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Review of Floris Apple

17 Apr
Tonight’s review comes from the Brouwerij Huyghe brewery in Melle, Belgium.  It’s a funky little brew called the Floris Apple.  I have yet to experience many “fruit” beers, so when I saw this I thought I would give it a try.

You can find a whole array of their products from the website, delirium.be.  Not much information was to be explained on each beer, however I did find a little comment on the Floris Apple.

Delicate, sour and light sweet fruity beer, with a soft note of cider and a sourish, green fruity sweet aftertaste. 

I wonder how it is?

This brew was a very light 3.6% ABV and came in a 11.2oz. bottle.

The pour produced a very hazy, gold/yellow color with a small, bright white head that had minimal retention and only a sparse amount of lacing.  The head was rather fizzy and had a combination of both large and small bubbles.  I did see quite a bit of sediment floating around in the glass, which appealed to me somewhat.

The nose brought forth some very nice aromas of fresh apples that conjured up similarities to fresh apple juice or apple cider.  I even started to detect touches of honey with spices that, unfortunately, I could not put my finger on to reveal their identification.  The apple was very dominate and not harmonious with the other characteristics.  This very well may have been the brewers intent however.

With the first sip, I got a nice rush of the apple juice flavors.  I also picked out some wheat and yeast tones, which seemed to add a bit of complexity, but not much.  The apple, again, is the primary factor.  Some bitterness caught my attention, which gave it a slightly sour profile.  It is very sweet all the way through.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin, very refreshing and crisp.  It was a touch dry and seemed to cover the palate in an average way.

Well….  this is a nicely refreshing Summer beer.  I’m not real sure how many of these I could drink at one time though.  It’s really out front with the apple aromas and flavoring and the sweetness might become a bit distracting after a while.  I thought it was best served when cold because that seemed to tame the sourness.  All in all, it was a welcome change and would be suitable when taken in small doses. 

Let me know what you thought of it if you’ve had it.

Score:  3.15 out of 5
Grade:  C+ 

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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Country: Belgium, Delirium

 

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