mnmike (978) - 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 (1484) - Flat Rock, 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 (8024) - 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 (512) - 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.
olr1984 (835) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml botle pours clear golden with large white head. apple vanilla aromas. tatse is the same with a sugary malt finish.
icehawk (831) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden amber with short lasting white head
Aroma: Apple juice, slight sourness/vinegar
Taste: Starts a bit sweet, then transitions into a nice light apple flavor
Palate: Light body, sour tinge at the finish
Overall: Very light for a tripel, and the apple brandy comes out nicely. Alcohol is hidden except for a slight warming sensation.
UDBeernut (1408) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle chilled by the wife after cellar shopping. Pours golden with a white foam head that reduces to a small ring. Nose of green apples. Taste begins with some light cracker and flowers, green apple on the finish. Alchohol becomes noticable as it warms.
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Murky yellow amber pour. Sweet, apple, boozy, and oak. A bit musty. Meh.
OldGrowth (2416) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, from Van Loans. Nothing telling me the batch #. Good aroma, sweet, apple,orange, light oak, light yeasty funk. Clean orangy gold color, good head that faded quickly , spotty lace. Sweet flavor. medium body, slick creamy mouthfeel, dry sweet finish. Pretty tasty. big on apple and brandy barrel. darn easy drinking for 10%. Very well done
czar (3671) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle share at hill farmstead’s pre-3rd anniversary. pours cloudy yellow without a head. sweet apples, mainly red ones, yeasty and light bretts, honeyed malts, some subtle floral and spicy notes, soft oaky notes - aged-cider-like. maybe batch 1 but hops are subdued and it unfortunately feels like an old and cheap apple pie. average to soft carbonation, medium body - sticky and sweet. meh.