. It has a dryness to it that makes it drinkable, and the malt aftertaste reminds me I am drinking a beer. Yet, the caramel quality to the malt makes me think I am eating a caramel apple. In which case, I don't think my stomach could handle another one at the moment. The bubbly lightness makes it a great beer to offer a new convert. I will definitely have another, just not tonight.
Serving type: bottle
04-22-2008 03:34:27 | More by Ben4881
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some golden apricot + brassy highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a small patch of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of crisp slightly sweet green apples over the top of hints of pale malts and just a touch of spicy Belgian yeast.
T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts with moderate flavors of both sweet and tart green apples. Light distinctive flavors of Belgian yeast adding a hint of fruitiness and spices. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades very quickly.
M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.
O: Refreshing and easy to drink - a very nice beer for a hot summer day.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 23:49:35 | More by dbrauneis
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
81 out of 100 based on 1,729 ratings.