Boutip (4999) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet Belgian malt with light apple brandy notes. Taste is a very drinkable mix of Belgian malt with light residual candi sugar notes and some light Brandy notes also noticeable. Body is full with good carbonation. I quite enjoyed that one with loads of nice drinkability notes and the Brandy notes rounding off some of rough edges.
cfrancis (2615) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light gold with a small white top. Aroma is yeast, sweet tart apple and some oak. Taste is a great balance of yeast, malt with the sweetness of the apple brandy and the dryness from the oak.
EricTeusink (704) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
HMOG 2014. Pours a slightly hazy yellow. Excellent flavor notes. Beautiful live mouthfeel.
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazed golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, sweet fruity apple malt with light Brett, musty character, woody notes, very nice. In mouth, a rather raspy apple malt with cork and cognac alcohol, interesting. Bottle from Cfrancis.
SombreroKitty (9) - Union, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow. Aroma is apple brandy. There’s a lot of spicy apple and woodiness up front, but the back end is mostly booze, which knocks a few points off for me. Interesting, but may not try again.
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 10/7/2013, from Half Time, drunk 2/7/14
Slightly gushing, leading to a humongous white head, that is very well-retained topping a soft copper-amber body with a touch of haziness and plentiful tiny bubbles rising. Nice lacing.
Before even going for my glass, the brett (and apple!) waft out of the glass very enticingly. Not alcoholic and quite a nice combination of both. At this point only a touch of the fruitiness from the amarillo is noticeable, and quite integrated with the fruity yeast esters. Very juicy, soft and complex aroma, with the apple notes being quite delicious, as advertised. No fusels, no sharp tannins...Pretty phenomenal.
Brett acids quickly wash over the palate, lots of band-aid and light lemon, which transition seemlessly to a dry wood tannin and lightly alcoholic apple brandy flavor. All the while, the body is dextrinous and malty enough to support the alcohol and barrel character without being even a bit too sweet. Tight carbonation keeps it fairly crisp, even, while the acids and wood keep it very dry on the end.
Though there is certainly a bit of astringency and light alcohol apparent, the barrel character is so well-balanced and the apple comes through perfectly flavorful. Impressively soft, nearly creamy texture makes it very drinkable and the brett and amarillo are just icing on the cake. Really enjoyable! Much better than the batch 1 draft I had back at its debut at EBF 08 (if I remember correctly). That one was pretty flat, too alcoholic and sharply tannic, with nowhere near as developed malt or brett.
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a bright yellow, aroma is woody, taste is nice, it definitely has lots of apples, got lots of tastes of oak and woody notes, its really quite enjoyable. good stuff.
HeadyDE (545) - Delaware, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour from 2012 purchased at brewery..slight gusher upon opening..aroma is noticeable immediately..once slight mess is cleaned up..pours a golden yellow..hue..liking the active carbonation..nose is got all kinds of action with some noticeable tropical aroma from the hops as stated..pineapple..dried fruit..has some champagne...hard cider and brandy character intertwined..mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy and smooth..hides the high abv well at start..taste includes vanilla..cream soda qualities..the apple jack brandy it was aged in..leaves a lingering kick in the mouth from the apple brandy barrel that coats the entire palate and provided just the right mix of warming presence with a bit of heat..quite complex and damn right this pairs well with apple pie..very enjoyable....
djd07 (4938) - 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 (2372) - 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.