March 4th, 2006 by Andy
The words apple and beer don’t seem to mix well, nor does their perceived liquid combination. If I really wanted alcohol that tasted like apples, wouldn’t I want something like hard cider?
Probably because it sits next to Zima on a store’s shelf, I’ve never tasted nor considered buying hard cider. I did however, find myself tasting an apple beer (not hard cider mind you) recently, which pleasantly surprised me. This Belgian creation, known as Floris Apple, reminds me slightly of the Framboise beer reviewed recently as it effectively combines a fruit with the bitter hoppiness of beer. The aroma is obviously apple-like but not like that of breakfast apple juice- more like hops with a fruity apple essence. The taste is all beer with the pleasant citric fruitiness of sweet apple. If anything, I’d say it’s a Granny Smith sourness taste that works wonderfully.
This is truly a uniquely tasting beer that I definitely enjoyed and highly recommend if you can find it. Just remember to not drink this one for breakfast unless you don’t want to keep the doctor away.