Summer, Winter, Shorts or Slacks
A Review of Éphémère Apple by Unibroue
Posted on 3/9/2012 by Chops
                   
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So what beer style goes best with authentic Lebanese cuisine? I had no idea either, which is why I went with a Belgian apple beer. Course, that's giving me too much credit. I just saw Unibroue on the menu and barked ''THAT ONE'' at the waiter like an excitable child choosing a piece candy. That's the power of truly amazing breweries: you don't even have to know what's in the bottle. The name alone will suffice. While the waiter vanished to fetch my tasty beverage, I did take a few moments to consult the BrewChief mobile site to learn about what I just ordered. Éphémère Apple is white ale brewed with apple must. Hmm, sounds tasty and intriguing.

In the glass, this brew has a hazy light orange coloration, much like a mimosa. It comes with a sudsy head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma consisted of mostly crisp Granny Smith apples with plenty of warming spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Rounding out the mix was that signature Belgian yeast which added a pleasant bready undertone. It was quite a mouthwatering intro and I couldn't wait to dive in for that first taste.

To my delight, the flavor almost perfectly matches the aroma. Those delicious Granny Smith apples took center stage and were promptly followed by nutmeg and cinnamon notes. The apple profile switches back and forth between sweet and tart, which keeps your taste buds on their toes. The Belgian yeasts bring up the rear as a warm bready base. The finish is tangy yet smooth and leaves behind a pleasant fruity aftertaste. Éphémère Apple is an extremely refreshing brew and basically drinks like a Belgian cider.

Overall, Unibroue's Éphémère Apple is a delicious and thirst quenching brew. I can happily recommend it to all levels of beer and cider drinkers. It's not a very complex brew and I would imagine it's not supposed to be. Unibroue is well known for their beastly Belgians, so I know they have the chops. I'm confident that they set out to make a truly unique yet easily enjoyable brew. In that realm, they definitely succeeded. This is a brew that can be enjoyed in any situation at any time of the year by beer drinkers and non-beer drinkers alike. I imagine my subsequent enjoyment of this beer will come through random cravings. Be it summer, winter, shorts or slacks, I will always be up for an Éphémère.

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