Éphémère (Apple) - Unibroue
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
4.25/5 rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
First of all, if you've read my other reviews, then you'll know that I always caution the reader that I do NOT typically like fruit beers, Belgian or American. Second, this review is based on my draft sampling, but I have also sampled this from the bottle, with very similar results. Thirdly, I scratched my head reading some of the reviews, some of which claimed "I couldn't stand the super-apple flavor.."; etc, etc, etc. For crying out loud, IT HAS A PICTURE OF A LARGE GRANNY SMITH ON THE BOTTLE...IF YOU DON'T LIKE APPLE, THEN DUH. My apologies for this little bit of venting, as I LOVE this website (bravo to the Brothers Alstrom), and am getting a little tired of people not rating beers against others in their respective style category, and hence detracting from the effectiveness of this e-forum. E.g. a fruit beer is NOT supposed to be hoppy, so if that's your beef, stick to ipa's. Keep this site legit!!
Now that that's out of my system, let's get serious. At the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington, this poured a cloudy yellow/orange into a Chimay chalice with two fingers of bright white head. The head collapsed rather quickly though, and laced a little on the spotty side. The smell...gee, let me think...apple??? YES...green apple, but not limited to green apple; caramel, passion fruit, oakiness, and some smokiness also come to the fore. This aromatic mix was a little surprising, so I couldn't wait to sip it. In tasting, the apple and passion fruit hits you first, and then dissolves to a surprising mid-palate vanilla/oak/tartness, and then finishes on a sweet/smoky note. Very surprisingly complex for a style of beer which is typically one-dimensional. The feel was very carbonated/spritzy, but fairly thin. In summary, I couldn't help but think that next summer I will stock my fridge with plenty of this, for the long days of working in the yard. Also a great beer to appeal to both sexes if you're having a party or dinner guests.
Serving type: on-tap
11-13-2009 23:14:23 | More by donniecuffs
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A- Golden yellow brew, with a white head, some lacing.
S - Sour fruit and sugar, a la sweet tarts, with some vegetal notes.
T - Apple, probably mostly crisp green apple, flavor is forward. Mild yeast and spice notes, but primarily fruit.
M - Crisp, clean, drinkable.
O - Nothing wrong here, just not terribly interesting. I love green apples, and apple beer seems like a good idea, but this is fairly plain.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 05:10:12 | More by Tsar_Riga
3.2/5 rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle. Has a white-yellow color, like white grape juice, and a very healthy white foam. Smells like sour fruit, not unpleasant but not great. The flavor is more complex. The apple is most dominant but isn’t overpowering. The beer is more dry than sweet, even a little tart. Has a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is a little lacking in some regards but the beer is still pretty enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2014 19:43:41 | More by brutusmuktuk
Éphémère (Apple) from Unibroue
82 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.