BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S ÉPHÉMÈRE POMME

Unibroue’s Éphémère Pomme is a staple product in my home. From the first time I tried it in the early 2000’s, I knew right away it was a winner. My wife, who doesn’t like much beer at all (she’s a confirmed red wine drinker) likes this one- a lot!

When Belgian Beer Journal had a special food and beer pairing at the View 202 Restaurant here in Redding, California back in January 29, 2016, Éphémère Pomme was one of the ales featured.

Although you don’t see a picture of the bottle on the promo poster, trust us- it was available! My wife had shown a liking for beers made with apples (apple must) in the past, and I thought she would enjoy the Éphémère Pomme. I proceeded to introduce it to her for the first time that night with happy results! Since that night 3 + years ago, I’ve shared it with her numerous times. Each time is a pleasurable event.


BEER STYLE AND COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

Style category: White Ale brewed with fruit

Brewed since 2002
Origin: Chambly, Quebec

The most beloved and well known of the Éphémère beer series. Its amazing popularity across North America has made it a year-round favourite instead of only a seasonal brew.

As its name suggests, Éphémère is an ephemeral ale that comes and goes with the seasons. It was developed as a series to feature a seasonal fruit in a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale. The label depicts a fairy, an ephemeral spirit associated with fruits picked at the peak of ripeness during each harvest season. She first appeared in the spring of 2000 and has since been celebrated on a variety of seasonal fruit ales such as cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, raspberry and blueberry.


AWARDS

Éphémère Pomme is the recipient of several medals to date:

World Beer Championship, Chicago Beverage Testing Institute
GOLD- 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2008, 2007
SILVER- 2011, 2010

World Beer Awards (London, UK)
GOLD- 2016, 2015, 2013
SILVER- 2014

Denver International Beer Competition
BRONZE- 2015, 2010

Canadian Brewing Awards
SILVER- 2011
GOLD- 2005

World Beer Cup
BRONZE- 2010

Mondial de la bière (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
GOLD- 2009, 2006

Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition
GOLD- 2008

Australian International Beer Awards
BRONZE- 2005
GOLD- 2004


FACT SHEET

ABV
5.5%
Fermentation
TOP
Color
PALE GOLDEN
SRM
4
Clarity
SLIGHTLY CLOUDY
Head
LACY EGG WHITES
Meniscus
QUICK
Bubbles
FINE
Effervescence
LIVELY AND SUSTAINED
IBU
10
Body
THIN
Aftertaste
MEDIUM

 


OUR BREWVIEW ON UNIBROUE’S ÉPHÉMÈRE POMME

APPEARANCE / THE POUR:
We served it at 40° F in the signature Unibroue Éphémère drinking glass. The pour gave an easy 3-finger height,  which was  a creamy, super dense, white colored head. Dense, patchy lacework is left behind as the head collapses. We did ensure the glass was “beer clean”. The rim color variation is a light straw color. During consumption, (as with previous Unibroue BrewViews) the head held an 1/8″ height until the bottom of the glass. This is consistent of the Unibroue products.  By now, you know that Unibroue advocates in its pouring ritual to introduce the yeast into the glass. And with this bottle, there was quite a bit!
AROMA / BOUQUET:
Huge explosion of Granny Smith apple must aromas with spices, light herbs and fresh yeast. A faint hint of funkiness makes Éphémère Pomme a delight for the olfactory senses.
TASTE:
The aromas definitely carry over into the taste, along with Curaçao orange peel, sweet malt, and pie crust. There are hints of citrus, specifically star fruit.

MOUTHFEEL / PALATE:
Light bodied, it tickles the entire mouth with its assertive, refreshing effervescence. The finish is tart Granny Smith apples and Witbier spices.



FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS

CHEESES:
A wide variety of cheddars, blue veined chesses, herb infused Goat cheeses.

APPETIZERS:
Waldorf salad, Apple Cinnamon Bacon Bites, Goat cheese with Granny smith Apple bits, Butternut Apple Bruschetta, Apple and Avocado Salsa with Honey-Lime dressing, Spiced Apple Swedish meatballs.

ENTRÉES:
A wide variety of pork dishes, Sauteed chicken and apples with rosemary, Grilled Scallops with Grilled Apples and Honey, Grilled or raw oysters in the half shell with asparagus. I would venture to cook mussels in Éphémère Pomme to give them an interesting flavor.

DESSERTS:
There are so many apple desserts, I’ll list the ones that Unibroue suggests:

CREPES WITH CARAMELIZED APPLES AND BEER ÉPHÉMÈRE APPLE

APPLE CRUMBLE WITH PUMPKIN MOUSSE AND WHIPPED CREAM WITH ÉPHÉMÈRE APPLE

APPLE PIE WITH ÉPHÉMÈRE APPLE


OVERALL IMPRESSION

Another one of my faves from the Éphémère portfolio. This would be a great gateway ale for white wine drinkers. Because this is available year round, it’s refreshing character would make it welcome at many different meal occasions.

It would also be welcome by strong cider fans. Dare I say it, Éphémère Pomme has the great characteristics of the world class ciders from Normandy and Brittany. I have not had the draught version of it… I’m looking forward to that! It’s one of those liquids that creates great memories.

MY THANKS GO OUT TO:
Andrew Murphy of Unibroue in Portland, Oregon, JY Lacombe, and Master Brewer Jerry Vietz, and their long time support of Belgian Beer Journal.


VIDEO ON ÉPHÉMÈRE POMME

Sylvain Bouchard, Unibroue’s Sommelier, presents Éphémère Pomme, a beer that would go perfectly with a wide variety of dishes.


LA BRASSERIE UNIBROUE
80 Des Carrières Street

Chambly (Québec)
J3L 2H6 Canada

Tel. : 450 658-7658
Fax : 450 658-9195
Web: http://Unibroue.com
Email : Info@Unibroue.com


BrewView author GORDON A. PONCE is the main driving force behind Belgian Beer Journal.com. Since 1983, Gordon recognized that beers from Belgium were special, set apart from the typical craft beer.

He views beers from Belgium (plus Belgian-style and Belgian Inspired beers from other countries) great examples of the brewer’s art. Gordon and his wife live in beautiful Northern California- a great place to enjoy beer!     Ecclesiastes 8:15