Today sees us venture back to French Canada.
Chambly, Quebec to be precise, home of Unibroue.
As I said on our first visit to this region, they certainly are different cats when it comes to beer. And this particular brewery has been brewing up some rather interesting drops since they filled their first keg back in 1993.
Perhaps enticed by the fairy on the label, or the fact that I wasn’t entirely sure how to pronounce the name of the beers, I decided to take home a bottle of the Unibroue Ephemere.
Their website tells me that: “Ephemere is an ale that comes and goes with the seasons” and that they’ve produced such delights as cranberry, blackcurrant, peach, and raspberry ales in their time.
Additionally, Unibroue produce a series of beers called “Maudite (Damned)”, “La Fin Du Monde (The End of the World)”, and “Don de Dieu (Gift of God)”, and one simply called “Terrible“. A cheery bunch of beers if you’ve ever seen them! (On a side note, I tried their “Trois Pistoles” a couple of weeks back – a strong dark ale – and if you’re after a rich, mouth-filling, flavoursome dark ale, definitely track it down!)
This one however, focuses on Granny Smith apples as its inspiration, with – according to the label – coriander and curacao thrown in for good measure.
Upon closer inspection, this particular beer turns out to be a combination of Hoegaarden and a good apple cider.
Smelling it, you might think that the apple flavours will be overpowering and too sweet, but just as it seems this might actually be the case, the white ale comes in at the back-end and reminds you that:
A) You are still a man, and not drinking lolly water,
B) Hang on a second, this is actually rather fantastic.
It’s not an easy beer to find, but if you can track it down, it’s definitely worth a purchase.