azzurro (251) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2017 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.
Gift from a volleyball friend, thank you Caroline. I was eager to try this reknown beer, I was surprise how good it was throughout the entire drink. Well done. beer-yum (1710) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 6, 2017
Definite apple aroma in a straw pour. Definitely different flavour profile - but maybe one that’d appeal to a cider drinker more than it does to this beer lover. Not a fan... balloonbuffoon (319) - - MAY 14, 2017
25.4floz (750ml) bottle (BBD: 12.09.2017) that I bought for the discounted price of $3. Poured into a large snifter glass. It appears medium-yellow in color, and has a thin, retentive off-white head. Aroma is a great combination of straw from the wheat, and apple from the added fruit. It has been a long time since I’ve had this beer, and it has held up well from what I thought of it then. Lightish in body, low bitterness, fair carbonation, and finishes dry on the palate. Mostly grainy in flavor with gentle overlay of apple make for a good occasional beer. Yet, due to everyday tastes, limited store availability, and cost for what it is relegates this beer to having once a decade or so. ILduce (283) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2017
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 (5694) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2017
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 (1821) - New York, USA - MAR 6, 2017
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 (139) - FRANCE - FEB 7, 2017
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 (166) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2017
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 (728) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2016
unibroue has changed my thoughts on fruit beer this one has a fine apple taste
could drink it all day Quick3Beers (1234) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2016
Pours an amber from a bottle. Nice apple aroma follows through in the flavor along with some nice yeast and barnyard notes. Good beer.