rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I tried their Ephemere Apple, a rare venture for Rings into the world of fruit beers. Though my German brewing roots typically prohibit much palate for spiced or fruit beers, I do keep trying ’em, just in case something gives.
Ephemere pours blonde, as its base is a simple Belgian wit. There’s a huge Granny Smith nose, however, which leaves no doubt as to the direction this one will go. It has a slightly sour bite, off-balanced with a nice fruitiness that is (thankfully) a mere fraction of the bouquet. The body is thin and it’s highly carbonated, perhaps due to age, as the bottle conditioning may be a little “overly-done,” to quote Mel Blanc. It finishes tart, with lingering sour notes.
While this wasn’t horrible—as I feared—it still wasn’t good. Despite my reluctance, I have had a few decent, and even “good” fruit beers. Unfortunately, this wasn’t one of them, although I suspect age may have been the greatest factor in its lack of balance.
ILduce (278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2017 LCBO bottle: slightly hazy orange and gold beer with a white head that disappears along with its lace. Lively carbonation. Aromas of grain, citrus, apple and hops. Taste is delightful as far as fruit beer goes. Bright flavours of sour apple, wheat and funk. Light and crisp finish. Delicious.
snoworsummer (5460) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2017
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2017 Draft at Epcot. Pours hazy gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes like wheat, banana, light clove, some bubblegum, and some orange. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like wheat, banana, light clove, some bubblegum, and some orange.
SG111 (1654) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2017
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Best by 07/28/17. Pours clear honey color, white head. Aroma is lots of apple, sweet granny smith apples, mild Belgian undertones. Flavor is wheat, clove, plenty of apple, light Belgian spices and esters. It’s fine. Very carbonated. Too much.
johnarktor (99) - FRANCE - FEB 7, 2017
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma: chemical apple flavour, wheat ; Taste: very sweet, no bitterness, light acidity ; Palate: medium to light body, lively, sweet finish. I could not finish it, I didn’t like it at all
KevinReddirt (128) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2017
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unibroue disappoints rarely. This one is just a notch below the others. Poured into a chalice glass. It is a hazy yellow with a persistent finely-bubbled white top. It smells floral and fruity. The taste is mild, apples and peaches with a nice sweetness. An easy drink. I like more challenge in a brew.
Ronritter (475) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
unibroue has changed my thoughts on fruit beer this one has a fine apple taste
could drink it all day
Quick3Beers (1129) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber from a bottle. Nice apple aroma follows through in the flavor along with some nice yeast and barnyard notes. Good beer.
PhillyCraft (6889) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BB backlog, This used to be one of our go to Belgian beers back in the day. Bottles and drafts, this was on tap at PJ’s Pour House with John and Mike. Pours hazy yellow golden with a large head. Crisp carbonation. Smell and taste are granny smith apples, candy, light malt, and other sour fruit skins. Medium bodied. Really enjoyable fruit beer from Unibroue
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle..pours cloudy gold...nose is apples bananas funk...mouth is sour apples...not a sweet beer but a tad sour or tart.
ddesprez (75) - Saint-Marcel, FRANCE - NOV 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2016 Bière de blé à la mousse somptueuse et riche, l’Éphémère Pomme exhibe des arômes fruités et racés de cannelle, de gingembre et de muscade. En bouche, elle débute avec une attaque saline suivie par des notes élégantes de « Granny Smith » et de « McIntosh » pour se finir avec des réminiscences de grains grillés.