Éphémère Apple – Unibroue (Chambly, QC, Canada) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [C+] unchanged,  I gave it a (3.0 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Éphémère Apple – Unibroue, 5.5% ABV, 341ml., (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

-part of the 2015 Unibroue Summer mixed case of 12.

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printed on the back label:

“LÉphémère Pomme is made in honor of this great fruit. Its lively effervescence, fresh and refreshing taste as well as its Granny Smith apple nose combine to offer you a unique sensory experience. It pairs extremely well with goat’s milk cheeses, pork or duck. It has known such a success that you will now be able to appreciate its taste all year long.”

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  • Style: (green apple) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Crisp off-dry tangy light tart/sour green apple muscat unclean finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $25 for 12 mixed-pack– 12x341ml., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

(May 2013 tasting):

Tasting notes: pours almost clear filtered apple juice yellow with minimal head, and lots of CO2 activity. Very fruity green apple juicy nose with a bit of yeasty banana wheat.

Attack: soft wheat malt, 6/10-candy sweetness

Mid-palate: fizzy, sour tart green apple, mild apple peel fibrous, yeasty, cuts dry

Finish: light rough dry, light soapy green apple, tingly finish.

A dry finish that is excessively dry and wheat/malty for my tastes.


May 2016 tasting:

Visual: Pours translucent yellow-orange with a large foamy head, 2mm layer of fine retention, clusters of fast and active streams.

Nose: apple soda, kinda soaplike but pleasant, background banana wheat malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, cream-bubbly mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tangy green apple, fake syrupy-like (lvl-4-sweetness)

Finish: light-sour yeasty, dry wheat malt palate roughness, muscat grape exhale

Summary: I liked the crisp tanginess of it, and the green apple/muscat was nice but once again another Unibroue brew that doesn’t finish clean.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #17 – Forbidden Fruit Apple Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #17

Forbidden Fruit Apple Ale – Phillips Brewing & Merridale Estate Cidery Collaboration, 7.1% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-Happy 1st of 2016! May this year bring liters and liters of joy for all beer and non-beer connoisseurs alike.  Let’s finish this darned 2015 calendar already! And then the now-stale 2014 one thereafter.

on the front-right label:

“This apple ale is a collaboration between Phillips brewing company & Merridale estate cidery. This ‘snakebite’ is a union of choice organic apples & handcrafted ale. Lust or Love?… You’ve been bitten.”

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Ingredients: cider, water, barley, hops, yeast

  • Style: (apple cider) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Off-dry thin light bodied sour tangy red apple cider barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: solid, but not noteworthy.

Visual: Pours clear pale golden yellow with barley any head, ringed retention, lots of singular steady streams.

Nose: apple cider sourness, light funk+fart.  (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thin viscosity, off-dry entry, very crisp, micro fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-3)-sweetness, medium acidic-sour, light-med bodied, (MAIN) red apple cider, liquid barley malt, yeasty

Finish: fruity-tangy, half malty/half cider finish.

Summary: A suitable meal beer; the acidity and off-dry nature really opens up the palate while quenching the thirst. Not a whole lot of body or complexity, but a unique effort and collab nonetheless.

Lindemans Pomme Lambic (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Lindemans Pomme Lambic (apple), 3.5% ABV – 750ml, (St Pieters Leeuw-Vlezenbeek, Belgium)

On the back label:

“Lindemans Pomme is a lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation apples are added, creating a secondary fermentation and yielding a beer of exceptional flavor and compelxity.”

  • Style: Fruit Beer (apple)
  • Taste Profile: super-sweet sugars/tangy -> fruity red/sour green apple -> cloying tart finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$11, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good flavour, but not particularly complex

Tasting notes: pours apple juice yellow with bits of suspended sediment, good thick foamy head, lots of lacing, some slow activity. Bright, sweet and natural apple juice on the nose.

Attack: dense fruity sugars, 9/10-sweetness, medium tanginess

Mid-palate: med-high cloying, red apple, green apple, medium sourness

Finish: cloying, sweet, highly tart finish.

Drinks very much like a super-sweet and tart cider, but too sweet and cloying for my palate.

Ephemere Apple Beer – Unibroue (Quebec, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Ephemere Apple Beer – Unibroue, 5.5% ABV – 750ml, (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“L’Éphémère Pomme is made in honor of this great fruit. Its effervescence, fresh and refreshing taste as well as its Granny Smith apple nose combine to offer you a unique sensory experience. It pairs extremely well with goat’s milk cheeses, pork or duck. It has known such a success that you will now be able to appreciate its taste all year long.”

  • Style: Fruit Beer (apple)
  • Taste Profile: wheat malt sweetness -> fizzy/tart green apple/yeasty -> dry/tingly finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7, sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s ok, somewhat interesting

Tasting notes: pours almost clear filtered apple juice yellow with minimal head, and lots of CO2 activity. Very fruity green apple juicy nose with a bit of yeasty banana wheat.

Attack: soft wheat malt, 6/10-candy sweetness

Mid-palate: fizzy, sour tart green apple, mild apple peel fibrous, yeasty, cuts dry

Finish: light rough dry, light soapy green apple, tingly finish.

A dry finish that is excessively dry and wheat/malty for my tastes.