djd07 (2536) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours cloudy orange with a small off white head. The aroma is a strong oak and apples. Medium mouthfeel with strong apple spice and malt with very boozey finish. Good.
merc7186 (1474) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Golde Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Boozy, Mild Apples, Mild Yeast, Mildly Spicy
T: Apples, Buttery, Brandy, Boozy
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Boozy, Semi Cloying
Overall, it has a definite presence of apples and the brandy barrels but that 12% packs a lot of punch and is definitely there to let you know it packs a punch too. Glad to have tried but probably wouldn’t revisit.
wchesser (893) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2013. Gold with good carbonation. Nose of rotting granny smith apples and booze. Apple funk, rustic earthiness, cheap brandy. Underdelivered for me.
WanderinCelt87 (59) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice gold with white head. Has a very subtle aroma of malt and hops. Goes down smooth with
BeerandBlues2 (8459) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Churchkey. Pours clear gold to orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is biscuit and honey malt, perfume and citrus hops, pear and apple esters. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, supporting malt, light alcohol, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Maverick34 (1910) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Cloudy pour yellow with white head. Strong fruit aroma. Taste is fruit s hops sugars and a dry cider. Very good beer.
mnmike (942) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Recent bottle in a trade. Light coloring that surprises with the strong brandy and apple tones.
umich03jm (1315) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from trade with blklab2007. Pours a cloudy light orange color with a foamy head lingers nicely. Aroma is tropical fruit, apples, and brandy. Taste starts off nicely with a light apple sweetness and some tropical fruit. Then the apple brandy barrel flavor just takes over. Finishes kinda hot. Not smooth at all and it’s a struggle to finish my glass. I think the barrel is just too strong for this base beer. Not my kinda beer.
Sammy (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capone’s Restaurant. Mild apple, light apple juice colour. Hops understated, big on the tripel, and understated apple brandy. I would like more hops and apple brandy, but then it would be a different ale, Buteuse anyone?
ineedbeer (427) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Most recent vintage. Aroma is initially dominated by apple cider but that quickly fades and you get a solid amount of the barrel character. Solid pear and fruit esters along with some light malt character. Some alcohol spice in the aroma. Pours a cloudy golden orange, similar to cloudy apple juice. Moderately thick white head with fairly good retention. Light lacing and faint legs. Flavor starts with some slightly sweet malt character, but that quickly dissipates and is overwhelmed by apple brandy barrel. The finish is all barrel and alcohol. It unfortunately really overwhelms the base beer. Some fruit notes and moderate bitterness. Wow, I really don?t like the finish. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low but present astringency and moderate alcohol warmth. Overall this beer really missed the mark past the initial taste. The beer is dominated by barrel notes and really doesn?t offer much else. The bitterness also doesn?t work super well with the barrel finish. It actually gets better as it warms.