Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue
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Reviews by TheWhiskerReview:
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Brew gushes just a tad and pours a hazy golden yellow with a 3-finger white head that reduces quickly but retains a small ring with very wet, spotty lace.
The nose on this is incredibly interesting. With a malt so pale it's almost to the point of nonexistance, the intensely florally green apple fruit is the only thing shining, and it gives this brew an aroma that reminds me of two things- the first being a Viognier wine (viscously florally with vague tree fruit and tropical fruit tones), the second being, no joke, like a bag of tropical flavored Skittles (like a mix of mandarin orange and papaya with hints of guava). That candied vibe also is present in the delivery of the aroma which has a sort of sugared sweetness that brings to mind the texture of a Twizzler.
The palate, however and unfortunately, doesn't quite live up to the bar set by the nose. The flavors are really the same- mix of Viognier and Skittles- but that nonexistent malt and the lack of bitterness allow this brew to amount to really nothing more than tasting like one of those curious sodas you'd buy at the international grocery store. The flavors pick up an odd bit of leafy mint on the finish, which ends crisp but very briskly.
Overall, I give points to achieving an aroma that I've never experienced in a beer before, but at the end of the day this is still a beer and it needs to taste like one. The palate just suffers too much from a thinness of flavor and texture. As one who keeps one foot in wine as well as beer, however, I can see this having a lot of potential being paired alongside of a salad or simply prepared white fish.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2012 21:02:47 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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3.79/5 rDev +5.3%
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
82 out of 100 based on 1,727 ratings.