Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Unibroue Éphémère Pomme

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1016) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 1/24/13 and cost $4 ($0.33 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful, glowing shade of banana skin yellow. Clear with plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, soapy head - though it dissipates completely and leaves no lacing (shame).

Smell: Intense aroma of green apples and traditional Belgian witbier yeast esters.

Taste: There’s certain fruits that naturally work with certain styles of beer, though sometimes you’d never think these matches would work until someone actually attempts them. Green apples apparently are a natural blend with the Belgian White style and Unibroue Éphémère Pomme is proof positive of that. This beer is a delicate balance between traditional, authentic, robust witbier and an avant-garde fruit ale. A tasty combination of fruit and spices.

The beer starts off with a quick rush of the traditional witbier flavors: orangepeel, coriander and a touch of clove. Then the Granny Smith apple must emerges and envelopes the palate creating for a fruity, refreshing, and tart flavor sensation. There’s additional spice notes on the finish, imparting some rustic character. Little to no bitterness to be found here, though not much in the way of malt character, either. The palette is a little repetitive, but it’s quite delectable and enjoyable.

Drinkability: It’s beers like Unibroue Éphémère Pomme that demonstrate that beer can be fruity and taste authentic, as compared to so many mainstream so-called chick beers and alcopops. The mouthfeel is noticeably thin and highly carbonated, but it’s not challenge to drink as it leaves a nearly clean aftertaste. This is exactly the kind of beer I would want in the summer since it’s tasty and refreshing, but light enough that it won’t overwhelm (if only the body were even lighter to make it a true session beer). 
Grade: 8/10