Floris Apple | Brouwerij Huyghe

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Floris AppleFloris Apple

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a hazy straw colour, leaves a small head of foam and lacing.

I smell green apples and some hints of cinnamon.

Tasty green apple goodness with some cinnamon spice, refreshing in its simplicity.

Light bodied with light carbonation.

I like well made fruit beers and this certainly qualifies as one for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
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).

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and lots of spiced apple aromas. Taste is much the same with a flavor that is quite sweet. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but not all that beer like in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

half cider half beer to me. pours hazy and pale wheat colored, looks like a pear cider. great big head on it but it doesnt last long. smells like fresh green apples, tart and crisp. yeast also adds a nice farmhouse kick to it. flavor is a journey, sweet for just a minute like fresh pressed juice, then comes a tartish granny smith wave, followed by a wine like finish, dry as can be. odd in the mouth with all the sweetness up front and so little body behind it. somewhat of a sugary drink. also a little on the expensive side for what it is, but overall one i thought was pretty good. dont think id want more than one though in a single sitting.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Stella Artois "chalice."

Appearance: Pours a murky golden with a three-finger soda-like head that dissipates just like soda, quickly and with no lacing to be seen.

Smell: It smells just like a cider, which is what I'm thinking it is. Apples, slight earthy/funk quality.

Taste: This is just a less alcoholic version of hard apple cider, seriously. This tastes very similar to Woodchuck or Crispin, perhaps a bit more sweet and not as clear on the flavor profile. Apples, slight funk, slight cinnamon/nutmeg.

Mouuthfeel: This is where it kind of differentiates from hard cider. While cider is usually like a sparkling wine in mouthfeel, this is more creamy with a heavier body. Moderate body and a light carbonation.

Overall: It's good, sure, but in the end it tastes just like a hard cider. If you're a fan of cider, you can't go wrong with this.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellow with a thin, creamy white mousse.

S: Apple juice and cream are most noticeable on the nose, with subtle traces of coriander and orange peel in the background.

T: Notes of minerals, apple juice, wheat, cream, coriander, and orange peel gently announce themselves. The finish is brief and rather sweet with apple juice and wheat flavors.

M: Light-bodied, thin, and crisp. Drier than I thought it would be. Very straight-forward.

O: This is an enjoyable beer, but is quite lacking in complexity. Nice enough, but not something to go out of one's way to acquire.

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
4.62/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 330 ml into a pilsner.

A- light straw color. as pale as you would expect with a thin white head that sticks around.

S- apples and spicy Belgian yeast. cinnamon and faint brown sugar comes through.

T- fantastic. dare i say perfect? this beer is exactly what it needs to be. all apple upfront yeilding to the belgian yeast and cinnamon through a dance with the almost Biere Brut-esque carbonation.

M- similar to sparkling cider, leaning more towards apple juice.

O- this is a really good beer. refreshing and easy to drink; nothing to big nothing to bland.

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Photo of Converge
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Puffy, snow-white, finger-and-a-half head off the pour, with a chunk of bubbles on top. Pale straw-yellow with a touch of amber-orange as well. The the head settles to a thin white cap a-top the beer, and leaves behind tons of sticky lacing.

S - Sour green apple, acetaldehyde, Belgian yeast, and some musty light malt. Pleasurable.

T - WOW is that sweet! The first sip is just an explosion of sweet green apples, and although it feels a little artificial, they still taste fantastic. The finish is a little milder, with a light bready malt and touch of yeast and barley. The aftertaste is lingering fruit sweetness, with a clear focus on apples. The flavor profile is still distinctly beer, with malty undertones and yeast. There's a slight sourness, and I mean slight, throughout due to the heavy amount of green apples here.

M - Once again, the first sip was just an explosion of sparkling carbonation. The body feels a little weighed down and syrupy, probably due to the high level of sweetness here.

D - The beer just sparkles with sunshine-light fruitiness. Although there is no hop presence here at all, and some more discriminating palates may consider this beer over-sweetened and artificial feeling, I find it extremely enjoyable. If it wasn't for the syrupy body weighing down the beautifully carbonated mouthfeel, this would be the perfect beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, I'll admit I'm a sucker for sweets, yet I'm still surprised I'm going to score this a lot higher than the averages of others. Poured a 2" white head. Hazy light lemonade colored body. There's a major permeating apple juice smell in the room when opened. Taste is a bold semisweet malt and apple combination with a spicy vanilla aftertaste but not overdone. Delicious. It's like someone took the best gooiest scoop out of the center of an apple pie and gave you the spoonfull.

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Photo of Klym
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much what you'd expect from a floris lambic. This one was more champagne-like than the others I've had with a stronger yeast presence to it (I think apple accentuates yeast more than other flavors). Lots of champagne aftertaste. Not bad, tasty, but somehow these lambics strike me as a little more contrived than others.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wine glass, This beer is a really nice opaque yellowish orange with just a thin ring of head. Not much lacing. The aroma is of fresh pressed apple juices along with some intricate spices to give this something else than just apple. The taste is sweet like a mix of apple pie and caramel dipped apples. It's like a liquid apple candy almost. The nouthfeel has a really nice amount of carbonation to it. This beer remains light and not thick or heavy. It's not a traditional Lambic in any manner but I just love this beer. It's perfect for a dessert or a night cap. Hell even on a hot summer day cracking one of these open would be heaven for me.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Hazy golden color with superfine carbonation and amazing white creamy head. Very fine lacing, has lasted a bit so far.

Granny Smith metallic sour apple is immediately up front, makes your mouth water. Theres an earthy vinousy aroma deep down, like white wine or grape skins.

Not at all sour up front like the smell would indicate but a quick puckering of sourness and crisp tartness on the swallow. There is a solid sweet apple taste that seems to dominate any malt or balancing bitterness. All I taste is apple juice.

Carbonation dances immediately on the tip of my tongue which is pleasant before the tartness hits my throat. The sweetness leaves residue coating in my mouth, especially the rear sides of the tongue,

I like the taste but 1 is enough if its around. I could easily suggest to friends looking for something new but I wouldnt buy regularly.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - A hazy, gold/yellow color with a samll white head. Minimal retention and only scant lacing left behind. Some sediment is floating around in the glass.

Smell - Nice aromas of fresh apples and apple juice. Touches of honey and some other unidenfiable spices. The apple dominates the aroma. Not harmonious with the other scents. That could very well be the brewers intention however.

Taste - Again a nice flavor of apple juice. A bit of wheat and yeast also. Some touches of bitterness. Rather sweet all the way through. The apple flavor dominates the flavor also.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/thin mouthfeel. Covers the palate ok. Refreshing and crisp. Only a touch dry.

Drinkability - Well, this is a nicely refreshing Summer beer. I'm not sure how many I could drink at one time. Really strong with the apple aromas and flavors. The sweetness might become a bit distracting after a while. All in all it's a nice change when taken in small doses.

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Photo of bbarrows
2.41/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Floris Apple is a solid, easy to drink the whole bottle fruity whitebeer that I recommend everyone should try. Unlike other über-sweet Lambics that you can enjoy 6 or 8 ounces of before they become too sweet, it is easy to drink an entire 12 ounce bottle of Floris Apple.

It pours like a krystalweiss, but with a little more head. Clear, golden in color and with two fingers of head if poured well. The apple smell is solid, but not overpowering and does accompany the taste perfectly.

Unlike some other lambics that have a syrupy taste and mouthfeel, Floris Apple is crisp and goes down the gullet with ease. While it is easy to drink one, drinking more than one can be overpowering due to the sweet taste, however, it is still very drinkable, just not in volume.

If you have not had the opportunity to sample Floris Apple, I suggest you do so. It is a great gateway beer for those who don't like beer.

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Photo of chickenandrice
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good head..smell was sweet, tangy, floral...taste was sweet initially with a mildly bitter finish. Low carbonation for a smooth drink. Overall the beer was very expensive compared to many other fruit beers, the value is lacking in cost considerations.

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Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sort of hazy straw gold color with no head to speak of. no lacing.

sort of sweet apple scent with a light whiff of vinegar. maybe even a wheat like scent.

yummy even apple flavor, could be a little more sour and less sweet, though. pretty much tastes like apple cider.

light carbonation and slightly thin body.

not bad drinkability, a little to sweet though.

lambics are fun, but god i wouldn't drink a whole lot of these.

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