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
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).